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Mary Ellen (Murphy) Schultz

January 5, 1942 ~ September 24, 2021 (age 79)


Verona - Mary Ellen (Murphy) Schultz, age 79, passed away on September 24 while on the last road trip of her life. Mary Ellen will be remembered for her enthusiasm to travel, her love of her husband, daughters, and grandsons, solving crossword puzzles, reading and her many afghans.

Mary Ellen was born January 5, 1942, in Kendall, WI, to Harry and Mary (Forster) Murphy. She attended Tug Hollow one-room school and graduated from Tomah High School in 1959.

The greatest adventure of her life started when she met a car hop at the local root beer stand. Richard Schultz worked at the root beer stand and Mary Ellen baby sat for one of the employee’s children. They married in August 1962. They lived in Milwaukee, Franksville and finally Verona, WI.

Mary Ellen worked at the Madison Newspapers for 22 years.

She loved to travel. Her love of travel began as a small girl when her Grandpa Forster, who worked the railroad, took her on train rides. Later she and Richard would travel to all 50 states and a variety of foreign countries. They enjoyed motorcycling across the country as well as taking their many campers on trips, especially to the Black Hills of South Dakota. One favorite trip was traveling Route 66 with other Gold Wing Riders, raising money for cancer research. They travelled the Mother Road more than 10 times.

Mary Ellen was an avid crocheter. She crocheted afghans for numerous family members and friends for many years.

She was a cancer survivor. In 2014, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. After chemo and radiation treatments she was cancer free.

She is survived by the love of her life of 59 years, Richard, children Mary Sue (Chris) Gilardi of Madison and Chris (Jim Buechner) Schultz-Buechner of Middleton; grandsons Daniel (Danielle) Gilardi, Tim (Lori Kollath) Gilardi, and George Buechner; Great granddaughter Charlotte Gilardi; sister Kathy (Tony) Lazzara; brothers Tom (Katie) Murphy, Jim (Sue) Murphy, Larry (Betty) Murphy; sisters-in-law Bettie Neff, Sue Schultz; brothers-in-law Alfred Schultz and Paul (Linda) Schultz. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, parents, mother- and father-in-law, brothers-in-law Allen Neff and Greg Schultz; and sister-in-law Judy Schultz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at ST. WILLIAM CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1371 Hwy PB., Paoli, with Fr. Robert Butz presiding. A visitation will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, October 8, 2021, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Dr, Verona with another visitation on Saturday at the church from 10am until the time of service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Springdale.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

220 Enterprise Drive


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October 8, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home – Verona Chapel
220 S. Enterprise Drive
Verona, WI 53593

October 9, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church
1371 County Highway PB
Belleville, WI 53508

Mass of Christian Burial
October 9, 2021

11:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church
1371 County Highway PB
Belleville, WI 53508

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