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Mary Ellen (Hogue) Kampschroer

January 4, 2021 | 2 comments

Mary Ellen (Hogue) Kampschroer, of LaCrosse, age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 29th in LaCrosse, WI.   

Mary was born on June 16, 1922, to Glenn and Mabel Hogue.  She was raised in Adams, WI, and attended high school at LaCrosse Central.  Mary married the love of her life, John Kampschroer, on July 25, 1941.  They enjoyed 73 years of marriage until John’s death in 2015.   

Mary was a vibrant, caring woman who treasured her husband, family and friends.  She always made people feel welcome and at home.  Mary was quick with a smile or an offer of a rousing game of cards.  She liked trying new things and visiting friends and family.  Mary met John in LaCrosse, but they made their home in many different states throughout John’s military service and career.  They retired to northern Wisconsin, and later to Florida.  After John’s death, Mary came home to LaCrosse.  Mary made lifelong friends wherever she lived and held them dear throughout her life.   She enjoyed bridge and other card games, reading, golf, crosswords, church choir, boat rides, swimming, dancing and keeping up with the grandkids. 

Mary is survived by children James (Joan) Kampschroer, Michael (Linda) Kampschroer, Sharon Kampschroer; grandchildren Jane (Robert) Wilcox, Marci (Ed Siderewicz) Madary, Lori (Mitch) Slaughter, Melissa Kampschroer, David (Barbara) Head, Dennis (Ingrid) Head, Kyle (Stephanie) Kampschroer, Cory (Jessica) Kampschroer, Amy (Nate) Sztamburski and Kelly (Jon) Barrow; 27 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, sister-in-law Carol Hogue, and many beloved nieces, nephews and treasured friends.     

Mary is preceded in death by husband John Kampschroer, son Patrick Kampschroer, grandson-in-law Earl Madary, one sister, 4 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law and 5 brothers-in-law. 

A special thank you to the caring staff at Eagle Crest. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Mary Mother of the Church Parish in LaCrosse WI. 

Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, January 9th, 2021, at Mary the Mother of the Church, 2006 Weston Street, LaCrosse, WI  54601, followed by a memorial Mass. 




    My mom and dad, Don and Lorraine Helfrich (both now deceased) were good
    friends of your Mom. She was a very special lady, vivacious, friendly and kind. She will be missed.
    Best regards,
    Mary Hennen
    (daughter of Helfrich’s)

  2. David J. Hogue

    Aunt Mary, Aunt Mary, how much I will miss you. Your gracious humor and love has been a constant in my life. Having you back in Wisconsin was like having a part of my fathers presence alive.

    Aunt Mary your memory to me will be that of one of the greatest of the “greatest generation.”


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