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Mary Stofer
October 13, 1933 - December 10, 2013

Mary E. Stofer, 80, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday December 10, 2013.  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein, with visitation on Thursday, December 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Geilenfeld  Funeral Home in Oelwein.  P.E.O. services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday as well.  Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Mary was born on October 13, 1933 in Elliott, IA to parents Ray and Effie (Kirby) Williams.  On October 29, 1949, Mary was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Stofer in Jefferson, IA.

Mary was employed at A.J. Steele Company for 20 years.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, P.E.O., American Legion Auxiliary, and Faith and Friends.  Mary enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and games with her great granddaughter Anna, and visiting with her friends and family.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  In lieu of flowers, Mary’s family requests memorial contributions be made in Mary’s name to an organization of your choice.

Left to celebrate Mary’s life are her daughter Susan (Bruce) Sperry of Waterloo; her son Dale (Pat) Stofer of Mesa, AZ; daughter-in-law Aileen Stofer of Mesa AZ; grandchildren Carol (Dan) Sperry Weber of Waterloo; Alan Sperry of Highlands Ranch, CO; Dan (Michelle) Sperry of Orlando FL; Lisa(Shane) Kula ; four step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren; and her many friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dick (April 2013); her son Kirk Stofer; her sisters: Lois Morgan and Clara Moranville; and her brothers: Lewis Williams and Ray Williams, Jr. 


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Sue Link Ledesma on February 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM said:

To Dale from former classmate graduate of 1973. Was sorry to hear of the loss of your mom Mary she was such a nice lady and when ever I saw her she always spoke. Hard to loose both of your parents. My sympathy's. Sue
Jerome, Lya Boyer on December 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM said:

Were so sorry for your lose Susan...She will be sadly missed by all.
Just would like to express our & heartfelt sympathy to you & your family for the lose of your Mom.
Take care.
Fred Steele on December 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM said:

Dorothy and I were sadened to learn of Mary's death. She was always the most cheerful employee and really ran the office, while always being a great friend to our family. We will miss her, but know she and "Dutch" are in great company, lying near Ed & Helene Steele in eternal rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stofer family.
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on December 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM said:

Mary was such a wonderful person. Always smiling, she will be missed. My sympathy to her family.
Jennifer Steele Lang on December 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM said:

I will always remember Mary with fondness. Growing up, whenever I had to stop at the warehouse, Mary greeted me with smiles, happiness, and always took an interest in what was happening in my life. She was a great secretary for AJ Steele Co, a great family friend, and a fabulous person. Sympathies to her entire family.
Sheryl Gosse on December 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM said:

Susie/Bruce & family: Thinking of you in the loss of your mom. This has been a tough year in your family and others. Your parents are together again. Cherish the memories, be close w/your brother and your family. Your parents are now at peace/together.
Carol Weaver on December 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM said:

My deepest sympathy. Mary was one of the sweetest people I ever met.
Chris Thompson on December 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM said:

Thinking of you all and sending prayers for comfort your way.
Rev. Jackie Bradford on December 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM said:

Mary will be missed. Her smile was infectious. Our inside joke was "Mary Esther" as she was known in Elliot. She shared this with me when I was serving the Elliot United Methodist Church. Folks in Elliot would tell me I knew their relative from Oelwein...soon I learned why I hadn't made the connection. In Oelwein she was Mary...after Elliot she was Mary Esther...and she always signed her cards that way. I was blessed to have known her. My sympathy to all who loved her and Dutch.
Julie & Kevin Kipp on December 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM said:

Susan and Dale
We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

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