Maureen H. Vetter, age 76, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Friday, March 26, 2021, after a long illness.
Maureen was born January 11, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harold and Marie (O’Connor) Burnson. Maureen grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lourdes High School. She went to work at Mead Paper in Chicago where she met Erwin (Erv), and they were united in marriage on October 9, 1965. Shortly after marrying, they moved to Dayton, Ohio, and then to Gladstone in 1976.
With her strong interest in medicine, Maureen could have easily had a successful career in that field. Instead, she chose to use her intelligence and her caring, generous nature to be the best wife, mother, and grandmother possible. She set examples of how to live by laughing until she cried, singing along with the radio, loving God with all her heart, and heaping endless praise upon her children and grandchildren, taking absolute delight in their actions and conversations. The laundry could wait while she played with the kids, and birthdays were meant to be celebrated! She was often complimented on her beautiful handwriting and melodic voice, which one family friend described this way: she sounded like a flower, if flowers could talk. She loved to play cards, she made an excellent tickle-monster, she told the spookiest ghost stories, and she could do spot-on impressions of cartoon characters. While her quality of life was greatly diminished year after year, she was not one to complain. She handled her illness like everything else, with grace and a thankful heart. In this way, even through her death, she continued teaching those around her.
A devoted parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Maureen was a part of the guild and also taught CCD classes for many years. She was an officer of the PTC at her children’s school, and she was a former president of Pregnancy Services of Delta County. Maureen enjoyed being a part of her bowling league, and for years, she was a loving caregiver for the Rick and Judy Jensen family.
Maureen is survived by husband Erv; children Monica (Scott) Anderson, Joanne (Edward) Bober, Eric (Sharon) Vetter, Pamela (fiancé Jeff Stevens) Jessen, and Todd (Melinda) Vetter; grandchildren Paige, Tony, Jenny, Emily, Theresa, Daniel, Katie, Andrew, Kyle, Brandon, Taylor, Brenden, Nathan, Lauren, and Regan; siblings Robert (Eileen) Burnson, Allan Burnson, Kevin (Norma) Burnson, Karen (Ariel) Daza, Charles (Galina) Burnson, Virginia (Robert) Szymkowski, Michael (Jenny) Burnson, and sister-in-law Helena Packer-Burnson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Dennis Burnson and John Burnson, sister Eileen Clapsaddle, sister-in-law Christine Burnson, son-in-law Greg Jessen, and niece Annie Burnson.
Her family is very appreciative of the special care given to Maureen by her end-of-life caregivers, Rose and Linda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Maureen’s name may be directed to Pregnancy Services of Delta County.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial honoring Maureen will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wells with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. Maureen will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.