Marian Katherine Tuma, 93

Marian Katherine Tuma, 93, of Le Center passed away peacefully on Monday, May 24 at the Carriage House in Le Center with her daughter by her side. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.

Marian was born in Rice County on November 11, 1927, to James and Mary (Kubes) Simon. She attended grade school at Holy Trinity School in Veseli and graduated from New Prague High School. After high school Marian worked at The Mill in New Prague.

Marian was united in marriage to Bill Tuma in January 27, 1948, at Holy Trinity in Veseli. Following their marriage Marian and Bill made their home in Le Center, MN. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Mary Kay. 

Marian took great pride in being a homemaker while her children were young and worked various jobs. Marian retired from Winco after 26 years.

She was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, and was a member of the Catholic Church Women (CCW). She spent countless hours sewing quilts for the mission.

Marian was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Thrift Store until the age of 92 and enjoyed the lasting friendships made while there.

Marian always looked forward to time spent with family and friends. Some of her greatest past times included playing Euchre, baking Kolackies, and gardening. 

However, her most treasured times included countless hours spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at sporting events and various activities.

Marian moved into the Carriage House in February 2020. She was fortunate to have great care, enjoyed new friendships all while continuing to be able to share her love of cards and gardening.

Marian is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Kay (David) Whipps of Le Center; grandchildren, Angie (Terry) McDonough of St Peter, Jody (Marcy) Tuma of Madison Lake, Robin (Todd) Jordan of Cloquet, Andy (Jessica) Whipps of Le Center, and Steve (Bridget) Whipps of St. Peter; great-grandchildren, Rachel McDonough, Tyler and Brayden Jordan, Dylan and Tristyn Tuma, Courtney, Caleb, Taelynn and Sophie Whipps and Nora, Brody and Josie Whipps; siblings, Bernard (Marion) Simon of Anchorage, Alaska, Ted (Lorraine) Simon of St. Patrick, Alice Schanus of Lonsdale; sister-in-law, Angie Simon of New Prague; many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Marian is preceded in death by her husband, William Tuma (September 1979); son, Randy Tuma; parents, Mary and James J. Simon; brothers, James C. Simon, Norbert Simon; sister, Bernice Simon OSB; mother-in-law, Clara Tuma; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat (Edna) Tuma, Leonard (Evelyn) Tuma, and Robert (Betty) Tuma.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at



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