STUART — "Under The Big Top" was the theme of this year's Fourth of July celebration and grande parade in Stuart. Numerous events were hosted throughout the village from June 30 through July 6.
Each year the Fourth of July committee selects a grand marshal. The role of the grand marshal is bestowed upon an individual who has exhibited exceptional qualities in community leadership and volunteerism.
Stuart is home to many citizens who have defined this role. Stuart also is a community "Progressing with Pride" due to the many volunteer hours and leadership roles.
This year the celebration committee honored a lady who has given her time and talent to the education of local youth, many projects and organizations as well as raising a family.
Mary Krysl moved to Stuart in the fall of 1958 and began a 36-year career in education in the Stuart school system.
In 1961, Mary and Ray Krysl married and raised two sons Joe and John, both Stuart High School graduates. She has five grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Their marriage was blessed with 55 years before Ray passed away in 2017.
Krysl is a member of many organizations in Stuart as well as throughout the Catholic diocese.
These volunteer activities include Stuart American Legion Auxiliary where she has served as president, secretary as well as various committees within the auxiliary such as scholarship, Girls' State and executive committees, just to name a few.
She also served as chairman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile for many years.
She has been a member of the Stuart Library Board for 30 years and was a founding member of the Atkinson/Stuart Arts Council. She is a member of the KBRH Home Economics club.
Krysl is a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church where she has served as president of the Christian Mothers as well as coordinator of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program.
In 2016, she received the Mullen Award which is the highest honor the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) bestows on a member. Krysl also is a member of the Northwest Deanery Council of Catholic Women where she served as president and a member of the OACCW.