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Mary Ann Kilanowski Drong
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1913
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1991
Stutsman County
North Dakota, USA

Mary Ann Kilanowski, the oldest of three children born to Adam and Anna (Ribar) Kilanowski, was born on July 15, 1913 at Browerville, Minnesota. A brother, Simon, was born a year later and a sister, Victoria, was born in December of 1915. Shortly thereafter, Mary's mother, Anna, passed away. Her father then married Mary (Drajna) Borek. With this union, Mary now had two step-brothers, Francis Borek and John Borek, joined later by two half-brothers, Edward and Anthony, and two half-sisters, Isabell and Theresa. They lived on a farm north of Browerville in Ward Township of Todd County.

Mary attended the Holy Angels Catholic School in Browerville, and later Rural School #123. Shortly after beginning the sixth grade, the school building caught fire and was completely destroyed. Mary later went to St Cloud and worked at the St Raphael's Nursing Home.

Ben Drong and Mary Ann Kilanowski were united in marriage at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Browerville on February 5, 1929. Five children were born to them: Anthony Bernard, Mary Elizabeth, Bernice Evelyn, Frances Lillian, and James Theodore.

In June of 1949, Ben, Mary and the children moved to Courtenay, ND, residing on the Charles Dick farm, three miles south of town. They lived there until October of 1980 when they moved into Courtenay.

In October of 1978, the children and grandchildren hosted an open house in honor of Ben and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary. The reception was held at St Mary's Catholic Church basement.

Ben Drong passed away on November 22, 1980 at Jamestown Hospital. Mary continues to reside in Courtenay.



The funeral for Mary Drong, 77, Courtenay, will be at 10:30am Monday at St Mary's Catholic Church, Courtenay, with Father Stephen Dickinson officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown. Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 9pm and Sunday from noon to 4:30pm at the Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, and from 6 to 9pm in the church Sunday with a prayer service at 7:30pm. She died March 21, 1991, at her home.

She was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church and the Courtenay Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony, Browerville, MN and James, Valley City, ND; three daughters, Mary (Mrs James) Van Winkle, Renton, WA; Bernice (Mrs Erbie) Hopwood, Sharon, ND; Frances (Mrs Gerald) Brewer, Jamestown, ND; two brothers, Edward Kilanowski, Sauk Center, MN;and John Borek, Milwaukee, WI; two sisters, Theresa Adamietz, Browerville, MN; and Victoria Duda, Clarissa, MN; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Saturday 23 March 1991, p3 
Family links: 
  Adam Steve Kilanowski (1884 - 1944)
  Anna Ribar Kilanowski (1893 - 1915)
  Bernard Joseph Drong (1902 - 1980)*
  Anthony Bernard Drong (1930 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Stutsman County
North Dakota, USA
Plot: Flannery Addition - South Side
GPS (lat/lon): 46.891, -98.73426
Created by: BJ Brewer
Record added: Dec 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101698984
Mary Ann <i>Kilanowski</i> Drong
Added by: BJ Brewer
Mary Ann <i>Kilanowski</i> Drong
Added by: BJ Brewer
Mary Ann <i>Kilanowski</i> Drong
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- JeanND
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013

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