, Salem, MA

September 27, 2012

Priscilla Schulze, 93

Danvers, MA — Mrs. Priscilla E. (Turpel) Schulze, age 93, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. Daughter of the late James H. Turpel and Elsie G. (Williams) (Turpel) Hardy, she was married to the late Frank H. Scholze, who died in 1986. She lived all 93 years in Lynn until July when she moved to the Sutton Home for Women in Peabody. After graduating from Lynn English High School in 1937, Priscilla pursued a career in show business, working as a professional dancer in such venues as the Cocoanut Grove under the name Priscilla Paige. She made several life-long friends in show business, among them Fifi D’Orsay, Mabel and Jack Albertson, and Frank Fontaine. Upon her marriage, Mrs. Schulze retired from show business and dedicated her life to raising her three sons. She was a Civil Defense Warden, a nurses aide, and during WWII worked in the G.E. inspecting armitures.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Schulze returned to work, taking jobs at Mutual of Omaha and later Delta Airlines, retiring in 1982. Her career in the airlines allowed her to travel the world. Over the course of ten years in the mid-1970’s, she ventured to such locales as Russia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Greece and Liberia. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Schulze returned to work for Crosby’s Market in Marblehead, retiring at the age of 92. She also took up her dancing career again in her 70’s and 80’s as a dancer with the Peabody Steppers of Peabody Council on Aging.

Mrs. Schulze had a lifetime interest in politics. She served as the Ward 3 Chair of the Lynn Democratic City Committee and was a regular fixture at Democratic State Conventions. In 1984, she was elected to the 1984 Democratic National Convention as a delegate with her son, Michael.

Mrs. Schulze is survived by her son Michael F. Schulze and his wife Mary of Peabody, five grandchildren, Steven Schulze of Surprise, AZ, Eric Schulze of Malden, Heather Ducharme of Middleton, NH, Joshua Schulze of Revere, and Ryan Schulze of Hingham, three great-grandchildren, her niece Beverly Abramson of Santa Fe, NM, and a dear cousin, Mrs. Edmund (Joan) Romanowski and their five sons who were her extended family. Mrs. Schulze was predeceased by her son David and his wife Kathleen (Ago) Schulze and her son Mark Schulze.

ARRANGEMENTS: The funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 AM from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Funeral Mass in St. Pius V Church, Lynn, at 12 PM. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 PM. Donations in her memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For online register book, please visit