Maud Majbritt Margareta Piar

July 21, 1936 ‒ February 23, 2011

Medina, Ohio

Maud M. Piar (Mansén) of Medina, Ohio. Maud passed away at their home in Medina on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in the loving care of her family with the medical support of hospice.

Maud was born in Mariehamn, Ǻland, Finland on July 21, 1936 and came to the U.S.A. in 1948. She was the devoted wife and partner of Glenn A. Piar for 54 years with a joint venture building their family home and other major home projects. Married on September 7, 1957 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Maggie Mansén and her oldest son, Tim A. Piar on October 16, 2010.

Maud is survived by her son, Terry A. Piar and wife, Linda of Hinckley, OH; her daughter, Tammy Piar of Medina, her sister, Ann Harris (brother-in-law, Gary) of CA. She is the beloved grandmother of Stephen Piar (son of Tim Piar) and wife, Heather of Creston, OH and Kathryn, Glenn, Kirk and Samantha Piar (children of Terry and Linda Piar) and uncles, aunts, and cousins.

She graduated from Mount Vernon High School, class of 1956, attended Mount Vernon Business School and worked at Cooper Bessmer Co. In 1956, Maud was returning to Sweden and Ǻland on the Stockholm passenger line when it collided with the Italian Line, Andrea Doria off the Coast of Nantucket Island, Mass. After that accident she made several return trips to Sweden, Ǻland and Finland. She was a volunteer for 5 plus years at Akron City General Hospital in the 80’s and at St. Francis Nursing Home in Fairlawn, OH.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon, OH. The Rosary will be prayed following the calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond as the Celebrant. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon.

Maud was a 33 year survivor of Class 4 NHL cancer, but died with cancer in remission, of PML, a rare and fatal brain disease caused by a cancer antibody drug RITUXAN.

In lieu of flowers, a request for a Mass card can be made for Maud at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 East High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 and/or her parish, Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Rd., Hinckley, Oh 44233.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Maud M. Piar.