Mary Anne (Mockler) Case, 83, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville, IA.
Services for Mary Anne will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Kingsley, Iowa on Monday, November 28, 2016. The family will greet attendees at 9:30. Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.
Mary Anne was born on May 22, 1933 at the farmhouse of her parents, Edward and Pearl (Feeney) Mockler near Kingsley, Iowa.
She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class at Remsen, attended college at Briar Cliff College, and graduated from Mount Mary in Milwaukee.
She pursued a career in occupational therapy, eventually retiring from the Cherokee Mental Health Institute.
Despite physical challenges – a congenital hearing impairment, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and a thirty-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease — Mary Anne balanced her professional career with her roles as wife and mother.
She was decidedly Irish Catholic, not the least in her obdurate loyalty to a large extended family. The milestones that marked her life were the births, deaths, marriages, anniversaries, graduations, and christenings of five generations.
Suffering from the physical and cognitive symptoms of Parkinson’s, Mary Anne lost the anchor of her life, her husband Wayne, in July 2016. She deteriorated rapidly thereafter.
Mary Anne is survived by her children: Martin (Minneapolis), wife Mona Smith, Nathaniel and Riley; Todd (Iowa City), wife Alesa, Teague and Eamon; Monica (New Glarus) and Owen, Tamra (Jeffersonville, VT), husband Steve Higgins, Tara and Lucy; Clark (Dixon, NM), partner Nicole DeMaret, Nicholas and Isabel; and Jesse (Iowa City), wife Shelly Kerr, Keenan and Nolan.
She is also survived by her brother, Paul Mockler, and by many beloved nephews and nieces.