Mary Thede

Mary Louise Hilsenbeck Thede was born October 18, 1948 in Jefferson, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Hilsenbeck and Gertrude Mehman Hilsenbeck. She died with her family by her side on May 21, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 69 years.

Mary grew up in the Bagley, Iowa area and graduated from YJB High School in 1966. Mary lived most of her adult life in Jefferson. Mary and Dennis Thede were the parents of four children: Sarah, Chad, Jason and John. Mary worked as a dietician at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. She also volunteered working with older women and their families helping them at home. She later stayed busy volunteering her time at Congregate Meals.

Mary was an avid reader. She also enjoyed crocheting, camping, westerns and a good fish fry. She loved to spend time with her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sarah and her father, Charles Hilsenbeck. She is survived by her mother, Gertrude Hilsenbeck of Jefferson; her three children: Chad (Megan) Thede of Davenport, Iowa, John (Shara) Thede of Clarksville, Tenn. and Jason (Diana) Thede of Bouton, Iowa; her long-time companion, Jim Taylor of Jefferson; eight grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; six siblings: Beverly, Chuck, Donna, Duane, Shirley and Linda; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday May 25 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson. Visitation with the family present to greet friends was from 12 to 2 p.m. on Friday at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home. Interment was at Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson.

Memorials are suggested to Congregate Meals in Jefferson. Online condolences may be left at

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson.

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