Mary Louise Wittenberg
(nee Schmelzle), Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died on July 5, 2022 at the age of 80 after a two-year valiant battle with cancer. Survived by Walter “Terry” Wittenberg, her husband of 58 years; her children Kim (Mike Sullivan), Louis (Rebecca Penniman), Ruthie (Greg Bryan); and her cherished grandchildren Sean, Danny, Lindy, Megan, and Sadie; dear sister of the late Richard A. Schmelzle; dear sister-in-law of the late Angela W. Kinsella; dear aunt, cousin, and friend to many.
Mary loved nothing more than any gathering of family and friends (“the more the merrier”). She never met a stranger and loved sitting by the pool and laughing with loved ones. She was very proud of her membership in a many decades long book club with the “Northmoron” ladies. Mary was a devoted supporter of the Muny, Kirkwood Stages, St. Louis Zoo, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Mary was a graduate of Villa Duchesne High School and Marymount University. Travel was a huge passion of both her and her husband. When one granddaughter recently asked which was her favorite trip, she swiftly replied, “Africa.” The follow up question of which was her least favorite trip was also a swift, “Africa,” due to the violent stomach bug she experienced in the Maasai Mara. It was a prime example of what she knew and accepted so well in life – you take the good and the bad – often at the same time.
A huge lover of Tennis and the St. Louis Cardinals, her family can only hope she enjoys the finals of Wimbledon from heaven this weekend and perhaps a twelfth World Series ring for the Cards this Fall.
Services: Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held Sat., July 9, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd. Visitation at 9:30 am with the Mass to follow at 10:30 am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or The St. Louis Zoo.