Mary Fellegy, 92, of New Ulm, passed away on Feb. 13, 2013. She died peacefully at home following a short illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. The Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral.
Mary Josephine Kitzberger was born in New Ulm on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920 at the home of her parents, Peter and Josephine (Diepolder) Kitzberger. Her birth announcement appeared in both English and German in New Ulm newspapers. She attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Holy Trinity (later Cathedral) High School in 1938. After high school Mary attended St. Cloud State Teachers College. She graduated from Miss Woods School, an elementary education training school established by Stella Woods at Macalester College, with a specialty in kindergarten. She taught kindergarten and primary grades at Harmony, MN, where she met her future husband, Joseph Fellegy, from Virginia, MN. She was united in marriage to Joseph on June 28, 1943 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. They spent one year in Winona, where Mr. Fellegy taught Industrial Arts before serving in the U. S. Navy. Mary and family moved back to New Ulm in the mid-1940s. In 1947 her husband started the Industrial Arts department at Cathedral High School, where he taught for 36 years. They built and operated the Early Bird Resort on Lake Mille Lacs from 1957 through 1976. In 1979, after raising three children, Mary returned to teaching for a number of years at St. Mary’s school in New Ulm. She remained committed to the importance of education throughout her life. Mary deeply appreciated music and played the piano for most of her life, including with her high school orchestra. Her mother played piano and violin. Her father played flute and piccolo in the Turner Hall Theatre pit orchestra (1900-1915) and in New Ulm city bands, beginning with the Second Regiment Band in 1899 and ending with the Municipal Band in 1961. She remained a loyal Municipal Band fan through last summer. Mary had a lifelong love of local history and volunteered at the Brown County Historical Society until she was 87. She was an avid supporter of neighborhood dogs, birds, and children, all of whom will miss her generous treats. Mary was active in local organizations, including the Brown County Historical Society, Junior Pioneers, German-Bohemian Society, Herman Monument Society, Christian Mothers Society, and the St. Anne’s Court, N.C.S.F. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Mary Fellegy is survived by sons Joseph Jr. and Stephen (Joan), and daughter Anna; four grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; infant son Daniel; parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Peter J. Kitzberger and Marcia. Consider memorials for New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS), Brown County Historical Society, Brown County Humane Society, and other New Ulm civic groups. www.mvfh.org