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Mary Stahl

May 12, 1920 ~ April 13, 2019 (age 98)

Mary Stahl, 98, of Wellsburg, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Wellsburg with Pastor Victoria Shepherd officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service starting at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow services at the church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family, to be later donated to a local cause in memory of Mary. Abels Funeral And Cremation Service-Doyen-Chapel in Wellsburg is caring for Mary and her family. A full obituary will be available soon and if you need further assistance, you may call the funeral home at (641) 869-3336.

Mary Stahl was born on May 12, 1920, at home in Wellsburg to her parents William and Dora (Buss) Harms. She attended Country School Pleasant Valley #9. After school, she worked as a caretaker and nanny to children. Mary was united in marriage to Edwin Stahl on March 10, 1943, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church outside of Wellsburg. Edwin and Mary made their home on the farm, farming for 31 years. Mary worked hand-in-hand with Edwin, helping with chores and the day-to-day work. Eventually, they retired from farming and moved into town; after moving to town, Mary helped in the school cafeteria washing dishes for 10 years before retiring in 1986.


Mary cherished the time that she was able to spend with her family and friends; she was very close to her siblings and nieces and nephews. She enjoyed quilting and embordering and had both vegetable and flower gardens while she lived on the farm, canning her hard work to save for later. Mary was a member of the local card club and enjoyed having coffee with her friends. She loved spending her time babysitting and taking care of children. Mary was a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was a member of the women’s group and sang in the choir.


Mary is survived by her loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Ibeling, Dick, Willie, Tommy, Alfred, and Elmer, sisters Lena and Mable.

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