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Cleone F. Schultz

November 15, 1934 ~ April 1, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Cleone Schultz Obituary

Cleone Faye Schultz was born on November 15, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota (because there was no hospital in Nashwauk). The Nashwauk she grew up in was a bustling Mining town in the heart of the Mesabi iron range. You had to be tough to grow up there. Cleone was nothing, if not tough. “Tough as a boiled owl,” as she would say.

To grow up on the iron range in the 1930s and 40s you also had to be a jack of all trades. Cleone played high school sports but was also a cheerleader. She participated in drama, speech and debate. She was proud to graduate from Nashwauk High School in 1952, a confirmed jack-of-all-trades.

Upon graduating high school, Cleone went to work as an assistant in the executive office of the Butler mine where she met a tall, dashing young metallurgist, who came to Nashwauk by way of Michigan Technological University. (We won’t mention that Clifford Schultz was engaged when he first met Cleone Miller). Regardless, they fell deeply in love and were married on July 3, 1954 embarking on their 67 year romance that would produce two children and five grandchildren.

After Clifford returned from military service overseas, Cleone gave birth to their first son, Paul on June 6, 1956. Their second son, David was born July 23, 1959. Through the years while raising the boys, Cleone and Cliff found joy in family vacations, sports, friendships, and hobbies. Memorable family trips included Expo 67, the family crammed into their Ford station wagon for the seemingly interminable drive from Richfield, Minnesota to Montreal Canada, and the trip to the badlands, once again crammed into their station wagon for that seemingly interminable drive.

Cleone was not just a wife and mother, though she would say those were her most important applications, she was a great friend to many, sharing laughs, card games, and maybe a glass of wine over the years. She was a raiser of many animals brought home by her sons, including dogs, cats, ducks, lizards, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, and a white rat named Claudia that Paul brought home when he won the end-of-the-year science class raffle.

Cleone held many jobs outside the home as well, including being the public event coordinator at a Division I university. Organization was her forte. She made the trains run on time, corralling university administrators as deftly as she did the menagerie at home.

Cleone was known for her effervescent spirit, her kind and loving heart, and her beautiful, twinkling smile. She was also known in the family for her quirky iron range aphorisms (who really knows what it is to be as “independent as a hog on ice”).

By far the greatest joy in Cleone’s life was her five grandchildren of whom she was unfalteringly proud. Nothing made her happier than to share in their exploits in fencing, baseball, volleyball, etc. or their many successes in school. She loved them each for who they were and were becoming.

In her twilight years, Cleone remained as feisty and spirited as ever.  In the very last week of her life, she took pleasure in singing out loud, the refrain:


         How do I know my youth is all spent

         My get up and go has got up and went

         But in spite of at all, I am able to grin

         And think of the places my get up has been


Cleone is preceded in death by her parents, Grace and Clarence Harvey, and her husband, Clifford. She is survived by her two sons, Paul (Margie) of South Bend and David (Trudi) of Saint Paul, and her five perfect grandchildren, Emma, Kit, Sam, Colin, and Nina.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Homes – Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635 with visitation from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. A Second Memorial Service will be held in Saint Paul in the month of May. Cleone will be interred with Cliff at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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Memorial Visitation
April 5, 2024

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel
17131 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46635

Memorial Service
April 5, 2024

3:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel
17131 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46635


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