Mary Schaf

Mary Gladys Schaf (Botzner)

Saturday, January 26th, 1952 - Friday, December 13th, 2019
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Mary Schaf, 67, of Douglas, Michigan, passed away peacefully of congestive heart failure December 13, 2019.

Born January 26, 1952 to the late Angelo “Happy” and Erma Botzner in a private residence in Colon, Michigan, raised in Bronson, Michigan.

Mary served for 30 years as an LPN, and massage therapist. Her volunteer career included Wishbone Center, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Democratic party activist, an active member of Unity Church.

Mary enjoyed traveling, entertaining (especially driveway parties). She loved animals, nature, music, theater and the arts.

As a breast cancer survivor, Mary advocated breast cancer awareness, known for her pink hair.

In Mary’s words, she wishes that those she has left behind “love and cherish all living things and creatures – especially animals and treat all with kindness in her memory (and get your annual mammogram)!”

Mary is survived by siblings Clyde Botzner (Suzy) of Aliso Viejo, CA and Caryl Curless of Bakersfield, CA, former husband Richard Schaf (Sally), son Jeffery Schaf (Collette), exchange student daughter Chika Eto, grandsons Derrick Freyman (Marie) and Jacob Schaf, 2 cats Bailey and Purr, cousins Linda Sellman (John), Charles Bertsch (Judy) and Ed Bertsch (Gwen), Jim Woodcox, nephews Greg Curless (Paula) and Kent Curless (Tammy), niece Kaylee Curless, and all of her cherished friends/neighbors on Amity (Ron Stewart especially), Unity Church family and countless friends in the Saugatuck / Douglas area.

A “party” in her honor planned for summer 2020.
Donations in her name requested sent to: Wishbone of Douglas
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Collette Schaf

Posted at 01:33pm
Thank you for visiting the memorial page of my mother in law, Mary Schaf. Jeff (Marys son) and I are working to plan a summer gathering when all neighbors and friends are back in town and available to celebrate her life in proper Douglas / Saugatuck fashion. As we finalize plans, we will provide more information.

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Collette Schaf

Nancy Stewart

Posted at 01:26pm
My husband Jim and I are saddened to have spoken with Ron Stewart and learned of Mary's transition. She was such a wonderful soul and we so enjoyed celebrating Easter each year with her as part of our group. Mary brought a smile to every person's face she encountered with her great smile, wit and humor...and of course to each animal she encountered. She blessed and showed her compassion for all creatures, of our earth, both great and small. I look forward to seeing you again, my dear friend and catching up, when our Father/Mother God calls me home. In the meantime...I will keep your memory close to my heart. And every time I think of you, I know that thought will fill my heart with a smile and laughter. Nancy Stewart

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