Mary Lou Nolting



Mary Lou Nolting, of Brownstown, passed away at the age of 84 on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Forest Path, Lutheran Community Home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 27, 1937, at the Horstman home, and was the daughter of Andrew E. and Mildred M. Noelker Horstman, both of whom preceded her in death.

Mrs. Nolting was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brownstown, where she was baptized on December 26, 1937, and confirmed in Christ on May 2, 1950. Over the years, she served on the Altar Guild and various other church committees.

Mary Lou graduated from Brownstown High School in 1955 and from Ball State University in 1959 with a Degree in Home Economics. While at Ball State, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Phi Upsilon Omicron. Upon graduation in 1960, she returned home and taught Home Economics at Seymour High School.

On April 4, 1959, she married the love of her life, Thomas M. Nolting, and he survives in Brownstown.

Mary Lou was fortunate to raise her children at home while their family owned &operated Nolting’s Foods for 35 years. She also owned and operated Mary Lou’s Gift Gallery in downtown Brownstown for many years.

Over the summer, her family came together and enjoyed their home at Lake &Forest Club. In the winters, they enjoyed retirement in Green Valley, Arizona, especially playing golf as members of Desert Hills Country Club for 20 years.

Mary Lou loved to travel all over the country and abroad, with Tom, as well as with friends and family. She was an avid bridge and mahjong player with some of her closest and lifetime friends. She was also a member of Psi Iota Xi of Brownstown for more than 50 years.

She was a lifelong learner and was determined to excel in anything she tried. She enjoyed cross-stitching pictures, pillows, and Christmas Stockings for her grandchildren. In the early 1980’s, she learned how to use personal computers and integrated the use of PCs at Nolting’s Foods long before PCs were commonplace. In her 40’s, she learned to SCUBA dive, sail 40-foot sailboats and snow ski. She became a snow ski instructor at Paoli Peaks and was rated by NASTAR as one of the top 10 skiers in Indiana for her age. She instilled the importance of education, learning, and “can do” attitude in all her children.

Mary Lou was loved beyond measure by her husband, Tom, children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

Survivors also include two sons: Thomas Nolting, Jr. of Tampa, Florida, and Mark (Jane) Nolting of Brownstown; two daughters: Nancy Hormuth of Woodstock, Georgia, and Cynthia (Michael) Munroe of Tucson, Arizona; two brothers: Richard Horstman of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Thomas Horstman of Basalt, Colorado; two sisters: Ruth Robertson of Brownstown, and Linda (Jerry) Robertson of Sellersburg, Indiana; eight grandchildren: Luke (Caitlin) Nolting, Kelsey (Tyler) Thias, Katy (Kyle) Mathena, Alex Munroe, Erin Munroe, Grant Hormuth, Matthew Hormuth, and Parker Hormuth; four great grandchildren: Meredith Thias, Monroe Thias, Beckett Nolting, and Blair Nolting; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law: Jan Horstman and Paula Horstman; and one brother-in-law, Phil Robertson.

Funeral services for Mary Lou Nolting will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brownstown, with Pastor Ralph Blomenberg and Pastor Martin Keller officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brownstown.

Interment will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Brownstown.

Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Building Fund or Donor’s Choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring staff at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown.

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