Mary Helen Wohlwend, 84
July 9, 1933 ó Aug. 1, 2017
Mary Helen Wohlwend, 84, passed away Aug. 1, 2017, due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She was born July 9, 1933, in Milwaukee to the late Catherine B. (nee Hinger) and Hilary F. Martin.
Mary attended grade school in the Milwaukee area and high school in Snohomish, Washington. On Jan. 6, 1951, she married James P. Rintelman at St. James Church in Sussex. Together they had four children, Jim, Mary Jane, JoAnne and Joe.
James preceded her in death, passing away Oct. 8, 1959. Mary then moved to West Bend to raise her four children with the help of family. During this time she worked at Amity Leather.
She found the second love of her life, Lawrence (Larry) Wohlwend Jr., and they were married at Immaculate Conception Church in Barton on Oct. 5, 1968. Lawrence Wohlwend the third (Little Larry) was born in 1969.
Larry and Mary farmed in the Jackson area for the next 30 years. She gardened, preserved and shared the farmís bounty with friends and family. Mary was a lifelong member of St. Maryís Parish, directing the church choir for many years.
In their later years, Mary and Larry retired to Maribel and enjoyed traveling, throughout the 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. She crocheted many afghans for family and friends and made new friends by joining a knitting/crocheting circle in Green Bay. Mary was a Brewers fan who attended games with her sisters and listened on a regular basis with anyone who visited. After Larry died in 2010, she moved back to Cedar Communities in West Bend, returning to Green Bay to be with her children for the last few months of her life.
Mary is survived by four children, James Martin (Linda) Rintelman, Mary Jane (Ben Laird) Rintelman, JoAnne (Steve) Blank, and Lawrence Martin (Judy Theis) Wohlwend III. She has eight grandchildren: Jodi Rintelman, Jamie (Graham Fletcher) Rintelman, Michelle (Hadi Ali) Rintelman, Justin Dhein, Nikki (Ryan) DuRussel, Emily (Eric Schafer) Laird, Amy (Nate Fritz) Laird and Lisa Laird. Also, Mary has five great-granddaughters: Hanna, Annemie, Samantha, Fatima, and Matilda. Her surviving siblings include Nancy Gremminger and Judy (Lee) Barwick, and six sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James P. Rintelman and Lawrence M. Wohlwend Jr.; son, Joseph James Rintelman; her brothers, John, James and Hilary Martin; her parents and parents-in-law; and brothers-and sisters-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 406 Jefferson St., West Bend, with the Rev. Justin Lopina presiding. Burial will follow in St. Maryís Cemetery (new). The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home, 629 Cedar St., West Bend.
Memorials to St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in Green Bay or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter are appreciated.
The family would like to thank Cedar Bay Communities in West Bend, New Perspectives in Howard, and her care team from Unity Hospice for their additional support as her ALS disease progressed.
Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.