Dec. 5, 1940 – May 12, 2024

Mary Lou Froggett, 83, of Alpena, passed away on May 12, 2024.

Born in Alpena on Dec. 5, 1940, to the late Paul and Alice (Klebba) Wachterhauser, Mary Lou’s life was a testament to the values she held dear, leaving a legacy of kindness that will be cherished by all who knew her.

Mary Lou’s spirit of selflessness and dedication shone brightly through her work as a medical assistant. For over two decades, she assisted Dr. Lee R. Britton with unwavering commitment and compassion. Her work ethic and warm demeanor made her an indispensable part of the medical community.

Beyond her professional contributions, Mary Lou’s heart was truly at home in the classroom. She volunteered for many years as “Grandma” in a kindergarten class at Besser Elementary School, sharing her love and wisdom with the youngest members of her hometown. The impact of her gentle guidance on countless children will resonate for generations.

Her strong faith and love for music led her to sing in her church choir, lifting spirits and strengthening bonds within her congregation. Mary Lou’s melodious voice was also a staple in the Thunder Bay Arts Council Chorus, where she sang with joy and passion for many years. Her dedication to her faith extended to serving on several church committees, always striving to make a difference in her community.

Family was the cornerstone of Mary Lou’s life. She is survived by her loving sons, Jeffrey, and Craig (Kathy); her daughter, Kim, her cherished grandchildren, Adam Ty (Taylor), Tait (Taylor), Dana, and Carley Froggett; her devoted brother, Rev. P. Thomas (Beth) Wachterhauser; her caring sister-in-law Jane; and her dear nephews Eric, RJ, and Matthew Wachterhauser, and niece Eryn Gilbert. Her life was enriched by the laughter and love they shared, and her memory will be treasured in their hearts forever. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Wachterhauser and daughter-in-law Julie, both of whom she held close to her heart.

Mary Lou’s life was a living example of “The Golden Rule,” treating others with the kindness and respect she wished to receive. Her loving and gentle nature was not just a personal attribute but a guiding principle that influenced every interaction she had. Those who knew Mary Lou would describe her as a source of unwavering support, a listener with an open heart, and a friend who always offered a comforting word.

Family will receive friends at McWilliams Funeral Home (formerly Wachterhauser Funeral Home) on Saturday, May 18, from noon until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. with Chaplin Giovanna Meek officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpena Community College Foundation in support of the Nursing Student Certification Support Fund, Huron Humane Society, or Hospice Angels of Compassus.