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Mary Mohr


Mary E. Mohr, 90, of Fonda died July 3, 2024, at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.

Funeral Mass will take place Monday, July 8, at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will take place Sunday, July 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Fonda is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OLGC Church in Fonda, Fonda Arts Center or the Fonda Library Friends. 

Mary Elaine Hanisch Mohr was born Aug. 30, 1933, near Laurens. She was the second of seven children born to Emil and Helen (Stoulil) Hanisch. Mary was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens. She attended Marshall Center Country School until sixth grade when she then attended Laurens Consolidated School, graduating in 1951. Mary attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, receiving a teaching certificate. She later attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She enjoyed teaching at Fonda Public School and substituting at Our Lady of Good Counsel Grade School.

Mary was united in marriage to Vernon Mohr on July 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens.

Mary was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Fonda. She was active in the Holy Family Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Council of Catholic Women, Peace and Justice Commission, and the Commission of Women. She was a member of Fonda Public Library Book Club, Pocahontas Literature Club, Fonda Women’s Club, the OLGC choir, Carmel Guild and the Citizens for Community Improvement. She was on the board of directors of Fonda Public Library and Fonda Arts Center, as well as a member of the Legion Auxiliary.

Mary enjoyed music, reading, traveling, collecting bells, books, candles, angels and porcelain dolls. She made scrapbooks and filled albums for all her family. Flower gardens were her summer hobby. She especially enjoyed the time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary is survived by sons: Steven (Jean) Mohr of Fonda; Kenneth (Joan) Mohr of Fonda; daughters: Therese (Kevin) Munn of Sergeant Bluff; and Marilyn (David) Niehaus of Fonda; 11 grandchildren: Jason Mohr, Jayme Potts, Rachel Ward, Julie Mohr, Lauren Haindfield, Allison Haindfield, Katie Kassel, Travis Munn, Ellen Nielsen, Emma Eitzmann and Courtney Niehaus; and eight great-grandchildren.

Other survivors are three brothers: Don (Cathleen) Hanisch, Dennis Hanisch and Paul Hanisch; one sister, Grace Cooney; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Vernon; parents Emil and Helen Hanisch; sister Rose Hanisch; and brother Francis Hanisch. 

Mary Mohr