Mary Jane Schmidt, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home in Charlevoix.
Mary Jane was born in Detroit on June 21, 1922, to Audrey Marie Chase and Thomas Stackable. Anthony J. Reis was her beloved stepfather through much of her adulthood.
She survived her older sister, Helen, and her younger brother, Jack, by many years.
In 1947, she married Gustav Schmidt. They resided in Detroit until 1958, when they and their three children moved to New Baltimore, Mich., where they thrived and made many lifelong friends.
In 1986, Gus and Jane moved to Beaver Island, a place they came to love so much that they chose it as their final resting place, even though they have been Charlevoix residents for the last 14 years.
She is survived by Gus, her husband of 65 years; three children, Charles, Stephen and Claudia; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary Jane (always known as Jane) was a wonderful inspiring mother, and even though that was her full-time job, she kept growing and learning, belonging to literary study groups and learning to paint, which became a real passion for her. She had the soul of an artist and an unflagging sense of adventure.
She was known for her quick wit, ready laugh and compassionate listening ear. Those who counted her as a friend were very lucky indeed.
A memorial celebration will take place in the spring on Beaver Island.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society or the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Arrangements are by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.
Mary Jane Schmidt, 90
Mary Jane Schmidt (January 30, 2013)