Salvatrice G. Schultze
September 3, 1932 – June 15, 2021
Salvatrice “Sally” Schultze, age 88, died June 15, 2021 in Provincetown, MA. She had formerly resided in N. Eastham with her late husband, Edward Schultze. They were married for 56 years until Ed’s death in 2008.
Sally was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of 3 children to Salvatore and Carmela (Consolino) Gurissi. She graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1950 from Lafayette High, later attending Brooklyn College while working at Travelers in NYC where she met her future husband, Ed. Married in 1953, they moved to Connecticut and raised their four children in Wethersfield where Sally was a devoted homemaker for many years and they were both active in Wethersfield Community Players. It was in ‘Players’ that they made their closest and most cherished lifelong friendships. In the late 60’s, Sally pursued college full-time, a rarity at the time for a mom with 4 kids at home. She graduated summa cum laude from Central Connecticut State University in 1969 with a BS in English. Her degree was awarded with the highest distinction and recognition of that honor was announced at her graduation ceremony with her beaming family watching her. She later pursued a Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University after having worked in the Hartford Public Library system for a number of years. Eventually she became the Head of all Children’s Library Services for the Hartford Public Library in Hartford, CT and remained there until her retirement.
In 1976, Sally and Ed purchased property in Wellfleet where they had many happy times with family and friends. In 1993 Sally adopted her beloved dog Josie, and she and Josie were inseparable for many years. Following Sally’s retirement, Sally and Ed moved to the Cape in 1996 where they had family, grandchildren and the ocean. They both loved their new residence on a dirt road which led to the beach and countless walks with their dogs. An avid swimmer and a fearless body-surfer, Sally loved a good day at the beach. Settling into their house in N. Eastham, she lovingly created and tended to her spectacular garden complete with fishpond and many beloved visiting frogs.
Sally and Ed loved to travel, making trips to Europe, Scandinavia, Argentina and Peru. Her passions included opera, the theater, music, children’s literature, poetry, gardening, animals and especially time spent with family, friends and her grandchildren. She was the most loving and fun grandmother her grandchildren could have hoped to have! Sally and Ed also loved antiques and auctions and their house was a wonderful collection of beautiful old furniture and objects. A excellent cook, baker and host, she graciously entertained and welcomed countless people to her home over the years.
Sally is survived by her four children and their spouses: Edward Schultze (Sylvie Huneault-Schultze) of Fresno, CA, Paula Schultze (William Morton) of West Chester, PA, Elizabeth Schultze (Bo Ericsson) of East Orleans, MA, and Robert Schultze (Snefrid Sneve-Schultze) of Eastham, MA, her beloved Argentine AFS daughter, Alicia Bolatti, and her three grandchildren, Samuel Ericsson, Annika Ericsson and Thomas Schultze. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Durso and her best friend, Cynthia Brown, as well as many nieces and nephews. Sally was predeceased by her parents and her brother Harry Gurissi whom she loved and adored.
A service of joy to celebrate Sally’s life will be held October 3, 2021 at 1pm at the South Harwich Meetinghouse, 270 Chatham Rd in Harwich with a reception at the same location immediately following the service. Donations in memory of Sally can be made to Wildcare, Inc., Audubon Society of MA (Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary), World Vision, or the Cape Symphony Orchestra, Hyannis, MA.
For online guest book, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/10235600
Service of joy to celebrate Sally's life
South Harwich Meetinghouse
Salvatrice G. Schultze
July 27, 2021
So many memories and emotions come to me these days that I have trouble handling them. My mind is focus on my dear “Mom Sally” .I find it so hard saying good bye to her. She was quite a woman! She left a loving very long term mark on me and my family.
She taught me so much about being a woman for the times that were to come. How to be a Mom and at the same time to have other duties….
She taught me how to cook! That was really something! While I cook I think of her every single step of a recipe of the cook books she gave me . A mixture of ingredients, smells and love.
With time she became “abuela Sally” to my children. She mailed amazing boxes to them. Books were the main presents. Books my children loved and cherished over the years. Kept as treasures. They read those same books to their own children now, with that same love.
Through the years, there were coming and goings , weddings, crazy trips to Iguazu Falls or to southern Andes and across to Chile. Lots of fun. Crazy adventures.
Also, the many times Sally and Ed had the five of us over their home and spent such memorable times together in Wethersfield and at the old Cemetery rd. house at the Cape.
Meeting my dear “Mom Sally” and my “Dad Ed” was and will always be the best experience of my life. Their love and warmth crossed time, extremely long distances and generations. It has been a enrichment relationship for me and my family and caused a great impact in our lives.
All these was possible out of their great generosity and love, always, from the first time we met in 1972.
And ,of course, the generosity and love of Eddie, Paula, Lizzy and Rob who have always been willing to share the love of their parents with me, a stranger from the far end of the world at that time. Thank you so much.
Mom Sally , I will always love and miss you so much!
July 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and Friends of Sally. I never had the pleasure of knowing Sally, but I do have the pleasure of knowing her son Rob. As fate had it last summer I also had the pleasure of knowing her plantings from Field Rd. Friends of mine purchased Sally’s home, and soon after I put the connections together that their new home was actually my Friend’s parents home. Before their renovation was to commence I was offered the opportunity to transplant some of her plantings. I have a deep love for gardening and was so thrilled at this offer. Being at the Field property on the boardwalk with the many varieties of dogwoods, fig trees, fruit trees, hydrangeas, wild roses, blue spruces, hostas, Lilly’s, fringe trees..you name it was like being in a secret garden. It was so inspiring thinking about the years that went into cultivating and creating that yard.
This all occurred during the middle of a pandemic. Transplanting and tending to Sally’s plants brought such healing, joy, beauty, and peace.
After about 15 truck loads many of her plants made there way to my home. It was such a labor of love, and one of my greatest honors to be a part of. It is a true honor to continue her legacy of plantings, and her love of them here at my home.
Interestingly enough we have more frogs here then ever before...(coincidence I think not). Her plantings have helped make my house a home. It’s been an honor and a privilege to continue her legacy of plantings, and gardening here at my home.
July 14, 2021
When we moved on to Field Road there weren't a lot of year-rounders. Our kids were little and even tho they didn't really know who Sally was they knew her by "Josies mom " :) Whenever I saw Sally puttering in her driveway garden for the first time of the year I told her I considered her the first robin of spring and that was true because spring was right around the corner, somehow she knew. After a long quiet winter, seeing her in her garden was a reason for excitement :) She always kept it so nice, bright, and welcoming. I wish I knew more about her history, it sounds like she led a very, very interesting life.
July 14, 2021
To Sally's s Family,
Your Mother was a joy to be with as she always made me feel that I was part of her family. She shared her love of nature with all, including teaching my granddaughters how to feed her frog by hand! I was blessed to have had her as a neighbor for the time I did, and the many memories that she helped create for me. Thoughts are with you all at this time.
Bill and Christine Donohue
July 11, 2021
Sally was the first to embrace our young family when we moved to Wethersfield in 1975. Her open arms and her legendary Holiday Open Houses created a wonderful sense of community. To quote a friend, " she was something!" Certainly, she will be missed!