Mary A. Schad


Mary A. Schad, 87, of Melrose, passed away May 27, 2024, at Cura Care Center of Melrose in Melrose.

A prayer service was held May 30 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Mary Amelia Lano was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Annandale, Minnesota, to Harry and Josephine (Stifter) Lano. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a teaching degree. She taught at Robbinsdale Elementary School in Robbinsdale two years. She met her future husband, Bernard “Bernie” Schad, during her college years. They were married Sept. 27, 1958, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale. The couple resided in the Minneapolis area before moving to Melrose in 1966. Mary did substitute teaching at the public school in Melrose for a number of years. During that time, she worked alongside Bernie at the funeral home, serving the communities they called home.  

Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling in leagues, and throughout the years she spent her pastime antiquing and thrift shopping. Her home was always decorated with style. Mary also loved attending Melrose High School sports, especially basketball.

Survivors include her children, Julie (Matt) Schaefer-O’Brien of Richmond, Joe Schad of Maple Grove, Mike Schad of Burtrum, and Patrick Schad of Melrose; grandchildren Ben (Lane) Schaefer of Sauk Centre, Jillian (J.J.) Megge of South Lyon, Michigan, Jon (Dana) Schaefer of Big Lake, Joey (Jenna) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Tucker Landis of Bloomington, Samantha Schad of Maple Grove, Gracie Schad and Logan Schad of Melrose; great-grandchildren Everett, Edison and Sullivan Schaefer, Jordan Schaefer, Kenzie, Tyler, Kayla, Jordan and Trevor Leebens.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard “Bernie” Schad Dec. 5, 2011; parents; infant son Christian; and brother Harry “Pete” Lano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.