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APRIL 11, 1931-FEBRUARY 28, 2023
FOREVER LOVED, NEVER FORGOTTEN…
On February 28,2023 Mary Schulz passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Altona Memorial Hospital. She left this world the way she lived her life, with grace and dignity.
Mary was born on April 11,1931 in the Amsterdam District near Altona to her parents David and Maria Braun. Her mother passed away 2 short years later and the family welcomed Marie Braun as the new matriarch. Mary's childhood was spent on the family homestead, enjoying adventures with many siblings and the hard work of mid century prairie life.
In 1952 Mary met a handsome teacher from the Amsterdam School and by 1953 Mary and Harold Schulz were newlyweds. They proceeded to move frequently from one school and home to another as Harold pursued his teaching career. Meanwhile they managed to raise four boys and one girl in an active and busy household. In 1962 they found a home in Plum Coulee, where Mary would live the rest of her adult life.
Mary had a genuine interest in learning. From the various species of birds in the trees to the seasonal location of the setting sun, Mary would seek an answer to the wonders of nature. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, curling, puzzling and writing, managing to keep a daily journal for the past fifty years. After the children had grown, Mary studied and certified as a Home Care Attendant. For ten years she took great pride in providing caring and consistent service to her clients.
Upon retirement, Harold and Mary enjoyed frequent travels to various locations. Although Mary appreciated the opportunity to see other parts of the world she always said the day she returned home was the best part of the trip.
Mary's greatest love was family. She was never happier than when surrounded by family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She developed a special bond with each member of the extended family, sharing her love and support for all their pursuits.
Having guests for a home cooked feast was Mary's passion, one that she maintained right until the end of her time at home. She was a master of the traditional family favorites, but never shied away from trying a new recipe that she had discovered. Her pantry was always stocked with the bounty of her garden, and frequently raided for her signature variety of pickles and jams.
The last two months of Mary's life were spent at the Altona Hospital. The compounding effects of congestive heart failure had taken a toll and Mary required further care and support. With the outstanding care of staff, the calm setting of the hospital, and the regular visits by family, Mary settled into an acceptance that she may not return home. She is now resting in her eternal home.
Mary was ever thankful for the care and treatment she received by Dr Rahman, the nursing staff and all the support staff at the Altona Hospital.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Harold, her parents David and Marie Braun, brothers Dave, Jake, John, Bob, Wes and sisters Henrietta, Jessie and Anne. Mary is survived by her brother Bernie, sister Frieda, sons Robert (Debbie), Avery (Theresa), Reuben (Carol) and Cameron (Suzanne) and one daughter Pamela. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. A private burial will take place prior to the service at the Altona Cemetery. Viewing will be at Wiebe Funeral Home Altona on Saturday, March 4 from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Donations in memory of Mary may be made to MCC or a charaity of ones choice.
Livestream of Mary's celebration of life can be found on the Altona Bergther Church website by clicking on the following link: