Mary Lou Schonely, 92

Mary Lou (March) Schonely, 92, wife of the late Samuel Schonely, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Frederick Living.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ina (Finley) March.

Mary Lou was a longtime member and choir member of St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown. She then became a member of Living Faith Church the last few years. Mary Lou was a longtime Kindergarten teacher in the Boyertown School District. She always enjoyed seeing many of her former students over the years all grown up and they would always stop and talk with her. She valued her lifelong relationships with her students. Mary Lou was also involved with Meals on Wheels with her husband, Sam. She also loved butterflies and flowers.

Surviving is her son Jim Schonely, husband of Jennifer; daughter Kathy Schonely; grandchildren Jay and Summer; and her niece Carol Starrett. She is predeceased by her brother Ralph March Jr. and her sister Ina Starrett.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 12:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home (1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525) with Pastor Rick O’Hara officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will also be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, from 11:00AM-12:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vista Adult Services- Care of Development, 1021 Springboard Dr., Hershey, PA 17033 (Autism Foundation) in Mary Lou’s name.

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Just heard from my cousin, Jack, that our Mary Lou passed away. I am so sorry, for I know her family and friends will miss her VERY MUCH. She and I chatted on the phone occasionally, and I always loved her, too. Praying for all of you--especially the grandchildren she loved so much.

~ Lucille Bates Norristown, PA
7/19/2024 2:22:13 PM

my condolences to the family

~ Phil Haddad Boyertown, Pa 19512, pa
7/11/2024 1:11:54 AM

Kathy and Jim We are sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mom. We shared so many family vacations to Gettysburg, sleepovers, designing your basement, and hanging out at the pool. MaryLou was such a wonderful soul and a dear friend to my mom and dad.
Bill and Shelley Livelsberger

~ Shelley Livelsberger Boyertown, PA
7/10/2024 8:09:47 PM

Jim and Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with both of you. I have so many fond memories growing up, and playing at your house as a kid. Your Mom was always so kind. May your memories and your faith give you strength during this difficult time.
Deb Neubauer Becker

~ Deb Becker Boyertown, PA
7/10/2024 11:32:13 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of our beloved sister, Mary Lou. Her smile was infectious, and her stories were always interesting as well as comforting. I will always remember our long conversations on the phone and her loving heart. May you all find comfort in knowing that Mary Lou is in His presence! God's peace be with you all. Love, Rick and Diane Saylor

~ Rick and Diane Saylor Pottstown, PA
7/9/2024 12:21:14 PM

My deepest condolences to you and your family for the passing of your mother ??

~ Jean Shirey Benedetto
7/9/2024 12:03:35 PM

Jimmy & Kathy & family , my sincere sympathy & prayers to you all. Many good memories of your mom & the March family ! Love & hugs, Brenda (Graber) Norman

~ Brenda
7/9/2024 9:36:51 AM