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Pauline L. Schutz

Plainwell - Pauline passed away peacefully in her sleep, October 6, 2020, in the comfort of her own home. Pauline was born on September 14, 1943 in Luce County, Newberry, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Hilda (Goldthorpe) Zellar. She graduated from Manistique High School in 1961. Pauline grew up on her parents’ farm with her 7 brothers and 3 sisters in a 3 bedroom house. They all worked on the farm growing up. Pauline watched a lot of the kids in her neighborhood and worked at Applewood Manor, the local coffee shop in Germfask. On December 24, 1968, she married the love of her life, Walter F. Schutz and started their family in Plainwell. Pauline watched her grandkids along with lots of other kids which she loved doing. She then went to work for Burchette Manufacturing for years, than went back to watching her second set of grandkids. Later she worked at Harding’s Market in Plainwell in the deli department. She loved to cook and wait on her customers. She always enjoyed herself. She was even Employee of the Month a few times. She retired on April 27, 2015. In her free time she loved to garden, cook, read, crochet and be with her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids, they were her life. Everyone just loved her, she had a way about her that you didn’t have to wonder if she liked you or not. That’s what people will remember about her along with her huge loving heart for everyone. She is survived by her loving family which includes daughters, Laurie (the late Ron) Rice of Plainwell and Julie (Jim) Cochran of Germfask; sons, Frank (Ola) Schutz of Gun Lake and Larry (Marilyn) Schutz of Kalamazoo; brothers, John (Barbara) Zellar of Germfask, Lawrence (Rose) Zellar of Germfask, Louie (Rose) Zellar of Flint, Stan (the late JoAnne) of Gulliver, Steven (Marilyn) Zellar of Germfask; sisters, Lucille (Bill) Nyman of Grand Marais and Laurie (Mike) Tansy of Germfask; sisters-in-law, Debbie (the late Kenneth) Zellar of Curtis and Debra (the late Wayne) Zellar of Germfask; grandchildren, Kodi (Marya) Cochran, Katie (Dale Jr.) Mattson of Germfask, Matthew Fales of Southfield, Shannon Green of TN, Jeff Schutz of AK, Missy Schutz of SC, Carrie (Jake) Vanmantgem of Delton, Becky Schutz of Galesburg, Amanda (Kevin) Washburn of Gwinn, Bobby Schutz of Gun Lake, Jason (Jada) Christensen of Bitely, Anne (Thia) Farnsworth, Jessica (Mark) Martin and Tonya Mason all of Kalamazoo; 24 beautiful great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; brothers, Wayne Zellar and Kenneth Zellar; sister, Mabel Armstrong; brother-in-law, John Armstrong; sister-in-law, Joanne Zeller; son-in-law, Ronald Rice and grandson, Johnny Christensen. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M., October 24, 2020 at Germfask Christian Fellowship, 8222 HM77 Germfask, MI 49836, with JD Livermore officiating.
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Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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