Mary Schmittzehe

Monday, March 21, 2005

Mary Louise Schmittzehe, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 25, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Maddock George. She and Hilary Schmittzehe were married July 2, 1977, in St. Louis. He survives in Cape Girardeau.

Schmittzehe was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral; a board member of Cape Senior Center, where she delivered Meals on Wheels; and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Council 1111. She also volunteered at Saint Francis Medical Center. Schmittzehe earned a degree in chemistry at Florissant Valley College in St. Louis. She worked for Monsanto Corp. in St. Louis and also tutored nurses in chemistry training.

Survivors include two daughters, Kate Graham of St. Louis and Kelly Freed of O'Fallon, Mo.; a son, Steve Zeller of St. Louis; a sister, Betty Kretzer of Cape Girardeau; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russ Zeller, on Jan. 10, 1976; and two stepdaughters, Barbara and Cindy Schmittzehe of Cape Girardeau.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be at 7 p.m. by the Fourth Degree Color Corps Honor Guard.

The funeral Mass will be at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the Marian Charities, 1330 Southern Expressway, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63702-0831.