Lillian Schiltz


(May 26, 2007)

Funeral services were Saturday, May 26 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell for Lillian Frances Schiltz, 78, who died Wednesday, May 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center after an extensive battle with Alzheimer’s

“Grandma Lill” was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was born April 11, 1929, to Carrie (Drake) and Alfred Danielson in Wilton, N.D. She attended grade school and high school in Wilton and in Bismarck, N.D. She married Paul Schiltz in Bismarck on July 9, 1946

The couple lived in Dickinson and Gladstone, N.D., before moving to Caldwell, Idaho, where they homesteaded. In 1960, they moved to Powell with their daughter, Paula, and son, Cecil, to become a part of the Ralston Bench/Heart Mountain farm community. They moved into town in 1997 to live a quiet, retired life

During Lill’s life, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren and one great-grandchild, along with sewing, cooking, crafting, gardening and helping on the family farm. She also enjoyed being a 4-H leathercraft leader.

While living in Idaho, she worked for a time at a fly-tieing factory and in the county courthouse. In her later years, she loved being a Jafra cosmetics salesperson. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting and crocheting. She regularly crafted and played bridge with friends.

For many years, she was on the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church Council, was a Eucharistic minister and helped organize funeral, wedding and special occasion dinners for the church. As a volunteer for the Powell Valley Healthcare Auxiliary, she helped distribute Life-lines and gave permanents to women residents of the nursing home.

Survivors include her husband, Paul of Powell; daughter Paula (Greg) Gorton of Otis Orchards, Wash.; son Cecil (Donna) Schiltz of Powell; grandson Mike (Kelly) Gorton of Newman Lake, Wash., grandson Tyler (Amy) Schiltz of Lovell, granddaughter Elysa (Klay) Nelson of Laramie, and great-grandson Logan Schiltz; sisters, Garnet (Frank) Swindling, Winnie Schiele, Aileen Salter; brother, Skip Danielson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Harris Howard; and her brother, Bud Danielson.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to the Powell Valley Healthcare Auxiliary or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.