Mary E. "Marie" (Kerns) Newton (1919 - 2012)

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OELWEIN – Mary E. "Marie" Newton, 92, of Oelwein, died on Saturday morning, March 3, at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.
Mary Elizabeth "Marie" Newton was born on April 29, 1919 at rural Fairbank, the daughter of Nicholas and Gertrudis Anna (Faber) Kerns. She received her education from the rural Bremer County Schools. Marie was united in marriage to Thomas John "Jack" Newton on June 21, 1938 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank. She and Jack farmed at rural Fairbank for many years. Marie continued to live on the farm following Jack's death. She sold apples from her orchard and was a sales representative for Stanley Products and Sara Coventry Jewelry. Marie retired and moved to Oelwein in 1995.
Marie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rita #321. She enjoyed crocheting, gambling and gardening.
Marie is survived by her four Children: Beverly (Phil) Copenhaver of Independence, Robert (Rose) Newton of Oelwein, Janet ( Junior) Covington of Brandon and Doris (Ron) Rechkemmer of Maynard; 15 Grandchildren ; 23 Great Grandchildren and Many Nieces, Nephews and Friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Jack, on July 13, 1970; Brother, William "Bill" Kerns and four sisters, Doris and Beverly Kerns in infancy, Evelyn (Leonard) Salisbury and Alice (Dale) Bayness.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein, with Rev. Harry Koelker officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home Oelwein.
A C.D.A. Rosary will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. A Parish Scripture Service will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, as well. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 2 to Mar. 17, 2012