Marlene H. Schultz
Nov. 11, 1936 – March 24, 2020
Marlene Schultz was a loving and compassionate person who was a friend to everyone she met. She has left a void in the lives of those that loved and knew her.
She was born on November 11, 1936, in Milwaukee, to Melvin and Florence Graf. As an only child, Marlene was spoiled by her parents and her many aunts and uncles. Growing up in a very close-knit German community, family gatherings, playing sheepshead, and having an occasional beer were a common occurrence.
While in Milwaukee, she met the man she would eventually marry, and who would become the love of her life, Rodney Schultz. They were married on August 18, 1956. Starting their life together in Waukesha, Marlene soon was welcome into the large Schultz family.
In 1962, they started their own family with a son (Glenn) and two years later a daughter (Gail), which prompted a move out to the “country.” Marlene chose to stay home to take care of her children, which was a blessing to her family, especially when nine years after her first daughter was born, another girl (Gwen) was welcomed into their family.
Early in her life, her she enjoyed singing in the church choir and attending weekly services at Siloah Lutheran. It was here her love of God and strong faith was developed. Later in her life, she joined the choir at Trinity Lutheran where she was a member for many years.
Marlene was more than just a homemaker, mom and wife. She was a doctor, taking care of many a skinned knee, treating various cuts, bruises, etc. She was a chef who learned how to stretch a few pounds of meat into a week’s worth of meals. One time when Rodney brought home a couple of 5-gallon buckets of smelt undaunted, Marlene made some type of smelt dish each Friday for the next year much to the dismay of her children! She was seamstress fixing and mending various holes, rips, and tears to extend the life of every garment, she even created designer one of a kind costumes for school plays and Halloween. Marlene was also a master gardener, spending many hours planting, cultivating, weeding and harvesting each year in her garden that she loved.
Marlene was also a compassionate daughter. As her mother Florence was moved to a nursing home, Marlene made it a point to visit each week, taking her out to their house, playing cards, eating, laughing and reminiscing of all the memories that they shared.
Marlene joined her husband Rodney of 63 years 10 days after Rodney going home, and now they are both together for eternity (see Rodney’s obituary).
Marlene is survived by her son Glenn (Jessica) Schultz, and daughters Gail Schultz and Gwen (Steve) Travis. One of Marlene’s greatest pleasures was spending time with her granddaughters Samantha and Claire (Glenn’s daughters) and Ashley and Emily (Gwen’s daughters) and especially her best friend and sister in-law Alyse Schultz.
A special thanks Gwen, Steve, Ashley, Emily, Gail and Dee for the compassionate care.
Private family burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to Marlene’s daughter Gail’s medical needs: a Go Fund Me Page has been established at www.gf.me/u/xsufxz.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Service is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit us online at www.randledable.com to leave the family an online tribute message.