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Mary Schmadeke

Mary Elizabeth Schmadeke (Berns)

Monday, February 16th, 1976 - Sunday, August 25th, 2019
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Mary E. (Berns) Schmadeke, 43, of Waterloo, IA died on Sunday August 25, 2019, at her home in Waterloo, IA.

Mary was born on February 16, 1976 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Allan A. and Rosalita A. (Patrick) Berns. She was was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA. She was raised in Winthrop, IA and attended the East Buchanan Community Schools. In 1994, she was Confirmed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop, IA, and graduated from East Buchanan High School. She went on to study at the University of Iowa and later Winona State University, Winona, MN. Mary worked as a Headhunter/Recruiter for several different companies throughout the Midwest over for many years. She moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 2002 where she met her husband, Craig L. Schmadeke. They were married in September 4, 2004 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Waterloo, IA. In 2012 they moved to Waterloo, IA, where they decided to raise their children.

Her home was always open to family and friends. Entertaining people at home was one of her favorite things to do. She loved to throw parties for her children and would bake cakes and cookies for many birthday parties. Spending time with her children was the most important thing to her, especially
making smores by the campfire in their backyard.

Mary is survived by Craig L. Schmadeke, Waterloo, IA her children Natalie E., Benjamin L., and Jeremy J. Schmadeke all of Waterloo, IA, her parents Allan and Roselita Berns, three brothers; Kevin (Allison) Berns, Quasqueton, IA, David (Alexa) Berns, Independence, IA, and Philip (Brandi) Berns, Evansdale, IA, many aunts and uncles, ten nephews, and two nieces.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Amadeus and Viola Berns, and her maternal grandparents, Harold and Thelma Patrick.

Visitation will be held from 11 AM until 2 PM on Saturday at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Winthrop, IA. A private Family Funeral Service will be held later.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Winthrop
    224 220th Street West
    WINTHROP, IA 50682
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  • Service

    Reiff Family Center - Winthrop
    224 220th Street West
    WINTHROP, IA 50682
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A private Family Service will be held


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Troy Knode

Posted at 01:25am
Mary had a huge heart, huge and open soul. Like all of us she had her issues but that didn’t stop her from being that person that would help anybody she could. I know she loved Nat, Ben and Jeremy immensely. I pray for her and her kids everyday. RIP my friend😓

Kaye Dietzenbach

Posted at 09:45pm
Our deepest sympathy to you all. We will keep you in our prayers. When someone young is taken it is so very difficult. I remember that cute little Mary with the blonde curly hair. Cherish the memories --they will help you find peace. Myrle & Kaye Dietzenbach

Angela Schweitzer

Posted at 06:52pm
I have many joyous memories of playing with Mary on good ol’ Easy Street! I recall one occasion in particular when Mary, the Sproull girls and I were playing gymnastics in back yard and we would argue over who got to be Mary Lou Retton! Those were the days of innocence that I will hold in my heart forever!
Peace and love to Al, Rosie, Kevin, David, and Philip. ~Angela Schweitzer

Rhonda Nosko Mosier

Posted at 12:49pm
Mary, you were my first friend when I moved to St. Louis all alone. You welcomed me with open arms, introduced me to all your friends, included me in the frequent gatherings at your home where food and drink were always in abundance. You had a big heart especially for children. You reached out to have relationships with children and do special things with them even before you had a children of your own. You were a person who always liked having people around and being the hostess!

We were there for each other for many important events. I remember attending Natalie's christening and you standing up for me at my wedding as one of my bridesmaids. I remember dinners at Cracker Barrel when you were pregnant and worn out. There are so many memories.

When you moved away, you never forgot about your old friends from St. Louis. I remember visits to Oklahoma City and Iowa and also visits from you to St. Louis. If I ever woke up in the middle of the night and looked at Facebook, you would give me a call. We talked and laughed about all sorts of things.

I am going to miss you very much. I love you and will honor your memory.

Prayers and hugs for all who love Mary, especially Craig, Natalie, Ben, and Jeremy. She is gone way too soon.

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