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Obituary: Mary Anna Kolb

Obituary: Mary Anna Kolb

June 13th, 2018 in Obituaries

Mary Anna Kolb, age 90, of Sharonville, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 11, 2018, with her son Michael at her bedside. She was born January 28, 1928, near Uniontown, Kansas, the daughter of Billy E. and Letha Agnes Williams (Williamson). Mary Anna was married on July 2, 1949, in Jefferson City, Mo. to Herbert A. Kolb who preceded her in death on July 20, 2017. Her father's employment with the Shell Oil Company pipeline crew meant frequent moves throughout her childhood. She attended high school for a time at Prairie Home, Mo., and St. Charles, Mo. She graduated from East Alton - Wood River (Illinois) Community High School in 1945. During her senior year, she entered a violin competition and was awarded a four-year scholarship to Illinois Wesleyan College. However, she was unable to attend due to family finances. Her love of music remained and she continued to play the violin and played the organ for a number of years for the church choir at St. Clement, Mo. After graduation from high school, she went to work for Exchange National Bank in Jefferson City. Her co-worker, Charles Kolb, introduced her to his brother Herbert, whom she married. They moved to St. Louis for Herb's job with Continental Oil Company (Conoco) and in 1955, they bought out a Conoco oil jobber in Bowling Green, Mo. Over the next 23 years in Bowling Green, they raised four sons and enjoyed the monthly M & G dance club, playing cards with friends, taking cruises and family vacations. They were enthusiastic supporters of their sons' sports and school activities. Mary Anna was recognized as the "Outstanding Young Woman" of the Bowling Green Jaycee Wives in 1962. After selling their business in 1978, they moved back to Jefferson City where they lived for a number of years until retirement when they moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. In 2003, they moved to Evendale, Ohio to be near their son Mike and his family. Mary Anna is survived by her four sons: Rick (Kathy) of Jefferson City; Dan (Jeanie) of Longmeadow, Mass.; Mike (Karen) of Evendale; and Bill (Heriberto Quinones) of Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also, her brother, Don Williams of Boonville, Mo. and sisters-in-law, Mary Anne Kolb and Ann Kolb of Jefferson City, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Virginia Campbell (Don); her infant granddaughter, Jennifer; and Herb's siblings: James (Betty Ann), Cletus (Margaret), Charles, Paul (Carmen), Grace Mary Vignola (Carmine), Irma Mae Schleer (Paul "Juggy"), and Robert. The immediate family will attend a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael's in Sharonville on Friday, June 15, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Clement School, Bowling Green, Mo. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.dignitymemorial.com.