2013-09-12 / Obituaries

Mary Jo Schalm

MT. CLEMENS – Mary Jo Schalm, 60, of Mt. Clemens, Mich., passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the home of her sister, Therese Schalm in Manistique, Mich., following a short illness.

A graduate of Mt. Clemens High School, Mary Jo spent her entire life as a resident of Mt. Clemens. For 39 years , Mary Jo was the executive secretary for Comprehensive Youth Services Inc., an organization with a mission to helping those in need. Dedication cannot adequately describe her love and passion she brought to work each and every day. Her tireless devotion was a catalyst for the organization’s growth throughout the years. During her years of employment she touched many lives, brought many smiles and cared deeply for the organization’s purpose.

She is survived by her sisters, Irene (Carl) Sultzman of Dowell, Md.; Ann-Marie (Chris) Georgi of Charlevoix, Mich.; Patricia Behrens of Richmond, Va., and Therese “Tekey” (fiancĂ© Michael Hoholik) Schalm of Manistique; brothers, Lester “Joe” (Janet) Schalm of Medford, Minn., and Frank (Yvonne) Schalm of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; as well as aunts, Bertha

Long of Bloomington, Ind., and Kay Rinkenberger of Casco, Mich.

Mary Jo loved her nieces and nephews who will sorely miss her. Her nieces and nephews are Kristina (Patrick) Moore, Andrew (Melissa) Schalm, Jaclyn Jacobs, Michelle Sultzman, Tim Schalm, Sarah Schalm, Lisa Schalm and Mary Schalm as well as great-nephews, Joseph Moore and Drew Schalm.

Mary Jo’s parents, Lester J. and Mary A. (Moser) Schalm preceded her in death, as did her beloved nephew, Brian T. Sultzman.

A gathering to celebrate Mary Jo’s life will be held from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at Sajo’s, 36470 Moravian Drive, Clinton Township, Mich.

In lieu of flowers or specific donations, the family requests contributions be made to local youth development charities to continue her efforts to improve opportunities and lifestyles of youth in your community. Alternately, consider donations in her memory to Schoolcraft Memorial Homecare and Hospice whose love and care will never be forgotten.

Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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