Mardell A. Schumacher, age 77, of Howards Grove, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

She was born Dec. 17, 1935, in Plymouth, Wis., a daughter of the late Theodore and Sylvia (Mitwede) Machut. She attended St. John Lutheran School and was a 1954 graduate of Plymouth High School.

Mardell worked at Borden’s in Plymouth until 1960.

Harold Schumacher and Mardell Machut were united in marriage July 30, 1960, at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. In 1961, the couple moved to the Schumacher Homestead farm in rural Sheboygan Falls.

Mardell was a homemaker, and over the years was involved with her children’s activities, especially 4-H. She enjoyed craft-making and crocheting handiwork, and could be seen at the Sheboygan County Fair every year in her booth, selling her crafts and handiwork. She loved growing flowers and gardening, canning her produce, garage sales and decorating for Christmas. Mardell was an Avon representative for many years, and received several “Mrs. Alby” awards for sales in the Presidents club.

Despite her constant challenges with health issues, Mardell was a woman of strong faith. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in the town of Sheboygan Falls, where she had been a member of Sarah Circle and Mutual Ministry, also holding Avon fundraisers for the church. She treasured her time with her children and grandchildren, and was a babysitter for the grandkids. For many years, Mardell and Harold went “up north” to spend the Fourth of July with family.

Surviving Mardell is her husband of 52 years, Harold; two sons, Gary of Howards Grove and Randy (Julie) of Hilbert; three daughters: Lavonne (Paul) Schroeder of Sheboygan, Jodi (Romeo Gomez) Ziegelbauer of Howards Grove and Stacy (Brian Reed) Schumacher of Two Rivers; 10 grandchildren: Adam Schumacher; Bradley, Chris and Nick (Melissa) Schroeder; Hannah and Noah Schumacher; Tera, Cassie and Zach Ziegelbauer and Mariana Gomez; four great-grandchildren: Sheldon, Marissa, Cameron and Dominic; four sistersin law: Marlene Machut of Waukesha, Dorothy Verhage of Sheboygan Falls, Lorraine (Del) Crawford of San Jose, Calif., and Darleen Rautmann of Sheboygan Falls; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mardell was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Machut; an infant brother; and three brothers-in-law, Ronald Rautmann, Elton (Louise) Schumacher and Richard Verhage.

A funeral service was conducted for Mardell on Monday morning, April 15, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, N6193 State 32, Sheboygan Falls, with the Rev. Elizabeth Jaeger officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorial funds have been established to St. Luke Church and the Sheboygan County Fair Association in the name of Mardell A. Schumacher. Zimmer’s Westview Funeral & Cremation Care Center, State 42 and County JJ, Howards Grove, is serving the family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Sharon Richardson Community Hospice for the loving care Mardell received.

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