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Mary Schoendorf

March 22, 1928 — December 7, 2021

Mary Schoendorf

Mary Jane Schoendorf, age 93, of Elsie, Michigan passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Ovid Healthcare Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ovid, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 20, 2021, with Rev. Fr. Anthony Brooks presiding.  Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, Michigan at a later date.  Visitation will be Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 4-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.

Mary Jane was born and raised on the family farm in Pewamo, Michigan on March 22, 1928, the daughter of Joseph and Amelia "Nettie" (Schneider) Trierweiler.  She graduated from Westphalia High School with the class of 1945.   She married Eugene Carl "Gene" Schoendorf on September 7, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westphalia, Michigan.  They were blessed with 63 years of marriage prior to his passing on December 19, 2020.  Mary Jane and Gene met in Houghton Lake, Michigan at a dance hall.

As a homemaker Mary Jane raised their 3 children and Elsie truly became her home.  She was involved in many community activities including the Women's Literary Club; she was an election official for decades of local elections, and helped in the formation of the DDA in Elsie.  She was the St. Cyril's Altar Society Treasurer for 50+ years.  Mary Jane was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  When she wasn't busy with her family and the family business-Gene's IGA, she enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, and was a season ticket holder to MSU Hockey.  Mary Jane was a genuine person and a friend to many.

She is survived by her children: Stacy and Tom Doubrava of Elsie, MI; Scott and Cindy Schoendorf of Laingsburg, MI; Sarah and Ron Maynard of Elsie, MI; seven grandchildren: Kyle and Bryce Doubrava, Ryan (Amber) Schoendorf, Riley (Jake) Hicks, and Molly, Ben, and Tori Maynard and one great-granddaughter Blakely Schoendorf; two sisters: Kay Huston, and Marilyn (Bernard) Thelen, and many nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene, and siblings: Joan, Ernestine, Matt, Jean and Carolyn.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be sent to  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.

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Past Services


Sunday, December 19, 2021

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie

221 E. Main Street, Elsie, MI 48831

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, December 20, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am

Holy Family Catholic Church

510 Mabbit Rd, Ovid, MI 48866

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Burial will be held at a later date

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