In Memory Of
Mary Bernadette Schuler, 83, of Garden City, New York and Naples, Florida, died peacefully with her husband, Helmut, at her side at the Parker Jewish Institute after succumbing to COVID-19. Buoyant and kind, Mary selflessly rejoiced in others, from her high school days playing field hockey, to skiing and boating with her family, and more recently, while playing bridge and golf at Cherry Valley Club with her many cherished friends.
Mary’s love of the outdoors traces back to her blithe childhood as one of nine children raised on a family farm in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. She became a registered nurse and moved to the United States in 1962 after signing a one-year contract with St. Claire’s Hospital in New York City. Shortly thereafter she met her husband, Helmut Schuler of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, who had been contracted to work for an engineering firm in New York. What was then thought to be a fleeting professional adventure for each turned into a shared lifetime in America. They married in 1965, and their daughter Diane was born in Manhattan in 1968.
As someone ceaselessly dedicated to the greater good, Mary served as a much-loved Girl Scout leader and PTA volunteer; additionally, she was employed for fifteen years as a nurse at North Shore Hematology and Oncology in Manhasset, NY, and was proud of her clinical background. She and Helmut traveled regularly to Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia throughout their lifetime, visiting their siblings, nieces, and nephews who reside there. Mary was delighted later in life when her three grandchildren, Patrick, Brendan, and Caroline were born to her daughter and beloved son-in-law, John Dolan, who also reside in Garden City.
Mary is survived by her husband Helmut, daughter Diane Dolan, son-in-law John Dolan, and grandchildren Patrick, Brendan, and Caroline Dolan. She is also survived by her sisters Adele Dwyer of Toronto, Canada; Ellen Cullinan of Manchester, England; Kathleen Fraser of Bath, England; brother Malachy Quinn of Pretoria, South Africa, and their respective families. Her siblings Francis Quinn, Bridget Hopkins, Sean Quinn, and Margaret O’Neill predeceased her.
The Catholic Rite of Committal will be held for immediate family only on Friday, May 1, at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY. A celebration of her life will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help the Centers for Disease Control in their Coronavirus research and testing efforts at https://www.cdcfoundation.org/coronavirus.