Mary Lea (Bingham) Schalk

August 20, 1934 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 86)


Mary Lea Schalk passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on January 2, 2021 following a prolonged illness. Mary Lea Bingham was born to Otis W. Bingham and Alza Mae Bingham (nee Buskirk) on August 20, 1934 in Switz City, Indiana.

Mary Lea married William B. Schalk July 20, 1984 at Woodland Heights Christian Church. They resided in Crawfordsville, Indiana and were married for 33 years preceding his passing in 2017.

Mary Lea loved her work as administrative support for over 30 years at Hoover Elementary School in Crawfordsville, caring for the children as her own long after she retired.

She was an active member of the Crescendos regional choir for several years sharing her love of music and fellowship. She enjoyed singing with Bill when possible for church services as a member of Woodland Heights Christian Church. Mary Lea enjoyed baking, gardening and traveling as well as visiting with family and friends.
Surviving family includes Susan (David) Freed, William Joseph (Brenda) Schalk, Timothy Schalk, Anita (Donald) Davidson and Michael (Shirley) Schalk , 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
In addition, Mary Lea is survived by her Nephew Rick (Sherrie) Payne and Niece Shana (Jim) Bowman and 31 great nieces and nephews.

Mary Lea was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Milford Bingham, Valis Bingham, and sister Beatrix Payne and one nephew Brad Bingham.

A Private family graveside service will be held on Saturday January 9, 2021 at Indian Creek Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held later in the spring. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Well Baby Clinic, 816 N. Mill Street, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933. Share memories and condolences online at

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