Mary Anita Juhl


Funeral services for Mary Anita Juhl, 80, formerly of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Estherville.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Mary Anita Juhl died Nov. 7, 2022, in a hospice facility in Johnston, Iowa. She was tenderly cared for by her six daughters who watched over her during her recent hospitalization in Des Moines.

Mary Anita Juhl was born March 31, 1942, to F.E. Rosendahl and Anita (Skewis) Rosendahl in Estherville, Iowa. She was confirmed in her faith at the Estherville Presbyterian Church and remained a member there for her entire life. She was very active in various church activities through the years and served several terms as a church Elder. Mary Anita was also a longtime member of the local PEO chapter and the local DAR chapter.

Mary Anita attended school in Estherville and graduated from the Estherville High School in 1960. She enjoyed the companionship of many of her classmates who continued to be close friends throughout her life. After high school Mary Anita attended and graduated from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.

In 1964 she was married to Larry Schmoranz. From this marriage, three daughters were born: Jane Smith, Laura Bedore, and Sarah Hageman. In 1975 Mary Anita married Erwin (Ernie) Juhl at Okoboji, Iowa. While Mary had just 5 1/2 years of marriage to Ernie before his untimely death, they were days filled with great happiness for her. From this union, three more daughters were born: Anita Frick, Carolyn Juhl, and Amy Juhl.

After becoming a widow at age 39, Mary Anita dedicated herself to one job: being a great mother to six daughters. She treasured the time spent with her girls and the constant in all their lives was that Mom was always at home, and could invariably be found in the kitchen or her den. She provided a happy home for the girls, as evidenced by the peals of laughter anytime they are together. Mary Anita desired no other legacy than her six girls, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren; and she was very proud of all of them.

Mary Anita loved to laugh and have fun, and she never spoke in a denigrating manner about any aspect of her life; including and maybe especially in regards to her health. Even at the very end of life, she told all who inquired that she actually was feeling pretty good.

Left to cherish Mary Anita’s memory are her six daughters, Jane (Dennis) Smith of Morgantown, West Virginia, Laura (James) Bedore of Dewar, Iowa, Sarah (John) Hageman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Anita (Joseph) Frick of Huxley, Iowa, Carolyn (Brian) Juhl of Clive, Iowa, and Amy Juhl of Clarinda, Iowa; her two brothers Fritz Rosendahl (Nancy) of Taos, New Mexico, and James (Koral) of Okoboji, Iowa; in addition to 19 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, F.E. Rosendahl, and Anita S. Rosendahl, and her husband Erwin Juhl.

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