Floryann “Flo” L. Schultz (nee Weissenborn) passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the age of 95.
Floryann Louise Weissenborn was born on March 6, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother was Florence Weissenborn and her father was Harry Weissenborn. Harry was a Pharmacist and he and Florence built their Drug Store and home on the corner of 55th and Lisbon Road in Milwaukee. When she was born her father wanted to name her Florence but her mother wanted to name her after her aunt Anne. Harry put the two together and came up with Floryann.
Floryann started working in the store when she was around 8 years old. Her brother was born when she was 7 so she had to give her mother some break time to take care of him.
She worked in the store all through her school years and has many stories about doing homework while waiting on customers. My favorite story is about when the FBI was in the back of the store because they had heard that John Dillinger was in the area and he liked to rob drug stores.
Flo really liked her school work and graduated at the top of her class from Washington High school in 1941. I still have a copy of the speech that she gave. She wanted to go to college but her father said that he could only send one and that her brother should go. Flo started working at Allis Chalmers right after graduating and stayed there until 1947.
Flo married Lee Schultz on September 28, 1946. They had been dating before Lee was called up in the draft for WWII. While in training Lee lost his hearing and was medically discharged. They picked up right where they left off and were married a few years later. In July of 1947 their first son Larry was born. That is why she stopped working. Dan was born in June of 1949 and daughter Laura was born in December of 1950.
In 1948 Flo and Lee bought a house on the far North West side of Milwaukee. We stayed there until 1963 when they bought a house in Brookfield. These next years were full of change. Flo went back to school and renewed her typing and shorthand skills. As the kids were getting older Flo and Lee were looking for something to do and joined the German Dance club D'Holsacker Baum.
Flo took over the job of Recording Secretary almost immediately. Shortly after Dan was married in 1969 Flo took a job at an engineering firm. She was an Executive Secretary and loved working on all of the proposals and Spec sheets. She stayed with the firm until she retired at the age of 75 in 1998. In the late '70s Flo started working part time for German Fest. So at this time she was working full time, was the Secretary of the German club and working part time at German Fest.
At the end of April in 1981 Lee passed away suddenly. Things were rough for a few years but her job, the club and German Fest help her through.
Flo and Lee had been to Germany twice and now she started to travel in earnest.
She has traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. She also spent 2 weeks in Australia and New Zealand with a 3 day stay in Hawaii. If you look in her room, all of the pictures in her hallway are of things she saw on her trips. Flo went to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 1998 as a Retirement trip. We had a picture of White Water Rafting in the Canadian Rockies AT THE AGE OF 75. It is a shame that that picture was lost in one of her moves last year.
Flo always loved having her family around. She has three children, six grandchildren and nine great grand kids. The family is spread out quite a bit now but she loves getting cards and pictures and talking about their exploits and accomplishments.
Flo was the Loving wife of the late Leroy Schultz and sister of the late Robert Weissenborn; Devoted mother of Larry (Linda) Schultz, Daniel (Christine) Schultz and Laura (Paul) Lewis; Cherished grandmother of Daryle (Stephanie) Schultz, Thomas Schultz, Lisa (Tom) Lyle, Jackie (Shawn) Moriarty, Brian (Melissa) Schultz and Dr. James Arter. Great grandmother to nine and she also had many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to the caring staff at Legacy Assisted Living and her hospice nurses Tracy and Nikki.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00PM at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 am at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI.
Memorials in Flo’s honor may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, https://www.pva.org/ or the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/