Ruth L. Schultz

ruth schultz
Ruth L. Schultz, age 91 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ruth Lucille Breitbach Schultz was born February 15, 1924 to Edward and Mabel (French) Breitbach on the family farm in Chickasaw County. She attended rural school and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1941. She worked for a time at Salsbury Lab in Charles City. Ruth was united in marriage to Eugene Schultz, Sr. at St. Patrick’s Church in Jerico, IA on November 14, 1945. The couple farmed a year in New Hampton and then 12 years near Cresco, where she was a member of Assumption parish. In 1960, Ruth and Eugene moved to a farm south of New Hampton where they attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and raised their nine children. In 1972, Ruth began working at Sara Lee until her retirement in 1987. She also drove school bus for New Hampton School District for 12 years. Ruth was a member of the Rosary Society and 500 Mixer. She lived for her children and grandchildren; most of them living nearby. In 1998, the couple moved from the farm to a mobile home in Smith Estates where she resided until her recent move to the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Eugene, Sr. of New Hampton; her sons, Eugene, Jr. (Mary Jane) Schultz of New Hampton, IA; Ralph (Joan) Schultz of Fredericksburg, IA; Charles (Jane) Schultz New Hampton, IA, Michael (Sue) Schultz of St. Louis, MO; Gary (Michele) Schultz of Waverly, IA; her daughters, Janet (Jim) Gorman of New Hampton, IA; Julie (Jim) Eckenrod of New Hampton, IA; Kathy (Bill) Shekleton of New Hampton, IA and Patty (Randy) Lenehan of New Hampton, IA; her brother, Dick (Eileen) Breitbach of New Hampton; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; great great-grandchild; 20 step grandchildren; 24 step great-grandchildren; a step great great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter-in-law, Pat Schultz; her son-in-law, Tim Volk; grandchildren, Jennifer Schultz and Jerod Schultz; great-grandchild, Joseph Waller; her brothers, Ed and Donald Breitbach and her sisters, Viola Palmersheim, Catherine (Schwickerath) Duryee.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. I send my sympathy to all of Ruth’s family. She was indeed, a very special lady. May your precious memories give you peace and comfort during this hard time. Prayers.

  2. The Schultz family— Our thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Peggy and I are thinking of you guys and it will sure be different without her around making sure things are in order in our neighborhood. May you all remember the great memories you all had over the years!!!!!

  3. May God’s peace comfort all of you with the loss of your loved one. She was so lucky to have stayed in her home as long as she could. And she was able to keep playing cards(500 mixer) with her extended family. Prayers to you all.

  4. So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with her. I will be keeping all f you in my thoughts and prayers. Linda Langin

  5. Thinking of you all this week and sending our deepest sympathy and love during this difficult time. We know your Mom is in the loving hands of God. Nancy and George Lynn

  6. My parents, Lawrence & Camilla Schueller, also were married at St. Patrick’s Church in Jerico, actually on November 21, 1945, plus my grandparents, George and Veronica Weigel, were very good friends of Ed and Mabel, so of course those connections came up every so often when I would run into Ruth. She was always a nice lady to talk to. So sorry for your family’s loss….Judy & Bill Riley

  7. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Jesus promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again at John 5:28,29 which talks about the resurrection hope. What a wonderful hope that will be! May this bible thought bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

  1. Light a Candle
  2. Light a Candle
  3. Light a Candle
  4. Light a Candle
  5. Light a Candle
  6. Light a Candle
  7. Light a Candle
  8. Light a Candle