A funeral Mass for Mary Lou Kaestner Stumler, 80, of Starlight, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Starlight, with burial in the church cemetery. She died peacefully in the loving arms of her husband, in the house they shared for 57 years, on Sunday, March 10, 2013.
She was born Mary Lou Kaestner on April 22, 1932, the first born of the late Louis and Mary Kaestner in Louisville. She was a very proud and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She attended New Albany High School where she was on the Senior Blotter staff and a member of the Music Appreciation Club. She was active in the Future Homemakers of America, and the 4-H club where she won numerous awards including a Grand Champion ribbon at the Floyd County Fair and several exhibits at the Indiana State Fair with her sewing skills, which she learned from her mother who was famous for sewing wedding dresses. She loved making outfits for her grandchildren and baby blankets for her great-grandchildren, great-nieces, nephews and friends. She was known for her thoughtfulness by always remembering to send birthday, Christmas, and anniversary cards to her very large family as well as her many friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed cooking, numerous craft making, and gardening, and spent many long days working alongside the Stumler family on their farm. After raising her five boys, she volunteered and then worked for St. John’s Starlight and Borden elementary schools as a teacher’s aid and a librarian’s assistant for more than 30 years.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vincent; her sons, Larry and his wife, Jo Ellen, Michael and his wife, Darlene, and Christopher and his wife, Tracey, all of Starlight, David and his wife, Diane, of Louisville, and Kevin and his wife, Julie, of Navilleton; grandchildren, Lori Jo Kraemer and her husband, Steven, Lisa Jo Lynch and her husband, Dennis, Patrick Stumler and his wife, Kari, Theresa Dietz and her husband, Andy, Elizabeth Crabtree and her husband, Jason, Charlene, Dallas and his wife, Angel, Andrea Stumler (John Anderle), Cynthia Ferree and her husband, Tim, Diana Denman and her husband, Brad, Erin Stumler (Jeremy Watts), Evan, Micah, William, and Noah Stumler; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Darlene Koopman and her husband, Lawrence, Donald Kaestner and his wife, Adelia, Carol Ralph and her husband, Rich, James Kaestner and his wife, Linda, and Judy Ann Schleicher and her husband, Steve.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mary Kaestner.
The family would like to express their sincere and special thanks to her caregivers Melissa and Lori for their dedicated and loving care, as well as the nurses and doctors who took great care of her.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 12, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus – the Community Hospice of Southern Indiana, 624 East Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.newcomerindiana.com.