Mary Grace Schwartz, age 85, of Adrian, died Friday, December 11, 2009, at Provincial House. She was born August 1, 1924, in Adrian to Frederick Matthew and Grace Blanche (Hoag) Burkert. On August 5, 1948, she married Robert J. Schwartz. He preceded her in death on December 19, 1991.
Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. She had been a volunteer at Bixby Hospital for 30 years.
Mary is survived by two sons, James (Pam) Schwartz of Adrian and Matthew (Laura) Schwartz of Adrian; four daughters, Cecelia “Ceal” Schwartz of Adrian, Marian (Wayland) Echelbarger of Adrian, Barbara (Richie) Gallatin of Sand Creek and Ann (Robert) Love of Adrian; a sister, Kathryn Venia of Tecumseh; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Richard McLaughlin of Adrian, Ken and Genny Schwartz of Adrian, Catherine Wielfaert of Britton and Roger Scheuerman of Holland; 14 grandchildren, Kathryn, Sarah, and Robert Love, Margaret Echelbarger, Andrea, Megan and Jessica Gallatin, Michelle and Daniel Schwartz, Matthew and Paul Schwartz, and Robert, Hannah and Jacob Schwartz. In addition to her husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Charles Schwartz; three sisters, Helen Williamson, Thelma Dempsey, and Frances McLaughlin; and two brothers, Frederick Burkert and Henry Burkert.
The Funeral Liturgy for Mary will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Reverend David Hudgins as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Visitation will also be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church Food Pantry (St. Vincent DePaul), Hospice of Lenawee or St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.