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Mary Jane Henze

September 6, 1928 ~ May 30, 2019 (age 90)

Mary Jane Henze, 90, resident of Grand JiVante in Ackley, formerly of Grundy Center, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019, following a lengthy illness. Visitation for Mary will be held on Monday, June 3rd from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 10:30 AM at the Stout Gospel Hall, 407 3rd Street, Stout, Iowa. Burial will take place at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg, at approximately 1:30 PM. Memories of Mary and messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Mary (Steinmeyer) Henze was born September 6, 1928, in Lincoln Township, Grundy Center, Iowa, the daughter of August and Grace (Rozevink) Steinmeyer. Mary received her education from rural country school and graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1947.

On March 20, 1948, Mary was united in marriage to Ferdinand “Fred” Henze. Mary was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband on the farm north of Grundy Center. She spent 68 years on the farm, just ¼ mile from where she was born and raised. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, canning, sewing, baking and raising their children.

Mary was a member of the Gospel Hall in Stout, On July 22, 1954, she was born again in Christ through Romans 4:5. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. “

Mary's greatest joy was time spent with family and friends. She loved surprise visits and enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee or tea. She was known for several treats, but her family especially enjoyed her cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls with her homemade jam. In recent years, Mary moved to the Assisted Living Apartments at Grand JiVante, where she enjoyed visiting with new friends and being near her family.

Mary is survived by her son, Gary D. Henze and his wife Bonnie of Grundy Center; son-in-law, Ron Karsjens of Austinville; 11 grandchildren, Marcie (Jim) Brandt, Dulci Arends, Monica (Ryan) Kuper, Jessica (Brad) Benning, Gary L. Henze, Amy (Shawn) Heitland, Brad (Trish) Karsjens, Maria (Brad) Hartkopp, Jarred (Amy) Frey, Misty (Joe) Hunt and Adam Karsjens; 29 great-grandchildren, Ashley (John) Morton and Jake Brandt (Kasey Monroe), Levi Arends (Megan Janssen), Patrick and Victoria Kuper, Hanna, Lane and William Benning, Brylie and Aubryn Henze; Samantha (Oscar) Brophy, Austin, Sawyer, Aiden Heitland, Lessa Karsjens (Dylan) Padjett and Maeve Karsjens, Jamie Frey (Nick Hayner), Brooke, Ashley, Kaylee and Lacie Hartkopp, Hope Frey (Jacob Ackerman); Courtney, Isabella, Mary Ann Winters, Jaxon and Jordyn Hunt, Elizabeth and Margaret Karsjens; 6 great-great grandchildren, Hailey Smith, Kameri Hayner, Saige and Olivia Brophy, Landon Morton and Eligah Padgett. Also survived by 2 brothers, Marvin (Joyce) Steinmeyer, James (Janice) Steinmeyer; 5 sisters, JoAnn Wrage, Barbara Wical Huntley, Alice Kolthoff, Rozella (Lary) Riebkes, Wonda (Larry) Sovereign; a sister-in-law, Arlene Steinmeyer; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband: Ferdinand F. Henze; daughter, Kathie Karsjens; great-grandson, Tyler Frey, her parents; stepfather, Leland Bingham; a sister, Anna Mae Meyers; brothers, August Steinmeyer, Alvin Dean at infancy; a step sister, Janet Bean.

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