Marie Ann Kambach
October 15, 1938 – November 16, 2022
Marie Ann Kambach entered into rest on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, with her children and daughter-in-law, Trudi, by her side.
Marie was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Frederick; parents, Wallace and Clarissa Charles; brothers-in-law, Quinten Pierre and Anthony Maness; and her sons-in-law, John Kelly and Jim Cullen.
Marie is survived by her children: Pam Cullen, Paul and Trudi Kambach, Kathy Kelly; grandchildren: Matt (Brooke) Cullen, Patrick, Bridget, and Brianna Cullen, Ben Kambach, Drew Kambach, and Chloe (Kyle) Wozniak; great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Quinn Cullen; and her loving brothers and sisters: Joannie Pierre, Russ(Judy) Charles, Mike(Jane) Charles, Karen Maness, Pat Charles, Gene (Cindy) Charles, and Brian (Kim) Charles.
Marie was born on October 15, 1938, in Algoma, Wisconsin, and was raised in Forestville, WI, where she worked with her seven brothers and sisters to support the family farm. She attended a one room schoolhouse until the 8th grade and graduated from Algoma High School. After high school, she attended the local Community College and worked in Door County.
Marie met her husband of 63 years, Frederick D. Kambach in Green Bay, WI. They were married on September 27, 1958, and had three children: Pam, Paul, and Kathy. Fred’s job took them to many different locations: Ironwood, Ml, Park Forest, IL, Sioux City, IA, and Omaha, NE. During these moves, Marie adapted and supported Fred in keeping the house welcoming and providing her family with a warm, loving home.
As Marie’s family grew older, she shared her talents as a receptionist by working to support the family at Woolridge Insurance Agency in Sioux City. When they moved to Omaha, she continued to work in insurance and was a receptionist/secretary at the State Farm Agency in Omaha.
Marie’s faith in God and worship at St Gerald’s Catholic Church was a central focus of her and her husband’s married life. Marie had a melodic, beautiful singing voice. From her youth, she participated in singing in the choir at Saint Hubert’s in Forestville with her sister, Joan as well as singing in the churches she and her husband belong to. She loved praising God in song and felt at home singing for Mass, especially at her parish, St. Gerald, in Omaha. Besides participating in the choir, Marie was also active in many of the committees and activities at St. Gerald’s. Marie participated in RCIA, and Alpha, lecturing and reciting the rosary at the 7:00 am Masses and sharing her love of baking for many dinners and funeral luncheons. St. Gerald’s benefitted from Marie’s gifts of singing, organizing, and baking. She also worked alongside her husband at many a fish fry, parish dinners, donut Sundays, and Knights of Columbus activities.
Marie cherished her husband, family, and friends. She and Fred enjoyed spending time with friends through golf, bridge, theater, and church activities. Marie also volunteered at Bergen Mercy Hospital with her husband and greeted many visitors who came to see their ill loved ones. Travel was another shared activity between Marie and Fred. They both enjoyed the many trips they were able to take both in the U.S. and abroad.
Marie made family occasions special for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren taking time to make her visits with them special for each one. Much love went into baking her famous Boston cream pie, peach pie, ice cream dessert, and holiday cookies. She made everyone feel special by decorating the birthday card envelope with their age, bringing the fun when playing Pictionary, working on puzzles, crosswords, crafting and sewing, and sharing her special love through all these activities.
Marie was loved by many and cherished by the friends she made at church, playing bridge, and neighbors at the condo. She shared with them not only fun times but the love she had for her family and others.
VISITATION: Sunday, Nov. 27th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, Nov. 28th, 10am, at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.
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