Joan A. Schultz (nee Madden), 92, of Waterloo, died with family members at her side, Sept. 17, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born June 1, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of the late Emmet N. and Alma T. (nee Burgmeier) Madden.
Joan Madden was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved with her family to the New York area. She was the valedictorian of her class at Moorestown High, N.J.
She met her future husband Leonard Schultz when she was working as a secretary at the offices of a television station in Dayton. They followed Len’s new job at KMOX-TV in St. Louis and in 1957 built a home on Green Mount Road in Belleville.
When her youngest children were old enough to make their own lunches she went to nursing school at Belleville Area College and graduated at age 45. She worked her entire career as a psychiatric nurse at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
Our mother’s purpose on Earth was to be a mother and friend to her family especially and to all who crossed her life’s path. She was always as happy as her children were, with heart on sleeve, and endless love and affection. We are all deeply saddened but consoled by her painless, graceful decline and eventual passing. All who knew her are better people because of it.
She is survived by her children Anne DeToy (Schultz), Paul (MarySue) Schultz, Jane (Mike) Quernheim, John (Ann) Schultz and Mary (John) Wisniewski; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
She is also preceded in death by her son Mark Schultz; great-granddaughter Kaylin Giddens; and former husband Leonard W. Schultz
Private family services will be held.
Interment will be in Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: Oak Hill.
Arrangements provided by Quernheim Funeral Home.