Grace "Mike" (Ambrosius) Landwehr passed away on May 16, 2012 in her home in De Pere, surrounded by her family. She was 92.
Grace was born on March 28, 1920, the third of eight children. She spent her childhood on her family's farm on County Road EE in West De Pere, and it would be just a short distance from here, on Grant Street, where she would build a family and a life with her husband Carl. The two were married on November 7, 1942, and together they raised 13 children, instilling in them a deep faith, unwavering strength and soft, loving hearts. The strongest lesson Grace taught her children, however, was the impenetrable bond of family.
Grace was the nucleus of a growing family that numbered more than 100 when she died. Over the years, her home served as a gathering place in times of celebration, a place of comfort and strength in times of trial, and a joyful place in the ordinary days. Around her kitchen table, brothers and sisters formed unsinkable bonds, and in her backyard, cousins moved beyond family ties to develop lifelong friendships.
A deep Catholic faith wove through Grace's 92 years. She was an active, lifelong member of St. Boniface and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes. Grace believed deeply in prayer, and she instilled this faith in each of her children. They know she was welcomed into the Lord's loving arms.
Grace is survived by her 13 children: Judy (Mike) Parins, Jerry (Ellen) Landwehr, John (Eileen) Landwehr, Chuck (Pat) Landwehr, Dan (Judy) Landwehr, Joan (Dan) Van Grunsven, Betty (Dan) Danen, MaryKay (Jack) Bressers, Jim (Laurie) Landwehr, Diane (Ed) Kiley, David (Judy) Landwehr, Peggy (David) Blondheim and Barbie (Mark) Van Bellinger.
She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by 34 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.
Grace is also survived by two sisters, Ethel (Bob) Liebergen and Beulah Van Schyndel; sister-in-law Marcella Ambrosuis; in-laws, Vernon (Carol) Landwehr, Rita Haase, Don (Marian) Landwehr, Fritz Landwehr, and many nieces and nephews.
Grace is preceded in death by her husband, Carl; infant daughter Patricia and her parents, Leonard (Minnie) Ambrosius. She is also reunited with her brothers, Raymond and Vernon Ambrosius; sisters, Rita Cleven, Stella Treml and Henrietta Gerbers; granddaughter, Susan (Parins) Nickel, and many brothers and sisters-in-law.
Friends may call from 4-8 pm at RYAN FUNERAL HOME in De Pere on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Prayer service will be held at 4:15 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, on Monday, May 21, 2012. Visitation beginning at 9:00 am, with service at 10:30 am. Father Tim Shillcox, O.Praem officiating. Interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to Grace's family. Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory of De Pere is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to thank Unity Hospice, especially Erin.
Read Grace Landwehr's Obituary and Guestbook on www.ryanfh.com.