Pauline M. Schilling - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Pauline M. Schilling

March 19, 1938 - April 25, 2022

Pauline M. Schilling, age 84, of Middletown, DE, formerly of New Castle, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Born in Elkton, MD, on March 19, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Paul H. and Edna May Schilling (Kirk). Pauline worked for the Colonial School District in New Castle as a custodian, over her service period there, she had many teachers, administrators, and custodial personnel as friends. She retired from the district after 20 plus years of service.

A long-standing member of St. Anthony’s club in Shawtown, where she lived next door to for 74 years on Gray Street, in the city of New Castle. She could be found sitting at her stool many afternoons chatting with the girls working the bar and sipping her raspberry tea.

She LOVED playing Bingo especially with her lifelong friend Ann “Annie” whom she met and befriended 80 years ago on Gray Street when Annie’s family lived next door. She liked trying her luck (which according to her was bad luck) on the slots at Delaware Park.

Pauline was an extremely caring and selfless person, she would “go without” before she would let a loved one suffer, whether it was food, money, clothing, or a place to lay your head, many of her loved ones have been the recipients of her unwavering kindness. However, she wouldn’t hold back giving you a well-deserved tongue lashing, filled with advice that needed to be heard to help you know better next time. Any family or friend could stop by unannounced and be greeted with a warmest sincere smile coupled with sparkling blue eyes, you’d swear she gave you a hug.

Most of all Pauline cherished the memories made during family gatherings. Spending time with her family was what made her smile the most, seeing her children and grandchildren happy was what made Pauline Happy.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her siblings, Paul Schilling, Jr. (Marie) and Norma Fox (Wilson). She is survived by her loving children, Jerry Schilling (Tanya) of Middletown, Tricia Robinson (Joe) of Odessa, and Daniel Smith (Victoria) of Newark; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Funeral Service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to the Newark Elks Lodge 2281, 42 Elks Trail, New Castle, DE 19720 or by clicking here.


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12 Condolences for Pauline M. Schilling

  • Aunt Pauline was such a beautiful person. Most loving and caring person I know. Always put others before herself. I love you and rest easy. Say “hi” to my dad for me.

  • Tricia may God comfort you and your family at this time. My condolences to you and your family

  • My condolences to all of you on the passing of your mother/grandmother. Aunt Pauline was the sweetest Person there is. She always made you welcome in her home. I cherish special memories of her. Hugs and love to all of you.

  • we grew up together and my wife went to Bingo all the time together i worked with her Dad at Deemers Steel for years we are going to miss Pauline so much love you

  • My heartfelt Sympathy goes out to all the Family. Pauline was truly an exceptional person. She will be Loved and Missed.

  • So very sorry for your loss God bless your family Pauline was such a good person she will be missed ❤

  • The Station – by Robert Hastings
    Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent. We’re traveling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hills, of biting winter and blazing summer and cavorting spring and docile fall.
    But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. There will be bands playing, and flags waving. And once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so many pieces of our lives finally will be neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering … waiting, waiting, waiting, for the station.
    However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.
    “When we reach the station, that will be it !” we cry. Translated it means, “When I’m 18, that will be it ! When I buy a new 450 SL Mercedes Benz, that will be it ! When I put the last kid through college, that will be it ! When I have paid off the mortgage, that will be it ! When I win a promotion, that will be it ! When I reach the age of retirement, that will be it ! I shall live happily ever after !”
    Unfortunately, once we get it, then it disappears. The station somehow hides itself at the end of an endless track.
    “Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.
    So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.

  • My thoughts and 🙏 go out to your family. May God wrap his arms around your family and help you find some comfort in this very difficult time. God bless.

  • RIP my bingo friend. Sincere condolences to the family

  • Pauline was a beautiful person both inside and out!! Her smile could light up a room!!
    She will missed by all!!

  • God rest your soul.

  • Aunt Pauline was a caring, beautiful person! She loved her family, friends and bingo! She will be greatly missed and loved always!❤