March 5, 2013


Mary Lou Stangl, 83, of Manning, died Sunday March 3, 2013, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center following a heart attack.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning.

Mass of the Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. March 6 at the church with celebrant the Rev. Robert Gralapp.

Lector will be Rosemary Paulsen.

Mass servers will be Kyle Wagner and Ben Wagner. Gift bearers will be Lyndi Steger, Corey Marie Behrens and Payton Behrens.

Music will be "Here I Am, Lord," "Ave Maria," "O Loving God" and "On Eagle's Wings" by the Sacred Heart choir, soloist Laurie Stein and organist Pat Heithoff.

Casket bearers will be Chris Behrens, Curt Behrens, Chad Behrens, Curt Steger, Hunter Behrens and Chandler Behrens.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Arcadia.

Lunch and fellowship at Sacred Heart Parish Hall will follow Mass.

Arrangements are by Ohde Funeral Home in Manning. Condolences may be left for the family at

Mary Louise, daughter of Clement and Mayme (Niehaus Scherbring) Stangl, was born June 26, 1929, in Arcadia, Iowa.

When Mary Lou was 5 years old she moved with her family to Dedham. She attended school in Dedham and Coon Rapids.

After finishing her schooling she remained at home in Coon Rapids and helped her family. She also assisted others in the community by baby-sitting for nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

After the death of her parents, Mary Lou lived on her own in Coon Rapids. During that time she continued to baby-sit for other families.

In her free time she enjoyed embroidering and painting. Mary Lou was a member of Annunciation Parish in Coon Rapids and the Ladies Guild. She was always helpful with Guild bake sales, rummage sales and


In October 2002, Mary Lou was injured in a fall in her home. She then entered Manning Plaza, which became her home.

While living at the Plaza, she participated in all activities but especially liked bingo as she recalled playing that at church over the years.

She is survived by her niece Jean Behrens and husband Randy of Manning; their children Chris (Jenni), Curt (Crystal), Lyndi (Curt), Chad (Anna) and their children Hunter, Parker, Payton, Chandler, Corey Marie, and Easton Behrens, Aiden and Reid Steger and Paige Davis; sister Dorothy Simpson of Pleasant Hill; sister-in-law Ivadell Scherbring of Story City; her beloved Manning Plaza family; special Coon Rapids friends Rosemary and Marty Paulsen, Dorothy and Ronnie Beyerink and Irene and the late Jack Scott, whose visits she cherished dearly; many special nieces and nephews and their families and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Agatha Stangl and husband Michael, Ethel Johnston and husband Jerald; brother Dick Scherbring and brother-in-law Duard Simpson.