Martha Schulke

Monday, March 5, 2012

Martha Freida Marie Schulke, 104, passed away on March 1, 2012, at the Woodlands, MethWick, Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with a 3 p.m. prayer service at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home, 520 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids conducted by Rev. Randy Nord. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Lutheran Cemetery in Galva.

Martha was born on Sept. 18, 1907, to Otto and Mathilde Schulz in St. Paul, Minn. She grew up in Kansas City, Mo. As a teen and a young woman she participated in many sports and won numerous medals and loving cups in swimming and tennis. She once swam in a relay race against Gold Medal Olympian, Johnny Weismueller (Tarzan) at her swim club, and was coached by the great surfer and Gold Medal Olympian swimmer, Duke Paoa Kahanamoka, the "Big Kahuna" from Hawaii.

Martha went to Business College and worked for Sears Roebuck in Kansas City and eventually became a long-distance supervisor at Southwestern Telephone Company.

She married Walter Frank Herman Schulke on Sept. 2, 1932, and they farmed near Galva. They retired to Galva and later moved to Arthur. After Walter's death in 1981, Martha moved to Cedar Rapids to be near Richard's family. In 1986 to 1987 she lived with her son Joe's family where she celebrated her 80th birthday.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter, son George Edward, granddaughter, Jodie Kae Schulke, three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include her sons, Joe Frederic (Bonnie) of Mammoth, Ariz.; Russell Weber (Myrna) of Billings, Mont.; and Richard Otto (Janice) of Cedar Rapids; daughter-in-law, Judith Kae Winterhof of Galva; a nephew, Gary Schulke (Marty) of Flagstaff, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and several step-great-great-grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids.

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