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Margaret C. (Bariger) Shearer

June 6, 1916 ~ November 9, 2018 (age 102)


Margaret C. Shearer

June 6, 1916 – November 9, 2018

Margaret was born to Carl and Anna (Koszewski) Bariger on a farm in South Bend, Indiana, the first of six children. All are now deceased. Life was hard in those days, and everyone was expected to contribute to the family's well-being.  Throughout her life Margaret has been a hard worker with a smile and an exuberance that was contagious to others.  Her generosity of spirit and kindness of heart will be remembered and cherished by those who had the privilege of being touched and influenced by her life.

Margaret married Harvey Shearer in 1937 and began her family shortly after with identical twin daughters, who survive:  Joan King of Washington, DC, and June Helmer (husband Ray) of Houston, TX.  Later a son was born, Harvey Jr., who died in 1998. Harvey Sr. died in 1990 after having been disabled from a stroke in 1969. Margaret is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, a large, loving extended family and many friends. 

Margaret was a devout and active member of St. Paul's Methodist Church in Elkhart for more than 50 years until she moved to Houston in August of 2000.  There she joined First Methodist of Houston and continued with many of their activities.  She has traveled extensively, enjoyed playing bridge, cooking, sewing and led a busy social life.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at St. Paul's, 405 West Beardsley Avenue in Elkhart on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 P.M., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 47514.

Another service will be held in Houston at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 25th.

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Memorial Service
November 17, 2018

2:00 PM
St. Paul's Methodist Church
405 W. Beardsley Ave.
Elkhart, IN 46514


St. Paul's Methodist Church
405 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart IN 46514

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