Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman’s Mom, Dies at 95

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Dorothy Mengering, the mother of former late night talk show host David Letterman has died.

Dorothy Mengering, the mother of former late night talk show host David Letterman, has died.

Becoming an unlikely star in her 70s because of her famous Hoosier son, Mengering’s first on-camera appearance happening during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

She returned for the next two Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City, and taped other show segments in London as well.

But, arguably, the most memorable TV moments with Dave’s mom were likely in her very own Carmel, Indiana kitchen, entitled, “Guess Mom’s Pies,” where Mengering exuded homespun charm and affection for her famous son.

In 1996, she authored a cookbook, called “Home Cookin’ With Dave’s Mom,” containing recipes such as “Dave’s Fried Baloney Sandwich,” along with instructions on how to make pies like blueberry, sour cherry, pecan molasses and chocolate chiffon.

Mengering was born Dorothy Hofert on July 18, 1921, in Linton, Indiana.

She attended Indiana University, and in 1942, she married florist Harry Joseph Letterman, who died of a heart attack in 1973.

A decade later, Dorothy married Hans P. Mengering, a retired structural engineer for an Indianapolis architectural firm. He died in March, 2013.

Dorothy Mengering was 95.

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