(6/23/14) Paul Fredrick Scholze, age 91, of Black River Falls, WI died Thursday, June 19, 2014 in his home in the Town of Brockway, Jackson County. He was a Black River Falls Hospice patient.
Paul was born in the Town of New Lyme in Monroe County to Fredrick and Louise (Fenske)
Scholze. He was raised on a farm there, and by 1941, the family had resettled in rural Melrose where they also farmed.
Paul married Lois Jacqueline Primeau on September 2, 1950, in Biron, WI. They lived in rural Melrose and then they moved to Black River Falls in 1959.
Paul farmed in Melrose. He also learned masonry while helping to build the Charcoal Factory in rural Black River Falls. For many years, he was a carpenter for McGillivray Lumber Company and later for Scholze Builders, retiring in 1987.
Paul was an excellent finish carpenter, building many homes including the family home in Melrose. He built fine furniture for his family as well as for the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was an avid gardener and was known for his gorgeous gladiolas as well as his super sweet corn. He loved boating and being by the water. He liked to sit on his porch at his rural home and watch wildlife. He loved to read and to play Scrabble. In later years, he enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and reminiscing about his childhood days during the Depression. Most of all, he was very inventive and creative. He built a swimming pool in his yard and designed ingenious ways to heat the water for it. He delighted in spending time with his grandson, Brian, in the pool as well as in other activities. When he was well into his eighties, he was still cutting and splitting firewood.
As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, Paul enjoyed learning about the Bible at meetings at the Kingdom Hall and serving as a minister and volunteer in the Bible educational work. He was devoted to sharing his faith and hope with others. His favorite topic was talking about God's Kingdom and how that Kingdom government will fulfill the Bible promise at Isaiah 33:24: "And no resident will say, I am sick."
Surviving are two daughters, Andrea (Ralph) Eswein, of Black River Falls, and Sharon (Greg) Schleife, of Kerrville, Texas, and one son, John (Maria) Scholze, of Neillsville, WI, four sisters, Kathryn Broderick, of Savanna, Illinois, Evelyn Somerville, of Black River Falls, Doris Schmidt of Milledgeville, Illinois, and Lorraine (Darrell) Heinn, of Stacy, Minnesota, one brother, Raymond (Diane) Scholze, of Guam, one grandson, Brian (Melanie) Schleife, of Kerrville, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois, four brothers, Erwin, Donald, Richard, and Kenneth Scholze, and one sister, Arlene Scholze.
The family prefers memorials be given to Jehovah's Witnesses or Black River Memorial Hospice.
The family appreciates the loving care and attention given to their father by Vickie, Linda N., Tracy, Linda H. and all of the other Black River Hospice Staff.
Memorial funeral services will be at 2 P.M. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, at N6930 County Road F. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls. Relatives and friends may call at Torgerson's Funeral Home, 715-284-4321, 408 N. Water St. on Saturday, July 12, from 3 until 5 P.M. and one hour prior to services at Kingdom Hall on Sunday, July 13.