Mae 'Mazie' Long
Mae “Mazie” Long, 82, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at her home in Algona. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at First Lutheran Church, Algona, with the Rev. David Grindberg officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Algona. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First Lutheran Church.
Mae Fern Long, the daughter of Elmer and Irma (Schufflebein) Jenson, was born June 12, 1936, in Forest City. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1955. On Jan. 14, 1956, in a blizzard, Mazie was united in marriage with Roger Eugene Long in Manly. They began a partnership that saw many successful businesses, including a bakery, meat locker, theater and the famous Suzie Q Diner in Mason City. They moved to Algona in the early 60s and continued to help build the community with a dairy route, motels and restaurants, and then by building several apartment complexes. When she got into the bar business she seemed right at home.
Her family was a point of pride for her. She was proud of all four of her daughters and loved all 15 of her grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping and working in her garden. She canned tomatoes every year and visited 49 out of the 50 states. She had an affinity for owls, angels and related heavily to Hallmark’s Maxine. Her home was always welcoming, and she loved to entertain.
Left to cherish Mazie’s memory are daughters, Debbie Ann Long of Manson, Sandra K. Buscher and her husband Tom of Algona, Cynthia Mae Anderson and her husband Jay of Grand Junction, Colo., and Bonnie Jo Hahn and her husband Mike of St. Peter, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger; a granddaughter, Christin Kay Buscher; a grandson, Matthew Jon Long; brothers, Jerry and William Jenson; and a sister, Joan Carney.
The Lentz Funeral Home, Algona, is serving the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.