Mary Lou Kretschmer, 83, of Hugo, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at Keystone Place at LaValle Fields in Hugo.

Mary Lou was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Illinois to Edward “Bud” and Marie Redden. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Burlington and from St. Luke’s Nursing School, becoming a registered nurse.

On Oct. 19, 1963, Mary Lou was united in marriage to Henry Clayton Kretschmer at Holy Name Catholic Church in Wilmot. Following marriage, they made their home in New Munster before moving to Burlington. In July of 2022 she relocated to Hugo. Mary Lou was a member of St. Mary Parish in Burlington, was a lunch lady at St. Mary’s Schools for a few years and a Eucharistic Minister at Mount Carmel for some years.

Mary Lou is survived by her children, Carrie (Mike) McConville of Evansville, Ann (Tony) Knutson of Oconomowoc, John (Carie) Kretschmer of Circle Pines, Minnesota, and Joe (Beth) Kretschmer of LaCrosse; grandchildren, Samantha Snyder, Emily (Alex) Suemnicht, Addy McConville, Garret and Braden Lueth, Jacob Kretschmer, Lexie (Jesse) Wolfe, and Julia and Henry Kretschmer; and great-grandchildren Odin and Luca Wolfe. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Clayton.

“Ready to lend a sympathetic ear to the downtrodden, broken hearted, and lonely, mom is now listening to the voice of the Father.” Written by her children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Mary Lou will be laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery immediately following Mass.

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