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Mary Elizabeth Dukelow Staat

January 23, 1922 September 29, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Dukelow Staat
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Obituary for Mary Elizabeth Dukelow Staat

Mary Elizabeth Dukelow Staat, age 97, went home to be with her LORD on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Her final days were spent surrounded by family. She was born January 23, 1922, in Harvey, Illinois, to May (McDermott) and Robert Dukelow. From her birth to her death, Mary nourished the people around her with love, faith, and music. She was a registered nurse, sang in her church choir, played the piano and organ, and, most importantly, was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, Garrett Staat, Jr., on August 1, 1946. They were each other’s only love for 62 years until Garrett’s death in 2008. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Tom, sister Hanora, and two of her five children: infant daughter Debbie and, in 2018, her youngest son Paul. Left to honor Mary and remember her love are her three surviving children and spouses, Roberta and husband George Niederehe, David and wife Virginia, Ruth and husband John Kirby, and Paul’s wife Mary; nine grandchildren, including Alison Nagy, Katherine Niederehe, Dave Staat, Benjamin Staat, James Willett, Adam Willett, Emily Crooks, Nick Staat, and Katherine Staat-Barnes; seventeen great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

After a fruitful career in nursing, Mary joined husband Garrett to begin their own analytical laboratory in 1977, working side by side to make Chem-Staat Labs in Neosho, Missouri, a successful business. In younger days, the couple enjoyed square dancing. The two also enjoyed traveling together and were full-time RVers for several years after retirement. Mary enjoyed reading, socializing, and playing card and board games. She also made exquisite embroidered cards, a craft continued by daughter Ruth. One of Mary's favorite sayings was, “When you’re up to your neck in hot water, be like a teapot and sing.”

Mary will be remembered most for her love of family and her faith. During every visit or phone call, Mary would ask what was going on in the lives of her grandchildren or other family members. She was a devout Christian and member of the Lutheran church.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 10:30 am, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla, Missouri. Internment will be at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Illinois, next to Mary’s beloved husband and parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund through the Phelps Health Foundation.

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10:30 AM 10/19/2019 10:30:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

Spring Ave and W. 11th St.
Rolla, MO 65401

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Spring Ave and W. 11th St. Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Joy of Caring Cancer Fund through Phelps Health Foundation

PO Box 261
Rolla, MO 65402

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