November 8, 2013


Mary Elizabeth Fiscus, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids, with the Rev. Lynn Gunderson officiating.

Organist will be Lula Grimes, and congregational hymn will be "The Old Rugged Cross." Vocalist will be Shirley Hachmeister with "Hymn of Promise." Casket bearers will be Bruce Greer, Justin Yager, Doug Wurr, Paul Clark, Ryan Willison and Mike Davis. Honorary casket bearers will be Randy Willison, Jim Clark, Joe Clark and John Davis.

Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery, Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Fred and Marie (Strandburg) Cretsinger, was born June 28, 1930, on the family farm south of Coon Rapids, Iowa. She attended country school near her home and beginning in the eighth grade, she went to school in Coon Rapids, graduating in 1948.

On June 16, 1948, Mary married Harold Fiscus at the Methodist church in Guthrie Center. Mary and Harold made their home south of Panora, a short time with her folks on the farm and one year in Coon Rapids before settling in Bayard where they lived from 1950 to 1969. They then lived in Carroll until 1983 when they moved to an acreage near Scranton. In 1992, Mary and Harold returned to Bayard.

Mary had experienced declining health and fell in late September 2013.

Mary was a member of United Methodist Church. She and Harold enjoyed traveling, camping, going to gun shows and craft shows. Mary was an excellent cook and baker. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her husband Harold Fiscus of Bayard; a daughter Linda Hachmeister and husband Mark of Coon Rapids; a son Craig Fiscus of Bayard; two grandchildren: Justin Yager and wife Danielle of Carnarvon and Amy Greer and husband Bruce of Jefferson; two great-grandchildren Kyliana and Cobain Greer; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Dorothy Loeffler; two brothers Warren and Don Cretsinger; and a sister-in-law Alberta Grubbs.