Mary A.VanAusdale 1925-2019


Mary Agnes Van Ausdale, 94 of Decatur, died peacefully at 10:52 AM Monday, August 19, 2019 in Fairhavens Christian Village.

Funeral Mass will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Holy Family Catholic Church (2400 South Franklin Street Decatur, Illinois 62521) with Father Joseph M. Molloy, Celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before Mass at the Church. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign her family guestbook at

Mary was born in Lonaconing, Maryland in May of 1925.  Parents, Robert “Spider” and Bessie  Moffatt. She graduated from Central High School and attended Cathermans Business School.  She married Marion “Pete” Van Ausdale in April of 1948 in Cumberland, Maryland.  They moved to Chicago in 1948 and to Decatur in 1960. Together they raise nine children. He preceded her in death in 1983.

Mary was an active member of Holy Family Church serving “Meals on Wheels”, Right to Life and the Prayer Line. She was at Early Mass six days a week, filled her car with the Breakfast Club gals afterwards. Destination unknown, only Mary knew.  She had a love for ice cream, chocolate, frozen coffee and donuts with sprinkles.  But mostly, she was very proud of her children and loved her family very much.

Surviving are her children, Tom of Worthington, Ohio, Martin (Karen) of Decatur, Illinois, Bruce of Boulder, Colorado, Brian of Austell, Georgia, Linda (John) Hearn of Decatur, Illinois, Paul (Sheryln) of DeSoto, Texas, Joan (Randy) Branham of Denver, Colorado, Mary Jo Penn of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and son-in-law Dave Malone of Oakley, Illinois; twenty grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Thomas, daughter Barb Malone, and great-grandson Ryan A. Neff Jr.

Memorials to:  Holy Family Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Di Mondo, the staff of Section 2 at Fairhavens and Safe Harbor Hospice Care.

“She is clothed with Strength and Dignity.”  Proverbs 31:25

Please sign the family guestbook below:

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