Anne Ellen (Glady) Mrotz, age 77, of Mankato, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, from complications of Leiomyosaroma Cancer.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mankato Mortuary and continue one hour before the service Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to Leiomyosarcoma research at Mayo Clinic or South Central College Scholarship Fund.
Anne Ellen Mrotz was born April 28, 1942, to Paul and Elda Stella (Johnston) Glady in Wykoff.
Anne attended The College of St. Teresa, Winona, from 1960-62 and the University of Minnesota, from 1962-1965, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in home economics education. Anne completed her master's degree in home economics and higher education at Mankato State University in 1976.
Anne was united in marriage with Dave Mrotz, April 15, 1972, in Wykoff.
Anne was a lifelong educator, teaching home economics classes to middle, high school and college students in various schools throughout Minnesota in her earlier years. She was hired in 1989 at Mankato Vocational Technical College, where she taught in the custom training department for 17 years, until her retirement in December 2007.
Anne and Dave spent winters in Florida, at their condominium in Sebring, Fla., playing golf, going for walks, exploring different parts of Florida, and developing many friendships with people in their community. Dave and Anne had several wonderful extended trips to South America, Europe, and Asia. Anne and Dave also enjoyed taking road trips throughout the United States, driving to Florida and Portland, Ore., every year.
Anne and her family enjoyed travel, going to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and taking road trips throughout the USA. Many great memories were made on those trips.
She viewed her cancer journey as "going on an adventure" often stating she still had "things to teach and people to torment" as a mantra to keep going. In addition to the encouragement from her husband and family to keep fighting, she received great support from friends in her weekly knitting group. Her grandchildren have always been such a blessing and joy in her life; she loved watching them learn and grow and took great pride in them.
Anne is survived by her husband, David of Mankato; three children, Michael (Carin) Mrotz of Minneapolis, Sarah Mrotz (Ross Jonak) of Portland, Ore., Thomas Mrotz of Minneapolis; three grandchildren, Henry, Miriam and Etta; brother, John (JoAnn) Glady of Wykoff; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents.