In Memory of

Mary Jo Kirby

November 25, 1949 - May 14, 2014
Mary Jo Kirby, the daughter of Stanley and Virginia (Poehler) Blowers, was born November 25, 1949, in Waterville, MN. Her childhood years were spent at Waterville where she received her education and graduated from Waterville High School. After graduation, she attended Mankato State where she completed their Dental Assistant Program. Mary worked for an oral surgery clinic for several years after college. On June 24, 1972, Mary was united in marriage to Patrick Kirby in Waterville, MN. She was a loving homemaker to her husband and three children: Tony, Jeff, and Heather. Their family had lived in Mankato, Rochester, Waterville, and Aitkin, MN, before moving to Cherokee, IA, in June of 1999. Mary enjoyed drawing, painting, and spending time at their northern Minnesota cabin. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends. On Wednesday, May 14, Mary passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather; her father, Stanley Blowers; one brother, Jim Blowers; and one brother-in-law, Lee "Butch" Gibbs. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Pat Kirby of Cherokee, IA, two sons, Tony Kirby and special friend Rhonda Heshiser of Dassel, MN, and Jeff (Reta) Kirby of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren: Anthony Kirby, Joshua Kirby, Maci Kirby, Alex Tesdahl, Emma Tesdahl, Matt Heshiser, Hannah Gooding, and Blake Gooding; her mother, Virginia Blowers of Waterville, MN, siblings: Judy (Dick) Clausen of Elysian, MN, Bill (Luanne) Blowers of Waterville, MN, Becky Gibbs of Lewistown, Montana, and Kathy (Dave) Worden of Galesburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She was also a friend of Bill W. for 30 years.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, MN
Father Michael Ince
Anthony Kirby Joshua Kirby
There will be a public visitation on Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5-7 P.M. with the family present at that time at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee, IA.
Calvary Cemetery Waterville, MN


Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Hello Pat and Family:
We just heard today of the passing of your wife Mary Jo. We wish to extend our sympathy and offer our prayers for you and your family. Sincerely, Mark and Rita Fitzgerald”
- Mark F. Fitzgerald
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Pat-- So sorry about the death of your wife. The loss of a loved one is very hard to understand.
I pray you will have the strength to get through these difficult days.”
- Maureen (Kirby) Spaulding
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Mary. We will never forget the story of the loons swimming with her here at the Lake. We will miss her. Pat, you and your family are in our Thoughts and Prayers. ”
- John & Ardy Akerson
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Pat and Family--I am so saddened for your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dennis and Pat Jewison, ”
- Dennis and Pat Jewison
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I was so shocked to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you all. I will always remember when Mary would drive up in front of the flower shop and get out of her little grey car, can't remember now if it was a Firebird or Camero, and she would come into the shop with a cute smile and a sparkle in her eyes and start visiting. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Sally Fenner
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