Recent TCU grad’s organs donated after car accident


TCU grad Madee Schottleutner is remembered by her family as joyful, charismatic, happy and funny.

“She was the light of the room,” her family said.

Madison “Madee” Petko Schottleutner, 23,  of Mckinney, Texas died on Saturday night after she struck a tree in her automobile on a dark road, Pam Owen, Ms. Schottleutner’s aunt said.

Her family  donated all of her organs the following day, Owen said.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of McKinney.

Ms. Schottleutner’s family asks those in attendance to feel free to wear colorful colors to celebrate her life.

“She was just a passionate person that had joy for life and lived every moment to the fullest. She was a hard worker, that’s for sure,” Julie May, director of athletics marketing said. 

Ms. Schottleutner graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication with a minor in sports broadcasting and a business emphasis.

Ms. Schottleutner had a love of sports that began at age six when she excelled as a soccer goalie, her family said.

During high school, Ms. Schottleutner played varsity soccer for Ursuline Academy in Dallas and later played at Air Force Academy. She transferred to TCU where she had planned to continue playing soccer, but after sitting out for a year, she developed other interests on campus, her family said.

Ms. Schottleutner played club soccer and club volleyball,  flag football and worked at  the TCU Recreation Center.

“Madee and her dad are major sports enthusiasts. She loved anything to do with sports, watching and playing,” her family said. “Madee wanted to contribute and leave a mark on the world and chose to combine her love of sports in her career.”

During her time at the university, Ms. Schottleutner interned in the TCU Athletics Marketing department for two years under May.

“She had a bubbly personality, and was always a great presence to be around,” May said. “No matter what the event was or even if we were just in the office, she always made things more fun.”

May said she had just visited with Ms. Schottleutner last week at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators conference in Dallas. Passionate about her future, Ms. Schottleutner sought advice from her mentor about a job interview that she had just done with the Dallas Cowboys.

Ms. Schottleutner had dreams about working in sports marketing in the professional or collegiate realm, May said.

“Madee was loving and affectionate and passionate about life,” her family said.

Ms. Schottleutner was also a member of Diamond Darlings, and a volunteer for Kinder Frogs, Habitat for Humanity and Children's Medical Center.

“One memory of her that will always stick out is her love of eating at Dutch’s Legendary Hamburgers on University Street,” her family said.

Ms. Schottleutner was born April 23, 1989 in St. Charles, Ill.

She is survived by her parents Kurt Schottleutner and Michele Petko-Schottleutner, as well as her sisters Ericka, Gina, Karla and Karsen, and her grandparents Ed and Gladys Petco and Egon and Lorrie Schottleutner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ManeGait-Therapeutic Horsemanship, 3160 North Custer Road, McKinney, Texas 75071.