Visitation: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 2-8 PM at the funeral home.
Burial: Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10 AM at Locust Grove Cemetery in Burr Oak.
Funeral Service: Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11 AM at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church.
Age 89, of Colon, Michigan went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 15, 2019. Mary was born on November 20, 1929 to the late Christian & Emily (Schwartz) Stauffer.
She married Samuel S Schwartz, December 11, 1947, who preceded her in death in 1987. Together, they had 11 children.
A generous lady who lived life to the full, Mary was also a remarkable hostess and cook. She enjoyed preparing meals for her family, friends and church. She was a talented lady and she lived her life with a passion and a purpose. She always had a song in her heart and loved to play music and sing. Mary was a member at Pine Grove Mennonite Church and was a woman of strong faith in Jesus Christ. Her family is forever grateful for her life.
Mary is survived by 11 children, Thomas (Leanell) Schwartz of Battle Creek, Sheryl (Fred) Miller of Ft. Wayne, IN, Linda (Rex) Thornburgh of Sturgis, Dr. Gary Schwartz of Smyrna, TN., Ardis (Glenn) Middleton of Sturgis, Debra Greenwald of Leonidas, Jaynie (Joseph) Schlabach of Colon, Tony (Robyn) Schwartz of Marcellus, Sheila (Jeff) Thrams of Canton, OH, Shelley (Brett) Brandys of Wellston, Rhonda (Kip) Miller of Colon, 31 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. In addition, Mary is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, whom she adored.
She was preceded in death by one son-in-law Garth Greenwald and her siblings five brothers: Amos, Christopher, Menno, Freeman and Donald Stauffer. three sisters: Sally Zehr, Katherine Wilcox, Virginia Stauffer
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2- 8 pm Thursday, April 18th, at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. A graveside service and burial will take place at 10 am Friday, April 19th at Locust Grove Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating the life of Mary E. Schwartz will take place at 11am at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Burr Oak, MI with Pastor Tom Schwartz officiating. A luncheon is to follow in the fellowship hall.
Memorial donations in memory of Mary E. Schwartz may be made out to “Growing Hope Globally”. Envelopes will be provided or you may donate online at www.growinghopeglobally.org.