Bernice Schultz, a 1925 Classic, was called from earth by our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, following a 2-month battle with heart & kidney failure. Bernice was born to Polish immigrants, Stanley & Mary Magdziak, in Illinois. She attended St. Andrew the Apostle Elementary School. She graduated in the midst of WWII in 1943 from Thornton Fractional North High School. Being born the 7th of 13 children provided her the opportunity of assisting her mother with childcare, cooking & baking. When she was 20, she traveled to San Antonio, Texas on a whim. This led to a 6-month adventure at Randolph AFB, where she landed a job processing the soldiers out, following the war. Bernice married Edward Schultz in 1948 and together they built a life in Ed’s childhood home in Whiting, Indiana. Both Bernice & Ed were extremely community-minded and devoted a great deal of their lives in & around St. Adalbert Church and School. In addition to being a top-notch homemaker, Bernice was very active in St. Adalbert’s Choir, Altar & Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella, St. Hedwig’s Lodge, American Legion Post 369, Whiting/Robertsdale Community Choir, the Alleluia Choir, Whiting/Robertsdale Seniors, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) “Forever Young” Seniors and SEAS Prayer Shawl Ministry. At the age of 84, she moved to Fort Collins, CO, where she has lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 9 years.
Bernice is survived by her two children & their spouses, Bill and Terrie Schultz of Munster and Nancy and Jim Zawada of Fort Collins, CO. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kristen (Zac) Zawada Brownson and Jimmy Zawada. Her younger sister, Patricia Kasper, is her only remaining living sibling. Bernice also has numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, her parents, seven brothers, five sisters and their spouses.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Adalbert Church, 1341-121st Street, Whiting, IN with the Rev. Stanley J. Dominik, officiating. Interment will follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 9:00am to time of services.
As a tribute to Bernice’s flair for fashion, please feel free to dress in bright, joyful colors as we celebrate her life well-lived. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Pathways Hospice” in care of Baran’s Funeral Home, 1235-119th St, Whiting, IN 46394. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the Associates in Family Medicine team, Poudre Valley Hospital Cardiac Unit, Lemay Avenue Health & Rehab, Brookdale Assisted Living, Pathways Hospice, and the team of physicians, nurses and therapists who cared so tenderly for Mom. God Bless You All!