Mary L. McDermott, 87

Mary L. McDermott, nee Niehoff, formerly of West Bend, died on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 87 years. She was born on April 3, 1926, in Milwaukee to the late Paul and Antoinette (nee Bodden) Niehoff.

On Aug. 31, 1946, she was united in marriage to James J. McDermott at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Woodhaven, N.Y. In 1977, they moved to Wisconsin, settling in West Bend. James predeceased June 15, 2003.

For many years, she volunteered at the Samaritan Health Center. She also was a member of the Christian Women’s Confraternity at Holy Angels Parish.

Survivors include four children, James J., Jr. (Darian) of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., the Rev. Robert T. of St. Louis, Kathryn (Albert) Sorrentino of Charlotteville, N.Y., and John M. of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Frank, Devon and Darby; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Robert (Marion) Niehoff. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Becker-Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W North Ave., Brookfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Visitation Catholic Church, 1260 Church St., Elm Grove. Interment will be in St. Theresa Cemetery, Theresa. Visitation will be at Becker-Ritter Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-6 p.m.

Masses or memorials to Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121 appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at