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“Nel.I'm sorry to hear that Chris has passed away. When I go to the grocery store near your old home I'm reminded of the many Sunday afternoon visits...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Liz Nobbs - MD - Friend

“Lieve Nel wij zijn in gedachte altijd bij je.Wij missen hem ook, zijn grapjes overal de draak mee steken altijd vrolijk.Voor mij was hij meer als een...Read More »
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“I will miss Opa very much ! My children and I just adored him and thought the world of him ! He was and always will be the funniest man I have ever...Read More »
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“Lieve Nel, Christopher, Chilla, Gloria en Dale,Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte met het verwerken van het overlijden van Chris. Wij zijn hierbij in...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ruud en Hanneke Kerkhoven

“Lieve Nel, Christopher, Chilla, Gloria en Dale,Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte bij het verwerken van het overlijden van Chris. Ondanks de afstand...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ruud en Hanneke Kerkhoven

“Loved opa very much. Your legacy will live on in our hearts. Now you can do what you loved to do best. Cook again. My deepest condolences go out to...Read More »
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“Lieve Nel, Christopher, Shiella,Gloria en DaleWij denken met liefde en waardering aan jullie man,vader en opa. Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte voor de...Read More »
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Christiaan Schulte, age 77, of Wilmington, DE passed away surrounded by his family on February 17, 2017.
Christiaan was born in Amsterdam Holland in 1939. He attended Saint Francis College then Saint Nicholas Culinary School. He severed at the rank of Sergeant for the food service division in the Netherland's Army before fulfilling his lifelong dream of immigrating to America. Christiaan married his sweetheart – Neeltje Kerkhoven of TreeBeek Netherlands in 1964 then settled in Wilmington DE working for the Three Little Bakers after winning a European baking contest. In 1967 the couple moved to Baltimore MD after giving birth to their two sons. Christiaan continued his education in Hotel and Restaurant Management resulting in a fabulous career including positions at the Baltimore SUN, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Keswick Hospital, the Baltimore Convention Center, and others before returning to Delaware completing his career with the Bing Bakery.
In addition to his illustrious career, Christiaan was gifted with a green thumb. He was revered by neighbors and friends for his beautiful flower gardens and was honored in publications for growing record breaking vegetables. Christiaan was an avid dancer in his younger years; throughout his life he collected antiques and oil paintings. What people shall cherish and remember most will be his communications skills that transcended the generations with stories of his life and dreams.
Christiaan is survived by his wife of 52 years, Neeltje Schulte of Wilmington DE, son Chris Schulte of Independence OR and grandson Dale Schulte of Smyrna DE. He is preceded in death by his first born son Eugene of Clayton DE; his parents, Bernard and Antje-Maria Schulte of The Netherlands.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.