Mary Osterhaus

Mary Theresa Osterhaus (Lukan)

Friday, March 2nd, 1928 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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- Mary Osterhaus, 92, of Independence, Iowa died on Sunday afternoon, October 11, 2020, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence, Iowa.

Mary was born on March 2, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Anton and Helen (Tobin) Lukan. She was united in marriage to Walt Osterhaus on November 28, 1946 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Dyersville, Iowa. The couple moved to Independence in 1947, where they raised their nine children. After their children were raised, Mary worked as a Salesclerk at Hess Pharmacy in Independence for many years.

Mary was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, where she was active in the Rosary Society and as a member of the church choir. Mary (and Walt) enjoyed biking and fishing together and spending many of their summers at their cabin on the Mississippi River, as well as spending many of their winters in Arizona. One of Mary's favorite hobbies was embroidery. She also had much enjoyment from her yearly garage sales and baking banana bread.

Mary is survived by eight children: Ken (Phyl) Osterhaus, Ankeny, IA, Steve (Sandy) Osterhaus, DeSoto, WI, Chris (Charlie) Tutwiler, Bossier City, LA, Cathy (Bruce) Rosene, Rowley, IA, Sue (Dave) Greiner, Panora, IA, Nancy (Jim) Hosch, Lansing, IA, Maria (Chris) McCalley, Illinois City, IL, and Lisa (Jim) Geiger, Milan IL, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition, Mary is survived by one sister, Donnie Ronan, Kansas City, KS, and a former daughter-in-law Margaret Hosch.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter Osterhaus, one son, Dan Osterhaus, a granddaughter Angela Tutwiler, five brothers: Father Ken Lukan, Bob Lukan, Tom Lukan, Bill Lukan, and Wayne Lukan.

A private graveside service will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence. At a future date a Memorial Mass will be celebrated in her memory at Saint John's Catholic Church, Independence. The Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
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A Private Graveside Side service was held at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Independence, IA


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Don & Barbara Sabin

Posted at 05:03pm
We were fortunate to have had Walt and Mary Osterhaus as great neighbors while we still lived in, what had become a relatively quiet neighborhood in Independence, after many children had been raised and were sent on their way into the adult world. Our trees always blessed Walt and Mary with many leaves in the fall, which I tried to keep picked up from the street curbing, even though they didn't necessarily have our name on them. I know Walt appreciated that. Our condolences to the family, knowing that Mary had a life well lived! Don & Barbara Sabin

Charles Serra

Posted at 03:29pm
Our deepest condolences to the family of Mary Osterhaus . I worked with Mary for several years. She was always a joy to be around. May she rest with Walt in paradise with the Angels and Saints. Your presents will be missed. Chuck &Connie Serra

Angie Roth

Posted at 12:34pm
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's death. She and Walt sure did keep us entertained when we were kids, didn't they Lisa? In more recent years, I spoke to Mary whenever she stopped in the office. She always had a smile and kept me updated on her family. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Angie (Miller) Roth

Dick and Jane Griswold

Posted at 08:58am
We enjoyed Mary while we were there visiting with our Mom Harriet Griswold. She took very good care of Harriet getting what ever she needed and all the visits at her room.

Posted at 07:53pm
Mary was a very nice lady. When she lived in the neighborhood I would see her walking alot and she would always say hello with a big smile. I'm sure she will be solely missed by all who knew her. God bless her soul.

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