Mary Schmidt Stichler

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Mary Ellen Schmidt Stichler was born on August 15, 1920, in Newport, WA. She married Paul Reinhardt Stichler Jr. in Freyburg, TX on March 30, 1940. Shortly after, they moved to the Houston area to begin their life together. In 1952, Mary and Paul moved to Stafford, TX and enjoyed life raising their three children on the family farm they built and running their business, Paul's Commercial Refrigeration. While her children were still at home, Mary was a 4-H leader in Stafford and often spoke fondly of her memories of the fair and summer 4-H activities. She was also active in Home Demonstration Club and supportive of many school activities. Mary and Paul were dedicated members of Sugarland United Methodist Church and later St. Phillip Lutheran Church in Houston. They remained in the Stafford farmhouse sharing their passions with their grandchildren until Paul passed away in 1987. At that time Mary moved to Conroe, TX to be close to her daughter and one of her sons and their families.

Mary relished life so close to family and delighted in helping many of her grandchildren transition into life on their own after college as well as nurturing her great-grandchildren in their early years. In Conroe, Mary quickly became involved in St. Mark Lutheran Church where she devoted much of her time in service through the Thrift Shop and quilting for Lutheran World Relief. She was active in the Senior Group as well as the Women's Group and remained an involved member until her health took her independence and made it necessary for her to join both of her sons in Uvalde, TX. Mary passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Pauline Elliott, of Conroe, TX; son, George Stichler, and daughter-in-law, Chris, of Knippa, TX; and son, Charles Stichler, and daughter-in-law, Patty, of Knippa, TX; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter. Mary was a blessing to all who knew her and had a profound impact on the lives she touched.

The family will celebrate her life and her return to our Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in Schulenburg, TX. If desired, flowers may be sent to the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home or donations may be made in Mary's name to: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2100 Tickner St, Conroe, TX 77301 or to: Gideons International Uvalde Camp, P.O.Box 392, Uvalde, TX 78802.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 8 to Mar. 21, 2012