Mary Lou Gotschall, 78, Converse, received her eternal reward at 11:24 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. She was born in Grant County, Indiana, on March 25, 1939, to the late Russell and Wava (Thomas) Davis. On June 29, 1985, Mary Lou married Frank H. Gotschall, and he survives.
Mary Lou was a homemaker for most of her life. In her earlier years, she worked in the laundry area at Shangri-La Manor, Inc. (now Rolling Meadows) in LaFontaine, as well as in the cafeteria at Oak Hill High School. She was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of Eastern Star-Lodge of LaFontaine.
While growing up, Mary Lou enjoyed helping her dad on the farm and in the fields. She always loved to tell stories about these good times in her life on the farm. Spending time with family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was so important to her. She didn't like to miss celebrating any birthdays or holidays. She enjoyed traveling with her husband on their motorcycle across the United States, as well as going to antique tractor shows. Mary Lou could also be found sitting in her chair working her puzzles and crosswords.
She will be missed by her husband of 32 years, Frank; son, Daniel Floyd, Warsaw; daughters, Kathryn Powell, Marion, and Marsha (Jerry) Bowland, Amboy; step-sons, Jeff (Jodi) Gotschall, Marion, and Steve (Christa) Gotschall, Marion; grandchildren, Kelly (Jimmy) Mariol, Jason (Lelia) Bowland, Jessica Floyd, Lindsay Bolinger, Kyle Floyd, Ariel Gotschall, Tyson Gotschall, Hayley Gotschall, and Jessica Gotschall; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Raegan Mariol, Colby Wood, Dakotia and Peytonn Bowland, Brayden and Londen Bolinger, Tucker Bradley and Ava Morman, Easton Gotschall, and Rowan Brubaker.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Lois Conrad and Phyllis Grossman.
The family will receive visitors from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
Mary Lou's funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the funeral home with Rev. Rob Barton officiating. Burial will follow at Thrailkill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Cancer Services of Grant County, Tower Suites, 305 S. Norton Ave., Marion, IN 46952 or Kindred Hospice, 1487 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.