Born in Nova Pasova, Yugoslavia on February 26th, 1933

Departed on May 18th, 2020 and resided in Aurora, Colorado

    Maria (Hauch) Lebherz was born in Yugoslavia on February 26, 1933 and went home to meet her Lord and Savior on May 18, 2020, peacefully passing away in her sleep.

    Maria was born to Maria and David Hauch in Nova Pasova, Yugoslavia. Toward the end of WWII, she and her family fled the communist Partisans and made their way to Germany. A chance meeting a few years later between her mother and a young man from their former village led to her marrying William Lebherz on September 16, 1951, a love story that lasted a happy 66 years.

    The young couple lived in Germany, welcoming a daughter, Dorothea in 1954. They followed Maria’s parents’ lead and immigrated to America in 1955, arriving in New Jersey, where they had been sponsored by their church. They welcomed another daughter, Maria in 1957.

    A vacation to Colorado to visit family led them to move to Denver, where Bill started his own business, Willy’s Furniture Shop, and Maria was his secretary and bookkeeper. Her delightful accent enchanted customers! They welcomed their third child, William David in 1966.

    Maria became a leader in the Women’s Ministry at their church and together she and Bill held many Bible studies in their home. They also hosted many wonderful dinners with family and friends, sought after because of Maria’s amazing cooking! She was a lovely hostess, welcoming many last-minute guests with warmth and grace. Her love of the Lord and her family were the cornerstones of her life.

    Dementia robbed her of her memories during the last years of her life, but never took her loving spirit and the delight she took in her family. Loved by all who knew her, she will be missed, but is now singing duets with her husband in heaven!

    She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Lebherz. She is survived by their 3 children, Dot (Robert) Sandhaus, Maria (Lon) Graham, and William Jr (Agustin Perez). Grandchildren Kaitlin (Johnny) Rosanova, Amanda (Tucker) Maroney, Aubrey (Chris) Ebbs and Garrett Sandhaus will dearly miss their loving grandmother, as well as her 4 great-grandchildren, Rylan, Dax, Mia Maroney, and Reese Ebbs. She is also survived by her brother, Gary (Linda) Hauch of Ottawa, Canada and numerous nieces and nephews.

    No services at this time, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

    Guestbook Entries

    Mandy sandhaus

    What a beautiful tribute.   I miss her sweet voice.   I feel so much peace knowing she is with Opa.  ❤️ 

    June 17th, 2020 at 8:06am

    She was the kindest, sweetest and most loving Grandmother. I will miss her so much, but I know she is with Opa and at peace. She always made me feel special and loved. I feel so blessed that she was in my life. 

    June 17th, 2020 at 9:41am
    Ann Shepard

    Maria Graham…I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

    June 21st, 2020 at 1:00pm
    Walt and Terry Barbo

    Our condolences to the family on your loss. She was a lovely lady and long time neighbor. We will miss seeing her stroll by.

    June 22nd, 2020 at 9:31am
    Joann and Fred

    Maria was indeed a wonderful hostess and cook. Her desserts were all so beautiful and delicious. We enjoyed many times together talking about the Lord. She was so wonderful to her mother and a true example of her love. What a blessing to quietly enter heaven. 

    June 22nd, 2020 at 4:13pm
    Will Lebherz

    She was a wonderful, loving mother, who won hearts through her infectious smile and great cooking. She was a great example of loving kindness and practicing her faith through actions on a daily basis. While I will miss her gentle spirit, I know she has yearned to be reunited with my dad and freed from the troubles of this world. I’m so fortunate to have shared part of my life journey with such a remarkable woman, and to call her “mom.”

    June 23rd, 2020 at 12:55pm
    fred green

    she was a powerful and influential Christian witness.
    she made the world a better place.

    June 24th, 2020 at 11:48am
    Megan Graham

    What wonderful pictures spanning over her lifetime! Her gentle and kind spirit can be seen in each of them. It was a privilege having her as part of the family and enjoying her hugs. (I can see where Maria gets her hugging talents!) She will be so missed by all, and I am thinking of all of you as we remember this inspiring and kind woman. She was truly a blessing to others and her light continues to shine through each of her children. Much love and support to you all.

    June 27th, 2020 at 11:46am
    Sue Scherer

    We will miss Mama María’s smile too. Since “Little María” introduced us to your family , we’ve experienced the love they shared with others, including us. And her cooking- yes! 
    We know she and Papa Bill are happy to be together again. 

    Sue Scherer 
    Pam Paulson

    June 29th, 2020 at 7:32am

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