Shirley Marie (Haas) Schultz


Shirley Marie (Haas) Schultz


Shirley Marie (Haas) Schultz, born March 30, 1929, died on Jan. 10, 2019  in Bozeman. She was born in Friend, Nebraska, to John J. and Rose Kovar Haas, the sixth of seven children. After completing high school, Shirley taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska for a number of years. She married Clifford H. Schultz on June 25, 1950, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, where she remained a lifelong member.

Her early married life was filled with raising her children and mentoring them, and, in 1969, she earned her teaching degree from Mary College in Bismarck, North Dakota. After moving to Billings in 1971, she primarily taught second grade in the Billings Public Schools for over 20 years, mostly at Poly Drive Elementary School. She retired in 1991 and was a great positive influence on her children and grandchildren. She was a faithful Christian with a servant heart who served in numerous capacities at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

Preceding her in death was her loving husband, Cliff, and her six brothers and sisters: Irene, Don, Charles, Dorothy, Betty and Dallas.

She is survived by her three children, Duane (Lindy) Schultz, Jean (Bob) Snyder and Mark (Beth) Schultz; as well as nine grandchildren, Michael (Natasha) Snyder, Jennifer (Peter) Röpke, Erin (Peter) Nix, Audrey (Charlie) Cromwell, Natalie (Dave) Middleton, Neil (Kim) Schultz, Stephen (Bonnie) Schultz, Brenda (Garen) Pay and Andrea Schultz; as well as great-grandchildren, Tommy, Bodhi, Cacilie Luise, Rose, Connor, Annabeth, Isaiah, Charlie, Sidney, Naomi, and baby-on-the-way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a great inspiration and help to her family, which meant the world to her. She leaves behind many great friends and relatives and will be greatly missed. Her confirmation verse is true! “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a Crown of Life.” (Rev. 2:10)

Viewing is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave., Billings, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1721 Central Ave., Billings, with the Rev. Charles Lehmann officiating.

Memorials can be made to either Mt. Olive Lutheran School or Trinity Lutheran School or to the charity of one’s choice.

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6 thoughts on “Shirley Marie (Haas) Schultz”

  1. To Shirley’s family: I taught with your mom at Poly Drive and I remember her as a gentle soul. We continued to meet for lunch with the Poly Drive crew. She touched many lives. My God comfort you at this time.

  2. I will always remember Shirley as a kind & patient woman. She taught me so much. She will be remembered with much love. My deepest sympathy to all the Shultz family.May you feel the warmth of God’s love as he wraps you in his loving arms now & always.

  3. I remember Shirley with fondness as our son’s teacher and as a neighbor. She was a wonderful teacher for our son with her calm demeanor. She lived one street over from us in Forest Park and I would occasionally see her walking in the neighborhood. I remember her beautiful posture, friendliness, and quiet manner. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Our prayers go out to each of you.

  4. Rhonnie Rosenberger Tinsley

    ‘Aunt Shirley’ was one of my Other Mom’s while growing up. She and her many siblings were truly family to me. I remember her teaching me to sing & dance & play games. I’m sure she was a wonderful teacher and I regret not being able to spend more time with her in later years. I will think of her resting peacefully in the company of ‘Aunt Dodo, Aunt Betty, Aunt Irene, and Uncle Don.’

  5. Dear Schultz Family,
    Mrs. Schultz was my favorite teacher and I am so saddened to hear of her passing. The summer after my 2nd grade year at Poly Drive, I told my mom I missed going to her class. Mom encouraged me to write her a letter, and to my great delight, she wrote me back! We “corresponded” back and forth for a time (I’m sure you can imagine the depth of a 3rd grader’s letters! :D). This is just one of many memories that I have of her thoughtfulness and care as her student. She was kind, loving, firm but gentle, and I have always carried a soft place for her in my heart, even to this day – just his past January 4th, my mom, sister, and I spoke of my warm memories of her. I look forward to seeing her in heaven, and letting her know of her great influence in my life.
    In Christ,
    Hannah Holden Porcella.

  6. As a former neighbor of Shirley’s in Billings, I remember her as an avid walker, and I suspect she always had something inspirational to listen to as she walked! I remember her speaking excitedly of a planned camping trip with the family and I think that was a real high-light of her summer that year. She was a fine lady and a wonderful, kind and decent neighbor. My condolences to the family.

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