Mary Louise Kuhtz, 70, of Wales, died peacefully in her home on Feb. 22, 2016. Mary was born in Stillwater, Minn., on May, 14 1945, to Herbert B and Margaret J (Rowan) Balfanz. She was a proud Stillwater High School cheerleader and continued on at River Falls State College where she was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad as a freshman. She later went on to become a cheerleading coach at Kettle Moraine High School. It was at Riverfalls where she met her husband, Charlie. She earned an associate’s degree in art at a community college in Jackson, Miss., and had a love for arts and crafts. Her lifelong dedication though was taking care of her husband, three girls, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. Her door was always open and if you needed a place to stay, you were always welcome and never left hungry.
Mary and Charlie Kuhtz wed on December 31, 1966, and were married for 49 years. With an anniversary on New Year’s Eve, there was always a huge celebration. Mary began a family tradition of banging pots and pans with wooden spoons outside our home regardless of the weather, declaring Happy New Year! This is a family tradition that will live on forever.
Mary dedicated her entire life to her family. She loved traditions and spending quality time with them. Her favorite activity was fishing and camping at the Chequamegon National Forest where many wonderful memories will forever be hidden under the treetops. She cherished holidays for they were a time to bring those she loved closer together. She loved her animals — especially Maggie and Nicky. She was an exceptional cook and enjoyed canning and cooking fresh vegetables from their garden. She was an amazing seamstress and made several costumes for her grandkids. She never needed a pattern because she was just that good. She was “practically perfect in every way.”
Mary is survived by her husband, Charlie; three daughters, Angie (Dan) Whitman, Kari (Jarrod) Schmidt and Becky (Lori Spengler) Kuhtz; nephew Tim Allen; grandchildren, Nick (Allison), Brandon, Kasey, Elijah, Alex, Jamell and Brianna Whitman, Jacob and Ryan Schmidt, Travis Spengler and Autumn Kuhtz; great-grandchildren, Ainsley and Liam Whitman; brother, Gerald (Millie) Balfanz; sister, Dianne (Mike) Adams; her many brothers- and sisters- in-law; nieces and nephews; many close friends; her wonderful neighbors, especially the Teels; Nicky, her beloved cat; and many other family and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Margaret Balfanz.
A celebration of life will be held on March 5 at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm with a memorial service at 4:00 pm. Pastor Tom Griffey will be officiating. A private burial will be held at Salem Cemetery in Wales.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be made to various charities.
Mary’s family wishes to thank the ProHealth Home Care and Hospice team, especially Martha; Crystal and Home Health Medical; Missy and Wendy of Church and Chapel; our family, neighbors, friends, and the many people who have prayed and supported us during this difficult time.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home of Waukesha is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.
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