Mary Esther Rooney, 92, of Dyersville, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation was held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Catholic Daughters Rosary was recited at 4 p.m. Visitation continued from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ralph Davis officiated. Placing of the pall was done by Colleen, Pat, Maureen, Kate, Mike and Molly. Lectors were Caitlin Remos and Meghann Litton and giftbearers were Nash Knipper and Michael Rooney. Music was provided by St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir and singing “Hail Mary – Gentle Woman” were her granddaughters: Stephanie, Angie, Kelly and Beth. Pallbearers were Tim Knipper, Ryan Miller, T.J. Miller, Tom Rooney, Cam Turner and Jay Turner.

Mary Esther, born Oct. 3, 1926, was the daughter of Jack and Esther Bemrich. She attended school in Pioneer, and graduated from Mallard, then attended Mankato Business College.

Mary Esther married Thomas “Bud” Rooney in May of 1947. They owned and operated grocery stores in Whittemore, and Storm Lake, prior to moving to Dyersville and opening a grocery store in 1955. In 1984, a year after Bud’s passing, Mary Esther opened a new grocery store and ran the store until she retired at age 76.

She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica and the Catholic Daughters of America. Mary Esther enjoyed playing Bridge and traveling. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Mary Esther is survived by her six children: Colleen (Jerry) Renk, of Great Bend, Kan.; Pat (fiancé Tamara Smith) Rooney, of Logan, Ohio; Maureen (Mike) Miller, of Camanche; Kate (Keith) Knipper, of Dyersville; Mike Rooney, of Delhi; and Molly (Mark) Thede, of Chandler, Ariz. She has 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents; an infant daughter Rebecca; a daughter-in-law Leslie Rooney and her brother Dale (Ruth) Bemrich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Nursing Home in Cascade, as well as Hospice, for providing love and care to Mary Esther.

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