Maureen Meintzer Schulz, 79, of High Point, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Pennybyrn Retirement Community with her husband, Tom, at her side.
Maureen was born in Melrose Park, Illinois, to Marie and Delore Meintzer. She went to grade school in the suburbs of Chicago and received her RN degree from St. Therese School of Nursing in Waukegan, Illinois. While working at Passavant Hospital, she met her future husband, Thomas John Schulz. They married in 1966, moved to New York, and enjoyed all that the city had to offer, but “none of the hippie stuff,” Maureen once wrote. They were blessed with their first child, Thomas John (T.J.) Schulz, Jr., in 1969.
They spent 1970 to 1972 in Pensacola, FL with the U.S. Navy and then settled into their long-time home in Winchester, Virginia in 1972. Maureen and Tom were thrilled when Amy Maureen was born in 1974. During their thirty-five years in Winchester, Maureen was a wonderful mother and homemaker. She spent many hours volunteering at Sacred Heart Church and Academy, and throughout the Winchester community. “I always felt it was important to give back because we were blessed in so many ways,” she wrote.
In 1987, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Maureen’s diagnosis gradually brought an end to some of the things that she enjoyed, but it also opened new doors for her. In 1990, she went to the White House to see the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also sat on the board of the Independent Living Center in Winchester. Maureen found a new joy in writing, and in 1992 her article, “Finding Strength In Weakness” was published in The Breakthrough Intercessor Magazine.
She and Tom retired to High Point, North Carolina in 2007, residing in Pennybyrn Retirement Community where they made many new friends. Maureen sat on the Resident Council Committee and the Nominating Committee at Pennybyrn to help make their community a better place. She started the Nurses Group for her fellow residents who were also retired nurses. Maureen also enjoyed playing many hours of Mahjong and working in the library.
The Schulz family is deeply grateful to the Sisters of Maryfield and the staff at the Hayworth House, who provided tremendous care, love, and support for Maureen.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Thomas John Schulz; children Thomas John Schulz Jr. (Kristine) of Alexandria, VA; Amy Schulz Memory (Duncan) of Winston Salem, NC; grandchildren, John “Jack” Thomas Schulz, Ella Kate Memory, Duncan Thomas Memory, Jr. and Mae Marie Schulz; brother Edward Meintzer (Kay) of Denver, CO; sister–in-law Carol Schulz and 12 nephews and nieces. Maureen was predeceased by sister-in-law Carolyn Haumersen, and brothers-in-law Robert Haumersen and Rockwell Schulz.
There will be a private reception for family and Pennybyrn staff and residents on Friday, November 26th in the Ilderton Room at 4PM.
Maureen’s family will receive friends on Friday, December 17th, from 4PM – 6PM at Omps Funeral Home in Winchester, VA. A Mass will be held on Saturday, December 18th at 10AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winchester with a graveside service following Mass at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Maureen’s wishes were for donations to be made to the Resident Care Fund at Pennybyrn (Attn: Development, 109 Penny Rd., High Point NC 27260) which helps those in skilled nursing who have exhausted their own personal funds for care or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (https://mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/In-Memory-of-Maureen-Schulz).