Mary Lou Buenger
September 22, 1931 — June 28, 2022
Mary Louise Buenger (née Boushard), 90, of St. Peters, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband, Robert L. Buenger, after a marriage of 61 years and was the only child of Louis and Mabel Boushard of Granite City, IL. She is survived by her son Paul (Mary) Buenger, her daughter Leah (Tom) Kick, her grandchildren Michelle (Chris) Panneck, Christine Kick, and Aimee Kick (Adam Smith), and her great-grandchildren Braelynn and Aiden Panneck "Mary Lou" graduated from Granite City High School and went on to study at the University of Mary Harden-Baylor in Texas for two years before completing her bachelor's degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 1954. She had a life-long love for musical performance, performing at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theater ("The Muny") as a child and becoming a member of the St. Louis Women's Symphony at the age of sixteen. Following her graduation from college, Mary Lou taught Vocal Music at Walker Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District to all six grades. She was also the director of music for various baptist churches in the St. Louis area. Mary Lou was a devout Christian, frequently singing in church choirs and diligently studying the Bible, which was her favorite pastime. She and her husband loved to travel; they went on river cruises throughout Europe, took a scenic train ride across Canada, and frequently traveled to places across the United States. Her favorite destination was Israel, especially the Sea of Galilee. She loved her home in St. Peters and enjoyed taking photographs of her home and surroundings. She was a loving friend and neighbor to many and often hosted neighborhood parties and social events. Mary Lou continued to delight and entertain the staff and residents at Mt. Carmel Senior Living Center her last few years. She was a shining light to all who knew her. Memorial donations may be made in Mary Lou’s name to Mission to the World, specifically with their collaborative partners, Jason and Liz Polk serving in Ethiopia. To make a donation, please click here.