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Mary I. Stifter, 84

Mary Irene (Keefe) Stifter, age 84, of Winsted, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Mary Irene was born April 17, 1925, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Heiling) Keefe.

She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Casimir “Casey” Stifter, June 25, 1949, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Mary lived a strong life. She had a strong love for her family and the simple pleasures in life, and was a person that always gave without expecting to receive.

She worked many years at the Winsted Hospital, caring for her job and then going home to care for her family. Her love for her husband showed its strength in her concern for Casey after she would be gone.

Mary is survived by her loving family: her husband of 60 years, Casimir “Casey;” children Steve (Ellen) Stifter, Jim (Cathryn) Stifter, Cathy (Doug) Telecky, all of Winsted, Patty (Kevin) Vergin of Montrose, Mary Jane (Gary Nelson) Reilein of Hutchinson, Ann Marie (Jeffery Kohler) Anderson of Winsted, Paul (Mary) Stifter of Silver Lake, and Matthew (fiancée Sandy Fiecke) Stifter of Howard Lake; grandchildren Travis (Dana), Aaron (Tina), Meganne (Shaun); Lisa (David), Melissa (Tony), Jolene; Jason (Laura), Julie (Damon); Chad, Rachel, Kimberly; Stephanie, Cassie, Shawna; Heather (Tom), Candice; Benjamin; Joe (Robin), Jessica, and Joshua; and great-grandchildren Xander, Dylan, Allison, Miranda, Casey; MacKenzie, Hayden, Jack; Bryce, Ellie, Olivia, Landon; Kengan, Rileigh, Sophia; Tyler, Chance, Jaden-Ridge, Ethan, Ashton; Jacob, Ethan, and Ava.

She is further survived by siblings Fr. Gerald Keefe of St. Paul, Dorothy (Bernie) Fasching of Bloomington, and Evelyn Sexton of Weskan, KS; and sister-in-law Angie Keefe of St. Paul.

Mary was preceded in death by her siblings, Gervase Keefe, Dr. Jerome (first spouse Dorothy, second spouse Ellen) Keefe, and Daniel Keefe; parents Daniel and Mary Keefe; in-laws Iley Sexton and Helen Stifter; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with interment in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Aaron Stifter, Jason Telecky, Damon Thompson, Chad Vergin, Josh Stifter and Benjamin Stifter. Honorary casket bearer was Travis Stifter.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Chapel in Winsted, and continued Monday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.