Pleasanton residents Susan and Gary Schultz were involved in a fatal accident in Rutersville near La Grange on September 6th. Schultz, allegedly not wearing a seatbelt according to a DPS investigation, was ejected from the vehicle. Susan and Gary were airlifted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, where Gary passed away around 10 p.m.
Susan Schultz underwent major back surgery and was transferred to St. David’s Hospital to undergo three to four weeks of rehabilitation.
There has been a major outpouring of support on Facebook. A Facebook page called “Prayers for Susan Schultz” has accumulated 895 likes since it was created on September 8th by Katherine Gallegos. According to a status update on the page, Susan’s niece Michelle said that she saw her aunt standing briefly on Monday. Michelle also said “I will ask that all visitors hold off until we know more which may mean next week or later till you all can see her. She knows all of you love her and want to see her but she needs her rest more than anything.”
Gary Schultz was “a friend to everyone he worked with” according to Craig Dowdy, who owned Dowdy’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear store on Main Street, where the new Community Center and Library is currently under construction. He worked alongside Bill Havins at an accounting firm when he moved to Pleasanton in 1974. Craig remembers him as the accountant for Dowdy’s for 40 years; from the time Gary moved to Pleasanton to when Dowdy’s closed in December 31st 2007.
Many people knew also Susan Schultz as “Tall Schultz” while she worked as a teacher at both Pleasanton and Jourdanton for over 30 years. She retired from Jourdanton ISD in 2007.
Martin Munoz, a former student of hers and now an electrician in San Antonio, said in a comment “Helped me and quite a lot of fellow classmates of mine by forming a program called SMILE. And it was designed to help students understand and catch up on school work…. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t cause of her and the hand full of teachers that pushed us to excel in our school work.” SMILE was a program that helped students keep up with their homework.
Well wishers can leave condolences and comforts at “Prayers for Susan Schultz” (tinyurl.com/Pray- 4Schultz). Jo Ann Ortiz, a friend of Susan’s, also says on the Facebook page that cards can be sent through www.seton.net/patient_ get_ well_ cards. These cards will be printed out at the hospital and handed directly to Schultz, she says.