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Mary Brecht

Mary A. Brecht, 102, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Father Tim Sheedy presiding. The burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1913, the daughter of Thomas F. and Johanna (Dwyer) Kelly. She married Floyd Brecht on Aug. 4, 1934, in Ottumwa.
Mary worked for many years at Penick and Ford, Kilborn Photo, as well as working with Floyd in his various businesses including the Safari Lounge. She enjoyed oil painting, reading, cooking and baking. Floyd and Mary wintered in Mesa, Ariz., for many years and enjoyed the time spent with friends there as well. Mary loved being with her family, especially being with the grand and great-grandkids.
Mary is survived by her children, Rosemary (Gene) Erenberger, Phyllis (Bernie) White, both of Solon, and Cheryl (Don) Williams of Cedar Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Edwin (Eileen) Brecht of Marengo; sisters-in-law, Marion (Bernard) Brecht of Marengo, Evelyn (Keith) Kimm of Norway, and Dorothy (Leonard) Brecht of Blairstown, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Floyd who died Aug. 14, 2007; a grandson, Steven White; a great-grandson, Willie Herdliska; brother, Emmett Kelly and sisters-in-laws Helen Kelly and Kathryn (Ora) Kimm.
Memorials may be directed to HIS Hands Medical Clinic, Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation in her name, or to the donors choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Mercy and Hospice House for their loving care for Mary. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.