Obituary: Mary E. Schears, age 79

by Jim Dittmann
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Mary E. Schears, age 79 of Beaver Dam, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Mary was born on March 21, 1938 in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Andrew S. and Eleanor A. (Jansen) Glassman. She graduated from Beaver Dam High School. On May 28, 1960, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Schears at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Mary worked at Hawley Insurance Agency in Beaver Dam. She was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, formerly St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed bird watching, sitting on the front porch, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their events.

Mary is survived by her husband, Richard of Beaver Dam; children, Marilyn (Stephen) Schumacher of Malone, WI, Mark (Laurie) Schears of Mequon, WI, Randall (Cheryl) Schears of Deerfield, WI and Rhonda (William) Bunyan of Middleton, WI; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Katie), Mitchell and Stephanie Schumacher, Steven (Katie), Julie, Brian, Michael and Nevaeh Schears, and Anna Bunyan; sister, Betty Garczynski of Beaver Dam; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Glassman of Virginia and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Andrew Glassman; sister, Barbara Ganske and other relatives.

Visitation for Mary will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with Fr. Mike Erwin officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, followed by a luncheon back at Cornerstone.

If desired, memorials in Mary’s name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2820 Walton Commons, Suite 132, Madison, WI 53718.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at

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