Joseph C. Mausser

Posted November 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

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Nov. 2, 1932 – Nov. 7, 2013

Joseph C. Mausser, 81, of Monticello, Iowa, and formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends called from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service was held at 2 p.m, and a Knights of Columbus Rosary was held at 7 p.m.

Services for Joe were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating.  Eucharistic Ministers were Jean Mausser and Deb Mausser.  Lector was Justin Mausser. 

Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore.

Joe was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Bernard, son of Charles and Agnes (Smith) Mausser.  He received his education in the Sacred Heart School school in Fillmore, and later acquired his GED. 

On Oct. 26, 1957, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Martensen at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Garryowen.  She preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2004.  On Oct. 13, 2006, he was united in marriage to Nancy Hogan Pfab at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Central City.

Joe was employed with the John Deere Dubuque works and Moline works for 27 years.  He later worked in the maintenance assembly department at Walmart. 

He enjoyed woodworking, weaving, quilting and biking.  He participated in RAGBRAI since 2001. He was an avid and awesome golfer; he was especially proud of his hole-in-one.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Prairieburg, a former member of Sacred Heart in Fillmore, and a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930. 

Joe and Betty were the Executive Directors of marriage encounter program for 20 years.  Joe was also very involved in the Monticello Farmer’s Market.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Mausser of Monticello; five sons, Ted (Deb) Mausser of Bernard, Marty (Jean) Mausser of Cascade, Ken (Jeanette) Mausser of Bernard, Justin (Amanda) Mausser of Medelia, Minn., and Dean (Kathy) Mausser of Holy Cross; six step-children, Zac (Chris) Chwirka of Sioux City, Mitch Pfab of Manchester, Duane (Sonja) Pfab of Alburnett, Karen Pfab (& friend, Roy Valgroi) of Des Moines, Margaret Pfab of Chicago, Ill., and Adam Alden of Mt. Vernon; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren;  in-laws, Benny (Bernice) Martensen of Dubuque, Sr. Rose Marie Martensen RSM of Cedar Rapids, Morgan (Ruth) Martensen of Hazel Green, Wis., and Madonna Beck of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Albert and Frances Mausser; and two sisters-in-law, Katie Mausser and Sr. Mary Martensen.

A Joseph C. Mausser memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The family would like to thank the Monticello Emergency Medical Services, ICU staff, palative care team, and Hospice team of Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids.