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Mary M. Spielman, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 23, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred and Marie (Palm) Noel.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman, Jr. Mary and Charlie were united in marriage on August 20, 1955, and they were blessed with almost 47 wonderful years together, and three loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 1, 2002. Mary was a full-time wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, but she would also graciously put her God given talents to work outside of the home. She worked at Northwestern Bell, Brown Publishing and Spahn and Rose, as well as investing another 13 years babysitting for several friends and family around town. Mary was always a very generous volunteer, and actively social woman, with her free time. She would thoroughly enjoy spending time with her friends at the Lifetime Center, the Widow and Widowers Club, the High School Girls Card Club, and also with the ladies at the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 Auxiliary. Mary was also a well known, and very devoted, troop leader with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts when her children were young. Mary's faith was an instrumental part of her life and she was a longtime and loyal member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Mary's suddenly severe health issues have sadly called her home today after such an amazingly full and beautiful 87 year earthly journey among us. We will surely be celebrating Christmas with heavy hearts this year, but we find peace in knowing, and trusting, that Mary will be spending Christmas with Charlie once again this year, and that we will all be reunited in absolute joy and perfection one day.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Cynthia (Clarence) Heacock, Dyersville, IA,
Cheryl (Jim) Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Charles "Chuck" (Denise) Spielman III, Galena, IL;

her grandchildren,
Dr. Jennifer (Dr. Jeffrey) Heacock-Renaud, Davenport, IA,
Jessica Heacock, Raleigh, NC,
Madeline Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Adam Huekels, Dyer, IN;

a great-grandson,
Parker Brighton Renaud, Davenport, IA;

her siblings,
Elizabeth "Betty" Christ,
Carolyn (Stan) Hewitt
and Richard (Char) Noel, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her special friends,
Fritz Tekippe, Dubuque, IA
and Nick and Carrie Schrup and their son, Nicholas, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman; and a brother-in-law, Tom Christ.

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

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Mary these past days.