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OBIT: Mary Lou Blake

Mary Lou Blake, 83, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Heritage Care Center, Mason City, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Epiphany Parish - St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mary Lou Blake, 83, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Heritage Care Center, Mason City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Epiphany Parish – St. Joseph Catholic Church, 302 5th St SE, Mason City with Rev. Ben Valentine as Celebrant. Burial will be held in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, IA, with a Rosary Service to begin at 6:00 PM.

Mary Lou was born on March 15, 1941, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Ella (Behm) Gratias. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1960. After high school she worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital then later worked for Fort-Hopkins Drug Store. Mary Lou met Leon Blake at the Surf Ballroom in 1967, then on April 20, 1968 the couple were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church. From this loving union two children were born, Kevin and Michelle. She was an excellent homemaker, devoted wife and mother.

In Mary Lou’s free time she enjoyed sewing, gardening and loved flowers and plants. Those who knew her knew that every promise she made she kept.

Those left to cherish memories of Mary Lou are her children, Kevin (Kristen) Blake, and Michelle Blake both of Mason City, Iowa; also surviving are sisters-in-law, Mary M. Blake of Stacyville, Iowa, Susan Wageman of Austin, Minnesota and Catherine Brown of Fontanelle, Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her husband, Leon Blake; parents, Ralph and Ella Gratias; sister, Karen Levis; brothers, Gerald Gratias, and Ralph Gratias Jr.; in-laws, Jim Blake and Annabelle Retterath.

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