April 29, 2013


NOV. 8, 1951 — APRIL 28, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Mary Carter, 61, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Fremont, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, peacefully at her home in Oskaloosa after a 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born Mary Jean Vandello on Thursday, Nov. 8, 1951, in Ottumwa the daughter of Richard and Mary Hammond Vandello. Mary graduated from the Walsh High School in Ottumwa with the class of 1970. On Sept. 23, 1972, she was united in marriage to John Carter at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ottumwa and together they raised two wonderful children Jason and Jill. Mary loved flowers and decorating but her greatest loves were God and her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Her eyes lit up every time they came around. Until recently Mary had been employed at Mahaska Drug for many years. This was a great fit for her with her decorating skills.

Her family includes her husband: John Carter, of Oskaloosa; a son: Jason (and Kelly) Carter, of Oskaloosa; a daughter: Jill (and Chase) Mitrisin, of Oskaloosa; two granddaughters: Addison and Tierney Carter; two sisters: Sue (and Larry) Fortney, of Omaha, Neb., and Bette (and Pat) Horras, of Fairfield; a brother: John (and Kay) Vandello, of Ottumwa; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in infancy: Heather Carter; and a brother: Richard Vandello Jr.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Jeff Belger officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Visitation will begin Tuesday after 12 p.m. at the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Tuesday from 5 -7 p.m. to greet friends and relatives with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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