September 16, 2023

Mary Madelyn (Means) Schuetze

Mary M. (Means) Schuetze, 75, passed away Sept. 15, 2023, in her home. Born to Elmer and Alice (Thurtle) Means in Lincoln, she was the last born to join 5 other siblings.

She married the love of her life, Ernest “Erine,” in 1965. She stayed at home to raise their 3 children and watched over the livestock on the farm. Mary treasured her relationships and always had an open door for her friends and neighbors. She loved being a 4-H Mom and a spectator at her kid’s and grandkid’s sporting and musical events.  Mary enjoyed baking and canning, embroidering, gardening and making “grandma blankets.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ernie, parents, son-in-law Wesley Springer, nephew Todd Schmucker, niece Alyce Means, siblings: Charles, Bob, C. Lucille Schmucker, and James.

Survived by son and daughter-in-law: Chris & Carol (Orringderff) Schuetze, daughter Tami Springer, son Kevin Schuetze and his friend Sheri, grandchildren: Sarah (Tyler) Montgomery, Stephen & Stephanie Springer, Rachel (Aaron) Ross, Carter & Atley and great grandchild Amelia Montogomery, brother Pat Means and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to her caregivers, Jessica and Liz. With their care and dedication, Mary was able to live out her final months in the home she adored and cherished.

Visitation 6 – 8 PM, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE. Funeral 11 AM, Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at St. James Catholic Church, Cortland, NE.

Memorials to Tami Springer for the family to bring Christmas gifts to needy children in the Lincoln area.



  1. We are so very sorry to learn of the death of your Mother. We know she was so lost without your dad, and now you’ve lost both of them. Thinking of you and the family.

    • So sorry to hear this! Your parents are amazing loving people! Thinking of you all. It’s hard to to see a parent live without the other. May they be embracing each other:) Love Lori Martello ( Schuetze)

  2. So sorry for your loss…
    My prayers for the family and friends
    One day at time

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary and I were best friends since third grade . I will miss her dearly. My condolences to your whole family. Dianna Hanna

  4. We will miss her so much. Aunt Mary was so kind and giving and we always loved seeing her and Uncle Ernie.


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