Mary Catherine “Diddy” Field, age 84, of Delano, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, surrounded by loving family.
She was born May 20, 1930, in Detroit Lakes, to George and Magdalen Stafford.
The family moved to St. Cloud while Mary was a junior in high school, where she graduated from Cathedral High School.
After high school, Mary worked at the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis.
It was in the Cities that she met her future husband, Harvey J. Field. Mary and Harvey were married June 5, 1954, at St. Anthony’s Parish in St Cloud. God blessed their marriage with nine children.
The family lived in Minneapolis until moving to Delano in 1966.
Mary enjoyed reading, finding bargains at garage sales, and making Christmas ornaments. She loved to play bridge with friends. and spend time with her family.
She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George and Magdalen (Schaan) Stafford; brothers Father Michael Stafford and John Stafford; daughter-in-law Paula Field; and grandchildren Magdalen Sutherland and Eric Sutherland Brush.
She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Harvey; children Mike (Cheryl), Mary Jo (Dan) Graunke, Mark (Debbie), Tim (Kris), James (Diane), Margaret (Jon) Sutherland, Jean (Eric) Carlson, Bill (Sherri), and Tom (Tracy); 28 grandchildren: Dan, Shelly, Sarah, Carrie, David, Rob, Adam, Brian, Alison, Darrick, Jaime, Chad, Brad, Kelsey, Anna, Kyan, Isaac, Stafford, Emily, Kristen, Cameron, Amelia, Keenan, Dillon, Hannah, Ethan, Mason, and Haden; and 13 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Brayden, Quinne, Riley, Dru, Jaden, Kye, Cole, Evan, Savannah, Maci, Alexandra, and Cody.
Mary is further survived by brothers Patrick (Dorie) Stafford, and Paul Stafford; and a sister, LuCretia Benolken.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. There was a gathering of family and friends Friday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, which continued Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to Mass. Inurnment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Delano.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.