Edna B. Schroeder

edna schroeder
Edna Blanche Schroeder, 98, a long-time resident of Elma, IA, died Saturday evening August 29, 2020 at the home of her granddaughter in Cashion, OK, where she had recently moved, surrounded by family. Graveside services will be performed at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 5, 2020 by Pastor Dan Christensen. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery in Elma, IA. Edna is survived by her daughter Muriel Rahlf of Tripoli, IA and daughter Patricia Exline and husband Jim of Wellston, OK. Granddaughters Pamela Frana and friend James Peter, Candace Quail and husband Ronald, MaLinda Vanderpool and husband Martin. Grandsons Jeffrey Rahlf and wife Kim, Kevin Exline, and Michael Rahlf and wife Jessica. Along with 12 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Merle R. Schroeder, her parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters and son-in-law Russell Rahlf. Born September 6, 1921 in Alta Vista to John Ross and Edna Iona Webb. She graduated from Alta Vista Public High School in 1939, while in school she worked at the telephone company in Alta Vista. Edna married Merle Schroeder on June 15, 1941 at The Little Brown Church in Nashua. She was a very active member of the Elma United Methodist Church and served many years on the Howard Cemetery Board with the responsibility of plotting the cemetery. Edna worked as secretary at the Elma Coop Creamery as well as the school secretary for a time. She served as Secretary of the Elma Development Corporation while building Colonial Manor and did a great deal of volunteering in her community. There was likely never a conversation had that she did not speak of one or more of her 30 grandchildren and how proud she was of them. She gave the best hugs and loved getting them in return. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made in her honor to Physician’s Choice Hospice 14324 N. Western Ave Edmond, OK 73013 or memorials may be directed to Elma Park or City of Elma at the following websites. https://www.cfneia.org/affiliates/elma-area or http://www.elmaia.com

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  1. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all the family..I always enjoyed her so much and also helped her do some things when I was in school, from which I always learned something new…..She will be missed by many, but now no pain and at peace…….

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Edna,s family,she was our neighbor when we lived in Elma,a very lovely person.Tom and Marian Gebel

  3. Thoughts and prayers to Muriel, Pat and your families. Edna & Merle were long time friends with my parents. Edna taught me the art of “divining” for unmarked and occupied graves. One day Edna and I were looking for an empty grave space on a burial lot in Howard Cemetery. She used the divining rod ( a coat hanger) to search. After a short time, she said, here is the empty space we are looking for. Well, she was right. Farewell Edna. Ed Conway

  4. A very nice Lady. She was my Mom`s first cousin. She had a nickname; we always called her “Tommy”. Condolences to Patsy and Muriel and their Families. My Mom was Bea (Womack) Fogarty Regards Bob Fogarty

  5. Dear Muriel and patty I am sorry for your mothers passing. She was a nice lady and great neighbor. A fellow member of the barnyard club. Mike showalter and family

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