Mary Kay Cusic, 65, of Humeston, formerly of Cascade, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 14, 2021 of a heart condition.

To celebrate her life, a public visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade. Services were held Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Reiff Funeral Home and Rev. Mark Osterhaus presided, and the Musician and Vocalist was Paula Wolfe.

Interment was held at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

Casketbearers were: Tom Rogers, Todd Rogers, Peter Rogers, Jeff Rogers, Jerry Rogers, Jason Wolf, Aaron Wolf and Brian Bertling.

Mary Kay was born April 30, 1955 in Cascade to Thomas and Bernadine (Jaeger) Steger, the youngest of four children. She attended Aquin High School, graduating with the class of 1973. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Upper Iowa University in 1978. Mary Kay married her best friend Jeff Cusic on July 26, 1980. Her teaching career included Headstart in Oelwein, St. Paul’s School in Worthington, Lineville/Clio Community Schools in Lineville, and Wayne Community Schools in Corydon. She retired in 2019 after 40 years of teaching. Mary Kay was adored by her many students whose lives she touched throughout the years.

Mary Kay is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Jeff Cusic; her siblings Susan (Loras) Wolfe of Worthington, Carol (Greg) Bertling of Onslow, Iowa and John Steger of Walterboro, South Carolina; nieces and nephews Paula, Lisa, Tom, Todd, Peter, Dana, Jeff, Jerry, Melissa, Jason, Aaron, Brian, Krista, Jackie, and Jessy; many great nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Connie) Cusic of Worthington, Iowa, David (Carol) Cusic of Altoona, Iowa and Jane Steger of Camanche, Iowa.

Mary Kay was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law Jim and Marion Cusic; and nephews Kipp Bertling and Joshua Steger.

The simplest pleasures in life brought Mary Kay great joy. Her interests included fishing with her beloved husband, flower gardening, her cats, 3D archery, cheering for the Hawkeyes, teaching Civics, going out with the girls on Wednesdays, and spending time with her family who loved her dearly. She always acknowledged and celebrated birthdays, holidays, and special events with cards, gifts or cheering from the bleachers. Her compassionate heart, smile and laughter will be greatly missed. Mary Kay brought so much to our world, and we are all blessed, and better people because of her.

In lieu of flowers, a Mary Kay Cusic memorial fund has been established. Anyone wishing to send a memorial may send it to the Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Mary Kay Cusic Family, P.O. Box 430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033.

Online condolence may be given to the family at http://www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com