MaryAnn Alvena Mast Grawe, 84, of rural Quincy, died peacefully Thursday (April 24, 2014) in her home and surrounded by family.
She was born July 26, 1929, in Quincy, a daughter of Timothy and Leona Mettemeyer Mast. Mrs. Grawe attended St. Anthony Grade School and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1946.
On Aug. 20, 1949, she married Eugene "Gene" John Grawe in St. Anthony Catholic Church; he died Sept. 20, 2003.
MaryAnn, her husband and 11 children were truck gardeners, where they were known especially for their strawberries and many other vegetables.
She had been a lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a member of their Third Order, and a past president of the Altar Society. For many years MaryAnn had been a precinct committeeman and an election judge for Melrose Township. She had been a member of Our Lady of Angels Seminary Guild and the Western Catholic Union. Along with her husband, MaryAnn was a strong supporter of Right-To-Life.
As a young girl she worked ironing and cleaning homes; after high school she attended nursing school for a short time until she fell in love, married and raised her family. Her children were very blessed by their mom staying home and cooking homemade meals from scratch and using ingredients from her homegrown garden.
MaryAnn loved her family very much. Through her resourcefulness in gardening and canning, she was able to provide for them when times were hard. Although her family was her priority, gardening was a huge part of her life. Her berries were her favorite hobby. She also enjoyed playing cards, attending several Cubs baseball games, traveling with her husband to Germany, plus vacationing in all states, except Alaska. In her later years, she enjoyed her trips to the casinos.
She is survived by her 11 children, Lucille, Margie and Tom Grawe, Ken Grawe and his wife, Geri, JoAnn Witte and her husband, Fred, Dorothy Haley and her husband, Bob, all of Quincy, Rita Frericks, Joe Grawe and his wife, Gail, and Rose Ann Hugenberg, all of Liberty, Roger Grawe and his wife, Pat of Eau Claire, Wis., and Mary Howald of Center, Mo.; 27 grandchildren, Cheryl (Joe) Schutte, Amy (Adam) Lucie, Danny Frericks, Laura (Mike) Madsen, Andy (Julie) Grawe, Kathy (Rob) Marold, Jennifer, Greg and Vicki Grawe, Stephanie (Carl) Mefford, Tyler (Jenny) Grawe, Jon (Avery) Grawe, Abby Grawe, Ben Hugenberg, Matt, Hannah and Andrew Witte, Michael (Crystal) Zehnle, Danielle, Brian, Jacob, Jared and Sam Howald, Anthony, Timothy, Jeffrey and Zachary Haley; 13 great-grandchildren and twins due in the fall; two sisters, Dolly Genenbacher and Betty (Ralph) Venvertloh; sister-in-laws, Evelyn Mast, Margie Mast, Evelyn Grawe and Florence Grawe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two children at birth; sons-in-law, Paul Frericks and Dan Hugenberg; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Grawe; three grandchildren, Katie Hugenberg, and Jacquelin and Adrianne Grawe; one great-grandchild, Ty Muder; two brothers, Albert and Joe Mast; two sisters, Virginia and her husband, Wilfrid Huber, and Frances and her husband, Bob Meyer; a brother-in-law, Bob Genenbacher; and other in-laws, Sister Doris Grawe, Esther and Bill Bergman, Sister Louis Marie Grawe, Sister Mildred Grawe, Alice and Henry Wand, Sister MaryAnthony Grawe, Richard Grawe and George Grawe.
SERVICES: 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service led by the Western Catholic Union, in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gene Grawe Catholic Education Fund or St. Anthony Catholic Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.