Mary Lou Erhardt
March 1, 1929 – January 7, 2020
Mary Lou Erhardt, age 90, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020. She was surrounded by her family and will be dearly missed!
Mary Lou was born March 1, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Neil Torgerson and Winnifred (Wood) Torgerson. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri where her three children were born; Sharon (McCallar), Susan (Miller) and Sheryl (Bartis). She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren Alex and Michael Bartis!!
She later moved to South Florida where she resided in Jupiter until the time of her death. She loved the beach and taught swimming at Phil Foster Park in the 60’s. She yearned to go boating but sea sickness kept her landlocked.
Mary Lou was a very talented woman. She loved to paint and used her skills to teach painting at the Senior Citizens Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Her favorite subjects to paint included beach scenes and ships. In addition to painting, Mary Lou was also an accomplished seamstress. She made clothes for her family and friends. Mary Lou especially loved music of all genres. She played the organ and you could often hear her playing her favorite hymns. Whenever she heard her favorite songs she was up and dancing and will be remembered for her special moves!!
Her first love was her family with a close second being her love of cats. Her beloved cat Mommy passed away several years ago and she never really got over her passing.
She was predeceased by her father, Neil Torgerson; mother, Winnifred (Wood) Torgerson; sister, Eileen Wade; husbands, James Hopkins and Wayne Erhardt; daughter, Susan Miller and special friend, Ed McClaran.
Surviving are her daughters, Sharon McCallar (David) and Sheryl Bartis; grandchildren, Alex and Michael Bartis; stepdaughter, Margie Erhardt; cousins, Pat Johnson (Corky), Robert Wade (Cathy), Kim Wade (Niki) and their children.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Trustbridge Hospice at 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach Florida 33407 in Mary Lou’s memory.