Francis J. "Babe" Schroeder, 79, of Fond du Lac, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at the Hospice Home of Hope. He was born December 27, 1932, in Oshkosh, the son of Francis J. and Ann Hansetter Schroeder, Sr. Francis graduated from Oshkosh High School and later received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. On May 5, 1956, he married Nancy "Nan" Oelschlager at St. Vincent's Church in Oshkosh. Babe was a National Production Manager for A.C. Nielsen for 31 years. He grew up in Oshkosh and moved to Fond du Lac in 1957, went to Green Bay for three months, and then to Mason City, IA for 11 years. He later moved to Lincoln, NE in 1977 and remained until 1982, when he and his family moved to Libertyville, IL for five years, and in 1987, returned to Fond du Lac where he retired. Babe was a member of Holy Family Parish, a former member of the Kiwanis Clubs in Iowa and Nebraska, and was active in the Cub and Boy Scouts where he was a former committee chairman for 10 years. While living in Winnebago Park, he was a past association president and board member for 15 years. He was a volunteer umpire for Little League for several years. He enjoyed golf, bicycling, and watching the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers.
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Surviving are his wife, Nan, two sons, Steven (Helen) Schroeder of Rapid City SD, and Scott (Ann) Schroeder of Lincoln, NB, four daughters, Pamela (Mark) Jarrett of Lake Bluff, IL, Lori Johnson of Mason City, IA, Kim (Will) Abbott of Fond du Lac, and Jennifer Schroeder of Lincoln, NB, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Eugene Jungwirth of Oshkosh. His parents, a brother, Gregory and a sister, Patricia Jungwirth, preceded him in death.
Visitation for Francis J. "Babe" Schroeder will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 2 to 4:30 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park
Avenue, Fond du Lac. Liturgy of The Word for Christian Burial services will be at 4:30 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday. Cremation has taken place. Committal of cremated remains will be in the Calvary Garden Niche in Calvary Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be directed to either the Fond du Lac Red Cross or Salvation Army. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Apr. 17, 2012