Helen L. Schultz


Helen L. Schultz, 92, of Sumner, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Linn Haven Care Center in New Hampton.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 14, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, Monday at the church. Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Sumner is assisting the family. 

Helen Louise, eldest daughter of August A. and Martha (Krueger) Buhr, was born June 27, 1921, in rural Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Buck Creek. Helen attended rural schools in Dayton Township and graduated from Sumner High School with the class of 1939. She taught in rural schools for five years after graduating from high school.

On May 20, 1943, Helen married Harold Schultz at Camp Howze, Gainesville, Texas. The family farmed near Sumner for many years. In 1968 they moved to Sumner. Helen helped Harold in home building, painting and decorating many of the houses he constructed. Helen was employed as a teacher’s aide at Durant Elementary School for twenty-seven years. She also served as a church organist at St. John Lutheran Church.  Her hobbies included playing the piano, reading, walking, and playing 500. She enjoyed the many trips she and Harold took together.

Surviving are one son, Thomas Schultz of South Haven, Minnesota; two daughters, Suzanne (Gail) Bierman of New Hampton and Mary (Jim) Chaplin of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; four sisters, Norma Juhl of Storm Lake, Stella (Russell) Dillemuth of Rockwell City, Marian (Reese) Gibbs of Marshalltown, and Carol (Pat) Snyder of Sumner; and two sisters-in-law, Florence Lemke and Wilma Buhr, both of Sumner.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband on March 20, 1994; her parents; one brother, Allen Buhr; her daughter-in-law, Paula Schultz; three brothers-in-law, Lester Juhl, Dalton Lemke, and Stanley Schultz; and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Schultz. 


Cindy Juhl Johnston on October 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM said:

Our sympathies to you Suzi, Tom and Mary and your families.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. You all surely have wonderful memories of your loving mother.
Kelly Duhrkopf on October 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM said:

Helen was a lady that I will always admire. I worked with her at Durant Elementary for many years. She was kind, thoughtful and a lot of fun to work with. Helen and I shared many conversations through the years, mostly about family and good recipes. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed. My sympathy to all her family. Kelly Duhrkopf

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