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Mary J. Bierman

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHERRY VALLEY – Mary J. Bierman, 83, of Cherry Valley, formerly of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford.

Mary was born Feb. 1, 1931, to Walter and Anna Gibson. She graduated from Lyndon High School, class of 1949, and attended Augustana College in Rock Island. She married Leland Bierman in 1953. After his years of Army service, they settled in Prophetstown, living there for many years before moving in 1973 to Belvidere. Mary was a music teacher in many capacities during much of her life. She taught elementary school music in and near Prophetstown, and gave private piano lessons in both Prophetstown and Belvidere. Mary played piano and organ for church services and weddings for many years. Other jobs she held included work for Public Service Co. and Gardner Funeral Home, both in Prophetstown. She also sold real estate for Audrey Smith Real Estate in Belvidere. As a volunteer, she served on the worship and music committee at her church, Zion Lutheran, in Belvidere. Mary and Lee delivered Meals on Wheels to residents in and near Belvidere as well.

Mary is survived by her husband, Lee Bierman; daughter, Lisa Bierman of Oak Park; son-in-law, Todd Kuiken; and two grandsons, Adam and Alex Kuiken.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and all of her siblings, Marjorie Gardner, “Bud” Gibson, Dorine Johnson, Allen Gibson, and Carol “Kelly” Gibson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 Pearl St., Belvidere, with the Rev. Nord Swanstrom, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Belvidere Cemetery. Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Visit www.andersonfcs.com to send condolences.

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