Our family is sending prayers today to our cousins and their families that are saying painful and heart-felt good-byes to their dear husband, father and brother, Allen Schulte. Allen has been battling cancer since it was detected last May. We received word last night that after a hard and courageous fight, it is now coming to an end. So soon after losing Mickie, we now are losing Allen.
My Mom, Eleanor Schulte was one of 14 brothers and sisters. Their parents, Lambert and Elizabeth Schulte had a home in Marys Home, Mo. Their children were legendary in the eyes of the rest of us… the 2nd generation. They were each remarkable individuals…charter members of the greatest generation. Andrew Schulte, my Mom’s brother, raised his family in Mary’s Home also (as did some of the others). Andrew was a Missouri style John Wayne – he never blended in when in a crowd…stood out in a good way. Fearless and tough but tender-hearted, respected by all he met and had a deep and passionate faith as well as a great sense of humor. Allen is Andrew’s son and a lot like his Dad.
I spent a lot of time as a youngster, out at their home. Loved it! Donna, Allen’s sister and I were the same age and we were good friends too. Joyce, Mariam and Allen were a little older and busy helping out their Mom and Dad usually. I had my first and last taste of fresh cows milk at their house too. I loved the fresh rope sausage we had sometimes at breakfast. Told a lot of ghost stories, fished (or thought we were with our sticks and string that we put together with bread as bait) in the nearby creek, fed animals and had great times laughing it up with all of them. Watched the classic, Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland) movie at their house and was scared to death of the witch and the flying monkeys (almost as much as “the Golden Arm” from our ghost stories we’d tell).
Every year, until I was in my early 20’s, we used to have a Schulte family reunion out at the “homestead” in Mary’s Home. The highlight of the summer for all. This is the home that “Lambert and Elizabeth raised their 14 children in and then Andrew and Bernadine followed with their family. There was nothing like driving up to their home once you turned off the highway. The excitement would build to the point my stomache actually hurt. What a sight it must have been to see these cars coming towards the place with all of these little heads sticking out the back windows.
Below is a wonderful video that our cousins, Rosemary and Steve Dunn created a few years back, that is a picture chronicle of their visits with the aunts/uncles and their families, as well as video footage of one of the reunions from the early 1970’s at the “homestead” in Mary’s Home (the quality is not quite as good as the original they prepared – but it’s still great to watch and help us relive those happy times). All but 2 of our aunts and uncles have since left this earth and wait for the rest of us to join them for another great reunion with our father in heaven.
Love, courage and prayers to Allen for a peaceful transition from this World…he will be greatly missed by all. Our hearts go out to him and his family at this difficult time.
This is a prayer that Betty Schulte (our aunt) sent to all of us soon after Allen was diagnosed.
Several years ago when Karen’s dad was very ill with cancer, Allen wrote this prayer to St Joseph for his father-in-law. When Justin was so very sick Allen gave us a copy of the prayer. Now we all need to say this prayer for Allen.
PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH
DEAR ST JOSEPH SO QUIET AND MILD
I ASK THIS PRAYER OF YOU
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO’S VERY ILL
PLEASE GIVE YOUR BLESSING TO ALLEN SCHULTE
HE LIKE YOU IS VERY STRONG
AND QUITE THE FAMILY MAN
BUT IN THIS TIME OF TURMOIL
HE NEEDS YOUR HELPING HAND
PLEASE KEEP HIM STRONG
SO HE CAN FACE THE THINGS
THAT LIE AHEAD AND LET HIM KNOW
THAT THERES NO SHAME
IF THERE ARE SOME TEARS SHED
PLEASE GIVE HIM HOPE AND CONFIDENCE
THAT THIS BATTLE CAN BE WON
AND LET HIM KNOW YOU’LL STAND BY HIM
UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE
I ASK YOU DEAR ST JOSEPH
A SPECIAL BLESSING TOO
FOR HIS WIFE, HIS KIDS, AND GRANDKIDS
TO HELP THEM MAKE IT THROUGH
AND LET HIM KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE
TO HELP CARRY HIS LOAD
AND WE ARE HERE TO LEAN ON
AS WE JOURNEY DOWN THIS ROAD
AND IF THE TIME ARISES
WHEN GOD CALLS, LET MY FRIEND SEE
FROM HIS PLACE ABOVE HE CAN WATCH OVER US
THANK YOU DEAR ST JOSEPH
FOR LISTENING TO MY PRAYER
I FEEL AT PEACE WITHIN MY HEART
BECAUSE I KNOW YOU CARE.
Please say this beautiful prayer for Allen as often as you think of him. Thanks, Betty
Thanks to our Aunt Betty for all she does for our very large family…especially during these difficult times.