Marblehead — Christina P. (Leavitt) Shultz, age 81, loving wife of Harvey L. Shultz, of Marblehead, passed away on Saturday evening, October 26, 2013, in Marblehead.
Born in Salem, the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Margaret (Reilly) Leavitt, she was educated in Salem schools, graduating from Salem High School in the Class of 1949, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. After receiving her BA in Elementary Education from Boston University in 1953, she began a teaching career with the City of Salem at the Carlton School. She married Harvey L. Shultz at the Star of the Sea in Marblehead. They moved to State College, Pa., where she brought education to home-bound students.
After beginning their family, they returned to Marblehead in 1962. She was active in her children’s activities and participated on several school organizations and boards working hard to enhance the student experience. She was a seven-year member of the Guild of St. William at St. John’s Prep. In 1977 and 1978, she enjoyed the position of President of the Guild. Mrs. Shultz was also active in the community volunteering for many years at the Essex Institute and later the Peabody Essex Institute. The Shultz’s relocated to southern California for four years while Harvey was working at ITT Corporate Headquarters, returning to Marblehead in 1982.
In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by three sons, Larry P. and his wife, Donna M. Shultz of Naples, Fla., Brian Shultz and his wife, Joyce DeSanctis of Danvers, and James D. Shultz of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Makiah McDade and her husband, Michael, Autumn Bartlett and her husband, Brandon, Ceridwen Shultz, Brenden Shultz, Kahleigh Fitzpatrick, Natalie Lewis and her husband, Christopher, Devin Shultz and Danica Shultz; seven great-grandchildren, Bryson, Danika, and Madison McDade, and Benjamin, Nathan, Caleb and Jacob Bartlett. She was also the sister of the late Ralph Leavitt Jr. and Hilda (Leavitt) Thompson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St, Salem, to be followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 81 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will be in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. John’s Preparatory School, 72 Spring St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online guestbook or additional information, please call 781-631-8885 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.