Laurie Christine Schaum (Schoen), 61, died on December 4th, 2020 in her daughter's home surrounded by family after a 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. A special thank you goes out to Laurie's sister Patricia and brother John who spent time caring for her in her final days. Laurie was born on September 26, 1959 in Mt. Clemons, Michigan to Lawrence and Dolores Schoen. Laurie graduated from Roscommon High School in 1977, 10th in her class and was on the Homecoming Court! She later attended Olivet College where she played on the Lady Comets basketball and field hockey teams. She was a member of the Sigma Beta sorority, studied Political Science, and had a goal to work in the White House.
Laurie enjoyed spending much of her time cooking, fishing, bowling, golfing, playing softball, gardening, and pool. Laurie traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the APA World Pool Championships. She was a member of the Marshall Moose Lodge #676 and was a participating member of the Marshall Women of the Moose, Chapter 202. Laurie was a phenomenal cook and was known for catering small events and family gatherings, including her 60th birthday party, and many of her children's weddings. She was a cook at The Medalist Golf Club, where she worked until she was no longer able. Laurie also was an amazing seamstress and loved to crochet. She spent most of her final days making a baby blanket and other small projects.
Laurie was a self-proclaimed "Walking Encyclopedia, Jane Of All Trades, Master of None." Throughout Laurie's life, she often made her hobbies a source of employment. She was everyone's friend and built many relationships as a waitress at Schuler's, Marshall Lanes and as a bartender at Copper Bar. Her love of gardening led her to Spruce Street Feed (Oerther's) and her passion for cooking presented many opportunities, ending with The Medalist Golf Club.
Laurie was very close with her family and even worked alongside her brothers John and Charlie, as well as her father, as a plumber. She was the sixth of seven children. Her youngest sibling, Francis (Frank) was born with Downs Syndrome. He was the light of her life and she spent countless moments caring and loving for her brother. She was even the coach of his Special Olympic basketball team.
Laurie will always be remembered as a strong woman, loyal friend with a big heart, good for a laugh, and a shoulder to cry on. She will hold a special place in many hearts.
Laurie is survived by her all of her children: David (Britani) Schaum, Katherine (James) Richards, Christine (Jacob) Bohms, Jennifer (James) Stevens, and Nicole (Garrett) Miller, her grandchildren who she adored: Emmett, Evelyn, Bradey, Thomas, Emery, Owen, Elizabeth, Theo, Judith, Jackson, and Connor, and her wonderful siblings: Patricia (Schoen) Holland, Susan (Schoen) Ferriss, John (Kathleen) Schoen, and Charlie (Julie) Schoen. Laurie is preceded in death by her mother Dolores, father Lawrence and Cymbria Schoen, and brothers Thomas and Francis.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all gather safely. If you wish to make a donation on Laurie's behalf, please consider the Marshall Moose Lodge or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
Please visit Laurie's personalized online guestbook at https://www.langelands.com