2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the United
Methodist Church in Mount Pulaski
Celebration of Life Service:
Sunday April 2 at 3 p.m. at the church
Dorothy Coleen Schilt, 89, of Mount Pulaski, passed
away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Dorothy Coleen Schilt was born April 7, 1927, in
West Salem, to Daisy Wilma (Smith) and Victor Paul
Kerster. She graduated from West Salem High School
in 1945. She taught in one-room schools in West
Salem for two years following her graduation. She
married Paul E. Schilt in West Salem on July 10,
1947. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2007.
Dorothy had been a child care aide at Lincoln
Developmental Center, and later a nursing assistant
at Horizon Hospital in Pinellas Park, Florida,
before retiring in 1989. At Horizon Hospital, she
was highly regarded by residents and staff, earning
an Employee of the Year award.
Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crafts, birdwatching,
picture-taking, the daily news, and especially,
spending time with her family. She delighted in
vegetable and flower gardening, and for many years
grew and sold hybrid iris bulbs. In recent years,
she enjoyed telling stories of her childhood on a
family farm (without running water or electricity)
and teaching in one-room schools immediately after
She is survived by two daughters, Heidi C. (Mark)
McCormick of Mount Pulaski, and Arlene Rose (Jeff
Burgett) Schilt of Honolulu, HI; her son, F. Steven
Schilt of Mount Pulaski and Portland, OR; sister,
Betty Matthes of West Salem, brother, Richard (Ida
Mae) Kerster of Naperville, brother-in-law Wayne D.
(Bonnie) Schilt of West Salem, granddaughter, Elyse
C. McCormick of Mount Pulaski; and many nieces and
In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was
preceded in death by two infant brothers; sister,
Wilma Holsapple; brother, William Kerster; and one
nephew and four nieces.
The celebration of life services will be held at
3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the United
Methodist Church in Mount Pulaski, with Rev. Zoila
Marty officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m.
to 3:00 p.m. (one hour prior to service). Interment
will be at Macedonia Cemetery in West Salem, at a
The family thanks Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral
Home for their assistance.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothyís memory
may be made to the Mount Pulaski Library, the
Lincoln Logan Food Pantry, or the donorís choice.
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