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Mary Imelda Kammerer, 89, of Decatur passed away peacefully on May 6, 2012. She was a long-time resident of Jersey City, N.J. where she was born November 13, 1922, daughter of Charles and Mary A. Kammerer. A graduate of St. Aloysius High School, Mary worked as a key-punch operator for AIRCO Corporation until her retirement in 1980 when she devoted her life to caring for her aging parents. In 1992, she re-located to Decatur in order to live close to her twin sister, Gertrude Umber and family. Shortly thereafter, Mary began a 16 year relationship with the Decatur Public Library as an active volunteer. Mary was a familiar face to library patrons, and very popular as well. Her surprise 80th Birthday Party given by her library colleagues was featured in a large article in The Decatur Daily in 2002, and she was selected as "Volunteer of the Week" on local television news. How she LOVED the interaction with the staff, patrons, and especially the children. During her formative years, Mary, along with her sister Gertrude, studied voice and enjoyed a lifelong love of music, including the classics and opera, as well as the music of her generation, especially music sung by her heart-throb as a teenager, Nelson Eddy. Mary could be heard throughout the halls of Country Cottage Assisted Living singing her favorite operatic melodies as well as favorites from her youth, including Indian Love Call.
Mary, a devout Catholic, was a longtime parishioner of St. Ann's Church and Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church. She was welcomed into Heaven by her Lord Jesus, her twin sister, Gertrude, and older brother, Charlie. Mary will be remembered for her wonderful laugh and sense of humor, extreme generosity, and her five loves: her Lord, her family, proper grammar, chocolate and last, but not least, good-looking men.
She is survived by her godson, Gregory Umber (Molly); niece, Sylvia Claborn (Mike); nieces, Eileen and Kathy Kammerer; nephews, Tom and Larry Kammerer and John (Linda) and James A. Umber, as well as numerous grand-nieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews, as well as her Country Cottage "family."
A Requiem Mass celebrating Mary's life will be held at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, Friday May 11, 2012, at noon with visitation at 11 a.m. and a reception following.
Published in the Decatur Daily on May 9, 2012