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Magdalene Maria (Besemer) Dowe

Obituary for Magdalene Maria (Besemer) Dowe

September 13, 1939 - March 12, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 77


Magdalene Maria Dowe (nee Besemer) passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Magdalene was born September 13, 1939 in Germany. Because of the kindness and generosity shown to her and her family by the American soldiers at the end of WWII, it became her lifelong dream to someday move to the United States. At the age of twenty, speaking only German, Magdalene traveled to the U.S., fulfilling that dream. After proudly obtaining her U.S. citizenship, she claimed she was not a German living in America, but rather an American born in Germany.

Magdalene settled in McHenry where she eventually met her husband, Eugene. They married on February 24, 1962 and raised three devoted daughters. Once her youngest daughter entered kindergarten, Magdalene began working at School District 15 as a teacher's aide. Throughout the years, she touched the lives of many children and families. She retired from the school after 38 years of dedicated service.

She will be remembered for her strength, laughter, generosity, selflessness, faith, fullness of life and most importantly, love of family.

Magdalene was preceded in death by her husband of more than fifty years, Eugene.

She is survived by her three daughters, Melissa (Anthony Jr.) Pintozzi, Giselle (Warren) Anderson, Renee Dowe; and her five adored grandchildren, Joseph (Erin) Pintozzi, Mary (Luke) Naidicz, Olivia Pintozzi, Annalise and Oliver Anderson. She is also survived by three sisters, Erika (Heinz) Gross, Gisela (Klaus) Mickert of Germany, and Linda (Roger) Beu of Woodstock.

Services will be held Saturday, March 18, at the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry. Visitation will take place from 9:00am until 12:00pm with a funeral mass immediately following. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Church of Holy Apostles or a charity of one's choice.

Colonial Funeral Home is assisting the family. For more information, visit or call 815-385-0063

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