Mary Bergmann Towner passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 1st, at the age of 90. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan, on May 5th, 1931, to Paul and Beatrice (Johnson) Bergmann. She married Dallas Towner at her parent's home in April of 1952, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Mary grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan, was a graduate of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Michigan. She was a lifelong member of Muskegon Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing with friends and dinners with her family. She was an active member of the communities at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Service League, and the White Lake Yacht Club, where she forged friendships and made lasting memories. She and her late husband Dallas spent many years sailing the world together, from Lake Michigan to the Caribbean Sea. Mary was a skilled needlepointer and passed her love of stitching on to many friends and family members. She was an ace card player who could rarely be beat and a gifted pianist. Her grandchildren still sing the tunes she wrote, including "Islands in the Sun." Mary lived a wonderfully full life and will be remembered for her sunny optimism, competitive spirit, quick wit, and unrelenting kindness.
She is survived by her three children; Nancy (Joseph) Lucas of Mequon, WI, Paul Jeffrey (Julie) Towner of East Grand Rapids, MI and David Tillotson Towner of South Lyon, MI; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, and brother Paul Bergmann. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Dallas, sisters-in-law Nancy Towner Hanson, Ruth Towner Hovey, Joan Fuller Bergann, and her beloved companion, Dr. Harold Bowman.
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Rev. Eileen Stoffan officiating. VISITATION One hour prior to the service at the church. MEMORIAL:n lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or the Noah Project, a no-kill animal shelter. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
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We will remember Mary with great fondness. We knew her for 40 years, as the mother of Nancy. We first met her and Dallas at Nancy’s wedding to Joe. I’ll never forget the time we ran into Mary in the harbor of Harbor Springs. We heard her voice as we walked the docks…and there she and Dallas were… aboard their boat. It was unusual as we were vacationing from our home in Chicago. Great fun and a great memory.
Over the years, Mary shared her joys and family values. We always enjoyed being with her, especially at the family events where her radiant smile made you feel so welcomed. May her goodness live on in her children and her children’s children and those who follow. God bless Mary. Liz and Tom Sublewski Family