Mary Curry

Mary Deborah "Debbie" Curry (Esch)

Thursday, July 3rd, 1952 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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Mary D. “Debbie” Curry, 68, of Independence, IA died on Tuesday October 20, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Debbie was born on July 3, 1952 in Independence, IA the daughter of Harold E. and JoAnn (Bwalwan) Esch. She graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in 1970. She married Charles Hoover in 1972, and they later divorced. Shortly after graduating Debbie started working at Geator Manufacturing in Independence. In 1976 she started a new job at the Independence High School as a Secretary. There she treated the students and staff of the school as if they were her family. On July 11, 1986 Debbie married Donald Patrick Curry at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA. Together they went to every school sporting, music, and extra-curricular event they could. She volunteered often and supported the Mustang Booster Clubs and actively involved Dollars for Scholars Program. In 2008, after thirty-two years, Debbie retired from the highschool.

She loved the school, but the loved the people and students that made the community more. Debbie was involved in the “Building a Dream Home” for the Spece family in rural Independence, IA. She spent many hours helping to raise the funds needed to complete the project.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends. There were many late nights of playing poker, bingo, and traveling to casinos with friends and family. Bowling was among one of Debbie’s favorite things. She was a member of the Independence Bowling Association and served as the Bowlerette League Secretary for many years. Above all else Debbie loved spending time with her grandchildren, and always held a special place in her heart at all times.

Debbie is survived by her mother, JoAnn Esch, Independence, IA, her husband of thirty-four years, Donnie Curry, Independence, IA, her son, Barry (Katie) Hoover, Independence, IA, Step-daughter, Suzanne Burshan, Tampa, FL, her grandchildren, Dalton and Blayke Hoover, and Aliya Burshan, two brothers; Steve (Patty) Esch, Independence, IA and Brad (Laurie) Esch, Independence, IA, three sisters; Roxann Henderson, Davidson, NC, Kathy (Doug) Holt, Independence, IA, and Jenny Reuther, Independence, IA, a brother-in-law, Ron (Sharon) Curry, Independence, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Esch, a brother, Scott Esch, her mother and father-in-law, George and Bernice Curry, three brothers-in-law, Dennis Henderson, Bernard Curry, and Leonard Curry, three sisters-in-law Lois Hermsen, Carol Woolery, and Roseann Curry, and a niece Lisa Henderson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on October 26, 2020 at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA with Rev. Paul McManus Presiding. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence. Visitation will be held from 1 PM until 6 PM on Sunday October 25, 2020 at the Reiff Family Center - Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence. A Rosary will be said at 1 PM and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 6 on Sunday.

Friends are encouraged to dress in their Mustang Pride for the visitation and funeral service.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established at BankIowa in Independence to start a Scholarship Fund in honor Debbie.

Face masks and social distancing are recommended during the visitation and funeral service.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, October 25th, 2020 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, October 26th, 2020 10:30am
    St. John's Catholic Church
    209 5th Ave NE
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    Face masks and social distancing are recommended during the visitation and funeral service.
    Rev. Paul McManus
  • Interment

    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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Jason Lang

Posted at 03:32pm
I am so sorry to just be reading about the loss of Debbie. Going to the office at the high school always meant a smile, a laugh and assurance that if you needed something she would do whatever she could to help out. There was a period of time at the high school where it's safe to say she was running the place with her knowledge and experience. My belated condolences to all of her family and friends. She was a light in the world and brightened the day of many students and staff at Independence High School. Rest in Peace.

Wanda Goins

Posted at 09:30pm
My condolences for the loss of Debbie. She made life much easier for every person attending and working at Independence High School. My prayers are with all of you, family and close friends. Wanda Goins


Marvin Hrubes

Posted at 06:19pm
As a former consultant with the Iowa Dept of Ed and later principal at St. Johns, Debbie was always so welcoming and helpful at any time I stopped in to visit with the superintendent at Independence Community Schools. Our prayers and sympathy to all the family members.

Glenda Schweitzer

Posted at 01:26pm
My heartfelt condolences to all of Debbie's family. She always had a smile, time for a chat ..even a bit of gossip! She was a dear friend who always made the day sunnier. She was instrumental in gathering us IHS retirees for "meetings" at Bill's. She is missed. My prayers are with you all.
Glenda Schweitzer,
colleague and friend.

Mike Loveland

Posted at 08:50pm
I am Debbie's cousin. Her and I grew up on the farm together.
She was not the nicest person ever you all describe her to be. I say that because she threatened to beat me up in the pig patio on the Esch farm back in the 60's. That's not right.
Seriously, I will miss you Debbie Curry, you were always a good person.


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