Mary Lou DeCausemaker, 99, of Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. The Rev. Stephen S. Engelbrecht officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Mary Lou DeCausemaker, 99, of Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. The Rev. Stephen S. Engelbrecht officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Mary Lou was born Jan. 1, 1918, in Atkinson, the daughter of Peter and Mary L. (Lievens) VanHerzeele. She was united in marriage to Ambrose DeCausemaker on June 11, 1938, in Atkinson. Ambrose preceded her in death in 1984. Mary Lou assisted her husband, Ambrose, on their farm in rural Atkinson for many years. She was a longtime, faithful member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society, Atkinson Women’s Club, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a former member of the War Mothers. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Gary DeCausemaker, of Moline; grandchildren, Heather (Brett) Errthum, Rock (Tina) VanOpdorp and Rory (Cathy) VanOpdorp; great-grandchildren, Sam, Owen and Audrey Errthum; Carlie (Taylor) Shipman; Chase VanOpdorp; Tara VanOpdorp-Goodwin; and Tory (Heather) VanOpdorp; great-great-grandchildren, Hailey and Kade VanOpdorp, Taylor Goodwin and Piper Shipman; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary; a daughter, Linda Arnold; a grandson, Ryan VanOpdorp; brothers, Peter and John VanHerzeele; and sisters, Jule, Irene, Margaret, Katherine, Lillian and Rosemarie.