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Mary Jo Schiltz

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On January 18, 2017, Mary Jo returned to God at her home in Helena, Montana, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, of 56 years. She is survived by her seven children: Margaret Schiltz, Richmond, CA; Martin (Judy) Schiltz, Bonsall, CA; Andrew (Jennifer) Schiltz, Potomac, MD; Patricia (Edvards) Greiberis, Helena, MT; Katie (Tim) Byrd, Murrieta, CA; Joe (Diana) Schiltz, Helena, MT; and Genevieve (Michael) Lighthiser, Helena, MT; her 15 grandchildren: Colin, Ian, Nicholas, Zentra, Gunner, Michaela, Lauren, Jillian, Alexandra, Tylynn, Austen, Marquette, Leah, Samuel and Jacob; her great grandson, Liam. She is also survived by her sister Peggy (Richard) Cashatt, Lacey, WA and Charles Ware, Meridian, ID. She was also preceded in death by her parents Charles and Vera Ware, her sister Madgie McCready, and her brother James Ware.
Mary Jo was born in Omaha, NE, Nov. 16, 1935. As a young child, her family moved to Pasadena, CA. She graduated from Marymount College in Los Angeles in 1956. Her years of Catholic schooling built a strong faith that shaped her adult life. After a blind date arranged by the nuns of her college, Mary Jo and John married on Feb. 15, 1958, in Altadena, California.
Mary Jo was a very devoted and active member of the Catholic community. She was a Eucharistic Minister, taught Marriage Encounter classes, organized Perpetual Adoration at her parish, and worked with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. The Virgin Mary was a very important part of her faith. For many years she worked to help organize the Medjugorje Peace Conference in Irvine, California.
Mary Jo loved traveling. She and John covered just about every part of the Western US. The family road trips made some of the best memories for all her children. Later in life, she and her husband discovered their love of Alaskan cruises. When home, Mary Jo loved gardening, especially her roses and citrus trees.
After her son, Joe, attended Carroll College, Mary Jo and John grew fond of Helena. She made it her home for the last three years of her life.
Mary Jo loved learning and trying new things. She was computer savvy and loved doing genealogy research. Above all, Mary Jo was an amazing mother, wife, sister, and friend. She was generous with both her heart and her intellect.
A funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Road, Helena, MT 59602. Burial will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery. A reception will follow burial in the fellowship hall of Our Lady of the Valley Church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mary Jo.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 5, 2017
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