Monday, December 03, 2012

We Love You Grandma

Last night Alex's grandma (Hilda's mother) passed away.

It was one of those things that we all knew was coming, but is still never easy. We know that she is no longer in pain, but our hearts still ache to be with her! She will be missed, but we are thankful that she is back with the love of her life and face to face with Jesus!

I had lost both of my grandma's before I had even met Alex, so having grandma's again was just simply precious to me. I loved grandma dearly and am so sad to have to say, "good-bye." This is definitely one of the hardest things so far this deployment. It's very hard to be apart from Alex right now, but God is good. He has given us both a total peace and comfort and now we ask for prayers for the rest of the family as we all deal with the loss of this sweet, beautiful woman who was always so very thoughtful.

I wanted to post some of our pictures from out final visit with her. It was a wonderful trip and our hearts will forever be filled with those memories and happy times.

Thank you to all of your for your kind words and prayers during this time. We covet them all!

Below is her beautifully written obituary:

Magdalena Markwald, 83, of Lake Geneva, passed away on Sunday, December 2,
2012 at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha after a battle with Lewy body dementia.
She was born in Krndija, Yugoslavia on August 17, 1929, daughter of the late
Michael and Katharina Stumpfoll. Magdalena immigrated to the United States in
1952 from Austria and became a U.S. citizen on August 28, 1962. Magdalena was
united in marriage to Waldemar Markwald on December 27, 1952 in Chicago,
Illinois and resided there until their move to Lake Geneva in 1971.

Lena, as she was called by family and friends, was an avid homemaker and was
especially proud of her flower garden. She also loved canning vegetables and fruit
grown in her own back yard. She was an excellent seamstress and made clothes for
herself as well as her two daughters as they were growing up.

Lena loved to receive visitors – expected or not. She welcomed anyone who came
to her door and always had homemade baked goods and coffee ready at a moment’s
notice. No one left her home hungry.

Magdalena is survived by her three children - Anna (Ray) McElligott, Neenah,
Wisconsin; Hilda (George) Douvas, Anaheim Hills, California; Arnie (Connie)
Markwald, Lake Geneva; eight grandchildren – Kevin and Dana McElligott; Alex
(Stephanie) and Michael Douvas; Ryan (Dayna), Eric (Angie), Christopher, and
Kelsey Markwald; two great-grandchildren – Madison and Hudson Douvas; sister Isa
Schürch, Montreal, Quebec Canada; brother Joseph Stumpfoll, Prospect Heights,
Illinois, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Waldemar, her parents, and two brothers, Michael and Adam Stumpfoll.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012 at TRINITY
EVANGELICAL LUTHERN CHURCH, W775 Geranium, Pell Lake, WI with Pastor
Brian Metke officiating. Friends may call at the Steinke Funeral Home, 515 Center
Street, Lake Geneva on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and
again directly at the church on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 10:00 am until the
time of services. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva.

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