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Maria Magdalena Peck

1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Peck, Maria Magdalena
(Raab) 81, of Avondale, AZ, with her family by her side, passed away Tuesday July 26th, 2016 leaving a legacy of helping others and a spirit of devotion to church, family and true friendship lives on. Maria was born November 1934 in Wartenberg, Germany; only child to Josef and Therese (Rasthofer) Raab. When her beloved father, who called her his mousie, went missing during the war at her young age of 11, Maria and her mother remained in Wartenberg where they attended daily Mass and she completed her elementary schooling. After completing Middle School, she went on to attend her trade schooling as a Nurse's assistant at a children's orphanage, beginning her life of service and helping others. In 1955, while attending a local Wartenberg festival and dance, Maria met Curt, a handsome airman in uniform who swept her off her feet and took her on a lifetime journey around the world while raising 3 beautiful children. In 1975, after many years of traveling with the Air Force, they settled down with their family in Phoenix, AZ. This year, they celebrated 60 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows with their children as witnesses. Maria's life was fully lived through the remarkable and vast stories she shared of her childhood in Germany during World War II, her travels around the world and many pilgrimages, serving 15 years of service to special needs children as a teacher's assistant with the Pendergast School District, volunteering as team mom for Pop Warner and her membership with the St. Augustine Catholic Church. Her true passion was spending countless hours crocheting thousands of bears that she would donate to local charities including the police and fire departments, The Children' Hospital and the Child Crisis Center. She was known to always carry a few bears in her car to give out to the children she would see when she was out and about. This year she was honored by Golden Corral for raising money with her handmade bears to send military children to Camp Corral. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished and her spirit of helping others lives on with her husband S.C. Peck of Avondale, AZ; her 3 children Christl Trimm (David) of Glendale, Eva Haas (Fred) of Glendale, AZ and Curtis Peck (Kris) of Dewey, AZ. 3 grandchildren Christina Page (Brad) of Berkeley Springs, WV, Theresa McNeal of Dewey, AZ and Michael Peck of Phoenix, AZ; 3 Great Grandchildren Tristen Poe and Mikaila Ek of Berkeley Springs, WV and Noah McNeal of Dewey, AZ, amongst the hundreds of family and friends whose lives she enriched everyday with her spunky German attitude and love of people. Visitation will be held Saturday July 30, 2016 at 10:30am with funeral at 11:30am both located at Chapel of the Chimes mortuary in Glendale, AZ. For more information or to leave a tribute to Maria please visit www.chapelofthechimesmortuary.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 29, 2016
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