Michele C. Mehringer, 46, Evansville

Michele C. Mehringer, 46, Evansville, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Indiana University Health Indianapolis Hospital after an acute attack of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disorder.

She was born in Jasper on Feb. 1, 1967, to Raymond B. and Lucille P. (Becher) Knies.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Mehringer; two daughters, Maria Elizabeth and Margaret Ann “Maggie” Evansville; a stepson, Robert Dane of Kansas City, Mo.; her mother, Lucille Knies of Jasper; two brothers, Joe Knies and wife Jeanne and Jeff Knies and wife Paula 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 of Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

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

Mrs. Mehringer was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish in Evansville and a member of the church choir. She taught art at Christ the King School and previously at Holy Spirit and St. John the Baptist schools, all in Evansville. She was a graduate of IU Kelley School of Business. Prior to teaching she worked for Momentum Textiles in California and P&I Supply and Card Management in Evansville.

She was an avid runner and a regular at yoga. She enjoyed music, art and all animals, especially her dogs. She was a fan of IU basketball.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. CST Saturday at St. Benedict Cathedral. Father Godfrey Mullen, OSB, will preside. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Evansville.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. CST Friday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. CST Saturday at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel in Evansville. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. CST.

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.

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