Mary C. (Hanigan) Piernicky

Mary C. (Hanigan)) Piernicky

Aug 9, 1948 – Dec 6, 2017

Preceded in death by parents, John T. and Betty (Sloth) Hanigan; daughter, Mary Piernicky; father-in-law, Eugene F. Piernicki. Survived by husband, Michael E. Piernicky; son, Michael C. (Jaime); daughter, Megan; grandchildren: Jack, Betsy, Josie, and Ben; brother, John Hanigan (Kate); sister, Jeanne McMains (Fred); nieces: Sarah and Rachel Hanigan and Erin McMains; nephew, Nathan McMains.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 10th from 2pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE to follow at 4pm.  SERVICES Monday, Dec. 11th at 9:30am, West Center Chapel to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am.  Interment Monday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the family.


Born in Denison, Iowa, Mary grew up in Dunlap.  She graduated as Valedictorian of her class at St. Joseph High School in 1966, and went on to pursue her education in Omaha at College of St. Mary, where she majored in math.  Mary completed her teaching certificate and began teaching math at Ryan High School.  While working at Ryan, she met Mike and the two were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dunlap, Iowa in June of 1971.

Mary dedicated her life to sharing her love of math with students, spending more than forty years teaching—at Ryan High School, Mercy High School, and Metropolitan Community College.  Mary found great joy spending time with her grandchildren and celebrating their milestones.


  • Mike & Peg Hawkins Posted December 7, 2017 10:08 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing. Of Mary you all will be in. Our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Take care and God Bless ?

  • Sally Posted December 8, 2017 5:26 am

    So sorry Mike, she is still in your heart and soul.

  • Sally Posted December 8, 2017 5:28 am

    So sorry, Mike. Mary is still in your heart and your soul.

  • Gail Johnson Posted December 8, 2017 7:02 am

    It has been a pleasure knowing Mary and being her secretary for 17 years. She has been a friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I will be praying for the family.

  • Jasmine Posted December 8, 2017 9:36 am

    My condolences to the family, 2 Corithians 1:3,4 describes a God of comfort, “who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. ” May God comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a ressurection. – John 5:28,29

  • Jim & Deb Sterling Posted December 8, 2017 4:59 pm

    Our family is so sad to read about the passing of Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you you.

  • Carol and Tim Mulligan, Ruth Heller Posted December 8, 2017 6:15 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Tom and Rhonda Piernicky Posted December 8, 2017 10:40 pm

    The Piernicky family has another Angel in Heaven. Mary helped so many people understand Math and that I’m sure they considered her an Angel on Earth. She was soft spoken and kind and made the best fudge in the world. We’ll miss her. Mike you and you’re family are in our prayers. May you find peace in each other and your Faith. God Bless you all.

  • Ed Posted December 8, 2017 11:51 pm

    Prayers for you and your family, Mike.

  • Karen Richards Posted December 9, 2017 9:02 am

    So sorry for your lost. She was a beautiful person inside and out. You were a lucky man to have found her.

  • Chris Posted December 9, 2017 9:09 am

    RIP Mrs. Piernicky? You were such an inspiring teacher that I finished all of my Math credits in my Freshman year! A warm, loving eoman full of light love and smiles. Condolences ti tge family

  • Susanna Henkel Posted December 9, 2017 9:27 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Rick and I are praying for you.

  • Ember (“Charley”) Davis Posted December 9, 2017 8:24 pm

    Mike, Mike & Jamie & kids, and Megan:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing someone is always difficult, but losing someone around the holidays is even tougher. I hope you can focus on the “gifts” which Mary gave all of you as a wife, mother, and grandmother, but also the wonderful gift of knowledge that she shared with so many students and colleagues.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I pray that with each passing day the tears get a little less and the wonderful, loving memories bring more smiles.

    Blessings to you all!

  • Judy Wilcoxson Posted December 10, 2017 4:43 pm

    Mike and family, so sorry for your loss.

  • Kathy and Tom Jaudzemis Posted December 10, 2017 10:09 pm

    Dear Mike, Tom and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We were so pleased to see and talk to Mary at our reunion this summer. Such a good memory of her. All our best to you, Kathy

  • Marcella Newman/Gerry Thompson Posted December 11, 2017 7:08 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was an amazing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Peg and Dan Johnson Posted December 25, 2017 10:31 am

    We had dinner with Mary and Mike (Taco Tuesday!) just a few days before our move to South Carolina 18 months ago .. we are so glad for that wonderful memory of time spent together. Mary was such a delight and absolutely brightened up the room when she arrived. Our deepest sympathy to the Piernicky Family. Heaven has definitely gained an Angel.

  • Paul and Jeanette stoneear4@gmail Posted January 6, 2018 1:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of your big loss. We remember Mary when you and Paul were shooting. She had such a wonderful smile. Take care, Mike. You and your family are in our thoughts

  • Rich and Patti Dyer Posted May 4, 2018 5:42 am

    Just found out about Mary. Sorry for your loss We will keep you in our prayers

  • Art Wegworth Posted February 17, 2023 9:40 pm

    Mrs. Piernicky, I was not a very good student in your Freshman Algebra and Southmore Geometry classes. I will never forget your patience and encouragement you gave me. It worked. I have my Bachelors Degree, 30 plus years in the Army, and will always remember your patience. God bless you Mrs. Piernicky.

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