Doris J. Scholz, 89, of the Samaritan Health Center, West Bend died Saturday, February 27, 2010 at Heritage Health and Rehabilitation Center, Port Washington after a brief stay.
She was born on June 13, 1920 in Springdale, Wisconsin in Fond du Lac County, daughter of Herman H. and Leone M. Roeder Zitlow. She grew up on the family farm and later married Carl Gutzman of Oshkosh on August 10, 1940 at Christ Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. There they started to raise a family and later moved to Port Washington in 1943 when Carl took a teaching position at Port Washington High School. For many years they lived at the bottom of St. Mary’s Hill, next to what many call the “Mary Bichler Shop” on North Franklin Street. In the late 1940’s, Carl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continued raising her family and caring for Carl until his death on July 30, 1955.
Throughout the years she worked as a seamstress, clerical and stockroom for the former Badger Outerwear of Port Washington and office staff for the former Port Washington Herald Newspaper. On June 18, 1967 she married Gordon F. Scholz of Port Washington. When North Franklin Street was widened they moved to the Town of Port Washington. For over 25 years Doris was the office secretary for Ozaukee County Veterans Service Officer Al Knaub, retiring in 1990. Gordon preceded her in death on May 25, 1992.
Doris had taught Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a member of the Port Washington Junior Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing cards and Bingo, sewing and crocheting. Most recently she had lived on Sunset Road, Port Washington and the last two years at Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.
She is survived by her children Jerry (Diane) Gutzman of Port Washington, James Gutzman of San Diego, CA, Janis Barber of Port Washington, Janet (Gary) Molitor of Port Washington and step-son Robert Scholz of Port Washington, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, her sister Betty Vermeer of Waupun, sister-in-law Mary Zitlow of Mesa, AZ, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husbands, two brothers Donald and DuWayne Zitlow and her twin sister Dorothy Schabloski.
Pastor John Klieve will officiate her Memorial Service 5 pm Monday, March 8, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 N. Freeman Drive., Port Washington. Visitation will be from 3-5 pm Monday AT CHURCH. Final interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Memorials to St. John’s Church, 201 N. Freeman Drive, Port Washington, WI 53074 appreciated.
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