March 6, 1927 – May 3, 2018
Lorelei T. Schuele passed away peacefully in her sleep on the family ranch South of Helena on May 3, 2018. Lore was born in Anaconda, Montana, March 6, 1927 to Hans and Christiana Schaeffler. Lore graduated from Montana State University majoring in Art and Education. After graduation, she taught for one year at the Fishtrap, Montana one room school house with 15 students in 8 grades. She would laughingly tell of waking up in her log cabin bedroom with snow drifting over the quilt and getting dressed while standing in the snow. She had very fond memories of the friends she met in the Big Hole and continued to visit them whenever she had a chance. For the next year she taught 30 students in the upper 4 grades and was the Principal of Clancy Elementary School. While there, she met her future husband, Ted Schuele at a dance class she taught with Beth Johnson, the teacher of the lower 4 grades. For the class Earl Anderson played accordion with Ted backing him up on guitar. After spring a spring courtship, Mom said she didn’t hear much from Dad until late summer when haying was done. Dad asked her to marry him and they were married in Helena, October 14, 1951. Ted and Lore lovingly raised and guided their seven children on the ranch on Jackson Creek. Lore enjoyed raising a large garden and many flowers while keeping the books for the ranch. She said she was always glad when haying season ended so she could stop being the principal parts fetcher. After their youngest son, Bill started school, Lore returned to her love of teaching where she was a substitute for all 8 grades in Clancy School over the next 10 years. Lore was extremely proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed drawing pictures and telling stories with them. She proudly watched them grow and thrive while taking great delight in listening to their observations and accomplishments. Lore was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one son, Otto and Herman Schaeffler, and Jim Schuele. She leaves behind her sister, Elsie, (Seattle and family), her children and grandchildren, Paul (Jannette) Washugal, Washington, (Peggy) Helena, Montana, Len (Stacia, Aaron, Hannah) Denver, Colorado, Walt (Tracy, Nate, Paul, Sandra) Clancy, Montana, Kathy (Brian, Mia, Aden, Cole, Trey) Aurora, Illinois, Bill (Courtney, Kahler, Clara) Montana City, Montana. Lore’s smiling presence will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Her ashes will be scattered on the Schuele ranch on Jackson Creek where she lived for 66 years. A celebration of her life will be held June 16, 2018 at a time and place to be announced.