Mary Louise Schoenfeld, age 80, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Forest Grove, OR and Aliso Viejo, CA, passed away Monday, August 7, 2023. Born in Elkhart, IN, Mary moved to California as a child with her mom and older sister. She lost both parents at a young age, and was placed in a foster home, where she developed her strength of character and independent nature, as well as nurtured a desire to see the world. Mary joined the U.S. Army (then the US Women’s Army Corp.) after graduating high school, and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany during the Vietnam War. She was able to travel throughout Europe while serving her country. Mary worked many years as an executive assistant for McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing in Long Beach, CA, then as an administrative assistant for the Laguna Beach School District office in Laguna Beach, CA until her retirement. Throughout her life, Mary worked hard, played harder and fiercely valued her friends and family. She was a private person, but also enjoyed sharing her dry wit and a good laugh whenever possible.
Mary is survived by her children, Lee Schoenfeld and wife Wendy of Texas, Stephanie Mc Junkin and husband Joe of Indiana, and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Gertrude Hubbard and John L. Molnar, and two sisters.
Following cremation, burial of ashes will take place at a later date at one of Our Nation’s National Cemeteries. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to One Simple Wish https://www.onesimplewish.org/ or A Sense of Home https://asenseofhome.org/ .
I am thinking of your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through during this difficult time. My most sincere condolences. -Karin Ensign
Sending thoughts, prayers, and everything beyond what words can describe to the families of an amazing woman. My heartfelt condolences to all. -Benjamin Monteiro
Many prayers are for you and your family. While we all grieve and are sad - Mary is rejoicing forever. -Jennie & Richard Rohr
Want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a beautiful life she enjoyed. May she rest in peace. Our love, -Marge & Dave O’Neill
I will always remember our good times and bad times, our happy and sad times. But we got through them all together. You will always have a place in my heart and soul. Rest in peace in the arms of God. Love always, -Dottie Quinn
“Your mother will forever remain in our hearts and memories.” -Jolene Shannon