Regina Lucy Schulte was born November 18, 1923 at Farmer, SD to Jacob and Catherine (Schneider) Steilen. She grew up and attended St. Peter’s Catholic School at Farmer. On September 3, 1946 she married Francis Schulte. They farmed near Emery until Francis’s death in 1973. She was employed at Ravens in Salem for several years, the Liberty Bell and Bob’s Café in Emery. In August 1992 she moved to Mitchell and then moved to the Grandview Assisted Living in Bridgewater in March 2006 where she was residing at the time of her death.
She was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, Emery, the Sacred Heart League, St. Martin Church Choir, American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell Senior Citizens, the Mitchell Corn Palace and Balloon Museum.
She is survived by three daughters: Eileen Tobin and husband, Ralph of Parkston, SD, Kathy Iburg and husband, Paul of Alexandria, SD, Donna Fluth and husband, Joel of Emery, SD; four sons; Ray Schulte and wife, Dee of Hartford, SD, Anthony “Tony” Schulte and wife, Linda of Freeman, SD, David Schulte and wife, Barb of Mitchell, SD, Mark Schulte and wife, Michele of Emery, SD; twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis, daughter, Beverly, grandson, Michael Vilhauer and granddaughter, Tammy Tobin, three brothers: Cyril, Wilfred, Lloyd and one sister, Lorraine Haiar Lambertz.