Georgette Louise Quirt Stavig/Vater came into the world bringing warmth on a cold day on February 16, 1930 in Winnipeg Manitoba where the low for the day was -9°F and the high was 17°F.  She was born into a loving family consisting of her parents: Louise Charlotte Loehman and GeorgeHenry Quirt, and four brothers: Richard and Chester Bertolin, and Frankand Arthur Quirt.

She grew up being daddy’s girl.  One story of her childhood was herplaying with a couple of cub bears in their basement that eventually weredonated to the zoo.  She went to school till she was sixteen, started hercareer at Eaton’s Department Store as a salesclerk.  Later in her career she became the first woman car salesperson in Manitoba at Dickson Motors.With her personality, she was able to sell her first Cadillac even after pushing a button to “turn the radio on” only to have the wipers come on instead.

She met her husband, Marcel E. Stavig, a resident of East Grand Forks, MN, while on a blind date.  The courtship followed and they were married on November 18, 1957, at St. Matthew’s Church, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  From there she moved with Marcel down to Kansas City, MO and eventually moved to Raytown, MO where she became a naturalized citizen of the US on September 27, 1963.  She had a variety of part time jobs, but her main task became the raising of their three children: Christopher, Wendell, and Shari.   During that time the family met the pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church of Independence and joined it at as it was initially starting up.  They became long-time members andwith the church, raised their children in the faith.

In 1984, Georgette was widowed and a few years later she met a man on another blind date named Earnest J (EJ) Vater.  That courtship led to marriage on June 22, 1989, and they eventually moved to Belton, MO.  During that time, she became a grandma and spoiled her grandkids. In 2006 she took all her kids and grandkids on an Alaskan cruise.  As time passed, she and EJ eventually moved back up to Independence, MO where EJ passed away and Georgette moved on out to Blue Springs.  There she became active with the All Saints Lutheran Church and continued to be involved with her kids and grandkids.

On July 22, 2023, at the age of 93 Georgette peacefully joined her Saviorwith her family at her side.  She leaves behind her three children:Christopher Stavig, Wendell Stavig (Monica), Shari Gilbert (Jeffrey).  She also leaves behind her five grandchildren: Sarah, Luke, Becca, Marcie, Daniel, and Christian; and step grandchildren:  Michael and Kayla; four great grandchildren: Audrey, Isaiah, Sunny, and Arley; and step great grandchild Hendrix.

The Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW R D Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014.

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