Elizabeth Joan Schulte, age 85, passed away peacefully, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Legacy in Delano, MN.
She lived with the consequences of a severe stroke for three years, and in the last year, she endured bone cancer. Although her body was quite compromised, she maintained her humor and wit. She seldom complained and always expressed gratitude.
“Jo” was born in Staplehurst, NE, March 7, 1935, to William and Kathryn Ward. Jo was the second child of five; her sisters are Mary Jane Gregory, Kathleen Quinn Dea, Patricia Tews, and the youngest brother, William “Bill” Ward.
Jo grew up in Ulysses, NE, and attended business school in Lincoln, NE, where she met Leo “Whitey” Schulte.
Jo and Whitey were married Nov. 12, 1955, and started their new life together in Minneapolis, MN. They had six children; Michael, Theresa, Steven, Gregory, Timothy, and Jeffrey.
Jo was very involved in Sacred Heart parish in Robbinsdale, MN. She was a den mother, Girl Scout leader, and on fundraising committees for the school.
She liked to ride bikes with the kids. She drove her children to activities and cheered for the many sports teams everyone participated in. She enjoyed the variety of things her children were involved in.
The family moved to Cokato, MN, in January 1973, where they owned a small business, Whitey’s Texaco Service Station. Jo then went to work at Nationwide Carriers, in Maple Plain, and later at Jedan Logistics in Rockford. As much as she liked the work, it was the friendships of her coworkers that was most important to her.
In 1984, Jo and Whitey moved to Delano, where they met many new friends. They loved being in the bowling leagues, and served in leadership roles for the Wright County Bowling Association. She loved to travel and compete in bowling tournaments, especially if the tournament was in Reno or Las Vegas.
Jo loved to visit casinos with friends, and go to concerts. Bob Seeger, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley were some of her favorites. She was an avid Twins and Vikings fan, loved to meet her friends at the Legion for Wednesday margarita night, and spent a lot of time at the Delano Senior Center participating in the activities and day trips.
Jo enjoyed road trips, and crossed the country with Whitey driving her wherever she wanted to go. Laughter was one of her greatest gifts; she had a wonderful, hearty laugh and loved it when she could make others laugh. She was so very quick witted.
In Jo’s own words, “Now that I am gone, only shed a couple of tears for me, then remember all the good times we shared. My photo albums are full of beautiful places we have been. I can only think of all the beauty in this world, how much more is waiting for us in the next. See you there, I love you all.”
Jo was preceded in death by husband, Leo (Whitey); parents; sister; Mary Jane; and brother, Bill.
Jo is survived by her children; Michael (Jody), Hudson, WI; Theresa (Lora), Longmont, CO; Steven, Plymouth, MN; Gregory, Arvada, CO; Timothy (Lynda), Sartell, MN; Jeffrey, Moundsview, MN; nine grandchildren; Heather, Josh, Greg, Travis, Lisa, Kayla, Collin, Alec, Kyle; eight great-grandchildren; Katie, Evan, Kyle, Charlie, Carson, Kaylynn, Chase, Hailey Jo; sisters; Kathleen Quinn Dea, Denver, CO; Patricia Tews, Fremont, NE; sisters-in-law; Alberta Linder, Cumberland, WI, Sr. Geraldine Schulte, Ladysmith. WI; 19 nieces, and nephews.
A memorial Catholic Mass and inurnment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and celebration of life will take place at a later date, when family and friends can all gather.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, MN.