HANSKA - Jackie Schroeder, 75, of New Ulm and formerly of Hanska finished this life's journey, passing away at Winthrop Good Samaritan Center Thursday April 12, 2012. Jackie battled cancer for a number of years. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home Chapel in New Ulm. Visitation will be for one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home. To sign the guestbook or to send a condolence to the family go to www.mvfh.org.
Jacqualine Rae Arndt was born to Ezra and Ruby (Troldahl) Arndt June 23, 1936 at Union Hospital, New Ulm, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St Paul's, attended St Paul's Lutheran and New Ulm public schools.
As a teen she was active in the Arndt riding academy and the National Cafe that her parents operated on South Minnesota street. As a young woman she moved to St Peter waitressing at the Polar Maid Cafe. On September 7, 1957 Jackie married Gerald Schroeder at Redeemer Lutheran, New Ulm. To this union 3 children were born. Jackie and her family lived on South Valley for many years until moving to rural Hanska in 1977 where they remained until returning to New Ulm in recent years. Jackie was employed at WearWell Garment, BF Goodrich and later at LaSalle Meats for many years.
Jackie loved horses, involving herself and family with raising, training and riding horses. She enjoyed the Belgian horses on the farm. In 1966 the family began pulling the Schells beer wagon. Jackie was always known for her positive attitude even while battling cancer and appreciated her health care workers. This was reflected back to her and many will recall her comments like "It's not so bad" and a heartfelt greeting of "Hi ya kid". Even though life's burdens were heavy at times, she always believed better days lay ahead. She cherished her time in life with her grandkids, Angie, Matt, Kortney and Austin. Jackie was especially grateful for family members who assisted her in many ways during her illness. She held a special place in her heart for her extended family, the Filzen and Block children. Some of her signature foods to prepare were sauerkraut and dumplings, creampuffs and apple dumplings.
Jackie is survived by spouse Gerald Schroeder, daughters; Terrie (Darwin) Kjelshus of New Ulm, Vickie (Duane) Piere of Winthrop, son Jay Schroeder of Hanska. Sisters; Elaine (Bunky) Paa of New Ulm, Diane (Tom) Konakowitz of Rochester, Sonja (David) Friederich, and Debbie (Paul) Roiger, both of New Ulm. Brother; Ezra (Marie) Arndt, Brooklyn Park. Sisters in law; Renee Schilman of Apple Valley, Katherine Runck, Susan (Dennis) Jacobs, Janet (Mike) Daluege, Judy (Jerry) Rieger of New Ulm. Brother in law; Tom (Diane) Konakowitz of Rochester. Grandchildren; Angela Schwab, Matt Heil, Kortney Schroeder and Austin Schroeder. Great grandchildren; Chloe, Hayley, Coltin and Hunter Heil. Extended family; Patty Rathmann, Scott Filzen, Chris Bruns, Roger Block, Ricky Block, Randy Block and Jody Block. Nieces, nephews and by many friends that knew her.
Jackie was preceeded in death by her parents, brother William Arndt, Cindy Filzen, brothers in law, Orville Schilman, Chuck Runck.
"The Song is ended, but the Melody lingers on" .