Mary Minske died peacefully in her sleep in October 2022, in Mesa, Arizona. She was born to Robert and Norma Ofstehage in Vermillion, South Dakota, in 1946.
Raised on the family farm, she attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Vermillion High School. She earned her BFA degree from the University of South Dakota, where she met and married Ronald Minske in 1968. While Ron served in the U.S. Air Force, they lived in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Republic of Panama. They went on to live in Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and Arizona. Mary worked as the executive assistant to three presidents of a medical products manufacturing company in Tempe, Arizona, for 27 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, working extensively on her family genealogy, and watching Formula 1 motor racing and college and pro football on TV.