Mary Munson


Mary MunsonMary S. Munson, age 54 of Tracy, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls after a courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, November 29 at Victory Christian Church in Balaton.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday, November 28 with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at

Mary S. Munson was born on June 30, 1962 in Tracy, Minnesota to Albert ‘Al’ and Susan (Smith) Zender. She attended elementary school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Tracy High School in 1980.  She then attended Willmar Area Vocational School and became a licensed cosmetologist.  In 1983 she was wed to Matt Macken. To this union, two daughters, Catie and Sara, were born.  On October 16, 1993 she was united in marriage to Jim Munson.  On October 1, 1996, Mary entered into a partnership at the Morgan Street Salon in Tracy, which she operated for a number of years.  She then went on to manage the clubhouse at the Tracy Country Club for a few years.  Most recently she was an employee of Applebee’s in Marshall.  Mary spent her summers on many area golf courses enjoying the game with her husband, family, and friends. She achieved many championship golf titles and tournament wins.  She enjoyed knitting, annual trips to Las Vegas and area casinos. Mary also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed spending time with her “little peanuts” Ava, 7 ½ and  Amiyah, 5.

Mary is survived by her husband, Jim, of 23 years; daughters Catie of Boston, MA, and Sara of Marshall; beloved granddaughters Ava and Amiyah of Marshall; step children Mandy, Ashley, Justin, and Brandy; mother, Susan Zender of New Prague; mother-in-law Donna Munson of Walnut Grove; brothers John (Julie) of Apple Valley and Mike (Pam) of Inver Grove Heights; sister Margaret (Neil) Butchart of San  Antonio, TX; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Preceding Mary in death are her father, Albert ‘Al’ Zender; father-in-law, Virgil ‘Hap’ Munson; maternal and paternal grandparents.



  1. To Mary’s family: We are so sad to hear about Mary. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and give you some peace at this very difficult time. May all your WONDERFUL MEMORIES of Mary help in the days to come. ((HUGS)).
    If we can do anything please let us know.
    Deb & Darwin Saxton

  2. hey Jim sorry about your loss think of all the good times

  3. Dan Peterson says

    So sorry for your loss Jim and my condolences to your families.
    Dan Peterson
    Walnut Grove, MN

  4. So sorry to hear of Mary’s death. I can’t fathom what you must be going through. My memories of Mary are so special and she will be missed by so many friends and family. I believe she will always be with you watching over the people she loved so very much.

  5. Michelle Lammers(Class of 1980) says

    Prayers to Mary’s family at this difficult time. Cherish the memories! You all have a special angel watching over you from heaven.

  6. Rebecca Ogaard says

    I am so saddened by Mary’s death. I know you will all have hard days ahead of you…put your faith in God. Ask him to carry some of your burden. Mary will always be with you in your memories. I do believe she is at peace with her dad and grandparents and many other relatives that went before her. God bless all of you. Love, Becky Zender Ogaard

  7. Valerie (Anderson) Amberg says

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing! We have been out of touch for a few years, but I have so many good memories from high school and college spending time together. She will be missed dearly. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  8. Annette and Tom Carr says

    We are so sorry to hear about Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jim. She was a strong, caring, fun-loving woman. She will be missed by all at the golf course. May you find peace in the days and weeks to come.

  9. Steve Mohwinkel says

    Jim & family
    Jacki & I are so sorry to hear about Mary. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers
    Wink & Jacki

  10. Pamela Cooreman says

    Kendal and I are sadden to hear of Mary’s passing. She has fought a tough battle. We would like to express our thoughts and prayers to Mary’s entire family. May you find strength in each other.

  11. Jim and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Emily Minett says

    I am so sorry to hear about Mary. She was an outstanding woman and I will miss her dearly. Please know that you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Nancy Kockelman says

    Lifting the family up in prayer at this time
    Nancy Kockelman

  14. Tracy Lyngen says

    My condolences to Mary’s family and friends! Praying for comfort this holiday season!

  15. Rhonda Cooreman Bosacker says

    My love, thoughts, and prayers to Mary’s dear family and friends who loved her immensely! Too young to suffer and leave but no one knows when our time to be called to the angels comes….may you find peace and hope and love and laughter in your personal memories of Mary and may you find support and love from each other in the days ahead.

  16. John and Liz Jacobson says

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Our sympathy to you, Jim, and your family. Have some fun memories of golfing with you two. Hugs to all of you.
    Sonja Lund & Charlie Swenson

  18. Mary Leonard says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was always so friendly. She will be missed by many.

    Gerry & Mary Leonard

  19. Sheryl Hmes says

    Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your family. Hugs and prayers.

  20. Amy Engesser says

    I am beyond sad to hear of Mary’s passing! I will always remember her smile, and her love of life. She was a genuine person, something I appreciate greatly. I know she was proud of her family, and deeply loved them all, especially her grandbabies. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. May the love of others, and your warm memories bring you comfort.

  21. Katie Swanson says

    Jim, Catie, and Sara,
    Sending my condolences and prayers during this difficult time. The golf course just won’t be the same without the spunk of Mary! I’ll always remember the last time I saw Mary on the number 2 green this fall at TCC a place where a lot of fun was had with her around.

  22. Gail and Lyle Nelson says

    We are sorry for your loss – Our sincere sympathy to all of Mary’s family and friends.
    Lyle and Gail Nelson

  23. Rick Miller says

    Jim, it has been a long, long time since we road motorcycles together at the motocross track at Lynd.Emily Minett posted Mary’s obituary and I realized it was you. I am terribly sorry for your loss and we will keep and you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Jim, my condolences. Best, Guy

  25. My sympathies to you Jim & the entire family on the loss of Mary. May u find peace & comfort at this time.

  26. Terry Coens says

    Jim and family, We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Terry and Anita Coens

  27. Renee Verstraete says

    My deepest sympathy Jim, family & friends. Such a sweet lady. My heart goes out to all & sending hugs your way. Will keep you all in my prayers. ox’s
    Gary & Renee Verstraete

  28. Mary Miller says

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sue, this is Mary (Peterson) Miller who was one of your Bluebirds many, many years ago.

  29. Eric Nelson says

    So saddened to hear of the passing of Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. May God’s love surround you. comfort you, and strengthen you.

  30. Gary & Sandra Kelly says

    Jim and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of your loss. Mary will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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