Carol Schultz

Carol M. Schultz of Cedar Grove was a quiet woman who didn’t seek recognition for her accomplishments, but her legacy at her church and Holland Fest will last for generations.

Mrs. Schultz was an expert seamstress who made costumes and banners for the annual festival honoring Dutch heritage.

“They have been used and reused and reused again,” her daughter Lois Schultz said.

One of the banners Mrs. Schultz made leads the way for the famous Klompen dancers during the parade.

“She made that one many, many years ago and they still use it,” her daughter said.

Mrs. Schultz also sewed banners to be placed in the front of First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove and angel costumes for Christmas programs. Her own children wore some of those costumes when they were young.

“I’m sure there are some in the basement of the church,” her daughter said.

Mrs. Schultz, 83, died Friday, April 13, at Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center.

She was born May 6, 1934 in Saukville to Clarence and Viola Voeks Gerner.

She graduated from West Bend High School in 1952 and then earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Mrs. Schultz taught home economics and was commons supervisor at the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District for more than 32 years, retiring in 2000.

“It was her first job out of school and she never left,” her daughter said.

On June 29, 1957, she married Lester Schultz in Saukville.

Mrs. Schultz enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. She was a breadmaker and not until the end of her life did she buy bread from the store, her daughter said.

Growing up a farm girl, Mrs. Schultz often cooked meat and potatoes and made baked goodies.

“There were always homemade cookies in the house,” her daughter said.

Mrs. Schultz embraced new cooking methods and taught microwave cooking classes through Lakeshore Technical College soon after the ovens came out.

“We didn’t even have a microwave at home,” her daughter said. “She did her homework. She would go to school and practice on things.”

Mr. and Mrs. Schultz made their own jelly from the strawberries and grapes from their garden and experimented in making their own wine they often gave to family and friends.

“They enjoyed the perfecting of it, the science of it, and trying new fruits and blends and things that like,” her daughter said. “They were quite the little scientists of their own.”

Mrs. Schultz made sure to pass along the skills of sewing and cooking.

“She had us sitting down at the sewing machine before we were in kindergarten,” her daughter said. “She enjoyed teaching other people her craft.”

Mrs. Schultz enjoyed playing cribbage and sheepshead and spending time with family members at the cottage they designed and built in Pembine. They often fished on Town Corner Lake, her daughter said.

She described her mother’s personality as reserved.

“She loved everyone. She was a quiet person. She loved to do things for people but wasn’t one for recognition,” she said.

She is survived by her husband, Lester of Cedar Grove; children Lorna (Steve) Winoske of Houston, Lois (partner Joe Dunn) Schultz of Neenah and Bryan (Terri) of Jericho, Vt.; grandchildren, Kevin (Christine) Winoske, Hannah (fiancé Torsten Quinlan) Schultz and Derrek; one great-grandson; her sister Janet Badtke of Niles, Mich.; and brothers-in-law Roger Geib of Port Washington, Donald Schultz of West Bend and Earl (Helen) Schultz of Grass Valley, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Viola Gerner.

A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove. The Rev. Chris Schaefer will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg and from 1 p.m. until the service at the church on Thursday.

Memorials to First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove are encouraged.

 

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