Mary Lee Geerts

mary lee geerts
Mary Lee Geerts, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Mercy One Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, after a short illness. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. We encourage those attending the visitation to ensure mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to Friends of MercyOne New Hampton in Mary Lee’s name, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 30, 2020 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY MONDAY AT 10:30 A.M.VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOMES FACEBOOK PAGE. A private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista, IA at a later date. Mary Lee was born in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Evelyn and Leo Hoffman. She grew up on their farm in rural North Washington, and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School, North Washington in 1961. After high school, she worked at a soda fountain and the New Hampton Newspaper. While at a record hop in Alta Vista, Mary Lee met the love of her life, LeRoy. They were married on May 2, 1964 in North Washington. Mary Lee lived a rich, full life with her husband of 56 years, and helped him manage their farm near Colwell. She loved living in the house that they built there in 1981. After her kids were in junior and senior high, Mary Lee returned to work as a secretary, and then worked in Customer Service at Solvay in Charles City for 10 years. Finally, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at MercyOne Medical Center in New Hampton for over 15 years until her retirement in 2012. She continued to volunteer at the Hospital until early 2020. Mary Lee was the anchor and center of the universe to her family. She never stopped caring for and loving them unconditionally. She loved being a grandma to Lucas, who thought that “Grandma makes the best cookies ever.” She lovingly cared for her husband and children, as well as caretaking her parents and close aunts and uncles in their later years. She was the consummate organizer and supported her children’s 4-H and school activities as a band parent and volunteered at numerous school activities. She was very social, active and energetic all her life and was eager to learn new things. She learned to sew from her mother-in-law, decorated and sold cakes, learned computer skills and new technology, and recently taught herself to crochet. She loved cooking, baking, and searching for and trying new recipes. LeRoy always had to be quiet when “Mr. Food” and “America’s Test Kitchen” were on TV. She loved to maintain her garden and flowers, can vegetables from her garden, and feed humming birds in her yard. Mary Lee was very active in St. Bernard’s church as a member of the Rosary Society, a CCD teacher, an ecumenical minister, and she sang in the church choir and volunteered for many years at the St. Patrick’s Pork Chop supper. Mary Lee and LeRoy loved to socialize with their many friends. In the early years of their marriage, she enjoyed being part of card clubs as well as new adventures including snowmobiling, biking, fishing and camping trips, travel and dancing. They always enjoyed seeing old friends at Tuesday Burger Nights at Schucky’s in Alta Vista. After their kids left home, Mary Lee and LeRoy started line and couple-country dancing. In 2019, they were contestants in the “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser for MercyOne Medical Center. They made many cherished friends over the years and never stopped dancing. Mary Lee also loved to travel with LeRoy and had many wonderful adventures with old and new friends. They enjoyed the bus trips where they could play cards on the bus and have “refreshments” in their hotel rooms. Some of their travels included a Pilgrimage to Rome, Venezuela, Hawaii, Mazatlán and Cozumel, Mexico, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon; cruises to the Panama Canal and Alaska; bus trips to Door County, WI, Nova Scotia, Canada, Washington DC, New Orleans, LA, Branson, MO, and numerous trips to visit friends and family in California, Colorado, Texas. Of course, they rarely missed the Clay County Fair and attended the Tulip Festival in 2019 with close friends. Mary Lee made sure they were constantly “on the go”. Mary Lee is survived by her husband, LeRoy; two daughters, Lisa Geerts, and Lori Geerts-Lyman (Randy) of Los Angeles; son, Larry Geerts (Flor), and grandson, Lucas, of Waverly, IA. Mary Lee had four step-grandchildren, Melissa and Nicole Muche, Kari Scoggins and Tobi Miller, and 2 step-great grandchildren, Karla and Teddy Miller. Mary Lee was preceded in death by her son in infancy, Roger Joseph, parents, Leo and Evelyn Hoffman, mother and father-in-law, Paul and Helen Geerts, and her beloved aunts and uncles, Virgil and Mary Hilsman, and LaVerne and Kathleen “Shorty” Hilsman, as well as Hank, Joe, Emma, Lucy (Linkemyer), Frank, and Jack Hoffman. Mary Lee was a sweet and generous soul, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. As a close friend told the family: “May she fly with the angels and dance with the stars.”

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  1. Our sympathy to you Leroy and your family. Thinking of you in this time of loss. Sincerely, Louise and Donn Harris

  2. Sorry to hear about Mary Lee passing Lee Roy. Our thought’s and prayers are with you and your family Darrell and Violet Albrecht

  3. The memories are plenty. May your memories console you in the days ahead. So sorry for your loss. All our prayers to her family. Jeanne(Geerts) and David Roder

  4. Another sweet lady gone to soon 😢sending my sympathy to her family and friends. She’ll be dancing her way to heaven🙏💕

  5. Dave and I send our sympathy to you LeRoy and your family. We will remember Mary Lee with a smile on our faces. She always had such a beautiful smile and so friendly. Wonderful memories will remain with all who knew her.

  6. Leroy Lisa Lori and Larry,so very sorry for your loss. So many memories. Mary will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for you all. She will always be in your hearts❤

  7. Leroy, Lisa, Lori and Larry: We are so sad and sorry to hear this news. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love Jeff & Korine (Krall) Usher

  8. Dear Cousin LeRoy & family, It is with a heavy heart that we send our deep sympathy. Mary Lee was a true friend from the time we met her when you first started dating that special gal from North Washington. All these many years and down to our last Tuesday Burger Night in AV. What a loss – she will truly be missed. Many fond memories of good times to cherish.

  9. I have such a wonderful wife thanks to Mary Lee and LeRoy. I have a beautiful Iowa connection with my two sister and one brother in law and their family and friends. It’s very difficult and sad to believe my friend/mom is gone. I love you Lori, LeRoy, Lisa and Larry. Randy Lyman. California.

  10. LeRoy and family, My prayers and sympathy to all of you. Marilee was a caring and happy lady. She will be missed by many along with her wonderful smile. Cherish the memories now and forever. May she rest in peace.

  11. My sincere sympathy to Leroy and family in the loss of your dear Mary Lee. I worked with Mary Lee at Solvay Animal Health. Mary Lee was a hard worker and always had a smile. I am so very sorry, RIP Mary Lee.

  12. LeRoy and family, Thinking of you at this difficult time. Loved all the years that we were able to dance with you. Mary Lee was a super lady!

  13. My thoughts are with all of you during this very sad time. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Much love, Sincerely -Rob

  14. Our sympathy to the Geerts family. Mary Lee was such a sweet lady always with a smile on her face. I always enjoyed watching her and LeRoy dance, especially on Dancing with the Stars.

  15. We send our condolences and prayers to you and your family, Leroy. Mary Lee will be missed by all those who knew her. She was friendly, industrious and always had a smile. May your memories sustain you through these difficult times.

  16. LeRoy & family, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. All of you have our deepest sympathy, and are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Leroy and Family, so very very sorry to hear of Mary Lee’s illness and death. Our prayers and sympathy to each and everyone of you. Leon and Nancy Wegner

  18. Leroy and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Mary Lee’s passing. We enjoyed our visits so much. She was a delight. May the love you share always be present in your heart and offer you peace andcomfort. Ellen and Ken Sheckler.

  19. Our deepest love and sympathy to Leroy, Lisa,Lori,and Larry. We share in your sorrow and loss. May you find peace and comfort in Jesus Christ , the Savior that led your wife and mother on her life journey.

  20. LeRoy and your family and friends: My deepest sympathy in the passing of MaryLee. Her presence made the world a better place and much more fun to be with. My prayers for your family.

  21. Mary Lee was such a kind, sweet person with a great smile. I will send masses to Mike’s friend for her. May she rest in peace! May you and your family be kept in God’s loving hands. Dorothy Carlin

  22. To the Geerts Family… my sympathies to you all. Your mother was such a joy to work with during her years in customer service at Solvay. She always had a smile on her face and was willing to help with anything. She was so proud of all you. God Bless Darcey Lovin – Shawnee KS

  23. Mary Lee was a ray of sunshine whenever she entered a room. I will miss her cheery greeting. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  24. My husband and I were fortunate to meet Mary Lee and her husband last year on a bus trip to Canada . She always had a smile and good word to share. She was a very nice lady and was happy to share her laughter with all of us on the bus. Ourcondolences to LeRoy and their family. Joan and Ralph Schultz

  25. Mary Lee was always a pleasure to work with at the hospital–so calm, capable, organized, and fun. My sympathy to all of her family. Mary Sharon Peraud

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