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Robianne Kay Schultz
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Robianne Kay Schultz was an amazing and compassionate person.  She entered Heaven on November 22, 2017 at the age of 43. Robianne was born in Perham, Minnesota.  She went to St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Perham High School graduating in 1992.  She continued her education at Bemidji State University and St. Cloud State University graduating with a degree in Political Science. 

Following graduation, Robianne got the opportunity to work for the mayor of St. Cloud at City Hall, Senator Dallas Sams at the Minnesota State Capital, StayWell Corporation in Eagan, and Gelco in Eden Prairie.

Robianne was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 27 years old and spent the next 16 years not only beating the odds, but using her passion for politics and government to fight back against cancer on behalf of all patients.

Robianne was actively involved in the East Ottertail County Relay for Life for many years.  She was Honorary Co-Chair (2005).  She was the recipient of the Hero of Hope Midwest Division Award (2010), Fight Back through Advocacy Award (2013), and East Ottertail Hero of Hope Award (2015).  She enjoyed being captain for the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School Relay Team. Robianne served on the committee for East Ottertail County Relay for Life as the Advocacy Chair. 

More than a decade ago, she became a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Robianne was the State Leadership Ambassador for ACS CAN in Minnesota, the top volunteer position in the state. She received national attention when she was invited to Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s residence to recognize breast cancer survivors, and when Sen. Al Franken told her cancer story on the Senate floor during the Affordable Care Act debate. Her work at the Minnesota Capitol and in Washington D.C. led to the passage of more than a dozen laws that prevent cancer and help cancer patients survive longer.

She was the recipient of several state, regional and national awards, including the Virginia McKnight Berger Unsung Hero award and the American Cancer Society’s highest honor, the St. George Medal. ACS CAN honored her work by awarding her ACT Lead of the Year (2008), leader of the Volunteer Team of the Year (2013), and State Leadership Ambassador of the Year (2016). 

Robianne loved her family and her community. She was a big supporter of her nieces’ activities, cheering them on at their games and events, and was actively involved in her church. Robianne made an impact at home, in Minnesota and across the nation because she sincerely wanted to make the world a better place.

She is survived by her parents Lloyd and Linda Schultz, Perham, sisters Kendra Schultz (Shane), Bluffton, and Lisa (Ed) Roberts, Perham, her precious nieces Sydney and Brittany Roberts.   Robianne had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that she adored.

Robianne was welcomed into heaven by her grandparents Eugene and Lucille Poser, Leonard and Martha Schultz, and Arthur Schultz, and also her uncle Warren Matson.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church ~ Perham

500 6th Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573





1:30 PM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church ~ Perham

500 6th Avenue SW
Perham, MN 56573

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.


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