Mary S. Soderstrom

Jun 5, 2021
Soderstrom Mary


Celebration of Life 10:30 AM Saturday, June 12 at Waterloo Salvation Army


1 hour prior to service


Directed to the family


Mary Sue Soderstrom, 63, of Waterloo, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.

She was born July 19, 1957, in Waterloo, daughter of Keith E. and Charlotte J. Schultes Whitesell.

Mary graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1975 and earned an Associate’s degree from Hawkeye Tech.

She married Robert "Bob" Soderstrom in 2001 in Waterloo.     

Mary worked as a receptionist and store manager for the Waterloo Salvation Army for many years. She also worked for the Courier and Ravenwood Care Center.

Mary was a member and solider in the Salvation Army. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending her time quilting, sewing, crafting, and playing word puzzles. She enjoyed making crafts and treats for the grandchildren's school events.

Mary is survived by her husband, Robert Soderstrom; daughter, Abbe (Will) Whitesell; two sons, Nathan Whitesell, and Thane (Cheryl) Soderstrom; adopted daughter, Nevaeh Soderstrom; nine grandchildren, Nevaeh, Jayden, Edith, Tyanna, Vash, Taliyah, Lucian, Avery, and Elias; sister, Sandy Whitesell, all of Waterloo; brother, Allen (Jan) Whitesell of Waverly; parents Keith and Charlotte Whitesell of Waterloo; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents; and aunt, Martha Schultes.

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  1. Pam Alcott | Jun 09, 2021

    She was one of my oldest friends.

    With Mary I knew she always had a shoulder and/or a smile when I needed them.

    I will miss her but am glad I have another angel watching out for me.


  2. Sandy | Jun 08, 2021

    She was my oldest dearest friend.  There is no replacing that kindness.  My world is a lonelier place.

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