Mary J. Bierman

February 1, 1931 - February 18, 2014
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Mary J. Bierman, 83, of Cherry Valley, IL died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford. Mary was born February 1, 1931 to Walter and Anna Gibson. She graduated from Lyndon High School Class of 1949 and attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She married Leland Bierman in 1953. After his years of Army service, they settled in Prophetstown, IL, living there for many years before moving to Belvidere, IL in 1973. Mary was a music teacher in many capacities during much of her life. She taught elementary school music in and near Prophetstown as well as teaching private piano lessons in both Prophetstown and Belvidere. Mary played piano and organ for church services and weddings for many years. Other jobs held included work for Public Service Company 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, IL; son-in-law, Todd Kuiken; 2 grandsons, Adam and Alex Kuiken. She is preceded in death by parents, and all of her siblings, Marjorie Gardner, “Bud” Gibson, Dorine Johnson, Allen Gibson and Carol “Kelly” Gibson.

Funeral services 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Zion Lutheran Church 1300 Pearl St. Belvidere. The Rev. Nord Swanstrom, pastor, officiating. Visitation 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the church. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue. To express condolences online, please visit

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Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Zion Lutheran Church


Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time: 11:00 am -

11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Zion Lutheran Church 1300 Pearl Street, Belvidere, IL



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Born: February 1, 1931
Died: February 18, 2014

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Janet Bischof-Rosario posted on 2/19/14

I remember Mary and Lee coming to our house the day after Thanksgiving one year for a "dessert" party. Mary was always w/Lee, part of a beautiful devoted pair. Lee and Lisa: keeping you both in my prayers and thoughts.


Ken and Sherry Hicks posted on 2/21/14

Thinking of you in your time of loss.


Beth Petersen posted on 2/21/14

My deepest sympathy to Lee and Lisa and family, Mary was my first piano teacher and mother of my childhood friend Lisa. I have so many wonderful memories spent with the Biermans. Mary had such a wonderful imagination, I can remember her setting up an obstacle course for a game of croquette, she would often whistle a familiar tune and purposely "miss" a note to keep Lisa and I on our toes. She was a wonderful teacher, she sparked my love for music and nurtured it by taking me to plays and concerts in Chicago. I have thought of her often over the years and she will always hold a special place in my heart. Again my deepest sympathies, my prayers go out to her entire family. Heaven has truly gained another Angel. All my love, Beth Petersen


Jeanne Berger posted on 2/21/14

Mary will be remembered as a special person.


Sharon Morris Anderson posted on 2/20/14

Mary was my piano teacher, chior director and mentor during my high school years. I think of her often. She was very special to me. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Shirley Kahao posted on 2/20/14

Lee, Lisa and the "boys" - I am holding you close in my thoughts at this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the love from those who care about you. I so wish I might be there to attend the services. Mary always had a special place in my heart; I enjoyed her company - and her wonderful cooking! Love you all, Shirley


Marcia Henneberry posted on 2/19/14

Lee,& family, Mary was a special lady, treasure all the happy memories with her. Thinking of you with prayers at this difficult time. Marcia


Kris Hanley posted on 2/19/14

Lee, Lisa, Todd and boys - MY love, thoughts and prayers have and continue to be with you. So many memories of Mary coming pouring in however, the most prominent and lasting one is the countless hours of great conversation around the Bierman family dinner table! Mary had a unique way of provoking great topics that made you think or think differently! I loved that about her. Such a great woman and so proud to have had her in my life. A second mom to me, like so many others. She, in her own special way, helped to shape my life.


Bob & Judy Brenner posted on 2/19/14

Lee & Family, We are so very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We are in Florida at this time but want you to know our hearts & prayers are with you.


Lee Ann Gustafson posted on 2/19/14

Very proud and lucky to be a friend of this family. What a wonderful spirit Mary was ... my second "Mom." Love you all.


Pam Gustafson posted on 2/19/14

Lee and Lisa, we are sad to hear of Mary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are to you both and your family. Rob and Pam Gustafson


Melissa McClure posted on 2/19/14

Lisa and Lee- Now when you need it most we hold your hearts close to ours. I know Mary is watching, as she always did, over both of you (probably telling you to be careful). The twinkle in her eyes and the sudden burst of laughter--intact. Her love and devotion surround and protect your lives. My friend, I love you. We are both so very sorry. Melissa and Lisa


Nathan Carlson posted on 2/19/14

Saundra, Heidi and I wish you all of God's Grace in the pain of losing someone so special as Mary. Our prayers are with the entire family and know that His Love and Peace will see you through this loss. Nathan


Rita & Tom Gustafson posted on 2/19/14

Love love love to you sugarbumps, Mary in our lives is one big smile.


Kathy Mechler posted on 2/19/14

Dear Lee - So very very sorry to read of Mary's passing. She looked so good when I last saw you two. Sure miss you in the neighborhood. Take care of yourself dear friend. Jim and Kathy Mechler


Sue Walters Holmes posted on 2/23/14

Lee and Lisa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories provide you comfort.