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Mae L. Gowans 1925-2013

Mar 7, 2013

Funeral service for Mae L. Gowans of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Kim Peterson will officiate.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Mae Louise Gowans, daughter of John and Anna (Anderson) Rosacker, was born July 22, 1925, in Spencer. She received her education at Ruthven High School, graduating Valedictorian of her class in 1943. After graduation, Mae attended college at Cedar Falls and then taught country school for four years. During the war Mae worked at Davis Aircraft and then for the Army Corp of Engineers in Washington, D.C.

On May 28, 1947, Mae was united in marriage to John Gray Gowans in Ruthven. To this union seven children were born. She and John farmed for 16 years before moving to Emmetsburg where Mae worked for Emmetsburg Publishing for 12 years.

Mae was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Confirmation classes. She was a 50 year member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Mae passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; sons, Bobby, Gary, and Tom Gowans; and brothers, Robert and Dale Rosacker.

She is survived by her children, Jackie VanOosbree (John) of Emmetsburg, Doug Gowans (Julie) of Cedar Falls, David Gowans of Algona, and Joanna Gowans (Bill Churchman) of Vancouver, WA; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Condolences can be left at www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com