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Obituaries

February 19, 2013

Mary Hackert, 86, Richland

RICHLAND — Mary F. Hackert, 86, of Richland, died Feb. 18, 2013, at the Maplewood Manor in Keota.

She was born Sunday, Jan. 9, 1927, in rural Reasnor, the daughter of Jesse and Sophia DeJong Carpenter. On Dec. 19, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to Ralph Hackert near Reasnor.

She attended the Richland Independent Country School near Reasnor. Early on, Mary and her sister Cleora traveled all over the state of Iowa playing accordion and also played it on WHO as well. Ralph and Mary moved to the family farm north of Richland in 1957. Mary worked on the farm with Ralph and was an important part of the family business. She also worked as a bookkeeper in various ag businesses. Mary loved to play organ, and she and Ralph provided music for many occasions. She also played piano and organ in the Richland United Methodist Church for many years. She was a member of the Richland United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, bird watching, flowers, gardening and working with the family.

She is survived by her husband of over 66 years, Ralph Hackert of Richland; three daughters, Bonnie (Dale) Ingersoll and Rhonda (Mike) Noel, both of Richland, and Sharon (Mark) Traner of Milwaukee, Wis.; a son, Craig (Darcy) Hackert of Richland; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Cleora Van Waardhuizen.

As was her wish, her body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Richland United Methodist Church in Richland; with Pastor Carl Benge officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Reed Cemetery on the family farm.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Richland United Methodist Church, with the family present at the church from 5-7 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Richland United Methodist Church or Richland Pink Party for a Cure.

Fremont Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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