Mary Cecilia Schuh, Mandan, passed away Aug. 5, 2010, near White Sulfur Springs, Mont. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., followed by a parish vigil. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Mary was born Dec. 17, 1982, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Wis., to William and ChiuChiung (Chen) Schuh. In 1984, she moved with her family to Mandan where she attended Kindergarten at Christ the King grade school, Marmot, Crown Butte and Roosevelt elementary schools, Mandan Jr. High School and graduated from Mandan High School in 2001. She was an outstanding student, an accomplished piano and clarinet player. A fine athlete, Mary played for two state champion basketball teams, and achieved all-state honors in soccer in her senior year. Mary was also a talented writer and a gifted artist, winning many art contests throughout her primary, secondary and college education years. She was a member of Christ the King Parish in Mandan.
Mary graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota, Morris, with degrees in English and Spanish. During her time at Morris she spent a semester in Spain. Mary also played soccer during her Junior and Senior years at Morris. She traveled with her father in Spain, southern France and Portugal, and later to Israel. After college graduation Mary attended North Dakota State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Soil Science under Dr. Frank Casey. During her graduate work, Mary conducted research on female hormone movement in soil water, and presented her work professionally at state meetings and at the national Soil Science Convention. After graduate school, Mary was employed as a soil scientist by the Natural Resource Conservation Service at Fargo and at Dickinson. Most recently she was working on detail in Montana.
Mary was a joy to her family and to all who knew her. She was always willing to help, whether with painting, repairs or remodeling of her parents home, or playing the piano at a retirement home during her high school and college years. She was full of thoughtful projects and notes for the people she loved, and never neglected to show here gratefulness to others. She shared her art skills throughout her life, helping with many projects. She was always highly motivated and strove for perfection in everything she did.
Mary was much beloved by her family and friends, and her absence will leave a large hole in many lives.
Mary is survived by her parents, William and ChiuChiung, Mandan; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Kara (Beechie) Schuh, Naples, Fla.; her younger sister, Ann, Mandan; and her grandmother, Cecilia Schuh, Winona, Minn. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Anita (Schuh) and Joe Sabol, Bloomington, Minn., Gregory Schuh, Fountain City, Wis., Marianne (Schuh) Dussel, Apple Valley, Minn., Maosun Lee (Kaoshiung), Chiu Ing Chen, Tokyo, Chiu Yen Chen, Kaoshiung, Twunzen and Lingding Chen, Kaoshiung, Chiu Chi Chen, Taipai; and by several beloved cousins.