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Marie Schlachter - August 28, 2009

Marie Isabel Schlachter woke in Jesus’ arms on Aug. 28, 2009, finally being fully healed from her battle with Leigh’s Disease.

Marie was born March 3, 2007 in Holyoke to Lucas and Shannon Schlachter. She was diagnosed with a debilitating neurological mitochondrial disorder early on but that did not define her. Marie was a lesson in faith, joy and hope and she bettered the lives of everyone who knew her.

Her final days were not spent suffering but in swinging, eating ice cream and being with her family.

She is survived by her father Lucas; mother Shannon; big sister Josephine Ann; little sister Sarah Kate; grandparents Steve and Judy Schlachter, Bob and Debbie Gullet and Robert McNevin; great-grandparents Kenneth and LaRue Schlachter and Lola Wicker.

Also her aunt and uncle Glendon and Stacey Price, aunt Annalee McNevin, aunt Marika McNevin, uncle Mickey McNevin, cousin Gavin Price and many great-aunts, great-uncles and extended family as well as many close family friends.

“We are blessed to have held her for as long as we were able and look forward to the day we reunite with her again.”

A memorial fund has been set up at First Pioneer National Bank. Memorial contributions will be divided between Eli’s Angels and Hospice of the Plains.

A Celebration of Life is planned Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. Services will conclude at the church.

Gerk Funeral Homes was entrusted with the arrangements.