Mary Kay Lesle

November 13, 1937 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 83)


Mary Lesle, passed away at her home in Canon City, CO, August 14, 2021 at

the age of 83.

Mary was born on November 13, 1937 to “Jake” and Ethel Mozena. She was

the 8th of 9 children and was raised on a farm that did not yet have indoor

plumbing in rural Iowa. Mary graduated in 1956 from Bayard High School

where she enjoyed pep club, glee club and playing basketball. She was also a

wonderful cook and had a great sense of humor. She loved pulling the

occasional fun prank. If there was fun going on, she was right in the middle.

She liked to knit, crochet, curl, and knew how to hold her mouth “just right”

while fishing. Mary loved the Lord and her family greatly, especially the


She met her husband, Claire Lesle, at a dance in Carroll, IA, fell in love and

soon married in 1957. Mary lived in Iowa for several years after her

marriage where she had 2 sons, Craig & Mark, and 1 daughter, Elizabeth

(stillborn). In 1967 Mary & her family moved to the Mankato, MN area

where they lived for more than 30 years. After retirement, Mary & Claire

moved to Colorado Springs which they soon decided was just “too big” and

a year later moved to Norcatur, KS. Mary & Claire enjoyed almost 50 years

of marriage when Claire passed away in 2007. In 2011 Mary moved to

Canon City to be closer to family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, 4 brothers

and 3 sisters. She is survived by her brother, Jim (Charlotte), sons Craig

(Lori) and Mark (Ute), grandchildren Tim (Alisa), Tony (Heather), Michelle

(Josh), Amy (Steven), Sami (Chris), 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces

and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Iowa.

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