Iris Clara Elizabeth Schultz, age 87, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at her home in rural Lester Prairie.
Iris was born June 13, 1921 to Gustav and Ida (Wischnack) Pawelk Jr. in Camden Township, Carver County, on her parents’ New Germany farm. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany. She attended the local church school through the seventh grade and completed eighth grade at the local public school.
She was united in marriage with Walter Schultz at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany Nov. 3, 1940. They were blessed with six children, 22 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Before her marriage, Iris worked as an in-home doctor’s assistant, a home nursing caregiver, and a store clerk. She later performed the bookkeeping services for her husband in his business and for the family farm. As a farm housewife, she taught Sunday School at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and in her later years did volunteer work with Parents Anonymous.
Iris found pleasure in gardening, canning, collecting cups, and doing embroidery work. She also enjoyed reading and taking care of her rock gardens and flowers. But her main love and joy came from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren always expressing pride in their activities, often cooking for them, and attending many of their events.
She is survived by her children and their families:
Kendall and Brenda (wife Marian, deceased) Schultz of Lester Prairie; grandson Wade and Amy Schultz, great-grandsons Garrett and Taylor; granddaughter Kelli and Gregg Machemehl, and great-grandsons Benjamin and Nicholas; granddaughter Jill and Marvin Fiecke and great-grandson Trey; and five step grandchildren;
Gail Stuedemann of Gaylord; granddaughter Michelle and Max Ellzey, great-grandchildren Caroline, and Courtland, and great-great-grandson Caleb; granddaughter Brenda and Danny Trout, great-grandchildren Alexander and Bethany; grandson Bryan Stuedemann, great-granddaughter Alia; grandson Brad and Angela Stuedemann, great-grandchildren Dylan, Jake, and Hanna; granddaughter Kirstin and Andrew Hanke, and great-grandchildren Megan, Devin, Madison, and Brianna;
Kathryn and Stan Hoof of Glencoe; granddaughter Sherry Hoof and husband John Melon;
Charles and Diane Schultz of Winsted, grandchildren Aaron and fiancée Jody Bruckschen, and Cullen;
Christerfer and Amy Schultz of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Abbigayle, Emily, and Ethan;
Jennifer and Marc Sebora, of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Caleb, Callie, and Delaney.
She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Ida, her husband Walter, her daughter-in-law Marian (Mrs. Kendall) Schultz, and her brother Wilmar and his wife, Selma Pawelk.
Funeral services for Iris Clara Elizabeth Schultz were Friday, Sept. 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Lester Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating.
The organist was Marsha Christenson, the pianist Jane Holasek, congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “From Greenland’s Icy Mountain.” Grandchildren and great-grandchildren sang “Jesus Loves Me.”
A hymn in German, “Mude bin Ich geh zur Ruh,” “Amazing Grace” and the “Lord’s Prayer” were sung by her cousin, soloist Franklin Schoenke.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearer were all of her grandsons:Wade Schultz, Bryan Stuedemann, Brad Stuedemann, Aaron Schultz, Cullen Schultz and Caleb Sebora. Ethan Schultz was honorary pallbearer.
Arrangements were made by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.