Born on April 19, 1934 in Winona, MN to Arthur and Mabel Bowman. She died peacefully on April 24, 2014 which was the 5 year anniversary of the death of her husband John W. Wheeler, Jr. Also preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert and William. Mary is survived by children Ruth (Greg) Nault, Nancy (Jim) Zyskowski, John III "Wes" (Terri), and Virginia Riley, grandchildren Rheanna (Tim), Jessi (John), Karly, Alex, John IV, Lauren, Patrick, and Dylan; plus great-grandchildren Andrew and Miriam; as well as by sister Jeanne (Jim) Shrake and other relatives and friends. Mary graduated in 1974 from the University of Minnesota
, School of Nursing and had a long career of working in the U of M Hospitals before retiring in 1996. She enjoyed traveling, opera, playing cards, spending time with family, and sports (Go Gophers!). A Memorial Service will be held 4PM, Saturday May 17th at Cremation Society of MN, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN with a visitation 1 hour prior. Memorials preferred to Breast Cancer
Awareness Association, Metropolitan Opera, or the University of Minnesota.