Mary Dale Lynch, 79

July 17, 1941 - April 2, 2021

Hastings resident, Mary Dale Lynch, 79, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Good Friday, April 2, 2021.

Mary’s wishes were for cremation and a graveside service. Graveside will be Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 1 pm with Pastor John Mueller officiating at the Hardy Cemetery, Hardy, NE with military rites. Apfel Funeral Home, Hastings is in the care of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

Mary was born to Dale M. and Mary Jean (Drury) Larsen in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in Hardy, NE. Mary graduated from Arlington High School in 1959. In 1972 she attended Brown Mackie School of Business and in 1975 she attended Cloud County Community College where she received an associate of science degree. She enlisted in the United States Army in August 1972 and was assigned to Fort Lawton, WA, which is where she met the love of her life, Sam Lynch. They married on February 28, 1974. Mary worked as a ship fitter at several Naval shipyards including Norfolk, VA, Todd Shipyard, WA, and Puget Sound Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Mary was proud to have been promoted to Mechanical Design Technician in the Design and Engineering Department, working with designs for nuclear warships for the United States Navy.

Most importantly, Mary was the perfect wife for Sam. Mary had been a previous member of the American Legion and MENSA Society. She had many hobbies including, collecting swans, ceramics, sewing, and crocheting, and tracing her family tree. Her favorite pastime of all was spending time with family.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, and parent in-laws, brothers, Roger, Edward, and Kerry Larsen, sister-in-law, Susie Starcher, and grandson, Anthony Epp.

Mary is survived by husband Sam, sons, John (Mike) Heersink of Blue Hill, Eric Lynch (fiancée Mary Mathews) of Port Orchard, WA, and Dale (Brenda) Lynch, of Hastings, grandchildren. Haliegh, Alycen, Beverly and Adrian Lynch all of Port Orchard, WA, Amber Lynch of Hastings and great granddaughter, Launa Epp of Hastings, NE.

Also left to cherish her memory are, sisters, Valerie (Albert) Gray of Blue Hill, Cathy Winegarden, of Hastings and Jody (Mike) Wilder of Fort Sill, OK,