Mary Lea Gudenkauf, 78, of Cascade, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, in Cedar Rapids.
Friends and relatives of Mary Lea called from 2-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a prayer service was held at 4 p.m.
Services for Mary Lea were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cascade, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Eucharistic Ministers were Jean Conrad and Shelly Schlemme. Lector was Sue Gudenkauf. Placing of the pall was done by Richard Gudenkauf, Rhonda and Shane Toms, Tyler and Sawyer. Musicians were Becky Williams and Lori Gravel. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.
Casketbearers were Eric Recker, Mark Knipper, Tim Greif, Dennis Gudenkauf, Mitchell Huff, Sabrina Atkins, Mike Moleski and Greg Staner.
She was born July 11, 1940, in Earlville, daughter of Leo and Marie (Melchert) Recker. She received her education from St. Patrick School in Ryan. She was united in marriage June 19, 1962 to Loras Gudenkauf at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan. He preceded her in death Jan. 10, 2018. The couple farmed in the Cascade area.
She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.
She is survived by two children, Richard Gudenkauf, of Cascade and Rhonda Andrew Toms and husband Shane Toms, of Cedar Rapids; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Loras (Gloria) Recker, of Ryan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf, Bernadette (Robert) Staner, of Cascade, Joyce (Tony) Feldman, of Earlville, James Rollinger, of Cascade and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper, of Hopkinton.
She is preceded in death by her parents; step-mother Levona (Kula) Recker; one daughter, Mary Gudenkauf in infancy in 1964; one brother, Kenneth Recker; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Rollinger, Sandy Rollinger; her father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lucille Gudenkauf.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com