Charles F. Schultze
Charles F. Schultze, 93, of Johnson City, went to be with the Lord on August 4, 2013 after spending a year at Bridgewater Nursing Home. He was predeceased by his wife, Ada Schultze; infant son, Charles Jr.; infant grandson, Paul Schultze, Jr.; his parents, Charles B. Schultze and Flora Schultze; his sister, Dorothy McDonald; and brother, Herbert Schultze. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on August 18, 1919 and married Ada Antino on January 21, 1945. Charles is survived by six sons and five daughters-in-law, Francis and Carolyn Schultze, Johnson City, Joseph and Patricia Schultze, Johnson City, Paul Schultze, Pineville, NC, Mike and Heather Schultze, Binghamton, James and Georgette Schultze, Cortland; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Jane and Thomas Cleary, Johnson City, Elizabeth and Thomas Carter, Johnson City, and Ann Hobart and her partner, Rob Cooley; 20 grandchildren, Heidi and Walt Melzer, Brandon and Ashley Cleary, Joey Schultze, Anthony and Jessica Schultze, Christopher Schultze, Thomas Quain, Angelica and Mike Carr, Christopher and Alex Arnold, Corey Hobart, Daniel and Lauren Schultze, Casey Hobart, Jordan Schultze, Julie Schultze, Molly Schultze, Jonathan Schultze, Nicole Carter, Mercedes Schultze, Kaden Schultze and Tyler Schultze; seven great-grandchildren, Eric and Rachel Melzer, Skyler and Liam Schultze, Frankie Carr, Julianne Schultze, Frankie Schultze and Addison Cleary; also a special granddaughter, Karis Michalek. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Johnson City. Charles met his wife, Ada, in Naples, Italy during his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a supervisor of machinists and physical facilities at Groove Pin in Ridgefield, NJ and shop steward at G.A.F. in Johnson City until he retired and, with his wife, opened Ada's Snack Shop and Laundromat in Johnson City. He worked many years as a Peace Activist and was affiliated with groups such as Peace of Christ, Veterans for Peace, and Witnesses for Peace. He was a founding member of the Justice & Peace Advisory Council and served as a Witness for Peace in Nicaragua. He engaged in numerous acts of nonviolent direct action involving civil disobedience. He was awarded the Lifetime Human Rights Award in 1998 presented by the Broome County Council of Churches. His interest in peace activism is a result of the five years he served in combat during World War II. His experiences there led him to try and find a better way than violence to solve the world's problems. He was a hardworking, selfless man who spent his life sacrificing for his family, teaching us all about Christian non-violence and practicing unconditional love. The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Bridgewater Nursing Home for providing care for Charlie in the last year of his life and guiding his family through his final days. Also to Saint James Church whose pastoral volunteers enabled him to receive the "Body of Christ" each week.
Funeral services will be held at J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City on Friday, August 9th at 9 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Charles Schultze may be made to Human Development, St. James Catholic Church, 155 Main St., Johnson City, NY 13790, for the care of the poor and human rights work.