Related topics

Catherine Schulz -- Apache Junction, Ariz.

July 29, 2018 GMT

Catherine J. “Cathi” Schulz, 56, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Rochester, entered into Eternal Life on Sunday, July 1, 2018. She passed away at her home following a brave, but quick, battle with pancreatic cancer.

Catherine Jean Schulz was born Nov. 7, 1961, to Ralph and Genevieve (Miller) Rucker in Rochester. She was baptized at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Nov. 19, 1961 and later confirmed at Redeemer on May 16, 1976.

Cathi graduated from Mayo High School in 1980. She married Duane Hammel and together they had two daughters and later divorced. On Sept. 3, 1988, Cathi married Dale Schulz. Together they had a daughter and a son.


Cathi was an employee at Mayo Clinic for more than 30 years, where she gained many lifelong friends. A few years after her retirement from Mayo, she moved with her husband to Apache Junction to be closer to her parents.

Cathi enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and children. She also liked relaxing by the fire in her backyard. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for all nine of her grandchildren, including her expected granddaughter, Addilyn, who’s due to arrive this September. She liked watching the Vikings and the Twins. She loved playing cards, singing karaoke, and going to bingo with her friends and family. Cathi’s children will always remember her singing her favorite Patsy Cline songs around the house.

More than anything, Cathi will be remembered for her love for spending time with her family and friends. She always put the needs of her family before her own. She was always very forgiving and believed everyone deserved another chance.

Cathi is survived by her husband, Dale Schulz; four children, Sadie (Todd) Livingston of Honolulu, Ellen (Justin Miller) Hammel of Rochester, Lydia Schulz of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Adam (Hannah) Schulz of Albert Lea; mother, Genevieve Rucker of Apache Junction Ariz.; seven brothers and sisters, Roger (Marilyn) Rucker of Waseca, Linda (Bill) McBurney of Rochester, Rosemerry (John) Pagenhart of Rochester, Jacquelyn (Douglas) Swift of Puyallup, Wash., Bruce (Wendie) Rucker of Rochester, Duane (Patty) Rucker of Buckeye, Ariz., and her twin sister, Conni (Robert) Moulthrop of Apache Junction, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Jazmine, Luke, Abigail, Jacob, Levi, Izabella, Mackenzie, and Kane; and many nieces and nephews, who loved her very much. She is preceded in death by her father, Ralph Rucker.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Memorials can be brought to Redeemer the day of the service.