Martin G. Schultz, age 74 of Wautoma passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Thedacare Regional Medical Center, Neenah. He was born March 15, 1947. He grew up in Midlothian, Illinois, and graduated from Bremen High School in 1965. He continued his education at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, graduating with a major in biological sciences and a minor in theology. It was during that time, while working in the college cafeteria, he met the love of his life, Myrna Barroga. After graduating from college in 1970, he was drafted into the army. A conscientious objector, Martin spent his service years as a medic. He and Myrna married in 1970.
After his military service, the couple moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Martin initially worked for the county in various botanically related positions including nursery technician, gardener, and arborist. Continuing education, self-study, and work experience allowed him to later create his position as the grounds manager for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida in Milwaukee. Working there over 17 years, he successfully managed the acres under his care in an environmentally sustainable manner while willingly sharing his rich biological knowledge with anyone inquisitive of his world.
After retirement, Martin and Myrna moved near Wautoma, Wisconsin, and built a home next door to Martin’s best friend from college, Ralph, and Ralph’s wife Ann. Though his house was filled with books, Martin became a regular visitor at the Wautoma Library. A voracious reader, he continued to be a student of the environment and his faith in God. His joy of working for the plants, land, and animals continued to flourish throughout his retirement. He volunteered many hours in the city gardens of Wautoma; helped his neighbors with grounds maintenance, prairie restoration, and controlled burns; and worked to restore native flora and curb invasive species on his property and other’s.
Through the years, Martin belonged to numerous zoological and botanical organizations, sometimes serving on their boards. He was active in the churches he attended. Although he was not a musician, he learned to love and appreciate music more after living with Myrna, who was a gifted musician. His zest for life and work died when Myrna did in August 2020. They were married just short of 50 years. Martin died in Neenah, Wisconsin, June 23, 2021, at the age of 74.
He is survived by his siblings, Linda, Kay, and Jarvis (Gabrielle); sibling-in-laws, Ken, Jeannie (Tony), Vicki (Chris), Norita (Richard), and Jimmy; cousins; and his best friend Ralph.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Prairie Enthusiasts, The Nature Conservancy, or a local human rights or environmental organization of your choice.
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