Maria was born in Molbergen, Germany and grew up in the town of Dwergte. She came from a family of 4 sisters and 3 brothers. In 1957 she met and married the love of her life, Otto Rauert. Taking a leap of faith, she joined her husband in Canada a year later, arriving in Vancouver where they had a wonderful second honeymoon. In 1960, Maria and Otto moved to St. Gregor where they farmed and raised livestock. Maria worked side by side with Otto, doing whatever was needed to make the farm a success, while at the same time learning English and raising a family of 3 daughters and 2 sons. Maria was very industrious and mastered many skills including gardening, canning, cooking, baking, wine making, sewing, crocheting, knitting and needlepoint. She enjoyed other activities such as dancing, bowling, curling, playing cards, choir, CWL/church activities and family vacations. Maria also liked travelling and went on many trips back to Germany, to tropical islands, and to places in the U.S. In 1984, Maria and Otto retired to Humboldt where she continued to be active in the community. She was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren who she loved dearly. For Maria, family was everything. She hosted many gatherings to bring everyone together and often visited her kids to help them out or to attend special occasions. The passing of both her husband and her eldest daughter Doris in 2013 was a very difficult time in her life. Later in 2013, Maria moved to Caleb Village where she lived until 2016. She then moved to Saskatoon to be near her two daughters. As a resident of the Samaritan Place she received wonderful care from the many nurses, care aides and other staff. Maria will always be remembered for her welcoming and loving nature, tremendous generosity, and ability to make people smile and laugh.