Caroline M. Schuelke

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, July 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Age:
94 years old

Burial

Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, July 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Age:
94 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, July 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Age:
94 years old

Caroline M. Schuelke

Caroline Madonna Schuelke, 94 of Rochester, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2020. Caroline Madonna Brott was born on July 2, 1926 in Eau Claire, WI to Bartlett and Barbara Brott.

Her family moved to Rochester where she graduated from Lourdes High School. After high school, she was in the Civil Service at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Macon, GA. as a Telegraph Operator. She returned to MN, and was married to Joseph Schuelke on May 19, 1951. Together, they made Rochester their home. Caroline worked for many years in the Rochester School District ISD 535 and was a longtime member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, VFW Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, and the St. Barbara Rosary group at St. Francis of Assisi.

She is survived by her children Diane (Dave) Nolte, Sally Schuelke, Nancy (Ron) Briggs; her brother Jim Brott; her grandchildren Justin (April) Nolte, Christopher (Sarah) Nolte, Michael Briggs, Travis Briggs; and four loving great-grandchildren who knew Caroline as “Grandma Joey”, Riley, Emma, Ellie, and Ryan.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Joseph.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.

Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

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I first met Caroline in my 1982 assignment as a learning disabilities teacher to Willow Creek Junior High here in Rochester.  She was the lead secretary for all Willow Creek counselors.  Even though in her position she was always very busy, she also was always very cordial, especially important to me as a newcomer to an almost entirely new staff.  Soon after starting, I learned that I would be in charge of the school's "SMRT" (which I think meant "School Management Resource Team"), meeting weekly and consisting of counselors, an administrator, select special education teachers, and an occasional mainstream teacher.  Our job each week was to receive and to consider referrals and reviews of students already receiving -- or perhaps in need of receiving -- special education services.  After every meeting I would pass along to Caroline my often-borderline-decipherable longhand notes so that she might type them for insertion into the SMRT notebook -- our "Bible" for reviewing what our group had decided and what next steps needed to happen.  These records were instrumental in identifying and assisting students who otherwise would not receive the help that they legally deserved, so in accurately transcribing our responses Caroline performed an invaluable service to these students and to our school.  Always, she was prompt and efficient in her work, but beyond that she was always patient, gracious and often showing much-appreciated humor.


After her retirement, I would sometimes see Caroline, usually in a restaurant and often with her daughter.  Caroline remained friendly and easy to talk to; I think that both of us always felt better as we departed.


Thank you, Caroline, and Rest in Peace.


 


Pat Campbell

Caroline & I go way back as we were Brownie leaders, when our girls were younger. A hard, dedicated worker and friend.  My heart and prayers go out to the family, and especially to Sally.      

Caroline & I go way back as we were Brownie leaders, when our girls were younger. A hard, dedicated worker and friend.  My heart and prayers go out to the family, and especially to Sally.      

It was my great pleasure to be her doctor for a number of years. What a remarkable woman who was full of life and I believe Live life to the fullest. She will be missed.

God has taken home a good one. Know of our love, hugs and prayers - especially Sally who we know personally from St. Francis. Carolyn was one of my helpers at the Annual St. Francis Rummage Sale and what a sweetie she was. Always friendly and  ready to get thing done. Enjoy your memories.