Patricia Schulze, age 75, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Hospice in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Cremation will follow after the Mass and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Patricia "Pat" Schulze-born on February 22, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa-was daughter to Willard W. and Virginia (Travis) Burney. She grew up on the family farm near Hartington, Nebraska and graduated from Hartington High School. She attended Wayne State College and received her Master's Degree in Education. She married Arthur Schulze on June 21, 1968, in Butte, Nebraska. They settled in Yankton, South Dakota, where Pat taught Language Arts from 1984 to 2008 at Yankton High School. She also served as the assistant debate coach, theatre director, and oral interp coach, as well as the announcer for the Yankton Buck's Football for seven years.
Pat was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, the Assembly on Computers in English, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Yankton Education Association. She had a passion for teaching and sought to make the world a more thoughtful and engaged place by stimulating her students' curiosity, encouraging their growth, valuing their individual perspectives, and enriching their learning experiences. She worked tirelessly in her role as educator, collaborating with colleagues across South Dakota and the U.S. and adopting new technologies to enhance teaching. Pat was recently nominated to the Yankton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame, and will be posthumously inducted this coming February. She was very humbled and proud of the nomination and was looking forward to accepting this honor. Pat was also a published author and loved writing mystery stories.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Arthur Schulze of Yankton, South Dakota; four children: Joel (Jennifer) Kim of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jeffrey (Florence) Kim of Reno, Nevada; Catherine Nelson of Yankton; and Arian Schulze of New York City, New York; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and two brothers: Travis (Arlis) Burney of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and James Burney of Lincoln, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Teachers very rarely get the admiration that they so much deserve while sacrificing so much...Ms. Schulze was the best and I am very sorry for your loss. She was an inspirational teacher and impacted many lives!
Alan Ward ('89)
What a lady! We are so glad to have known her. May you find peace during this difficult time.
Todd and DelRae Abler
I first met Pat when I was a theatre student at Bon Homme High School in Tyndall in 1983 and she remained a friend all these years. I deeply admired her. She will be missed greatly. She was a talented, great lady. Peace to everyone who was touched by her talent.
Amy S. Petrik
Jeff & Florence,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family during these difficult times. Use this as a celebration of all the positive influences she had during your life.
Troy Dean Meyers
Wonderful light in the classroom and beyond. Her joy for teaching passed on as a joy for learning for her students. Thank you Mrs.S!
Mrs. Schulze was one of my favorite teachers, if not my most favorite! She fostered my love of reading. I have many very fond memories of our Forms of Fiction class...she made reading and scool fun! I looked forward to her class every day and tried to find a class every year that I could take with her as the teacher. She treated us like adults instead of the students we were. She is greatly missed. Love you, Mrs. S!
Mrs. Schulze was the only reason that I passed high school. I was horrible with English. She was one of my most favorite teachers. She always saw the best in people. She worked extra hard to help me pass her class. I loved and adored "P. Schulze" as the students called her. R.I.P. Mrs. Schulze, I will never forget you.
I only had Mrs. Schulze has a teacher once, for Grammar Workshop. "P. Schulze" taught us way more than just grammar. She was a fantastic teacher and person. She helped me realize my potential. She will be missed.
What a lasting legacy Mrs. Schulze leaves behind.
She had so many gifts she shared with her students; *an innovative and cutting edge educational technology instructor; *a gifted author; *a talented director; *a compassionate life counselor and someone who always kept track of her "kids" years after leaving her classroom.
Her biggest asset, though was her heart. Pat had the ability to meet people at whatever stage of development they were at in life. She then helped lift you up to reach your potential. A potential that some never realized they could achieve. It didn't matter what you looked like, what your socio-economic status was or whatever your social pedigree or background was.
Pat "believed" in helping you achieve the best version of you. A gift that the world needs more of.
So grateful for her life lessons
Dave Lyons (86)
I was so sad to learn of this loss. Mrs. Schulze had a lasting impact on me and my life. She was a significant adult figure in my life at a time when I really needed that. I think of her often in my work with teenagers. I hope I can be to some of them what she was to me. I offer my deepest sympathies to her family in this time of grief. May it bring you some peace to know her memory lives on in so many of her students.
Jessica, class of 96
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