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Obituary for Mary Elizabeth Dempsey

Mary Elizabeth Dempsey, 101 years of age, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Stephanie Schlimm will officiate. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.
Mary was the fourth child of Florian and Barbara Kasper, and was born in Trempleau, WI on April 30, 1918. She was born the year women got the right to vote, and she proudly voted in the 2016 presidential election. She was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church, which she enjoyed so much. A dear friend and fellow parishioner, Sue Hattel, visited her often and brightened her days.
Mary also enjoyed her friends at St. Mary's Apartments where she resided for 19 years, and her caregivers at Stonehill Care Center where she has lived since 2011.
She married Jack Dempsey in September of 1937, and they divorced in 1952. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake with seven minute icing for her family. She enjoyed gardening, and weeds were her enemies. She was an avid letter writer, and family members in California looked forward to her warm letters and newspaper clippings that she knew would interest them. She was a good friend to her neighbors on Washington Street where she raised her family.
Mary was employed her whole adult life at difficult jobs that paid well and supported her family. She was a hard -working and independent person, and a wonderful loving mother who will be missed very much.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Robert) Timmerman, of Dubuque and Jackie Dzieciolowski of Matteson, IL; one son, Gilbert Dempsey of Hammond, LA; her grandchildren, Sheree Spraglin, Michelle Falcon, Beth Peters, Tim Timmerman, Pamela Rogers, Lori Martinez Julia Lucas, Mark Dempsey, and Tonya Pillar; 21 great- grandchildren; two great- great- grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Barbara (Gerald) Roth; and two brothers, Florian (Georgette) Kasper and George (Esther) Kasper.
The family wishes to thank all her wonderful and devoted care givers at Stonehill Care Center, Unity Point Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, who were so kind to her over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center, St. Luke's Methodist Church, or Hospice of Dubuque.
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