Mary Jane Schuler
Apr 2, 1933 - Jul 9, 2014
Mary Jane Garcia Schuler
Mary was born in Decoto, Union City, CA on April 02, 1933 to John and Cecilia Garcia and passed on July 9, 2014 in Sacramento CA.
Mary grew up in Decoto, Union City, CA in a loving family of Spanish immigrants. Both her parents, John and Cecilia Garcia and Mary’s grandparents, emigrated from Spain to the Hawaiian Islands to work at the sugar plantations. John and Cecilia moved to California and married in Decoto, CA where Mary, her sister Cecilia Navas, and brothers Shorty Garcia and John Garcia were born. Mary graduated from Washington High School, Fremont CA, in 1951. Both of Mary’s parents came from very large families, and she maintained close relationships with her siblings and cousins even after she moved to Sacramento.
While Mary lived in Sacramento, she was a very dedicated and successful worker for the Sacramento City Unified School District for 32 years as a Manager III, and during the summers she was the Coordinator of the Summer Food Program for the City of Sacramento. She was very focused on providing for her four children and often worked two jobs to insure their needs were met. She worked at Sam Brannan, John Still, Ethel Phillips, Abe Lincoln, Fern Bacon, and Luther Burbank schools, and the Nutrition Services Office. Her evaluations compliment her as someone who always gave 100% in all she did and was always at the top, and truly a beautiful person. Comments made by her supervisors included, “Mary is the best of the best”; and “She is an outstanding manager, her standards of performance go beyond the 100% level at all times. Her ability to bring out the best in her employees is outstanding.” She received two letters signed by the entire staff from two different schools stating, “Since Mary arrived, the atmosphere and general outlook of the staff is cheerful and the communication amongst the cafeteria staff has obviously improved.” And “She has provided several excellent food choices, providing a hearty meal brightened a discouraging day, and she is very friendly. The personal attention from Mary and the outstanding meals that she would serve, are definitely a credit to her profession.” She received the 2000 Hope Award from the Sacramento City/County Hunger Commission which celebrates steps to ending hunger and also an award for 30 years of Food Service excellence in providing meals to students.
She maintained her food service education throughout her career and received several certificates such as “Cuisine for Kids” from the California Culinary Academy, Sanitation for Foodservice Workers from Cosumnes River College, Windows 3.1 computer class from Folsom Cordova Adult School, and several California School Food Service Association Professional Development workshops.
On August 01, 1981, while living in Sacramento, Mary married Everett Eugene Schuler. They relocated to Missoula Montana in 2001. Mary and Gene loved being by the water and after a few years in Missoula, fulfilled one of their life long dreams by purchasing a home on a river. Family spent many wonderful times at their river home in Thompson Falls sitting on the deck watching the river flow by and watching the Osprey dive to the river for fish. Mary liked to sew, embroider, and walk but her biggest passion was dancing. Watching Mary and Gene on the dance floor was a delight. Her personality was not only pleasant at work, but shinned through to friends, family, and anyone she had contact with. She had a way of connecting with people and made them feel special. In general, she loved to have fun and enjoy life.
Mary loved her family and friends. She is survived by their loving children, Sandra Marotta, Edward Carrero Jr, Sherry Andrews, and Craig Carrero, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and the family’s step and foster grandchildren.