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“So sorry to hear of Carmen's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I worked with Carmen in the mid 70's as a telephone operator. We...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Becky Gilkey Meldrem Harvey - IA

“So sorry Mike, on the loss of your wife, Carmen. I just learned of it today. My sympathy to you and all of your family. Your Mom thought a lot of...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Bringmann - Victor, IA

“Mike- sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you. Jacki ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Jacki Sauter Carder - IA

“Mike and Jenny, sorry for your loss. I worked with Carmen as an operator for the phone Company. Carmen was fun to work with. Her humor, always...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Laura Ahrens Hamlett - Friend

“So sorry to hear of her passing. Years ago we were GTE workers together and did lots of crazy shopping together. But we drifted apart over the...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Patsy Carr - Grinnell, IA

“We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce, Carrie, and Reanna Campbell ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Carrie Campbell - neighbor

“Jenny: You know how much we love you & your family. We are so so sorry for your loss. Lonie & Deb ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Debra L Shearer - friend

“Jenny Rose, Prayers and love to you and your family! You & I spoke recently about how much your mom meant to me and of course how much she meant to...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Goodrich - Montezuma, IA

“I was so saddened to hear about Carmen's passing. I worked with Carmen at GTE in the CTI dept. We used to have so much fun and laughs together. May...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Geri Doyle - newton, IA - friend

“I worked at GTE/Verizon most of the same years that Carmen did. We never worked in the same department, but she was a friend to many! You have my...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Lorna (Diehm) Pollock - Johnston, IA

“Jenny, i have such great memories of your mom and you through dance. She was so special and she was always so good to me! She was a special lady...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Shelly pollock - Belton,, MO

“You are in our thoughtsas you find your way though this.We are praying for your healing,with the passage of time.We know you miss him/her;we send our...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Dean & Vickie Thomas - friend

“I worked with Carmen starting in 1978 when we both worked as operators. She was very sweet and a lot funny! Just a wonderful person. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Becky (Doane) McDaniel - grinnell, IA

“Mike and Jenny, We may never know how far one person's love has spread, but we know how that love has graced us. And we will treasure that knowledge...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Miriam Saunders - Grinnell, IA

“Carmen was a beautiful person, inside and out. Heaven received a special angel. I am praying for peace for you, Jenny and Mike. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Traci

“One of the funniest and most generous persons I've had the pleasure to have known. Rest in peace 'Esther' ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Janice Tharp - friend

“Mike and Jenny, You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Aunt Becky - WA - Aunt

“So So sorry for the loss of your mother jenny and your wife uncle mike! may she rest in peace! ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Rachel Schulze - neice

Carmen J. Schulze, 55, of Grinnell died January 3, 2013, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson of Grinnell officiating. Pallbearers will be Skylar Bailey, Garold and Jimmy Nelson, Tim Schultz, and Dennis and Mitch Schulze. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 Monday evening.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Carmen was born February 15, 1957, in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the daughter of Tennyson and Irene May Gaffney Yerdon. While her father served in the Army she was raised on several army bases in the United States and Germany. She later moved with her family to Sigourney, Iowa where she was a 1975 graduate of Sigourney High School.

She was employed with GTE and later Verizon as a switch board operator for 30 years. She retired in 2005.

On August 3, 1979, she was united in marriage with Raymond Nelson, in Grinnell, where the couple made their home. Following his death in 1987, she was married to Michael Schulze on August 19, 1989, in Millersburg, Iowa. They continued to live in Grinnell.

She was a member of the Grinnell Eagles Club Auxiliary.

Carmen was devoted to her family and loved them dearly. She was a caring person and enjoyed visiting and socializing with family and friends. She loved shopping, entertaining people and Chinese food. She enjoyed listening to music and watching TV.

Survivors include her husband, Mike of Grinnell; one daughter, Jenny (Mike) Miller of Montezuma; two step-children, Lori Nelson of Grinnell and Brad Nelson of Chattanooga, Tennessee, one brother, Bob Yerdon of Omaha, Nebraska; and one granddaughter, Mackenzi Audas of Montezuma. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband.

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