Resident of the Month

Marie M. Ambrosy

Marie Ambrosy was born on April 27, 1934, the sixth child of Michael & Ruth Curtis.  She had three sisters and six brothers.  She grew up on a farm near South Garryowen in Jackson County, Iowa and attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School at North Garryowen, Iowa through the 8th grade.

She worked at different homes in Dubuque while still a teenager.  She was with friends at Melody Mill, a popular dance hall near Dubuque, when she met a young man, also with friends, named LaVern Ambrosy from St. Donatus.  He also had grown up on a farm.  He was in the Army in Germany during the Korean War.  They were married after his return home on May 10, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Church, North Garryowen, Jackson County, Iowa.

As they began their married life together, he was working at Dubuque Pack in Dubuque.  They decided to farm with his brother.  While their family was growing, they decided to purchase a farm near Otter Creek.  They lived on this farm for 34 years.  They attended St. Lawrence Church in Otter Creek.  Their eight children attended Andrew Community School while growing up and were in 4H, sports, music and drama.

Marie started working at Maquoketa Care Center when her youngest daughter started school.  Her days were very busy working off the farm with her role as a mother and farmwife.  She loved to bake and would have fresh bread, cookies or dessert for her family to enjoy!!!  She had a big garden, raised chickens and turkeys.

After 34 years on the farm, they retired and moved to a home in Dubuque.  But she did not rest, she went to work at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.  They enjoyed their retirement years with family and friends, attending Mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Dubuque, going to casinos, and visiting neighbors.

Sadly, she lost her husband LaVern on October 8, 2015.  They celebrated 60 years together!  Her eight children are:  Mary Jo (Erv) Felderman of Bellevue; Rev. David Ambrosy of Waverly; Bob (Robin) Ambrosy of Dubuque; Mark (Mary) Ambrosy of Maquoketa; Sharon Hansen of Clinton; Janet (Bill) Capesius of LaMotte; Joan (Jerome) Beckley of LaMotte; and Diane Ambrosy, deceased.  She has 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She enjoys watching TV, especially “Wheel of Fortune”, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.