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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Rose Marie Schultes

  • Rose Marie Schultes, 85, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed peacefully to her eternal home in the presence of her daughters on June 3, 2013.
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  • Rose Marie Schultes, 85, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed peacefully to her eternal home in the presence of her daughters on June 3, 2013.
    Rose Marie was born on September 16, 1927 to Joseph Reindl and Elizabeth Gast Reindl in Leavenworth. She married the love of her life James Conner Schultes on April 18, 1953 at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth. She was the mother of two daughters Barbara and Lisa. Rose Marie lived in Overland Park, Kansas since 1980 and worked as a bank teller, most recently employed by Bank of America. She was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park.
    When Rose Marie was born, she was delivered by her Aunt Katie Gast Bott at the Gast Family Farm, located at Eisenhower Road and 155th Street in Leavenworth, Kansas. She and her parents survived the tornado of August 1938 in an underground cellar while the tornado destroyed buildings on their farm. She said that her father used all his might to hold the cellar door closed as the winds swirled above. She attended Hazel Dell Elementary School, a rural one-room school house from 1933-41. She scored at the top of a county-wide competency test of rural schools and was selected to give a speech at the county-wide graduation ceremony in 1941. She then attended Immaculata High School in Leavenworth from 1941-45. During high school she worked at Harth Bakery.
    Upon her high school graduation, Rose Marie's first job was with the United States Ration Board until the end of World War II, when she became an employee of the Kansas Electric Company. During her 8 year tenure as the head cashier of the KEC, she was named "Miss Kansas Electric Power".
    Rose Marie's husband Jim was also a native of Leavenworth. He was a World War II Navy veteran and an air traffic controller. Soon after Rose Marie and Jim were married they moved to Springfield, Missouri where Jim worked at the newly-built Springfield Municipal Airport. Rose Marie and Jim's daughters, Barbara and Lisa, were born in Springfield. The family attended St. Agnes Catholic Church (Springfield). Rose Marie served as President of the St. Agnes School PTA and on the Church Altar Society. Growing up, her daughters remember her frequent donations of baked goods to the Church's Bazaar and other fundraisers and to friends experiencing difficulties. Her daughters came to ask "Is that dessert for us?" Many times the dessert was for others.
    While still residing in Springfield, Jim underwent heart surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City in 1964. Jim was one of the first patients to receive an artificial aortic heart valve at St. Luke's Hospital. Rose Marie cared and prayed for him diligently while he was in a coma after his heart surgery and during his later recovery. Jim passed away in March 1969 when their daughters were 14 and 10 years old. Rose Marie continued to love him dearly. Despite limited financial resources, Rose Marie made sure that both daughters had college educations. Barbara graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Microbiology and a B.S. in Medical Technology and Lisa graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Accounting and a J.D. Her sacrifices for her daughters were unceasing.
    Page 2 of 3 - Rose Marie moved from Springfield to Overland Park in 1980 and became employed as a bank teller at Ranchmart Bank (which later became Nations Bank and then Bank of America). After moving from the 95th and Mission bank location to a branch bank on Metcalf Avenue, Rose Marie survived three bank robberies. She retired in 1994 shortly after the third bank robbery, feeling fortunate to still be alive.
    After her move to the Kansas City area, Rose Marie joined St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kansas. She became an active member of its Altar & Rosary Society serving as Treasurer from 2003-2009 and as the "Sunshine Chairwoman" from 2001-2003 in charge of sending cards and expressions of support and sympathy. She volunteered to make meals for the priests, food for funeral dinners and baked goods for fundraisers.
    Rose Marie's faith was very important in her life. She prayed each evening especially for others, including relatives, friends and even those she did not know. She was an extremely caring individual with a great deal of empathy for others. She never met a stranger. Her children and grandchildren would marvel, after seeing her in an active conversation with another person, to discover that she had just met the person. She was extremely interested in others and the details of their lives and those she met felt instantly that she cared about them. She cultivated those friendships through phone calls, frequent correspondence and expressions of support and concern. Friends she made in school, as neighbors, and through her work and church involvement in Leavenworth, Springfield and Kansas City remained life–long friends.
    Cooking and baking were Rose Marie's passions. She was famous among her family and friends for baking the most delicious pies and cakes. She knew each person's favorite dessert and would be sure to bake it for their visit.
    She loved her grandchildren Jason, Jennifer, Lizzie and Jimmy dearly and was their biggest cheerleader.
    Rose Marie's enduring legacy will be the values she taught her children and grandchildren by her example – faith in God, love of family and service to your neighbors.
    She was predeceased by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Schultes Bell of San Antonio, Texas, and her husband Dr. Randall Bell and grandchildren Jason (wife Alyson) and Jennifer Bell, and by daughter, Lisa Schultes of Fairway, her husband Dan O'Connell and grandchildren Elizabeth "Lizzie" and James "Jimmy" O'Connell. She is also survived by cousins, Bill Reindl and Walter Reindl of Leavenworth.
    Visitation will be held at McGilley & Hoge Memorial Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe, Overland Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. A Rosary will follow the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5250 Mission at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10.
    Page 3 of 3 - Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agnes Altar & Rosary Society, 5250 Mission Road, Roeland Park, KS 66205 or Immaculata High School, 600 Shawnee, Leavenworth. Please offer condolences at www.mcgilleyhoge.com.

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