Maria Friedrike Dunnagan

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DUNNAGAN, MARIA FRIEDRIKE (FORMERLY SCHAUER) passed over, to be at peace, on Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, at 2:08 p.m. EDT, at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born to Maria Antonie Schauer, PhD (formerly Meyer) and Hermann Johannes (Hans) Schauer, PhD, in Hannover, Germany, on 04 February, 1921. She earned a Teachers Degree from the Teachers Academy of Wuerzburg, Germany, and completed post-graduate studies in modern languages at The University of Wuerzburg. After the Second World War, she was an interpreter for the American Military Government (where she received the lifelong nickname of "Freddie"), until she married SFC James Allen Dunnagan. She joined her husband in the U.S. in 1950, and followed the process to become a naturalized Citizen of the U.S.

After her husband's accidental death in Germany, in 1954, she courageously chose to leave her family in Germany, and return to the U.S. with her son. She joined American Express Travel Bureau, in Louisville, in 1959, and rose to become the office manager and guided its growth to becoming a District Office in 1970. She liked her work because it allowed her to become, literally, a world traveler, but most of all, she liked helping people.

She has been described by her family as "the adventurous one." She has been described by others as "so full of life," and "so much fun to be with." Throughout her life, she gave hope, encouragement, and joy, to countless people on this earth. She was a true and loyal friend and was inspired by the friendship and encouragement given to her by others. She will be missed by her family and those who knew her.

When she came to the U.S., she joined the Episcopal Church, and most recently worshiped at The Church of the Advent.

She is preceded from this life by her husband, her sister, Toni Koch-Schauer, and her brother, Hans Schauer, PhD.

She is survived by her sister, Ulrike Thimme, PhD, her son, Philip James Dunnagan (Christa Ayres Dunnagan), her two grandchildren, Rachel Maria Rolston (Eric Daniel Rolston), and Rebekah Antonie Dunnagan, and her great granddaughter, Adelyn Elizabeth Rolston. A visitation will be held on Saturday, 05 July, at Pearson's Funeral Home, 149 Breckinridge Lane, 40207, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A private funeral will take place at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in the future, with details to follow later.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy would be appreciated as contributions to The Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St., 40206, or The Little Loomhouse / The Lou Tate Foundation, 328 Kenwood Hill Rd., 40214.


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Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-0349
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Published in The Courier-Journal on July 4, 2014
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