Alvira Schultheis, 91, WWII Nurse, educator, world traveler, mother and wonderful friend was born on Sept. 11, 1922, in Burkettsville, Ohio, and died on March 17, 2014, in Ft Walton Beach, Fla., after a short illness.
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A 1943 graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and the University of Dayton, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps as a lieutenant and arrived in England on her 21st birthday. She was assigned to the 162 General Hospital at RAF Nocton Hall, UK, where she cared for wounded soldiers and airmen. After VE Day, she was assigned to the 98th Gen Hospital in Munich, Germany, where she tended to solders too seriously injured to return to the U.S.
In 1954, she earned a BS in Education from Youngstown University and began a second career as an elementary school teacher at St. Christine School in Youngstown, Ohio, and Newton Falls School, Ohio. She touched the lives of hundreds of children during her decades as a dedicated teacher.
She and her husband, Werner, traveled extensively in Europe and the U.S., after they retired in 1982. After his death in 1989, she continued to travel with her daughter, Judy, to the Far East, Canada, and South America, and took dozens of cruises with her friends. She loved to travel and carefully documented each new adventure.
She leaves twins, Judy Ann Schultheis of Alexandria, Va., and James Werner (Janice) Schultheis of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, Dr. Lisa (Christian) Got of San Francisco, Calif., and Erich Werner (Kristine) Schultheis of Mason, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Amber, Alexander and Gabrielle; sister-in-law, Gaylee (Paul) Goubeaux Foley of Huber Heights, Ohio; brother-in-law, Ernst (Gail) Schultheis of Dayton, Ohio; and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides her husband, Werner, and parents, Charles and Josephine (Hemmelgarn) Goubeaux, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Wiggins; and three brothers, Alvin, Robert and Richard Goubeaux.
Alvira was a devout Catholic and member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio, where she was the past president of the Alter Guild, Funeral Mass server, Thursday Scriptures Sharing Group, and the Stitchers Group. She was also a member of the Retired Officers Assoc, VFW, Trumbull County Teachers Assoc., Catholic Nurses Assoc., and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, in Canfield, Ohio, in early April.
Memorial donations may be made to the WWII Women's Memorial in Arlington, Va., or to St. Michael parish in Canfield, Ohio.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 19, 2014
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