Isabelle V Schuelke, 92 and a long time resident of Watertown, died January 7, 2013 in Houston Texas. Isabelle was born February 19, 1920 in Oconomowoc, the daughter of John Jaeger and Sophie (Mass) Jaeger. Both families were immigrants from Germany in the late 1800’s, settling in Ixonia and Concord. After completing Oconomowoc high school in 1938 Izzy’s adventures included traveling to New York City with her older sister Alice and holding various jobs to help out the family. On May 21, 1943 she married Gordon Heckendorn who died in a plane crash March 23, 1944 while serving in the Naval Air Force as an aviation radioman. After staying two years with Gordon’s relatives in the state of Washington, she returned to work in her father’s paint store, JF Jaeger & Co in Oconomowoc where she met Raymond Schuelke. She married Ray on November 16, 1947, where she supported his cabinetmaking business in Watertown for 50 years. As members of the Jaycees, Kiwanis club, and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Izzy and Ray made many life-long friends. She enjoyed watching many sports, traveling to events to watch her sons and their friends. Many memories were made with their friends and family while bowling, playing cards, camping, and fishing. She enjoyed being the host to family and friends at her home. Later in life there were regular summer vacations with family and friends in various locations around the country and even England.
Isabelle is survived by two sons David (Debra) of Hudson, WI and James (Janie) of Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Anne(Adam), Sarah(Dan), Travis(Chelsea), Megan(Tanner), and Scott Schuelke; two great grandchildren Maycie and Ruby, brother-in-law Richard Schultz, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, husband Ray and siblings; Lawrence, Helen(Harrison), and Alice(Martz).
A memorial gathering celebrating Isabelle’s life will be held at the Hafemeister Funeral home in Watertown, on Saturday May 25th from 10:00 am to noon. The family invites you to share your memories of Izzy. Graveside services will be private.