Mary Anna (nee Vogt) Pankow
Sept. 2, 1939 — July 3, 2017
Mary Anna (nee Vogt) Pankow, age 77, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017. She was born September 2, 1939, in Oconomowoc, to Gustav and Dorothy (Lange) Vogt and was married to Robert Oswald Pankow on September 7, 1958.
Mary lived a full life that was characterized by the great love she had for her family and friends. She will always be remembered most especially for her great love of cooking and the many years of dedication she put into Pankow’s Catering, which she started with her husband in 1980. The family business was continued as Marty’s Custom Cutting and Catering and then eventually as Rubicon Katering by her daughter, Becky. Everyone always knew that if Mary was cooking the food would be great and you would NEVER go away hungry. She always made people feel loved through her cooking. She had a great passion in caring for her home and her summer flowers. She took pride in having the inside and the outside of her home immaculately displayed with the décor of the current season and holiday. Her home was always the show place in downtown Rubicon as she had the outside so beautiful with summer flowers. Her grandchildren will never forget the magic that was felt in Grandma’s house at every holiday gathering as it was transformed into the season’s colors and decor. Especially unforgettable will be the Christmas wonderland she put so much work into and delighted all who would visit by bringing the Christmas spirit alive.
Mary also had a great love of her God and her church. She was the organist for her church for over 45 years. When they updated the organ at the church, she received the old organ in her home and on occasion would still play it with great contentment.
When we come to the end we will value our lives not on the possessions we owned or honors we received, but the fragrance of love we left behind on those we loved throughout. Mary Pankow was one of God’s precious flowers who has left an unforgettable sweet fragrance of love in many people’s lives through her many years of cooking, planting flowers, her companionship, and most especially in her many years of being a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (affectionately know as Grammy). This fragrance will never be forgotten by those who she has left behind.
She is survived by her children, Martin (Suzanne) Pankow, Sally (Dave) Hetzel and Rebecca (Edward) Fischer; and grandchildren, Derrick (Erika Meyerhofer) Pankow, Savannah Pankow, Anthony Hetzel, Nicole (William) Stroobants, Cody Hetzel, Bradley (Jaimie Blazek) Hetzel, and Dakota Hetzel. She is further survived by her greatest joy, great-grandchildren Clyde Stroobants and soon-to-be-born twin baby Stroobants, Mya and Huntley Blazek/Hetzel, and Mackenzie, Kaley, and Kirstin Hetzel. She is further survived by her loving sisters-in-law, Arlene Pankow, Lois (William) Streblow and Kathy Vogt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; son Mark in 1977; her parents; parents-in-law, Martin and Erna Pankow; brother Gustav Vogt Jr.; brothers-in-law William and Richard Pankow; and sisters-in-law Helen Stern and Charlotte Lorenz.
Funeral services for Mary were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran – Sugar Island, W3673 County Road O, Watertown, WI 53098, on Saturday, July 8 with the Rev. Dan Helwig presiding. Committal followed the service in the church cemetery.
The family would like to thank Aurora Hospital Grafton’s ICU Unit, Dr. Henderson and the two angel nurses, Sarah and Amanda, and all the wonderful staff who cared so compassionately for Mary in her last days. We also would like to thank Dawn, Brian and Amber for the wonderful meal they prepared for the family.
Memorials to the family will be appreciated.
Shimon Funeral Home, 262673-9500, is serving the family and condolences can be left at www.shimonfuneralhome.com