Arrangements By:

Overton Funeral Home, Traer

Mary Kostlan

Mary Kostlan was born on February 17, 1930, the daughter of Paul and Netti (Gerholdt) Neelans in Waterloo, Iowa, and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. On February 25, 1950, Mary was united in marriage to James (Jim) Kostlan in Waterloo, Iowa and made their home in Traer, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Vicki Jo and Douglas Kent. Mary worked for several Traer restaurants and later worked for and retired from Waterloo Industries on May 31, 1995, after over 28 years of employment. After retiring, Mary enjoyed traveling, reading, cross-word puzzles and watching television and the occasional visit to the casino for bingo and slot machines. Her husband Jim died suddenly in 1988. In 1990, Mary moved to Waterloo to be closer to work and her siblings. In 2015, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was successfully removed and she moved to Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. Mary died gently at the age of 89 on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Sunrise Hill Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Nettie Neelans; her husband Jim; and brothers Paul, Dale, and James; and sisters, Dorothy and Marlene. Mary is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Rich) Nielsen of Avoca, Iowa; a son, Doug of Ames, Iowa; two granddaughters, Erin (Doug) Owen, Tiffany (Nate) Parrott; two grandsons, Trent Nielsen and Preston Kostlan; four great grandchildren Madelyn and Carter Parrott and Blake and Hailey Owen; two brothers Robert and Gary Neelans; and many nieces and nephews; and in-laws.


Instead of grieving her passing, her family ask that you simply wish her well as she will be reunited at the gates by her husband, Jim, whom she has missed very much, and will have the opportunity to bring him up to date on the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren—which will make him very proud. And as Mary brings him up to date, with Jim’s favorite Polka music playing in the background, she will glow with pride as she tells him about everything that he has missed with a twinkle in her eyes and a “Fat and Sassy” grin on her face will be ever present as she catches him up on the last thirty years. The two of them will now be able to keep a watch over the family together from above and they will be able to reminisce about the good old days Polka dancing, camping, boating and motorhome trips and she will also bring Jim’s parents and her parents and siblings that preceded her up to date as well.


The family is deeply grateful to the staff of Sunrise Hill for the kindness and consideration Mary received from them over the years and Sunrise Hill management should be very proud of everyone that works at Sunrise Hill for what they do each and every day to care for the residents and make their day just a little better.


A private family burial will be held in Buckingham Cemetery at a later date.



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