Long time Brentwood resident Mary E. Binggeli died on September 10.
The following was contributed by Jennifer Horton.
Mary E. Binggeli and her twin sister were born at home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and placed on the open oven door to be kept warm.
She moved to Webster Groves as a child where her father owned a service station and later worked for Union Pacific Railroad at the Old Webster Train station. She attended Webster High for a short time before dropping out to find work to help support the family.
She married James Binggeli of the long time resident Brentwood Binggeli's. They eventually bought a home in Brentwood on Pine, where she and her husband raised a daughter and two sons.
Her children were all graduates of Brentwood High School. She worked at a photo developing company located in Brentwood industrial behind now Art Mart.
She loved to sit on the front porch of her Pine home and watch the traffic go by on nearby Brentwood Blvd.
Mary later moved to live with her daughter in Crestwood after the death of her husband. She also worked several years as a Lunch Lady at North Kirkwood Middle School. Her employers at North Kirkwood Middle nominated her for the State of Missouri Outstanding Older Worker, in which she was honored at a luncheon in Jefferson City and presented with a plaque last spring.
A funeral service will be at on Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Read her obituary in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.