Josephine Frances Dauber Schulte


Josephine Frances Dauber Schulte was born March 3, 1923, in Hays, KS, and died at the age of 97 on August 29, 2020. She spent her childhood near Bunker Hill, KS, where her parents farmed and ranched. She attended Cedar Creek, a one room elementary school, and graduated from Bunker Hill High School. She attended Fort Hays State College and taught in rural schools in the Russell area and then went on to earn a BS degree in Home Economics from Fort Hays State in 1948. She later taught Clothing at Dodge City Senior High School. She was also a couture seamstress and used her skills to make many tailored clothing items and special occasion dresses.

Josephine met the love of her life, Louis Schulte, at a wedding dance, and they were married June 14, 1949, making their home outside Norton, KS. Together they raised five children, ran a farming and ranching operation, and were active in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Norton community. Jo also belonged to American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma. For over 35 years, Jo was a substitute teacher in the Norton Community Schools.

After Louis’s death in 1993, Jo moved to Hays, Kansas and was active in Friends of the Library, Meals on Wheels, and Big Creek Quilt Guild. At St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Jo was involved in both Ladies Guild and the catechumen program, where she enjoyed teaching church history.  Because of her talent and generosity, countless people have benefited from receiving hand sewn quilts and gifts of needlework. Jo enjoyed reading and instilled that love in generations of her family.

In recent years, she made her home in Overland Park, living with family. During that time, Jo and her family received excellent support from caregivers, nurses, home health aides, therapists, chaplains, and social workers from Catholic Communities Hospice and Phoenix Home Health as well as the eucharistic ministry of St. Pius X Church. Her family is grateful for the care and concern she received.

She is survived by her sister, Rosanna Gleason, Kinsley KS; her children: Paula Neuer (Fred), Shawnee, KS; Luanne Schulte (Matt Anderson), San Francisco, CA; Jo Jean Schulte (David Johnson), Overland Park, KS; Clare Gustin (Brent), Hays, KS; and Maury Schulte, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren: Eric Neuer (Melinie), Olathe, KS, Chris Neuer (Gabrianna), Lake Quivera, KS, Anne Hayter (Doran), Platte City, KS, Keith Gustin (Sara Nicole), Hays, KS, Sarah Jo Gustin, Kansas City, KS, Austin Johnson, Loveland, CO, and David Johnson, Fort Collins, CO; great grandchildren: Delaney and Avery Neuer; Fritz, Felix and Franklin Neuer; Clare Hayter; Levi Gustin; and Zayden Johnson; many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis; her brother, Joseph Jr. and wife Kathleen; her sister, Edna Dauber Schulte and husband Elmer Schulte; brother-in-law, James Gleason, and an infant brother, Richard Dauber.


Due to the current pandemic, a memorial mass will be announced at a later date. Final interment will be in the cemetery of Norton, Kansas.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Louis and Josephine Schulte Family Scholarship at:  Fort Hays State University: or, St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas

or Big Creek Guild, Hays, Kansas




  1. Judy Beran on September 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    The picture of your mother is just beautiful, you all resemble her so much. I am so sorry for your loss, but she had a long and productive life. Prayers to the whole family.

  2. Kevin Windholz on September 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Paula, Luanne, Jo Jean, Clare and Maury – I just learned of Jo’s passing last night. You have my deepest sympathy. I have great memories of Jo growing up. She was such a dear friend to my family (George and Nat Piszczek family). We can have comfort that Jo, Louis and my grandparents are now eternal neighbors in the Norton cemetery. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  3. Barb Coonrod on September 3, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Clare, Diane and families, I’m sending prayers for all of you during this time of grieving. Jo was a wonderful, sweet lady and she was an inspiration to me with her hand quilting and matter-of-fact sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Eugene and Margaret Wetter on September 1, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Our prayers and sympathy to the whole family. Your parents were, as well as the whole family, were special people to know. We have many good memories of the time you lived in Norton.

  5. Jeanette Lang Sterrett on September 1, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I loved your Mother and Father. They were such good neighbors and friends of my parents in Norton, KS.
    I remember when your whole family
    would come and visit on a Sunday afternoon. You girls were so beautiful! I am sure you still are. Prayers are coming your way to the whole family.

    • Paula F Neuer on September 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Jeanette, We just had the graveside service in Norton yesterday (Sept 19). We all have fond memories of your family and the times we spent together. I still use Bea’s method of making popcorn. We also went out to the farm. It has had the “Chip and Joanna Gaines” treatment.

  6. Sharon and Vance Poage on August 31, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a uniquely beautiful woman. We saw her in the Hays Dillons shortly before she moved. She knew us by name after several years of not seeing us. Impressive! You’ll be in our prayers.

  7. Sharon Charlton Soetaert and Tom Soetaert on August 31, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Paula, Fred, Eric, Chris, Anne and families, Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers during this time of loss and memories. Your mother led a beautiful life, and was, obviously, a beautiful example for her sweet family. Remain blessed and at peace.

  8. John & Susan Buehler on August 31, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Maury and family, we’re sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you. Love to you in this somber time.

  9. Mary Beth Bechard- Nelson on August 31, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    My love and sympathies to all the family. I loved your mom and she was one of my mom’s (Adeline) favorite cousins.

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