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Elsie Marion Margaret (Fraatz) Schott

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Elsie Marion Margaret (Fraatz) Schott Obituary
Elsie Marion Margaret Fraatz Schott, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, loyal friend and mentor to many, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Baton Rouge after a brief illness. Elsie was born May 21, 1924 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Charles J. and Elsie Krohn Fraatz, and married the late Henry K. Schott on January 31, 1943. The Schotts made their home in Roselle, NJ, where Henry pursued an engineering career in New York City and Elsie was a homemaker and mother to their growing family. In 1959, the Schotts moved to Baton Rouge when Henry was transferred by his engineering firm. While helping to raise their family, Elsie earned a bachelor's degree in Education and masters' degrees in Education and Library Science at LSU. She belonged to many honor societies including her favorite, Phi Lambda Pi. She began her career as a teacher and subsequently became Librarian at Wildwood Elementary School where she worked until her retirement from professional life. She also taught Library Science at LSU as a visiting professor. A lifelong Lutheran and active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in NJ and St. Paul Lutheran Church in LA, Elsie served her church community by leading and assisting in many church activities over the years. She especially enjoyed teaching Sunday school and Bible school, singing in the church choir, helping organize and promote the annual formal tea, as well as reading lessons, ushering, and greeting during Sunday services. In retirement the Schotts enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe, and swimming at the YMCA on Foster Drive, where Elsie taught deep water aerobic classes for a number of years. Elsie's interests and hobbies were many, including creating all types of needlework masterpieces, having lunch with friends, and spending time with her family. Elsie is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elsie Fraatz; her husband of 64-years, Henry K. Schott; and her brother-in-law, Harvey J. Keitel. She is survived by her sister, Erna Fraatz Keitel of Clark, NJ; and her three children: Henry C. Schott and wife Deborah of Baton Rouge; Susan Schott Alexy and husband Thomas of Jacksonville, AL; and Martin A. Schott and wife Margaret of Baton Rouge. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren: Henry C. Schott Jr. and wife Deborah of San Antonio, TX; Heather Schott LeBlanc and husband Chris of Baton Rouge; Thomas C. Alexy Jr. of Huntsville, AL; Kristin Alexy Braeckel and her husband Kurt of Coronado, CA; and Jeffrey K. Alexy and wife Brigitte of Madison, AL. She was a loving great-grandmother to nine great-grandchildren: Christian, Daniel, Matthew, Rachel, and Sarah Schott; Logan and Megan LeBlanc; and Matthew and Samuel Alexy. Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home at 11817 Jefferson Hwy. on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5-7 pm , and at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. from 9-10 am on Saturday, June 21. Pastor Mike Button will conduct the funeral service on Saturday at 10 am at St. Paul's with interment to follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Henry C. Schott, Jr., Thomas C. Alexy, Jeffrey K. Alexy, Kurt A. Braeckel, and Chris LeBlanc; and family friend, Leslie L. McMorris. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephew, Mark K. Keitel and family friend, Dr. Thomas G. Jones. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Harold Brandt for his many years of compassionate care of our loved one. We also extend a special thanks to Elsie's Swim Class for giving her a loving and festive 90th birthday celebration, a truly bright moment during her last days.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 18 to June 20, 2014
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