Marie Monahan, 87, of Churdan, passed away Mar. 11 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
She was the daughter of Jack Sr. and Florence (Siemann) Burke and was born September 7, 1926 at her parent’s farm home south of Lohrville. Marie attended St. Joseph Parochial School in Lohrville and later graduated from the Lohrville High School in 1944. On November 25, 1947, Marie was united in marriage to Eugene Monahan at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville. Eight children were born to this union. After their marriage, Marie and Eugene lived their entire 67 years of married life together on their present farm home. Marie was a faithful member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan and believed that family and faith were the most important things in life. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed farm life, playing cards, gardening, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and was a wonderful baker of pies and cookies.
Marie is survived by her husband; seven children: Delores Kenney (Ivan) of Bagley, Diane Carlson (Jerry) of Clive, Teresa Dickson (Ron) of Alpharetta, GA., Kevin (Joy) of Rockwell City, Jerome (Dorene) of Churdan, Phillip (Pam) of Wayne, NE. and Richard (Missy) of Lohrville; 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Patrick in 1969; brothers and sisters: Francis McCormick, Winnie Hardy, Margaret Higgins, Monica Kavanaugh, Anna Hardy and Jack Burke Jr.
Mass of the Christian burial was held Mar. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman, Father Lynn Bruch and Father Phillip Schmitt officiating. Music was by the church choir.
Serving as casket bearers were her grandsons: Matthew Kenney, Patrick Kenney, Brian Carlson, Eric Monahan, Chad Monahan, Shawn Monahan, Mick Monahan, Craig Monahan, Nick Monahan and Brett Monahan. Honorary bearers were her granddaughters; Jennifer Brunk, Katie Carlson, Jamie Monahan, Jessica Young, Sarah Monahan, Megan Monahan, Mikayla Monahan, Mackenzie Monahan, Madison Monahan and Mollie Monahan.
Holy Rosary was prayed at 6 p.m. and a Vigil service was held at 6:30 p.m on Mar. 14 at the church. Burial was made in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan.
Friends and family were invited to a time of lunch and fellowship at the church following the grave side services.
Brown Funeral Home in Churdan, 515-389-3179, www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com