Mary Hemstreet

Posted 9/11/23

Litchfield, Minn.

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Mary Hemstreet


LITCHFIELD, Minn. — Mary Colleen (McQuirk) Hemstreet, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away August 28, 2023.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at  Holy Trinity Catholic Church with a visitation one hour prior and a luncheon to follow. Interment will take place at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Iroquois.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1941, in Manchester to Ralph “Cy” and Martha McQuirk.

Mary’s career as a bookkeeper for a newspaper brought her joy and fulfillment. It was during her time at the newspaper that she met her husband, Wayne Hemstreet. Outside of work, Mary found joy in various hobbies and interests. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking and cooking. She also had a passion for searching through garage sales, finding unique treasures that brought joy into her home. Music held a special place in Mary’s heart; she loved to sing and play the piano. Above all, she loved her family. Mary was also a devout Catholic. She lived her life guided by the values instilled in her by the church. Her unwavering faith provided strength and comfort throughout the years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Hemstreet of Litchfield, Minn.; her children, Susan (Rick) Pautzke of Barnesville, Minn., Teresa (Ralph) Drange of Grove City, Minn., Steven (Christine) Delvaux of Charlotte, N.C., and Stacy (Wesley) Fish of Morris, Okla.; her six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Eva Schlenker, Ruth (Gayle) Hauser and Edward (Jaynie) McQuirk.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Martha (McTighe) McQuirk; her siblings, Gerald, Ralph (Sybil), Julie (Larry) DeJean, Virginia Gilbert; and her brother-in-law, Frank Schlenker.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Rd, St Cloud, Minn. 56301.

Mary will be missed deeply by all those who knew and loved her.