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Marie Louise (FitzGerald) Hogan


Marie Louise (FitzGerald) Hogan, 93, died peacefully at her daughter Irene's home on Jan. 2, 2018.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello, with interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Castle Grove. The Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate at the services. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with a rosary and parish vigil service starting at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends again after 10 a.m. Monday in the Gathering Room at Sacred Heart Church. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, has been entrusted with Marie's care and arrangements. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a right-to-life group or a hospice of choice.
Marie Sullivan FitzGerald was born March 25, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., the second of three daughters of Francis and Mary FitzGerald. Marie attended St. Gabriel's grade school and St. Anne's High School in Detroit. Marie went on to college and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mercy College in Detroit in 1946. She then worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, while James T. Hogan courted her. She met James through his sister, Irene, who attended Mercy College in Detroit as well. Marie came to Iowa to visit Irene on the farm in Castle Grove, and James' and Marie's love grew from there.
Marie and James were married Sept. 3, 1949, in Detroit. They farmed together in Castle Grove Township until James' death in 1992. Marie continued to farm with her sons until moving to Silvercrest assisted living in Anamosa, Iowa, in 2009. She enjoyed playing cards and making new friends at Silvercrest until 2013, when she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Phil Bonifazi, in Anamosa. Irene and Phil cared for her lovingly until her death.
Marie enjoyed the farming life, raising nine children and helping with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marie did have to jump right into farming. On arriving home from their honeymoon in the fall of 1949, there had been a windstorm, downing the corn crop. This required handpicking the corn crop into a wagon. At that point, she joked she had considered "walking back to Detroit, if it had been closer."
Marie was a faith-filled woman all of her life. She enjoyed farming, embroidering, crocheting, baking bread and, in her retirement, making rosaries to send to the missions. She likely made over a thousand rosaries over the years. She enjoyed playing cards, and often seemed to have the luck of the Irish in her ability to win at most any game she played.
In her final months, she was less able to interact but continued to enjoy having the rosary said aloud in her room. Her granddaughter, Sr. Stephanie, was able to spend time praying and reading with her during a stateside visit in August to October. Mom continued to teach us during those final months about patience and loving kindness.
Marie will be deeply missed by James F. and Rebecca Hogan (Monticello), Anne Maren-Hogan and Sam Maren (North Carolina), Patrick and Mary Hogan (Monticello), John and Margaret Hogan (Earlville), Mary and Delbert Weber (Mechanicsville), Michael and Cheryl Hogan (Monticello), Irene and Phillip Bonifazi (Anamosa), Jean Hogan (Iowa City) and Jeanette and Dennis Shoop (Prairieburg). She also will be deeply missed by her 28 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren (plus three on the way). Marie also is survived by 18 nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Florida.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters; her husband, James T. Hogan; two grandchildren, infant Angela Hogan and Daniel Corbett; and by one great-grandchild, infant Joseph Weber.