Annabelle M. ‘Ann’ Schultz, 87

Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 14, 2012, at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 6th Ave., Grafton, at 4 p.m. for Annabelle M. "Ann" Schultz who was born to eternal life on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the age of 87 from natural causes. Interment will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield. Visitation will be at the church today from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or Meg’s Mission are appreciated. For online condolences please visit

Ann was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 23, 1924, to Marie Sanford and graduated from West Division High School in 1941. She served as business manager for the high school annual. Her first job was a statistical typist at Wisconsin Electric Power Co. on one of the first electric typewriters; then moved to Nash Kelvintor Corp., which later became American Motors Corp., then Chrysler Corp.

In June 1946, Ann married Orv Guenther, a veteran of the South Pacific for four years. They had 24 years and 9 months together until he died from a massive heart attack at work. During World War II, binocular cases, along with parts for the Voight Sikorsky helicopters, were manufactured. Ann was a statistical typist, as well as relief switchboard, Western Union and inter-office machine operator with the Detroit office. She then became secretary to the quality control engineer and assistant to the plant manager’s secretary for 13 years.

In 1937 she joined the Wisconsin Easter Seal Society, working for four hours per day with fund raising and doing publicity with the Easter Seal Child; then coordinated volunteer organizations evening hours as they counted contributions. Ann found her "niche" when she was hired as the elementary school secretary at Dean School in Brown Deer. She served as secretary to four superintendents and retired in 1985 from a job she loved for 37 years.

After her retirement, she was called back to work on the Milwaukee School District Chapter 220 lawsuit against Brown Deer, compiling records for the previous nine years. The administrators involved with the program were no longer in the district. The case was won and Ann did not have to testify in court.

On Nov. 17, 1973, Ann married Arnold Schultz at Lincoln Park Lutheran Church, Milwaukee. Arnie was a veteran of World War II, serving in England, Italy and Africa as a medical tech and ambulance driver.

They were active members of Lincoln Park, working with hospital visitations and evangelism. Ann helped relocate a lovely family from Vietnam and served as chair for PACE (Parish Adult Christian Education).

When they moved to Grafton in 1977, they joined Grace Lutheran Church where both were active members, serving for 14 years for evangelism.

Ann served as a council member. She enjoyed her 12 years as a confirmation staff member, also as choir member, choir librarian, reader, greeter, and assisting minister. She was also involved with the Lydia Circle, prayer chain, Bible study classes and assisted with funerals, baking and setting up coffee for Sunday Adult Forum with dear friend Diane for untold years, bake sales and officer of Aid Association for Lutheran for 12 years with the Mittags.

Linda Scott, Fran Seifert and Ann helped start the successful Adult Literacy Program, purchasing supplies, books and office furniture through the assistance of AAL, and doing publicity to begin the program. Ann taught for a short time, which she loved. For many years she and Arnie helped with cleaning, painting, yard work and even helped black top the parking lot all labors of Love! In honor of Grace’s 25th anniversary, Carol Griffiths and Ann developed a supplemental hymnal "Celebrate." Ann also serves for six years as secretary of the endowment fund. In later years she was a member of the visitation program.

Ann is survived by a loving cousin, nieces, nephews, dear "Sister Emma," best friend Ginny, "adopted" grandchildren, many dear friends and her "Grace" family!

A special thank you to Ann, Rosa, Joan, Sandi, Carol, John and Diane for their love and kindness during some difficult months and to Heartland Hospice Care. Thank you also to Pastors Paul Bulgerin, Heidi Borkenhagen and Chaplain Cyndie Kalies from Heartland Hospice Care.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.