Mary Lou Berghoff

Berghoff, Mary Lou With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Grammy: Mary Lou Berghoff. She is preceded in death by her husband Deacon Bill Berghoff. Grammy was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to Irene and Victor Nichter. She grew to be a person interested in helping people and graduated from nursing school in 1951. Mary Lou met her husband, Bill at a hospital party at Bill's family lake cottage in Rome City, IN. They were soon married and were transferred often with Bill's job at Traveler's Insurance. Bill and Mary Lou moved from South Bend, IN to Elkhart, IN, to West Hartford, CT and then finally to Bloomington, MN. At each new place, Grammy created a happy home and met people, making friends with her neighbors and volunteering at the schools of their three children: Theresa, William Jr. and Kathryn. Grammy enjoyed many social activities throughout her life such as, playing bridge with neighbors, golfing with the Early Birdies, joining friends at Salt and Peppers and Young at Heart at St. Edward's Church. She continued her caring for others and ministering to those in need through her work with the Legion of Mary and visiting the sick with Steven's Ministry. She taught her children to be caring and to volunteer to help others. Mary Lou was also creative and loved to knit and crochet. She thrived on the challenges of Scrabble and finding new made-up words. Euchre was another card game that she mastered and somehow she always came up with the aces to win. Grammy enjoyed baking cookies and constantly sent her "gifts of love" to family and friends. Her monster cookies were super yummy. Grammy was loved and cherished by her family and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Orth (Kevin), son, Dr. William Berghoff (Pauline) and daughter, Kathryn Foster (Chuck) and 8 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Andrea, Kathryn, Allison, Joseph, Ryan, Peter, and Brent and seven great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Dudley Fund at St Edward's Church. This fund was close to Grammy's heart and supports families in need. Grammy, we will always remember and love you. Please join us to celebrate Grammy's life. Mass of Christian Burial Sat., Sept. 28, 11 AM at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave. So., Bloomington. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at the church. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145