Mary Mashek

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JESUP – Mary Jean Mashek, 64 years old of Jesup, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, of cancer. She was born Feb. 7, 1945, at Cresco, the daughter of John Swestka and Marcella (Denner) Swestka.
Following her high school graduation in 1963 from Protivin High School, she attended business college in Des Moines. On Aug. 7, 1965, she was united in marriage to James George Mashek at Protivin. They have made their home in Jesup since 1970 where Mary was a homemaker, seamstress and also drove a school bus for Jesup Community Schools for 29 years.
She was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church and Catholic Daughter of Americas Court of St. Pius X #1714 both in Jeusp.
Mary is survived by her husband, James Mashek of Jesup; one son, Matthew Mashek of Jesup; three grandaughters: Amanda Ryherd of Moberly, Mo., Miranda Mashek and Mirrisa Mashek both of Jesup; one great-grandson, Baylor Zane Ryherd; three sisters: Rita (Virgil) Lukes of Rochester, Minn., Donna (James) Townsend of Grinnell and Cheryl (Ron) Jensen of Byron, Minn.; four brothers: Arthur (Wanda) Swestka, Waucoma, Ronald (Joyce) Swestka of Cresco, John (Joan) Swestka, Jr., of Protivin, and Gary (Robbie) Swestka, of Cresco.
In addition to her parents, one daughter, Janice Mashek and one grand daughter Mercedes Mashek preceded her in death. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. – Friday, September 4, 2009, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with Fr. Kenneth C. Stecher as celebrant. Music will be by Mr. Brett Hershberger, organist, Todd Rohlfsen, soloist and the St. Athanasius Choir.
Casket Bearers will be Kirk Swestka, Jason Swestka, Brian Swestka, Tim Swestka, Todd Townsend, and Chad Jensen. Burial will be at St. Athanasius Catholic Cemetery, Jesup. Friends may call anytime after 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a Catholic Daughters of Americas Rosary at 3 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will also be for an hour before services Friday at the church. Memorials will be directed to St. Athanasius Catholic Church and School, Camp Courageous of Iowa and to the . Online condolences may be left at Visit our guestbook at White Funeral Home, Jesup, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 2 to Sept. 5, 2009
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