August 13, 1959 ~ April 5, 2019

Born in: Alliance, NE
Resided in: Henderson, CO

Mary E. Broad, 59, of Henderson passed away on April 5, 2019 in her home. Born on August 13, 1959 in Alliance, Nebraska, she is the daughter of Donna J. (McKenna) Schekall and the late Stanley J. “Jim” Schekall.

Independent and enterprising from an early age, she excelled in designing and making her own clothes, and started a business selling cards and magazine subscriptions door to door in her small hometown of Hemingford, Nebraska. She graduated from Hemingford High School in 1978, where she served as student council president. She attended college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and went on to earn her MBA from Chadron State College in 2007. Mary worked as Director of Risk Management for Union Pacific Railroad.

She married Tim Broad of Alliance, Nebraska in 1979, and over the decade that followed, she became a fun, tireless and fiercely loving mother to four children: Lisa, Teresa, Ian and Dylan. She was eagerly looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild in June of this year.

Mary was a keenly intelligent, spiritual and deeply curious woman, who consistently sought to understand the world around her and her place in it. She expressed a profound love for people, animals and nature, and felt truly at home running and hiking, surrounded by Colorado’s mountains, rivers and intense sunlight. She was a warm, funny, charismatic person, with a magnetic presence that drew people to her and a deep reserve of empathy that made them feel instantly at ease. To quote her favorite childhood movie Mary Poppins, she was “practically perfect in every way.”

In addition to her mother, Donna, she is survived by her children, Lisa Broad and her husband Michael Anderson, Teresa Gorman and her husband Rick Gorman, Ian Broad and Dylan Broad; her siblings, Caren Grandgenett, Susan Schekall, Michael Schekall, Stanley Schekall, Joseph Schekall, Carol Taylor and their families; as well as a host of relatives, colleagues, and devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her father Jim and her brother David Schekall.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Horan & McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Rd. Centennial, CO 80122. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:30pm at the same location.


Celebration of Life: April 13, 2019 4:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Visitation: April 12, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

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  1. Actions speak louder than words, but Mary was not afraid to speak! Mary showed so many attributes of leadership by her actions. She was not afraid to challenge the norm and her advocacy of minority opinions/viewpoints are something I always cherished. Mary truly cared about others and those around her knew it. She had a huge heart, which transcended into her daily work with peers, fellow employees, and those she served. She had a great impact on the soul of her Union Pacific family. I will miss hearing Mary’s perspective on things, as I could always learn an alternate angle when I heard from her. I valued and loved Mary as a friend and will take life lessons from our numerous “chats” over the years. I am so sorry for the loss that Mary’s immediate and extended family has endured and remain open for support, if needed. You have my cell number. Call me 24/7 if I may be of support.

  2. My sincerest condolences. Mary was a great friend and co-worker and will always be remembered. She was a great person and will be sorely missed. May God’s peace be with you.

  3. Mary was genuine in the love she gave in friendship. We forever wish healing and peace for your precious family.

  4. To know Mary was to love her. She never met a stranger and truly cared for every living thing. First and foremost she was a VERY PROUD mother. She loved her family more than anything else in the world. I cherish each and every memory of our time together- especially when we had sometimes heated debates. She always stood her ground and knew her facts and I truly respected her for that. She was a great teammate, great friend, and again- the kindest soul I’ve ever known in my life. I’m sure today she has her feet in the sand, watching the sunset, and sipping tequila and patiently waiting on all her loved ones to join her when the time comes.

  5. I have no words, but am so full of love and compassion for all of Mary’s family as they bid farewell to such an incredible soul and am sending you all the healing, love and hugs you will need to keep moving forward. I am so glad to have had Mary be a part of my journey and will forever be indebted for the companionship and mothering she gave Holly while they both have been in Denver. My heart is with you all as you transition into a new life with her absence.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family!
    Mary was a beautiful person inside and out and will be missed by all who were blessed enough to know her.
    Mary helped me when I was injured and never gave up on getting me back to work; she became a great friend and mentor to me always encouraging me and checking in.
    Her smile, her laugh and the way she truly cared were a testament to the amazing woman she was. She loved talking about her kids and was so excited to be having a grand baby on the way… she would laugh at my wall of pictures featuring all my grandsons and I told her she would be just as crazy with hers.
    May your beautiful memories and the love your shared get you through these tough days. Teresa, Lisa, Ian and Dylan – Prayers of comfort and strengthen to you all, she will always be with you and watch over you.
    God Bless

  7. Shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Mary’s passing….I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Mary very much. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family and her many friends.

  8. I am so saddened by the loss of Mary. She was loved and treasured by many and will be sorely missed. All of you will be in my deepest thoughts and prayers. God bless you as you celebrate the life of your mom. Try to take comfort in your many wonderful memories of times cherished with her. Her spirit will live on in all of you.

    Sheri Bottger

  9. I am so deeply saddened by Mary’s sudden and tragic passing. She deserved the happiest and healthiest of retirements after a remarkable career at Union Pacific Railroad. One of the great joys of my own career at Union Pacific was getting to know and work with Mary. She was as good a person as I have ever meet. Although all those who knew and loved Mary will miss her, I strongly believe that she is alive and well and happy. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family and loved ones as they cope with her absence.

  10. So sorry for your loss Ian. Thinking of you and lifting you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim and Joan Carstensen

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all. We have such wonderful memories of all the fun and memorable times we had together.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. There are not adequate words to express my sorrow…

  13. What a shock!
    What a pleasure it was to bring Marty on board with UP and watch as she excelled in her growth, perspective and unique approach to work and life in general. My thoughts and happy memories go out to her family. She did us all proud!!!

  14. So deeply saddened when I was told the news, seemed like yesterday I was sitting on your porch with you in Alliance as we often did, talking and laughing. You were my first neighbor after I moved from home and I was just learning how to start my life. You were always a free spirit and enjoyed life, a very busy working mother buy always made time to visit, I will cherish you always.

  15. I met Mary on one of her first assignments as a UPRR claims Rep. in Nop, Ne. 20 years ago. That’s the day I started treasuring “the Wonders of Mary”. Wonders, a noun defined as a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable. Over the two decades that followed I came to know of her unique perspectives on life, fierce independence and total dedication to her children
    I was blessed to talk with Mary at 7:00pm on the night this senseless, unthinkable tragedy occurred, to congratulate her on an outstanding career with UPRR and to see how she was feeling. The main topic Mary spoke of was her joy of being free to spend time with her children and her excitement to soon welcome Theresa’s baby, Mary’s first grandchild into her family!
    May her beloved children Lisa, Teresa, Ian and Dylan, her mother Donna, who has now buried her husband, and two beloved children, David and Mary, and all of Mary’s family and friends somehow find peace.
    I will look for healing in the warmth of the sun, the sands and waters of lakes and oceans, and the gentle breeze that carries the free spirit of our beloved Mary that will whisper comfort to us all.

  16. I never met Mary in person, however recently I came into contact with Mary recently as we both were on a Union Pacific work related panel I enjoyed interacting with Mary while we were on this work panel by way of phone . To Mary’s family and friends : be proud of your Mother’s accomplishments and always think of the wonderful memories you had with her. Peace to all of you, Andrea Morales

  17. Very saddened at Mary’s passing. The world is a lesser place without her because of everything she brought to it. I always looked forward to meeting and working with Mary because of her positive attitude, intelligence and great sense of humor. Thoughts and prayers to her family. She was a good one.

  18. Our prayers go out to Mary’s family for the loss of a wonderful mother, and friend. I had the privilege of working with Mary for many years in North Platte. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed.

  19. So very sorry for the loss of your mother Teresa! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your brothers, sister and family during this very difficult time! May the lord be with you! ❤️

  20. Teresa I am so sorry! There are no words for what you are going through. We will be praying for you all and your family. ❤️

  21. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Mary. We enjoyed working with her and she will be missed.

  22. Mary was a magical person with an amazing spirit.. my husband Brian and myself had the ultimate pleasure of meeting Mary on a visit in Colorado Springs with her amazing daughter Teresa. She was such an easy person to speak to and become friends with. She was so excited about her grandchild and at our grandson’s 1st Birthday came to celebrate with us. We shared stories and hopes for the future. The Heavens received a beautiful soul and May Teresa and her entire family know how sorry we are for their loss of an amazing lady..
    Love Always, Iris and Brian Pfeil

  23. Mary was a sweetheart. Every time our paths crossed she always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be around. We always talked about her children and where they were in their lives. She loved them dearly. We will all miss Mary, may she rest in peace.

  24. Mary had a big Heart.She was the first person that welcome me at my first day of school After that she became a wonderful friend.Always had beautiful smile :-)She will be miss so much. My prayers and thoughts are with her loving family.

  25. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mary. Mary was truly a joy to work with at Union Pacific. She will be missed by all who knew her. God’s comfort to Mary’s children and family.

  26. Mary will be missed. Have known her sincene we were kids. Family was everything. My kids adored her as the rest of the family. My heart goes out to the family . She will be missed.

  27. My sympathy’s to the Schekall and Broad families. Such a senseless act that took her.
    May your faith carry you forward and let your happy memories be a crutch to lean on. She will
    always be with you and missed terribly. My heart goes out to all of you. May the lord carry you
    through your grief and give you peace.

  28. Mary was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a joy to be around every time. So many great memories with her that we will hold near to our heart. Our sincere condolences to her four children and family. Mary has her wings and she is free.

  29. So very saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. I pray that the Lord will wrap his loving arms around her family and friends, and they find comfort in the memories.

  30. I’m so shocked to hear of this senseless, tragic death. I loved working with smiling, intelligent Mary when I traveled to work in North Platte. She always had a new story of her children and adventures. My sympathy to all her beloved family and friends.

  31. Mary was an amazing woman, mother, worker and friend. After more than 30 years of friendship, i never heard her speak ill of others. There will be a special place in heaven for Mary.

  32. Mary has always been a beautiful person inside and out. It saddens me terribly to hear this sad news. I will be lifting her family up in prayer

  33. Mary was a beautiful soul. She was one of the kindest people I have been lucky enough to know. Always welcoming me and my family with a warm hug and a big smile. My thoughts, prayers and love are with her children and family during this time. I hope they all find comfort in knowing how many lives she touched and all the memories they shared.

  34. So sorry for your loss. Tim and I remember her fondly. May Jesus wrap you in comfort and peace during this difficult time. So long friend and cousin until we meet again.

  35. I’m so sorry for the pain your family is going through. Please remember she is in the arms of angels now. May GOD give you comfort and peace. ❤️

  36. My sympathy to the Schekall and Broad family. Mary was a great cousin and it was an honor to know her. Wished I could be at her services. Wasn’t sure when they were. Hugs and prayers to all!

    • Often on Mary’s jogs around our neighborhood she would carry small dog treats with her and she always stopped and said”hi” to me and then she would give my dogs a treat. I looked forward to seeing her when I walked my dogs and I’m sure my dogs did too! Rest In Peace Mary! My deepest condolences to Mary’s Family and Friends.

  37. My, Mary may you know how many lives you touched throughout every day with your smile. You were definitely not afraid of anything. I have all the memories we shared tucked away in my heart as we carried on different roads. Tell Huston hi. Mary I love you I never got to tell you that over the years. To Lisa, Theresa, Ian and Dylan your mother was one of a kind and you each carry so much of her with you. She will smile upon you all and I am so sorry you have to go through such a loss no one should ever have to go through. Know you are loved forever, hugs to all, today and always. To Donna her beautiful mother hugs to you at this time and always. Mary my friend God Speed and may You Rest in Peace

  38. So sorry for The tragic loss of Mary, she was an awesome person. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. May God see you thru to a brighter tomorrow. You will see Mary as the growing flowers, the rainbows gold, and tomorrow’s sunshine.
    Dean & Sonya Buskirk

  39. Mary and I were two Marys on a team of four at Union Pacific, so when our supervisors started calling us Mary 1 and Mary 2, the nickname stuck, so we started using it away from work and in Christmas cards. I adored her quirky personality, generosity, quick wit, and love for her children. I miss you more every minute, Mary 2. Rest in Peace, my friend. I posted a few photos on the Legacy website.

  40. To the Schekall family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Despite less contact as our lives unfolded, growing up I spent a lot of time with this family. A large Christian family, much like my own. We grew up together in school and in church. Donna, my heart goes out to you. Having experienced the loss of a child with my own mother, I know how painful this is. This violates the law of order. So sorry you must go through this again. Sue, I am close, Erie, CO, if you ever need a friend to lean on. Do not be afraid to reach out. Mary was such a kind soul and a comfort to many. We all enjoyed her vibrant personality, her courage to “step out of the box”, and her love for life. Seek consolation in the love of family and friends for now and anticipate the joy of your reunion one day. Peace and love…….Carol

  41. I’m so sad to hear of Mary’s passing. I worked with Mary and took over her job position at Nebraska Cattlewoman’s in Alliance, NE. I always felt a special connection to her and swore we were separated at birth since we were exactly the same age! I’ll always remember her extreme intelligence and beautiful smile. My prayers for her in eternity and for her family, Lisa, Teresa, Ian and Dylan.

  42. To know you was to love you, and oh how I loved you. I have so many great memories of our times and talks together. Your attributes were numerous and faults few. You always saw everything through to the end except this one mission we must go it alone. I will hear your voice/laugh when the wind blows thru the trees, see your warm smile in the bright sun and feel you next to me when my feet are in the warm sand. Know when my journey is done I will come looking for you. As usual we never parted without saying “ I love you “

  43. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I enjoyed working with Mary for several years while in North Platte and Denver. Such a kind an caring person. My deepest thoughts and sympathy to your family.

  44. I knew Mary through Sean and I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Life is so precious and I know Sean and Mary treasured their times together. They are both special and wonderful people and this world will miss Mary and the future will not be the same for those who knew her. God bless her family and loved ones.

  45. Mary was a friend of mine since she started working with me at BN in Alliance. Mary was an inspiration for anyone who knew her. She was incredibly courageous and was very selfless. Praying for her family. God’s peace be with you all.

  46. I met Mary and her family in 1975 or so, while she was in high school. Jim and Donna were my good friends and mentors. We spent so many Sunday mornings and evenings sitting at that Schekall table! We first lost Matthew Bremer, my son, then Margaret Bremer. After I moved away, David Schekall was killed, then Jim his dad, and now you, Mary. Most of these deaths were tragedies, including yours.
    I remember ironing a yellow shirt for a date you had! And laughing with your mom and you.
    I know you’re at peace now, but your loved ones aren’t. They will cry when they think of you, at first every moment or so. Help them from where you are.
    Kathleen Riggs Bremer Schommer

  47. Mary contributed so much to others lives whether it was personal or professional, and she will be missed. Mary always greeted others with “hugs,” which was part of her loving personality. Mary, rest in peace my friend, and I pray that God helps your family through this very difficult time.

  48. I only knewMary in passing while we were both tending to our garden plots at the Belle Creek Community Garden. But I remember that she was always so friendly to talk to. I wish I got to know her better. RIP Mary.

  49. Every beautiful word that has been spoken of your mom Mary is so true. Since our daughters were close in age we conversed a lot so many years ago. She had such an empathy and compassion for others. Mary always had time to visit. She was beautiful, intelligent, and fun. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you children and the Schekall and Broad families.

  50. I went to high school with Mary and kept in touch after. I had lost touch with her for many years but was able to reconnect last summer and we had dinner together last July. I was so happy that she was part of my life again. I was so shocked when I received news of her passing.
    My greatest condolences to the family.
    I will always remember you Mary and you will be thought of with love.

  51. Mary was always such a professional, and kind person….I am shocked! She will be missed I am praying for her family

  52. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mary. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  53. Susan and Caren,
    I was saddened to have just read of Your sister’s tragic passing. My sympathies to you and your families.

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