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funeralx1dsaidCathyx1candwhenmydadlex3theroommymomtoldmethatwhenshediedshewantedustosellherweddingringandgivetheproceedstoCatholicExtension.x1dMarysaidshewantedsomethinggoodtocomex2omherdeath.Thenshesharedherwishwithherhus-band.x1cAtx1rstitwashardfordadbecauseherringhadbeenagix3x2omhimx1dCathyexplained.x1cButmomheldx1rm.Shesaidx18ThisiswhatIwanttodo.x19x1dCatholicExtensionhadbecomemeaningfultotheSchleicherswhentheybegantravelingax3ertheirchil-drenhadgrown.TheytooktripstoplacesthatwerehometoCatholicExtensionmissiondiocesessuchasOklahomaTexasArizonaandFlorida.Marykeptdetailednotesofthesetripsincludingthechurchestheyvisited.x1cTheywerejustsogratefultox1ndthesechurchesintheSouthx1dsaidCathy.x1cMymomknewthatthesechurcheswouldnx19tbethereifitwerenx19tforCatholicExtension.x1dOneofMaryx19sdiariesshowedthatsheandClarencealongwithCathywhowastravelingwiththemat-tendedMassinJanuary1992atSt.Patrickx19sChurchinAtokaatinytownx1dinsouthernOklahoma.TheyfeltathomeinthischurchandClarencewasdeeplytouchedwhenalittlegirltoddledtothealtarandjoinedherfatherwhowasservingaslector.Thefatherpickeduphisdaughterandcontinuedwiththereading.Marynotedthatthisspecialchurchhadreceivedfundingx2omCatholicEx-tension.MarydiedinOctoberof2011.Ad-justingtolifewithoutherhasbeendix0cultespeciallyforClarencewhowasmarriedtoherfor57years.Whileheinitiallyresistedthethoughtofsell-ingherringitnowmakeshimhappy.x1cHex19sveryproudshedecidedtodoitx1dsaidCathy.x1cYouhavetounderstandtheirera.Itwasnx19therstyletostanduptohimbutshedidinthissituation.Itwasimportanttoher.x1dWhiletheSchleicherchildrenwantedtorespecttheirmotherx19swishestheyalsofeltanemotionalat-tachmenttoherringandwantedtokeepitinthefamily.Soinax1cwin-winx1dsituationtheyhadtheringappraisedandoneofhersonspurchaseditforitsappraisedvaluex13withthemoneygoingtoCatholicExtension.AtherfuneralthefamilyalsoaskedthatmemorialsbemadetoCatholicExtension.Fundsx2omtheringandthesememorialstotaledal-most4000.Todaybecauseofthesegraciousgix3sx2omthislovingfamilyMaryx19sgenerousspiritisalreadyatworkintinychurchesandwindsweptsmalltownsthataredesperateforthekindoffaithsheknewandlovedsowell.Atx0rstitwashardfordadbecauseherringhadbeenagix2x1omhim.x1dx1cASimpleSolutionYou.EverydayCatholiccommunitiesstruggletorepairtheirchurchessupporttheirpriestsandkeepessentialministriesalivetopassthefaithontonewgenerations.WhenyouincreaseyourgifttoCatholicExtensionyoucanensurenorequestforhelpgoesunanswered.Makeyourgifttodaywww.catholicextension.orggive