Maria Hubertina Bower, 88, of Moneta, VA passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at her home on December 15, 2022. Maria, known as “Tini” was born to Leonardus and Anna Philippi on July 11, 1934 in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. When she was only six years old, the German soldiers invaded her hometown until the Americans liberated it in 1944. Tini and her family came to know many Americans during the liberation which helped her accept a position as a governess for a foreign diplomat in the United States when she was in her 20’s. She lived in Chevy Chase, MD and one night, she met George Bower at a church-sponsored young adult club. Within just three weeks, before Tini had to return home, they were engaged! They married on October 22, 1963 in Valkenburg. Tini and George started their marriage in a small apartment in Chevy Chase, MD. In 1966 they moved into a home in Sterling, VA where they raised their daughters. A job change for George took them to Maryville, TN in 1990 and then in 2000 they moved to their final location of Moneta. In every place, Tini took a house and turned it into a home. She made friends no matter where she went and took the time to get to know people and truly care for them. She loved throwing parties where she was always the center of attention, commanding the room. She was also the ultimate host and tour guide for visiting relatives and friends. Tini lived her life as a true servant of God. Even with three children of her own, she became a foster mother in 1976 and spent 14 years caring for an incredibly diverse group of children, from two-week old infants to a 17-year old girl. As she said at the time, “You feel so sad that you can’t do more, but I hope all the love will help.” While living in Tennessee at the age of 62, Tini decided she wanted to become a U.S. Citizen and was sworn in on September 19, 1996. She always took her right and ability to vote seriously. In Moneta, Tini and George were very active in the Lake Christian Ministries food pantry for many years. They were both raised in the Catholic faith and faithfully attended and served in various capacities at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta. Tini’s life is so hard to reduce to just a few paragraphs as she was larger than life! She loved her family, particularly being an Oma to her grand-children, doing puzzles, reading romance novels, gardening, putting pepper on almost everything she ate, the catfish and Sunday breakfasts at Hot Shots, making and eating Wiener schnitzel, and sitting on her front porch in the mornings drinking a cup of coffee. Tini LOVED her coffee. She also enjoyed making many trips back to her hometown and showing off her family. Even though she lived in the United States, Tini was very close with her family in Holland, including all her nieces and nephews. Tini is survived by her husband George, her three daughters, Zita Barree (Michael), Elisabeth Ward (Nathan), and Rose Bennett (Robert), and her five grandchildren, Augusta, Jared, Stefan, Allison and Nicholas. A memorial service for Tini will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Resurrection Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donations to Lake Christian Ministries. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.