In Loving Memory of Margaret Schulze, it is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we bid farewell to a soul who brought immeasurable joy and positivity into the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. Peg, a beacon of life, love, optimism, and humor, left this world on January 17, 2024, with her family by her side.
Peg was born on December 18, 1952 in Independence, Missouri to Charles & Barbara (Sudbay) Porper. Her family settled in Menomonee Falls, WI, where she met the love of her life, Ti, at a high school dance. Peg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a teaching degree. After college, she taught middle school physical education and health in South Milwaukee and Shorewood. She also coached girls middle school basketball, track and high school girls swimming.
After several years of teaching, Peg decided to put her career on hold to raise a family and to be a stay-at-home mom to Brooke, Kyle & Evan. She was very involved with her children’s school and activities; coaching basketball and cheerleading. She returned to teaching high school Health in Appleton and cherished her teaching career.
Born with an infectious spirit and an unwavering zest for life, Peg lived life by the philosophy, “live, love, and laugh a lot.” She approached life with an indomitable enthusiasm and ability to connect with anyone and everyone, often through humor. She had a tactful ability to pull the best qualities out of others, which was obvious to everyone in her classroom during her years teaching high school Health. Her laughter was infectious and had the magical ability to uplift spirits and make everyone around her feel good and will forever resonate as a reminder of the happiness she brought into our lives.
Peg had a remarkable ability to find a solution for every challenge and the silver lining in every situation, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth. After all, she took the lead on planning ten moves, making life-long friends in each new city. Her optimism was not just a perspective; it was a contagious force that uplifted those around them. With her as your cheerleader, she made you feel able to accomplish any life goal; she saw your inner strength and helped you to see it too. She was the best mom anyone could ask for, always putting family above all, and knowing exactly when her guidance or compassion was needed.
Given how she has already been described, it should come as no surprise that she was always the life of the party, a social coordinator, and never ready for a party to end. With a glass of red wine in hand, she would make any gathering of family or friends a celebration to remember. These moments provided punctuated reminders to fully experience life’s joys.
In her journey through life, Peg touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and an unwavering belief in the human spirit. Her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled, but the memories of her laughter, love, and optimism will remain with us forever.
Peg’s is survived by her husband, Ti, of 50 years; her children, Brooke (Tony) Techlin, Kyle Schulze, and Evan (Zoe) Schulze; grandchildren, Julia, Sophia & Brenna Techlin, and Ezra Schulze; and brothers Charles, William and David Porper.
As we say our goodbyes, let us remember Peg not with tears of sorrow, but with smiles that mirror the joy she brought into our lives. Tell stories of her that warm your heart, make you laugh, and remind you how fun and fulfilling life can be. May her spirit continue to inspire us to embrace life with the same gusto that defined her existence. In honoring Peg’s memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived, remembering that even in our grief, there is a lesson to be learned from the way she approached life-with boundless love, infectious joy, and an enduring sense of humor.