Mary Ghelf

Mary Lynn (Harding) Ghelf, age 60, loving mother of three and adoring wife to husband Kirk, passed away peacefully at home in De Soto, WI surrounded by family Friday, June 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with uterine cancer. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the De Soto Lutheran Church, where a prayer service will be held at 3:45 p.m. led by Rev. Lori Kleppe. Burial will follow in the Walnut Mound Cemetery, Retreat, WI. A Celebration of Mary’ s Life will be held at a future date, which will be announced.

Mary was born September 24, 1961 in La Crosse, WI to Vernon “Brady” and Marie (Dybvig) Harding. She graduated from De Soto High School in 1979 and attended college through WTC. Mary married her husband, Kirk, in 1986 and became an excellent farm wife. Mary was employed by G. Heileman Brewing Co., Coulee Children’s Center and worked the majority of her career at Gundersen Health System.

Mary enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, canning, shopping, craft fairs and so much more. But above all, she enjoyed being “Grammie” the most. As a mother and wife, she was generous, loving and kind. We will always remember her contagious smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Kirk; her son, Brandon (Keri) Ghelf of De Soto, WI; her daughters, Melissa (Dan) Mohn of Lansing and Jenny (Mike) Ballwahn of Victory, WI; her beloved grandchildren, Keagan, Ellie, Hattie, Blair, Kamryn and Hope; her sisters, Peggy Duncan of Viroqua, WI and Diane (Dennis) Brown of Richland Center, WI; her brothers, Brady (Bonne) Harding of Henderson, NV, Mike (Angela) Harding of Littleton, CO and John (Nickol) Burmeister of Freemont, WI; her brother-in-law, Jon Nasseth of De Soto, WI; her sisters-in-law, Tracey (Larry) Ames of De Soto, WI and Wende Ghelf of De Soto, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon “Brady” and Marie Harding; her father- and mother-in-law, Wayne and Mary (Myhre) Ghelf; her sisters, Pamela Nasseth and Christine Harding; and her brothers-in-law, Bob Duncan and Paul Ingles.

We know that we can’t have you but we’re happy knowing that the angels have you back. Goodbye to a wonderful woman, beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  A special thank you to Dr. Harmon and the entire Oncology and Hospice staff at Gundersen Health System.

Thorson-Popp Funeral and Cremation Services is entrusted with her services. Online condolences may be left at