Mary R. McAlpine, age 89 of Woodbury and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully at St. Therese of Woodbury on Saturday morning, November 20, 2021.
Mary Rose, the daughter of George and Edith (Walsh) Shields, was born on March 24, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Following her graduation from Humboldt High School with the class of 1950, Mary was united in marriage to Mason Murch Jr., and he preceded her in death in 1980. Mary later married Robert McAlpine in 1983, and he also preceded her in death in 1996.
In her earlier years, Mary worked as a bookkeeper and had the ability and skill to work with and remember numbers. While she was married to Mason, they owned and operated Kings Place in Miesville from 1974 to 1982. After marrying Bob, Mary enjoyed hosting many gatherings and parties at their farm in rural Hastings. She eventually sold the farm and built a townhome on Carleton Drive where she cherished the many friendships in the neighborhood. She also enjoyed her weekly round of golf, lunch, and happy hour with her country club ladies, dancing with Bob, and traveling to visit family and friends, and especially enjoyed traveling to Naples, Florida, with her best friend Annie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and by four siblings.
Mary is survived by her children, Stephen (Gail Gongoll-Murch) Murch and Cynthia (Peter) Krech; grandchildren, Jason Krech and Taylor Krech; step daughter, Mindi (Mike) Nielsen; step grandson, Rich Roman Jr.; and by many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville, with Father Michael Tix officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.