Sister Mary Jane Schallert was born on July 25, 1922, in Detroit. She was the first of three girls born to William and Maybell (McCarty) Schallert. Her mother was born in Bay City, Michigan, and her father in St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Mary Jane provided this description of her parents in her autobiography.
We lived during the depression days when my practical Irish mother prodded us all to strive for the highest – my methodical thinking German father made sure the wages stretched. My mother had grandiose ideas of striking it rich in the Real Estate business, or a B&B in our home at St. Theresa [Parish]. She felt a little win at bingo or a small bet on the horses would stretch the earnings just a bit. My dad, after a few puffs on his pipe, would say, “Now Maybell, have we really thought this project through?” Then my mother was on to bigger and better ideas.
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