Craig Schultz

Craig Schultz

FITCHBURG/PORTLAND, ORE.—Our dear friend, fellow dancer, biker and fishing partner, Craig Schultz, age 68, passed away at home in Fitchburg following a nearly three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Befitting to Craig, he passed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014—11/12/13/14, his final gift to make us smile.

Craig shared his life with partner, Jo Anne Sturiale; and is survived by his sons, Matt and Mark Schultz; and his 98-year old mother, Angelene Schultz of Saginaw, Mich.; where Craig grew up with his two brothers, Kurt and Eric; and two sisters, Barbara and Carol.

A U.S. Army veteran, Craig received his masters in business administration from the University of Oregon and worked for 30 years as an insurance broker and benefits planner for a variety of national brokerage firms such as Marsh and McLennan and Sedgwick James. In his retirement years, Craig was best known for his love of travel and exploration (especially with Dick Brainard) as well as his key role in Cascade Zydeco, where he helped to grow the Zydeco dance community in Portland. He was a (slow) but avid biker. He and Jo Anne completed a cross country bicycle trip in 2010 and were the last bikers to arrive at the destination every day in the group of 12 who went across together.

An untraditional man, Craig requested simplicity with his memorials. Never ones to listen to him, his friends have planned two life celebrations. The first will be held this Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the HARMONY BAR, 2201 Atwood Avenue, Madison, with Zydeco dance lessons at 6:15 p.m. by friends Jamie Morgan of Portland, Oregon and Karen Holden of Madison, followed by live music by the Cajun Strangers from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. A second dance event is planned for Beaverton, Ore., on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., with live music by Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.

Craig enjoyed life to the fullest (“Bon Ton Roulet”) and fought hard to stay in it with the help of Dr. Daniel L. Mulkerin, the outpatient and inpatient nursing oncology staff at UW Hospital, the UW Health home care nurses (especially Tammy Boyle) and the good people at Chartwell. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Rd.