John C. Schroeder, age 90, of rural Nodine, died Sunday, October 26, 2008, at his home.
John Carl Jr. was born January 28, 1918, in New Hartford Township, Winona County, MN, to John and Ida (Mades) Schroeder. He was a lifelong area resident and farmed in Richmond Township, Winona County. On April 23, 1941, he married Virginia M. Panek.
He was a lifetime member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nodine, MN; served on the Richmond Township Board for many years. He loved farming and it was his passion in life. He was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; five children: Ronald (Myra) Schroeder, Winona, Roger (Sandra) Schroeder, Nodine, MN, Jeanine (Allan) Aspen, Pickwick, MN; Larry Schroeder, Pickwick, and Randy Schroeder, Pickwick; 12 grandchildren: Dulcey (Brent) Zillmer, Mercy Schroeder, April (Paul) Orzechowski, Tirzah (Chris) Warren, Melissa (Tim) Wangen, Stephanie (Eric) Stahl, Crystal (Alex) Aspen, Troy (Cheryl) Evans, Terry Evans, Tracy (Garek) Barum, John (Amy) Schroeder, and Karl (Mindy Merchlewitz, fiancee') Schroeder; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Raymond (Yvonne) Schroeder, Winona and Roy (Arlene) Schroeder, Nodine; a brother-in-law, Gerald (Marlee) Panek, Nodine; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Maxine Evans; three brothers: Irvin, Herb, and Rueben; and two sisters: Pearl and Alice.
Funeral services for John will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nodine, with Rev. Dennis Harbach, officiating. Interment will be at Hiler Cemetery, Nodine, MN.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM Wednesday, at the church.
Casket bearers will be Herb Hundorf, Troy Evans, John Schroeder, Karl Schroeder, Larry Brand, and David Panek.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona, MN.