OELWEIN - Mary P. Hernandez, 102, of Oelwein, died Thursday evening, July 4, 2013 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosie and Kent Casey, in Oelwein.
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein, with the Rev. Paul McManus and Deacon Jim Patera officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.
Family will greet friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein, where a C.D.A. rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. and a parish scripture service at 7 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established for Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
Mary Paula Hernandez was born on June 29, 1911 in Corupo Michoacan, Mexico, the daughter of Jesus and Vicenta (Solis) Hernandez. Mary's family was displaced from their hometown due to the revolution and her father went to the United States in search of work. In 1918, the family immigrated to the U.S. to re-unite with their father when Mary was seven. The family then traveled to many states as Mary's father searched for work until they settled in Iowa when Mary was a teenager.
Mary was united in marriage to John O. Hernandez at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein on Dec. 12, 1926, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. John and Mary were blessed with five children. Mary was a homemaker until after the loss of her husband John on March 28, 1963. She then worked at Wilson's processing plant in town. Mary later began work at Sacred Heart Elementary and High School as the hot lunch cook. She held the position for 30 years, retiring at age 81. Mary is remembered by many students as the smiling chef and for her outstanding home cooked meals that she served.
She taught her children to be proud of their heritage and to love their brothers and sisters. Her grandchildren were especially important to her and they lovingly called her Dan-Dan. Throughout her whole life, Mary continued to play a pivotal role in the lives of her family. Although a lot has changed during Mary's 102 years of life, three things remained constant: her habit of hard work, her love of family and her dedication to her Catholic faith. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosary Society and Quilters. She was a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rita #321. In years past Mary was a Cub Scout Den Mother, member of the Navy Mothers Club and the Latin American Club in Waterloo.
Mary is survived by her 2 daughters, Chelo Collier of Cedar Rapids and Rosie (Kent) Casey of Oelwein; her son Richard (Tawni) Hernandez of Waterloo; 2 daughters-in-law, Grace Hernandez of Evansdale and Joan Hernandez of Oelwein; 21 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Esther Sanchez of Gary, Ind., and Alberta Cordova of Gary, Ind.; 1 brother Ralph (Emily) Duenas of Gary, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Vicenta Hernandez, stepfather Alexander Duenas, husband John O. Hernandez, 2 sons, John M. Hernandez and Robert Hernandez, 2 grandsons, Rob Casey and Dave Metcalf, granddaughter Anna Hernandez, son-in-law Beryl Collier, 2 brothers, Larry Duenas and Jesse Hernandez, sister Linda Hernandez and 2 daughters-in-law, Alice Hernandez and Norma Hernandez.
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Published in Oelwein Daily Register on July 6, 2013