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Mary Helen (Nalbach) Schnerch, age 69, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

She was born on October 21, 1949, in Grand Rapids to the late Anthony & Stella (Frejman) Nalbach.  She is preceded in death by her four brothers, Paul, Tom, Robert and Larry.  She was also preceded in death by her ex-husband & close friend, Tom Schnerch.

Mary Helen worked at the Kent County Health Department for over 25 years until her retirement in 2011.

She loved to read, go to the beach, the scent of lavender, Hallmark movies, shopping, her cat, Libby and most of all her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Julie (John) Peck; grandsons, Joel & Billy Peck; nieces and nephew, Paula, Gerri, Denise, Kerrie Jo and Paul;  she is further survived by many great-nieces, great-nephews, family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until 10:45 am on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Basilica of St. Adalbert, 654 Davis Street NW, Grand Rapids.   A Memorial Mass will be celebrated  at 11:00 am.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mary Helen’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kent County Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Debbie Mick on January 23, 2019 at 10:32 am

    You were my closest friend & I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. We never ran out of things to talk about

  2. Kathleen Miller on January 24, 2019 at 10:49 am

    My sweet friend, Mary Helen, you will be sorely missed. A lifetime of friendship amounts to so many warm, fond, happy memories. These last years you were my best phone buddy. This beautiful friendship started as fellow soda jerks at Walker Street Pharmacy. I am rejoicing that you are now pain-free and reunited with your parents and brothers that you loved so dearly. To God be the Glory! I will love you and miss you always! See you in His Kingdom!! Love, MODJ

  3. Carol on January 25, 2019 at 9:21 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mary Helen was a wonderful employee many years ago at the Liberty Mutual Group. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a delight to work with.

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