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Gilbert Martin Schroeder Gilbert Martin Schroeder, 87, the "Burger Meister" of the Thorndale, Texas has gone into full retirement in his heavenly home. Gilbert passed away July 16, 2010, after a brief illness with his loving family by his side. Gilbert loved to be active, engaging the public, and cooking his widely acclaimed "Schroeder Burgers" at his business of 63 years, Schroeder's Place in Thorndale, Texas. Gilbert was born October 6, 1922, in the Hoxie community near Taylor, Texas, the youngest son of Henry and Malinda Meiske Schroeder. He was baptized and confirmed at Wuthrich Hill Lutheran Church. After serving his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II he returned home and fell in love with his bride to be, Irene Niemtschk. They were married February 16, 1947, and started their business together in Thorndale. Gilbert was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, VFW Post 4009, and a founding member of the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department. He was also recognized by the State House of Representatives for "Best Burgers In Williamson County", received a "Business Of The Year " award from the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce, and was once the subject of a John Kelso article in the Austin American Statesman. Gilbert was well liked by the young and old alike and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and loyal customers. Gilbert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Irene; son, Dennis Schroeder and wife, Sallie of Hutto, Texas; son, Galen Schroeder and wife, Mary of Pflugerville, Texas; daughter, Julaine and husband, Bill Grimm of Thorndale, Texas; sister, Anna Lou and husband, Clarence Baca of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Trey, Walt and Scot Schroeder, Brandon and Cassie Grimm, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alvin and Edmund and three sisters, Elsie Kaiser, Alma Remmert, and Frieda Hehman. Pallbearers are Trey, Walt and Scot Schroeder, Brandon and Cassie Grimm, Kristin and Michael Yancy, Russell, Mark and Troy Wernli. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department and VFW Post 4009. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm at Providence Funeral at 807 Carlos Parker Blvd. in Taylor, Texas. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Texas, with burial at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at www.providencefuneralhome.com in memory of Gilbert Schroeder.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 20, 2010
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