Mary Lou Mehring
1926 - 2020
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Mary Lou Mehring

Passed away peacefully at Harwood Place Assisted Living in Wauwatosa, WI on Thursday, Nov. 5. The former Mary Louise Port was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 11, 1926 to Theodore Port and Loretta (Kalk) Port. She attended Milwaukee Public Schools, graduating from Washington HS in 1944, and earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Milwaukee Downer College in 1948. She married Robert Mehring that summer, and together they raised their three daughters in Brookfield. Before the girls were born, Mary Lou worked in the Home Services Department at the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. Once her daughters were all in school, she returned to school herself, completing teacher certification courses at Mount Mary College. She then taught home economics and child development in Milwaukee at Rufus King HS and John Marshall Jr-Sr HS, retiring in 1988. Mary Lou was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Wauwatosa. She was a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed sewing, playing bridge, bowling and golfing with friends. She greatly enjoyed the adventure found in family camping trips to many of our national parks and throughout Europe. She loved the outdoors including gardening, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Ted and Loretta, and by her husband Bob. She is survived by her three daughters, Barbara (Barry) Hess, Nancy (Scott) Peterson, and Lori (Stephen) Wyckoff, by five grandchildren, Erika and Dan Hess, Nathan (Amy) and Kyle (Mandy) Peterson, and Nick Wyckoff, by great-granddaughter, Ann, sister Peggy Witte, sister-in-law Ruth Bernat, several nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Mary Lou was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be sorely missed.

Thank you to Rhonda and all the staff at Harwood Place Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for the loving care they showed Mary Lou. Due to the current pandemic, funeral services will be held at a future time. Condolences can be left on the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services website. If desired, memorials can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, the Parkinson's Foundation, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.

Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2020.
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Dear Peggy,
I am thinking of you and sending sympathy upon the passing of Mary Lou.
Memories surface and I’m recalling our WIsconsin Electric friends and our special Bridge club -fun games, and so many laughs. Mary was an accomplished woman and although we had not kept in touch recently it was a privilege to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

it was a privilege to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dottie Anderson
November 10, 2020
Mrs. Mehring was one of my high school teachers. I remember how "together" she always which wasn't easy teaching teenagers. I also recall how kind she, RIP in peace Mrs. Mehring I'm so sorry for your loss...
Collette, class of "79" John Marshall High School
Collette Keating-Christensen
November 9, 2020
Mrs Mehring was my teacher at John Marshall High in 1974.
Such a sweet and kind lady.
So sorry for your loss
November 8, 2020
I had Mrs. Mehring for home economics at John Marshall in 1974. Fun class, she was a good teacher. My condolences to the family.
Kathey Vogelsang Lemley
November 8, 2020
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