Mary D. Shald


Mary Dolores (Bruder) Shald was born on May 2, 1921, to Joseph and Josephine (Steskel) Bruder on a farm six miles north and one mile east of Emmet, Nebraska.  Mary went to grade school in rural District #89 and received her high school education at St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill, Nebraska.  She graduated in 1938 and taught in rural elementary schools for four years.  She attended Wayne State Teacher's College and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln during the summer months. 


She married George Henry Shald, son of John and Sophia (Weber) Shald, Sr. on May 23, 1944, at the Church of the Epiphany in Emmet, Nebraska.  George had entered the Air Corps in 1942 and was working as an airplane mechanic on B-17 planes.  At the time of their marriage, George was stationed at William's Airfield in Higley, Arizona.  The couple made this their first home.  Following George's discharge from the military on December 15, 1945, the couple returned to Nebraska and settled on a farm near Stuart.  Later they purchased a farm 14 miles north of Stuart and this is where they spent their entire married life.  They raised irrigated corn and cattle and had a large feeder pig operation.  Mary was constantly busy caring for her children, a huge garden, raising chickens, milking cows, making butter and always cooking and sewing for her family.


To this union, six children were born - John, Judy, James, Louise Ann, Jerry and Patricia.  Husband George died on May 9, 1969, at only 47 years of age.  Mary remained on the farm and raised the six children on her own.  As they left home, she took up doll making and made hundreds of soft sculptured dolls and animals, repaired dolls, made doll clothes and pieced numerous quilts.  She made a quilt for each of her children and 16 grandchildren.  Mary was very active with the Christian Mothers of St. Boniface Church in Stuart for over 70 years.  She was also a very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 72 years.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Josephine (Steskel) Bruder, four sisters: Martha (William) Murphy, Dorothy (Herman) Janzing, Cecelia (Walter) Ries and Bertha (Edward) Winkler, her husband George, one grandson, baby Allen Shald and son-in-law, Tony Prater.  She is survived by her children, John (Bette) Shald of Stuart, Judy Prater of Lawton, Oklahoma, Jim (Rosemary) Shald of Omaha, LouAnn (Roy) Cadwallader of Stuart, Jerry (Connie) Shald of Milford and Patty (Rex) Varilek of Red Oak, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.


A special thanks to the staff of Parkside Manor of Stuart, Nebraska, who treated her with loving care for the last year of her life.

  Funeral Service

Saturday January 14, 2017 at 10:30 am in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart, NE

Visitation: Friday January 13, 2017 from 4 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart, NE with a Altar society Rosary at 4pm at the funeral home in Stuart and a 7pm Rosary Friday evening Rosary


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cheryl white

An angel in heaven, oh My Gooodness I loved you Mary Shald. Rest in Peace, and to the family may our amazing GOD comfort you at this time.

 Posted January 28, 2017 - 9:29pm
Sally J. Hytrek

Heaven gained another angel. She was an amazing lady, my sympathies to all of you kids. Sally J. Hytrek

 Posted January 16, 2017 - 10:21am
Dennis & Roxanne ryan

Our sympathy and prayers to Mary's family on your loss. Cherish your memories.

 Posted January 14, 2017 - 9:20am
Gene Kelly

My condolences to Mary's family on your loss. She led an amazing life. Hold all the happy memories close in your heart and may they bring comfort during this sad time.

 Posted January 14, 2017 - 12:08am
Ron and Bev Francis

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Bette,John and family. May our Lord's loving arms be wrapped around you.

 Posted January 13, 2017 - 4:36pm
Marcia Janzing

Sending hugs and prayers to your family at the loss of Mary. Heaven gained another angel.
Marcia Janzing

 Posted January 13, 2017 - 4:26pm
Christi Roth

So Sorry to hear about Mary. She was a wonderful lady!!! I rem. playing with her dolls when my mom would go to her house to Ext. Club. I loved all her dolls she have. She will be missed. Prayers to her whole family.
Christi (Gentele) Roth

 Posted January 13, 2017 - 10:51am

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