Katherine C. Schultz, age 79, of Woodstock, passed away Friday March 12, 2021, at JourneyCare Hospice Inpatient Unit in Barrington.
She was born in Woodstock on Oct. 5, 1941, to Emery and Glenna (Fransisco) Cross. She married Donald Schultz on June 18, 1960; he passed away on May 2, 2011. She then married Paul Laudick on Nov. 8, 2013.
She began her career at the McHenry County Courthouse on Oct. 16, 1959, at the County Clerk’s Office. She was first elected as county clerk on Nov. 1, 1990, and continued serving until her retirement on Nov. 29, 2014. She was the only county employee to serve for over 50 years and was recognized for her achievement by the Illinois General Assembly. In the resolution it stated, “Katherine Schultz has been responsible for many acts that have improved the transparency, efficiency, and integrity of McHenry County elections.” Under her leadership, McHenry County was the first large county to use “optical scanning voting machines.” The Illinois House of Representatives recognized her research and implementation of the voting machines. In 2011 the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders named her the “County Clerk of the Year.” She served on many committees and was proud of bringing electronic voting to the county. She loved bowling and golf and was an avid reader. She loved to travel, she visited all states except Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon. She was loved and will be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; a son, Timothy (Tammy) Schultz; two grandchildren, Bobbi Sennett and Katherine Paige Schultz; a brother, Glenn (Sharon) Cross; and two sisters, Dodie Streit and Peggy (Dale) Joosten; also, by multiple stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; two brothers, Emery and Rick Cross; a daughter, Cynthia Swan; and a granddaughter Tonya Guercio.
Services will be private.
For information,, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or leave a condolence at slmcfh.com.