Margaret Ann Cox Schulte Schott, age 93, formerly of South Amana, died Monday, August 5, 2013 at Crestview Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Branch, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 10, 2013, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford, Iowa, with Fr. Greg Steckel officiating. Burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Oxford. Visitation: 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a Rosary recited at 8 P.M. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford or Old St. Michael’s, Holbrook. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her four children: Bernard Francis (Ann) Schulte of Litchfield, Minnesota, Dr. James Richard (Sharon) Schulte of Strawberry Point, Iowa, Margaret B. C. (Richard) Reihman of Oxford, Iowa, Mary Jo Ann Ginger Schulte (Frank Ives) of Shoreline, Washington; Grandchildren: Theresa (David) Parent, Carol (Clint) Anderson, Kim (Tony) Keller, Crisi (Jon) Shoutz, Tom (Kim) Schulte, Randy (Kendi) Parvin, Christopher Schulte, Peter Schulte, Elizabeth (Marc) Dierickx, Karin (Gary) Kee, Karla ( Bill) Duwa, Julie ( Brian) Rustand, Joy Reihman, Joseph (Ann) Auterman, Henry Ives, Shaina Ives; Step-Grandchildren: Domanic Hogendorn, Shawn Hogendorn, Dustin (Katie) Hogendorn; Great-Grandchildren: Adam Parent, Molly Parent, Amanda Johnson, Michael Johnson, Autumn Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Andrew Keller, Christopher Keller, Jocelyn Keller, Kathryn Keller,Laura Shoutz, Sara Shoutz, Abagayle Shoutz, Aleisha Shoutz, Jonathon Shoutz, Haley Parvin, Ainsley Parvin, Joseph Schulte, James Schulte, Isabella Schulte, Pierce Schulte, Truman Dierickx, Lena Kee, Sam Duwa, Violet Rustand; Step Great grandchildren: Nastazia Hogendorn, Makasha Hogendorn, Michael Hogendorn, Emmanuel Hogendorn, Alejandra Hogendorn, Carter Hogendorn, Brady Hogendorn; Great- great grandchildren: Tucker Johnson, and Kenny Johnson. Also surviving are two sisters : Colleen Keith of Iowa City, and Emilie Young of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Bernard C. Schulte, and Francis Schott; Grandchildren (in infancy) Margaret Schulte, John Schulte, Charles Schulte, Luke Schulte; sisters: Maureen Hamilton, Mary Vest, Dorothy Schultz, and JoAnne Neuzil; and brothers: Joseph Cox and Richard Cox.
Close to her Irish family and proud of her heritage that included early settlers of York Township and the Holbrook area she would tell you that in her family she had: “six sisters and each of the sisters had two brothers.”
Margaret A. Schott was born January 1920 in York Township, Iowa County, Iowa, daughter of James Davis Cox and Catherine Bernadette (Dolly) Barry. Margaret grew up on the farm where she rode in a horse-drawn hack to attend country school and graduated in 1939 from Cosgrove High School. As a small child she was sent into the fire box to clean ash cinders from the steam engine during threshing season.
Margaret married Bernard Schulte January 30, 1940 at St. Peter’s in Cosgrove. They farmed many years near Walford, Holbrook, Parnell, North Liberty and Marengo. Tending chickens for egg money, a yard of ponies, helping in the fields and raising family defined her early years. Bernard died in 1977. She married Francis Schott in 1978, and they farmed near Kozta along the Iowa River bottom.
Margaret was one of the initial employees at the opening of the Marengo Memorial Hospital in 1956. Later working in UI Hospital Kitchen, she also was employed as an aide in the radiology department working with Dr. Maurice Van Allen. She was employed with Owens Brush for over a decade specializing in machine and plant maintenance, retiring in 1977.
Never one to suffer fools gladly, she is remembered for her hard work, tenacity, deft candor, and resiliency. Always ready to “make a long story short,” you could depend on it to get longer.