Our dear Aunt Betty Schulte died Friday January 19th, 2018. Betty was 102 years old, born in Detroit on September 14, 1915, moving to Cleveland with her family when she was a child. Her parents were Harvey Anthony and Anne Louise Williamson Schulte, and siblings were John Williamson Schulte and Ann Louise Schulte Sopk…read more
Our dear Aunt Betty Schulte died Friday January 19th, 2018. Betty was 102 years old, born in Detroit on September 14, 1915, moving to Cleveland with her family when she was a child. Her parents were Harvey Anthony and Anne Louise Williamson Schulte, and siblings were John Williamson Schulte and Ann Louise Schulte Sopka.
Betty was a gifted student who skipped two grades in primary school allowing her to graduate from Cleveland Heights High School at the age of 16. After high school, she pursued a music career and sang Big Band music and accompanied her sister Ann at a semi-professional level.
Betty spent her work career at the Fisher Body/General Motors plant on 140th Street and Coit Road in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, starting in the office typing pool and working her way up to become the first woman Supervisor of Salaried Personnel at the plant. During World War II, Betty also worked on the plant’s floor once a week where she actually helped assemble engine nacelles for B29-Superfortress airplanes, as one of the women workers of the legendary corps of ‘Rosie the Riveter’.
Betty kept a beautiful swimming pool in the backyard of her Highland Heights home, where many great parties were held and Red Cross certified lifesaving courses were taught. Betty loved all sports and was a destination snow skier well into her 70s. She especially thought golf was a great game and played into her late 80s. Betty took her turn as president of the St. Denis Ladies 9-Hole Golf League for several years and particularly enjoyed playing at Chardon Lakes Golf Course after moving to Chardon in 1990.
Betty loved the woods in her backyard and the dogs and cats she adopted from the Dog Warden. She was happiest sitting on the back porch with neighbors, friends and family socializing over a glass of wine before dinner. Betty was an independent, unique and special woman, and she will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
Predeceasing Betty were her parents, siblings and niece Judy Ann Sopka. She is survived by three nieces, Jane S. Melzer, Paula H. Schulte and Elizabeth S. Guttshall and three nephews John C. Schulte, Robert W. Schulte and David M. Sopka. No services are planned at this time, but a celebration of her life will occur for her family and friends this summer in Chardon. Betty will be interred at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. Arrangements made by the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South Street, Chardon, Oh. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com