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“Very sorry for your lost Jim, Donna, and Steve. I remember the first time I met your dear mom and how beautiful and exotic she seemed to me. Must...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Janelle Swanberg - Friend

“I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your old friend Marsha (Simons) Spaulding. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: Marsha Spaulding - Mission, TX

“We send our sincere sympathy to all of Mary's family and friends. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and strength during...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Doug and Nancy Baker - Colby, KS

Mary Lou Pittmann was born August 12, 1927 in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Erastus and Neva (Swanger) Jones. She grew up in Sioux City and later moved with her mother to Los Angeles, CA as a teenager. She attended Alexander Hamilton High School graduating in 1945. After high school she worked at MGM Studio and met famous personalities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra to name a few. She would travel back to Sioux City to visit numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

After moving back to the Sioux city area, she worked at the Sioux City Journal. On November 21, 1948 she married Alvin F. Pittmann in Sioux City, IA. After their marriage Mary and Alvin lived on a farm outside of Kingsley, IA where they raised their family. Mary and Alvin farmed for 51 years before retiring. Mary taught Red Cross Swimming Lessons at Midway located between Kingsley and Moville on Highway 140. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church where she served as President of the LWML. She and her husband, Alvin enjoyed golfing when they got a chance to do so. Occasionally they volunteered for the LPGA and PGA, also Mary volunteered at the Sony Open in Hawaii. She and Alvin took countless fishing trips to MN and to the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico, also to Padre Island, TX.

Those left to cherish her memories, son, Jim (Janet) Pittmann of Alexandria, SD, daughter, Donna (Glen) Weisser of Pueblo West, Co, and Steven (Kathy) Pittmann of Kingsley, IA, nine grandchildren, twenty-one, great-grandchildren. Mary was a loving wife, Mom, grandmother and great – grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alvin, her sister, Joyce and her brother, Richard.
Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Camp in Okoboji, IA, c/o of First Lutheran Church, Kingsley, IA.
The family would to thank the staff and volunteers of Kingsley Speciality Care for their compassionate care to our mother, Grandma Mary, Great Grandma Mary".

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