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Mrs. Martha Lea-Nita DeGrave

July 12, 1928 — March 16, 2019

DeGrave, Martha, age 90, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Waterford. She was born on the family farm in Berwick, ND on July 12, 1928 to the late John and Margaret (nee. Koenig) Jaeger. Martha attended the country school in Berwick. She enjoyed caring for her younger siblings and living on the family farm until moving to Milwaukee. Thereafter, she met a handsome young farmer while out dancing. She was united in marriage to Arthur T. DeGrave at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Waterford on June 9, 1951. They lived on their town of Waterford farm for 56 years until he preceded her in death in 2007. Not only a devoted farmer’s wife, Martha was a homemaker, foster mother, Town of Waterford treasurer and bus driver for Graf’s and S&J Bus companies. She was a dedicated member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where she enjoyed helping with fish frys and the funeral committee. Martha loved dancing (she’d never turn down a polka!), weekly games of sheepshead and entertaining/socializing with family and friends.

She is survived by daughter Connie (Terry) Knutson of River Falls, WI and their children Kristen and Kevin (Lisa); son Chuck (Tammi) DeGrave of Lake Villa, IL and their children Jonathan, Joel and Jacob (Sydney); daughter Carol (Bill) Haddon of Boscobel, WI and their children Summer Olson and Amber Grohall. Also survived by great-grandchildren: Izack, Elijah, Liam, Sawyer, Robert, Matthew and Cynthia. Further survived by sisters: Sylvia Brook, Lydia (Bruce) Leighton and Lorraine Jaeger, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends!

She is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Arthur, her sisters Anna Marie (Al) Zacher and Irene Jaeger, her brother Virgil (Sandy) Jaeger, grandson-in-law Greg Olson and brother-in-law Phil Brook.

A Memorial Gathering will be held IN CHURCH on Saturday March 30, 2019 from 9:00 – 10:45 am with Mass of Christian Burial starting at 11:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 305 South First Street, Waterford, WI 53185 with Fr. Ed Tlucek officiating. Inurnment at St. Thomas Cemetery following Mass.

Mealy Funeral Home
Waterford, WI 53185
262-534-2233
www.mealyfuneralhome.com
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Visitation

Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

305 South 1st Street, Waterford, WI 53185

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Service

Saturday, March 30, 2019

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

305 South 1st Street, Waterford, WI 53185

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Committal Services and Burial

Saturday, March 30, 2019

12:00 - 12:15 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Cemetery

Beck Drive, Waterford, WI

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Luncheon

Saturday, March 30, 2019

12:15 - 1:15 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

305 South 1st Street, Waterford, WI 53185

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