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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188
Mary Lou Schantz

Mary Lou Schantz

Friday, August 23rd, 1935 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Schantz, Mary Lou


Mary Lou Schantz, age 83, passed away on March 13, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lou was born August 23, 1935, the daughter of George and Gladys (Bowerman) Eggleston. On September 6, 1952, Mary Lou married the love of her life, Ralph Schantz, and he preceded her in death on April 28, 2017. An accomplished seamstress, Mary Lou was employed by Baby Bliss for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, making porcelain dolls, and watching her favorite movie, State Fair. Mary Lou was also an avid collector and in her younger years she belonged to a social quilting club. Mary Lou could often be found in the kitchen, cooking, canning-especially tomatoes, and baking. Her family always looked forward to her Easter Bunny cake. Mary Lou loved animals, especially her dog, Chichi. Mary Lou is survived by daughters: Cindy (Greg) Wieck, Dawn (Lloyd) Kilmer, and Karen Nicholson; sons: John (Doris) Schantz and Randy Schantz; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and foreign exchange children: Tewe Pannier, Ada Steen, Kiyomi Itakura. Mary Lou was also preceded in death by her parents, son in law, Robert Nicholson; infant brother: William Eggleston; brothers, George Eggleston Jr. and Ray Eggleston; special cousin, Katego Sorlas, and foreign exchange son, Lars Maelen. Mary Lou’s family will receive friends Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where her funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Pastor Tony Shumaker, officiating. Private interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Ralph. Memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of one’s choice will be appreciated. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Mary Lou’s family.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Beeler-Gores Funeral Home
    914 West Main Street
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  • Service

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 3:00pm
    Beeler-Gores Funeral Home
    914 West Main Street
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    Pastor Tony Shumaker
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    East Main Street
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Steve Kennedy

Posted at 11:16am
My heart felt condolences to the family. Her memory will live on forever in your heart . May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

Steve Kennedy


Tomo Oshio

Posted at 08:12pm
I will never forget about the Thanksgiving Dinner at Mary and Ralph's house. Randy took me there to join their family dinner. It was such a wonderful time. Mary was very kind and thoughtful. I'm very thankful that I could meet her and experience her warm heart.
These memories are forever. Although I won't be able to be there tomorrow in person, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Posted at 12:24pm
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jim Atherton

Posted at 10:57am
Cindy, Dawn, John, Randy, Karen and to your respective families, we extend our sincere condolences to all of you during this time of deep loss.
As I was told by another cousin, Frances Barnes (my dad’s nephew) after my dad passed, “it hurts now, it will hurt less as time passes, but you will never forget and you will always hold onto the good memories forever.”
Although, at this time, it is not possible for us to be there in person, we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and will especially be with you tomorrow during the celebration of life memorial service.
May God bless you all!

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Jim and Judy Atherton

Posted at 10:16am
We love you, Mary Lou. We will never forget the love that you, Ralph, and your children have shown us. We have precious memories. Thank you. RIP.
Jim and judy and family❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

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