Alice Madonna Schulte
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Alice Madonna Schulte, age 95, of Hartington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Reverend Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington with a vigil service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Nicholas Puls, Timothy Puls, Sara Puls Earley, Katherine Puls Gallagher, Austin Croshere, and Damon Croshere. Honorary pallbearers are Mark and Deborah Addison, William Puls, David Addison and George Harrison.

Alice Madonna Schulte was born January 13, 1920 in Newcastle, Nebraska to John and Estelle (McDonald) Coughlin. She grew up on the farm in Newcastle and attended country school there. She then attended high school at St. Catherine's Academy in Jackson, Nebraska, where she received a teacher's certificate. She began teaching at Tip Top School just north of Hartington in 1937. During World War II, she moved to California where she worked in airplane manufacturing. She married Jerome Schulte on September 3, 1945 in Laurel, NE. After their marriage, they moved to Casper, Wyoming and then returned to Hartington to establish a home and raise their growing family. Alice began teaching again in 1956. She furthered her education at Wayne State College, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1969. She taught first grade at Hartington Public School for many years and received an Outstanding Teacher of America Award in 1972.

Alice was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was a member of the Christian Mothers and Perpetual Adoration where she kept a holy hour until she was 93. She was also a CD of A member for over 50 years, She was a member of the PEO, VFW Auxiliary, Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators, Facts & Fun Extension Club, the Chatterbids Bridge Club, Future Fantasies Investment Club, Cedar County Teachers Association, and Cedar County Historical Society. Alice enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards, traveling, cooking and time spent with family and friends. She was a strong, quiet, educated and compassionate woman who believed strongly in having a good education.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Jerome "Gyp" Schulte of Hartington; three daughters: Patricia Croshere of Studio City, California; Mary Jean (William) Puls of Keene, New Hampshire; Maureen (George) Schulte Harrison of Huntington Beach, California; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters: Mary Hoesing, Loretta Clark, Bernadine Addison, Ursula Kneifl, and Teresa Kaiser; one brother, Jack Coughlin, one sister in infancy and one great grandchild, Elle Croshere.




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My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.  A very kind and decent woman has been lost and will be dearly missed. 

With love, Barbara Puls, Michael Tucker and Family


I really enjoyed bringing them commmunion while they were living in Assisted Living. They were so appreciative. May God bless you with the strength to deal with her loss.

Cyril and Laverta Mauch


My heartfelt sympathy for your family during this time of loss. Alice was my first grade teacher. The highlight of every year for all of us little 1st graders was to go on a field trip to the farm to watch the sheep sheering each year.

Carla (Knutson) Maurer


My sympathies are with you.  Mrs. Schulte was my teacher and she was a wonderful teacher!  I was lucky to have her and remember making gingerbread men in her class.

Jenn Thomas (Morten)


God bless Alice and all of her family.  I remember her as such a nice relative to have in my family.  I didn't know that she had served as a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII!

Corene MCarthy Baum


I remember our beautiful red headed aunt in Hartington on their farm when our family came out to visit. She would make nice dinners for us all and Gyp would show us around the farm and animals. Those were great times with Uncle Gyp and our wonderful Aunt Alice and of course Pat, Maureen, Mary Jean and let's not forget Copper.

Thomas Wachter


Our sympathies to your family. Alice was a kind, giving individual and will be missed greatly.

Ken and Phyllis Meier


Thank you all for your kind words of sympathy and memories about our mother.

Mary Jean Puls

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