CLYDE—The Clyde St. Mary School 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Elaine (Darr) Schultz.
Elaine Schultz, center, was named this year’s Clyde St. Mary Distinguished Graduate. With her are Sharon Kinnear, principal, and Father Ray Fisher, chaplain at St. Mary. (Photo courtesy of Clyde St. Mary)
Mrs. Schultz is the daughter of Harold and Irene Darr of Clyde and attended St. Mary from 1965 to 1973. She is a Clyde High School graduate, where she was active in the music program, debate team and speech team.
Mrs. Schultz was married in 1978 and has five children: Tara, Derik, Christa, Tyler and Justin. All five children are graduates of Bellevue Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Since 1985, Mrs. Schultz has worked for the U.S. Post Office as a carrier, clerk and officer in charge.
Her involvement at Bellevue Immaculate Conception Parish is extensive. She is a past president of the school advisory council, secretary of the liturgy committee and has organized community concerts and directed vacation Bible school. She has been a lector, Eucharistic minister, Cub Scout leader, member of the RCIA team and director of the folk group and adult choir. She can often be heard as a soloist at weddings.
Mrs. Schultz founded the “Music to Feed Our Souls” ministry and has recorded two CDs: “Leading Them Home” and “Hail Mary.”
“Mrs. Schultz’s dedication to the Catholic faith and to the church is very obvious,” says Sharon Kinnear, principal at St. Mary. “She is a wonderful example for our students. She uses her God-given talents to serve Him, His church and Catholic education.”