Nancy Ellen Schulze, nee Marble

Nancy Schulze

Nancy Ellen Schulze, nee Marble, age 68 of Riverside.  Beloved wife of Scott W. Schulze; loving mom to Freeloader and Snuffles; caregiver and friend to many.

Visitation, Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Thursday December 14, 2023 9:30 A.M. to 10:00A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Service 10:00 A.M.

Information 708-485-2000 or

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to: Brookfield Zoo 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Dearest Nancy,

You entered my life 47 years ago as my caregiver. I watched your pediatric nursing career grow into a lifetime of caregiving and volunteer service. You were “all in” on anything you did. You became an expert in taking care of children with disabilities and special needs. Your work at Children’s Memorial and Hinsdale Pediatrics touched many patients’ lives for the better.

Your volunteer work as a Docent at Brookfield Zoo and Play Partner at the Hamill Family Play Zoo was phenomenal! You volunteered as often as you could and many years you exceeded over 500 hours of service. Your 2016 Twiga Award, as the top volunteer at the zoo, was an incredible accomplishment! The number of people connections and friends you made during those 28 years were uncountable and extremely valuable. Everyone valued your input and opinions.

Our life in Riverside, IL was amazing. We traveled the world together to explore different places. You also enjoyed being at home going to the Loyola Fitness Club for exercise classes six days a week where you made may friends and inspired your classmates. You enjoyed taking nature walks, reading, and watching all kinds of sports events. Cubs all the way! Your favorite pastime was loving Freeloader and Snuffles, our spoiled cat kids! You were the best Mom!

Your battle with many health issues in your final 100 days was fought with intensity and positive thoughts every step of the way. I am so proud of you for your courage and bravery. You will be remembered by all who had the good fortune to know you. You were loved and will be greatly missed here on earth. However, your spirit remains with us all until we meet again. Please watch over all of us who loved you as we try to live our lives fully. We will strive to live our best lives, Nancy, as you so aptly accomplished yourself.

Nancy, you were the most dedicated and greatest life partner that I could have ever hoped for in my lifetime. You will never leave my heart, and your positive spirit will be with me forever. I hope I have made your life as fulfilling as you have made mine. Rest in peace, my love. I will celebrate your life and be comforted by the thought that we will be together again in heaven one day.

All of my love forever,

For those of you who would like to express your condolences to the family, please click  on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o the Nancy Ellen Schulze Family. We will gladly forward it on to the Family.

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  1. Barbara A Prack condolence:

    I am so sorry about your wife’s death and extend my deepest sympathy to you.
    Your obituary for her is truly a great testimony to her life and all the goodness she shared.
    With sympathy,

  2. Marilyn Roraff condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy was one person I could always count on to be a docent/friend at the zoo. She always had a positive attitude, knew all the answers to the questions I had, and I think took time to be kind to Everyone. I will miss her being there, but as you say her spirit and example live on.

  3. Steven Lifka condolence:

    Scott, I am very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  4. Barbara Fabino condolence:


    So sorry for loss and everyone’s loss. Nancy was a great part of the zoo and I worked with her at several events. She will be missed so much ❤️❤️

  5. Maryann Staroscik condolence:

    Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I was Blessed to know Nancy from working with her at the zoo and she spread her smile to many lucky enough to cross paths with her. She was gracious and kind. I miss her already.

  6. Bruce Jablonski condolence:

    Scott, Valerie and I are extremely sorry to hear of Nancy’s death and share in your sorrow. Our sincerest condolences, with love and comfort.

  7. Patricia Duling condolence:

    Dear Scott,

    Your Nancy was a beautiful woman with a huge heart full of love for others. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I knew her from the gym where she always encouraged me. I danced behind her in Zumba class!

  8. Linda Houdek condolence:

    Scott, please accept my condolences. I volunteered with Nancy for the Magnificent Mile Light Parade and the Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years. I last volunteered with her at the Reindeer Run earlier this month. I will miss her smile and her positive attitude. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Kevin Mitchell condolence:


    I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy was such a wonderful person, and it was a blessing to be able to have met and volunteered with her at the zoo.

    She will be very much missed.

    With sympathy,


  10. Barb Hauser condolence:

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.
    I worked with Nancy countless times over my 20 years at the zoo. My favorite memories are when we worked as “Santa’s elves” during many Holiday Magic nights: she and I made a great team, always receiving compliments and thanks from Santa himself. I will definitely miss her in the Play Zoo and goat yard too, she was a pleasure to work with. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  11. Alan Kostyniak condolence:

    I was saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing!I had the honor and pleasure of knowing her during her time at Brookfield Zoo, where I was also a docent. She was such a kind, gracious, and happy soul who always seemed to be smiling and who really loved her volunteer work. She will definitely be missed! Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful tribute to Nancy! We are all better off having known her.

  12. Lourdes caday condolence:

    In behalf of our zumba class at Loyola fitness center our deepest sympathy to you Scott and your family we lost a good person Nancy and she will be missed may perpetual light shine upon her may she rest in peace

  13. Kelly Rizzo condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss . Nancy and I worked together at the play zoo a couple of times and she was always full of information for the guests and for us too. She will be missed that is for sure. Lovely lady to work with and her smile will be missed as well.

  14. Mary Kay Baldridge condolence:

    Scott. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear wife. I worked with Nancy every Sunday for many years. We always had fun laughing at crazy stuff the little kids did. She will be missed. Prayers to you and all of us who knew her..RIP my Friend…

  15. Joann Blank condolence:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I worked with her at Hinsdale Pediatrics and she was always kind and helpful. She remembered all her patients and they remembered her too! I had one mom tell me her daughter would play Dr. Moof & Nurse Nancy!! Wishing you peace.

  16. condolence:

    Dear Scott and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Nancy. She was a very special person. She was the first person who welcomed me to the zoo over 25 years ago. She had the most beautiful smile and was always so happy to great you. She was truly an angel. We will always remember her fondly.
    God bless you and May you treasure your memories of her as I swill. Pat Hanna

  17. Tim condolence:

    I am very sorry for your loss.

    I am glad I met and was a fellow docent with her. I enjoyed volunteering with her and talking with her.

    She will be sorely missed.

  18. Mary Jucius condolence:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She will be greatly missed. I volunteered with her at the Play Zoo and some special events. She would always cheer me on near the finish line of the Zoo Run Run. Her smile lit up the Play Zoo. She was there when I started volunteering in 2001, helping me feel welcomed and at ease. She is surely a bright smile in Heaven.

  19. Gina Mullen condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. And I’m sorry for all of us who knew Nancy. I only knew her at Loyola Center, but she made you feel like she was your bff!! I had a serious injury and her encouragement was SO SO appreciated. She raised my spirits whenever I saw her. Certainly a loss for us all. I’m blessed to have known her. God bless you and thank you for writing such a beautiful sentiment. I feel like I know her even better.

  20. karen maxwell condolence:

    I am very sorry for your loss, and Nancy will be really missed. She was an amazing person, and wonderful life partner to you. The eulogy you wrote is beautiful and couldn’t have been better said.

  21. Katie condolence:


    I am so sorry for your loss. I took care of Nancy during her final days and I wanted to reach out to let you know how much it meant to me to care for her and you during this challenging time. You shared so much about Nancy that made her understand how much of a wonderful woman she was. I am so amazed with her volunteer work and other accomplishments that you have shared in your eulogy; however, it shouldn’t be so surprising since she was such as a remarkable woman as you have described her to me!
    I wanted to reach out and let you know I have continued to pray and think of you and the two cats during this time. Wishing you positivity, and a very happy new year!

    P.S. I hope you find the courage to go to Antarctica! I think Nancy would love for you to do that.

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