Mary Elizabeth Greufe McEneaney

November 26, 1922

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September 19, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Greufe McEneaney

November 26, 1922

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September 19, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Greufe McEneaney, 97, was born on Nov. 26, 1922, to John Peter Greufe and Julia Lucy (Koch) Greufe in Germantown, Missouri. She was the fourth of eight children, with six brothers and one sister. The family moved to Montana in 1925, where she grew up on her grandparents’ homestead near Lustre. She attended Lustre school, where she was advanced to skip third grade and her favorite subject was arithmetic. She started high school in Wolf Point, living with an aunt and uncle in town during the school year. When she was 17, Mary stayed home from high school for a year to care for her sick mother and then help care for her younger siblings after her mother died. She was able to return to Wolf Point High School the following fall and graduated with the class of 1942.

Mary was a quietly strong German woman, devoted to God, her Catholic Faith, Church and Family. She married James Patrick McEneaney on Nov. 17, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point. They had sons Michael and John and daughter Cathleen 11 months apart in 1952, ’53 and ’54, and a third son, Stephen, two years later in 1956.

Jim pursued employment, often seasonal, in the Northwest and Alaska while Mary stayed in Wolf Point working several jobs before settling in at JC Penney, where she worked for 32 years as a bookkeeper. She retired in April 1985 and moved to Billings in 1987 to be closer to her daughter Cathleen, her son John, and grandchildren. She kept busy with gardening, volunteering at the St. Vincent Hospital gift shop for 25 years, supporting Holy Rosary and St Pius parishes, and following the lives and activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She kept her own household until age 94 before moving to her daughter and son-in-law’s home in October 2017, where she resided until her death on Sept. 19, 2020.

Mary is survived by her children, Mike (Debbie) McEneaney, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, John (Patricia) McEneaney, Phillipsburg, and Cathleen (Bill) Lynch, Billings; six grandchildren, Ryan, Sean and Megan McEneaney, and Keriann (Alex) Strickland,  Joshua (Clara) Lynch, and Katelynn  (Anton) Schabauer; and two great-grandchildren, Keagan and Zoey McEneaney. She is also survived by her sister, Leona Braton; her sisters-in-law, Myrna Greufe and Mary Pat (Gerald) Huewe; and several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James; her brothers Ralph, Wilfred, George, Kenneth, Bernard and Harry; and her beloved son Stephen.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2055 Woody Drive in Billings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Steve Tokarski St. Francis Scholarship Fund.

Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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19 thoughts on “Mary Elizabeth Greufe McEneaney”

  1. Michelle Greufe McAlister

    Cousin Cathy,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I know that she lived a long life, but it is never easy losing a parent. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God give you strength during this time of grief.

    1. To my beloved best friend Cathy,
      I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom.
      She was truly blessed to have you as her loving daughter. I know you will miss her terribly. You were so lucky to have her with you many years and now she has been called home by our Lord Jesus Christ.
      Mary was such a good, kind, sweet woman. She was my best friends mom and I loved her. Cathy, I remember her always having a smile on whenever we got to visit together. I enjoyed her friendship too.
      I’m sending my prayers out to you Cathy, John, Mike and your families during this difficult time. Her memory will live on in all of you. With our deepest sympathy, Love Deb & Glen

    2. Michelle-
      Thank you for thinking of us at this difficult time. Our home feels emptier without Mom. We were blessed to have her with us for these past years – almost three. We appreciate your prayers!
      Love you cuz
      Cathleen

    1. Diane,
      We were blessed to have such a sweet and kind Mother, and she will be missed deeply. Thank you for reaching out with your kind thoughts and words.
      Cathleen

  2. Sorry to hear about Aunt Mary, we always enjoyed visits from Georges family to Missouri. Mary reminded me of George ( her brother ) in many ways. Mary was proud of her children, I know she will be greatly missed. Condolences to all her loved ones, G, Mike & Vickie Greufe

  3. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother, I always enjoyed seeing her with you at different Billings Central events. May she Rest In Peace. God bless you, you took such good care of her.

  4. To the McEneaney Family. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother.
    Mary was a volunteer at the Gift Corner at St. Vincent Hospital. I was the manager at that time. She was always so dependable, so kind ,efficient and always smiling. I loved this lady. Sharon Hogan

  5. Sending warm thoughts in remembrance of your kind, sweet mother, Mary, and hoping you find strength within you in this time of sorrow. May the family be comforted knowing Mary is in good hands with her Lord and Savior. Sincerely, John and Bonnie Lorang

    1. My Dear Bonnie,
      Thank you for your warm thoughts & kindness! Mom is at Peace now.
      She loved you Bonnie from your high school days onward. It was her connection with you that brought us together & I am thankful for that.
      God Bless you & John & Thank You!!

  6. Debbie & Glen-
    Thank You both for your kind words & thoughts & prayers!
    Mom will truly be missed but I know she’s at peace now.
    She loved you guys also. As she remarked “Your friends are my friends.”
    How true that was!
    Love you both- Cathleen & Bill

  7. Kristi,
    Good to hear from you. Mom always enjoyed following all the grandkids activities at BC and meeting and getting to know the other parents. We will cherish the past three years we had with her along with all those memories of the school days.
    Cathleen & Bill

  8. Cathy I am so sorry. I have so many fond memories of “Grandma” at sporting events and Mass. God bless all of you. We are out of town or I would be at the service.

    1. Bernie,
      Thanks Bernie…we did connect at those sporting events! That has created some
      great memories for our kids. Also mass sharing with you & your parents was Special. We were so Blessed to have mom for so long & now she is at peace but will be dearly missed.
      God Bless
      ;Cathleen

  9. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you for your kind words. Mom loved the Gift Corner and all the volunteers and workers there.
    – Cathleen

  10. Cathy,
    So sorry in the loss of your Mom. I’m so glad that my Mom was able to come visit her for weeks at a time for a few years. If possible, please send Mom Mary’s bulletin. I know that she’d appreciate having that beings she is unable to attend the funeral. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike, John and families.

  11. Marsha,
    Thank You so much for your kind words. Yes your mom & my mom were
    blessed to have those visits together in person & many on their phones.
    I am sure throughout life they were happy to have each other as sisters (esp. with 6 brothers!). Thanks to Karen & Wayne & their spouses!
    Yes, will get several brochures to Leona & you all as there were many left .Hope
    Your mom was able to watch the service(livestream Michelotti sawyers facebook. If not it may be on there a couple mont
    Thanks for your thoughts & prayers.
    :Cathleen

    1. Thank you, Cathy…it was a nice service. Your Mom was a beautiful and classy lady, inside and out. She will be missed.
      Lots of love, Marsha

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