Maria Katharina Spain, 75, Leavenworth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Saturday July, 4, 2020. Maria was born in Wernfels, Germany, June 21, 1945, to Hans Unterburger and Marie Ziegler.
In 2018, Maria became a United States Citizen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Horst Ziegler.
Her career as an IRS Registered Tax Preparer spanned over 50 years, beginning with H&R Block and ending with her current employer of many years, Mary Scott CPA. Maria attended yearly schooling in Kansas City for the tax changes to ensure her clients could receive their total entitlements. She prepared tax returns for people from all walks of life including military officers. Maria was very personable and was well respected by everyone she met. People were always trying to engage her to prepare their taxes. She had a reputation for taking time with clients and providing them with invaluable services. She was very devoted to her clients and never missed an appointment, even when she didn’t feel well.
Maria was proud of her German heritage. Maria and Don operated a Nuernberger Brautwurst trailer in Leavenworth for many years where they utilized an original German brautwurst recipe. She visited Germany several times with her granddaughters and introduced them to the German way of life.
She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed playing every opportunity she could. Maria and Don were VIP Members of the Golden Eagle Casino. She found great joy in sharing her love for bingo with her family. She enjoyed supporting her husband in his music career by traveling nationally and internationally to attend his contests and performances. She had a strong love for animals and birds and made frequent charitable contributions to various animal welfare foundations.
Maria was a vibrant woman with a contagious smile. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and "Oma." Everyone that knew her loved her. She was happy and always on the move, finding joy and creating laughter everywhere she went.
Maria is survived by her husband, Donald D. Spain Sr. They loved each other very much and were married for 56 years; her son, Donald D. Spain Jr.; her daughter, Martina Spain; one brother, Heintz Ziegler and his wife Elke; one sister, Helena Zehnder; one brother-in-law, Bill Spain and his wife Maxine; one sister-in-law, Edna Spain; her two granddaughters, Katlin Spain and Cheyenne Spain; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Maria will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2020, at The Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leavenworth Humane Society.
Arrangements made by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, Leavenworth.