Mary Papenthien (nee Lichtfeldt) of Mequon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at the age of 81.
She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Roy Papenthien Sr., loving mother of Tom (Deb) Papenthien and Ted (Jeanne) Papenthien, devoted grandmother of Marla and Austin, Mary, Teddy and Tommy Papenthien, and dear sister of Jessie Fiedler and Kate (Phil) Smith. She is further survived by other relatives and friends. Mary was the oldest daughter of Clarence and Jessie Lichtfeldt.
A celebration of Mary’s life with family and friends will be held this summer.
Mary had a love of life and family, she enjoyed friends, traveling, bicycling and cross country skiing. Mary was a lifelong educator with the Milwaukee Area Technical College and most recently was a docent for the Milwaukee Art Museum.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to support youth education at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 North Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service of Mequon is serving the family.