Mary Schaeffer, 78

Mary F. Schaeffer, 78, of White Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Sturgis. 

Mary was born Nov. 6, 1932 in South Bend, Ind., to Leonard and Blanche (Geyer) Meert. 

She was a 1950 graduate of White Pigeon High School and had lived there for many years until moving to Kalamazoo.

 After raising her family, she attended Parsons Business School. She was employed with Lakeside Refinery in Kalamazoo, A-1 Disposal in Plainwell and Schaeffer Financial in Rockville, Md. 

Surviving are three children, Richard Wayne (Karen) Schaeffer of Rockville, Michael Lee (Cindy) Schaeffer of White Pigeon and Theresa Lynn Schaeffer of Newberry; five granddaughters; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her siblings, Eugene (Kathy) Meert of Plainwell, Shirley (Don) Griffin of Hastings, Nancy Moulder of Otsego, Larry (Kathy) Meert of Plainwell, Judy (Jon) Nieuwenhuis of Plainwell and Sally (Lynn) Lukins of Portage; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Meert of Plainwell; a brother-in-law, Lamar Bloss of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

 Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Jack Meert and Billy Meert; a sister, Betty Bloss; and a brother-in-law, Larry Moulder. 

Friends may meet with the family from 5-8 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dan Minor officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

 Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Parchment United Methodist Church. 

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