Anonymous donor offers to help Sun Prairie family move roadside memorial
SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW)- The kindness of strangers has overwhelmed the Mengelt family many times over the last two years. Ever since Sun Prairie resident Maureen Mengelt was killed in a hit and run accident back in April of 2013. The latest act of kindness goes above and beyond anything family members ever expected.
"Whoever they are, thank you so much. It really means a lot to our family," husband Kevin Mengelt says.
An anonymous stranger is paying to move the family's roadside memorial after state transportation officials ordered to have it taken down. The decision came after an anonymous complaint was filed against the memorial.
"Hopefully the plaque will be a remembrance of the good work that Maureen has done. You've helped promote that word. Thank you so much. Whoever you are," Mengelt says.
The good news comes after a difficult meeting with Sun Prairie city officials and the Department of Transportation. Mengelt thought he was walking into a discussion, but says the decision was already made before he walked into the room.
"There really wasn't a compromise. Their policy is that if there's a complaint, memorials must come down," Mengelt explains.
Mengelt says the Sun Prairie City Council is offering to basically host the memorial anywhere the family wants, as long as its on city property. With this latest act of kindness the family has enough funding to make it happen.
"We're looking at a couple different places we're considering right now. One would be just across the intersection where my wife was struck," Mengelt says.
Family members are also considering moving the memorial to the city park where they hosted the Memorial Day run in Mengelt's honor. So far the family's foundation has raised more than $90,000 for community projects. The Wisconsin DOT says the family has until next Spring to move the memorial, but they'd like to see if moved sooner rather than later.
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