Mary J. Ehlers

Mary J. Ehlers, age 97, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:10 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at her home.  To honor Mary’s life private family services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is assisting Mary’s family.

Mary was born on April 3, 1927, in LaMotte, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Ernst) Hingtgen.

Mary worked for National Butter Factory for 4 years and then at the Battery Factory for 6 years before getting married and becoming a full time wife and mom.  She married Charles Ehlers on November 16, 1946, in Dubuque.  They had 2 sons and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Charles passed away in 2007.  In her free time Mary enjoyed bowling in her younger days and playing cards.  She was an avid cookie jar collector, always on the look out for a new addition.  Mary especially loved spending time with her family.  She will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish Mary’s memory include

2 sons,
Allen Ehlers, Dubuque, IA
and Denis (Debra) Ehlers, East Dubuque, IL;

6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren;

her siblings,
Norma Greve, Dubuque, IA
and Lorraine (Wayne) Salwolke, Asbury, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Grace Hingtgen, Key West, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ehlers; and her siblings, Bernice (Larry) Vize, Mildred (Bob) Stecklein, Verna (Paul) Schbring, Raymond (Helen) Hingtgen, Duwayne (Janis) Hingtgen and Lavern Hingtgen.

Mary’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their caring support.

Greeting cards and memorials in Mary’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Mary Ehlers Family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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