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MarLou Mengerink

March 1, 1945 — April 19, 2023


MarLou Mengerink, 78, of Van Wert, passed away at 5:23 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at her residence while surrounded by her daughters. She was born on March 01, 1945, in Van Wert, to her late parents, Robert Cryer and Ruth (Baer) Saylor. MarLou first married Leo F. Malone and then Robert Mengerink, both of whom preceded her in death. 

She was a  para-professional at Van Wert City Schools for many years and worked as an operator with United Telephone. 

She is survived by her daughters: Tammy (Paul) Cugliari of Van Wert; Darcy (Hobie) McKeddie of Wapakoneta; Robin (Tracy Rase) Mengerink of Van Wert; Diana May of Tullahoma, TN; sister, Marsha (Ted) Patton of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren: Jacob Murphy of Van Wert; Joseph Murphy of Grover Hill; Brandon Kohler of Bowling Green; Matthew Kohler of Wapakoneta; Justin Kohler of Shawnee; Alex Kohler of Bowling Green; William Kohler of Wapakoneta; Evan Rase of Van Wert; Heather (Greg) Bartal of Tullahoma, TN; great granddaughters: Madison Murphy of Van Wert; Kharee Bartal of Tullahoma, TN; nieces: Alexis (David Miller) Patton of Vail, CO; Lisa (Brian) Hoersten of Delphos and Alison Patton of Nashville, TN.

In addition to her parents and spouses, MarLou was preceded in death by her grandson, Johnathan Murphy Jr, whom she raised and loved as her son, son-in-law, Freeman May as well as her brother, Gregg Cryer. 

In keeping with MarLou's wishes, there will be no viewing or services. 

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891. 

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