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Mary R. GadsbyMary R. Gadsby, 68, of Cotesfield, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Elba. Visitation will be one hour before time of service at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Gadsby was born on July 8, 1945, at Omaha, the daughter of Glenn and Mary (Wilcox) Purcell. She is survived by her husband, Robert Gadsby of Ord; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward and Catherine Purcell of Leominster, MA, Allen and Melissa Purcell of Baytown, TX and Robert Gadsby of Lincoln; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Joseph Eastwood of St. Paul; and one sister, Sandra Gonyon of Washougal, WA. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mary Rose grew up in Omaha, Fremont and Papillion, where she received her education. She later attended Central Community College in Grand Island. She married Robert Gadsby in 1976. For the past 20 years she has resided in Cotesfield. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elba, the Association for the Blind and Volunteer Save-A-Pet. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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