Dolores Ann Grochowsky McNeill
Dolores Ann “Ma” McNeill, 87, of Newton entered eternal life on December 16, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 18, 1931, in Newton to Michael and Mary (Sieg) Grochowsky. She grew up between Newton and Slaton, Texas as her dad worked for the railroad. She graduated as salutatorian from Slaton High School in 1948. She worked as a directory assistant for Southwestern Bell Telephone until her retirement in 1996. After her retirement she continued her lifelong passions of living her faith and caring for family.
Ma loved attending daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and praying the nightly Rosary. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, especially weekly Sunday dinners. Ma enjoyed spending time with family, teaching them how to pray, play cards, and cook, all while reminiscing and sharing on she and Pa’s childhoods.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, but also loved her church family at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
On February 20, 1954, she married Robert (Bob) “Pa” McNeill in Newton, Kansas. They celebrated 64 years of marriage.
Ma is survived by her husband, two sons, William McNeill, Garden City, and Anthony (Penny) McNeill, Whitewater; six daughters, Monica (Michael) Davis, Kathy (Warren) Wiens, and Michelle (David) Watts all of Newton; Barbara (Dale) Durler, Wright; Diane (Wally) Mack, Manhattan; and Janine (Brad) McGlachlin, Wichita; 27 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Vincent (Julie) and Leon (Patsy); sisters, Margaret (Martin) Gronau, Gertrude (David) Hawk, Barbara Grochowsky, and daughter-in-law Chris McNeill. Ma was excited to be greeted in heaven by the infant grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were waiting for her.
Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday December 19, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton, Kansas with The Reverend Nicholas Voelker Celebrant and The Reverend Devin Burns Con-Celebrant. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church Led By The Legion of Mary. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will receive at the St. Mary School following the Rosary
Graveside Committal Service will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Newton, Kansas
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Saint Mary Catholic School or the Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry.