Mary Pinegar

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Mary Leona Pinegar

Des Moines

Mary Leona Pinegar, 81, died December 22, 2011, at Des Moines Methodist Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born in Mitchellville, Iowa, January 12, 1930, to Clarabelle and Cornelius Kooyman. She attended school in Runnels, Iowa and graduated from Mitchellville High School where she was editor of the school newspaper and received a Governor's Award for Journalism. She moved to Des Moines, Iowa following graduation where she married attorney Richard L. Pinegar and raised her three children, Richard, Ted, and Mary.

She was predeceased by her late husband, Richard L. Pinegar; her brother, Frank Kooyman; half brothers, Woodrow and Beryl Kooyman; half sister, Etha Bell; and son, Ted T. Pinegar.

She is survived by her brother, John Kooyman; daughter, Mary Lee Pinegar; son, Richard L. Pinegar Jr.; and four grandchildren, Richard III, Chelsea, Aaron and Stacia Pinegar. She was loved by her extended family and many friends and will be missed.

There will be visitation at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday evening, December 29, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m., and a brief graveside service at 2 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011, at Oakwood Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.


Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 28, 2011