Pearl Margaret Mailander, 99, a lifelong resident of Cass County, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Heritage House in Atlantic.
The daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Beebe) Rourick, was born October 27, 1919, on the family farm north of Wiota, Iowa. She graduated from the Atlantic High School and Normal Training in 1940. She then taught country school in northern Cass County until her marriage.
On December 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Edward Peter Mailander at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wiota. They farmed two miles south of Wiota for thirty years. In 1973 they moved to a farm between Wiota and Anita, building a new home in 1979. Ed died in 1989 and Pearl remained on their acreage until she moved to Atlantic nine years later.
She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic after belonging to parishes in Wiota and Anita where she was an active member in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and an active supporter of the Speech and Debate Clubs at the Anita High School, as well as all things related to her children’s schooling. Libraries were her main resources for learning and research and when she became blind, she enjoyed listening to books on tape. Pearl traveled extensively with Ed and continued their tradition after his death, enjoying many trips to the Black Hills in South Dakota and numerous visits to see their children in a variety of states. Her journeys to China, Japan, and Europe with family brought many fascinating stories home with her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ed Mailander; her parents, Albert and Elizabeth Rourick; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mayme (Mailander) and William Nimm; five brothers and two sisters; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Pearl is survived by her children, Pat Mailander of Atlantic, Iowa, Tom and wife Paula Mailander of Omaha, Nebraska, Gene and wife Pam Mailander of Fulda, Minnesota, Teresa and husband Greg Benolkin of Palmer, Alaska, Paul and wife Amy Mailander of Granger, Indiana, Jim and wife Karen Mailander of Anita, Iowa, and Carla and husband Doug Rock of Fairmont, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; her sisters-in-law Nancy and the late Frank Rourick, Mildred Rourick, Dorothy Mailander; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Open visitation will be available on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Visitation with the family present will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic with Father Trevor Chicoine as celebrant. Burial will be in the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to your preferred charity.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Pearl’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
October 27, 1919
Benton Township, Cass County, Iowa
July 12, 2019
At the age of
99 years, 8 months & 15 days
CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL MASS
11:00 a.m., Thursday July 18, 2019
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church - Atlantic, Iowa
Father Trevor Chicoine
Elsa Casey - Organist
Pat McCauley - Violinist
Deidre Casey - Cantor
Processional - “On Eagle’s Wings”
Responsorial Psalm - “Shepherd Me, O God”
Offertory - “Morning Idyll” by Pat McCauley
Communion - “Ave Maria” by Pat McCauley
Recessional - “Immaculate Mary”
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
At a later date
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa
Please join the family, immediately following the services,
for lunch in the Heritage Hall at Heritage House.