Mark D. (Taz) Schroeder

Schroeder, Mark D. (Taz)

Mark D. Schroeder (Taz), 55, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Thornton, Colo. He was born Oct. 13, 1958, to Robert and JoAnn Schroeder in Clinton, Ind. Growing up, his father was in the Air Force so Mark lived in Bermuda, South Carolina, Madison and Appleton, Wis.

Taz joined the Green Bay Fire Department in March, 1982. He loved being a firefighter. He graduated from Fox Valley Technical College, where he earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science. As well as being a firefighter he was a dedicated paramedic for over 20 years. He retired, a Captain, after 29 years of service.

When he wasn't working he loved spending time with his family. He also enjoying camping, fishing, skiing, canoeing, running and especially biking. His other passion was music. Mark was loved by all and was a gentle and mischievous soul.

Mark married Georgia (Gottschalk) in September, 1988. They had two sons, Gage and Cooper. They divorced in 2010.

After retirement, Mark moved to Colorado, to be with Beth McCrory and daughter, Ciara and their two dogs, Harper and Josie. He loved exploring the natural beauty of the mountains and was able to partake in all his favorite activities.

He is survived by his son, Gage Schroeder, Green Bay, Wis.; Georgia Schroeder, Green Bay, Wis.; his partner, Beth McCrory and daughter, Ciara Haws, Thornton, Colo.; his parents, Bob and JoAnn Schroeder, Appleton, Wis.; a brother, Gary Schroeder, sister-in-law, Mary Schroeder, niece, Claire Schroeder and nephew, Lou Schroeder, Iron Mountain, Mich.; another brother, Greg "Moe" Schroeder, Appleton, Wis.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son, Cooper.

He wanted to personally thank his family, friends and especially the Green Bay Fire Department for all their support after the accident in 2005.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy Mark asked that donations be made to the Green Bay Firefighters Benevolent Association, c/o Jim VanDyke, 2070 9th Street, Green Bay, WI 54304

An appropriate protocol Firefighter's Funeral and memorial will be held in the summer.




Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2014