Bernadetta A. Schulze, 88, of New Bremen, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary.
She was born on July 17, 1925, in McCartyville. She was the daughter of August and Elizabeth (Tuente) Riethman.
On June 18, 1947, in McCartyville, she married Linus Schulze, who preceded her in death on March 11, 2011.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Roger (Treva) Schulze of Lakeview, Ron (Linda) Schulze of Montezuma, Dennis (Pam) Schulze of New Bremen, Thomas (Kelly) Schulze of New Bremen, Steven (Carla) Schulze of New Bremen and Allan (Tash) Schulze of Montezuma, 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her siblings, Mary Ann Wenning of New Bremen, Norbert Riethman of Covington, Linus (MaryAnn) Riethman of St. Marys, Homer Riethman of McCartyville, Helen Westerbeck of Sidney and sister-in-law Judy Riethman of Anna.
Preceding her in death was her brother, Aloys Riethman.
Mrs. Schulze was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen. Faithfully serving for 65 years, she was a member of the church choir, the St. Ann Alter Sodality, the church prayer chain and often leading and praying the Rosary before and during services at the church. She was a charter member of the American Legion Post Auxiliary of Osgood and was a multi-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross. Before she and Linus were married, she worked at the former Minster Box factory and then helped her husband on the family farm, raising chickens and selling eggs collected to numerous people in the area.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating.
Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, at which time the Rosary will be prayed.
Condolences to the Schulze family can be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.