Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wayne Marie (Kappel) Schulz

Wayne Marie Schulz, age 80, passed away April 15, 2009, at 10:15 p.m. in Racine. Wayne was born in Racine on August 28, 1928, daughter of the late Elmer Christensen Kappel and Marie Fisher (Nee: Lamberton) Kappel.

Wayne Marie: yes, her name is Wayne. Her father picked it because he knew a girl with that name and liked it. Though it created unusual situations for her – some funny, some frustrating – it certainly was the right name for her. A lifelong Racine County resident, she graduated from Park High. In 1944 she met Wally roller-skating at Reggie’s Beachland Roller Rink. On August 23, 1947, at the First United Methodist Church, she was united in marriage to Walter “Wally” Schulz, Jr.

A community volunteer her entire adult life: Y-Wives, Tucker School Mother’s Club, Extension Homemakers, 4-H, church. 50+ year member in the informal Tucker neighborhood group known affectionately as “Gab Club.” Wayne’s leadership skills had a major impact on Racine County 4-H: sewing 4-H Leader 48 years, Racine County Superintendent 4-H Exhibit building 10+ years Tucker 4-H Club General Leader 23 years, president Racine County 4-H Board of Directors 4 years, dress revue judge in SE Wisconsin, trained leaders. She lived and taught the 4-H motto: "To make the best better." Excellent, self-taught seamstress and quilt maker: taught tailoring, sewing, cooking 27 years at Gateway Technical College; Quilting classes and Doll Club at Sew ‘N Save, 4-H Quilting Leader, Capsule College, co-owner of The Cloth Horse. Awards: 1982 Outstanding 4-H Leader; 1994 Franksville Business’ Community Service; Friend of Extension; 2000 Racine Mayor Official Proclamation. Lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, chaired annual Church Bazaar, Director Methodist Youth Fellowship, Happy Quilters, United Methodist Women.

Above all, she devoted her life to her family and to helping youth. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Wally; their children: Judith D. Schulz (Doug Harris), Burlington; Karen R. (David) Gropman, Mill Rift PA; David W. (Stacy) Schulz, Mequon; Scott C. (Jenny) Schulz, Racine; six grandchildren: Meta and Katrin Schulz-Berg, Elizabeth and Yale Gropman, Aubree and Alec Schulz; brother, Herbert Earl C (Marilyn) Kappel of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, LeRoy Irving and Andrew Charles (Joan) Kappel. Wayne’s ancestors settled in Racine in 1848. Grandparents: Earl William and Lulu Hannah (nee: Fisher) Lamberton; Andrew Christensen Kappel and Jennie Margaret (nee: Sherwood) Kappel.

Visitation will be Friday, April 24, 2009, from 3 p.m, to 6 p.m., with 6 p.m. service at First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., Racine. Private interment at West Lawn Memorial Park, with Rev. Brad Van Fossen, officiating. Memorials are suggested for youth leadership programs at First United Methodist Church, Racine, and/or Racine County 4-H Leader’s Assn., 14200 Washington Av, Sturtevant, WI 53177.

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J. Radtke-Punzel, Jefferson said...

Sorry for the loss of your mother Judith. Our thoughts and prays are with you all.

-Jessica Radtke Punzel & family

Casey Loew said...

Aunt Wayne really was a nice person. And I will miss her very very much.

Bruce Lakin, Indianapolis said...

Of Wayne Marie's many accomplishments and recognitions, one of her greatest is as mother of and inspiration to Judith Schulz, who continues her mother's legacy of service and dedication, domestic and pedagogical arts, and of pumping energy into every relationship or organization she joins.

Judith had the privilege and burden of continuously caring for Wayne throughout her final season of life. All who loved Wayne owe Judith gratitude. There is no replacing Wayne, though Judith succeeds her as yet another remarkable woman of her families' pioneer spirit.