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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. Nikki on January 21, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    We love you and will miss you everyday!

    Nick, Nikki, Makayla and Loren

  2. Scott D. on January 21, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Mary Helen, I absolutely adored you. You ALWAYS made me smile. I’m so sad that I will not get to see your beautiful face again. Make sure you have a name plate on your door….I’ll be looking for you when I get to where you are. LOVE YOU!

  3. Christine Zdybel Groendyk on January 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    We survived 8 years at St. Adalbert’s, 4 years at The Mount and had many good times in Girl Scouts. Rest in peace my dear old friend.

  4. Annette Brutus on January 21, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary Helen at the Health Department for many years! She was a wonderful loving person and will be greatly missed.

  5. Paula on January 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    There simply are no words to describe the sorrow I feel. You are no longer in pain and I am sure at peace with your family in the arms of Jesus. I will miss you every day and will always remember all the special memories we shared. Love you MH –

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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