Dr. Mary K. Schlangen


Dr. Mary K. Schlangen, 35, Two Harbors, Minn. passed away on Friday, August 10, 2007 in Brook Park, Minn. as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born January 10, 1972 to George and Catharine (Beck) Palm in Fullerton, Calif. As a child, her family moved to Stillwater, Minn. Mary graduated from Hill-Murray High School, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Minnesota. She practiced veterinary medicine in Alexandria, Minn. and Duluth. Mary's life was shaped by passionate interests. Her childhood love of animals led to her career as a veterinarian. She also wrote and illustrated 'Zoe's Good-bye' to help children cope with the loss of a pet. She worked her way through countless creative hobbies, such as painting, photography, and knitting. Mary met her husband, Mark, while at UMD. They were married August 13, 1994 in Stillwater. Their life together has been a celebration of kindred spirits, built around family, community and a shared love of the outdoors. Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Mark; their children, Kaija and Eli; her parents, George and Catharine Palm of Stillwater; brothers, David and John; sisters, Christina, Patricia, Susan, Diana and Nancy; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Beck; as well as by her husband's family, nephews and nieces. VISITATION:4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 in Cavallin Funeral Home, 426 2nd Avenue, Two Harbors and continuing from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Two Harbors. Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mary Schlangen Family Trust Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 622 1st Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616.
This obituary was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.

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God Bless you Mary.

Hi Mark and the Palm Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a very special friend, sister, daughter, mother and wife. I can remember all the times we shared from pre-school on up. know this, I will never forget her.
Ann Marie

I spent the anniversary of Marys passing surrounded by family, and that was comforting. We looked at old pictures and talked about Mary, and somehow I got thru the weekend without too many tears. We all think about her every day and we all wish we had had more time with her . Unfortunately everyone gets so buisy with life and we all tend to think we will have time to get together later. Sometimes, there is no later. I only wish we had all made a better effort. Mary was a good soul and...

It has been a little more than a year since Mary's passing but rarely does a day go by that I don't think of her and what a terrible loss for so many people that knew and loved Mary for being such a very special lady!
Love, Aunt Elena

Mark - Just wanted to let you know that Ashley and I are still thinking about you and the kids. Thoughts of Mare pop into my head everytime Corina wants us to read "Zoe's Goodbye".
I'll never forget the look on people's faces when they saw Mare's picture on the tshirt I wore for the Northshore Inline Marathon. It shows how many lives Mare touched.
Take care.

This is Dawn (John's ex-girlfriend from a little ways back). I am so glad I ran into Nancy yesterday because I had heard some terrible news about the family and could not get ahold of Nancy (turns out she moved for a bit). I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Mary was truly a special person and I'm glad I got to meet both of you and be part of the family for a while. It was a special time in my life and I won't forget the Palm's and Mary and extended family. Your family is in my...

To Mark, Kaija & Eli,
Merry Christmas from Duluth. I truly enjoy reading your inspirational messages. The children are in the best of hands with their loving Dad. You three are in my thoughts this holiday season. Dr. Mary left such beautiful memories and her ongoing love will help you through this blessed season. Enjoy the beauty of all the love that surrounds you.
Merry Christmas
Helene & Schnauzer Rocco

It is the week before Christmas - although Halloween was Mare's "favorite" holiday due to the costumes, she was known to start the Christmas music in July at times. It is amazing to me how much I learned from her about the giving of the Christmas season. One of her favorite quotes was from Dr. Seuss "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.". I hope...

I heard the horrific news only this morning. I am still in shock. I went to high school with Mary and since we were next to each other in the alphabet, we sat next to each other in nearly every class for all four years. We shared a lot of great laughs over that time. She was so warm-hearted, with a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. As is often the case in life, regrettably we lost touch and moved on our own life paths. I last saw her at the ten year reunion, smitten with...