Marie “Mary” E. Schwalbach, age 86, of E4619 Hwy M35 in Escanaba (Ford River), passed away Sunday evening, August 11, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 29, 1932 in Escanaba, the daughter of Marcial and Lillian (DeMars) Sorensen. Mary was raised in Escanaba and was a member of the Escanaba High School graduating class of 1952. Following high school, Mary worked for Michigan Bell and later Mead Paper Company. On November 19, 1955 she married her childhood sweetheart, Richard Schwalbach, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Escanaba and were happily married for 47 years before his passing on February 22, 2003. Mary and Richard started the Drapery Shop in Escanaba over 30 years ago, which later became known as Bay Interiors. After retirement, they owned and operated Drifters Restaurant in Escanaba for 2 years. Mary was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed reading, and taking walks. She loved spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren – as they meant the world to her.
Marie E. Schwalbach is survived by her daughters, Debby (Dave) Pascoe of Escanaba, and Jane Dupont of Escanaba (Ford River); 4 grandchildren, David Harkey, Nick Dupont, Anna Pascoe, and Jesse Pascoe; 1 great-grandson, Rally Pascoe; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Marcia Baker.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary will follow at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Fran DeGroot officiating.