Jill Lorraine Schuette
February 6, 1937 - August 19, 2021
Jill was born on February 6th, 1937 and adopted into the Clarence W. and Lenora Schuette family in 1946. She developed a love for books after seeing the Osman School Library and shared that love with her siblings. She is fondly remembered for taking time to play Piggly Wiggly and Pollyanna with them.
Jill was a hard worker … working on the family farm, helping with her siblings and the never-ending household chores. When her parents sold off the cows, Jill ventured out on her own. She took a job as a dishwasher at H.C. Prange, where she embraced her newfound life.
She made a lot of really good friends … many of them through work. They were the ‘Prange Girls’, a group of about 30 and they would all go out monthly for dinner …something she always enjoyed. The group dwindled over the years but after she moved to Appleton in 2009 it was still a priority for her to go visit with the remaining ‘Prange Girls’ twice a year. She said they always had a good time when they were together.
Jill delighted in bus trips (Mt Rushmore, Grand Ole Opry, etc.) with her traveling companion, Ardis Ohlinger. They visited State Parks, spent time in Door County and took in local highlights. She went to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Puerto Vallarta, and Belfast Northern Ireland with family members, as well as visiting her nephew Jamie and family near Atlanta. She spent winter months doing jigsaw puzzles and loved collecting teddy bears.
She loved the outdoors … and enjoyed any opportunity that presented itself. Her niece Cherilyn and her husband Jeff own a hot air balloon and although she wasn’t crazy about heights, she was all about going up for a ride … three actually. She even traveled around the state for the balloon rallies (Monroe, Wausau, Seymour, etc.). She was introduced to camping (well, glamping) and spent many days walking the campground and adjacent Potawatomi State Park. Her sister Carol decided she liked camping as well and would spend a couple weeks with Jill over the summer months…look-out Door County, especially when Peggy (sister of the heart) joined them…shopping, eating, shopping and all kinds of tomfoolery. She met a lot of great people and made new friends during this time.
She was preceded in death by her brother Earl and her parents, Clarence W. and Lenora Schuette. She is survived by her brothers Clarence (Dona), Allen (Karen), sister Carol Elbert (Bill), sister-in-law Jean, three nieces and three nephews and their spouses, eight great nieces and three great nephews.
She was a very special lady and she will be missed. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Century Oaks Assisted Living, Heartland Home Care and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they provided Jill.
A memorial Service will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 13312 Pioneer Road, Newton at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 25th with fellowship afterwards. Memorials can be made out to St. James United Church of Christ.
Services for Jill will be livestreamed on her obituary page on the funeral home website.