Mary L. (Schwabe) Egart, 67, of Brookings, South Dakota succumbed to her three-year battle with cancer on Nov. 17, 2021.
In lieu of a public memorial service, Mary’s wish is that friends and family donate to one of her favorite charities: The Retreat in Wayzata, MN, or Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter. Or simply send a cherished memory to the family. Memories may also be sent to Mary’s family through the online guestbook, or if you wish to send a private condolence, you may e-mail [email protected] for forwarding to Mary’s family. Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the Egart family with arrangements.
Mary was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954, and grew up in Morton Grove, a suburb of Chicago. She attended Marillac High School in Northfield, IL. Following high school, she pursued her love of horticulture working in one of the largest greenhouses in the Chicago area. She later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison to further her horticultural education.
Mary moved to Urbana, Illinois, in 1976. It was there that she attended a class in designing and creating stained glass windows. The shop offering the classes was so impressed with her skill, they offered her a full-time job. Mary married Peter F. Egart in 1977 and continued to live in Urbana until December of 1978 when they moved to their current home in Brookings, South Dakota.
In Brookings, Mary started her own business called Stained Glass Creations. She also found a way to pursue her love of growing flowers when she began a long career with Medary Acres Greenhouses. Her work there was generally during late winter and spring, so it gave her the rest of the year to concentrate on her own business. Mary leaves a legacy of stained glass windows in a number of homes and churches in the region.
Mary was determined to bring excitement and positivity wherever she went. Travel, gardening and cooking for friends were a few of Mary’s joys, but mostly she cherished her time spent with Pete and the girls. To say she was busy is an understatement – busy living life and inspiring others to do the same. Emily and Katie wish to carry her free spirit through the days and years to come.
Mary is survived by her husband Peter, daughters Emily and Katie; sisters Vickie, Lisa, and Carrie, and brother Joel. She is preceded in death by her father Walter, mother Virginia, and sister Ellen.
Condolences may be sent to:
The Family of Mary Egart
C/O Eidsness Funeral Home
1617 Orchard Drive
Brookings, SD 57006