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Mary Teresa Hodapp Crushshon completed her earthly journey and went home to her Lord on January 15, 2022. Mary was born October 20, 1933, to George and Clara Hodapp in Harlan, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, her parents, her three brothers (Sylvester, Franklin, and Donald), one sister (Thelma). Mary survived by her other four brothers (LaVerne, Ralph, Ronald, and Dennis) one older sister (Benita), in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
Upon graduation from high school, Mary joined the convent of Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with a degree in education which led to her teaching at schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. During this time, Mary earned a Master’s in Science and became an administrator in Winstead, Minnesota.
After 18 years of doing God’s work, Mary left the Order and became an administrative assistance for Danna Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary met and married Joseph Crushshon in 1974. Together they enjoyed fishing and camping in Minnesota, attending cultural events in the city, and caring for their pets. She and her husband moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1985, where they formed a partnership with Ralph and Geraldine Hodapp to remodel houses as rental properties until their retirement in 1998.
Ever since leaving the Order, Mary continued to do the Lord’s work: she and her husband became Eucharistic Ministers; she became active in supporting the Kobonal Mission in Haiti; she organized and participated in the Right to Life program at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raytown and continued the fight for the unborn at St. Gabriel’s Church; Mary was an avid participation in Adoration of the Holy Eucharist and many other church activities and functions.
Everyday, Mary loved doing God’s bidding, making everyone feel blessed and treasured. She will be missed by so many friends and family. Mary has reached her desired final destination, home with Her Lord and God.