Katherine Marie (Veerkamp) Schultz, daughter and oldest of twelve children, was born on November 25, 1921, to Herman G. and Philomena (Hessler) Veerkamp, in Duncombe, Iowa. She attended school in West Bend – at the Grotto of Redemption (Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School), where she lived during the school week and would return home to Ottosen on the weekends. Katie always worked hard on the family farm growing up and continued to when she got married.
On November 25, 1946, Katherine was united in marriage with Joseph S. Schultz, at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge. The couple farmed and raised four children, five miles northeast of Eagle Grove until 1985, when they retired and moved to town. Joe preceded her in death on October 13, 2001.
Katie was a longtime active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church ~she oversaw the kitchen ~ for funerals and events for 50 plus years ~ she always knew exactly how much ingredients you needed to feed any number of people! Many remember her patience in teaching others how to prepare the meals and where everything was. Katie was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and American Legion Auxiliary.
Katie enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, embroidery, and quilting ~ making hundreds of quilts over the years!!! She used all kinds of fabrics ~ from family shirts, dresses, jeans, etc.… and many were just given to her ~ but each one was unique and beautiful.
Katie passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Clarion Wellness & Rehab, at the age of 100 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter; five brothers; four sisters and son-in-law, George Stansbury.
Survivors include her children: Jerry Schultz (Jane) of Eagle Grove, Joyce Maulsby (Tom) of Rockwell City, Janet Schultz of Gillette, WY and Jeanine Stansbury of Eagle Grove; five grandchildren: Tim Maulsby (Darcy), J Maulsby (Darcy), Jennifer Schmauss (Dan), Melia Hansen (Nate) and Myndi Grimsley (Matt) two step grandsons: Joe Stansbury and Michael Stansbury; four great-grandchildren; sister, Barb Slowinski of Owatonna, MN; brother, Al Veerkamp of Springfield, MO and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove with Father Jerry Blake celebrating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 3:30 p.m. at Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove. The family requests masks be worn for the visitation and funeral services. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Eagle Grove.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family