Funeral services for Mary Schrader, 87, of Melcher-Dallas, will be Friday, December 3, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Interment will be at the Dallas Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Melcher-Dallas Community Center following the service at the cemetery.
Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the Melcher-Dallas Fire Department or the Melcher-Dallas Lion’s Club.
Mary Lucille Schrader was born on February 2, 1934, in Knoxville, Iowa, to James and Florence (Kelly) Agan. She attended Burr Oak Country School when she was younger, later graduating from Dallas High School in 1952.
Mary met the love of her life, Bill Schrader, and the couple were married on May 17, 1953. They were blessed with three children. Mary loved her family dearly. Her gatherings were centered around meals, and she could sure cook. She made sure nobody went hungry and was insistent you clean your plate. Even if you were just stopping by for a short visit, she always had cookies available to offer her guests.
Mary was always a hard worker. She began her working career at Flanagan’s Grocery Store as well as Rusty’s Grocery Store. She later worked at Knoxville Insurance, Hansen’s, Rymor Lumber, Community National Bank, IMT Insurance, and then 3M. She dedicated many years in the receiving area and as a switchboard operator until she retired at age 62.
Not only was Mary’s family important to her, but she also truly valued her friends as well. The friendships she made while working at 3M meant the world to her. She sold lots and lots of Tupperware as well, making many friends along the way. She even earned a baby blue car for her sales.
Mary spent her free time gardening, canning, and crocheting. She enjoyed staying busy. She was proud of her life and her accomplishments of going to college at Simpson, having a beautiful family, and a life on the farm that she valued. Her grandchildren have very fond memories of the times spent on the farm with their grandparents. The memories made were countless.
When asked how old Mary was, she would tell you 78 instead of 87. Mary was always a beautiful lady. Even through the years, she maintained that beautiful, caring smile that everybody who knew her adored.
Mary is survived by her daughters: Gwen (Tom) Tyler and Madonna (John) Kadera; grandchildren: Tom Tyler Jr., Lynnette McGinnis, John Tyler, Miles Tyler, Shantel (Jason) Brooks, Wyatt (Ashlee) Tyler, and Tyler Kadera; and great grandchildren: Austin, Christopher, Payton, Ryleigh, Gabriel, Clarissa, Rosalynn, and Tesla; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill and infant daughter.
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