James Schroeder
1935 - 2021
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James Schroeder
May 31, 1935 - Feb. 11, 2021
Resident of Concord/Huntington Beach
It is with great sadness that the family of James Schroeder share his passing. He passed away unexpectedly, Thursday morning, Feb. 11, 2021. Jim was born May 31, 1935 in Armor, South Dakota to Frank and Jennie Schroeder. Jim was big brother to Robert, Charles, and John. During Jim's youth his family moved to Washington where he grew up. After high school he attended Central Washington State where he met his wife of over 60 years, Virgie (Burkhart) Schroeder. After his service in the Army Jim married Virgie and settled in Concord. Jim taught at El Monte Elementary for 37 years. In addition to education, he enjoyed golf, travel, sports, and weekly church services. Along with his wife Virgie, surviving Jim are their four daughters, Cristy (husband Erik Johnson), Terre, Jane (husband Gary Hennis), and Lori; eight grandchildren, Andrew Hennis, Mathew Hennis, Jess Schroeder, Hannah Johnson, Allen Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Elisabeth Johnson, and James Johnson; brothers Charlie, John (wife Gay), sister in law Lois, along with many nieces and nephews. Jim's sense of humor and positive outlook on life will be missed everyday. A memorial donation may be made in James Schroeder's name to Maryknoll. Email www.maryknollsociety.org or mail P.O. Box 302 Maryknoll, NY 10545


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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
I have such fond memories of Mr. Schroeder at El Monte. A true testament to his lasting positive imprint as a teacher when students from the late sixties still remember and can share their impressions! From read-alouds of Johnny Tremain, to illustrating scientific diagrams with our very own colored pencils; creating maps with countries around the world; as well as memorizing states and capitals, we grew as young people under his loving tutelage. Truly a teacher who made a difference in our lives. Much love to the family.
Jeanne (Moorman) Acuña
Student
February 21, 2021
Mr. Schroeder was a kind man and an excellent teacher. 50+ years after having him as my 5th grade teacher at El Monte Elementary, I still remember class room time and some of the lessons we learned. He had a way of making things real and fun. I'm sure there are hundreds of lives he made better by being who he was and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Nina Ekstrand Eads
Student
February 21, 2021
I am forwarding this from my sister Sue Hobert Briggs. We both went to El Monte when we were kids. She is now 63 years old.

He was my favorite teacher. He was so helpful and positive. He was the first person to call me sue. When i couldnt do any situps and then i did three,. He took me to other teachers and told them i did 3. When i was on tug war with other girls. We came in first and he told them that i should get to keep the first place ribbon. I still have it. I stopped by el monte when i was in 8th grade. He said"sue is that you"? I been thinking about him. He seemed older. But he was only 30.

Sue Briggs
Student
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