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Mary Hodapp

Mary Cay Hodapp, age 94, of Spicer, died Tuesday morning, January 15, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Interment will be at a later date.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary service at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan 21, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials to honor Mary Cay may be directed to the Church of St. Mary in Willmar, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in New London, National Catholic Youth Choir, c/o Father Anthony Ruff in Collegeville, MN or the Holtkamp Organ Renovation at the Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Mary Cay Hodapp was born on July 10, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Mary (Deeny) Ewing.  She grew up in Omaha and graduated from Duchesne Academy in 1941.  In 1945, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.  On September 28, 1946, Mary Cay was united in marriage to Robert V. Hodapp and they made their home in Chicago, New Orleans and Cape May, N.J., and moved to Willmar in 1949.  They were members of the Church of St. Mary where Mary Cay served as choir director for over 25 years and a member of the choir for several years following.  In addition, she was a private music teacher in Willmar.  In 1971, Mary Cay graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  Other activities at the Church of St. Mary include, chairman of the pipe organ committee, member of the worship committee, the stained glass window committee as well as a teacher in the religious education program.  Mary Cay served on the New Ulm Diocesan Lay Music Commission and received the Medal of Honor of Parish Service in 1991.  Other organizations in which she participated include, board member of the Barn Theatre where she appeared in numerous productions, the West Central Concert Series board member, the Willmar Community Chorus, the Benson Choralieres, the Cosmopolitan Study Club, the Willmar Musicale, Spicer Garden Club, the Twin City Catholic Chorale and the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS).  Besides spending time with her family and friends, Mary Cay enjoyed gardening, playing bridge and traveling.

She is survived by her children, Mary E. Hodapp of Arlington, VA., Robert E. (and Connie) Hodapp of Spicer, Michael (and Mary A.) Hodapp of Spicer, John (and Carey) Hodapp of Willmar and Paul Hodapp of Duluth; twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Dolores and three brothers, Jack, Joe and Ben.


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So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hodapp's passing. I enjoyed singing in her choir for many years. She was also a great friend to my parents. God bless you in your loss.

Maggie McCarthy Frericks Jan 26 2019 12:00 AM

I HAVE SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF MY FRIEND MARY CAY. SHE WAS MY CHOIR DIRECTOR AT ST. MARY'S SHE HELPED ME WITH MUSIC WHEN I WAS ASKED TO SING AT A COUPLE OF WEDDINGS, AND SEVERAL VISITS WITH HER AT THE HOME ON GREEN LAKE.I REMEMBER ONE TIME I RANG THE DOORBELL AND HER VOICE FROM THE TOP OF THE STAIRS SAYING "WHO GOES THERE" I SAID STEVE WALSTAD. HER RESPONSE WAS "FOR STEVE WALSTAD I'LL COME DOWN". I APPRECIATED WHEN SHE AND BOBBY CAME TO MY BROTHER LOREN'S FUNERAL. I ALSO WOULD CALL HER ON OCCASION WHEN IN WILLMAR JUST TO VISIT.MARY CAY, I WILL MISS YOU!!STEVE WALSTAD

STEVE WALSTAD Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

Mary Cay was a good friend and support to my Mother. Mary Cays daughter Mary was a special friend if mine. I send my sympathies to the Hodapp family. Kim Fernelius

Kim Fernelius Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

John,Sorry to hear about the lose of your mother. Our hearts are with you and your family. God bless. Chris and Sue Hagen

Chris Hagen Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Hodapp

Tom Hagen Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to the entire Hodapp family, having met her many years ago, she is a grand lady. Bless be her memory, never forgotten.

Tom Hagen (uncle to Carey) Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM