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Hildegard Schulze, age 100, of Plato Center, formerly of Bensenville, passed away peacefully Friday, June 20, 2014. Gone from our sight, but never our hearts, she will be missed greatly. Hildegard was born July 2, 1913 in O’Hare Field, Leyden Township IL, the daughter of Anna (Schultz) and Emil Schoppe.Hildegard grew up on the family farm in Leyden Township. She worked on the farm, going from driving the horse and buggy, to driving a truck, all at nine years old. Some of her duties on the farm included milking the cows and plowing with a team of horses. Hildegard attended the local one room school house until the 8th grade. She worked at Dahl’s Drug store to help support her family. Not only was Hildegard a student but she also acted as a janitor, showing up early to start the furnace.Hildegard found the love of her life in 1934 when she met Reinhardt Schulze at a church service. They fell in love and were married on September 2, 1934 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bensenville. Being the hard worker she was, she came home the next day to pick pickles on the farm. The wedding meal was the very chickens she raised, with the canned peaches she grew as desert. Hildegard and Reinhardt were blessed with four beautiful daughters, Ruth, Betty, Sherilyn and Susan. After their marriage they moved onto the Schulze family farm at the corner of Devon and York road in Elk Grove Village. After Reinhardt passed away in 1965, Hildegard and the girls moved to Roselle. They moved to Elgin for a time before settling on Plato Road in 1986 to spend the rest of her years.Hildegard did any job that needed to be done on the family farm. Whether it meant bailing the hay for the winter or coming over every Saturday to help butcher the chickens, Hildegard was one you could always count on. Her most important job was being a mother. She loved her daughters and raised them the right way. In later years she still helped on her daughter’s farm, driving the truck for the pumpkin field.Hildegard was a devout member of St. Johns United Church of Christ and in later years, she was a proud member of the Country Evangelical Covenant Church.A favorite pastime of Hildegard’s was gardening; she loved to grow gladiolas which she would sell at the local vegetable stands. She even put her daughters to work as gladiola salesladies. She was well renowned for her cooking and baking. She made special breads and coffee cakes each and every Saturday for others to enjoy. Everyone would hurry to the table to get their hands on her famous apple cinnamon coffee cake. She was not one for recipes, rather she cooked and baked by taste and feel. Many tried to replicate her creations, but no one could.She loved the company of others, passing time chatting up friends and family. Hildegard enjoyed planning and hosting family reunions. She hosted too many to count over the years. Hildegard was always moving, looking for someone to lend a hand to, whether it be wallpapering or painting for her family. She always put others before herself. She told her pastor only two weeks ago that she wanted to get better so she could get back to helping people. Her work is done now, she can finally rest. Hildegard is survived by her 2 daughters:Betty (Lynn) Landmeier and Sherilyn (Terry) Sorensen;Nine grandchildren:Deborah (Chuck) Quick, Laura Landmeier, Tim (Rebecca) Landmeier,Edward Landmeier,Rebecca (Tim) Cosman, Duane (Shawn) Rickert, Darrell Rickert, Kari (Dennis) Vanek and Patrice (William) White;21 Great-grand children and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents, her husband Reinhardt Schulze, her infant daughter Ruth, daughter Susan Schulze, and sisters Evelyn Schulze, and Ruth Haberstich.Visitation will be Tuesday June 24th, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a funeral service to follow visitation at Country Evangelical Covenant Church, 43W510 McDonald Rd., Elgin, IL. Interment will follow Wednesday June 25th, 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Journey Care Hospice and Country Evangelical Covenant Church: Checks may be made to the "Journey Care Hospice, or Country Evangelical Covenant Church" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
Country Evangelical Covenant Church43W510 McDonald RoadElgin, IL