Mary Ann Rose Nilles, 86, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Saturday, December 28th at Friendship Haven.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi Church with Rev. Brian Feller officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will take place at Corpus Christi Cemetery at later date. Visitation will be Friday January 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 PM all at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband Thomas, son Timothy (Gin) Nilles of Webster City, son John (Patti) Nilles of Ankeny, daughter Laura (Joe) Sullivan of Louisville, KY, daughter Teresa (Jim) Maxwell of Omaha, NE, 13 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her infant son John Nilles in 1961, parents Frank and Rose (Seivert) Kolbeck, brother, Martin (Dorothy) Kolbeck who was killed in a farm accident in 1973 and brother, Earl (Marsha) Kolbeck.

Mary Ann Nilles was born on July 8, 1933 in Ashton, IA. Mary Ann was raised and educated in Ashton; graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in 1951. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Thomas Nilles on April 9, 1956 in Ashton. The couple lived in Ames and Jefferson until 1964 when they established their home in Fort Dodge. Mary Ann worked for Corpus Christi School System as a cook for 20 years. She was member of Corpus Christi Guild and Holy Trinity Parish.

While a lifetime of dedication to her faith and the Fort Dodge community made her a familiar face, Mary Ann was happiest among family, friends, a deck of cards and an ice cold beer. She brought sincerity, friendship and good-natured mischief into every life she touched. She could light up a room like no other and made everyone feel loved.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.