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Guillermina “Wilma” Babich

          Guillermina Babich, age 75, passed away on December 23, 2018, after a four-year battle with cancer.  She died in her home in Leawood, KS, surrounded by her husband, family members, and friends.  Wilma lived a beautiful life.  She was a gorgeous person who positively impacted so many people’s lives.


          A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec 29, 2018, 11am, at the Leawood United Methodist Church, 2915 W 95th St., Leawood, KS.


          Wilma Garza was born on January 28, 1943 in Hidalgo, Texas.  She was the only child of Rev. Oscar Francisco Garza and Minerva Nanez.  Rev. Garza served many United Methodist communities from Brownsville to El Paso, and in Austin and San Antonio, taking his wife and daughter through many wonderful experiences.  She enjoyed many friends and relatives along the way. 


Wilma attended the Harwood Finishing Academy in Albuquerque, NM, a Methodist boarding and finishing school for girls.  In the past sixteen years, she so appreciated revisiting her dear friends at their semiannual reunions in Albuquerque.


          In Texas and Kansas Wilma used her CNA degree to care for the infirm and elderly.  She did volunteer work for the Ft. Sam Houston Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She was such a tender, loving lady.

          Wilma was well travelled, as she was a military wife for 25 years, living, during that time, in Germany, Panama, United States and the Philippines.  She bore two sons, Peter Joseph Grasser II and Peter Joseph Grasser III.


          In 1991, Guillermina met Mark Babich in San Antonio, TX, they were married in 1992, in Leawood, KS.  Wilma and Mark recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.  Upon Mark’s retirement Mark and Wilma moved to a Sun City community in Georgetown, TX, where they made and still enjoy many friends.  Wilma missed her friends and church in Kansas and so the family returned to Kansas after a few years.


          Wilma was very devoted to her United Methodist Church, and the Babichs made many special friends through the church.  She also loved to travel and toured much of the United States. Wilma enjoyed, most of all, the beauty of the National Parks in the West. Mark and Wilma were able to visit many countries.  The family took numerous driving trips to San Antonio where she enjoyed visiting her parents, many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends… many times at Panchito’s restaurant there.  She was also a Red Hatter, and always enjoyed the outings with her group.  Wilma devoted many loving hours to gifting and caring for the grandchildren.


          Wilma’s death was preceded by her father, Rev. Oscar Francisco Garza and her mother Minerva (Nanez) Garza, and Mark’s granddaughter Kathrine Babich of Park Ridge, IL.


          Wilma is survived by her husband, Mark A. Babich of Leawood, KS; her sons, Peter J. Grasser II, (Kimberly) of Coppell, TX, and his son Felix Grasser and daughter Eugenie Grasser; Peter J. Grasser III, (Gayle), of Corpus Christi, and their children, Holli, Garrett, Enzo, Brianna, and Rayven, and their grandchildren Aiden, Travis and Allison Sunderland.  And Mark’s children; Cooper Babich (Jennifer) of Park Ridge, IL, and their son Alex; Adrian Kelly (Patrick) of Atlanta, GA, and their daughters Quinn and Mae; Aislinn Reno (Christopher) of West Chester, PA, and their son Sam and their daughter Caroline.


Wilma was a remarkably beautiful lady.  Though, she didn’t seem to realize it.  However, her beauty was surpassed only by her kindness and thoughtfulness to others.


          Guillermina, thank you for being part of our lives.  We are going to miss you deeply……..our sweet “Guillera”. 


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Leawood United Methodist Church
2915 W. 95th St.
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Dec 29 ,2018
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11:00 am
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