Mary Elizabeth (Schorr) Behnke

October 22, 1945 ~ March 11, 2018 (age 72)

Mary Schorr Behnke

St Louis, Missouri

Our Lord and Savior has taken Mary Schorr Behnke to be by his side in heaven on late on March 11, 2018.  Mary was born on October 22, 1945 to parents Marcella Emma Schorr and William Petker Schorr in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was 72 years old.  Mary’s innate kindness and consummate generosity to all around her are poignant tenets of her personality that will be remembered by all who knew her.  Mary is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ernie Behnke; daughter Lori Behnke Taylor, son Schorr Behnke; grandchildren Schorr and Will Taylor, Harper, Louise and Libby Behnke; and father Bill Schorr.  Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her family and spent as much time with them as she could, always with a beautiful smile.


As a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Education, Mary displayed her intelligence and dedication to her community as a first grade teacher in the Ferguson, Missouri school district immediately following graduation. But this was just the beginning of her commitment to serving and improving the world around her. She was a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer leader as president of the friend’s boards for the St Louis Zoo, the Childhaven School, the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She was an active member on the boards of the St Louis Art Museum, Edgewood Children’s Center and St. Louis Society for the Blind. She was also the president of the Women’s Society of Washington University.   Because of her extensive community involvement, Mary was recognized as a Woman of Achievement for her humanitarian concerns at the annual Women of Achievement awards in St. Louis in the year 2000.  


Mary has always been sustained by her faith.  She was an active volunteer with St. Pauls Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO, Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia, MI and Desert Foothills Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ. She was an avid reader and cherished her many her book clubs.  She also found the quiet of the early morning to be rejuvenating, especially when that time included a walk with friends.  Mary saw her world through the lens of warmth and gratitude for all the people and experiences that made her smile.  


A memorial service will be held at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale on March 17 at 11:00 with a reception to follow.  


Tributes to Mary may be sent to:

St. Louis Children’s Hospital (, P.O.Box 955423, St.Louis, MO 63195-5423


Desert Foothills Lutheran Church Endowment (, 29305 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266


Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (, P.O Box 93, Benzonia, MI 49616

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