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Anne Mae Leenen was born in Sealy, Oct. 15, 1916, to Peter Arnold Leenen and his wife Bertha Schubert. She lived in both Sealy and the Peters Community. She attended Peters Hacienda school.

Mae loved going to the local dances with her sisters. Austin County had numerous community halls that held dances on the weekends. As a 15-year-old, she briefly worked with two of her sisters in her family’s gas station on Highway 36. She moved to Houston, and began working as a carhop – her all-time favorite job.  She often said it was the only job she ever had that did not seem like work; she always had fun.

She married and had a daughter, Wanda. When she returned to work, it was not to a fun job, but one that lasted almost 30 years. She wrapped school supplies for St. Regis Paper Company.  It was the old Nifty Tablet Company when she joined them.  She wrapped a lot of notebook paper and Big Chief Tablets. She also wrapped up the gifts the kids ordered when they redeemed their saved up  Nifty stamps.  She enjoyed filling those orders - even the hard-to-wrap batons.

She retired just in time to baby-sit her granddaughter. She and her sister moved to the Oaks Retirement Community in Sealy when it opened.  She loved her flowers, especially roses. She enjoyed bingo, and went to bingo games in Sealy two nights a week until she was almost 90.  However, her lifetime love was baseball. She couldn’t wait for the Astros’ Spring training games to start. She looked forward to the World Series every year, but that was always bittersweet because it meant the end of the games until the next Spring.

On the day she moved to Colonial Belle in Sealy, she ran into her old school friend, Maggie Selman.  Maggie visited Mae every week and they enjoyed talking about their school days at Peters Hacienda and old friends. But their shared love was the Astros. 

Mae’s family was always most important to her. She enjoyed family get-togethers and considered her siblings her friends. She loved phone visits with her sisters. She had a small family of her own, but she shared a lot of love with them. She adored her granddaughter – her little “lap girl”, loved her grandson and enjoyed talking sports with him. Mae was pleased as punch to have a great granddaughter, and never missed a chance to talk about how smart she is.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother Jake Leenen and his wife Genevieve; her brother Arnold Leenen, and his wife Ryllis; her sister Clara Froebel and her husband Arthur; her nephew Clyde Froebel; her sister Trudie Holloway and her husband Buster; her nephew, Bill Holloway; her sister Bette Hancock and her husband, Cleytos.

 Her daughter Wanda Krolczyk and her husband Mark, her granddaughter Amy Mueller, her grandson Michael Krolczyk and her great granddaughter Peri Krolczyk, survive her. She is also survived by three of her Schubert cousins, numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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