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Mary J. Makovec, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home at 3:45 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on September 14, 1920, in LaMotte, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Cecilia (Schilling) Pitts.

Mary was united in marriage to Frank Makovec on January 15, 1941, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lamotte, Iowa. They were blessed with 65 years together, and 6 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 19, 2006. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, who also put her talents to work at Villa Raphael for a short time. Mary's faith was extremely important to her and she was a longtime and dedicated member of St. Columbkille's Church and the Power of Prayer. Her unrelenting trust in God, and His sovereign plan, helped her get through some of the most challenging and painful losses of loved ones throughout her 96 year journey. Mary had a superior work ethic and was blessed with tireless energy and tenacity. She made no bones about the adversity she faced growing up, but never used it as an excuse; rather as motivation to face every challenge head on which came her way. Family was always first and foremost to Mary, and she continually placed the needs of her husband and children before her own. Mary, and her one true love Frank, worked hard with driven purpose and responsibility throughout their lives to provide a good life for their family; but they never forgot to set aside a little time for one another from time to time. A nice evening on the town, or even a little embrace on the dance floor, were always available options for the devoted couple. Mary now rejoins her eternal loving family, some of whom have been called home much to early, and we know that even though our Christmas celebration will be layered with sorrow, theirs will be one of true peace and love as they watch over us.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Cindy (Robert) Kisting, LaMotte, IA,
Ronald Makovec, Dubuque, IA
and Dennis Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Sue Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Rachel (Andy) Harris, Johnson City, TN,
Matt Kisting, Lamotte, IA,
Lee Makovec, OR,
Brian (Amy) Makovec, MO,
Ben Makovec, IL
and Ken Meyer, KY;

14 great-grandchildren;

and her sister,
Sally (Elmer) Schiffer, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Frank Makovec; a daughter, Marilyn Meyer; 2 sons, Dale Makovec and Steve Makovec; 2 granddaughters, Kelly Makovec and Jennifer Makovec; and a great granddaughter, Brooke Ehrlich.

A Mary J. Makovec memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sullivan, and her special caregivers, Jamie, Nancy, Rhonda, Kari, Debbie and Ashley for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Mary and her family.