Martha Jane Baronovic (nee Schaeffer), of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the age of 87.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert W. Baronovic, with whom she enjoyed 42 years of marriage, until his passing in February of 1999. She was a wonderful mother to Marcia Renken, Bob Baronovic, Mary Beth Bulte, and Karen Cowperthwaite and a much-loved mother-in-law to the late Keith Renken, Mary Shannon Baronovic, Ray Bulte and Kevin Cowperthwaite. Martha adored her grandchildren; Katie, Christopher, Rose, Rachel, Joseph, Madeleine, Alexandra, Raymond, Cassie, Cammy, and Keller and her 12 great-grandchildren.
Martha was the cherished daughter of the late Clarence and Radell Schaeffer; dear sister of the late Dennis (Ginny) Schaeffer, Walt (and the late Jean) Schaeffer, the late Gerry (and the late Dode) Schoene, Bud (Joan) Schaeffer, Norb (Joanne) Schaeffer, David (Jeanne) Schaeffer, and Mary Ann (and the late Felix) Baz-Dresch; and sister-in-law of the late Toni Schaeffer.
Our mom was an extraordinarily talented person, who loved to help people in any way she could. She was a dedicated member of St. Cletus Catholic Church, where she was very involved with many groups, including the Parish School of Religion, and the Contemplative Prayer and Grief Support groups. She enjoyed sewing and sewed vestments, stoles, and banners for the church. Mom also enjoyed many years volunteering at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She looked forward to meeting her high school girlfriends for lunch every month and enjoyed gathering with her neighborhood friends known as the lunch bunch.
Growing up on a farm in Portage des Sioux, mom developed a strong work ethic. a deep love for gardening and growing beautiful flowers of all kinds. She loved decorating and wallpapered professionally with a friend for many years. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining with family and friends and spent countless hours sitting at her sewing machine creating clothing for herself and her family.
Mom is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.