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Mengelt family thanks community, starts memorial fund

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The family of Maureen Mengelt, killed Sunday in a hit and run accident, has issued a letter of thanks to the community.  Mengelt's visitation is set for Friday, her funeral will be on Saturday.  The family's statement is below.

"Maureen, my beloved wife and mother of my children passed away much too early Sunday afternoon. Her quick smile and positive attitude lifted everyone she met.  Her passions were simple but her reach was wide: Family, friends, running, coffee, attending her kid's music programs and sporting events - if she was doing one of these she was happy.  She cared for all of the kid's she came into contact as her own.  She would walk children home from the bus stop to make sure they were safe.  She loved rocking babies and would offer to help any new mother to give them a break (as well as to get her "baby fix").  Each day has been so, so painful as I think of what's now missing in my life.

The response from our community has been overwhelming yet so much appreciated.  The "Red outs" at the schools, meals and snacks from friends, offers from our music programs to play at Maureen's visitation and most of all the amazing number of friends and family who have helped us get through each day has shown me our family is much larger than I have a right to hope for.   Thank you Maureen for cultivating this extended family through your actions in life.  You've left your family with the support they now need to continue without you.

Maureen (or Bing, Mo, Aunt Reenie, Mom) – your whole family loves you and misses you.  Thank you everyone for your support."

----Kevin Mengelt and the Mengelt Family

A memorial fund has been set up in Maureen Mengelt's name at US Bank.  Money will be used to support Sun Prairie high school students in athletics and music programs, areas close to Mengelt's heart, according to family.

Donations can be sent to:

Maureen F. Mengelt Memorial Fund, c/o US Bank, 2311 Windsor Street, Sun Prairie WI 53590

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