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Mary E. Pirch - 70

10/6/1946 - 2/15/2017

Camanche, Iowa

Mary E. Pirch age 70 of Camanche, passed away peacefully with loved ones in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. A Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Church of the Visitation in Camanche. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the Church of the Visitation. In following Mary’s wishes, cremation rites will follow with burial at a later date in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mary was born in Cedar Rapids on October 6, 1946, the daughter of Milo and Kathyrn (Knutson) Savel. She attended Upper Iowa University and received her BA degree in Education from the University of Iowa in 1968. She was married in 1968 and to this union she was blessed with two children, a son Andrew James and a daughter Stacey Ann. On September 21st, 1985 she was joined in marriage to Ray Pirch at her mother’s home in Cedar Rapids. Mary taught school in Illinois and Michigan while continuing her education in behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. While a stay at home mom she was a substitute teacher in the Clinton and Camanche School Districts She later taught in Sterling, IL for the Severe and Profound and then at Lincoln High School in Clinton. She was a member of the Church of the Visitation and Illowa Orchid Club. She was actively involved in the Clinton Showboat Theater as an actress and usher. Mary is survived by her husband Ray; two children, Andrew (Elizabeth) Cornwell, stationed in Tokyo, Japan and a daughter, Stacey (Michael) McIntosh of Silvis, IL; a Step-son, Scott Pirch of Coeur D’Alene, ID; five grandchildren, Nicole, Cassandra, Cordelia, Jacob and Kassidi; a brother, William (Janice) Savel of Cedar Rapids and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-son, Shawn and a brother, Robert. Memorials may be made to the Illowa Orchid Society, Pancreatic Cancer Research or the Clinton Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Visitation:

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the Church of the Visitation.

Mass:

Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Church of the Visitation in Camanche. In following Mary’s wishes, cremation rites will follow with burial at a later date in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

5 Comments

  • Amy Hauser

    on 02/17/17

    What a wonderful tribute to Mary! While all the Hauser's wish we could be there, I am forever grateful for our time together over Thanksgiving. Mary was a fighter indeed through this battle and we have been encouraged and inspired by her. We love you all and will miss Aunt Mary very much. Great memories of a great life. In Christ, Amy
  • Tom McEleney

    on 02/19/17

    Mary was a great supporter of and participant in the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. She always had a smile on her face when she greeted you. My sympathy to Mary's family and friends.
  • Ron Maday (Gilda's Club)

    on 02/20/17

    TO Mary, although I only got to know you such a very short time, you were a very inspirational person to be around. Our phone conversations and our visits with each other at Gilda's Club helped both of us with hope and belief that our lives were worth living. As a fellow pancreatic cancer survivor You touched my life in a way that you could never imagine
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  • Florence Joe

    6 days, 19 hours ago

    That was an amazing way to tribute Marry. She was a true fighter for sure and there are very less people who live their life like her. She was a supporter and participant in the Clinton Area Showboat Theater too. Just love her. May she rest in peace. SCDkey Promo Code will be always there for her family . 

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