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Marian J Schmelter

May 9, 1929 — January 3, 2022

Marian Jensen Schmelter, 92, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was peacefully called to be with her Heavenly Father on January 3, 2022.

Marian was born in Escanaba, Michigan on May 9, 1929. She was the daughter of Nelson Peter Jensen (November 22, 1899 - February 12, 1979) and Florence Dorothy Jensen (July 28, 1897 - March 12, 1960). Marian had two siblings, a brother Robert Milton Jensen (December 14, 1923 - June 10, 2010) and a sister Joan Carol Jensen.

Marian is survived by her husband of over 70 years, Raymond William Schmelter; a loving mother to her two sons, Dean (Karen) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Peter (Kelly) of Sudbury, Massachusetts; grand-children Garrett Schmelter (Meghan) of James Island, South Carolina, Lauren Cox (Robbie) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Keith and Emily Schmelter of Sudbury, Massachusetts; and, great-grandmother to Landon and Connor.

Ray and Marian met while students at Escanaba High school in Escanaba, Michigan. There she found her passion for art and was asked to paint several props for the theater group. She had many fond memories of her early years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was always a proud to tell people she was a "Yooper".

Once settled in the New England area Marian became an active member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. With her growing love of antiques she became proficient on the art of reverse glass painting on restored antique clocks. She became locally renowned for her exceptional work and detail, bringing so many antiques back to life with her incredible talent. To this day so many people's homes across the United States have been graced with Marian's work on various restored antiques.

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Hospice Foundation of America in her memory at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-3833.
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