A kind, loving, gentle daughter, sister and aunt, Deena Jo Schulte, age 69, passed away quietly at 3:38 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Deena was born on June 13, 1948 in Fort Madison, IA to Theodore Henry & Mary Helen Colby Schulte, with severe Cerebral Palsy. While her physical problems were many, she overcame them through her indomitable spirit. She met her daily challenges with unbelievable grace and patience. She maintained a positive sunny disposition despite her many disabilities. She laughed easily and expressed true delight in life’s simplest things. She loved to have her nails painted and hair permed. She favored dresses over pants and bright flashy jewelry. She was a member of Holy Family Parish and enjoyed dancing, laughing, a good party and spending time with her friends and family. She had a special bond with her mother, Helen, who took loving care of her throughout her life. Special thanks to her caregivers from Optimae, Great River Hospice and the Kensington. Also her sister, Lynn, was her fierce and loving advocate until the end of her life.
Deena is survived by: her mother: Helen Colby Schulte of Fort Madison, IA; 2-sisters: Shelly Franks of Salt Lake City, UT & Lynn (Gary) Hoyer of Fort Madison, IA; 2-brothers: Joe (Jayme) Schulte of Waconia, MN & Craig Schulte of Montrose, IA; several nieces & nephews and her loving roommates: Linda & Renee. She was preceded in death by her father.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church with Rev. Joseph Phung officiating. A private family burial will be held in Gethsemane Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice and online condolences to Deena’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com. King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.