Donna J. Schroeder

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Donna Jean Schroeder, 89, formerly of Grasonville, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Sun Valley Assisted Living in Westminster.

Born Aug. 3, 1923, in Morgantown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Paul C. Baer and Hazel Strosnider. She was the wife of Edwin Nelson Schroeder Sr., whom she married June 12, 1946, and who died died in 1995.

She attended Morgantown High School, and started working during her senior year to help with the World War II effort. She worked as a welder and tool room keeper at Bethlehem Steel in Fairfield. After the war, she worked as a street car operator until 1947.

She and here husband resided in Baltimore, where they raised their family. She later went to work for Penn Fruit Company of Baltimore as a clerk and in 1968 the family moved to Grasonville. She retired in 1985.

She was a past president of the Kent Island Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary, a past Worthy Matron of Centreville Order of the Eastern Star No. 69, a charter member of the Ladies of the Moose at Bay Country Moose Lodge in Queenstown, the VFW Post No. 3217 Ladies Auxiliary in Baltimore, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 137, and Immanuel United Methodist Church in Grasonville.

Surviving are children Edwin Schroeder, of Sydney, Australia, and Nancy Shipley Lutz, of Taylorsville; a stepdaughter, Phyllis Morsberger Brandt, of Woodbine; grandchildren Dr. Steven Shipley and David Shipley, both of Westminster, Anna Russell and John Schroeder, both of Sydney, Australia, James N. Morsberger, of Catonsville, and Linda Brown, of Woodbine; step-grandchildren Kristin Wissig, of Eldersburg, and Paul Vanderbilt, of Berlin, Germany; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Baer; sisters Frances Hamilton, Katherine Baer, Betty Malkoch and Pat Dougherty; and sons-in-law James H. Morsberger and Thomas W. Shipley Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel United Methodist church in Grasonville.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Immanuel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 518, Grasonville, MD 21638.

Arrangements are by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home in Chester.

Online condolences may be offered at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 20, 2012
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