Mary Josephine Shufelt

January 2, 1938January 31, 2019

MARY JO SHUFELT NEWTON-Mary Jo Shufelt, 81, of Newton passed away on January 31, 2019 at Carolina Caring. Born on January 2, 1938 in Sanford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and James Pickett. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She was politically active in her local community. Mary was an avid animal lover and rescued furry friends through the years. She was a retired Prince William County School teacher who enjoyed spending summers in Wells Beach, Maine. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. Shufelt; brothers, Carlton Pickett, James Pickett; and sister, Priscilla Dacus. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Shufelt of Germantown, MD, Susan Buchanan of Newton; sister, Earline Sugden of Baltimore; and numerous other beloved family members. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The City of Newton Police, PO Box 550, Newton NC 28658, (please put in memo line - Police dept./Major Hayes) or The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC), PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603. Condolences may be left at The Shufelt Family is under the care of Catawba Funeral Home.


  • The City of Newton Police
  • The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC)


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Aileen Baker

February 12, 2019

Dear Sandy and Susie,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sharing in your sadness as you remember ma. May you all find strength and peace during this difficult time. Sending lots of comforting hugs. Our thoughts are with you.

Lots of love,
Aileen and family

Wally Shufelt

February 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about your mom. Reach out to us if we can help. Will miss her visits and great laughter.
Uncle Wally and Aunt Theresa

Maryellen Pickett Fitzpatrick

February 7, 2019

Passionate is the word that comes to mind when I think of my Aunt Mary Jo. She was passionate about everything she cared for. She was so proud of the women her daughters Susan and Sandy became and reveled in all their lives brought them- she always shared stories of their latest experiences. She was over the top for any Animal that crossed her path and she “just loved thems babies” . She dedicated herself to imparting knowledge and the courage to pursue a dream to the students she educated. She was a pit bull about her involvement in the political arena. Committed to the country that her husband Butch served, she wore her red, white and blue like no one else. She relished her time with her mother, brothers and sister. Not quite sure how that much passion for life existed in such a petite person. She was full of fun- ready to do anything from hulling 24 quarts of strawberries to nursing a loved one to teasing you to remind you what is most important - the joy of the moment. I will miss her example of passion, her giggle and that twinkle in her eye.

Amy Beckett

February 7, 2019

Dear Sandy:
I am so sorry about your dear mother’s passing. She sounded like a lovely woman in every respect, and you and your sisters will surely miss her. My sympathies to you and all the Shufelts.


Daniel shufelt

February 6, 2019

Susie and Sandy.
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. We were very shocked to read it and saddened by her passing.
Our sympathies are with you in this time and if there is anything that we might do,certainly let us know.
We always enjoyed our visits with Mary Jo when she came to Wells in the summer. She always made it a point to stop by and say hello.

Take care. Uncle Dan and Aunt Nancy

Bonnie Shufelt

February 5, 2019

Susan and Sandy, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please call us. We have been trying for a long time to reach you girls. You both are in our thoughts. Miss seeing your mom. I still remember her yelling across the cove when she was on the other side. Lots of memories of the family.
Love, Uncle Tom and Aunt Bonnie