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Mary Elizabeth Maurer

January 25, 1923 - March 21, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Mary Elizabeth Maurer

Mary Elizabeth Maurer

Born: January 25, 1923
Died: March 21, 2018
Age: 95

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  Mary Elizabeth Gillette, the daughter of Lester and Cecilia Gillette, was born January 25, 1923. She was raised on a dairy farm east of Fostoria, across the road from her grandparents. Mary attended country school, passing her exams early, and then graduated from Spencer High School at age 16. She went on to attend Iowa State College and earned a Home Economics teaching degree in 1943.  She married Erland Maurer one month later in Milford, while WWII was in full swing. They were together while Erland was stationed for a short time in Harrisburg, PA.

     After Erland’s service with the army ended, they farmed south of Spencer and raised eleven children. Mary was active in Catholic Daughters of America at Sacred Heart and volunteered there and in the school. She was also a 4-H leader and a TOPS member. Mary was known for her homemaking skills, especially her family’s tasty and nutritious meals.

     Mary was also known for her sweet kind nature, beautiful smile, and her way of finding a positive spin on life’s events. Her children remember the many songs she sang and evenings listening to her read stories. She was eager to be of service and offer a helping hand. Her legacy of love will live on through her children, grandchildren, and now her great grandchildren.

     In later years Mary attended daily Mass, played bridge, trained on Nautilus at the Y, was an avid reader, and wrote her memoirs. One of her favorite things was to go to the lake and watch her children and grandchildren swim. For the past five years, she lived at Riverview Assisted Living where she felt well cared for by the staff.

     She passed away on March 21, 2018, at St Luke Lutheran Home. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Erland, her sisters Jean and Rita, and her brothers Riley and John Gillette. 

     Left to cherish her memory are her sister Fran Neuzil (Jack) of Solon IA, brother Charles (Meredith) Gillette of Milwaukee WI, one sister-in-law, Frances Ann Gillette of Tuscon AZ, her eleven children: Steve (Monica) of Decorah IA, Chris of Colfax IA, Mary Ellen (Curt) Jones of Spencer, Fran (Joe) LeClair of Spencer, Ann (Sohrab) Gandomi of Oak Park IL, Paul (Barbara) of Spencer, Julie (John) Greek of Dekalb IL, John (Pam) of Ames, Sarah (Pete) Palmer of Scottsdale AZ, Mike of Fresno CA, and Stacy of Fairfield, IA, and 19 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M.,  Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, Iowa.
Father William Schreiber
Mark Maurer
Ben LeClair
Jon Gandomi
Nathan Gandomi
William Jones
Todd Maurer
Andrew Maurer
Rob Maurer
Doga Ozesmi
Will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., with the family present on Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Catholic Rosary Service will be held at 4:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
"Ave Maria"
"Holy, Holy, Holy"
"Praise To You, Lord Jesus Christ"
"Amazing Grace"
"I am The Bread Of Life"
"O Loving God"
"How Can I Keep From Singing?"

Cantor: Ben LeClair
Organist: Marianne Fuchsen
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:11 AM
“Condolences on the loss of your Mom. May you find comfort in your memories and peace from your faith. ”
- Sherry Blomberg
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:24 PM
“Mary was such a sweet lady .. our sympathies to the family ”
- Sue & Jim Adams
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:44 AM
“I never saw Mary when she didn't have a smile! She was a positive influence on those around her, and she raised a wonderful family. Our sympathies are with all of you as you say good-bye to your mom.”
- David and Sue Brugman
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:02 PM
“John, sorry to hear of your loss. Brother Bill told me about your mom's passing. Our thoughts are with you.”
- jim binkard
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:02 PM
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. You will have wonderful memories and thoughts of times spent with our mothers. God Bless.....Pat”
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Mary's family ~ she was such a dear gentle lady. I enjoyed taking books and visiting with her for the past few years. May your special memories carry you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Rita Nuebel
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM
“It is with deep and sincere sympathy to read of Mary's passing. She was a very special lady who cared greatly for others. A case in point is her kindness shown to my mother-in-law, Bill's mother, Helen Boese. She carried Helen to many CDA events because she was a neighbor of hers. Then, when Helen moved to Riverview, she was a visitor. Mrs. Mauer kept in touch with those she knew and cared for. We know her family will miss....yet remember....all the kindnesses she offered and all the stories they will be able to tell of her will be many. Our condolences....Bill and Ramona Boese”
- Bill and Ramona Boese
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:20 AM
“Julie, we were sorry to hear that your mother is no longer with you. Please know that our thoughts are with you as you walk this difficult path. ”
- Cline and Judy Preble
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:20 AM
“What a sweet Lady Mary was. Fond memories of her and the entire Maurer family at Sacred Heart growing up. My sympathy to the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the great memories.”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:36 PM
“Our sympathies to the Maurer family,
I remember Mary when she came to CCE to see her grandchildren in their school programs. She was a sweeet lady with a sweet smile. You were all blessed to have her for all these years.
May God give your peace and comfort...and that you feel God's love shinning down on all of you. ”
- Bob & Audrey Schmidt
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4:48 PM
“Her love, grace, and kindness to all will live on in all of the hearts of those she touched....may her soul fly free...... Cherie Brower Berkel”
- Cherie Brower Berkel
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4:47 PM
“I have known Mary for many years, and I always enjoyed her smile, gentle manner, and happy spirit. I was glad when Mary came to Riverview as she was just so easy to visit with. I am thankful for having known her and want you to know what a treasure she was to me. With sympathy and many prayers...I'll be thinking of you. ”
- Carol Albers
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4:47 PM
“So sorry to hear about Mary. Enjoyed visiting with her at Sacred Heart. You have our prayers.”
- Jim and Pat Hynes
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:43 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Mary's family. Your mother was a great lady. I have so many wonderful memories of Mary working with her in Catholic Daughters and chairing many funeral dinners with her. Always a smile and positive attitude.”
- Anne Ramler
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“Mary will always be remembered for her beautiful smile. She and I were co 4-H leaders, we had a lot of good times with our club. I think I learned a few things working with her. May she Rest In Peace.”
- Arlene Wimmer
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:35 PM
“Mary Ellen, so sorry about the loss of your Mother. We know we aren't meant to stay here forever, but there is never a good time to say "good bye". She certainly lived a life to be proud of. We wish you, Curt and your family the best.
- Tom and Judy Stoermer Hart
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:10 PM
“Dear Fran, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I am sending prayers your way.”
- Linda Pitt
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:05 PM
“Mary was a Special Lady!!! I love your description of her!!! So Very true!!! She was a Lady of Grace and I dearly loved seeing her! She was my 4-H leader and one of the Best!
May peace be in your hearts as you grieve her loss!!! ”
- Bev Salton Dudziak
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:05 PM
“Our Sincere Condolences for your loss. Mary was a great lady! Mark & Sue Hallett”
- Susanne Hallett
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:05 PM
“Mary was such a sweet woman who raised an amazing family. She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace sweet Mary.”
- Shirley Selzer
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:47 PM
“My memory of Mary will forever be her kind, gentle nature, and always that ready smile. My sympathy to you, her family as you celebrate her life and entry into heaven. Live out her legacy with great joy!”
- Marcia Steffen
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