Adele M. Schultz | Feb. 8, 1913 - March 14, 2014

Lansing centenarian thrived on hard work

2014-05-06T00:05:00Z Lansing centenarian thrived on hard workCarrie Steinweg Times Correspondent
May 06, 2014 12:05 am  • 

Adele Schultz, nee Mueller, had been the oldest living resident who was born in Lansing before she passed away in March shortly after her 101st birthday. She was born on the Christian Schultz homestead.

That homestead covers what is today known as Schultz Park and extended to the Lansing airport. Her grandfather, Christian Schultz, was one of the first settlers in the village. She lived her entire life in Lansing and in four different houses, all within a 500-foot area, said her son, Duane Schultz.

Schultz was raised on the family farm with her two older brothers. At age 13, she moved into a house on Sherman Street. In 1937 she married Milton Schultz and the couple had three children, sons Allen and Duane, and daughter, Jean. She was a grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great-grandmother of three.

Prior to marriage, Schultz worked in downtown Lansing at the Winterhoff Ford dealership. She worked as a secretary in Northwest Indiana and for a Lansing Realtor before retiring from CNA Insurance in Chicago.

Schultz was a lifelong member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was active with the Ladies Aid, Lutheran Braille Workers, the Senior Pioneers for Christ and the choir.

Her son said that what may have contributed to her longevity was that she didn’t shy away from hard work and remained active.

“She was a hard worker. She never had a dishwasher in her house. Even after she was 100 years old, she liked to wash dishes by hand,” said her son. “Up until the last year or two she was still quilting and sewing and doing church projects that took some seamstress ability. She loved to sit at the sewing machine and work at projects. At the end she couldn’t do the detailed work like she used to do, but she kept busy doing it.”

Besides being an avid quilter, she was also a big Chicago Bulls and Cubs fan.

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