Mary Ann May (Schmidt) Rymut passed away on her 97th birthday; May 8, 2023. Born May 8, 1926 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Anna Matilda (Wilkie) and William Schmidt. She was predeceased by her husband Benjamin, by two sisters; Joan Sherrill and Wilma Walker, a brother, Howard Schmidt, and by two sons; Tommy and Bruce.
Mary Ann was fiercely independent and always wanting to do for others. She loved cooking, gardening, shopping, eating out and spending time with family. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and often said it was better than watching TV. With her impeccable memory, she loved reminiscing about her childhood in Burlington and places where she lived and visited throughout her life. Her love and devotion was never more evident than caring for her handicapped son Tommy for 20 years, and no one’s birthday ever went by without receiving a birthday card. Mary Ann’s gentle, caring presence will be missed by all.
Mary Ann met the love of her life, Ensign Benjamin Rymut, in a chance meeting in 1943 during his short layover in Burlington, Iowa. They married in 1946 and were inseparable for 67 years. She will be dearly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Benjamin passed in 2013, and Mary’s journey now continues beside her beloved husband.
She was the mother of Susan Mian of Melrose, MA, Nancy Wallace of Lisbon, NH, Frank Rymut of Quincy, MA and James Rymut of Windsor Mill, MD. She leaves five grandchildren Christopher, Nicholas, Jonathan, Kimberly and Michael and 8 great grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service on June 2 which will begin promptly at 10:00 at the Halifax Central Cemetery, 60 Hemlock Lane, Halifax, MA. A brunch gathering will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary Ann’s name to the Wildlands Trust 675 Pond Street, Plymouth, MA. 02360 or United Cerebral Palsy (ucp.org).