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“Mary and i shared interests in painting. she had many skills, and shared them so freely. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Rowena Hardinger - Cedar Ffalls, IA

“I have referred to Mary as "Mrs. Watkins" of Albia. She was such a delight to work with and was always interested in helping those who wished to...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Messer - Mt. Pleasant, IA

“We were so saddened to hear of Mary's passing. Mary and I had worked together at the Albia Newspapers when we lived in Albia and we remained friends....Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Sandra Cain - Shell Rock, IA

“Mary volunteered with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. We truly appreciate all the time our volunteers give. Kay Parch Mississippi...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Kay Parch - Davenport, IA

“U were such a wonderful friend to my mom....brightened her day so much! and such a helpful person when she needed a ride to the hospital or anything!...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Deimerly - College Station, TX

“Mary was a volunteer with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for the past several years. She volunteered at the blood drives that were held in...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Rene Kromray - Ottumwa, IA

“Mary is a fantastic fun loving woman that will always have a special place in my heart. She first became a wonderful neighbor that took us in like...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Angela Borella - Dahlonega, GA

“Mary and I have been singing buddies for 20+ years. She came into the Hardware store where I worked one day and slapped some music on the counter and...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Roberta Farrington - Lovilia, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all the family. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Merlin and Vicki Morris - IA

“Jurgensen Family, Sorry to hear about Mary's passing. I served with her on the Centerville Concert Association Board. She was a lover of the arts. ...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Bill Thom - Centerville, IA

“Richard and Family, We are very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please Richard let us...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Albia Fire Dept - Albia, IA

“She was a kind soul who I knew for many years. She sang with my grandmother Gloria Sample in barbershop, which I often also participated. She always...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Gabrielle Thorne - Oskaloosa, IA

“Each one of you were special to Mary. I know this because I used to sit with her at church many times at 10:30 Mass on Sundays, and she would share...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon Keegel - Eddyville, IA

“Oh what an awesome lady Mary was!!! She was my neighbor for several years when my girls were little!! They would walk over to her house and visit!!...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Valerie Selby Small - Albia, IA

“Mary is and exceptional woman.She always had a smile and a laugh to warm my heart when living across the street from her,Dick and the boys. She will...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Ron Capaldo - Des Moines, IA


Mary Lou Jurgensen, age 84, of Albia, died April 23, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

She was born March 19, 1931 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa to Robert and Mildred (Ryan) Wesley. She attended school in Barnum, Iowa and Graduated in 1948. She was united in marriage to Richard Jurgensen on May 30, 1950 in Barnum, IA. To this union four sons were born, John, Dan, Ted, and Matt.

Mary was a licensed cosmetologist and she enjoyed art. She was an avid member of the Sweet Adelines for over 40 years. She loved singing with her "Aloes" quartet, oil painting, and flower gardening among her many other hobbies. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia.

Mary is survived by her husband, Richard of Albia; four sons, John (Judy) Jurgensen of Bolivar, MO, Dan (Kris) Jurgensen of Liberty, MO, Ted (Janet) Jurgensen of Osceola, IA, and Matt (Kristi) Jurgensen of Liberty, MO; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Kroneberger of Iowa City, IA; two brothers, Dennis (Sharon) Wesley of Deep Water, MO, and Jim (Alice) Wesley of Kearney, MO; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mildred; a sister, Joyce; a brother, John; and a grandson, Patrick Jurgensen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia, with Father Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will follow services at St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be held from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Mary's family present from 4- 8:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. rosary will be led by St. Mary's Altar and Rosary society and a wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

An open memorial has been established in Mary's family's name.