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Alice G. Schultz
Alice G. Schultz, 92, passed away with family at her side on April 30, 2014. She was the youngest of ten children born Nov. 27, 1921 to an Irish farming family in Effingham, KS.
In 1927, the Higgins family relocated to Garden City, KS where a large tract of fertile land was purchased. She graduated from St. Mary's of the Plains High School in Dodge City, KS. She attended Sacred Heart College in Wichita where she earned a teaching credential in 1941. After earning her teaching credential, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse on the Byler Ranch in Finney County, KS. She always spoke fondly of her days of riding a horse to school to teach children in grades 1-8. Alice married the late James Doner from Seward, KS in 1942 and had three daughters. Her husband survived the Battle of the Bulge and later rejoined the Army in the early 1950's. While he was stationed in Tokyo, Alice worked in the Army Casualty Division reporting to the Pentagon all of the deaths and injuries from the Korean Conflict. In 1954, Alice moved to Salinas, where she fell in love with the sunny weather and decided to stay for good. She worked for The Salinas Californian Newspaper as Circulation Office Manager for 32 years. She used her administrative skills in managing the office and her teaching skills working with young boys who, in those days, delivered newspapers from their bicycles all over the county. She met the late Darwin Schultz at The Salinas Californian, and they married in 1974. They traveled together throughout the world seeking excitement and new adventure. Their home was a hub of entertainment for their children, grandchildren, and friends with a jukebox, pinball machines, slot machines, rabbits in the backyard, and a bountiful garden. After Darwin's death in 1984, Alice continued to travel to many parts of Europe with her daughter who lived in Germany. She went looking for her Irish roots in County Cork with her daughter and family, pausing to kiss the Blarney Stone, at least twice. Two adventuresome trips were to Russia right after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1993 and to Malta during a freakish Mediterranean hurricane.
What a great storyteller! She mixed in humor and embellishment to produce some real whoppers. Esther Williams must have been her idol because she loved to swim, especially in the thermal waters at Calistoga. Her last swimming trip was in Dec. 2013. Alice was a parishioner of Madonna del Sasso and member of Angela's Angels and YLI St. Ignatius No. 85.
The family would like to thank the nuns and staff at Madonna Manor for the loving care they provided to Alice.
She is survived by her three daughters: Mary Alice (Louie) Rothstein, Laura (Michael) Bauernfeind, Linda Eidson (Marvin Chow); five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at Madonna Del Sasso Church with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906.
Private Burial will take place at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Salinas.
Memorials can be made in her memory to Madonna Manor, 1335 Byron, Salinas, CA 93901.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road
Salinas, CA 93905
Published in The Salinas Californian from May 7 to May 9, 2014