Dorothy Mengering – Dave’s Mom – Dies

Late night talk show host David Letterman would on occasion feature his mom on the show. Dorothy Mengering died April 11 in her Carmel, Indiana home at the age of 95. Her death came just one day before her son David’s birthday.

Letterman’s first segment featuring his mom was in her kitchen baking pies and he had to “Guess Mom’s Pies”. The pie segment became a Thanksgiving tradition and mom’s appearances soon expanded to Mother’s Day and even reports from the Olympics.

Mengering was a “correspondent” for four Olympics – Lillehammer, Norway; Nagano, Japan, Salt Lake City, and London, England.

She created a cookbook in 1996 titled “Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom”. The cookbook included such recipes as “Dave’s Fried Baloney Sandwiches, Jan’s Sauerkraut Balls, Gretchen’s Salad Dressing, and the pies she had been baking on her Late Night segments.

Before finding fame on her son’s talk show, Mengering was a church secretary.

She was born Dorothy Marie Hofert on July 18, 1921 in Lonton, Indiana the oldest of three children.

Predeceased by both of her husbands – Harry Letterman and Hans P. Mengering – Dorothy is survived by her children David, Janice, and Gretchen and five grandchildren.


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