Clear Lake- Mary Jo Stevens, 68 died Tuesday August 21, 2007, at the Muse-Norris Inpatient Hospice Unit, Mason City.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 25, 2007, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 1001 9th Ave South, Clear Lake, with Monsignor Joseph J. Slepicka and Deacon John Ayers officiating. Inurnment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. with a scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. at the Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel 101 North 4th Street. Clear Lake.

Memorials may be directed to the Mary Jo Stevens Memorial Fund, Hospice of North Iowa, and American Cancer Society, for cancer research.

Mary Jo Christensen was born July 2, 1939, in Mason City, the daughter of Herbert and Eleanor (Sobiekski) Christensen. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1957, later attending the University of Iowa. Mary Jo was united in marriage to Gerald E. Stevens; to this union four daughters were born. On April 1, 1972, they purchase the Half Moon Restaurant. After their divorce, Mary Jo continued to own and run the business. She then met her life companion Paul Reichardt, with whom she enjoyed many years together. They enjoyed traveling, reading, playing cards and golfing.

Mary Jo loved playing bridge, shopping and watching the “Golden Girls”. Her greatest love was spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters Annette Stevens, Burlington, Debbie (Jeff) Heine, Clear Lake, Joan Stevens, Fayette and Kathy (Bryan) Nielsen, San Diego, CA; life companion Paul Reichardt, Clear Lake, sister Pat (Vern) Severson, Clear Lake, grandchildren Alyssa (Nathan) Groom, Urbana, Erinn Heine, Clear Lake, Kelsey and Kira Nielsen, San Diego, CA, Paul’s children Lori (Bill) Wreghitt, Ventura, Melanie Huckins, Mason City, Brent Reichardt, South Korea, Jeff Reichardt, Garner, Paul’s grandchildren Kelli and Steven Wreghitt, Ventura, Sara Reichardt, Germany, Justin and Emily Huckins, Mason City; along with nieces, other relatives and friends.

Mary Jo is preceded in death by her parents and Paul’s son Todd Reichardt.
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Mary Jo Christensen Stevens
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Thanks to Pat for the picture.
A little memory of Mary Jo
  
   I remember we used to walk home from school together (in high school).
We would walk a block 'out of her way' on the chance we'd run into a boy
she had a crush on (this was before Gerald put the glimmer in her eyes).
And while we did "run" into this boy several times, I'm not aware that
they ever dated.  His name will remain Mary Jo's and my girlhood secret.

   I also remember the hours of cheerleading practice we used to do at
Mary Jo's house in her front yard.  She would help us do a tricky
maneuver and probably kept us from breaking our necks!!
 
   Seeing her at the 2007 class reunion is a memory I will always cherish
and having her in the class picture makes it all the more special.  I'm
grateful to Paul and Kathy for bringing her to our dinner, and my heart
goes out to them, and to her other daughters and their families.  Mary Jo
put up a great fight against this terrible disease and I salute her
courage. 
   In loving memory of my friend and classmate,
   Pat (Mahoney) Block


Mary Jo in the front row (in blue) between Judy Heifner and Pat Mahoney Block at the Class of 57s 50th Reunion, July 2007.
Pictured are:
Front row- Judy Heifner, Mary Jo, Pat Mahoney Block, Mary Ellen Nyhus Lorenz.
Back row- Sally Slocum, Mary Kruse Weidler, Mavis Fisher Isaak, Arlene Rodenbeck Radcliffe and Jane Smith Arevalo.

I want to tell you what I admired Mary Jo the most for.  When she worked at the Corner Drug, It didn`t matter if you were the Homecoming Queen or the football hero; she treated everyone as if you were!  I like to believe that she was what the class of 57 was about! Andy  (Larry- Andy- Andersen 1957)