William and Jadwiga Maurer

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Graveside services for husband and wife, William Richard Maurer, 84, and Jadwiga Maurer, 83, both of Urbana, IL will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Friedens Cemetery, Hegins, with Rev. Warren Egebo officiating.

Warren Richard Maurer, formerly of Lawrence, KS, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Presence Covenant Medical Center. He is the son of the late Edna S. Schmeltz Maurer and William R. "Philby" Maurer.

He was born near Sacramento, in the farmhouse of his maternal grandparents on May 13, 1929.

He graduated from Hegins Township High School in 1947. While attending high school he worked for Kimmel's Dairy in Valley View. He later worked for Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster supporting himself while earning a B.A. in German (Phi Beta Kappa) at Franklin and Marshall College class of 1951. Following college he continued studying German literature at the University of Chicago (M.A.); the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and the University of Munich in Germany.

While studying in Munich on an exchange fellowship, he met his future wife Jadwiga Graubard, a Holocaust survivor. After returning to Germany with a U.S. Army Military Intelligence detachment, Warren married Jadwiga on July 7, 1956, in Fulda, Germany. She preceded him in death on October 16, 2012.

His teaching career took him to the University of California, Berkeley; Indiana University in Bloomington; and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He retired from the University of Kansas after more than 30 years of service. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on German literature, folklore and onomastics.

Surviving are his son, Stephen M. Maurer of Berkeley, CA; daughter, Elizabeth T. Powers and husband Nicholas and two grandchildren, William M. Powers and Katherine L. Powers, all of Urbana, IL.; a sister, Sandra L. (Maurer) Pool and husband Larrie of Lancaster. He is also survived by a niece, Cynthia L. (Maurer) Hall of Ronks and a nephew, William D. Maurer of Marietta.

William was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard E. Maurer.

Jadwiga was born in Kielce, Poland on September 24, 1930, to Baruch and Hanna Graubard.

Arriving in Germany with her immediate family as displaced persons after World War II, Jadwiga received her Ph.D. from the University of Munich with highest honors. Warren and Jadwiga moved to the United States, where she subsequently held faculty positions at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Indiana, Bloomington; and the University of Kansas, Lawrence; where she was a professor in the Slavic Department for three decades.

In addition to her scholarship, which included a groundbreaking biography of Adam Mickiewicz, Poland's greatest poet, she won international recognition for her short stories, which were anthologized in several collections.

Jadwiga moved to Urbana, IL in 2011 to live near family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, P O Box 127, Scotland PA 17254-0127.

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