East Otis, Mass. — Mazie R. Schoonmaker of East Otis, Mass., 87, passed away peacefully in North Andover, on January 19, 2013. She was born Mazie Frances Russo on July 9, 1925, in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of Antonio and Mary (Mazzu) Russo. She married Charles Schoonmaker, Jr., in 1952. The couple, who resided in Northport, N.Y., had six children; Charles predeceased Mazie in 1984. She married Gilbert Rivera in 1991; the couple settled in East Otis.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Schoonmaker of Newburyport and Kathleen’s partner; her son, Charles Schoonmaker, III, of Boston and Chester, Mass. and his partner, Neal Kane; her son, Thomas Schoonmaker of Spring Hill, Fla. and his wife, Terry; her daughter, Mary Garrett, of Greenville, S.C. and Mary’s husband, George; her son, Michael Schoonmaker of Lake Wiley, S.C. and his wife, Christy; and her son, John Schoonmaker of North Andover, and his wife, Linda. She is also survived by her stepson, Robert Rivera, and his wife, Ann, of Rhode Island, and their daughters, Jennifer Rivera and Lesley Green. A proud grandmother, she leaves 11 grandchildren, Taylor Schoonmaker, Tess Schoonmaker, Kelly Garrett, Nicole Garrett, Elizabeth Garret, Victoria Schoonmaker, Michael Schoonmaker, Maizie Schoonmaker, Charles Schoonmaker, Henry Schoonmaker, and Elliot Schoonmaker.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of the Lakes at 72 North Main Road, Otis on Saturday, February 2 at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Porchlight Visiting Nurse Association, 21 High Street, Lee, MA 01238 or to Acting Out Theater Company, 56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit breenfuneralhome.com.