Marie Kollmeyer

July 1923 – November 2011

“Mama Marie”

Marie was born in 1923 to Paul and Lena Charest in Concordia, Kansas. She met her husband of 50 years, Bernard and they moved to California in 1947. She was a proud mother of ten children. Marie was a member of Young Ladies Institute (YLI) and St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Ceres.

Marie is survived by her children Joe Kollmeyer of Oakdale, Jean Boicelli of Turlock, Bruce Kollmeyer of Tracy, Kevin Kollmeyer of Turlock, Charlie Kollmeyer of Seattle, WA, Mark Kollmeyer of Modesto, Lucia Cretti of Montrose, CO, Mary Jennings of Visalia and Cathy Petersen of Niles, CA; siblings Ermine Breen of Delphas, Kansas and Melvin Cherest of Hereford, Texas; 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Bernard Kollmeyer; son Kenneth Kollmeyer and her parents.

Funeral service will be at Allen Mortuary on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Community Hospice 2201 Euclid Ave Hughson, CA 95326.


  1. Marie was one of the sweetest ladies I have known in my life. She loved her family and was always happy to have them around her. She was a pillar to her community and to her family and I know she will be missed by all of her children and family. Go in
    peace and may that perpetual light shine upon you. I send my sympathy to her family. Sincerely, Turlcok, CA

  2. Our sympathy to the Kollmeyer family. My ( Mel ) family lived on Morgan Rd. near your place in the 50’s. My Dad, Herb and Mom, Vi were good friends of your parents. Again our sympathy to you. Mel & Betty Schmit. Escalon, CA

  3. I have only known Marie as long as my son Scott has been married to Ona, but I have to say I thought she was such a lovely lady, always fun to talk with her, and to share a glass of wine with her! I send my love to the whole family at this sad time – we
    are never ready to say goodbye – but I know Marie would just want us to “celebrate” her life! God Bless you all, and rest in peace dear Marie! Love you. Turlock, CA

  4. I have nothing but the loveliest memories of Marie. On those happy occasions when I was invited to share in Kollmeyer/Petersen family get-togethers, I always remember Marie being in the middle of things with a smile on her face (and a glass of wine in
    her hand :). Your family events are SUCH fun and I am sure it has everything to do with having been raised by such an incredible woman. I’m so glad to have known her. Fremont, CA

  5. Our condolences to everyone in the extended Kollmeyer family. We were so sorry to hear about Marie. Our thoughts are with all of you. Carbondale , CO

  6. Our hearts and prayers are with your entire family at this sad time….I’m sure she was welcomed with open arm’s by Bernard & Kenny, and Tooge was standing by to offer a glass of red wine. Love to you all.

  7. Dear Lucia and all the Kollmeyers , What a lovely lady you are all mourning and missing during this time. I think of her smile, her zest for life, and her love of family. She was remarkable and I’m sending best wishes that your memories will bring smiles
    tomorrow to your tears today. With respect, Montrose, CA

  8. Rest in peace Momma Marie! Love and prayers to the whole family. One of the funniest memories of my Godmother Marie was when we were visiting overnight from Gilroy and she was serving brains with breakfast and very sternly demanded that we all eat them.
    I laughed and my siblings were scared. I think they even ate them but I never did. I always thought it was funny when she was stern and she’d laugh right along with me. Marie’s spirit and love of life has been an inspiration to me ever since her GREAT LAST
    BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION about 35 years ago when she was battling a supposed unbeatable battle with cancer and she wanted to be there for the party to celebrate living! Recently I was honored by her presence at my 50th birthday party! She was the source for many
    great laughs, as always! You lived so well here, blessing all of us> You will be missed. Campbell, CA

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