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      Mary Jean Schiernbeck, age 88, of Lamar, passed away Monday evening, April 17, 2017, at Truman Healthcare, surrounded by the love of her family.

     Mary was born June 18, 1928 in Odebolt, Iowa, one of the thirteen children of Bernard and Irma Jean (Dinges) Bengford.  On October 25, 1946, at Papillion, Nebraska, she married Hugo Schiernbeck and they had celebrated nearly 68 years together before his passing on August 24, 2014.  Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Norbert, Bernard, Wilbert, Ken, Tom, John, and Ted Bengford; three sisters, Loretta Bengford, Alice Haffner, and Madeline McTasney; and two grandchildren, Dakota Schiernbeck and Travis Schiernbeck.

     Hugo and Mary were an inspirational team as they farmed and raised their four children.  In addition to being a devoted farmwife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker, Mary had worked as a retail clerk in various stores in Lamar for many years.  She served her community as a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer and was a faithful and active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

     Survivors include two sons, Milo (Wanda) Schiernbeck of Schleswig, Iowa and Merlin (Brenda) Schiernbeck of Osceola, Wisconsin; two daughters, Marlene (Tom) Shaw of Liberal, Missouri and Marlys (Steve) Buckner of Lamar; a brother, Norm Bengford of San Jose, California; a sister, Margaret Jennett of Muscatine, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

     Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 21st at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamar.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Memorial Hospital or American Cancer Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#7 Canyon Country, CADavid Wimer 2017-04-21 21:04
Thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss.
#6 Lamar, MOGene and Becky Backerman 2017-04-21 19:41
We have such fond memories of Mary and Hugo. Such friendly and happy people! And I loved their beautiful yard and Christmas decorations. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Your family brings great memories to mind for us!!!God bless you!
#5 Rio Rancho, NMAllyson Noel 2017-04-20 08:12
I'm so sorry for your loss. Marlys, I remember when we were growing up, your mom was always so kind to me. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.
#4 Lamar,Mo.Richard Ryan 2017-04-19 09:34
My condolences to the this family. Mary and Hugo were always so nice to me through the years. I miss their smiling faces at our jam on Tuesdays at Maple.
#3 lamarjill peters 2017-04-18 19:03
Mary was always so sweet and positive. A great example of Christ in action amoung us. Our deepest sympathies and prayers. I'm sure there was a happy reunion in heaven.
#2 Debra Walker Anderson 2017-04-18 17:25
Sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers
#1 Lamar MissouriRev. Mark Turnbough 2017-04-18 11:33
Mary was a great woman with a sweet smile, a huge love for God and her family. God bless her, she will be missed.

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