Mary Lou Halsema

November 30, 1938June 22, 2019

Mary Lou Halsema, 80, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

She received her nursing degree from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, spending her early career as a Registered Nurse there, and retired from Purdue University Student Hospital after dedicating an additional 20 years to the university. Mary was a devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid fan of Purdue Basketball and the Indiana Pacers. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Duane, of 48 years. She is survived by her brothers, William Neilan of Monticello, IN, Tom Neilan of Maryville, TN and her four children, Teresa Donges (husband: Mike) of Hamilton, OH, Ellen Mazen (husband: Brian) of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Ted Halsema (wife: Mary) of Louisville, KY and Susan Storelli (husband: Nino) of Palatine, IL. Eight grandchildren also survive.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Louisville, KY on June 28, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 28, 2019


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Susan Clisby

July 2, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your Dad left an empty place in my heart. He was such a great friend. Now they are together.

Costance Bumbleburg

June 30, 2019

Many of us in Lafayette have wonderful memories of Mary Lou and Duane. Forgive me if I think of him as "Hog" As friends they were without peer. Prayers and condolences from Joe and Connie Bumbleburg

Lizanne Reynolds

June 26, 2019

Mary Lou was a wonderful woman who welcomed all of the neighborhood kids into her home. She displayed the patience of Job when we were running around getting into trouble. I never saw her lose her cool. At last she and D. Duane are reunited.

Barbara Sanders

June 25, 2019

Aunt Mary Lou was a wonderful person, I can still remember her laugh when she came to the house to see mom (Dottie). My prayers and well wishes are with the family at this sad time.