Mary E. (Griffin) Schondel

Born: Fri., Nov. 17, 1939
Died: Fri., Mar. 1, 2013


2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Thu., Mar. 07, 2013
Location: Delta United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

3:30 PM Thu., Mar. 07, 2013
Location: Delta United Methodist Church

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Mary E. Schondel, age 73, of Delta, passed away peacefully at her home Friday night, March 1, 2013.  She was born in Swanton on November 17, 1939 to the late Glenn D. Griffin Sr. and Letha (Bancroft) Griffin.  On June 9, 1973, Mary and Harold Schondel were united in marriage in Delta and shared 39 years together.  She was employed as the parts and service manager by Pat Doyle Buick Pontiac for 29 years.  Mary later became a licensed local pastor in the West Ohio Conference and where she served as an associate pastor from 1997-2001.  She was called as Senior Pastor of Wilkins United Methodist Church in 2001 and served there until her retirement in 2007.  Mary was also very active with the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Wauseon, the Homeless Shelter and Youth Center at the Open Door in Delta, and served on the board for both the Open Door and Hands of Grace.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant sister, Linda Griffin.  Mary is survived by her loving husband, Harold Schondel; children, Randy Drewyor of Chillicothe, OH, Debra (Greg) Henton of Toledo and Robin (John) Wyse of Delta; grandchildren, Austin and Hayley Drewyor, Sara Fackler, Travis (Jessica), Emily, Grace and Darcy Henton; brother, Glenn (Mary Ann) Griffin Jr. of Delta; sister, Myrtle Irene McKenzie of SanAntonio, TX; great grandchild, Lee Wyatt Sizemore and soon to be blessed with another.  A memorial service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at 3:30 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Delta United Methodist Church, 101 Northwood Dr. in Delta; where friend and family will be received one hour prior the service from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.  Pastor Jay Miklovic will be officiating.  Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Hands of Grace, 104 Monroe St., Suite 2, Delta, Ohio 43515 in her memory.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at

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Bob & Carol (Mann) Cain - Delta, Ohio
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
Dear Schondel family,

We were so sorry to hear Mary passed away. Indeed she has been through a lot of health issues recently. She was always such a happy and caring Christian lady that indeed let Christ's light shine. She will truly be missed.

May God's loving arms be around all of you now and in the days ahead.

Tom & Lois Childress
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Harold & family,

We are so very sorry and saddened to hear of Mary's passing.May your faith help you to get through this difficult time and in days to come. God Bless.

Marlena Allwodo
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Dear Harold and family,

My condolences to you and your family. Mary was a very loving and generous lady. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Ron and Bonnie Holdeman
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
My condolences to you and your family. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Warren Mock
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time in your life.

Bill Doren
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
Harold I am so sorry for your loss. Just remember God only takes the best he can to heaven and I'm sure she is with him.

Francie Robinon
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
Deb and family

I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I will keep you in my prayers and may the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind.

Diane and Carl Grove
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
Harold We were sorry to hear the unfortunate news.

Carol Porter
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
Randy & Family of Mary,

May God's love & Peace & Grace be with you as you entrust you Mom to God's eternal Grace & Care. God promises that those who are weary & come unto Him, He will give them rest.

Antoinette (Farnsworth) Bloomer
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
Dear Mr. Schondel and family,
I was sad to see the news of Mary in the newspaper. When I think of her, I can picture her keeping the beat back in the days at church when I used to direct the handbell choir and she so willingly participated. She had a servant's heart and it was a pleasure to be around her! May your family be comforted by the love of Christ as you grieve.

Cindy Patterson
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Harold, Robin and Sara,

I am so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. I remember her contagious enthusiasm during her time as Sunday School Superintendent and as a teacher. I enjoyed so many conversations with her on theological topics - God's neverending love, Jesus' teachings (especially her love of the Sermon on the Mount), what really was happening when Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, and so many, many more.

She will be missed by family, friends, and community alike.

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