Mary Therese Schatz-Grootveld, 61

Born on April 4, 1958, in New Prague, Minnesota, raised in Montgomery, Minnesota. Mary Therese Schatz-Grootveld was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2019.

She lost her battle and died peacefully in her sleep on December 7, 2019 at her home in Snohomish, Washington at 61.

She received her Master’s Degree from WWU in 2007 and her PhD. in Philosophy, with Concentration on Rehabilitation and Clinical Counseling from East Caroline University in 2017. Mary loved her job as a counselor. Her best job ever was raising her two boys.

Mary was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 45 years.

She is predeceased by her mother and father, Mary (Marian) and Joseph Schatz; husband, Jim Grootveld; sister, Deanna Aydt, and brother Joe Schatz.

She is survived by husband, Mike Koetje; sons Rien and Arick Grootveld; stepsons, Josh (Stephanie) Koetje, Derek (Sammy) Koetje; and a granddaughter; sisters, Annette Schatz, Margaret (Brian) Schatz-Cummiskey; brothers Ty Schatz, Tony Schatz, Steve (Laurie) Schatz, John (Peggy) Schatz; sister-in-law, Carol Schatz; brother-in-law, Dan Aydt; many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial is planned for Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rustic Farmer in Montgomery, Minnesota. Please join the family for food and fellowship.


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