Mary Etten Dec. 3, 1940 – March 20, 2021

Mary Etten

      Mary Etten, age 80, died Saturday morning, March 20, 2021 at her home following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Peace United Church of Christ in Monticello with interment in the Amber Cemetery. Pastor Frank Shepard will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. You may access the live service by going to and then by clicking the Watch Our Live Services on Facebook button which will direct you to our Facebook page. You may also sign the guestbook or leave a condolence at Masks must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the funeral home or the church. Social distancing needs to be practiced as well.

      Surviving are her three children, Carla (Bryce) Van Gorp of Reasoner, Rodney Etten of Onslow, Brian Etten of Anamosa, and son-in-law, Glen Null of Monticello, eight grandchildren, Cassie, Christina and Jacob Null, Heather Heister, Gregory, Warren, Paige, and Jamie Etten, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-grandson on the way, a step-granddaughter Kayla Van Gorp and siblings, Roberta Burtling, Darla Watson, Marcia Fiser, Denise Petrick and Diane Korte and a sister-in-law, Julie Vacek. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Galen on Nov. 6, 2020, and a brother Greg Carl.

      Mary Alice Carl was born Dec. 3, 1940 at Iowa City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Melvin and Alice Shover, Carl. She graduated from Springville High School in 1959. She worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for several years. Mary Carl and Galen Etten were married on July 2, 1960 in Lawton, Okla. The couple farmed the Ruel McComb farm in Castle Grove Township and later the Forbes Olberg farm near Amber. In 1977 they bought a farm near Maquoketa. They retired from farming in 1981 due to the farm crisis and moved to Amber. Mary worked as a home health aid in the area. She also raised flowers that she sold at the Anamosa Farmers Market and had a "You Pick Garden" at her home.

      Mary was a member of the Peace United Church of Christ in Monticello. She had been the Youth Director at the church and taught Sunday school. She also belonged to the Paint and Pallet Club in Anamosa. Mary also volunteered at the Anamosa Care Center where she helped residents make quilts.


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