In Memory of Paula L. Schau

Paula  L. Schau
Paula L. Schau
Born: August 29, 1944
Died: November 15, 2017
Age: 73
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Paula L. Schau
August 29, 1944 - November 15, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA
Paula L. Schau, age 73, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Burial at a later date in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

   Paula Lorraine Schau, the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Mauer) Schmitz, was born on August 29, 1944, in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the naval base until her father was later deployed. At that time Paula and her mother Evelyn returned home to live with Evelyns parents in Wall Lake, IA.

   On February 1, 1962, Paula married Marlyn Schau and to this union four children were born: Mike, Missy, Monte, and Mason. Paula enjoyed being a house wife and raising her four children. After her husband passed in 1992, Paula started working outside the home. She worked at Johns Grocery Store in Ida Grove, IA, the Senior Aid Program at Mid-Sioux, and enjoyed the most working for the Ida Grove Library.

   Paula adored fall and loved to decorate for Halloween. She loved to watch the changing of the leaves and the bright colors you see at this time of year. Paula loved her cats and with a heart of gold took in strays. In her past-time Paula would like to take a trip to the casino to try out her luck.

   Left to cherish her memory are her children Mike (Judy) Schau of Battle Creek, IA, Missy (Lyle) Isder of Early, IA, Monte Schau of Ida Grove, IA, and Mason (Alisha) Schau of Cozad, NE; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; brothers Tom (Sandy) Schmitz of Bluffton, SC and Jim (Vicki) Schmitz of Cedar Falls, IA; sisters Becky Jessen of Ames, IA and Sherry (Scott) Heppner of Primghar, IA; Aunt Doris Mauer of Cedar Falls, IA; sister-in-law Mareta Vermeys of Battle Creek, IA; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   Paula is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Evelyn Schmitz; husband Marlyn Schau; two grandsons Brandon Schau and Eric Bauer; and brothers-in-law Fred Vermeys and Leighton Jessen.


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


At a Later Date
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM
“Thinking of you at this time of loss. Will have you in my prayers.”
- Pam Cornelison
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM
“Mike , Missy , Monte , Mason , " Sorry " to hear about the passing of your Mother ! , She was a very Close
and Dear & Good Friend !! She will be Very Deeply Missed !! And Always be in our Hearts !! My Heart goes out to you Kids , and Family !! ”
- Susan Peterson
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM
“Mike , Missy , Monte , Masom ,
- Susan K . Peterson
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM
“I remember Paula so well when she worked at the library. She and I had the same interest in books and she could always recommend a good one. I extend my sympathy to all your family.”
- Gloria Sykes
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM
“Our sympathy to all of Paula's family and friends We have had some great times together in the past Many fond memories RIP Paula
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:45 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Paulas family at this most difficult time. Paula always had a smile to share with everyone. Sincerely, Bill and Corlie”
- Corlie Kohnekamp
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10:57 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all of you as you will miss your mother so much. I always loved visiting with your mom at the library. Charlotte, your cousin”
- charlotte nichols
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:32 AM
“You kids have our deepest sympathy. Your mom was such a wonderful lady with a million watt smile. So many memories to share. Make sure you do that, while you prepare for your mom's visitation. Rest in peace Paula, you deserve it.”
- Marge & Tom Senhen
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:32 AM
“Mike, Missy, Monte, and Mason,
My sympathies to you on the loss of your mother. I’ve known her almost my entire life and I really enjoyed visiting with her when she worked at the library for those years. I know she really enjoyed her job and the patrons at the library. May she Rest In Peace now, Jackie and Ray Netherton”
- Jackie Spotts Netherton
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:32 AM
“Monte,Our thoughts an prayers are with you on the loss of your mom.”
- Richard & Angela Mumm
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:32 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with all of you. Paula was such a very nice person. ”
- Sheila Petersen
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“Mike And family,you have my deepest condolences in your loss of your loved mother.
- Sandra K Davis
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“So Sorry for your loss. Prayers to everyone.
- lisa gallagher
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“I've known Paula since she was sixteen years old. Rest well sweet lady you will be missed. Love to Missy, Mike, Mason, and Monte. Love Sharon”
- Sharon Miller
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“Paula was a great woman and will be missed by many. Prayers go out to the family. ”
- Jolene Strom
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:59 PM
“Sorry for your loss. I got to know Paula when she was at Willow Dale she was a great person I will miss her a lot.”
- Gloria Rickabaugh
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM
“So sorry to hear about your mom. She was certainly a special person and I will always have fond memories of Paula. Please accept my condolences.”
- Denise Schau
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