Mary Teresa"Teta" (Collins) Mechenbier, age 90, died at home on Friday morning, August 25, 2017.  She was the daughter of Bernard L. and Alice G. (Robinson) Collins, born October 6, 1926, and a 1944 graduate of St. Michael High School.  She was a life-long member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.

Upon graduation, she worked at Camp Reynolds and Bell Telephone. Teta had the privilege of living her entire life in Greenville, with the gift of being surrounded by family and life-long friends from school, church, work, and social interactions.  Although she enjoyed bowling and card clubs, it was her devotion to home and family that defined her life.

On May 27, 1947 Teta married Norbert F. Mechenbier, he passed away July 25, 2015. She was mother of eight children and an active supporter and partner in her husband's pursuits.  She maintained a calm and joyful attitude at home, and enjoyed gardening and cooking for her every-day "crowd," including hot lunches every school day! She had the daily joys of extended family as well, often hosting large gatherings.

Her love of Greenville led to steadfast support of community charities and causes, as well as her Church’s Michael’s Mantle ministry, providing food for post funeral meals.

She is survived by all eight of her children: Bobby, Diann Kuder, Kate (Greg) Landfried, of Greenville; Dan (Lydia) Mechenbier, Jacksonville, FL; Ellen (Stephen) Barrouk, Wilkes Barre,PA; Peggy (Dave) McKay, Indianapolis, IN; Dave (Valerie) Mechenbier, Lakewood, OH; and Bert (Cathy) Mechenbier of Painesville, OH. She also has 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren who will miss her presence in their lives. She is also survived by her brother George (Gus) Collins of Leesburg FL, her sister Rosanne Millward of Greenville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her brother, John Collins, as well as a grandson, Jeff Barrouk, and son-in-law John Kuder.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to St. Michael Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125 or ARC/MCAR, 850 North Hermitage Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148.



  1. Reenie Hockett Reenie Hockett
    August 26, 2017    

    Diann and Kate ( extended family) my deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mom and dad would bring Bobby in the clinic, and they were the kindest people ever. God Bless all of you.

  2. Kim Bailey Kim Bailey
    August 27, 2017    

    Kate-Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  3. Linda Luciani Murrin Linda Luciani Murrin
    August 27, 2017    

    So sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet and calm person. I have fond memories of going to your house to visit when we were in school at St. Mike’s.

  4. Deb Mariacher Deb Mariacher
    August 27, 2017    

    Diann and Family,
    Sympathy and yet celebration of your Mother and her legacy to her family and community. We hope your memories of those many happy times with your mother give you some comfort and peace. Deb and Terry Mariacher

  5. Ann Marie Fry (Consiglio) & Joseph L. Fry Ann Marie Fry (Consiglio) & Joseph L. Fry
    August 28, 2017    

    Ellen, Diann, Dan & the complete family, Sending our thought and prayers to the complete family at this time of sadness. May the beautiful memories that your mother has left you all, last a lifetime. Sending our Deepest Sympathies.

  6. Judith (Cook) Kougher Judith (Cook) Kougher
    August 28, 2017    

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. The many fond memories you have will ease you through.

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 28, 2017    

    Dear Bobby, Diann, Dan, Ellie and Peggy,
    What wonderful parents you had! Although I knew them only for a short time, they both showed warmth and love for each other and their family. It was clear to me that their children radiated a very, special spirit that drew many of us into your family’s fold. May good memories be with you all as you gather together.
    Janet Wackenhut Michaelsen

  8. Mr. & Mrs. Michael (Judy) Leskovac Mr. & Mrs. Michael (Judy) Leskovac
    August 28, 2017    

    Thinking and praying for all of your Family at this most difficult time. Your parents were both dedicated to Family Life and raised eight beautiful children and we’re so proud of each of you. We have good memories of both the Collins and Mechenbier Families and will fondly remember them always.

  9. Kristine (Ray) Sandford Kristine (Ray) Sandford
    August 28, 2017    

    Dearest Cousins – My prayers are being sent your way. I have so many memories of your parents and being able to see Aunt Teta a few years back was so special. I was thinking of her all last week and now I know why. Love and Hugs to all of you.

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