Mary L. Cantwell

November 26, 1923 - September 20, 2019

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Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville


Thursday, September 26, 11:00 AM
St. Gaspar Catholic Church, 10871 N. State Road 9, Rome City


Mary Louise Cantwell, 95, of Avilla and formerly of Rome City died Friday, September 20, 2019, at 11:20 p.m. at Presence Sacred Heart Home, Avilla.

She was born November 26, 1923, in Fort Wayne, to Stephen F. and Eileen E. (Loos) DeWald.

On January 7, 1950, in Fort Wayne she married Howard C. Cantwell. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2000.

Mrs. Cantwell was a homemaker.

She honorably served in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II.

She was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City; the Rome City American Legion Post 381, where she was a past commander; and the Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Auxiliary.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Cantwell of Naples, Florida and Annette (Gary) Leis of LaOtto; four sons, John (Sandi) Cantwell of Bloomington, Daniel (Mary Jill) Cantwell of Auburn, Howard (Barbara) Cantwell of Fort Wayne, and Timothy (Patricia) Cantwell of Kendallville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, George (Martha) DeWald of Rome City.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, John C. “Bo” Cantwell, Jr.; a sister, Katherine Blichert; and a brother, Stephen DeWald.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City with Fr. Osman Ramos officiating. Burial will be in St. Gaspar Catholic Cemetery.

Calling is Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to Masses at the church.

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Ann And Michael VanFleteren
September 25th, 2019 10:16pm
Troy, MI

We always enjoyed spending time with Mary and our dad, Bud Gildea on Sylvan Lake. She was so sweet and made you feel special. Rest In Peace Mary.

Michelle & Emmitt Siekerman
September 25th, 2019 5:56pm
Cincinnati, OH

We are very sorry to hear about Mary. She was a very special lady, and she will be missed immensely. Sending prayers and all our love.

Deb Gildea
September 25th, 2019 2:15pm
Fort Wayne, Sylvan Lake

The Gildeas thought the world of Mary. She and Bud, my father-in-law, enjoyed their later years together and had so much fun. She was a lovely lady.

Bob and Cindy Hippensteel
September 24th, 2019 2:11am
Albion, IN

We're sorry for your loss.

Marge Taylor
September 23rd, 2019 1:04pm
Avilla In

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. A wonderful lady. So glad I knew her at Sylvan Lake.

Kathy VanAllen
September 22nd, 2019 9:08pm
Crestwood KY

Ann so sorry to hear about your Mom, my papers are with you and your family. Love and Prayers. Kathy 🙏🙏