mary i. eltzroth
May 3, 1925 - May 4, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Mary I. Eltzroth, 88, of Edwardsburg, retired businesswoman, passed to her rest May 4, 2013, while living at her son’s home, Harold “Willie” Eltzroth.
Mary was born May 3, 1925, in Marion, Ind., the seventh child of 15 to McClellan W. and Vera M. (Foster) Heavilin.
Mary graduated from Marion High School, class of 1943.
She met her husband, Charles A. Eltzroth, in Marion. They were married June 17, 1947 in Chicago. Charles passed Jan. 29, 1980.
Mary and Charles moved to Edwardsburg in 1953, where they started a welding business and, in 1963, a mobile home park called C & M Park on Elkhart Road. The welding business terminated in 1967. They incorporated C & M Park with a new park in the Village of Edwardsburg in 1966 known as Edwardsburg Mobile Home Estates. She was an officer of that corporation, with their son, Willie, until it was sold in 2007.
She was the most senior business person in Edwardsburg, having started her own business until she retired in 2007. Other activities of her life were being a charter member of Community Baptist Church, being the church organist for years and holding several other offices within the church, including church treasurer. She was the Edwardsburg Village treasurer from 1994 to 2005.
Surviving Mary are her son, Harold “Willie” (Karalee) Eltzroth of Edwardsburg, and a stepson, Michael Allen Johnson of California. There are five grandchildren, Dr. Kimberly Sue Eltzroth M.D., Corie Lynn Eltzroth, Zola Marie (Leroy) Greene, Mark Alexander Ongert and Mary Lou (Rich) Artichoker. In addition, there are seven great-grandchildren. Her surviving siblings are Lois Marie (Ben) Drown of Springbrook, Wis., Martha Ann (Keith) Brown of Missouri, Paul Eugene (Virginia) Heavilin of Muskegon, John Keith Heavilin of Marion and Charles Warren (Barbara) Heavilin of Birmingham, Ala.
Family who have passed are her husband; her parents; a son, Thomas W. Eltzroth in 1999; a daughter, Mary Charlene Eltzroth in 1953; her stepson, Charles Allen Graham in 1996; and her siblings, Margaret Dunham in 1985, Eunice Black in 1994, Clara Kidder in 2000, Ruth Ellen Heavilin in 1937, Kathryn Cutting in 2008, George Heavilin in 2007, Robert Heavilin in 1999, Ronald Heavilin in 2005 and James Heavilin in 1943.
Family and friends may gather from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Community Baptist Church, 28647 U.S. 12, two miles west of Edwardsburg. The Service of Remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Community Baptist Church, where all may gather for one hour before the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Britton. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, where all may gather for one hour before at Grant Memorial Park, Western Avenue at 28th Street in Marion.
Memorial donations may be directed to: 1) Awana Club International, a church youth organization, 15877 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL. 60693-0158 or 2) The Edwardsburg Fire Department, 69910 M-62, Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Mary’s son, Harold “Willie” Eltzroth, was fire chief of the Edwardsburg Fire Department for 23 years.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, a family friend for more than 50 years.