September 26, 2013


Dorothy Jewel Schulze, 97, of rural Coon Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Swan House in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pleasant Ridge Community Church near Glidden.

Visitation will begin at the church at noon Saturday. Organist for the service will be Joan Bundt, and congregational hymns will be "Old Rugged Cross" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

Casket bearers will be her niece Linda McClellan and her nephews Roger Hartwigsen, Robert Hartwigsen, Harry Reever, Larry Schulze, Ted Schulze, Richard Reever and Ron Hartwigsen.

Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Online condolences may be left for Dorothy's family at

Born Jan. 17, 1916, on her family's farm five miles north of Coon Rapids, she was a daughter of Henry and Louella (Churchill) Schulze. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Coon Rapids High School. She taught country school for several years and then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls where she received her teaching certificate in 1946. She taught third grade in Pocahontas from 1946-1948 and Cherokee from 1948-1976. While teaching in Cherokee she also served as the grade-school principal for several years. During summers she attended classes at Iowa State Teachers College and earned a bachelor's degree in education. Following her retirement in 1976 she moved back to her family's farm near Coon Rapids. She was a charter member of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, the Carroll-Greene County Retired Teachers Association, the Coon Rapids Federated Club and the Rural Garden Club. She was a lifelong member of Pleasant Ridge Community Church near Glidden. Dorothy was a world traveler and avid photographer. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and taking care of her cats. Her life revolved around her church and volunteer work for several charities.

Dorothy is survived by her niece and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Harry, Don and Delton; two sisters: Frances Reever and Evelyn Hartwigsen, a nephew Randy Schulze; and two great-nephews: Christopher and Kyle Schulze.