Mary Lenore (Fitzgerald) Gogg of Charles City, Iowa passed away peacefully at her home – surrounded by her loving family – on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at the age of 97 years and 8 months.
A funeral mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Tom Heathershaw officiating. Interment will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Nashua. An ongoing celebration of Mary’s life and fellowship time will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Elks Lodge in Charles City.
Visitation will be held at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 with the prayer of the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. Visiting will continue one hour before the funeral mass at the church on Tuesday.
Mary, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Gaffney) Fitzgerald, was born on August 17, 1924 in the family home of Rockwell, Iowa. In her younger years, Mary was often considered a “tomboy”, participating in baseball (not softball) and wouldn’t hesitate to don a pair of boxing gloves with any boy who dared to take on the challenge. Mary attended school in Rockwell, where she graduated as a Salutatorian in 1942. After graduation, the family moved to Mason City, Iowa, where they eventually moved into the home built by her father. . Mary then attended the Hamilton School of Business in Mason City, where she graduated with a degree in business practices in 1944.
After graduating, Mary worked for Standard Oil Company as an accountant and account manager in Mason City from 1944 to 1955. During this time she met Robert ‘Bob’ Gogg on a date at the ‘blind. On April 23, 1955, Mary and Bob were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mason City. In 1959, they moved into the Gogg House on Cedar Street in Nashua, Iowa, which was built by Mary’s stepfather, where they raised their family of five. Over the years of growing the family, Mary and Bob have made it a point to never miss any of their children’s sporting events. They shared time on the golf course with family and friends. Bob died suddenly at the family home on December 4, 1984.
Mary was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom to her family until 1971, when she started working at Nashua Elementary School as a “punch lady” and as a school staff member. kitchen. She later became secretary to the Superintendent of Nashua Schools. She was an extremely accomplished and proud worker. Mary retired from the school system in 1993.
In 2000, Mary sold the family home and moved to Charles City with her beloved son, Dennis. She enjoyed golfing with her group of women, often traveling to other cities to compete in tournaments, and scored a hole-in-one at the age of 80. She also enjoyed watching many sports, but baseball was her favorite. She always cheered on the Cubbies, especially when they won the World Series.
Mary adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with whom she enjoyed spending time, often sharing and reliving the many amazing stories of her life and times. She was blessed with many friends throughout her life and touched the lives of everyone she met in a way that made us all a little better to know her.
She is predeceased by her parents Paul and Elizabeth Fitzgerald; husband Bob Gogg; son Larry Gogg; brother Eddie Fitzgerald and granddaughter Betsy Kiene. Mary’s memory will be cherished by her son Tom Gogg, Del Mar, Calif.; his daughter Kathy (Matt) Kiene, Fresno, Calif.; son Dennis Gogg, Charles City, Iowa; son Rich (Laura) Gogg, Pella, Iowa; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences can be posted on the Tribute Wall for the family at www.hauserfh.com.