MaryLou Schroeder, age 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 surrounded by her family. She fearlessly battled Breast Cancer for 15 years.
MaryLou was born on August 8, 1946 in Menominee, Michigan daughter of the late Howard and Elizabeth (Leannah) Peterson. She graduated from Menominee Catholic Central High School and Alverno College in Milwaukee. As MaryLou had a desire for knowledge she continued her education by completing courses from several different universities, including Harvard, and earned three Master's degrees.
MaryLou married Roger Schroeder on July 26, 1984 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Together they were blessed with three children, Caryn, Corey and Chad.
MaryLou always had a passion for education, and she understood how critical it is to promote early childhood development. She was a pioneer in bringing Headstart to the area, a program which provides young children a head start in learning. In fact, the organization had dedicated their building on the East side of Green Bay in her name. MaryLou had many other great accomplishments. While working through the Green Bay School District she was given the opportunity to research education for children and even publish a book. She taught educational tools to high school students through the Junior Achievement program. MaryLou again was a pioneer by being the first woman in the United States to purchase an Anthony Robbins franchise, a motivational speaking and life coach network. MaryLou named her franchise, Positively YES!. She partnered with several organizations and companies to teach and motivate, strengthening and growing businesses. She was the former President of the Milwaukee College of Business and a big supporter of MADD. When MaryLou wasn't busy promoting education, her fondest memories are those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved reading, ballroom dancing and camping.
MaryLou is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Roger; her three children, Caryn Schroeder, Corey (Tracey) Schroeder and Chad (Mimi) Schroeder and her three cherished grandchildren, Dexter, Noah and Gabriella. She is also survived by her brother, Howard (Cathy) Peterson and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for MaryLou will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue. A Prayer Service will be held at 7: 30 pm at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 pm at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 2270 S. Oneida Street, with the Rev. John Harper officiating. Interment will be held at Fort Howard Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in MaryLou's name.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staffs from Unity Hospice, Woodside Nursing Home and St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay for the compassionate care given to MaryLou.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from May 29 to May 31, 2014