Marie M. Lowery, age 85, of Independence, devoted loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Anne Lee.
Marie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert; children David (Kathy), Ingrid Baty, Kenneth (Christine), Erika (Tom) Solom, and Tom (Tammy); grandchildren Kristin, Katelyn, Anna, John, Jeremy, Amy, Theresa, Kyle, Nick, and Ally; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Luke and James.
The funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Maple Plain Community Church in Maple Plain. Interment followed at Lewis Cemetery in Delano.
There was visitation Thursday, Feb. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and it continued from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements were handled by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Marie was born Juluy 13, 1929, in the Sudetenland of Germany in the small, picturesque village of Unter Wekelsdorf, the youngest of four children.
Marie’s excellent schoolwork entitled her to attend business school with a small group of classmates.
She lived through World War II. At the end of the war, Sudeten Germans were randomly deported to various parts of either East or West Germany. Marie thus found herself separated from all acquaintances and family in East Germany. In an effort to reunite with her remaining family, she plotted with a friend to escape to West Germany. After a long walk across unknown country and boarding trains, they succeeded.
Marie found work and lodging with the Hunz family. She handled scheduling and record keeping for the Hunz’s business, as well as the family housekeeping. The family gave Marie her first exposure to a broader German culture of arts and music, and different areas of the country.
Anxious to see her sister Anne, who had married an American GI, Marie travelled to the US and took temporary work as a cook and housekeeper at Twin Birch Nursing Home in Spring Park, MN, where she met Robert Lowery. They married in Navarre, and began their life together in Independence.
Through the years of raising five children, Marie worked continuously to meet the needs of the family household. She also worked at various outside jobs including a catering business, overnight shifts at a commercial bakery, and at the Orono High School cafeteria.
In 2002, Marie suffered a stroke, from which she fully recovered, but required ongoing use of Coumadin blood thinner. Recently, the sensitive dosing balance of this drug became badly upset, requiring hospitalization and a temporary move to skilled care at Haven Homes in Maple Plain.
In her first few days, recovery appeared to be progressing well. But Marie’s blood pressure began to drop Feb. 3; she lost consciousness and passed away holding hands with Robert, at her bedside.