Mary Ellen Schulz

October 12, 1934 ‒ July 11, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Mary Ellen (Hoepner) Schulz died peacefully (at her home at WillowBrook at Delaware Run in Delaware, Ohio) on July 11, 2021.

She was born October 12, 1934 in Hinsdale, IL to the late Edwin and Elizabeth (Rickert) Hoepner. She graduated from Hinsdale High School (Illinois) in 1953 and left nursing school after her father’s death. She married William Otto Schulz October 28, 1955 and they made their home in LaGrange, IL for several years.

In 1964, they moved with their children to Willard, Ohio when Bill was transferred with RR Donnelley & Sons. They were active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard.

After Bill’s retirement, they enjoyed travels overseas to Tanzania, Cairo, and the Island of Mauritius (East Africa) with Bill’s role with Executive Service Corps – United States. They moved to Mansfield, Ohio in 1993 and were members of First English Lutheran Church. Five years ago, they moved to WillowBrook at Delaware Run in Delaware, Ohio to be near family. In Delaware, they were members of All Shepherd’s Lutheran Church.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by William Otto Schulz, her husband of 64 years, on May 9, 2020.

She is survived by her daughters Heidi (Michael) Brownson of Malcolm, Nebraska, Amy (Jon) Funk of Delaware, Ohio, Sally (John) Hattle of Western Springs, Illinois; son William (Karen) Schulz of Rocky River, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren William “Buddy” (Chehala) Goodenkauf, Laura Goodenkauf, Katherine (Funk) Suchy, Gregory (Jamie) Funk, Lizzy (Michael) Gerov, Emily Hattle, William K. Schulz, and Anita Schulz; great-grandchildren Colton Suchy, Eric and Hannah Funk, Joyella, Arley, and Albie Goodenkauf; step-grandchildren Megan (Mike) Eickman and Molly (Adam) Dietsch; step-greatgrandchildren Emmy Lu, Eva, and Elle Eickman, and Savannah Dietsch.

A joint private family interment for both Bill and Mary Ellen will be at a later date at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, Ohio is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family is grateful for the care and compassion provided by Capital City Hospice for Mary Ellen and to WillowBrook at Delaware Run staff who cared for both Bill and Mary Ellen for the last five years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Kingwood Center & Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio, where the family had an oak tree planted in their honor several years ago.

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  • Bill and Mary Ellen were two of the most delightful people to encounter. They were always so friendly, positive, and upbeat. I loved visiting their home on Route 224. You children were blessed with wonderful parent to share their great legacy with the world. My sympathy in your loss.!

  • I have the fondest memories of both Bill and Mary Ellen. We moved to Willard in 1983 and they were one of the first couples to welcome us. Our paths crossed frequently and we discovered we shared a lot of common interests. We had stayed in touch over the years through our move from Willard, then Plymouth, then Mansfield.
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss but I am sure your family is left with many warm and loving memories.

  • Amy and family,

    Your parents were so dear to Rob, myself and our children. I always looked for their warm greeting in the church narthex each Sunday. On one occasion when Paul was darting all over the church and especially full of energy, Bill said to me “ that is terrific! You can shape and mold it but you cannot create it!” That truth stuck with me throughout parenting and now too with being a grandparent. Only God creates. We come along beside. Also, I have in my cookbook a copy of your mother’s blueberry buckle that she made for our small group one evening at their home. I have laid that out and will make up a batch to celebrate her homecoming. May God bless and keep you all as you miss your sweet momma and dear couple that your parents were to so many. Christ’s Peace to you and yours.

    Susan Hogsette

  • Amy, I remember meeting your parents at your home near Lexington one afternoon. Even in that brief encounter, they both impressed me with their warmth and graciousness.
    We are so sorry for your loss but their amazing qualities live in you and your children.

  • Amy, I am aware you have not been working, and guessed that maybe it was related to your mom’s health. My sincere condolences to you and your family members in this part of the journey, and I know the journey has been recently difficult for all of you. I see you also lost your dad, recently, so please:
    Take good care.
    Janice Card, DPHD

  • I too will miss Mary Ellen, so glad I got to know her and Bill after they moved to Willow Brook, another Mansfielder…I grew up there. Also, glad I could take her to Kingwood last fall to visit the tree, we had a great time that day. One great lady….now she will be with Bill again. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

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