Mary Margaret Poole, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Blum) Schiltz, was born on February 23, 1935, in Panama, Iowa. She was raised in Panama, Defiance, and Manilla, Iowa. Following graduation from Manilla High School, Mary attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska, for a year. She then worked for several years in the Myrtue Memorial Hospital Medical Records department. On November 5, 1955, she married Donald Dean Poole in Manilla, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm southeast of Harlan. Mary was a homemaker, raising their four children and helping Don on the farm. In 1996, Mary and Don retired to their home in Harlan.
Mary was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, where she had served as the St. Anne’s Guild president. She loved to garden, raising flowers and produce for the family. Mary enjoyed playing Five Hundred and Pitch, dancing, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.
Mary M. Poole died on Tuesday, February 28, 2006, at the Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa, at the age of 71 years and 5 days.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ann Conway; and one brother, Tony Schiltz. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Donald Poole of Harlan, Iowa; two sons, Douglas Poole of Treynor, Iowa, and Mark Poole of Harlan, Iowa; two daughters, Jean (Mike) Valenta of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kathryn (Robert) Sopher of Le Mars, Iowa; four sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Denning of Neola, Iowa, Theresa (Bob) Wilson of Kaufman, Texas, Hermie Tank of Manning, Iowa, and Laurina (Dwayne) Schleisman of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers, Joe (Arlene) Schiltz of Manilla, Iowa, and Mike (Marilyn) Schiltz of Bancroft, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Benita Schiltz of Earling, Iowa; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 3, 2006, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Father Robert Hoefler celebrating. Musicians were John Rosman and Maryalyce Dotzler. Casket bearers Bill Wingert, Martin Zaccone, Ray Chipman, Richard Lee, Virgil Koppold, and Gary Hopp. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.