Eulalia "Lu" Schuler

Dec 18, 2018
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Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 AM, Friday, December 21, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 627 West 4th St., Waterloo


4:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, December 20, 2018 with a 4:00 PM Rosary Service by the Catholic Daughters at Locke Funeral Home and for an hour before services at the church.


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo


Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to the family


Eulalia “Lu” Mary Schuler, 85, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Bridges Senior Lifestyle Living.

She was born May 9, 1933, in St. Lucas daughter of  Joseph and Johanna Baumler Franzen and graduated from St. Lucas High School in 1951. She married Jim Schuler on September 12, 1953, in St. Lucas; he died May 25, 2003.

Lu was a nurses' aide at Schoitz Hospital for five years; later she worked in the cafeterias at Deere & Co. for Aramark, retiring in 1993. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and active in Catholic Daughters.

Lu was born in the midst of the Great Depression on the family farm in rural St. Lucas, Iowa. Her children were all raised with the motto “Waste Not, Want Not”! She had a passion for working outside on the farm as well as later in life where she always had a vegetable garden and lovely flowers. Lu moved to Dubuque, Iowa after graduating from high school where she met and soon married the man that stole her heart, Jim Schuler. The couple soon settled in Waterloo, Iowa where they raised six children. Lu enjoyed meeting the “Neighborhood Women” for lunch once a month, and travelled to St. Lucas as often as possible to meet up with “The Kids” from her graduating class. Lu always attended Mass, said her prayers daily and never met a slot machine she didn’t like.

She is survived by four daughters, Lynn (Jim) Gehrke of Waterloo, Teri (Steve) Kirschbaum of Cedar Falls, Cindy (Ned) DeBerg and Judy Poyzer, both of Waterloo; two sons, Joe (Cathy) Schuler of Waterloo and Jim Schuler of Waubun, Minn.; four sisters, Mary Zook of Sioux City, Eileen (Ken) Hill of Dike, Marilyn Bedard of Waterloo and Jane (Jim) Jones of Leon; 11 grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Schoville, Ben (Becky) Kirschbaum, Josh (Kristy Eickenburger) Bracken, Jay Bracken, Sara Weichman, Katie (Luke) Whitesell, Mike (Tana) Schuler, James (Michelle) Schuler, Jamie (Justin) Hancock, Zack (Melina) Poyzer and Chelsea (Abe Kline) Poyzer; 13 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Lexi, Kirsten, Rachelle, Madeline, Owen, Lane, Lauren, Levi, Charlotte, Carsyn, Cassidy and Sloane; and two step great grandsons, Sage and Carter.

Lu is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Alvin and Eligius “Sam” Franzen; two sisters, Dorothy Moellers and Kathleen Gorby; two sisters-in-law, Hannah Franzen and Doris Selchert; six brothers-in-law, Clair Moellers, Lee Sweitzer, Gene Gorby, Russ Selchert, Charlie Zook and Dale Bedard; three nephews, David Moellers, Joseph Moellers and Larry Selchert; and three nieces, Mary Kris Sweitzer, Denise Hill and Tammy Haugen.


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  1. Jacque | Dec 25, 2018
    Thinking of you all on our first Christmas without our mothers. Sorry I couldn’t make it to the services; know you’re all in my prayers.❤️ Aunt Lou was a beautiful lady. Jacque & Pat Engling Dubuque
  2. Jim Franzen & family | Dec 25, 2018
    We are very saddened in the loss of Lu from your lives, family members.  Although I was just a little too young to remember Lu well from childhood, (I barely can remember Jane when I was a neighbor next door) I do remember how highly her brother Sam spoke of her and her siblings later in life.  Uncle Joe & Aunt Johanna were very proud of Lu and her family and those feelings shall continue by all who knew her for many years...
  3. Judy & Gerald Eichenberger | Dec 20, 2018

     My sympathy to the Family of Lu Schuler 

    In Faith she will find rest  

  4. Mimi Meyer | Dec 19, 2018
    I am very sorry for the Family's Loss. I loved seeing her at Mass at 5:30. May she rest in peace and let Perpetual light shine upon her.
  5. Chip Wood | Dec 19, 2018
    My sympathies to all of the Schuler family during this most difficult time.

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