Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Grace Mary Ederer, who passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. Saturday January 7, 2017 with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at The Church of St. Richard, Richfield.
A Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 9 at Calvary Cemetery in Morton, followed by coffee and rolls at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Grace Mary Ederer was born June 27, 1919 on Woodside Farm, Morton, to John Ederer and Mary Prosser Ederer.
Her parents and her nine siblings predeceased her.
She is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, many great -nieces and -nephews and close friend Coral Draxten.
She was a sister to the late Lorraine (Tootie) Simmons of Morton and was aunt to Margaret Keller of Morton, Rose Marie Karp of Little Rock and Louise Thompson of Gallatin, Tenn.
She graduated from Morton High School. She received her BA degree from the College of St. Catherine and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She served an internship at Providence Hospital Laboratory, Detroit, Mich. to certify as a medical technologist. Early in her career, she was a clinical chemist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for two years. During World War II, she was on the faculty at the College of St. Catherine to teach Science Courses to Cadet Nurses. She was drawn back to the clinical laboratory at Northwestern Hospital as they reorganized the laboratory. In 1952, she went to the University of Minnesota Hospital in an administrative role which she held for 15 years. In 1967 she joined the Medical Technology Facility, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology teaching Clinical Microbiology. She retired Professor Emeritus in 1982 from the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
In May 2009, she was inducted into the Redwood Valley Hall of Fame.
It is her wish that memorials be directed to St. Catherines University (the Sister Teresita Judd Scholarship Fund), or The Church of St. Richard in Richfield.