Mary Lou Schoonmaker

April 27, 1939May 3, 2018

SCHOONMAKER - Mary Lou (nee Piech) On May 3, 2018. Wife of the late Stuart Schoonmaker; loving mother of Duane (Chris Saturnino) Schoonmaker and the late Susan Daniels; grandma of Christopher, Michael, Alicia Daniels and Sara Schoonmaker; great grandma of Amiyah and Bradley; sister of the late John Piech. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church on Saturday, May 26th at 10:30AM. If desired, donations in Mary Lou’s name may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Ave., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704. Arrangements by PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME. Please share your condolences online at



  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 26, 2018


  • No Prior Visitation

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Douglas Cornwell

May 28, 2018

Oh, my! I remember when Uncle Stu married Aunt Mary Lou. I remember the wedding day. I remember when Duane and Sue were born and spent time with Uncle Stu and Aunt Mary Lou and the babies / toddlers as they grew up. These are memories for which I shall never forget, even as Aunt Mary Lou departs this life on earth and joins with the others who have departed before her. The Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve celebrations we spent with the Schoonmakers and Nana Schoonmaker sure do live with me. Aunt Mary Lou was always so kind to people. I know she was to me. I will never forget that. I will also never forget the stuffed cabbage Aunt Mary Lou made for us to share every holiday dinner. One of my favorite Beatles albums was Abbey Road. Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Stu and family gave that to me for Christmas one year. How can I forget? I still have that vinyl album. THE BEST! Aunt Mary Lou was the best. May you rest in peace, Aunt Mary Lou! Douglas Cornwell (nephew).