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DODGEVILLE / MONTFORT—Heaven opened up a Euchre Spot. Mercedes Mumm, age 90, of Dodgeville, formerly of Montfort, passed away peacefully at Upland Hills Nursing Center on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

She was born Lela Mercedes Edge on May 26, 1927, in Lancaster, the daughter of Francis and Lela (Bennett) Edge.

Mercedes graduated from Lancaster High School and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Teachers College. She taught grades one through eight at Little Grant School. She married William Mumm on Aug. 18, 1953, and had 10 children. They farmed in Cassville until 1968 and then started Mumm Spring Valley Dairy on Castle Rock Ridge, in Montfort. In 2000, Bill and Mercedes retired and moved to Dodgeville. Mercedes was a ruthless gardener and an amazing cook who attempted to feed anyone who came through the door. Her passion was playing cards and every visit included at least one game. She remained the matriarch of her very large family, even after suffering a stroke in 2014.

Mercedes is survived by eight children, Frank Mumm, Janet Needham (Robert Rist), Bev Mumm, Russell Mumm, Mary (David) McDermid, Brenda (Dave) Shemak, Dale Mumm, and Rosa Mumm; 15 grandchildren, Stacy (Eric) Iverson, Dawn (David) Regan, Amy (Anthony) Amegashie, Travis (Ashley) Mumm, Ryan (Leia) Shemak, Casey Shemak, Danny (Hilary) Shemak, Nathan Needham, Jeremy Needham (Marc Korobkin), Missy Needham (Jon Fedkenheuer), Kristin (Teddy) Quillen, Kelly (Pat) Murray, Kelsey (Mark) Walker, Billy (Sam) Mumm, and Bre Mumm; 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and special family members.

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Mercedes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William; two sons, Richard and James; and all of her siblings, Aleise Wetter, Velma Wetter, Marion Leifer, and George Edge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at ST. THOMAS CATHOLIC CHURCH in Montfort with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Settlement Cemetery in Cassville Township, Grant County. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Mercedes L. Mumm. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home of Montfort is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at

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