Mary Cruser, 85, of Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2005

The funeral service for Mary Walsh Cruser, 85, of Albert Lea, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, at St. Theodore Catholic Church.

The Rev. Jim Berning will officiate. Interment will be in St. Theodore’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to services at the church.

There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Mary died on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Thorne Crest Apartments.

Mary was born to Michael and Theresa (Sharkey) Walsh on Oct. 21, 1919. She married John H. Cruser on June 12, 1943, in New Jersey.

She was very active in her home church and community.

She started the Catholic Youth Organization at Holy Name Church in East Orange, N.J.

She was later named Woman of the Year in New Jersey.

During her 10 years in Albert Lea she was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, C.C.W., American Legion Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Hospital Auxiliary.

Mary enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bridge and 500 and reading.

Mary was best known for saying, &uot;If you cannot say anything good about a person, don’t say anything at all.&uot;

Mary is survived by her children: daughter Joan-Anne and husband Len Shelhamer of Albert Lea and their children Michael and wife Lisa Shelhamer and Jennifer and husband Tony Hedberg, son John Robert and wife Amparo Cruser of Basking Ridge, N.J. and their children Jillian and Michael, daughter Theresa and husband Tim Crosby of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and their children Taylor Anne and Keenan Andrew, and son Charles and wife Margaret Cruser of Livermore, Calif.; great-grandchildren Liam and Rowan Shelhamer and Andrew and Lily Hedberg; sister Theresa Dyer of Toms River, N.J.; and brother Alfred and wife Doris Walsh of Parsippany, N.J.

Her parents, Michael and Theresa Walsh, her loving husband John H. Cruser, and her brothers Joseph, Stephen and Jack Walsh, preceded her in death.

Mary loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always so happy to see them. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials are preferred to St. Theodore and First Presbyterian Church.