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DOWNEY – Mary Elizabeth Molander, 97, died Monday in her Downey home.
She was born April 11, 1915, in Zell, S.D., the daughter of William and Emma Kolegraff.
She married Blair Molander May 27, 1943. They lived in Neward, N.J., for a short time and moved to Glendale in 1945, then to Downey in 1950, following the budding aerospace industry.
Molander was an active member of the OLPH Women’s Guild, Soroptimist International of Downey and many other civic activities. She was also director of volunteers at Rio Hondo Hospital.
Molander was predeceased by her parents; husband Blair; and siblings Clement, Sylvester, Rosella and Mildred.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Molander and Mary Pat Scull (James); grandchildren Adam Schenck (Mandy) and Katie Scull; two brothers, Al Kolegraff (Terry) of Santa Clara and Art (Margie) of Watertown, S.D.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rosary vigil will be held Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary and Mass on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.
Published: January 17, 2013 – Volume 11 – Issue 40