Mary A. Ostwinkle, 98, of Epworth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation for Mary was held from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth. Anyone who was unable to attend may send memorials to the Reiff Funeral Home Attn: Mary Ostwinkle Family, PO Box 99, Farley, Iowa, 52046.

Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Placid, with Rev. Michael Schueller. Lectors were Trudy Vokac and Tracy Ostwinkle. Eucharistic Ministers were Matt Knepper and Nate Knepper. Placing of the Pall was done by: Dan Ostwinkle, Robert Ostwinkle, Duane Ostwinkle, Joseph Ostwinkle, Jerry Ostwinkle, Roger Ostwinkle and Karen Sadewasser. Services will be live streamed at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page.

Burial: St. Paul’s Cemetery, in Worthington.

Honorary Pallbearers: Carol Ernst, Jenny Ernst, Gayle Ernst, Ethel Vorwald, Donna Koppes, Doris McElvoy, Marlene Weber and Joanie Glockner.

Pallbearers: Dan Ostwinkle, Robert Ostwinkle, Duane Ostwinkle, Joseph Ostwinkle, Jerry Ostwinkle, Roger Ostwinkle and Karen Sadewasser.

Mary was born Feb. 17, 1923 in Farley, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Klocker) Kelchen Sr. She received her education from St. Joseph’s Schools. On Nov. 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Ostwinkle at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley. The couple farmed together in rural Placid for many years. He preceded her in death Dec. 18, 1986.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society in Placid.

Mary was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Mary was a kind hearted friendly person who loved everyone. She truly loved talking to her family and friends on the phone and catching up with them. Mary was a hard worker and enjoyed working outside especially in her garden, she went on to enjoy the many fruits of her labor by canning meats, fruits, and vegetables; enough to feed an army. She enjoyed baking, bowling, and quilting and has made a lot of quilts throughout the years. She also liked to collect porcelain dolls.

She is survived by seven children: Dan (Marietta) Ostwinkle of Farley, Robert (Teresa) Ostwinkle of Cascade, Duane (Beth) Ostwinkle, Joseph (Alice) Ostwinkle, Jerry (Sue) Ostwinkle, Roger (Lisa) Ostwinkle all of Epworth and Karen (Doug) Sadewasser of Manchester; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren with one more on the way in September; sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dottie” Tobin of Worthington.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Deanne Ostwinkle on March 29, 1952; eight sisters: Coletta (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Ella (John) Gross, and Alvina Kelchen; three brothers: Raymond (Rachel) Kelchen, Joseph (Lucille) Kelchen, and Edward Kelchen; brothers and sisters — in — law, Alfred (Anna Mae) Ostwinkle, Bernard “Barney” Ostwinkle, Leo ( Doris) Ostwinkle, Lester “Jack” Ostwinkle, Ernest (Del Rose) Ostwinkle, Eugene Tobin, Marie (Fred) Turnis, Lucille (Urban) Ludwig, Katherine (Leon) Ludwig, Margaret Ostwinkle, and Delores Ostwinkle in infancy.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Katherine Meyers, the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, and Above and Beyond Hospice for all the wonderful care and support they gave to Mary and her family.

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