Born Jan. 3, 1932 on a farm on the shores of Lake Michigan, just south of Sturgeon Bay, to Adeline and Ernest Braunsdorf, she was the oldest of three children and was a caretaker and independent. At age 13, she moved alone to Sturgeon Bay to attend high school due to no bus service to where she lived. After high school, she worked in Green Bay at Cohen's Department Store and later at Naph-Sol Refining, providing her with many memories.
During this time, she met her future husband, James Schroeder. After he was drafted, they moved to El Paso, Tx. where they planned to live, but plans changed when he was called to Korea and she returned to Green Bay and worked at Standard Oil.
When he returned from Korea, they began a family in the upstairs apartment of a small house next to his family's cheese factory in Frazer Corners south of Pulaski.
In 1959, they moved with their two small boys to a farm east of Gillett where they had three more children. She raised five children while he worked seven days a week hauling milk. In the 1970's, she returned to work as a legal secretary in Gillett for attorney Leon Reimer and later for attorneys Brown and Everson and was known as the fastest typist in Gillett.
As an active member of the Gillett community, she taught Sunday School at St. John's Lutheran Church, joined Gillett Homemakers and later Gillett Woman's Club and bowled competitively on a team at the American Legion Bowling Alley.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, a good game of Scrabble and could out-score almost anyone.
She is survived by five children, Jerry (Gail) Schroeder, Denny (Mary) Schroeder, Dawn (Ed) Giamarino, Diane (Jamie) Hubbard and Randy Schroeder; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a step-great-grandson; a brother, Darrell (Sandy) Braunsdorf and a brother-in-law, Howard (Dawn) Schroeder.
Along with her parents and husband, Jim in 2015, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Weimer and Marie Schroeder; a sister, Marlene Rabideau; in-laws Joan and Bob Krause and Joanne Schroeder and a baby daughter.
Visitation was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., officiated by Pastor Bill Kamke. Visitation continued on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from noon until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m., with pastors Kent Wallace and William Kamke officiating. Burial was next to her husband in Wanderer's Rest Cemetery in Gillett. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring assisted the family with arrangements.