Mary Heinrichs


Mary Jeanne Heinrichs, 85, of Ottumwa, died at 6:20 a.m. September 1, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

She was born May 17, 1935 in Rock Valley, IA to Alphonse and Marcella Schilmoeller Bennier. Mary married Richard Louis Heinrichs on October 4, 1954 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur, IA.

A graduate of St. Angela Academy in Carroll, IA, she had worked 17 years for Wapello County Farm Service Agency and for 5 years for Al Martin Real Estate & Auction Co.

Mary was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where she sang in the choir, taught religion classes, helped with funeral dinners and was involved in various aspects of the church. She was a member of St. Patrick Altar & Rosary, Ottumwa Quilters Guild and Bloomfield Quilt Club.

Mary especially enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Surviving is her husband, Richard; their children, Cheryl Simmers of Ottumwa, David (Lisa) Heinrichs of Grimes, Steven (Amy) Heinrichs of York, SC, Jane (Richard) Malone of Palmyra, NE, Rick (Mary) Heinrichs of Ottumwa and Susan (Kevin) Richardson of Nevada, IA; 15 grandchildren, John Simmers, Lisa Simmers Edwards, Amy Cope, Christopher Simmers, Michael Simmers, Derek Heinrichs, Beth Lehtinen, Scott Heinrichs, Tyler Heinrichs, Michelle Malone, Courtney Rempke, Samuel Heinrichs, Jeremy Richardson, Bradly Richardson and Alex Richardson; 25 great-grandchildren, siblings, Janet Petersen of Lee’s Summit, MO, Nancy (Howard) Greene of Omaha, NE, John (Linda) Bennier of Springdale, AR, Stephen Bennier of West Chicago, IL and Gayle (Lawrence) Royal of Palmyra, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Sara Beth Heinrichs; brothers, Robert, Kenneth, Paul, and James Bennier; and a sister, Carol Kurilla.

Limited open visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, September 3rd at Reece Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at

A private Christian wake will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. For those who wish to view the service online, you may do so on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Those attending need to be prepared to follow the policies stated by the Davenport Diocese which include wearing a face mask while in the church building.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.

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