Mary A. Schad


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

A prayer service will be at noon Thursday, May 30, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 9-11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Mary Amelia Lano was born Jan. 12, 1937 in Annandale, 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, Minnesota for 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 on 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.