Mary Therese Schumacher, age 81, of Loretto, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, surrounded by her family, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Mary made her debut June 22, 1938, when she was born to Therese and John Cavanaugh. The sixth of seven children, her whole life revolved around family.
As a young child, she was struck with rheumatic fever that kept her inside while her siblings explored their farm in Plymouth. She might’ve missed out on learning how to swim and ride a bike, but one thing she did learn was just how important family is. This defined her life in every way.
When she married the love of her life, Ed, in 1958, they embarked on their greatest adventure together creating a wonderful, faithful family and being friends to everyone they encountered.
Throughout this adventure, Mary and Ed farmed, danced, played cards, camped, and entertained. They thrived, surrounded by family at their home in Loretto, and often traveling to their residence in Arizona to escape cold Minnesota winters.
As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mary couldn’t be topped. She never missed an opportunity to support her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids at various sports, activities, and milestones throughout the years. They were truly the most important things in her life.
Faith was also at the top of her list. A devout Catholic throughout her life, faith guided Mary through all of the joys and struggles she experienced.
Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Mary knew how her smile lit up a room and her hugs were unparalleled. Her laugh resonates in her loved ones’ hearts and they know that her smile is shining down on them now.
Mary is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Ed; children Debbie (Bill) Tieri, Randy (Lisa) Schumacher, Roberta (Mark) Jordan, John Schumacher, and Paul (Paula) Schumacher; and 14 grandchildren: Nick (Charity) Tieri, Jenny (Mike) Hegedus, Brent (Heather) Tieri, Angie (Todd) Herder, Samantha (James) Nieken, Martin McNichols, Amanda (Daniel) Breen, Matt Jordan, Christy Jordan, Brianna, Brendon, Jaylee, Nathan, and Jake. She is further survived by 14 great-grandchildren: Oliver, Bryson, Owen, Piper, Blake, Everett, Jovie, Emmie, Riley, Katie, Chase, Charlie, Henry, and Baby Breen #3; and two brothers, Richard Cavanaugh, and Joe (Barb) Cavanaugh.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, followed by interment at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Loretto.
There was visitation Sunday, Dec. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m., and a prayer service at 8 p.m., at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. Visitation continued Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.