Marie S. Luehring

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Marie S. 

Visitation at THREE HOLY WOMEN PARISH – ST. RITA CHURCH, 1617 N. Cass Street Milwaukee, WI  53202 on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM until the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.  Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marie’s name may be directed to the Kinship Community Food Center Kinship Community Food Center ( or by mail: 2610 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI  53212.

Marie was born in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph and Prudence (Maglio) Spera on September 4th, 1947. She grew up on the East Side of Milwaukee surrounded by doting parents, her loving older sister Phyllis, her grandmother Sebastiana, and extended family – a loyal brother-in-law and three nieces. She was proud to grow up in a bi-lingual household of several generations, who loved and took care of each other. Marie was always surrounded by the aroma of something delicious cooking on the stove. The love and care she received while growing up paved the way for her to create the same for her family. Smart, funny and full of wisdom, she taught her children to be kind, loving and tolerant.

Marie met lifelong friends while attending Riverside High School and went on to graduate with her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Marie dedicated her career to education, retiring after many years at MacDowell Montessori.

While still at UWM, Marie met “Chuckles” – the love of her life. They married on October 25, 1969 and spent 53 years of marriage building a home and a life together. They traveled the United States, Canada and Europe as a young couple and then with their three children, other family and friends. They enjoyed camping in Door County and it became one of their favorite getaways.

Marie enjoyed working with her hands, creating patchwork quilts in her freetime. She created  unique Christmas stockings for each child and grandchild, a cherished centerpiece of their holiday. She thoughtfully created aprons from her late mother’s house dresses for her daughters, nieces and other relatives. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and playing games. Her greatest passion was her family. She was a devoted daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, cousin, wife, mother and grandmother. She continued family traditions passed down through generations and brought loved ones together with her affection, attention and care.

Marie is survived by her beloved husband Charles Luehring. Cherished children Andrea (Michael) McCormick, Marissa (Sandra Franco) Luehring, and Joseph (Mark Conner) Luehring. Devoted, loving and proud grandma of Indi Rose, Patrick Charles, Marin Rose, and Mia Lucia. Treasured sister of Phyllis (the late Guido) D’Alessio. Loyal sister-in-law of Roger Luehring. Beloved aunt of Theresa D’Alessio, Prudy (Julious Caniza) D’Alessio-Caniza, and Lisa (Ben) Lenczner. Great Aunt of Nicolaus (Talor Rudolph) Caniza, Rachell (Alex Domiquez) Caniza-Dominquez, Bianca Lenczner, and Giada Lenczner. Marie is further survived by many loving relatives and friends.




  1. Mary Anne Borowski-Lutz December 19, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family! I am unable to come to the funeral service for Marie.
    I worked with her at MacDowell Montessori School.
    The last time I saw her was when we were both volunteering at the Riverwest Food Pantry some years ago. We agreed to get in touch, but alas, we did not.
    She was a kind and generous person, a pleasure to know!! Peace be with you all!!

  2. Phyllis Piano December 19, 2022 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Marie was such a wonderful person. We are so sad to hear of the news of her passing from her niece, Theresa. Theresa is a very close friend, and has been for 50 years. My best friend, Barb, and I met Marie not long after meeting Theresa, who we worked with at the McDonald’s on Oakland in the 70s. A bit later in the 80s, Barb and I were neighbors of Marie and Chuck in the early 80s on Frederick Ave. As young women, we rented a flat across the street. How wonderful and safe and secure we felt with Marie and Chuck across the street! What a terrific aunt she was to Theresa, Prudy and Lisa–the absolute best. And Marie and Chuck….what a fabulous couple they were and fantastic parents to their three kids. On hot summer nights, Barb and I would sit on our steps outside and watch the comings and goings at Chuck and Marie’s, and, as young, single women at that time, we hoped that we could find a love and partnership like theirs. To us, Marie and Chuck were the ideal couple. and, of course, later on the most wonderful parents. In addition to being a fantastic wife, mother and aunt, she was a dedicated, devoted and caring sister to Phyllis, Theresa’s Mom. They were so close. I always felt like Marie gave great advice. She was a teacher (Chuck, too) and I believe she used her experience to help guide her children and nieces. She was a wonderful resource and sounding board for Theresa, and, of course, extremely important in her life. I know that the family is heartbroken and that the holidays will be especially hard. Sending hugs, sympathy and love from California to the family at this difficult, difficult time. What a gift Marie was….

  3. Brent styles December 20, 2022 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Marissa and family – my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I only met Marie once (at a wedding), but I still remember how sweet she was. I know your hearts are broken…. To a life well led. Thank you, Marie for raising such a good family.

  4. Lou and Jackie Davit December 20, 2022 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Marie and her husband, Chuck were active members of our Marriage Encounter group for many years. We shared many stories of love and marriage, its blessings and tribulations. – the shared feelings were comforting, the companionship was uplifting. Marie’s full life was an inspiration to all of us in our M.E. group.

  5. Pamela Markey and Adam Johnson December 20, 2022 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Joe, Mark, and family,

    Our condolences go out to you. We wish we could have met her as she sounds like a truly warm and wonderful person who touched many lives.

    All our love is going out to you.

  6. Mary L Froehlich December 20, 2022 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Joe & Mark, and all Marie’s family,

    To have raised someone as wonderful as Joe, Marie must have been someone very special. I’m sending you all the biggest hugs & would love to hear your favorite stories about your beloved Mom.

    Our condolences & love are with you,
    Mary, Adam, Xavi & Zaki Froehlich

  7. Gary and Richard Demien December 21, 2022 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Our condolences to you Charley from Gary and Richard Demien. We always enjoyed our times with you and Marie..

  8. Jim Wnuczek December 22, 2022 at 11:59 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences!! I loved Marie!! She was a joy to work with and was always very giving of her time, love and advice..

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