Mary Ann Odle, age 86
Tue, 08/18/2020 - 9:49am admin
Nov. 1, 1933 —
Aug. 9, 2020
CHULA VISTA - Mary Ann (Kubik) Odle, age 86, passed away on Aug. 9, 2020 at home in Chula Vista, Calif.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes (Iowa) Church in rural Elma, Iowa. She will be laid to rest in the family plot at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, where her son Michael rests.
Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be followed, and masks must be worn.
Mary Ann was born on Nov. 1, 1933 in Cresco, to Edward and Beata (Praska) Kubik, who farmed a couple miles northwest of Lourdes.
She attended Catholic grade school in Lourdes and Notre Dame High School in Cresco.
After Mary Ann’s junior year, she traveled to California to spend the summer with a cousin. Soon after arriving, she went on a blind date and met her future husband, Bill Odle, who was in the Navy, stationed on a ship. They dated almost every weekend.
When Mary Ann returned to Cresco for her senior year, she was engaged. After graduating from high school, she visited Bill’s family in California for a couple of weeks and while there, plans were made for their wedding, which took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sept. 22, 1952.
On that day, she became a “Navy wife,” and for the next 27 years of Bill’s career, she made a home for the family, living first in San Diego, Calif.; then Des Moines, Iowa, where Bill was a Navy Recruiter; Long Beach; Yokosuka, Japan; Norfolk; Great Lakes; Boston; Virginia Beach; and finally back to San Diego.
During this time, four children were born, three of themwhile Mary Ann’s husband was deployed to either Asia or Europe. With several mouths to feed, cooking became her passion, and she became an excellent cook. She accumulated a very large number of cook books and also enjoyed collecting recipes from the Internet, where she had saved hundreds before her failing eyesight intervened.
She enjoyed her many return visits to Cresco, especially for Lourdes Steeple Days. For 50 years she was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church at Chula Vista.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill; sons, Troy Odle of Chula Vista and Brian Odle of Marietta, Ga.; daughter, Suzette Odle of Chula Vista; granddaughters, Sara Rocha and Jessica Johnson, both of San Diego; great-granddaughter, Destiny Johnson of San Diego; brothers, Rafael (Mary) of Belleview, Iowa and Roger (Lynn) of Westminster, Colo.; sister-in-law, Pat Gleason of Tallahassee, Fla.; and many nephews, nieces and other relatives in Iowa, New York and Minnesota, as well as Abbie, her beloved Jack Russel.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael; her parents; and brothers, Edward Jr., Joseph and Stephen.