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September 24, 2022

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Funeral Mass for Molly Pingel May 20 in Rochester

Mary "Molly" Pingel, 85, of Kasson, died peacefully surrounded by love on May 15, 2022.
Molly was born in Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 8, 1936, to John and Martha (Welby) Hurley. She graduated from Assumption Catholic School in Granger, Iowa. Molly attended Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa where she earned her teaching degree in english and social studies.
In 1959 Molly married Richard "Dick" Pingel at Assumption Church in Granger. Molly and Dick moved to Stewartville, Minnesota in 1969.
Molly was active in her community and committed to serving others. She was a religious education instructor and taught english to Vietnamese refugees. She was also a voice for children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. While raising their family in Stewartville, Molly and Dick were foster parents for many infants through Catholic Charities who were later adopted by families. Molly and Dick relocated to Rochester in 1992 after Dick's retirement. Molly taught young children at the Head Start program in Rochester. Molly and Dick later enjoyed spending many winters at their second home in Sahuarita, Arizona. Since Dick's death in 2020 Molly resided in Kasson. Molly was an avid reader. She loved meeting new people, being with friends and family, and playing cards.
Molly is survived by daughters, Paula (David) of Tucson, Arizona, Teresa (Patrick) of River Falls, Wisconsin, and Kathleen (Ron) of Hanover; sons, Thomas (Kim) of Dodge Center, Daniel (Cara) of Lakeville, Martin (Lisa) of Neenah, Wisconsin, and Joseph of Rochester; 16 grandchildren, Matthew, Rebecca, Kayla, Kelley, Erik, Jacob, Jonah, Kari, Keeghan, Benjamin, Ryley, Margaret, MaKayla, Zoey, Emma, and Blake; and great-grandchildren, Karmen, William, Lilly, Liam, Jade, and Amelia.
Molly was preceded in death by husband, Dick and sister, Kathleen Geneser.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery of Rochester. The funeral lunch will be following the service.
The family would like to thank Father Tom Loomis, Mayo Hospice, and all the wonderful staff of Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield.
Memorials are preferred to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the Ronald McDonald House.
Online condolences are welcome at

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