Maria (Marie) (Michlbauer) Pateras, 97, passed peacefully on November 4th.
Marie was born in Munich, Germany on New Year’s Eve, 1924 to Maria Geiser and Michael Math. She is predeceased by her dear brother Kurt Geiser and kept close ties to his family who would often visit her from Germany.
Marie grew up in Ottenhöfen, Germany and enjoyed figure skating and running track. She excelled in clerical school and was a skilled bookkeeper. During WWII outside of a watch shop in Munich, she met U.S. Army soldier, Danny, who lied about his “broken” watch just to talk to the pretty fräulein. Danny and Marie dated while he was stationed in Germany and then wrote love letters overseas for over a year. In 1947, she immigrated to America to marry Danny and begin their life together in South End, Boston.
Marie is predeceased by her loving husband Dennis “Danny” Pateras. She is survived by her 3 sons who loved their mother dearly and doted on her until the very end. Dennis H. of Quincy, Rick “Eric” of Jamaica Plain and James of Blackstone, Virginia. Marie raised her family in Jamaica Plain where they established deep roots and where she felt most at home. She was a kind and loving mother-in-law to Michelle (Dennis) and Grace (James). Her grandchildren, Dennis M., his wife Kathleen of Marshfield, and Sara of Quincy, adored their Nana and she always had a special place in their heart. Marie was lucky to live long enough to be “Oma” to her three beloved great-grandchildren Courtney, Kate, and Dennis P.
Always sweet and thoughtful, Marie had a large group of friends and family in America and Germany who she remained close with over the years. Her Jehovah’s Witness community became an important part of her life and Marie’s family appreciates the love and support they have always shown her. Her family would also like to thank the caretakers and loved ones who helped care for her while she lived in her son’s home in Quincy over the past few years.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Marie’s life and legacy during visiting hours on Wednesday, Nov 9th. from 4 to 8 pm at Mann Rodgers Funeral Home, 44 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain.
Marie will be laid to rest with Danny at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 355 Walk Hill Street, Boston following a funeral service Thursday, November 10th at the funeral home at 11 o’clock.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seasons Hospice and Marie would want everyone to have a piece of chocolate and a small sip of German beer in her honor.