Mary C. (Brown) Renfer, Age 78, of Cedar Rapids, IA passed away on March 26, 2021 at the Corridor Crossing Place surrounded by her loving family.
A public visitation will be offered at the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 5-8 PM. As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of facemasks or shields are required. A private funeral service will be held at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories on Saturday, April 3 with the Certified Celebrant Dr. James Coyle officiating. A livestream of the funeral service may be accessed on the funeral home website under the obituary for Mary Refner, under the video tab
starting at 2 PM on April 3, 2021
Interment will be held at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Garden of Tranquility.
Mary was born on February 14, 1943 in Seattle, WA. The daughter of William Parks Brown and Elsie Bernice (Walker) Brown. On February 17, 1961, Mary married the love of her life, Larry Renfer in Seattle, WA. He preceded her in death on August 5, 2019.
Those left to cherish Mary’s memory are her children, Larry E. (Girlfriend Nancy), Kelly (Doug) Novak, and Cindy (John) Weiland; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Alan (Mary) Brown and Donald Brown; her in-laws, Judy (Ken) Kula, Jerry (Linda) Renfer, and Joanne (Kevin) Shedak; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, two brothers, Robert Brown and Les Brown, a brother-in-law, William Renfer, and her in-laws, Franklin C. and Maxine (Pollack) Renfer.
Mary worked at Rockwell Collins as a file clerk, secretary for 4 years; then as a chief secretary for the Cedar Rapids Police Department for 21 years, and finally for 10 years as an administrative assistant for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Mary earned her Masters Degree in Business.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
The family would like to give a thank-you to the entire staff of doctors and nurses at the Corridor Crossing Place as well as the Essence of Hospice for their care and compassion shown to Mary while her time there.