Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years



January 18, 2023

Mary Ann Hasse Buel passed away on Jan. 2, 2023, at a hospice facility near Tampa, Fla. Mary Ann Hasse was born on May 27, 1938, in Litchfield, Ill. She attended Staunton High School and Illinois State Normal University. While in high school, she was an accomplished pianist who accompanied musicians and played at special events including graduations. After college Mary Ann was a teacher in the Dundee/Hampshire area where she met her first husband Jerry Herrmann. They had two children, Lisa and Chris.

Some years later and being single again, Mary Ann and her children moved to St. Louis, Mo., where she married Charlie Buel, a generous and caring man with whom she spent many happy years. They lived in the St. Louis area for years and then moved to New Port Richey, Fla., where they enjoyed many years playing golf and socializing with friends.

Mary Ann loved and was extremely proud of her children. Lisa and her husband John Eichert moved to Florida years ago, which allowed them to spend a significant amount of time with Charlie and their mother. Chris and his wife Kristin recently moved from Kansas to Florida specifically to be close to Mary Ann, and to help her in her remaining years.

Mary Ann was all about family, relationships, and "doing good." She cherished the time spent in Staunton with her family and friends, and later developed an extended group of friends in her Florida community. She was blessed that her children were able to be with her at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Buel; her parents, Ervin and Gertrude Hasse; a grandson, Brian Herrmann; and her first husband, Jerry Herrmann. In addition to her children and their spouses, she is survived by two brothers, Art (Betsy) Hasse of Ada, Mich., and Chuck (Linda) Hasse of Granite City, Ill., her husband Charlie's son, Chuck, his wife Marilyn and daughter Kristen; as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind special Florida friends who will miss Mary Ann participating in dinners at her house and restaurants, vacation trips and regular get togethers.

Contributions in her name may be made to the Staunton Education Foundation.

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