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“My sincere sympathy to the entire family. I know she will be greatly missed by you and many others. I imagine that my mom, Marjory Broughton and...Read More »
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“Marie and Ollie were two of the best neighbors anyone could have. My daughter still has the cradle that Marie gave her and she stills remembers Ollie...Read More »
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“Doreen, Tom and family, we were very saddened to hear of your Mom,s death. I remember all the years they spent in the fabric store in West Union....Read More »
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“Sending your family my deepest sympathy, I always thought of your mother as a second Mom to me. Always a smile on her face and a happy greeting...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Brenda Hokel Berns - Elkader, IA

“Dear Doug and Family,Please accept my deepest sympathies regarding the loss of your Mother Marie.May the memories of her be of some comfort at this...Read More »
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Marie D. Fay, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of West Union, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on December 25, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry Alphonse and Clara (Shirmer) Begley.

Marie was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, Class of 1942. After graduation, she would meet and marry Oliver Fay, on June 22, 1946, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Marie and Oliver were blessed with 66 years, and 7 wonderful children, together before he was called home ahead of her on December 3, 2012. Their work would take them to several different cities throughout the years; including Fort Madison, Waukon, and most notably West Union, but they eventually returned home to Dubuque after retirement. Marie was always a tenacious and hard worker who gladly put her talents to work as a bookkeeper at H&W, before finally helping Oliver with his business ventures. Marie was also an incredibly talented seamstress who especially loved to make dresses for her family. In her free time, she enjoyed the challenge of working puzzles to completion, and was also known to be quite the green thumb who's beautiful violets were continually on display for all to enjoy. Marie's greatest joy in life though was spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren. Whether an outing to Village Inn for a slice of pie, a quick trip to Wal-Mart to visit with friends, or simply one of her several trips out of town with family, Marie was content just to know they were together. Our hearts are broken, and weigh heavy, with the loss of our dear sweet Marie. But we discover peace in knowing that she's had a full 92 years to bless our lives and that now she is joyfully visiting with all of her family who've been waiting patiently for her Heavenly arrival over these past few days.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 6 children,
Dianne (Ben) Andersen, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Sherry) Fay, Amhurst, WI,
Debbi (Bill Christiansen) Fay, Mesa, AZ,
Douglas (Dana) Fay, Overland Park, KS,
Doreen (Tom) Weston, Cambridge, IL
and Donna (Dan) Walling, Dubuque, IA;

15 grandchildren,
Mark (Jenny) Bodenseiner, Michael (Monica) Bodensteiner, Elizabeth Andersen, Erin (Brian) King, Joel (Lori) Taylor, Stacie (Steve) Russ, Steven (Kallie) Sneed, Katie (Mike) Nuncio, Ilana Fay, Phillip (Yael) Fay, Nathan (Miryam) Fay, Heather Weston, Kiah Weston, Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger and Nicholas Walling;

and 20 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver Fay; a son in infancy, Daniel Fay; 2 grandsons, Daniel Fay and Austin Walling; and a sister, Cecelia (Joe) Frey.

In lieu of flowers, Marie's family request that you sit down to a pleasant meal with someone you love and thoroughly embrace the moment together.

Marie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and especially our dear friend Kim Meyer, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Marie and the family. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love these past few weeks.