Mary Ann Robbins, 71, of Galva, died at 10:14 PM, Friday, September 6, 2013 at her home.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 11 at St. John"s Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Rev. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, September 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where a rosary will be recited at 4:30 PM. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Public Library or the Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
She was born March 21, 1942 in Kewanee, the daughter of Julius and Charlotte (VanCauwenberg) VanWynsberghe. She married John D. Robbins on April 18, 1960 in Galva and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, and her companion in later years, Ron Nordstrom. She is survived by four daughters, Lori Daley of Moline, Lisa Anderson of Galva, Diane Vollbracht (and John Tucker) of Alexis and Debbie (Mike) Gravitt of Galva, two sons, Brian (Sami) Robbins of Miamisburg, OH and David (Denise) Robbins of Hampton, IL, eleven grandchildren, Trevor and Blayne Robbins, Christopher and Zachary Anderson, Brandon Daley, Nico Robbins, Jessica and Miranda Vollbracht and John, Joshua and Jacob Gravitt, a great-granddaughter, Brooke Vollbracht and two sisters, Donna VanWynsberghe of Milwaukee, WI and Genia Workheiser of Peoria.
Mary Ann was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and had worked at the Galva Schools for 19 years, first at the ECC with Pre-K and Kindergarten and then at the Galva Elementary School where she was a "jack-of-all trades" helping teachers and children alike. In fact, it was rare for her family to go anywhere without hearing cries of "Mrs. Robbins!, Mrs. Robbins! Hi! Mrs. Robbins! and to see a child waving wildly at her with a big smile. She loved being able to pop into their classrooms to say hi or to get a hug in the hallways. The love and pride she had for her children and grandchildren was what made her such an amazing mom and grandma. Her children were her pride and joy that kept her going through her battle with cancer these last 18 months.