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DeFoer, Maurie

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November 1, 1938 - November 9, 2017

DeFoer, Maurie

Maurie DeFoer was born on November 1, 1938 in Spring Valley, Illinois, to Maurice and Anne DeFoer.  He died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the age of 79.

He graduated from Hall High in 1956, and attended Pharmacy College at Drake University, where he met his wife Peggy. They were married upon graduation.

He worked at several drugstores in Iowa before moving to Dallas in 1964. He happily worked at Big State Drug in Irving for 24 years, and at Eckerd in Farmers Branch for 15.

He and Peggy were enthusiastic travelers. Throughout the 90’s, they enjoyed extensive international travel, then in 2001, bought the first of their 2 RVs. He particularly loved RV travel, especially across Canada and into Nova Scotia.

Beginning in 1999, he and Peggy spent 15 years as volunteer coordinators for the North Texas Irish Festival, which features the Celtic music that they love so much.

From 2004 to 2008, he walked 5 marathons (Dallas White Rock Marathon).

From 2008 to 2016, he worked as a volunteer pharmacist at North Dallas Shared Ministries.

He took great joy in his work as an usher at Mary Immaculate Church.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Peggy, their 3 children, daughter, Kris and her husband, Eddie; son, Kevin and his wife, Vickie; daughter, Kim and her husband ,Damon; his two sisters, Annette and her husband, John, and Emilie and her husband, Ray.

There will be a Mass for Maurie on Monday, November 20 at 11:00 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.  The Rosary will be said at 10:45.

There will be a reception held immediately following the Christian Burial Mass at the “Knights of Columbus Hall”  located at 2280 Springlake Road  #100, Farmers Branch 75234.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

December 12, 2017 1:04PM

On behalf of Fr. Scott Donahue and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Maurie DeFoer.

May the angels lead him into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome him and take him to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.

Pam Haase

November 14, 2017 8:07PM

Peg & family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Maurie was such a fantastic person. I will always remember your trips to Minnesota each summer. Going to Chad's, or to Caterbury Park to watch the horse races or just going to Applebees. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. He maybe gone but never forgotten. Love, Pam