Obituary: Mary Rita Stintzi

April 5, 1930 – Feb. 27, 2020

Mary Rita Stintzi, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. 

She was born in Milwaukee to Joseph John Kuchler and Elizabeth Pauline (Krechel) Kuchler. Mary grew up attending St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and School in Milwaukee. She graduated from Messmer High School in Milwaukee in 1948. Mary married her high school sweetheart, Earl George Stintzi, on July 24, 1948, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. 

They were blessed with nearly 72 years of marriage together. Mary was a devoted wife and loving mother who took wonderful care of her family and home. Over the years, she was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in Menomonee Falls; and Holy Hill in Hubertus. Since 2004, Mary and Earl spent time regularly at their condo and moved to Door County full time in 2017, residing in Sturgeon Bay. She was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in Sturgeon Bay. 

Mary enjoyed gardening, watching the birds and crafting. She also loved dogs. Mary liked to cook and bake and was always collecting new recipes. 

Her love will live on in the hearts of husband, Earl; one daughter and four sons, Earlene (Arthur) Lutzke of Sturgeon Bay, Stephen (Debra) Stintzi of San Antonio, Texas, John (fiancée, Vicky Kleckner) Stintzi of Fitchburg, Jim (Gail) Stintzi of Charleston, South Carolina, and Joe (Jocelyn) Stintzi of Adrian, Michigan; 14 grandchildren, Annie (Jon) Larsen, Nick (Krista) Lutzke, Matt (Michelle) Stintzi, Andrea (Neil) Sodja, Peter (Jeannette) Stintzi, Ali (Drew) Nichols, Michael Stintzi, Ryan (Christa) Stintzi, Katie (Dave) Borud, Dave (Jen) Stintzi, Dan (Kristyn) Stintzi, Cameron Stintzi, Gavin Stintzi and Gabby Stintzi; 14 great-grandchildren, Elliott, Oliver and Edy Larsen, Owen Lutzke, Ellis Stintzi, Nash Sodja, Conrad and Evie Stintzi, Margot Nichols, Marleigh Stintzi, Jackson and Henry Borud, and Noah and William Stintzi; nieces, nephew; and friends. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and one sister, Roland (Gloria) Kuchler, Benedict (Bertha) Kuchler, and Sr. M. Josine Kuchler; and other relatives. 

Due to COVID-19, a PRIVATE (for family attendance only) Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 811 W. Juniper St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54325 with Fr. Ryan Krueger and Fr. Carl Schmitt concelebrating. Mary will be laid to rest in the columbarium at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her name to Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians (1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033 or or the School Sisters of Notre Dame (13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, WI 53122 or 

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Anna’s Healthcare and Unity Hospice for your care given to our wife and mother.” 

Huehns Funeral Home and Door County Crematory in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Stintzi family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Mary can be shared through her tribute page at 


Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians
1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033
Tel: 262.628.1838

School Sisters of Notre Dame
13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove WI 53122

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