March 28, 2014


Mary Haverman, 98, of Carroll, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Carroll Health Center Nursing Home.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson. Mass servers will be Mary's great-grandchildren Noah Heuton and Caleb Hensel. Music will be by Barb McDermott and the Holy Spirit choir. Lectors will be Mary's granddaughters Lori Nurse and Marcy Brightwell. Gift bearers will be Mary's granddaughters Donna Geery, Jenny Thelen, Gail Gholston, Brenda Vonnahme, Melanie Hill, Bonnie Heuton and Michelle Forke. Eucharistic minister will be Mary's granddaughter Karen Hensel. Casket bearers will be Mary's grandsons Roger Mueggenberg, Dan Mueggenberg, Kevin Thelen, Doug Brincks, Glen Mueggenberg, Barry Sturm, Jason Brincks, John Paul Mueggenberg, Larry Mueggenberg and Randy Mueggenberg. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a rosary at 3 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 5 p.m. The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9:30 a.m. Monday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Mary's family at

Born Jan. 31, 1916, at Roselle, Iowa, Mary Ann was a daughter of Henry and Bernadine (Starman) Rotert. She attended Holy Angels School in Roselle and was later married to Lawrence Haverman at Holy Angels Catholic Church on April 23, 1941. Following their marriage Mary and Lawrence made their home southeast of Roselle. A devoted wife and mother, Mary raised six daughters and also assisted her husband with their grain and livestock operation.

Mary was a fantastic cook and also enjoyed gardening, playing cards and quilting. She had a strong devotion to her faith being active in Holy Angels Parish and choir in Roselle, Holy Angels Altar Society, and in 1984 when Lawrence and Mary moved to Carroll she became an active parishioner at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll where she also was a member of the choir. Mary loved her family, hosting family gatherings and will always be remembered for her beautiful smile. For the past four years she was a resident at the Carroll Health Center Nursing Home.

Mary is survived by her daughters: Bernice Mueggenberg and husband Laverne of Sac City, Arlene Mueggenberg and husband Dale of Breda, Leona Mueggenberg and husband John of Breda, Alvina Thelen and husband Allen of Anita, Marian Sturm and husband Bob of Ankeny, and Janet Brincks and husband Ron of Roselle; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lawrence in 2006; grandchildren Becky Mueggenberg and Bill Mueggenberg; great-grandchildren Zachary Heuton and Zachery Harrison; her sisters: Kate Meiners, Johanna Rotert, Elizabeth Hoffman and Ann Greving; and her brothers: Henry Rotert, John Rotert, Joe Rotert, Ben Rotert, as well as her brother in childhood, Ben Rotert.