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Maria Abt

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Abt, Maria (Nee Hoffmann) Entered into eternal peace on November 11, 2012, after battling multiple myeloma. In her final days, Maria age 79, was surrounded by her family and friends. Maria was born in Kechinci, Croatia on December 7, 1932. Forced from her home in Yugoslavia during World War II. She and her family escaped to Austria, where they lived for 10 years. She immigrated to the United States in 1955. Maria was the devoted wife of Johann Abt, who preceded her in death, and the beloved mother of six children Hermi (Michael) Linz, Sepp (Rose) Abt, Hansi (Claudia) Abt, Maria (Bo) Lueck, Stefan Abt, and Heidi (Doug) Kirchberg, the loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Rose (Johann) Dydyn, brother Peter (Marty) Hoffmann, and cousin Katharina Heide. Throughout her fight with cancer and various related complications, she never lost hope or courage. Her generous and loving spirit touched many and will live on through family and friends. Maria was a long-time member of the Milwaukee Donauschwaben, organizer of the Donauschwaben cultural exhibit at Holiday Folk Fair and Germanfest, past director of the Donauschwaben Frauengruppe and leader of the Donauschwaben Youth Group, a member of St. Matthias Parish, and survivor of the Ethnic German Genocide in the former Yugoslavia. Memorial gifts can be made to the . Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 15, at 9:30AM from Schaff Funeral Home to St. Matthias Church S. 93rd and W. Beloit Rd., for a 10:00AM Mass. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, November 14, at Schaff Funeral Home 4:00 - 8:00PM. Parish Vigil 7:00 PM.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 13, 2012
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