Maris Byrnes

Maris Byrnes, 93, of Conrad, IA passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2023, at Alice Church of God in rural Conrad. Visitation took place from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment followed at Alice Union Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Homes of Conrad has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Maris Kathleen Melberg was born October 27, 1930, to Ole and Margaret (Tune) Melberg in Marshalltown, IA. This is where she would spend her childhood, graduating from Marshalltown High School. Shortly after graduating she met and married Lyle Heltibridle and they were blessed with two daughters. They spent many years farming in Grundy County. Aside from raising their daughters, Maris and Lyle also spent several years operating a small resort in Minnesota. She always described it as plenty of work but loved that they met so many nice people and made good friends. After Lyle passed away, Maris married Wendell Byrnes and the two continued their life in Grundy Center. She was a member of the Alice Church of God and the Grundy United Methodist Church. Maris very much enjoyed singing in the church choirs. She was also a member of the local hospice. Maris will be missed for her caring and giving personality.

Maris is survived by her daughters; Kathleen (James) Boston of Runnells, IA and Beth (Rick) Moeller of Conrad, IA, four granddaughters; Hope (Chad) Kepler, Emily (Matt) Karwoski, Amber (Nathan) Duden, and Brooke (Brett) Noble, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lyle, her husband, Wendell, a brother, Gordon Melberg, and a sister, Jane Fiscus.



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