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Maralyn R. Schlapia

Maralyn Rose Schlapia, daughter of Leland and Edna Hartman McMath was born July 2, 1920 near Clearfield, Iowa and passed away December 3, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Dale and Maralyn both passed away on the same date, December 3, nine years apart.

Maralyn had rheumatic fever when she was a junior in high school causing her to miss graduating with her high school class but graduated a year later in 1939. After graduation, she obtain her "Normal Training" certificate and taught country school for the next 3 ½ years.

The love of her life, Floyd Dale Schlapia, returned home after serving 5 years in World War II and they were married one month later on September 4, 1945 in Troy, Kansas and were blessed to celebrate 62 years of marriage. They settled one mile west of Mount Ayr in 1950 and lived there most of their life together.

Three children were born to this marriage: Jeannette, Roger, and Meredith. After the kids began school, Maralyn started working at Bud and Hazel Matthew’s ice cream shop, Burge’s Ben Franklin Dime Store, and then Iowa Southern Utilities for 18 years retiring in 1984.

Maralyn was a member of the United Baptist Presbyterian Church serving her church faithfully, also neighborhood club, Ringgold Singers, VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, Red Hat Group, Hospital Auxiliary and a sewing group at the neighborhood center. She always had a huge garden, canned a lot of food, sewed, knitted, crocheted, made clothes, embroidered, played cards with neighbors, raised Pekingese dogs, chickens, and milked cows. She also camped for several years around Lake Rathbun and helped Meredith with her daycare rocking several babies. Maralyn and Dale enjoyed taking long car rides, eating lunch in Allendale, Mo., going to the Amish stores at Redding, and square dancing.

After Dale died Dec 3, 2007, Maralyn moved into an apartment next to Meredith and lived there for 6 years before moving to Mount Ayr Health Care Center and resided there for the next 2 years.

Maralyn is survived by daughter Jeannette (David) Scott, children Derek Scott and Deron (Liline) Scott; son Roger (Betty) Schlapia, children Amy (Brian) Jones, their children Brooklynn and Griffin, and Eric (Jennifer) Schlapia, their children Tanner and Sophie; daughter Meredith (Duane) Dredge children Leslie Dredge-Murphy (Jared), their children Rhett and Zachary, Clinton (Allison) Dredge, their children Colton and Adley, Adam (Katrina) Dredge, their children Adalynn and Tarynn, and Morgan Dredge (Erik Kalweit); brother Robert (Shirley) McMath; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Schlapia, and Kay Dotson; special friends Todd (Angie) Glendenning, their children Hannah, and Blair; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Maralyn was preceded in death by her husband Dale; parents; sister and brother-in-law Lavon and Paul Brown; brother and sister-in-law Dwight and Helen McMath; brothers-in-law Russell Schlapia and Lee Dotson; sister-in-law Thelma Schlapia; sister and brothers-in-law Laveta and Walter Strange, Fay and Dale Mather. Her love and care will be remembered by all.

Memorials are to the United Baptist Presbyterian Church.

Services: 10:00 am ~ Thursday, December 8, 2016
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiating: Rev. Mike Maddy
Open Visitation: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wed., Dec. 7
Family Present: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wed., Dec. 7
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr
Memorials: United Baptist Presbyterian Church

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Meredith, Leslie, Clint, Adam and Family sorry for your loss.

Richard Swank Dec 7 2016 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss of Maralyn. I remember going to her house when we were kids to visit. I remember the dogs. They were sure cute. Maralyn was a wonderful Christian lady that won't be forgotten.

Shirley Hightshoe Dec 6 2016 12:00 AM

Roger, Betty, Amy and whole Schlapia family our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate a life well lived. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. John 5:25

Ralph and Patrica Mehrens Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM