Maryann Althaus

Maryann Naomi Althaus (Turner)

Thursday, October 21st, 1937 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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Maryann N. Althaus, 82, of Independence died on Thursday October 15, 2020 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA.

Maryann was born on October 21, 1937 in Independence, IA the daughter of William H. and Wilma N. (McLurg) Turner. She attended the Winthrop schools and in 1955 her family moved to El Monte, CA where she graduated from the El Monte High School in 1956. For several years she worked as a Teletype Operator for Bell Systems, and later as a Nurses Aid in Ventura, CA. In 1982 she moved back to Independence, IA; and on September 4,1982 she married Albert C. Althaus. They made their home in Independence, IA, where Maryann worked as a Nurses Aid at People’s Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2000. She joined the Buchanan County Hospital Auxiliary after her retirement and worked in the Gift shop at the Hospital for many years. Maryann was an active member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and St. John's Rosary Society in Independence, where she volunteered countless hours at many church and school functions throughout the years.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Althaus, Independence, IA, her step-mother, Marguerite Reeves, Independence, IA, her children; Michael Van Pelt, Winchester, ID, Mark Van Pelt, Winchester, ID, Marvin Van Pelt, Oak Harbor, WA, Matthew (Debbie) Van Pelt, Oak Harbor, WA, Martin Van Pelt, Dike, IA, Debbie Majors, Dysart, IA, Diane (Mike) Williams, Independence, IA, Alice, (Mike) Peyton, Independence, IA Ann (David) Saucedo, El Paso, TX, Alison (Adam) Michels, Independence, IA, Albert (Julie) Althaus, Winthrop, IA, and Donna (Brian) Derr, Independence, IA, thirty-one grandchildren, sixty-one great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, a sister; Carol Christopher, Yelm, WA, a brother William (Monica) Turner, Henderson, NV, a step-brother, Roger (Janice) Vaughn, La Porte City, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Maryann is preceded in death by her father, William H. Turner, her mother Wilma N. McLurg, and two sisters Veronica High, and Kathy Woodrich.

A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence. Visitation will be held from 2 PM until 5 PM on Tuesday October 20, 2020 at the Reiff Family Center - Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence. A Parish Vigil Service will be held at 5 PM on Tuesday.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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    A Parish Vigil service will be held at 5 PM on Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020
  • Service

    St. John's Catholic Church
    209 5th Ave NE
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    A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Catholic Church
    Rev. Paul McManus
  • Interment

    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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Tony Bengston

Posted at 09:45am
Sympathies to Al and all Maryann's family and friends. Maryann was such a people person and always smiling. She will be dearly missed.

Linda Dodge

Posted at 10:43am
Al and all the family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person to work with. I originally trained her at our nursing home, then 11 years later she retrained me. She never could find me in the phone book so would call my mom for my phone number. She remembered my maiden name and was always looking for it instead of my married name. It's been 20 years ago I guess she retired . Although you don't take the job out of a lady like her. She was still wanting to do our job in the nursing home as she was a resident at the time. She would try to help feed or wanted to take someone to the restroom or whatever she thought they needed. She was a very busy lady. She will be missed but are so thankful she won't be suffering anymore. That is so hard to watch It's also been hard for you being unable to visit in the nursing home due to Covid. This has been a very difficult year for everyone, not just health care, but Everyone. Life has changed and I would love to just go back to normal . We can't worry all the time, or we don't live but it's scary all the same. You all take care and Know your in my thoughts at this difficult time. May God Bless each of you in a special way.
Linda Dodge

Paula Lappe

Posted at 08:37am
I remember Aunt MaryAnn as a kind, warm and loving person. She was proud of her family. She always had a welcoming smile and made a person feel at home while you were at theirs. Her and Uncle Al complemented each other well. She will be missed.

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