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Mary L. (McGee) Cain-Wente

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Mary L. (McGee) Cain-Wente

Mary L. (McGee) Cain-Wente 74, of Benson, Minnesota and Porter Minnesota, died Monday, June 17, 2024, in Benson,  surrounded by family.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 28 at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock, at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29 followed by a celebration of life at Buddies Bar & Grill from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mary was born July 11, 1949, in Benson to Thomas A. and Fern N. (VanVickle) McGee.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith.  She attended elementary school in Danvers and Benson Senior High School.
Mary was an entrepreneur and worked in the service industry most of her life serving others.  She was a social butterfly and greeted everyone she met as “honey”.  Mary and her mom, Fern McGee, owned the Cloverleaf Supper Club from 1979 - 1992.  She was a great businesswoman and always found ways to reach her customers.  In 1993, Mike and Mary purchased The Teakwood Bar which would become the Cut Loose Lounge in Porter.  They made life-long friends and found their forever home.
Mary was united in marriage to Gerald Cain, June 1966.  Mary was united in marriage to Michael R. Wente, the love of her life, October 19, 1997, at a surprise “shotgun” ceremony the groom knew nothing about.  Mary arranged all details and surprised Mike during his birthday party.  They were great partners and shared a special love.
Mary was an incredibly strong, courageous, and independent woman.  She was generous, cared deeply for her loved ones, and treasured time spent with family and friends.  She was a devoted mother, wife, grandma, sister, and friend to many.  Mary’s favorite hobby was spending time with her horses; trail riding, team penning, or just being on the farm.  She also enjoyed auctions, thrift stores and any good deal.  Mary and Mike enjoyed many trips to South Dakota and various camping locations in Minnesota to ride horse and enjoy time on their Ranger.
She will be greatly missed by her children: Charlene Friedlein of Maplewood, Chad (Teri) Cain of Benson, Chris (Patti) Wente of Morris, Keith (Tracy) Wente, Porter; grandchildren: Taylor Atchison, Lindsey Atchison, Chase Corona-Cain, Paige Cain, Beth Cain, Brooke (Graham) Ambrose, Isaac (Emma) Wente, Autumn Wente, Carter Wente and Maya Wente; great-grandchildren: Ophelia Corona-Cain, Oaks and Leo Wente; brother Thomas L. McGee; sisters: Rita (Wayne) Wersinger and Juanita Saterbak; sister-in-law Bernie Wente, brother-in-law Vic (Lois) Wente, brother-in-law Tom Wente, and  several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Wente, her parents, Thomas and Fern McGee, sisters, Sharon Nyren, Becky Mohrman, sister-in-law Judy McGee, brother-in-law Dale Nyren, son-in-law Richard Friedlein; her in-laws Eli and Alma Wente, brother-in-law Dave Wente, sister-in-law Chrysta Wente; nieces Robin Nyren and Jozy Saterbak; and many other cherished family members and friends.
Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.


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