Paul Scholz

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Paul J. Scholz, 82, of Belleville, IL, born June 16, 1937, in St. Louis County, MO, died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Scholz was a history teacher for Cahokia Unit School District #187 before his retirement. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the International Education Agency. He was a sports fan and especially enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Paul enjoyed fishing in earlier years and art museums.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Margarete, nee Striegan, Scholz.

Surviving are two sons, Matthew Scholz and John Scholz both of Belleville;
two brothers, Karl Jr. (Peggy) Scholz of Springfield, MO,
and John P. (Cynthia) Scholz of Springfield, MO;
a sister, Susan (Frank) Carnahan of Springfield, MO;
nieces and nephews, Carl Jr., Becky, Ann, Emily,
Michael, Andy and Steven;
a longtime friend, Sue;
and many other close friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Paul’s wishes, his body was donated to science.


9 Comments on Paul Scholz

Michael Stephen ‘Steve’ Jaco said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2020 at 12:20 PM

I first knew “Mr Scholz” as a 7th Grader at Wirth JR High in Cahokia. He was the sponsor of the Sports Collectors Club and helped me Kindle a love for Baseball Cards. Later I taught in Cahokia with him. We always talked Baseball. Thanks, Paul, perhaps a bit of our mutual admiration for sports and collecting we’ve passed on to our Students as well. Steve Jackson

  • Freeburg
  • Illio
Linda Kohut class of 1968 said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2020 at 12:32 AM

Mr. Schultz was a well respected and wonderful teacher. I had him for half year art classes. I had no artistic talent but he made me feel secure in his classes. I'm sorry for your loss but heaven is seeing a gain.

  • Mathis
  • TX
margie schwartz said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2020 at 4:17 PM

Please accept my sympathy. My husband, Pat, would be saddened to lose Paul. They were good friends and co-teachers at Cahokia High School for many, many years. I, too, always appreciated Paul's kind demeanor and friendly smiles. Sincerely, Margie Schwartz

  • belleville
  • il
John Sykes said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2020 at 12:59 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I taught with Paul at CHS for many years. He was a great friend and fellow educator. My prayers and sympathy are with your family.

  • Daytona Beach Shores
  • FL
Michael Scholz said : Guest Report Feb 29, 2020 at 8:06 PM

I will miss you very much Uncle Paul. I will miss our phone conversations and the kids will miss your homemade cards. I will always appreciate your support and encouragement for my educational goals and aspirations. Michael Scholz

  • Apple Valley
  • MN
Terry Osia said : Guest Report Feb 29, 2020 at 3:35 PM

Paul was a great friend and a great boss (department chairman). I remember many good times and funny stories. I’ll miss him.

  • Fort Myers Beach
  • FL
Robert Maguire said : Guest Report Feb 29, 2020 at 2:36 PM

I taught at Cahokia High School with Paul. Everyone loved hearing his stories. People enjoyed being around Paul. The last time I was at the house, he showed me more of his “collection”. He was interested in life and enjoyed collecting interesting things. I was humbly touched when I saw two of my art pieces he framed and hung. Paul you were a good man and will be truly missed.

  • Wood River
  • Illinois
Rich & Carolyn Buxton said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2020 at 10:53 PM

Paul & I worked together for many years at Cahokia High School. He was an important & contributing member of the Social Science Dept., touching the lives of many students over the years. Carolyn & I send our sincere condolences. Rich Buxton

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tommy Sneed and Carol Sneed said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2020 at 8:31 PM

You were a great friend for over 60 years. You were like a brother to me. I will miss you everyday; Tommy

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois

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