Mary E. Engelke, 95
Oct. 30, 1920 — April 24, 2016
Mary E. Engelke (nee Knaub), 95, of West Bend, died peacefully Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Cottages at Cedar Run. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Fountain City to William and Martha (nee Wunderlich) Knaub and married Robert E. Engelke on Sept. 27, 1947, at Grace Church in Milwaukee. Robert preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1967.
Mary graduated from Fountain City High School and the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, with a degree in social work. She worked in various public welfare departments in Buffalo County, Washington County and Milwaukee County and also for the Division of Children’s Services in Madison. Following the death of her husband in 1967, she worked at The Threshold Inc. as a home consultant, retiring in 1983.
Mary was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church where she was a member of the Christian Woman’s Society. She enjoyed volunteer work, reading, golf and cards, especially playing bridge. Mary was a longtime Green Bay Packers season-ticket holder and enjoyed watching the games.
Mary is survived by her two children, Christine (Tom) King of Middleton and John of West Bend; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Lisa) King of Black Earth, Ben (Colleen) King of New Prague, Minnesota, Allison (Michael) Swartz of Chicago, Kilah Engelke of West Bend and Keven (Rebecca) Engelke of Denver; and six great-grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Hana, Sam, Molly and Aidan King.
She will be dearly missed and was loved by all her family and many friends.
Mary’s family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the staff and nurses at the Cottages at Cedar Run for the kind and compassionate care given to her.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with burial following in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet visitors from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials to the Cedar Community Foundation or The Threshold Inc. are appreciated.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.