MARIE JOSEPHINE CALVEY

Marie Josephine Calvey, age 88, Plymouth, died on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, surrounded by her family.

She had been a resident of Villa Loretto for less than one month.

Marie was born on September 3, 1926, in the Town of Greenbush, Wisconsin, the oldest child of the late James and Lilly (LaBudde) Schockmel. Marie lived on a dairy farm with her parents, her brother Gerald and her sister Gloria. James and Lilly instilled the value of education in their children. As their mother before them, Marie, Gerald, and Gloria became teachers. The Schockmel family belonged to Our Lady of Angels Catholic Parish, Armstrong, in Fond du Lac County.

Marie attended grade school at State Road Rural School in the Town of Greenbush. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943, graduated from Sheboygan County Normal School for teacher training in 1945, received her Bachelor of Education degree from UW-Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in 1953, and received her Master of Science degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1978. While attending UW-Oshkosh, she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education.

Miss Schockmel’s teaching career began in 1944 when she taught in the oneroom Rural School at Barrett in the Town of Greenbush until 1947. From 1947-1951, she was the building principal and upper grade teacher at Lincoln-Erdman School, and from 1951-1952, she was the demonstration teacher at Waushara County Teachers College in Wautoma. She returned to Sheboygan County to be the eighth grade teacher at Mapledale School from 1952- 1954, and was an instructor and primary supervisor at Sheboygan County Teachers College from 1954-1958.

On July 14, 1956, she married Miles Robert Calvey at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, in Armstrong. They resided on a dairy farm at N4155 Shamrock Road, in the Town of Mitchell, Sheboygan County, and were members of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish. She was active in the Christian Mothers organization in her church and held office for many years. Mrs. Calvey continued to teach until 1958 when she became a stay-at-home mom to raise five daughters.

In 1970, she resumed her teaching career when she was hired by the Sheboygan Falls School District to teach at Waldo Elementary School. After teaching in Waldo for 15 years (10 of which she was also the building principal), she taught at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School until her retirement in 1988.

In 1990, Miles and Marie sold their 200-acre farm, which was adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Miles preceded her in death on January 25, 1994. From November, 1994, until May, 2015, Marie lived in the Salem Green Apartments in Plymouth and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Plymouth.

In her retirement, Marie became a member of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center and wrote two books: “The History of the Schools in the City of Sheboygan Falls‚“ and “The History of Schools in the Town of Sheboygan.” She also enjoyed writing poetry.

She volunteered as a tax counselor for the elderly, sponsored by AARP and the IRS for ten years. She was a member of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association, Sheboygan County Retired Teachers Association, Sheboygan County Historical Society, Plymouth Historical Society, Plymouth Women’s Club, Plymouth Civic Society, Plymouth Arts Foundation, and Daughters of Isabella. She held office in most of these organizations for many years because of her leadership abilities and accountability. While she was a member of the Plymouth Woman’s Club, she wrote their history (1913-2011). When she was a member of the Women’s Civic Society, she wrote the collect.

Her lifelong love of learning and her ability to teach earned her the respect of others in her profession. Her amazing intelligence and faithfulness to God was recognized and appreciated by her husband and children. In every role she played in life‚whether it was as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother or educator‚she was devoted to doing them right.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband Miles, her sister Gloria (Schockmel) Brickner, and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John and Ruth (Calvey) Roltgen, Jerome and Alice (Calvey) Roltgen, Bernard and Ruth (Abler) Calvey, Francis and Valerie (Bittner) Calvey, Desmond and Mary (Calvey) Foy, Charles Brickner and Karen (Acker) Schockmel.

Survivors include her five daughters: Jeanne (Wayne) Wiggen, Clinton, Wisconsin: Mary Calvey, Plymouth; Rose Krutzik, Fond du Lac; Maureen Calvey (fiance Keith Zorn), Fond du Lac; Frances (Matt) Rodenkirch, Fond du Lac; one granddaughter: Sara Krutzik of Crivitz, one brother Gerald Schockmel (Henderson, Nevada), as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday morning (June 25) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Parnell. Father Wayne Bittner will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Parnell.

Relatives and friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening (June 24). Please meet the family at the church for the funeral mass. (There will be no visitation or viewing on Thursday morning at the funeral home or at the church.)

A memorial is being established in Marie’s name for St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Parnell.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com

The children of Marie Calvey would like to thank Dr. Michael Barry at the Aurora Plymouth Clinic and Dr. Mansoor Mirza at the Sheboygan Aurora Memorial Hospital for their professional services and would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Villa Loretto Nursing Home for the respect and love they gave to our mother in her fi- nal weeks of life. We will always be grateful for the dignified way in which she was treated and for the way they provided support to us in the final hours of our mother’s life. We have found that the Villa Loretto is truly a holy place and was the perfect care facility for our mother to be in for the final weeks of her life.


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