Margaret Renilda Schulte, 89, of Jefferson City, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Oak Tree Villas.
She was born on May 17, 1932, on Dodd’s Island (Cole County), the daughter of Hugo Peter and Mary Cecilia (Thoenen) Niekamp.
Margaret was a 1950 graduate of Jefferson City High School.
She was united in marriage at St. Martin Catholic Church on June 3, 1952, to Joseph Edward Schulte, who preceded her in death on June 19, 2021.
A devoted mother who always prioritized her family, Margaret stayed home to raise her children until the last one was well into grade school. She began her business career with Sears as a telephone salesperson where she navigated through the pages of the Sears catalog quickly and efficiently to help her customers. In 1988, she began working as a bookkeeper at Exchange Bank, retiring in 1997.
Margaret was an active member of St. Martin Catholic Church, serving as a communion minister and an usher, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and St. Jude Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered as a teacher’s aide at St. Martin Catholic School, the Samaritan Center, and the American Cancer Society.
She enjoyed writing, puzzles, reading, and was responsible for binding many quilts for the St. Martin Catholic Church picnic. Her favorite times were with her husband, Joseph, and their large family.
Survivors include six children, Richard (Roberta) Schulte, Holts Summit; Geralyn (Jeff) Brewer, Jefferson City; Stephen (Nancy) Schulte, California; Karen (Kevin) Schnieders, Jefferson City; Brian (Fay) Schulte, Lohman; and Janel (Pete) Schnieders, Holts Summit; eleven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara (Alfred) Schulte, Jefferson City; and a brother, Leonard (Willine) Niekamp, Jefferson City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joseph; a great-grandson, Cole Nilges; and a sister, Elizabeth Niekamp.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at St. Martin Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at St. Martin Catholic Church with the Rev. Jason T. Doke officiating.
Burial will be in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Martin Catholic Church, Helias Foundation, or Vitae Society.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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