Mamie L. Pech, 107, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Mamie Louise Pech was born April 1, 1903, in Elgin Township, Plymouth County, one of nine children born to William and Mary (Piepenburg) Utech. She attended country school, Elgin #8, near her home on a farm north of Le Mars.
She was confirmed in the Methodist faith at the Seney United Methodist Church April 23, 1916. Growing up, Mamie assisted her parents and siblings with farming.
On Jan. 18, 1924, Mamie and Edward H. Pech eloped and were united in marriage in the church parsonage. Following their marriage, Mamie joined the Hildreth Methodist Church in Le Mars.
The couple made their home on a farm in Elgin Township. Together they farmed and raised their daughter Lois.
In early years Mamie played the steel guitar and Ed played the fiddle at neighborhood barn dances. Mamie also played the piano and the organ.
In 1970, Mamie and Ed retired and traveled to nearly all of the 50 United States, including Hawaii, and also to Canada. Ed died Aug. 26, 1986, following 62 years of marriage. Mamie moved to Le Mars, and later, to the Plymouth Manor Care Center.
Mamie was a member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. She often helped in the kitchen and participated in Martha Circle and Christian Builders Sunday School Class.
She enjoyed many types of handwork including making flowers, flower arranging, crocheting, knitting, felt work, sewing, quilting and made numerous laprobes for the annual In-gathering. She also made numerous wall hangings and jewelry boxes she took to shows and displayed in her home.
Mamie was well known for her cooking and loved to entertain her family and friends.
Mamie will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and her husband, Lois and Harry Pausch of Le Mars; four granddaughters, Diane (Joe) Ashmore of Le Mars, Cindy Forcier-Clark of Akron, Sheila (Ray) Rodgers of Le Mars, and Janet Meyer of Le Mars; eight great-grandchildren, Mitzi (Ryan) Rozeboom of Centerville, S.D., Daniel Mai of Le Mars, Brandon (Lisa) Forcier of Oran, Iowa, Brian Forcier of Akron, Josey Meyer of Le Mars, Nicole, Shelby and Raymond Rodgers, all of Le Mars; seven great-great-grandchildren Alexis Rodgers of Le Mars, Bryce and Ashlynn Rozeboom of Centerville, S.D., Drake, Eli, Madison Forcier, and Gavin Duffy, all of Oran; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mamie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; an infant brother, Elmer; sisters, Margaret Ioos and Lillian Pech; brothers, Frank, Wesley, Edward, Lawrence and Raymond.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. The Rev. Jason Larson will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Wednesday.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.