Mary Lu Geraets worked at MDU for 35 years
Mary Lu Geraets, 86, of Estelline and formerly of Mobridge, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Estelline Nursing and Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Estelline.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church with a liturgical wake service to follow.
Burial will be Monday, Aug. 19, at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
Mary Lu Schwartz, daughter of Ed and Clara (Crowell) Schwartz, was born July 1, 1927, in Volga. When Mary Lu was 11 years old, her mother passed away, leaving her to help care for her younger brothers and work on the farm where she grew up southeast of Lake Oakwood. She attended country school and graduated from Volga High School in 1945. After graduation, she stayed and continued to assist on the family farm for four years until moving to Sioux Falls where she worked as a housekeeper/nanny for the Hurwitz family.
Mary Lu married Vincent Geraets on June 25, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. They resided in Dell Rapids for a short time before moving to Mobridge and resided there for more than 50 years.
Mary Lu worked as an office clerk for Montana Dakota Utilities for 35 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1990. While living in Mobridge, Mary Lu was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was involved in the Catholic Daughters of America, the Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Jaycettes and the Women of the Moose. She also belonged to the MDU Retired Group and Red Hatters.
Mary Lu enjoyed gardening, yard work, cooking, canning, bowling and playing bridge. She especially loved her flower garden.
Vince and Mary Lu moved to Brookings in 2005 where they resided at Brookhaven Estates. In August of 2012, they moved to the Estelline Nursing and Care Center, where she resided until her death.
Mary Lu is survived by her husband of 60 years, Vince; her brother, Ralph (Donna Jean) of Estelline; a sister-in-law, Darlene of Brookings; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara and Ed; a brother, Robert; two half-brothers, Harold and Walter; and her step-mother, Anna Mae.