Betty L. Schulz

Betty L. Schulz passed on March 8, 2017, surrounded by loving family, friends, and staff, in the care of JourneyCare Hospice and The Village of Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, where she lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 8 years. Betty was born in Chicago on May 13, 1929, to Albin and Maybelle (Gullbrandsen) Johnson. She attended Elmhurst College for two years, then married Paul G. Schulz on February 10, 1951. Together they raised six children, Betty devoting herself to nurturing her family and serving her church and community. While Paul served in the Philippines during the Korean conflict, she raised their two pre-school-aged boys alone. When in 1981, Paul and 28-year-old son, Scott, were killed in a small plane crash, Betty not only became sole provider for her adolescent children, but showed all how to live through tragedy with strength and grace. In her senior years, she enjoyed a special relationship with William Thorsen, who died in 2013. Throughout her entire life, Betty showered everyone she met– no exceptions – from lifelong friends to those who cared for her at The Village of Victory Lakes with genuine concern for their well-being; people couldn’t help but feel at least a bit more optimistic just because she took genuine interest in them. And, as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she had few equals. Betty never failed to provide her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the comfort and support they needed, and each knew from her words and, more importantly, deeds, that Betty loved them intensely and unconditionally. Betty is survived by 5 children and their spouses: William Schulz, Craig Schulz (Carol), Gayle Florian (Jay), Chris Schulz (Jill) and Matt Schulz (Kirsten); 11 grandchildren: Terry Schulz (Stacie), Jeff Schulz (Marisa), Christopher Schulz, Timothy Schulz, Scott Schulz, Gina LeMense (Sam), Alexi Florian, Nicole Schulz, Stephanie Schulz, Paul Schulz, M. Scott Schulz; 5 great-grandchildren: Alex Schulz, Ashley Schulz, Avery Schulz, Sofia Schulz and James Schulz and former daughter-in-law, continued friend, Annette Schulz. Visitation at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL, 60030, Saturday, March 25 from 1-5 pm with service following. In lieu of flowers, please donate to community-based Alzheimer’s respite care: Online at ExtraCare.us or via check to Extracare, 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030; or perform an act of kindness for someone in your community.

4 Responses to Betty L. Schulz

  • Judy Brown says:

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Betty. We will always have many fond memories of family gatherings.

    With love,
    The Johnson Sisters
    Janice Peterson, Judy Brown, Candy Wason and Claudia Webb

  • Lois & Bob Lindsay says:

    A phone call from a friend in Tennessee this evening gave us the sad news of Betty’s passing. We knew Betty and Paul back to a time when we were all young. Both Betty and Paul were truly good people and always set a high example for all of us to follow. It has been several years since we last saw Betty (we live in Florida) but have never forgotten her and the many good times we all had together with the Trinity Church Couples Club and our years of camping with that group. We remember how well Betty fed us when the Maddock’s and us helped Paul reroof his house.

    To Betty’s family, remember that when our Lord calls a loved one home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Hold on to your wonderful memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Lois & Bob Lindsay

  • Jean Erwin says:

    The world has lost a truly wonderful person. Our many adventures over the years have provided me with so many happy thoughts and memories. Our shopping trips have provided me with so many laughs throughout the years. In fact, I just told someone this morning of a fun incident Betty and I had. I’ve missed her since moving but still have the wonderful memories. Goodbye to a very special friend.

  • John White says:

    My deepest condolences to the whole Schulz family in the passing away of Betty.

    Sincerely,
    John White