Germaine “Geri” Shult

Germaine “Geri” Shult

WINTHROP — Germaine “Geri” Shult, age 81, of Winthrop, wife of Sam, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington.

A Private Family Service will be held.

Public visitation will be Monday, April 9, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop.

Germaine “Geri” Lena Shult was born on December 13, 1936, in Sumter Township, McLeod County, MN. She was the daughter of Clarence and Della (Schleeter) Kottke. Geri was baptized as an infant at Glencoe Lutheran Church in Glencoe, MN, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn, MN. She received her GED. Geri resided in the Brownton and Stewart area before moving to the Gaylord and New Auburn area. Since 1972 she has resided in Winthrop.

In 1956, Geri was united in marriage to Charles Schuch. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Mark and Kim.

In 1974, Geri was united in marriage to Samuel “Sam” Shult at Faith United Church in Winthrop, MN.

Geri was a loving mother, wife, and homemaker. Her business “Kinderhaus” was the first licensed day care facility in Sibley County and was in operation for 11 years. Geri also owned and operated the Green Lantern Café in Gaylord. She was always thinking of others, finding ways to make people feel good. Her kindness and generosity shined in many ways, from sending letters and cards of encouragement to those in need, to buying and donating coats and jackets to the Fire Department. She had a special place in her heart for animals, too, and would set out warm milk for neighborhood cats in the winter!

She taught Sunday School and Bible School when her sons were younger at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. Geri was a member of Faith United Church in Winthrop. She had served as President of the Women’s Society, was a Deaconess for several terms, and Financial Secretary. She and Sam did a monthly newsletter for six years and kept in contact with the church members.

Geri loved flowers and gardening, and shared her love of flowers with others. She loved to cook and try new recipes. Cleaning, bowling, waitressing, and working with the public all brought her enjoyment. She cherished the time she spent with her family.

Geri’s final act of giving, her ultimate gift of compassion, was organ donation, blessing others with life and renewed hope. Blessed be her memory.

Geri is survived by her husband, Samuel “Sam” Shult of Winthrop, MN; sons, Mark Schuch and his wife Jackie of Glencoe, MN, and Kim Schuch of Gaylord, MN; grandchildren, Ryan Schuch and his wife Anna, Tyler Schuch, Renae Schuch and significant other Austin, Jillian Schuch, Jeremy Schuch and his wife, Leah; step grandchildren, Michael Robbinson and his wife, Kari, and Stephanie Robbinson; great-grandchildren, Ashton Schuch, Madyssen Schuch and Madelynn Schuch; step-great-Grandchildren, Marina, Anyssa, Emily, Blake, Jacob, Lucas, and Aaron; sister, Lottie Schultz and her husband, Harlow of New Auburn, MN; brother, Michael Kottke and his wife, Arlette of Glencoe, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Della Kottke; mother-in-law, Anna Shult.

Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at