Mary Margaret (Chase) Lehmann (1961 - 2015)

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DECORAH – Mary Chase Lehmann, age 53, formerly of Independence, IA, died on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, IA.
Mary Margaret (Chase) Lehmann was born on December 27, 1961, the daughter of Charles Burton and Mary Jane (Hauber) Chase in Waterloo, IA. Mary attended and graduated from North High School in West Union, IA in 1980. Mary started caring for people at the age of sixteen at the Good Samaritan Center in West Union and worked there for ten years. She was united in marriage to John Lehmann, had three children and later divorced. Mary worked at the Independence Nursing Home and then continued independently to take care of the elderly for many years in their homes. She had a loving big heart and a lot of compassion to care for her clients Mary also worked at Dollar General as an assistant manager in the Independence and Oelwein areas. Mary along with Bill Kurtz, the love of her life, enjoyed painting homes inside and out as well as fishing.
Mary is survived by her three children: Melissa (Jarrid) Campbell, Independence, IA, and their daughters: Khloe and Lilly; Skyler (friend, Chastity Jensen, along with their baby on the way) Lehmann, Independence, IA, and his daughter, Olivia Burns; and Kassandra Lehmann, Independence, IA. One step-daughter: Emily (Chad) Elliott, Roland, IA, and her children: Caleb Lehmann, Samantha, Ross, Kierra and Annarose Elliott. One step-son: Andy (Shannon Starch) Lehmann, Iowa City, IA, and his children: Lucy and Eve Lehmann. Five siblings: Tim (Rhonda) Chase, Cameron, MO; Charlene (Tom) Kriener, Decorah, IA; Lori (Jed) Siebrecht, Clermont, IA; Chuck (Barb Youngblood) Chase, West Union, IA; and Chris (Mike) Miller, St. Charles, IA, along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Three aunts: Linda (Steve) Swartz, Marshalltown, IA; Sharon (Kenny) Even, Gilbertville, IA; and Sister Mary Charlene Chase, RSM, Cedar Rapids, IA. and many cousins.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents: Charles Burton and Mary Jane (Hauber) Chase. Her sister: Angela Chase. One grandson: Zander Campbell. Her Grandparents: Donald and Violet Hauber and Charles and Margaret Chase. Her very close companion, Bill Kurtz in June 2015.
Funeral Services were held 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Decorah with Deacon Nick Francois. Interment followed in Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery, Festina.
The family was assisted with arrangements by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, 2015