HUMBOLDT - Mary Callahan, 99, of Humboldt, passed away July 6, 2013 at the Humboldt Care Center North. It was Mary's wish for cake and ice cream to be served for a Celebration of Life in honor of her from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. A parish scripture service will be held at 3 p.m. followed by graveside services in St. Mary's Cemetery in Humboldt.
Mary Ennis was born May 10, 1914 to Patrick Joseph and Hannah (Hood) Ennis. She attended country schools, St. Mary's School, and Humboldt High School, graduating in 1932. Following her education, Mary was employed in retail until her marriage to Bernard Callahan and then stayed at home to raise their five children. The family moved from Humboldt to a farm near Armstrong, Iowa. Mary was a wonderful baker, especially her cinnamon rolls and attended to her productive vegetable garden.
After Bernard's death in February of 1965, Mary moved back to Humboldt. She was employed at Olson Abstract working there until her retirement at the age of 72 years. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Parish, an honorary member of St. Mary's Women of the Spirit and a member of St. Mary's Funeral Choir. Mary was also a member of Humboldt's Federated Women's Club. She became a resident of the Humboldt Care Center South in June of 2011, and the Humboldt Care Center North's Special Care Unit in March of 2013.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard; daughter, Nancy Bjornson; brothers, Vincent, Harold, and Joseph Ennis; and sisters, Mildred Ennis, Catherine Snitkey, and Eunice Fraser.
She is survived by her sons, Kevin Callahan and Thadius Campbell of California, and Stephen Callahan of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Bridget and Al Dutcher of Lincoln, NE, and Mary and Lee Hamilton of Humboldt; sister-in-law, Doris Callahan of Humboldt; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.