Mary Havey, 96, Charles City

Mary Havey, 96, of Charles City, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

A funeral Mass for Mary Havey will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City.  Reverend Phil Schmitt will celebrate the Mass.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Charles City.

Friends may call at the Hauser Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014, where a Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Mary Olive (Ostermann) Havey was born in the German Valley near Nashua on February 11, 1918, to Hattie (Beck) and John Ostermann, the third of five children.  She attended elementary school in Cowell and graduated from the Charles City High School in 1936.  After graduation, she worked as a secretary for $3 a week.  In 1941, she was engaged to Raymond Havey; however the second world war postponed their wedding until December 27, 1944.  She worked part and full time for Ellendale Dairy, Urban Renewal, and the City of Charles City until her retirement in February, 1980.  In their later years, Ray and Mary enjoyed traveling with grandchildren and visiting relatives.  Mary was an avid Bridge player, member of St. Anthony’s Circle at the Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary, and mentor to the Young Mothers’ Club.  She was deeply involved in the community and a great friend to many.  She especially loved sewing and quilting, and was a member of regional quilting clubs.  Education was extremely important to Mary and through her encouragement, all four of her children graduated from college.

Living family members include her children:  Tom (Marcia), Ann (Dale Musson), Mike (Olszyna), and Pat (Kathy); 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister (Darlene Sherstad); sister-in-law (Dorothy Ostermann); and brother-in-law and wife (Dick and Lura Havey).

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

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