In Memory

Mary Ellen Spehle (Zachman)

Mary Ellen Spehle (Zachman)

Mary Ellen Zachman, age 69 of Elk River and formerly St. Michael, passed away on February 3, 2019 from complications of MS.

Mary Ellen was born the daughter of Joseph and Elnora (Campbell) Spehle on November 19, 1949 in Eau Claire, WI.

Mary Ellen married Jeff Zachman on October 27, 1973. This union was blessed with the birth of two daughters Kathryn and Jennifer.

During her school years Mary Ellen went to trade school for computer programming. She worked at a fabric store, a bank in St. Michael and then ended her career at Middleton Insurance doing their accounting work.

Mary Ellen was quick witted and vey independent which she passed on to her daughters. She loved cooking, sewing and taught CCD at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband Jeff Zachman; daughters, Kathryn Basavage and Jennifer (Greg) Hughes; grandchildren Dawson, Corinne and Lydia; siblings Ron Spehle and Karen Bacik; also nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Janet Spehle.

Mary Ellen's obituary is posted on the Peterson Chapel website at:

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10/09/19 06:06 PM #1    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

I have a slight memory of Mary Ellen.  But as a fellow classmate and human being I'm very sorry to hear of her passing.  Also sorry to hear she had to struggle with the disease of MS. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.  R.I.P.

10/09/19 06:13 PM #2    

Betty Kubiak (Tricker)

I remember her very well.  Sorry to hear of her passing.

10/10/19 03:21 PM #3    

Kathleen Jorgensen (Church)

I did not know Mary Ellen well at all, but as I read the obituary, and saw the words, "quick wit", that jogged my memory! I do remember that. And am so sorry for the loss of another classmate. RIP 

10/13/19 05:04 PM #4    

Linda Johnson (Benoit)

So Mary Ellen and her older sister lived between E.C. and Caryville.  I have one memory of paying with her at her home  We  were just little girls but I do remember this family well. 

Linda Johnson

10/19/19 09:37 AM #5    

Duane Steinhauer

Sorry to hear of her passing.  I knew here for many years before high school, alwasys though of her as a beautifull girl

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