Mary Katherine Marty of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died March 21, 2018, at Elim Nursing Home in Fargo, North Dakota. The second daughter of Edward and Anne Dullea, Mary was born December 11, 1935, in Jamestown, North Dakota. She attended school in Pingree and Fargo, North Dakota, graduating from Shanley High School. She earned her teaching degree at Moorhead State University, then taught elementary school in Ada and Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. On June 18, 1960, Mary and Harold Marty were married in Georgetown, Minnesota. They lived at Pelican Rapids where Mary was a teacher, and at Pembina and Portland, North Dakota, where Harold was a teacher, before moving to Mary’s parents’ farm in Georgetown, Minnesota. In 1970 Mary and Harold purchased Harold’s parents’ farm in Pelican Rapids where they stayed and raised their children.
Mary enjoyed being a mother, raising their seven children with Harold on the family dairy farm. They were members of St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Pelican Rapids. As their children grew older and moved on, she worked in various part time roles, including working as a classroom aide in Pelican Rapids and at the Fergus Falls Wal-Mart shoe department for 14 years. Mary enjoyed gardening, reading, baking, Fox News and family gatherings.
Mary is survived by three sons Harold of Peachtree City, Georgia, Mike (Lori) of Pelican Rapids and Tony of Minneapolis. Four daughters Kathy (Randy) Josephson of La Crosse, WI, Mary (Brian) Norberg of Dilworth, Jeanne (Bob) Gettel of Underwood, MN, and Maggie (Brad) Johnson of Pelican Rapids; seventeen grandchildren; two brothers, Michael (Jan) Dullea of Horace, ND, and John Dullea of (Halstad, MN); four sisters, Patricia Dwyer of Aurora, CO, Eileen (Chuck) Donahue, Loretta (Ivan) Sauvageau and Julie (John) Wagner of Fargo, ND and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harold, her parents Edward and Anne Dullea, sister Margaret(Peggy) Fell, brothers Edward Dullea and Daniel Dullea, brothers-in-law Fritz Fell, Dennis Dwyer, Kent Gowers, Leo (Sonny) Marty, Gene Marty and Rodney Ringquist, sisters-in-law Mary Lou Marty and Christa Marty and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 26, 2018 with visitation one hour before the service at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo. Burial will be at St. Leonard’s Cemetery in Pelican Rapids.