Mary Lebert, age 69 of Balaton, was greeted by the Lord while surrounded by her loving family at Our House of Murray County Hospice in Slayton on May 20, 2019. She gave her family 3 more years of memories defying the odds of cancer. Funeral Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary was born March 24, 1950 to Edwin and Eileen (Meyer) Beitelspacher in Hoven, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven, SD. Mary grew up helping her parents on the farm. She attended Lowry schools and moved to Hoven where she graduated from Hoven Public Schools. Upon graduation, Mary attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD to earn her RN degree.
Mary was united in marriage to Garry Lebert on November 27, 1970 in Hoven, SD. Together they had 3 children, Nicole, Shaun, and Dawn. Mary worked as a RN for 24 years and an additional 19 years as a staff accountant. As her children grew up, she never missed an activity. She was the loudest and proudest cheerleader in the crowd. She always attempted to make the 6 grandchildren’s school activities. Mary was a member of PTO, religious ed teacher, and was a community wide volunteer. She enjoyed the outdoors, her flowers, feeding birds, home canning, baking cookies, playing cards, bowling, and watching all sports. She especially loved spending time with family, her grandchildren, and friends.
Mary is survived by her husband of 48 years Garry Lebert; children Nicole (Dru) Larson, Shaun Lebert (special friend Missy Battista), and Dawn (Andy) Mitlyng; grandchildren Derek and Trevor Larson, Samantha Lebert, Nicholas, Emily and Zachary Mitlyng; mother Eileen Beitelspacher; sisters Clara (Ken) Eilering, Grace (Dave) VanWell, Susan (James) Sanders; Janice (Rick) Banghart, and Rita (Terry) Miller; brother and sisters-in-law Gregg (Joy) Lebert, Stephen Lebert, and Tammy (Doug) Loban; mother-in-law LaFoy Lebert-Tesch; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father Edwin Beitelspacher, father-in-law Marvin Lebert, special friends Tory and Ella Thorson, and her loving grandparents.