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Mary Agnes Kollath

Issue Date: October 31, 2019

Mary Agnes (Anderson) Kollath, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the age of 87 at Rennes Health Care Center-West Nursing Home in Peshtigo after having Alzheimer's Disease for many years.

She was born November 20, 1931 in Flint, Michigan to Herbert Emil and Irene Agnes (Zimmerman) Anderson. They later moved back to Peshtigo where she graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1949. After that she attended the Marinette County Teacher's College.

Her first teaching position was at the one room Red School in the Town of Grover. After teaching there for several years she went back to college, getting a Bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison.

Following that she taught first grade at Ella Court School in Marinette until it was destroyed by fire. She then became principal and first grade teacher at Merryman School in Marinette. It was while she was there that her fellow teacher and longtime friend, Miss Pat Clear, would introduce her to John R. Kollath, the nephew of one of the school's custodians. She and John were married on August 11, 1967 and had two daughters. She left teaching full-time and became a substitute teacher at all of the Marinette elementary schools for many years, where the students "affectionately" referred to her as "Army Boots".

Mary Agnes was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Marinette where she and her family were very active and involved with their Church community. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, a professional honor society for women educators. She was very involved in the local chapter and had served in several leadership positions, including being president.

Mary Agnes was preceded in death by her parents and in May 2004 by her husband, John.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Margaret Kollath Branch and her partner, Kevin Grant, Jr. of Newbury, Vt. and Ann Kathleen Hooper of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. as well as her granddaughter, Jennicah Emmaleigh Branch of Newbury, Vt. and Hanover, N.H. She is also survived by her brother, John H. Anderson of Peshtigo and her nephew, Steve Anderson and his wife, Dana, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

A Celebration of Mary Agnes' life was held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Monday, October 28, 2019. Calling hours were from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a Memorial Service immediately following at 2 p.m. The Rev. Lee Goodwin officiated with burial in Forest Home Cemetery next to her husband.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Rennes-West for the great care they gave Mary Agnes in the last years of her life. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation in her honor.


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