Mary E. Straeter, 92, of St. Rose died on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at St. Rose Catholic Church, with Father Edward Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.
She was born on Nov. 13, 1923 in St. Rose to Gerhard and Emelia (Holtgrave) Schumacher. She married Victor Straeter on May 1, 1946 at St. Rose Church. He passed away on Nov. 29, 2005.
Mrs. Straeter was co-owner, along with her husband, of Straeter Equipment in St. Rose. She also served as bookkeeper for the company. She was an avid seamstress and embroidered hundreds of quilt blocks. She enjoyed quilting and playing euchre.
She was a member of St. Rose Church and Altar Sodality and sang with the church choir. She was also a member of the Clinton County Homemakers Extension.
Surviving are her children, Marge (Mike) Detmer of St. Rose, Eileen (Gary) Straeter-Kerr of Springfield, Virgil (Janice) Straeter of Highland, Jim (Melinda) Straeter of Rochester, Ind., Diane Urzi of St. Louis, Mo., and Lori (Ross) Campbell of Rochester, Minn.; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Straeter of O’Fallon; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Lidwina Schumacher, Marie Straeter, both of St. Rose.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Frank Straeter; son-in-law, Joe Urzi; sisters, Elizabeth Ketterer, Delores Kalous, Sister Aloysia Schumacher, ASC, and Rita Netemeyer; brothers, Edwin Schumacher, Clarence Schumacher and James Schumacher, who died in infancy; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Cletus Ketterer, Helen Schumacher, Bill Kalous and Clarence Netemeyer.
Memorials may be made to St. Rose Church, Mater Dei High School, or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research.