Janet Mary Schultze, 80, Melvern: Jan. 31, 1944 – June 20, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Janet Mary Schultze, 80, Melvern: Jan. 31, 1944 – June 20, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Janet Mary Schultze, 80, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024, at her home near Melvern, Kan., lovingly surrounded by her husband, daughter, sister-in-law, and her cat and dog. She was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Kenneth and Mary (Bennett) Thistlethwaite.

Janet’s family moved to Melvern in 1947, as her father became the principal of the Melvern schools. She grew up in Melvern, and then lived in Kansas City for 34 years before moving back to Melvern.

Janet graduated from Melvern High School in 1962, and attended Emporia Teacher’s College. She had worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Kaiser Aluminum, and then for Acme Signs for more than 30 years. She was always active in community organizations, and while in Kansas City, she was a driving force in her local PTA.

On May 1, 1965, Janet was united in marriage to Darrel Schultze, in Kansas City, Kan. To this union a daughter was born, Jill.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Mary.

Janet is survived by Darrel, her husband of 59 years; her daughter, Jill Schultze, of Mission, Kan.; brother, Ron (Carol) Thistlethwaite, Manhattan, Kan.; sister, Sheri (Bob) Mills, Tonganoxie, Kan.; grandson, Gibson Schultze; and the two with four paws and fur that she loved, maybe most of all, Stella the cat and Tater the dog.

The family will gather with friends to celebrate Janet’s life 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Melvern Church of God. Private family inurnment in the Melvern Cemetery will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Melvern Community Pride, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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