Resident Spotlight

Mary Jo Rowland



Hi, I am Mary Jo Rowland.  I was born in Bryant, Iowa to the parents of Art and Katherine (Believernicht) Wenzel.  My parents were farmers with six children to raise:  JoAnn Schlecht, Charles Wenzel, Kathleen Reistroffer, Paul Wenzel, Bill Wenzel, and myself, Mary Jo Rowland.  We all learned to play instruments and belonged to our Dad’s “Wenzel Family Band”.  JoAnn and I played the accordion.  Paul played the keyboard.

I graduated from Miles High School in Miles, Iowa.  I worked at the Nielson Clearing House for 15-20 years.

In the meantime, I married and raised four daughters:  Sherry Dykemia, Julie Krogman, Teresa Krogman, and Marlise Leslie.  My family has grown to three grandchildren and six great grandchildren, which keeps me involved and busy.