Margarete A. Crowe, 91, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at UnityPoint-Trinity, in Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating her life was at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva England officiated. A Women of the Moose service was at 11 a.m., prior to the service. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was one hour prior to the service (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Margarete Crowe Memorial Fund to be distributed among several charities.

Margarete A. Crowe, 91, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at UnityPoint-Trinity, in Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating her life was at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva England officiated. A Women of the Moose service was at 11 a.m., prior to the service. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was one hour prior to the service (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Margarete Crowe Memorial Fund to be distributed among several charities.

Margarete was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Wernau, Germany, the daughter of Robert and Mathilde (Saeman) Barner. She was united in marriage to Sheldon Cox in 1956, and he passed away two months after their marriage. She later married Norval Willard Crowe on April 1, 1961, in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 2009. Margarete worked as a receptionist at the Geneseo Telephone Company for 10 years. She also assisted her husband, Norval, with his business, Crowe Ford, in Geneseo, and with his duties at the Geneseo Moose Lodge.

Margarete was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Women of the Moose for 45 years where she was active in numerous capacities, Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years and a life member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed going on picnics, fishing and camping. She also enjoyed traveling and wintering in Texas with Norval.

She is survived by her daughter, Waltraud Mackey, of Luzern, Switzerland; stepsons, Gary (Theresa) Crowe, of Geneseo; and Craig Cox, of Arizona; three step-grandchildren, Kelly Crowe, Karen Robertson and Christine (Thom) Cunningham; several step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Adolf Barner, of Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and five brothers.