Funeral services for Lillian Schultz, age 96 of Wausa, Nebraska, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa. Pastor Michelle Oetken will officiate, with burial in the Lutheran Cemetery in Wausa.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa.
Lillian died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Wausa.
Lillian Viola (Benson) Schultz was born on March 13, 1917, on a farm in Cedar County northeast of Wausa, Nebraska, to Olof and Hilda (Carlson) Benson. Lillian was baptized and confirmed at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa and attended Sunday School there. She attended Goldenrod School in Cedar County, Nebraska. After graduation, she was at home and then went to Omaha, Nebraska, to work in a family’s home there. Lillian worked along with another girl doing household chores but was also given time to be a companion to the family’s 10-year-old daughter who was deaf. Later, she returned to Wausa and worked in various family homes. At Thabor Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School for 13 years. Lillian was also a member of the women’s organization and served on various committees.
On January 22, 1942, she was married to Glen Schultz at Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa. To this union, five children were born: Marge, Ann, Dale, Alice, and Barb. After they were married, Lillian spent some time with Glen while he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. After Glen’s discharge from the Army in 1945, they started farming in Cedar County, Nebraska, where they and their family lived for 18 years. In 1965 they moved to a farm in Knox County, Nebraska, where they lived for 17 years. Lillian and Glen retired from farming and moved into Wausa. Glen died on May 23, 2002, and Lillian remained in their home until March of 2008, when she moved to the Countryside Villa, where she lived for three years before moving to the Golden Living Center in Wausa. She passed away on August 13, 2013, at the age of 96 years and five months.
Lillian enjoyed reading to her children and grandchildren. She was well-known by family members and others for her delicious rhubarb custard, apple, and cherry pies, home-made bread, and cookies. Her children and many others knew her to be patient, compassionate, kind, gentle, and pleasant. Lillian’s never-ending faith guided her throughout her life.
Lillian is survived by her children, Marge (Richard) Nelson, and Ann (Bruce) Pfeil, all of Wausa, Nebraska, Dale (Kathy) Schultz of Hastings, Nebraska, Alice (Duane) Wragge of Columbus, Nebraska, and Barb (Dan) Pecka of Norfolk, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren, Jeff (Michelle) Nelson of Larchwood, Iowa, Jennifer (Mark) Wemhoff of Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris (Kary) Pfeil of Pierce, Nebraska, Todd (Heather) Pfeil of Seward, Nebraska, Katie of Wausa, Tim (Jennifer) Schultz of Lincoln, Angela (Brian) O’Neal of Lincoln, Kim (Mike) Brown of Lincoln, Brett (Brittany) Wragge of Lincoln, Ryan (Melissa) Wragge of Omaha, Nebraska, Nathan (Nikki) Wragge of Omaha, and Jason, Andrew, and Stacy Pecka, all of Omaha; her sister, Ellen Johnson of Vashon, Washington; sister-in-law, Maxien Lamprecht of Lincoln; and great-grand-children, Matt and Mallory Schultz of Lincoln, Aiden and Corbin Pfeil of Pierce, Liam and Maggie O’Neal of Lincoln, Joshua and Claire Nelson of Larchwood, Iowa, Wynn and Eva Pfeil of Seward, Lily Pfeil of Wausa, Anna Wemhoff of Lincoln, Alexa and Brady Brown of Lincoln, and Meredith Wragge of Omaha.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Olof and Hilda Benson; her husband, Glen; her brother, Evald Benson; her sisters Evelyn Wooten and Vera Larson; and great-granddaughter, Lauren.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
August 16, 2013