Mary Lea Schalk

Aug. 20, 1934-Jan. 2, 2021


Mary Lea Schalk passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, following a prolonged illness.

Mary Lea Bingham was born to Otis W. Bingham and Alza Mae Bingham (nee Buskirk) on Aug. 20, 1934, at Switz City, Indiana. Mary Lea married William B. Schalk on July 20, 1984, at Woodland Heights Christian Church. They resided in Crawfordsville and were married for 33 years preceding his passing in 2017.

Mary Lea loved her work as administrative support for over 30 years at Hoover Elementary School in Crawfordsville, caring for the children as her own long after she retired.

She was an active member of the Crescendos regional choir for several years sharing her love of music and fellowship. She enjoyed singing with Bill when possible for church services as a member of Woodland Heights Christian Church. Mary Lea enjoyed baking, gardening and traveling as well as visiting with family and friends.

Surviving family includes: Susan (David) Freed, William Joseph (Brenda) Schalk, Timothy Schalk, Anita (Donald) Davidson and Michael (Shirley) Schalk; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition, Mary Lea is survived by her nephew Rick (Sherrie) Payne and niece Shana (Jim) Bowman and 31 great nieces and nephews.

Mary Lea was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Milford Bingham and Valis Bingham; sister Beatrix Payne; and nephew Brad Bingham.

A private family graveside service will be held Saturday Jan. 9 at Indian Creek Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Well Baby Clinic, 816 N. Mill St., Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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