Mrs. Maria Elisabeth Raps Schloetterlein, age 89 of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday April 10th at her residence. She was born September 8, 1923 in Lauda, Germany to Martin and Agnes Raps and was the wife of Karl Josef Schloetterlein. She is survived by two daughters Luzia Elisabeth Haefelinger and husband Helmut and Regina Marianne King and husband Ben, three grandchildren Melody Turpin born King and husband Ryan of Lexington, KY, Sam King and wife Mary of Lexington, KY, and Sandra Haefelinger of Obereggenen, Germany, three great granddaughters Mahala Marie Turpin, Catherine Elizabeth Turpin and Lily Annelise King and several nieces, nephew and many friends both here and back home in Lauda.
Depending on who was talking to her, she answered to the following: Maria by her friends, Mama by her children, Oma by her grandchildren and many others, Tante by her nieces and nephews in Germany, but most recently as JaJa by her great granddaughter. Mama came to visit us in 1993 after Papa died. She was only going to stay a few weeks. Much to everyone’s surprise she only visited Germany a couple of times after that. Mama very quickly adopted Fayetteville as her home. She especially loved her faith family at Saint Anthony Church. She loved gardening and doing a variety of hand crafts. She did so may thins well but was best known for her crocheting and knitting. We all loved her Christmas cookies. Mostly, we loved her daily presence in our lives. We will cherish a multitude of great memories as long as we live. She loved her family and we all loved her. She is already and will forever be missed, on this earth, by those of us who loved her.
Regina and I would like to thank so many of you who loved her with your expressions of concern and you prayers through these last difficult months. Her suffering is history now.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday May 4, at 9:30 am at Saint Anthony’s Church with Father George officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. We would also request that flowers not be sent – please donate to a charity or church of your choice.
Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Maria Elisabeth Raps Schlotterlein.