In Memory of

Mary Catherine Brummel

September 29, 1926 - April 29, 2024


Mary Catherine Brummel, 97, of Lee’s Summit, Mo passed away on April 29 at the Lees Summit Medical Center.

Mary was born in Sabetha, Ks to Victor and Mary (Carroll) Huerter on September 29, 1926. She grew up in Seneca Ks and was very proud of her town. She loved to hear stories from Seneca and an occasional visit. Her last visit was in 2019 and she loved the revitalization that was taking place. She graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School and then moved to Kansas City for nursing training. She graduated from St Joseph Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1947. She worked at the hospital until the birth of her first child in 1950.

Mary was joined with Harold Brummel in Matrimony on March 29, 1948. They met at St Joseph Hospital while Harold’s mom was in the hospital. They shared the same birthdate (September 29) but one year apart. He proceeded her in death on November 14, 2020.

She is survived by sons: Mark (Carolyn), David (Denise), Mike (Diane), daughters in law Susan Forward and Jane Brummel, 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, brothers Ronald (Connie) Huerter and Quentin Huerter and sister-in-law JoAnne Huerter. She was proceeded in death in by her parents, sons Phil and Dick, daughter Patty, grandson Benjamin Brummel, brothers James Huerter and Gerard Huerter

Mary devoted her life to service for others. She saw more football, basketball, and baseball games than she could count, but she was always there to support her boys.

As proud as she was of her boys, she had a special pride in her daughter Patty. Patty was born with Downs Syndrome in 1959. At that time, it would not have been unusual to institutionalize Patty but that was not even a consideration to Mary and Harold. With their help and support Patty thrived in State Schools until age 21 and then began her work career at Shelter Workshops in Joplin Mo and Kansas City. In 2005 Patty moved into Cabrini House with 5 other ladies and lived there until her death in 2022. Mary and Harold would tell you the day Patty moved was the toughest day of their lives.

Mary, Harold, and Patty moved to Joplin Mo from Kansas City in 1980 with the move of Harold’s company. After his retirement they moved to Lees Summit Mo to be surrounded by children and grandchildren.

During their time in Joplin Mary spent large amounts of time volunteering. She became one of the first female Eucharist Ministers in Joplin. It made her nervous to begin this ministry but once she started, she embraced it. In Joplin and Lees Summit she took the Eucharist to many homebound parishioners.

Mary, Harold, and Patty enjoyed many driving trips throughout the United States. They especially loved the southeast United States. As they began to age, they stayed closer to home but enjoyed the open road.

Mary was a person who embraced her faith, lived the faith, and exuded her faith. Her rosaries were conveniently placed beside her chair and beside her bed. Recently she spent hours reading about St Faustina and began reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet each night as she was going to sleep.

Her kindness, genuineness and love will be missed by her family and all that knew her.

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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I am so sorry to hear this. Mark, I just learned of it through Kay Soulis. Mrs. Brummel was the kindest, most gentle and warm-heated woman throughout St. Catherine’s Gardens where we grew up. She also kept an eye on me as life didn’t always give you fair turns in the road. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Mrs. Brummel. I know she’ll go right to heaven and I hope she’ll still keep an eye out for me as I put on a few more years. It was my honor and pleasure to be one of her other sons. Grace and mercy are with you all the way Mrs. Brummel. Love, Eddie

Mark so sorry for your loss! No matter how old we get it’s especially hard to lose our parents! Your Mom’s obituary reminds me of our Mom’s, they were both 97 and both very religious and devoted to family! A great tribute to them!

Mark so sorry to hear about your Mom our prayers are with you and your family I know she’s is in a better place

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. She lives on in all of you.

Jeff & Eva Hardin

Dear Mark,
I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I did not know her well (since I did not live with the rest of the gang in SC Gardens), but her obituary paints the picture of a wonderful woman who was ahead of her time with regard to her dedication to Patty and decision to care for her at home regardless of the challenges. It is forward thinking like hers that offers Down’s children the chance to live full lives today. Hers was a life well-lived.

Well, I did not know your Mom, but I do know she obviously produced some wonderful children, so that speaks volumes as to her character! Our sympathies and prayers are with you

Dear Mark and all the Brummels, May your mother rest in peace and love. May your precious memories sustain you. Kacey and all the Hobsons/Markeys


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
10:30 AM Mass
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081