Mary Ann Kobilarcik

Birth Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 1931
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Mary Ann Wheeler Kobilarcik, age 89 passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 9, 2021 in Wooster, Ohio.  Mary Ann was born May 2, 1931 in Akron, Ohio.  She was the oldest daughter of Mary and Henry Wheeler.  As a young woman, Mary Ann graduated from the Akron City Hospital School of Nursing. In 1950 she met the joy of her life, Albert, on a blind date and they were married for sixty years.  After raising six children, Mary Ann resumed her nursing career when at the age of 38, attended classes at the College of Wooster to update her professional nursing license. She served as a nurse at the Wooster Community Hospital for 26 years.  She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster.

While Mary Ann was actively involved in numerous community initiatives and projects, she was best known as Mrs. Santa Claus to all of Wooster, co-hosting the "Christmas In Motion" display for over twenty-five years. She particularly enjoyed when Wooster's Ida Sue School made their yearly visits to the display for their own private tour.  While Albert greeted families outside viewing the Christmas display, Mary Ann took it upon herself to make sure everybody invited into their home left with a full hand, stomach and heart.

Mary Ann made it a focus of her life to always give to others; her favorite place was with her family whether hosting large gatherings at her home, celebrating with extended family at Thanksgiving or serving as the inspiration for the Christmas display.  In her heart no person was ever left out.

She will be deeply missed by her children:  Mary Lou Silverman of Wooster, Bud (Beth) of Wooster, Karen Kobilarcik of Wooster, Ed (Nancy) of Alexandria, VA, Janice (Rod) Constable of Mount Eaton, OH and Ken (Alona) of Shanghai, China; and her grandchildren: Meg (Troy Wilcox), Annie, David, Logan, Dustin, TJ, Tim, Chris, Matthew, Patrick and Kenneth; her great-grandchildren, Adam, Brevin and Maria; siblings, Henry Jr. “Sonny” (Theresa) Wheeler and Margaret (Vince) Winslow along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her son-in-law, Jeff Silverman and her parents.

Mary Ann never stopped being a nurse, caring for people and their health.  Therefore, so that everyone remains safe during Covid-19, there will be no calling hours

Due to Covid-19, private family services will be livestreamed on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home Facebook page.  Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. John K. Miller and the Fresenius Kidney Care of Wayne Co. for the excellent care given to Mary Ann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 ( or St. Mary Catholic Church, P. O. Box 109, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at  



Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 ( or St. Mary Catholic Church, P. O. Box 109, Wooster, Ohio 44691.


Due to Covid-19, private family services will be livestreamed on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home Facebook page.  Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery.


So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing.what a great legacy in her and your Dad's families.

Family of Mary Ann, Sincere condolences for the loss of this wonderful lady. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who was an inspiration to the community along with Albert.Rest in Peace Mary Ann.

So sorry for your loss. Keeping family in our prayers.

I am so sorry for your loss! Condolences to all of you.
A lot of great memories at the Koby’s! ❤️

We send our thoughts and prayers from NH , sorry for your loss.

Hugs and prayers go out to all the Kobilarciks. Maryanne was everything this obituary says she was. Always included me like one of the family! Will miss her... already miss Albert... and sending prayers to all of you during this difficult time. She is with her Lord... and husband... all is well! ❤️

Sending thoughts and prayers to the Kobilarcik family. Remember all the good times.

Sincere condolences to you all on the loss of your sweet mom. A life well- lived.

Thinking of all of you during a sad time...prayers for you all

Love and prayers to you.

Warm hugs to the Kobilarcik family. Mary Ann has left so many wonderful memories to help you all through this difficult time.

I have so many fond memories of visiting with Uncle Albert and Aunt Mary Ann at their beautiful home in Wooster. Aunt Mary Ann was always so very quick to ensure that you were welcomed with a smile, and love. I don’t think I ever saw her mad, or sad, or anything other than one of the most pleasant and loving human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. My heart and condolences go out to all the Kobilarcsik’s and Silverman’s, who I know must be incredibly saddened by their loss. I love you Aunt Mary Ann. -JP

Janice, Rod and Family ~
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, grandma, and friend.
I had heard that she had passed until after dinner tho evening and
I drove by the house today and it brought back so many wonderful memories!

I wish there was something I could say or do but know you’re in my prayers and
You’re parents were two very special people who I will never forget! They meant
so much to so many people!

With much love! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out...

So very sorry for the loss of your momma...may your memories bring you comfort and peace during such a difficult time...know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all...God bless your family...

Mary Ann was a great Nurse to work with. All the years I was an LPN on the floor working with her, I never have a bad memory of her. She was a great asset for God on this earth. Now she’ll be one for Him in heaven.

Deepest sympathies to all of your family . I so fondly remember working with Mary Ann at WCH, and her radiant smile and calm voice had a way of making everything ok. Your Mother and Mr. K were two amazing people who shared their hearts with everyone. May God surround you all with His peace, love and comfort.

We are sincerely sorry for the passing of your Mother, she and your Father were wonderful people, living a life of example to all. May God give you comfort now, and, in the days ahead.

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We have so many wonderful memories of them and know that this is a great loss for you all.
Maryann and Albert spent part of their honeymoon at Joe's house in Montreal in 1952 and over the years we have enjoyed many memorable occasions together. May she rest in eternal peace with Albert in God's merciful care.

Mary Ann was one of the most efficient talented, empathetic nurse I every worked with at Wooster Community Hospital. I always was pleased to see she was in charge when I got off the elevator on the third floor!

To the Kobilarcik family. I would like to express my condolences to your family and loved ones for the loss of Mary Ann Kobilarcik. Our children still have fond memories of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the house on Milton Road and they are in their 30's. Their gift to the children and the community was truly an act of love. Because of them I am sure there are new generations of loving caring people. Extending peace and grace to the family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family during this time of grief. Mary Ann was a great friend and co-worker at Wooster Hospital.

So very sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kobilarcik family.

Bud, my deepest sympathy for you and your family. Praying for comfort at this great loss.

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mother was such a wonderful person. We have many great memories of the great times we had with your parents and all of you. The Canada trips were always memorable. Your mom was always so kind and welcoming to everyone. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

So sorry to hear about Mary's passing, so many memories of coming over after practices and other activities and Mary not letting me leave without some food in my belly! Always great times at the Kobilarcik home, we will keep all of you in our prayers.


Bud, Karen and all the Kobilarcik family, my heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the loss of Your Mom. May your cherished memories of her bring you comfort.

Sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother. We have lots of warm memories of her and your dad! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kenny so sorry about your Mom awesome lady!

I am sorry to hear about your mom she was a dear person I loved working with her and we had a lot of fun times you have my sympathy and love

Many memories of Mary Ann & Albert’s Christmas display and there love of sharing happiness with so many families. And we always enjoyed the laughs we got from Albert. They will always be miss and remembered for all the smiles and love they gave. We where truly blessed by both of them. Our hearts go out to ALL there Family.

I have so many great memories of great times in that house, with your family. Your mom and dad were special people and I am glad for the time I got to spend with all of you. Wishing all of you great memories.

Dear Mary Lou, Buddy, Karen, Eddie, Janice and Kenny ~ You must always hold on to the memories of the great time in which you grew up. Your parents were so typical of that era, so never forget how much they loved you all, even though none of us entered the world with an instruction manual in our little hands. Childhood in those days was so much more fun than any kids ever experienced before those years or since. Your lives will always be as enriched as they were then, if you'll just always remember how lucky you were to have the parents that you had. Truly believe that "Santa" and "Mrs. Claus" have been restored to health, and have been reunited in their forever home ~ Heaven.

Helen and I send our sincere condolences to the entire Kobilarcik Family for Mary Ann's passing. Mary Ann was an inspiration to us all for her dedication to her family and the Wooster Community. Mary Ann made our family always feel apart of hers. May she rest in peace as she stays in our hearts.

Condolence to the Kobilarcik family in the loss of your mother . She was an amazing, very kind,loving,caring and very generous . She will be deeply missed . What a very sad day for us . We love you .

We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Mary Ann. She was a wonderful lady! She loved her family, friends, faith and the community that she served well! She will be missed by all of us. You have our sincere sympathy.

My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.Mary Ann was a lovely lady.I had the pleasure & honor of working with her at the hospital.Peace to your hearts.

To the family of Mary Ann, please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss of a wonderful caring mother, grandmother, nurse, & friend to many who loved her. Love & God's blessings to the family now & in the days ahead.
From your friends Ann Franks & your retired mail lady, Cindy Parker.

To all of you we would like to send our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dear Janice and family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and brought smiles to many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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