Obit: Maryann Gatzke


Maryann Gatzke, 68, of Atalissa, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 at the Wilton Retirement Community.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Masks will be required, social distancing will be in place and no more than 15 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. Funeral home staff will be available to assist those entering for the visitation.

A private family funeral service will be held following the visitation. Burial will be in Overman Cemetery, Atalissa. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Maryanne was born Aug. 1, 1952 in Muscatine, the daughter of Arley Paul and Nellie Marie (Foor) Becker. She was a graduate of L & M High School in Muscatine.

On June 25, 1983 she was united in marriage to Donald Gatzke. She had been employed with Louis Rich Foods in West Liberty and also the Corner Tap in Atalissa, Old University in Atalissa, Winks Tap in West Liberty and Subway in West Liberty. Maryann enjoyed gardening, canning, crafts, helping others, but most important was her family.

Survivors include her husband, Donnie of Atalissa, a daughter Nicky (Will) Spearman of Inman, South Carolina and a son, Tom Welsch of Atalissa. Other survivors include grandsons Evan Smock of Atalissa and Brandon Smock of Muscatine as well as granddaughters Taylor McKillip, Ainsley Smock, Brinnley Smock.

Great grandsons surviving include Hayden Smock, Parker Smock and Mason Smock.

She is also survived by three sisters including Arla (Gary) Stapp of Grandview, Connie (Brian) Weakland of Loveland, Colorado, and Jody (Daryl) McIntire of Fruitland as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard Hathaway.