Kathleen Schott, age 83, of Silver Creek, Nebraska died Friday, March 2, 2007 at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City, Nebraska. Funeral Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the United Methodist Church in Silver Creek with Reverend Tamara Holtz officiating. Visitation is 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday and 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday all at the church. Burial is in the Silver Creek Cemetery.
Kathleen was born May 12, 1923 at Rising City, Nebraska. She was the daughter of John M. and Myrtle (Baker) White. She was a 1941 graduate of Silver Creek High School and graduated from Kearney State College where she was a sorority member, member of the marching band and first flutist in the Kearney Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen was a school teacher at Chapman for five years where she taught junior high and instrumental music, she was also the band director.
On January 19, 1947, Kathleen White was united in marriage to Merle P. Schott at Silver Creek. She was a resident of the Silver Creek community all her life. Kathleen taught grade school and grade school music at Silver Creek for a few years. She assisted her husband in selling seed corn for nineteen years. She was a secretary at Silver Creek Public Schools for 30 years.
She was a very active member of the Silver Creek First United Methodist Church. She had been the church organist for over 60 years, served on the council on ministries and was a member of the W.S.C.S. She was the choir director and helped with the Sunday School for over 60 years. Kathleen was a member of the Silver Chapter #290 of the Order of Eastern Star at Silver Creek where she held the position of worthy matron and had held the office of organist for 48 years. She served as a trustee on the Merrick County Foundation for 4 years. She enjoyed socializing at her bridge club, senior citizens, and bible study.
Kathleen was a very talented musician and she played the organ and piano for numerous events in the community, including weddings, funerals and Christmas cantatas. She loved Nebraska football and loved to play the Nebraska fight song.
Surviving are three daughters; Susan and Mike Bish of Grand Island, Kathy Schott of Grand Island and Judy and Tom Kapellen of Plymouth, WI; one sister Norma Jean Atchison of Tulsa, OK, and three granddaughters; Jamie Bish, Katy Kapellen & Melissa Dvorak.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle P. Schott on April, 27 1984, her father, John M. White in 1967 and her mother Myrtle White in 1995.