Mary “Marie” Elizabeth Cerne, 91, of Frontenac, Kansas passed away at 1:54 P.M., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

Mary “Marie” Elizabeth Cerne, 91, of Frontenac, Kansas passed away at 1:54 P.M., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.  

Marie was born May 30, 1921 at Camp 13, in Yale Kansas, to Charles and Mary (Kozuk) Lenassi.  She graduated from Cockerill High School in 1938.

On September 5, 1942 she married Harry E. Cerne in Waynesville, Missouri.  After WWII, Harry and Marie owned and operated Harry's Café in Arma, Kansas until the mid - 1950's. Marie then became a homemaker. Harry preceded her in death July 17, 2010.

Marie was an avid cook and baker.  Her Slovenian dishes were well-known and much enjoyed by family and friends.  She also cared for her beautiful flower gardens.  

Marie was a member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac.  She also belonged to the SNPJ Lodge #225.  In 2008, Marie became a 70 year member of SNPJ.
Marie is survived by her daughter, Kathleen M. Cerne of Frontenac and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Carl J. Lenassi and son Harold C. Cerne.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Tom Stroot as Celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 7-8pm on Friday, July 27 at Friskel Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00pm.  Condolences may be sent online at www.friskelfuneralhome.com  Memorials may be made in the form to Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to 230 E. McKay Street, Frontenac, Kansas 66763.  Arrangements are under the direction of Friskel Funeral Home.