Sun Prairie - Maureen F. Mengelt, age 52, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2013. She was born to Glenn and Mary Anne (Gross) Curran Sr. in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Growing up, she attended Laconia High School, graduating in 1979. She then went on to attend UW River Falls, graduating in 1984 with a degree in Secondary Education. Professionally, Maureen attended the Police Academy in Madison, WI, and served on the Madison Police Force from 1986-1989. This was followed by work in the State Public Defender's Office, followed by work as a private detective. While living in Madison, she met and married Kevin R. Mengelt in 1992. They then moved to Port Edwards where she taught Social Studies at Port Edwards High School. Kevin and Maureen moved to Sun Prairie in 1995 to raise their family of three children, Megan, Andrew, and Allyson. Included in her family, she surprisingly came to love her cat, M&M, and her dog, Bella. Maureen delayed her career to focus on raising her family, immersing herself in every one of their activities. She was an active parent in Sun Prairie Soccer, Sun Prairie Music (Band, Orchestra, Jazz, Choir), Sun Prairie Hockey, and the Sound of Sun Prairie (Love that Sound!). During this time, she also worked at the Prairie Athletic Club and was most recently employed at Gallant Knight Limousine as a driver. Her busy lifestyle suited her personality perfectly, earning her the nickname "Bing".

Her involvement did not stop at her children's activities. One of her most recognized passions is running. She was a longtime member of the Madison Hash House Harriers and has participated in hundreds of races, ranging from running 10K's with her children to running marathons in Arizona and Utah. Apart from her running, Maureen always carried a passion for people. Whether it be going for a coffee date in an eclectic coffee shop she found, or going up to a new mother to hold her baby, she maintained her outgoing nature and always put others first. The amount of energy Maureen brought into a room could not be ignored. She didn't command attention, but her vitality and dynamic personality invigorated anyone within hugging, coffee-drinking, laughing, listening and soul-searching distance. You couldn't help but feel better and more motivated after a "session" with Maureen. Her fast-paced lifestyle and bubbly personality attracted countless people. The community will deeply feel her loss.

Maureen is survived by her husband and three children, her mother, Mary Anne (Gross) Curran, ten siblings, Robert Curran and his wife Peggy, of Phoenix, AZ, Jeff Curran, Nanette Longo and her husband Joe, Kathleen Gregor, all of Fond du Lac, Tim Curran and his wife Linda, of Rosendale, Lynn LeFever and her husband Buddy, of Menasha, Glenn Curran and his wife Brenda, of Ripon, Edward Curran and his wife Vonnie, Mary Rechek and her husband Curt, all of Brandon, and Patrice Walgenbach and her husband John, of Oakfield. Maureen loved and was loved by countless nieces, nephews, greatnieces, and greatnephews. She cherished her time with family and made it a priority to put family first. Preceding her in death were her brother, Terrance Curran, and her father, Glenn Curran Sr.

She will never be forgotten.

A visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at ST. ALBERT THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2420 St. Albert Drive, Sun Prairie, WI, with Rev. Msgr. Terrance L. Connors officiating. A visitation will also be held at church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.

Please make a donation in Maureen's name to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at http://www.madd.org/local-offices/wi/.