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Mary Esther Rowan

October 25, 2006


Mary Esther Rowan, 75, of Burlington, died at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.

Born October 4, 1931, in Burlington, she was the daughter of John J. and Esther L. Hallgren Carlson. On August 9, 1952, she married Joseph Meller Rowan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Burlington. He died October 14, 1995.

Mrs. Rowan was a house wife and secretary for Joe's Distributing Company.

She was a member of SS John and Paul Catholic Church. She enjoyed counted cross-stitch, Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, flowers and boating.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann (John) Darnall of Burlington and Mary Jo (Jerry) Josephson of Shenandoah, Iowa; three brothers, Richard J. Carlson and Donald Carlson of Burlington, and John G. Carlson of Danville, Iowa; one sister, Jean Perry of Burlington, four grandchildren, Emily, Elliott and Elyse Josephson and Elizabeth Darnall; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; two sisters, Carol Stevens and Jacquline Carlson, and one brother, Roger Carlson.

Rev. Fr. Patrick Hilgendorf was the celebrant, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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