Hermina Marie Grether Stuebbe, “Marie,” was born January 25, 1919, at Niellsville, WI, to Rev. David and Anna Maria Grether. When she was six, her family moved to Indiana, where she attended grade school in a rural, one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1936. In 1940, she graduated from Mission House College (now Lakeland College) in Plymouth, WI. Marie met the love of her life, Rev. Calvin Stuebbe, at Mission House College and Seminary. After their marriage on June 14, 1942, and until Calvin’s death in 1983, they served various congregations of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in the United States in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and California. Rev. Stuebbe’s last pastorate was at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Shafter, CA. After Calvin’s death, Marie moved to Bakersfield, where she was a faithful member of Grace Reformed Church. She was honored to be a pastor’s wife and a homemaker. She was also a substitute teacher.
Marie was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her six children and their families. She took great joy in her family and in its various activities. She demonstrated her trust in God’s providence and her faith in His provision on a daily basis as she dealt with several different cancers and other health issues over the last ten years. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a sharp wit and keen mind to the end. Marie was always thankful that her Christian roots ran deep—her husband, her father, her brother, her father-in-law, both grandfathers, and both great-grandfathers and several other relatives were ministers of the Gospel.
Marie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Calvin, and her brothers, Frank and Rev. Jack Grether. She is survived by her six children: Judy Dunn (Gary) of Denver, Carol Hall (Warren), David Stuebbe, Jean Larson (Gordon), Jan Stuebbe (Debbie), and Evelyn Wegis (Robb) all of Bakersfield. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, sisters Ruth Gress and Grace Ploeger, sisters-in-law MaryAnn Grether and Ellie Stuebbe, and many nephews and nieces.
We mourn her loss, but we rejoice that she is now dwelling on high with her Creator and Lord. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Ps. 116:15)
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 29, at Ebenezer Reformed Church, Shafter, CA, with Rev. Tracy Gruggett officiating.