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Published: Friday, 9/19/2008

Antiques dealer was expert on primitives

TEMPERANCE Mary Yvonne Ludlow Schlagheck, an antiques dealer and historic preservationist who was president of the Historical Society of Bedford, died Tuesday in Toledo Hospital of a heart attack. She was 74.

Ms. Schlagheck, who operated the Straw Horse Antiques Shop out of her home in Temperance, traveled the country dealing antiques.

She was considered an authority on primitive country antiques and was quoted in a book on the subject, her daughter Carol Schlagheck said.

We always teased her that she could be Martha Stewart, she said. Thanksgivings and Christmases around her house were fantastic.

Through her love of history Ms. Schlagheck helped found the Historical Society of Bedford, leading the organization s project to renovate the Banner Oaks Schoolhouse.

The restored 1871 schoolhouse served as the backdrop for history lessons for the 500 schoolchildren who visited there last year.

Ms. Schlagheck also founded the Colonial Crafts Show, a historical society fund-raiser that attracted craftsmen from throughout the area. She served as chairman of the event each year of its 30-year history, her daughter said.

In addition to her travels and responsibilities with the historical society, she enjoyed line dancing.

She volunteered with the Busy Bunch 4-H Club and the Eby Log Cabin at the Monroe County Fair.

Throughout her life she enjoyed riding horses. She took part in riding competitions as a child and adult. She kept her horse Honey at her home on Smith Road.

Ms. Schlagheck was born Feb. 17, 1934, in St. Louis. Her family moved to Toledo, where she attended St. Ann s Elementary School and Rosary Cathedral Elementary.

She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951.

Following her graduation, she moved to Temperance to have a place to keep a horse, her daughter said.

She worked at a dime store in Toledo and in secretarial roles at the Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad. In the 1970s, she drove a van for Bedford s Retired Senior Volunteer program.

She was married Feb. 16, 1957, to Gerald Schlagheck. The couple were married for 25 years and had six children before divorcing.

Surviving are her daughters, Carol Schlagheck, Marie Fox, Susan Jones, Kathleen Beach Wirick, and Kristine Nowicki; son, John Schlagheck; 16 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Regina Coeli Catholic Church. The Bedford Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. The family suggests that tributes be to the River Raisin Battlefield Steering Committee.



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