Eta A. Mai
November 1, 1923 ~ March 3, 2009
Eta A. Mai, age 85 of New Hampton, IA died on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. Eta Ann Mai was born on November 1, 1923 to Louis and Mathilda (Ruhland) Sitzmann in Kingsley, IA. Eta graduated from Le Mars High School in 1941 and she attended Briar Cliff in Le Mars, IA. She was united in marriage to Donald Mai on May 15, 1945 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Neptune, IA in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Mildred. Following their marriage the couple moved to Florida and later Texas before Don was called to duty overseas. Following Dons discharge on January 27, 1946 the couple farmed north of Remsen, IA for 16 years. They then moved to New Hampton in 1962 and farmed south of town. Eta was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and fishing trips with her husband. She was a member of Holy Family Parish- St. Josephs Center, Catholic daughters and the St. Josephs Rosary Society. Eta is survived by her 15 children Dean (Jane) Mai of Elma, IA, Pam Mai of New Hampton, IA, Pat (Tom) Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA, Lea (Joe) Throndson of New Hampton, IA, Marlene (Jim) Gaffney of Hiawatha, IA, Jeanne (Larry) Friedrich of Elma, IA, Chuck (Darlene) Mai of New Hampton, IA, Cyndy (Bob) Weiglein of Hiawatha, IA, Don Jr. (Marilee) Mai of New Hampton, IA, Jay Mai of New Hampton, IA, Joy Tenge of Katy, Texas, Nyla (Gary) Recker of New Hampton, IA, Philip (Claudia) Mai of Jacksonville, NC, Teresa (Ron) Smith of Elma, IA and Gregg (Lori) Mai of New Hampton, IA; 39 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three sisters Alvina Nuebel of Le Mars, IA, Dolly (Glenn Buzz) Jauer of Sioux City, IA and Mildred Hoss of Le Mars, IA; one brother Roy (Martha) Sitzmann of Kingsley, IA; three sister-in-laws Lola Johnson of Westside, IA, Edna (Merrill) Clark of San Clemente, CA and Margaret Mai of Encino, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald Sr. on June 30, 2005; two brothers Sylvester and Venard. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with Etas six sons: Dean, Chuck, Don Jr., Jay, Philip, and Gregg Mai serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 4:30pm Rosary and a scriptural wake service at 5:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Monday, March 9, 2009 at Holy Family Parish- St. Josephs Catholic Church, in New Hampton, IA with Msgr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant.