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Mary Jo

Mary Jo was born into eternal life on January 12, 2018 at the age of 50 years. She was the loving daughter of Nancy (the late James) Schabel. Sister to Joe (Jenny Ross) Schabel and Jen Schabel. Aunt and godmother to James Schabel. Further survived by aunts and uncles: Dave & Jane Zondlo (godparents), Ed & Mary Zondlo, Bernie & MaryAnn Schabel, Betty (the late Adam) Bieniek, Joanne (the late Tom) Siroin. Also survived by additional family and friends.

Mary was a 1985 graduate of Pius XI High School where she enjoyed working on the school newspaper and pursuing her interest in photography. She obtained her BS and MS of Geosciences from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

After graduation she taught many classes at UWM in the Geosciences and Geography departments. In 1994 she became the lab manager of the Department of Geography at UWM. She remained in that position until 2001 when she opened the Milwaukee Soil Lab (a project based consulting service). She was saddened to close her doors in 2013.
Over the years she continued her love of photography through taking photos for various graduations for Chappel Studios and the occasional family event.

Mary’s love for animals led her to become a volunteer dog walker for the WI Humane Society for many years. She treated her dog James, then Luc like they were children to be spoiled and was greatly saddened when each one crossed the rainbow bridge.
Most recently Mary worked for RGIS doing inventory for various businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

Funeral services to be held on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at St Gregory the Great Parish (60th and Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee). Visitation 9:30 AM until service at 11 AM. Private burial to be held at a later date.

Past Comments

Alaina Michelle Karpinski

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Cristal Halverson

Nancy, Joey, and Jenny, I was saddened to hear of Mary Jo’s passing. Growing up together was a delight and leaves me with many memories. So many come to mind like being the milk girls in Kindergarten, talking at the fence at recess when she was at St. Greg’s and I was still at MacArthur, to taking our dogs Misty and J.D. on walks around the block. We had many laughs riding to Pius and praying my dad would get us there in one piece. I’m sure they are reminiscing about this in heaven. Know I hold these memories close in my heart.

Love always, Cristal (Hanson) Halverson

Michelle Cardenas

Lit a candle in memory of Mary Jo Schabel

Kim Fex

Nancy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Jo always had a smile and was great to work with at St. Ben’s and the festival. She will missed by many.

Kim Fex

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