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Mary Kay Isaacson – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Mary Kay (Walz) Isaacson, 82, of Pelican Rapids, MN, died Monday, February 21, 2022, at home surrounded by family.

Mary Kay was born March 11, 1939, in Detroit Lakes, to Norman and Kathryn (Fasching) Walz. She was baptized, confirmed, and attended school at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1957. After high school, she attended the University of Dakota of the North and graduated with a nursing degree in 1960.

On August 27, 1960, Mary Kay married Vern Isaacson at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They moved to Moorhead where she worked at St. Ansgar’s Hospital until she moved to Sheboygan, WI in 1962 where she continued her nursing career while raising her family until they return to Minnesota. In 1969, they made Thief River Falls, MN their home, where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Northwest Medical Center. She taught in the LPN program at Thief River Falls Technical College until her retirement in 1999. They spent summers at their cabin on Lida Lake near Pelican Rapids and winters in the Phoenix, AZ area. In 2014 they moved to Pelican Rapids.

Mary Kay enjoyed the sun, shopping, being lakeside on her aptly named “Bub’s Barge”, spending time with family and friends (especially her high school “Sweet 16” band), the happy hour with her husband, traveling, playing Bridge, and their 20 winters in Arizona. She took golf lessons and even briefly played in a league, but didn’t like it that much. She was always nice to everyone, elegant, beautiful and always well prepared! She attended St. Bernard Catholic Church in Thief River Falls and is a member of the Women’s Circle. In keeping with her profession and her spirit of generosity, she generously donated her body for scientific research at the Mayo Clinic.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vern Isaacson; children: Beth Mason, Eden Prairie, MN, Mark (Robyn) Isaacson, Maple Grove, MN, Jill (Jim) Dillon, Park Rapids, MN, and Amy (Nick) Chiodo, Detroit Lakes, MN; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings: Frank (Alice) Walz, Tom (Betty) Walz, Pauline (John) Morris, Bill (Cindi) Walz; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Louise Borstad, Margaret Wallace and her younger brother John Walz.

Favorite memorial at Hospice of the Red River Valley or The ALS Association Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter.

A celebration of life will take place in the spring of 2022.

Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota