Parade of well wishers greet Medina woman for 100th birthday

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 18 April 2021 at 8:59 am

Isabelle King Schultz feels the love during celebration at the Willows

Provided photos: Ariana McCuen, 7, gets a hug from her great-great-grandmother, Isabelle Schultz, during a 100th birthday celebration on Saturday.

MEDINA – Isabelle King Schultz celebrated a milestone birthday on Saturday in a very special way.

Schultz, who turned 100 on Friday, was honored on Saturday with visits from her family and friends and a parade of cars through the Willows to wish her happy birthday.

Born April 16, 1921 in Johnson Creek to James and Anna Annable Noble, Schultz spent some of her early childhood in Canada, but lived most of her live in the Middleport/Medina area.

She married Emory Bauer, with whom she had three children, Bill Bauer of Texas, Mary Ann Bauer of Niagara Falls and the late Dian Bauer Grove. After they separated, she married Robert King and had twins Susan King Webber of Middleport and Sharon King Kusmierczak of Brockport and Steven King. After Robert died, she married Donald Schultz.

She has 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Schultz, who has lived at the Willows for the last 15 years, is a member of the United Methodist Church in Middleport, where she ran their turkey dinners for many years. She drove Tri-Town Ambulance and also worked in the Roy-Hart School cafeteria for 15 years. She loved to go camping with her family.

Schultz noted she had seen the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and her marriage to Prince Philip, and the day she celebrated her 100th birthday, Schultz watched Prince Philip’s funeral.

She remembers her family’s first car – a Ford, and also remembers their house had no indoor plumbing and they used an outhouse.

While in her teens, Schultz taught herself to knit, a hobby which became her passion and which she still enjoys today. The hundreds of items she has made include lap robes, Mary Maxim sweaters, Christmas stockings, baby hats and mittens, many of which she gave to church groups.

Although she is hard of hearing, she can still see well enough to knit, and friends were invited to bring her a skein of any kind of “Red Heart” yarn for her birthday.

The family set up a table and chairs outside the entrance to the Willows, where Schultz sat bundled up in front of a little heater, so cars could drive down the driveway and wish her a happy birthday. Many stopped to hand a gift bag out the window or run up and give it to her with a hug.

She still enjoys having her nails and hair done and reads her Bible faithfully.

Isabelle Schultz, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday at the Willows, is surrounded by four of her children. From left are Mary Ann Bauer of Niagara Falls, Sharon Kusmierczak of Brockport, Steven King of Newfane and Susan Webber of Middleport.

Isabelle Schultz celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday at the Willows with four of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She is pictured here with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter.