Mae Catherine Mach, 81

Mae Catherine Mach, 81, a longtime Kilkenny resident, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at the Waseca Medical Center.

Born October 13, 1923 in Kilkenny Township, Le Sueur County, Mae was a daughter of Herman and Catherine (Balfe) Zellmer. She was baptised and received her First Communion at St. Canice Church in Kilkenny. She attended school in the Kilkenny area. After high school, Mae attended Normal Teachers Training School. During World War II she worked in the Twin Cities, and after that she taught in the country schools.

Mae was united in marriage to Eugene (Bud) Mach on September 17, 1946 at St. Canice Church. She continued teaching until 1952, when she assisted her husband in operating Bud's Station in Kilkenny. Her husband preceded her in death on July 14, 1991.

She was a member of the St. Canice Rosary Society, lifetime member of the Le Sueur County Historical Society and a 54-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mae was the author of Remember When. She loved to read, do genealogy, crochet, work and shop.

She is survived by her two children, Mary Therese Taaffe of Bloomington and Eugene Gene Mach Jr. of Kilkenny; a grandson, Kevin (Angela) Taaffe Jr.; a great-grandchild, Amelia Taaffe; one sister, Alice Healey of Hastings; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Zellmer of Lincoln, NE, Catherine (Charles) Culhane of Faribault, Mary (Mack) Howard of Atlanta, GA, Delores (Larry) Barta of Faribault, Bonnie Feneis of Kilkenny and Joanne (Clem) Wall of Faribault; an uncle, Clem Balfe of Waterville; special friends Ann Sheridan and Leora Zelmer of Kilkenny; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Raymond; and a sister, Anna Byrne.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Canice in Kilkenny, with Rev. David Barrett, Rev. Cory Rohlfing and Rev. Ronald Dahlheimer concelebrating. The American Legion Auxiliary conducted a service prior to the Mass.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny. Casketbearers were Randy Wolpern, Kenny Balfe, Darrell Knish, Dale Hamele, Peter McGillen and Jimmy Lombardi.

Visitation was held Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Keohen Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, with a rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. Visitation was also held Tuesday morning for one hour prior to services at the church.

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