Mary Jo Licht

Mary Jo Licht (Hessel)

Saturday, June 24th, 1950 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Mary Jo Licht, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Dubuque, and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory Facebook page. Private visitation will be at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Online condolences and memories may be shared with family at . Floral arrangements and gifts may be delivered to the funeral home on Tuesday by noon.

Mary Jo was born June 24, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ralph and Inelda (Armbruster) Hessel. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Mary Jo spent her junior high and high school years being irritated by “the chubby kid in the green coat always late for the bus”, also known as Terry Licht. The tides eventually turned in his favor, and on April 19, 1971, they were married.

Mary Jo was employed as a bookkeeper at Myers-Cox, Hartig, and Walgreens. She was a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Mary Jo loved to play cards and spend time with her ladies card club. Holy Ghost Bingo was a favorite of hers, because they had the best hot dogs and popcorn. Her friends were important to her, and she loved going out to eat with them. Her grandkids were the light of her life, and she loved being a full time grandma.

Mary Jo is survived by her husband of 49 years, Terry; three children, Eli (Sara) Licht, Courtney (Troy) Smith, and Jud (Paula) Licht, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Taylor, Cole, Wyatt, Reed, and Tanner Licht, Owen, Drew, Tate, and Emme Smith, and Teddy and Oliver Licht; her great grandchildren, Raymond, Dawn, Mary and Lily; two sisters-in-law, Karen Hessel and Karen Samuelson; her nieces and nephews, Kim (Brian) Pantier, Chad (Amy) Hessel, Scott Sawvel, Tammy (Mike) Nolan, Laura (Kevin) Spoerl, and Mariah (Andrew) Wallace; and many friends, including her best friend, Sharon Bakewell and her Bingo Buddy, Linda Rogers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Randy and Dale Hessel; her parents-in-law, Don, Arlene, and Marjie Licht; her nephews, Jay and Kenny; and her brother-in-law, Gary Licht.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Matthew Lutheran Church
    1780 White St.
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
    Linwood Cemetery
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    DUBUQUE, Iowa
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Pamela Schumacher

Posted at 08:19am
I've known Mary Jo since we were kids. She lived next door to my cousins on Lemon St. We attended St Matthews together and high school. We reconnected at class reunions and Facebook. Mary Jo was one of the sweetest, most kind person I've ever met. She always had great things to share, a positive outlook and an accepting heart for all. My condolences to all left behind to cherish her memory. Hugs to Terry and the kids. God bless and RIP. This is a huge loss but she will always remain here on earth via memories, stories, and pictures.

Ann Behan

Posted at 11:24am
I am so sorry for your loss. I have many memories of the Licht family. Our sons were great friends with each other.

Elaine Soat

Posted at 10:39am
What a wonderful lady. My heart breaks for the family and friends. God's peace.

Jean & steve Newton

Posted at 10:49am
The neighborhood lost a beautiful person, I will miss our little chats about our Grand children . I feel lucky I got to know her.
our sincere sympathy to Terry and all there children and Grand children! Steve & Jeanie

Sandy Uptegraph and family

Posted at 08:26pm
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