Mary Magdalene Horstman, 83, of Newton, died Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at The Cottages in Pella. A funeral mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials to the Jasper County Senior Citizens may be left at the funeral home or the church the morning of the service.
Mary, the daughter of Leslie and Violet (McNeer) Quinn, was born Sept. 9, 1937, in St. Mary’s. She grew up in Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1956. She then moved to Newton. On April 30, 1971, Mary was united in marriage with Conrad Horstman. They made their home in rural Monroe. Mary was a homemaker raising their three children, Kelly, Kevin and Meggan. She also was busy doing ceramics, gardening, baking, cooking and sewing. Following Conrad’s death in 1983, Mary and the kids moved back to Newton. Mary’s Catholic faith was always a consistent comfort to her. She was very active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she raised her children and attended Mary Martha Circle.
After her children were older, Mary returned to work and worked at Diamond Crystal and Warren’s Frozen Food, where she would retire from. After retirement, she worked part-time in the fabrics department at Wal-Mart. In her 60s, Mary selflessly donated a kidney to her good friend, Jane Tuffin, extending her life another 10 years. Mary enjoyed spending time at the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage.
Those left to honor Mary’s memory are her children, Kelly (Eric) Wallace of Sully, Kevin Horstman of Newton and Meggan (Ed) Machin of Newton; grandchildren, Todd (Samantha), Matthew and Katie Wallace, Kacie, Sclena, Hannah, Holly and Leo Horstman, and Ethan and Ella Machin; her great-grandchildren, Zepleighn, Anna, Henry and Joselynn; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Conrad Horstman; and her nine siblings, Leslie Jr. Quinn, LeRoy Quinn, Merle Quinn, Tom Quinn, Harry Quinn, Boneta (Quinn) Davidson, John Quinn, Marilyn (Quinn) Dietrich and Thelma Quinn.