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Mary Josephine Cihak Creston

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 9:38 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:28 a.m. CST

Mary Josephine Cihak, 90, of Creston died Oct. 11, 2013, at Creston Nursing and Rehab.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Calvary Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Halbur Jr., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, will officiate. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. The family requests no memorials. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Josephine Cihak, daughter of Josephine Mary (Deholien) and James Vincent Cihak, was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Creston.

Mary Josephine graduated from Creston High School in 1940. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1945; and she received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1951.

Mary Josephine taught school in Bakersfield, Calif., before moving to Council Bluffs, in 1969. She worked for the Council Bluffs school system as a reading specialist for 11 years, retiring in 1980. Mary Josephine taught both public and parochial school in Creston and various other places.

Mary Josephine was a past member of American Association of Women, Kappa Kappa Iota Educational Sorority and Iowa Retired Teachers Association.

Mary Josephine is survived by her brother James Cihak of Creston; nephews, Mike (Joy) Cihak of Afton and Greg Cihak of Indianola; and niece Julie (husband Mark Cullen) Cihak of West Des Moines.

Mary Josephine was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Verlee Cihak.

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