Mary Regan

Mary Rita Clauson Regan, 60, of Des Moines passed from this world Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Services were held March 26 at Ankeny Funeral Home in Ankeny with Fr. Jerry Blake officiating. Sympathy cards may be sent to Ron Regan and Family, 3906 Aurora Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.

Mary was born July 24, 1961 in Waukon, the daughter of John M. and Ruth Anne Clauson. She graduated from Waukon High School in the spring of 1979 and married her high school sweetheart, Ron Regan, October 13, 1979. Mary worked on the family farm and enjoyed raising her four beautiful children for the next 14 years, but her strong desire to help others compelled her to obtain a degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 1999.

While Mary pursued her degree, she also worked as an EMT at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and as a Certified Nurses Aid at Thornton Manor in Lansing. From 1998 to 2002, Mary worked as a Pharmacy Technician at Hartig Drug in Waukon but realized her passion aligned more with the overall health of her patients. In 2002, Mary began working at Mahoney Chiropractic in Waukon as an Office Manager and Chiropractic Assistant. In 2005, Mary moved to Elite Chiropractic in La Crosse, WI.

In 2006, Mary realized she wanted to take her desire to help others on a different path. She enrolled at Windemere School of Healing Arts and graduated in February of 2008 with her Massage Therapy License. After graduation, she opened A Healing Place Massage in Lansing, creating an environment that promoted wellness, self-care, stress management and overall health awareness.

In 2010 Mary moved to Des Moines to expand her massage business. She worked as a massage therapist at Soleil Tan Spa until 2012, when she again opened her own business, Relaxation and Rejuvenation Massage. Her son, Dane Regan, has worked with her for the past several years to continue Mary’s dream of creating a healing place for all that need it.

Mary was the bedrock of her family, and all who met her recognized her powerful love for her husband, children, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Lee Mary Regan; her father, John M. Clauson; her step-father, Lloyd Schulte; and her grandparents, William and Angela Howes and John E. and Melinda Clauson. Mary leaves behind her husband, Ron; her daughter Angela (Brent York); her sons, Dane (Cassie Reed) and Drew (Danya Christianson); her mother, Ruth Anne Schulte; her brothers, John and Bill (Cheryl) Clauson; her sisters, Lori (James Crow) and Jodi (Kirk Patterson); her nephews, Jake Clauson, and Mason and Aiden Clauson; her nieces, Emily Clauson and Abbey Criswell, Ellie and Ava Patterson, and Kaylee Crow; and great-nephews, Jayden, Ezra and Sawyer Criswell.

Honorary pallbearers were Emily Clauson, Abbey Criswell, Jake Clauson, Kaylee Crow, Ellie Patterson, Ava Patterson, Mason Clauson, Aiden Clauson, Mitch Regan, Paul Regan, Mike Anderson, DJ Regan.