Mary Ann “Sues” Oetker, 85

Mary Ann “Sues” Oetker, 85, of Marshalltown, died Sunday, December 15th, 2013 in the care of the Iowa River Hospice Home with her loving family at her side.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 19th, at the Immaculate Conception Oratory in Haverhill with Fr. Don Czapla officiating. Entombment will follow in the Riverside Mausoleum. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service. Memorials may be directed to the Iowa River Hospice in her memory. For condolences, please visit Ph. 641-844-1234.

Born Mary Ann Catherine Stalzer on August 25th, 1928, she was the youngest of 12 children born to Anton “Tony” and Amelia “Molly” (Holdgrafer) Stalzer. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Parochial School and then attended St. Mary’s in Marshalltown before graduating from the Van Cleve High School.

On November 24th, 1947, she was united in marriage to Cletus Oetker at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Haverhill. They farmed northwest of Haverhill until retiring to Marshalltown over 25 years ago. Mrs. Oetker also was employed many years as a charge aid at the Marshall County Care Facility.

Mary Ann enjoyed playing cards (Pepper with Haverhill rules and 500 at the Embers), the accordion with her niece and brother on the guitar, doing childcare after her retirement from MCCF, bowling and the tournaments she traveled to, listening to western music, square dancing with Clete and attending any family event.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Gary (Vickie) Oetker of Plano, Texas, Linda (Pat) Peakin of Colo, Iowa, Laurie (Rick) Bradley of Wonder Lake, IL., and Jane (Mike) Hulsizer of Haverhill, her son-in-law Warren Humphreys of Albion, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, her brother Tony “Jr. Stalzer of Carroll, Iowa, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and “family” at the Embers.

In death, Mary Ann rejoined her beloved Clete, her daughter Rhonda Humphreys who died in February of 2012, her parents whom she dearly loved and three sisters and eight brothers as well as the Oetker side of the family.