Mary Nelson Schneider of Fowlerville, Michigan ended her journey on Earth on January the 3rd, 2019, leaving the world undoubtedly a better place—she was 86 years young. Mary Nelson Fenton was born August 15, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to Betty Proctor Nelson and John Charles Fenton. She entered the University of Michigan at the remarkable age of 16, graduated with a degree in Psychology and remained a steadfast and loyal fan of the Michigan Wolverines. Forever Go Blue, Mom! She joined the Detroit Police Department serving in the Women’s Division and later married fellow police officer and detective Harold Maloney, who proceeded her in death.
She is the beloved and selfless matriarch of the Maloney clan. Mary had ten children: Kathleen, Susan, Michael, Maureen, Bridget, Peggy, Danny, Patty, Sharon, and Brian and each felt lucky to be one of the ten. She was the wittiest and wisest person in the room, the apple of our eye, and undeniably the center of our whole universe. There is a hole left in each of our hearts with her passing.
On January 8th, 1983, Mary became Mrs. Louie Schneider; this is where the second act tells the great love story of our family tree as the branches stretched and grew. With Louie came Dean and Glenda-- together they became 12. As the newlyweds settled into their golden years, so did Mary enjoy the riches of becoming a grandmother and great-grandmother, many times over.Mary and Louie loved spending time with all of their family, and each other. Their enthusiasm for each other was infectious. Their devotion to one another was plain to see and we were lucky to learn how to love that way.
Mary is preceded in death by her son, Danny Maloney, her daughter, Peggy Maloney, and her sister Sally Graham. Mary is survived by her husband of 36 years, Louie F. Schneider; her brother Bill Fenton (Jean);her children;Kathleen Kane (Tom), Susan Brennan, Michael Maloney (Tracy), Maureen Maloney, Bridget Moore, Patty Opuda (Kevin), Sharon Robertson, Brian Maloney; her stepchildren Glenda Vaughn and Dean Schneider (Sherry) and dozens of adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation is at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville on January 7, 2019, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Funeral service is January 8, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville.