Mary Lee Rochleau

Funeral services for Mary Lee Rochleau are Monday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona.  Burial is inRiverview Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation is one hour prior to service.

Mary Lee Rochleau was born June 19, 1925, in Algona, the oldest child of Annie C (Rutledge) and Clarence A Rochleau. Mary Lee was raised southwest of Algona where she attended country school and graduated at age 16 from Algona High School in 1942. Immediately following high school graduation, Mary Lee worked for the principal and superintendent of Algona High School, then worked for various businesses in Algona and Des Moines. Mary Lee moved to Mason City in 1959 and worked as secretary and bookkeeper for Henningsen Steel Company until her retirement in 1987. 

In 2006, Mary Lee moved back to Algona to take care of her sister. Upon her sister's passing, she moved back to Mason City for a year. Missing her family, she decided to move back to Algona in 2008 to her nephew's acreage. Mary Lee truly enjoyed country life, being close to family, and watching her great-great-nieces and -nephews while being involved in their lives. In 2016, Mary Lee enjoyed her independent living as a resident of Huskamp Haven. As her health declined, she moved into Good Samaritan.

Over the years, Mary Lee volunteered for several service organizations such as the American Cancer Society, NIACOG and for the local county auditor's office for Election Day. Mary Lee enjoyed gardening, watching birds – especially cardinals and wrens – and spending time with her extended family, including her many nieces and nephews, great and great-great. While she lived in Mason City, Mary Lee was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and active in Altar Guild; as well as a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona.

Mary Lee passed peacefully to be with her Lord and her family at Kossuth Regional Health Center with Larry and Shirley Rochleau at her side. 

Mary Lee is survived by many nieces and nephews, great and great great, including special nephew/caregivers Larry and Shirley Rochleau and family, along with her boys, Gage Meints and Owen Moe, and her babies, Beau and Luke Rochleau. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bernice Pergande, Bernadine Lighter and Janice Price; brothers, Eugene Rochleau and Robert Rochleau; and three nephews and one niece.

Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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