54° F

Mary Lou Munts's Full Vibrant Life

Published On: Jan 03 2014 04:41:13 PM CST
Neil Heinen photo

We received word of Mary Lou Munts’s death in a way that was so Mary Lou Muntz. It was a letter that arrived at the house on Thursday. A letter from Mary Lou, a family letter, that included among other family news the news that she had died.
It was in fact written by her three kids, with her approval they assured us. Mary Lou lived with dementia for the last five years of her life, the only years she didn’t live what her kids called a full and vibrant life. Our guess is even the last five had some fullness and vibrancy. It’s who Mary Lou was. She’s probably best known for her six terms in the State Assembly. But her many friends knew her for her love of travel, food, family and a passion to make the world a better place. Mary Lou was an integral part of the team that made Monona Terrace a reality. She was warm and smart and funny and she lived both large and small. We were sad to get her last letter, but loved that it was sent.


  • Nepal earthquake aftermath

    Omar Havana/Getty Images

    Nepal earthquake: Aftershocks, aftermath

    A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear rubble and find survivors.

  • Baltimore police protests 8

    Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Violence, arrests at Baltimore police protest

    A peaceful demonstration in Baltimore on Saturday came to an end when police in riot gear tried to hold a line, and a few protesters vandalized police cars, threw objects at officers, cursed at them and scuffled with them.

  • PHOTOS: Viewers drop off sensitive documents for Shredfest

    The WISC-TV studio parking lot was busy with hundreds of viewers bringing their sensitive documents to be destroyed as part of Shredfest with the Better Business Bureau Saturday morning.

    A combined 1,295 cars dropped off bags of papers at WISC-TV on Raymond Road and SVA Certified Public Accountants firm on John Q. Hammons Drive.

    News 3 and Better Business Bureau team members unloaded bags of documents from viewers' cars and Pellitteri Waste Systems' Data Destruction team put the papers into the shredding trucks.