Marylee Baker Pischner, age 83, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She will be greatly missed by many who loved her. Marylee was preceded in death by her parents, Sims and Helen (Richardson) Baker, and her loving husband of 55 years, Barry. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Tammy (Bill) McDonough, Marnie (Dan) Byers, and Melissa (Bob) Stull; grandchildren, Joe (Alli) McDonough, Barry McDonough, Bailey McDonough, Katie (Sam) Trumpie, Jake Byers (Adrienne Tieman), Nick Byers, Ryleigh Stull, Tara Stull; great- grandchildren, Carter Trumpie, Ellorie Trumpie, Jack McDonough, and Declan McDonough; many extended family members and dear friends.
Marylee was born in Charlevoix, Michigan on March 23, 1938. She graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1956 and from Central Michigan University in 1960, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She married the love of her life, Barry, in 1960 and they settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, they created a beautiful life together and welcomed three daughters who would define them as the perfect parents. Asked to describe her in one word, her grandchildren responded with nurturing, gentle, hospitable, generous, nice, compassionate, classy, lively, dainty, humble, and resolute.
Dedication to her family and friends was a highlight in Marylee’s life. She loved to read and travel. Her gift for entertaining a group with good food and warm surroundings was appreciated by so many throughout her life. Her love for music was shared with her husband and family. Marylee was devoted to her faith, quietly giving her time and support to church organizations and charities. The special connections and appreciation she and Barry had with and for the Charlevoix and Beaver Island communities has been passed on to her daughters and their families.
A celebration of Marylee’s life will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Dégagé Ministries, 144 Division Avenue, S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Marylee. We are picturing Barry with open arms welcoming her home to Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Don & Mary Heilig
- Don & Mary Heilig
Fond and warm memories of this gentle, funny caring person. Blessings to the family as they remember her rich life. - Robert Nordling
- Robert G Nordling
Marylee thank you for sharing your lovely daughter with us . Knowing you and your wonderful family has been a joy and a blessing
Give Barry a hug from us
Bill & Bonnie
- BONNIE E BYERS
Marylee, you were the height of elegance for this rough around the edges girl. Your insistence on beauty and formality were a meaningful example for me throughout my life. Thank you for loving me and delighting in my bawdy humour. To make you laugh was very rewarding indeed, though it seems your eyes were always smiling. Your ability to hold a loving boundary has also stayed with me to this day. I will miss you as I’ve missed Barry these last years but I’m greatly comforted to know you two are back together and forever on my side. You truly were a class act. it was an honor and true blessing to have you in my life. Rest In Peace, love and laughter… just as you lived.
- Tara Branham
Remembering the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Barry and MaryLee. Still using many of Marylee’s recipes. A fine caring woman. You will be missed.
Roger and Judy
- Judith Abbott