Mary Matousek

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Mary Grace Matousek, 90, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Independence died Wednesday at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Services at 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Independence. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday and at the church after 10 a.m. on Monday.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Matousek of Hiawatha and Barbara Matousek of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings.
Mary Grace was born on Jan. 8, 1920 in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Guy and Grace Wilson Wiley. The family moved to Milwaukee and she graduated from Milwaukee Downer College in 1941. Mary Grace joined the WAVES in the United States Naval Reserve in 1943 and was discharged as Lieutenant Jr. Grade in 1949. While in the Navy she was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Long Beach, California where she established the Occupational Therapy Department.
Mary Grace married O. Edwin Matousek on July 25, 1945 in Long Beach, Calif. He died in 1990. They lived in Newton, Mason City, Oelwein, Cedar Rapids and Independence. Mary Grace was the head of the Occupational Therapy Dept. at the Iowa Mental Health Institute in Independence for over 28 years, retiring in 1985. She was recognized by the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association in 1982 for 40 years of dedicated service.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Peoples Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association, and proudly served in the Navy during WWII.
Memorial donations may be given to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Please leave a message or tribute to the Matousek family at under Obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2010
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