Mary Godfredsen

October 15, 1929 – April 24, 2020

A memorial mass for Mary Godfredsen will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Armstrong. Friends and family may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Armstrong.

Mary Estelle Godfredsen, daughter of Frank and Mary (Waldron) Gappa, was born Oct. 15, 1929, in Whittemore, Iowa. She passed away April 24, 2020, at Windsor Manor Assisted Living in Algona at the age of 90 years.    

Mary graduated from high school in Ayrshire and then attended St. Mary’s in Omaha. While at the Plantation Ballroom in Whittemore one evening, she met Elvin “Al” Godfredsen. On March 2, 1954, the couple was united in marriage in Ayrshire. The couple made their home in rural Armstrong, where they farmed side by side, milking 26 cows daily. Mary also enjoyed her jobs as a restaurant cook and clerk at the grocery store. The couple retired from farming in 1986 but continued to live on the farm until 2015. Al passed away on Feb. 6, 2015. Mary then made her home at Windsor Manor in Algona.

Mary was a member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Armstrong. She enjoyed dancing, playing piano and painting ceramics. Family was especially important to Mary, and she loved to share her sense of humor with them.

Mary is survived by her children, Diane (Dick) Pierson of Greeley, Colo., Denise (Don) Walker of Algona, Iowa, Ron (Renee) Godfredsen of Webster City, Iowa, and Rob (Jill) Godfredsen of Urbandale, Iowa. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Al Godfredsen; a grandson, Danny Pierson; her parents; her brother Robert (Mary) Gappa; and her sister Marguerite (Dick) Dale.

Henry Olson Funeral Home of Armstrong is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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