Yvonne Mary Grewe
January 10, 2021
Yvonne Mary Grewe

Yvonne Mary Grewe, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a model for women who dared to envision a married life full of love, children, civic engagement, executive power, religious devotion, and genuine friendships. A feature writer from the Tulsa World said Yvonne combined "the exuberance of a cheerleader, the authority of a drill sergeant, and the patience of a Cub Scout Den mother with expert management skills."

Yvonne graduated from high school as a Midwest City Bomber and attended Benedictine College where she met her husband, Edmund Grewe. They really became a couple when Edmund was in the Navy and stationed in Norman, Oklahoma. Yvonne's letters found Edmund on aircraft carriers around the world before the couple decided to spend the rest of their lives together. The couple settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with their five children, and Yvonne became the first employee and the second executive director of Youth Services of Tulsa where she was instrumental in opening the area's first shelter for runaways. Yvonne was as committed to her family as she was to her career, and everyone who knew how hard she worked admired that she also kept an immaculate home filled with laughter and lively discussions.

Always sharply dressed, Yvonne was known to juggle a recipe for Christmas fudge with a stack of college textbooks and an agenda for her volunteer work with Christ the King Parish. While her five children were still in grammar school, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership. Modern for her time, Yvonne struck many as a force of nature who wanted to earn influence so that she could help others achieve their goals. Her unyielding Catholic faith and her unparalleled knack for organization made it possible for Yvonne to combine a successful career with a huge family– kids, grandchildren, and a great-grandson– and a once in a lifetime marriage to her true love. She was devoted to her friends whom she always regarded as family, and her calling was to encourage all with whom she spoke to follow their dreams, develop their intellect, and take time to serve others.

To illustrate her drive to work in the wider Tulsa community, Yvonne quoted her Irish grandmother, saying, "You can't keep love in the home because it oozes out the windows." That was a lesson that she integrated fully, teaching us that love was never finite, that as long as you have love to give, you will always have more and more love to keep giving.

Private family services were held Friday, January 15th.

In lieu of flowers, the Grewe family notes that Yvonne would love for you to donate to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma and/or Youth Services of Tulsa. www.fitzgeraldfuneralservice.com
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Published by Tulsa World from Jan. 12 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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Aunt Yvonne taught me how to hug. I mean REALLY hug. She would never accept anything less. I now get compliments on my hugs. There are so many wonderful qualities that she had and such a larger than life personality that you were drawn into her orbit. She was infectious in an intimidating, loving, wonderful way and having grown up knowing her is an incredible, blessed gift. I wish I could be with all the Grewes right now, at this moment, in this time. And if I was there, I would give you all a big hug. A hug Just like Aunt Yvonne taught me to give. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sean Allen
January 16, 2021
Dearest Grewe family, I was saddened to learn of Yvonne´s death. She was a remarkable woman with much " spunk, " as Ed would like to say. She was pure delight with a love for her Catholic faith which made her shine as bright as the sun. May the strength of Christ sustain the family at this time of Yvonne´s home going.
Dr. Linda Reis
January 14, 2021
Rest In Peace my dear sweet sister in law we love you
John and Kathy
January 13, 2021
Rest in peace, my dear friend! My heart is forever with you.
Joan Allen
January 13, 2021
Prayers for the repose of Yvonne´s soul and divine consolation especially for Ed and all of her family.
Alice Hewett
January 13, 2021
Grewe siblings
January 12, 2021
RIP Yvonne, you will be missed We love you
Jim & Maria Grewe
January 12, 2021