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Mary Schecker

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Mary Schecker

Mesa - Mary Schecker (nee Cull), 76, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on January 12, 2018, while hospitalized for pneumonia at the Banner Baywood Medical Center. Born on Christmas Day, 1941, in Ballston Spa, New York, to Ruth and Donald Cull, with siblings Dolly, Pearl, and Charles ("Chuck"), Mary was a strong-willed woman with a quick wit and laughing eyes. She was passionate about reading, especially Shakespeare and Greek Mythology, and never failed to inspire students and faculty alike during her long teaching career at West Islip High School in New York. In the early 1980s, she met fellow divorcee and novice actor Ed Schecker, and the two married on April 4, 1985. By 1993, they had both retired and had twice navigated a boat to the Bahamas, but eventually settled into a fairy-tale home off Lover's Lane, on the bank of Jackson Creek in Deltaville, Virginia. Mary volunteered at the Deltaville Library, read, played cards, and spoiled Ed's grandchildren whenever they came to visit. Ed died in October, 2000, from cancer, and Mary packed up those Deltaville memories and moved to Mesa, Arizona, to be closer to her sister Pearl. She is survived by sisters Dolly Cannistra (Frank) and Pearl Plummer (Don), sister-in-law Selma Levy, nephew Alan Levy, stepsons Neil Schecker (fiancée Amanda) and Jay Schecker (Sutapa), step-daughter Miriam Shaw, and grandchildren Bria Schecker (Brad), Shira Herman (JJ), Binyomin Shaw (Aliyah), Tuvia Shaw (Beka), Marli Schecker (fiancée Nathan), Shaina Shaw, Menachem Shaw (Menushka), Esther Shaw and Shanna Shaw. She will be sorely missed by her "fraughter" (friend/ex-daughter-in-law) Robin Edelman and by devoted friends Linda Bayer, Elizabeth Maio, and Carol Siwula. Services will be held privately in Deltaville, VA. Please direct all correspondence to [email protected] Donations in Mary's honor can be made to The National Psoriasis Foundation (
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 6, 2018
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