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Willard Leroy Schulstrom 1926—2018
Willard Leroy Schulstrom ascended to heaven on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 1 p.m. peacefully, with his daughter, family and wonderful friends by his side. Bulla (Will's Swedish nickname given by his brother Russ meaning little biscuit) lived life to its fullest and he was blessed in so many ways. He was a family man, stalwart Swede, talented baseball and basketball player and he loved the Cubs. He was in the Navy in WWII and shortly after he returned, he met Shirley Mae Fitzpatrick. They married after a long courtship in February 1960, at Salem Lutheran Church. Will was a hard worker, working at Rockford Drop Forge for 34 years and at Dasco Pro after retirement. They were very active in Salem Lutheran Church, the Moose club and sporting activities. In February 1966, they were blessed with a daughter, Karen Lee, Lee after Leroy. Bulla was an amazingly loving, kind hearted and respectful father and husband. Always there with a quick smile, hug, handshake and kindness. Shirley passed in March 1996. Shortly thereafter, Will was blessed with a grandson, Austin, in August 1996, and then a granddaughter, Hanna, in October 2000. He was a great-grandpa and spent much time taking care of them. They were mutual blessings. They helped him through the difficult years after Shirley's death and he has been a very important influence on their lives. In November 2004, he met Pauline Carlin. They had an enchanted relationship full of love, dancing and travel. Bulla had a life well lived and it was just time for him to take his sentimental journey to heaven. Survivors include his daughter, Karen and Chad Preiss and their children, Austin and Hanna, of Fort Collins, CO; sister-in-law, Elaine Schulstrom; Shirley's sisters, Patty Edwards and Ginny Conley; and companion, Pauline Carlin. He was our friend, dad, husband and grandpa. Our hearts are hurting, but we know he is in a much happier place. He is with his family, father and mother, Carl and Hildur, and his brother, Russ. Not to mention Shirley and countless other great friends and family. We love you so much and now you know what's next, cheering on the Cubbies from heaven. Like Bulla would say, tack så mycket.
Funeral service with be held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, with visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Mulford Chapel. 4311 N. Mulford Rd., Loves Park, IL 61111. Private family graveside in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, 1629 South 6th Street, Rockford, IL 61104, in Will's name. To share a memory or express condolences, visit honquestfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2018
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