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Anne Mehls 03/18/2022

Anne McCoy Mehls, age 84
June 8, 1937 – March 18, 2022
Preceded in death by her beloved parents, a great-niece, and numerous other relatives & friends.
Survived by her loving husband Chuck and her four children: MaryBeth (Dennis), Daniel (April), David (Shannon) and Pete (Kirstin), ten grandchildren (Scott, Randy & Gretchen Raddatz), (Elizabeth, Cameron & Carlee Mehls), (Keilan & Liam Mehls), and (Amelia & Benjamin Mehls) and two great grandchildren.
Born in Sparta, WI Anne was the daughter of the late Douglas & Joan McCoy and the granddaughter of General & Ms. Robert B. McCoy. Graduating from SHS in 1955, she went on to graduate from the U of W-Eau Claire in 1959 with a B.S. degree in Education.
Following graduation, she worked as an Assistant Public Information Director for the Minneapolis/Hennepin County chapter of the American Red Cross.
On December 27th, 1960, Anne was united in marriage to Charles P. Mehls of Chippewa Falls, WI. The couple settled in New Richmond where Anne worked as a secretary for Doughboy Industries, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (now known a Northwood Technical College) while raising her family.
Anne created her own business in 1967 “The Doll Closet” and continued sewing custom crafted doll clothes until her death.
She was an active volunteer at the UMC church, the New Richmond Heritage Center, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels Program, Westfields Hospital Gift Shop and The Square Dance Team- “the Willow Squares.” She also enjoyed her various friendship groups.
An avid seamstress, she was also a long-time golfer, figure skater, traveler, and genuinely enjoyed writing/journalism. She could always be found with several books by her reading chair and belonged to the Friday Memorial Library “My Story Book Club.”
A Celebration of Anne’s Life was held on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 11 am at the New Richmond United Methodist Church 209 East Second Street, New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI and on Wednesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Anne’s service




  • Keilan Mehls Posted March 18, 2022 6:15 pm

    Take care of her

  • Joseph Bolder Posted March 19, 2022 5:43 pm

    God bless her 🙏

  • joan rutledge Posted March 19, 2022 11:31 pm

    Anne was a caring and loving person to so many people and will be greatly missed. God bless her and keep her in his care.

  • Kay Brooks Posted March 20, 2022 7:15 am

    I loved Anne’s always pleasant manner and knowing smile. My first memories of her were as the lady who made wonderful doll clothes. My daughters and granddaughters loved dressing their Cabbage Patch dolls with so many cute outfits. And then, as the years went by, I knew Ann in so many other ways. Loved her!

  • Shelly Holland Posted March 20, 2022 10:27 am

    Anne was a lovely person, always smiling! My deepest sympathies to the whole family! Gods blessings on each and every one of you!😇❤️

  • Chris Norman Posted March 22, 2022 9:48 am

    My life was better because Anne was there. As I moved on from New Richmond I was greatly entertained by her Christmas letters and thankfully, was able to stop by a few times when I was in town, to catch up. She told me stories of my mom I never knew. So many memories, enriching my childhood. Love to her entire family.

  • Lee Rosenow Posted March 22, 2022 11:35 am

    Sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. She has been a dear friend for over 60 years. We worked together at the Red Cross in Mpls and have stayed in touch ever since.

  • Amy Zimmerman-Thompson Posted March 26, 2022 4:36 pm

    The world lost a gem! My thoughts and prayers are you, Mehls family!

  • Anne Clay Cernyar Posted March 30, 2022 1:50 am

    I will always remember the lovely time I spent as a little girl watching Aunt Anne sew elaborate prairie dresses for my Barbie doll. Her creativity with fabric and love for dolls inspires me to this day. I also admired her spunk as she started her own creative business and brought joy to so many little girls with dolls. Thinking of you all with love and prayers today. She will be so greatly missed.

  • Roberta Walsvig Posted March 30, 2022 12:34 pm

    Beautiful service. What a wonderful tribute to her life!

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