Michele Cecilia “Shelly” Mehringer, 46, Evansville

Michelle MehringerMichele Cecilia “Shelly” Mehringer, 46, of Evansville, died Friday (December 20) at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. She was born in Jasper February 1, 1967, to Raymond B. and Lucille P. (Becher) Knies.

Shelly was an active member of St. Benedict’s in Evansville for the past 20 years and previously at Holy Family in Jasper. She was a member of St. Benedict’s choir and had been president of the school’s PTO. She was an avid runner and a regular at yoga, she enjoyed music and art and cared for all animals, was a fan of Indiana University basketball. She taught art at Christ the King and Holy Spirit in Evansville, and St. John the Baptist, in Newburgh. She was a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and prior to teaching, worked for Momentum Textiles in California, and P&I Supply and Card Management in Evansville.

She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Mehringer; two daughters, Maria Elizabeth and Margaret Ann “Maggie,” both of Evansville; one stepson, Robert Dane, Kansas City, Missouri; her mother, Lucille Knies, Jasper; two brothers, Joe Knies and wife Jeanne, and Jeff Knies and wife Paula, all of Jasper; five sisters, Mona Hoffman and husband Bert, Marla Giesler and husband Jeff, Dana Welp and husband Doug, Jane Balsmeyer and husband Mark, and Glenda Begle and husband Rick, all of Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Knies, and two brothers, Tim and Steve Knies.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday (CST) at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville with burial following in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Father Godfrey Mullen, OSB, will preside. Visitation from 2-8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel in Evansville. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made toward the Michele Mehringer Art and Prayer garden to be built on the campus of Reitz Memorial High School or to the Michele Knies Mehringer Endowment for Art Education to benefit Christ the King, Reitz Memorial and St. Benedict Cathedral schools, or to the Catholic Education Foundation for tuition assistance. Online condolences may be made at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.

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