Barbara Schroeder


On April 9, 2013 my mother entered into her eternal heavenly home.  She was a faithful companion to my father for 54 years; his obituary also appears in this section.  She was indeed quite a lady, and she was known and loved by many.  Please join me in celebrating her life on earth, and her entrance into life eternal.

Barbara Ann Schroeder (nee’ Hankey), the youngest daughter of Ralph L. Hankey and Eva Mae (nee’ DeVore) was born April 17, 1929 in Youngstown Ohio.  Just a few months after she was born, her family moved to Fremont, Nebraska where Barbara grew up.  She became a member of God’s family through Holy Baptism on December 29, 1929 at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Fremont.  She was active in Sunday School, Bible School, Luther League, and worship at Salem, and was confirmed in her Christian faith on April 18, 1943.  Barbara attended Fremont Public School, graduating in 1946, and Midland Lutheran College, graduating in 1950.

Barbara had various jobs in Fremont.  She delivered the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, and was a bagger for O. P. Skaggs Grocery.  She then worked for a number of years at the Fremont Bakery, which was one of her favorite jobs.  While in college, she worked as a bookkeeper at Diers Ford for a short time, and then worked in the office of the Fremont Theatre.  She advanced to the position of Assistant Manager for the Tri-State Theatre Corporation.

While in college, she met a young pre-seminary student playing Pinochle in the student union by the name of Daniel Schroeder, and they began dating.  On June 23, 1951 they were united in marriage at Salem Lutheran in Fremont, with her future father-in-law, The Rev. Martin Schroeder officiating.  To this union, two children were born.

Barb and Dan moved into a small apartment on the grounds of Central Theological Seminary in Fremont while Dan finished his Seminary studies.  During this time, Barbara worked in the office at Nebraska Crib and Silo in Fremont.

In 1952, Barb and Dan moved to Emerson, Nebraska where Dan was the pastor at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Barb worked for a couple of years in the office of the Northeast Nebraska Public Power District in Emerson.  Barb was active in various church activities, including the Women’s Mission Society, the Ladies’ Aid, and she also sang alto in the church choir.

In 1967, Barb and Dan moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Dan was the pastor of St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church until 1980.  Barb was active in the women’s circle of the Lutheran Church Women, and also sang alto in the church choir and women’s choir.  Barb also accompanied Dan while he was serving as the pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Rising City, Nebraska.  In their retirement years, Barb and Dan were active members of Evangelical United Lutheran Church in Havelock.

During their years together in Lincoln, Barb and Dan began and worked together in a rental property investment business, where she did all of the accounting and bookwork, and also helped Dan with the maintenance and upkeep.  She continued with the book work right up until a few months before her death.

Barb and Dan loved to travel.  They made numerous trips to England, and also visited Spain, China, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and every state in the USA.  Barb especially enjoyed the cruises she took.

Barb and Dan lived in several places in Lincoln.  They first lived in the Meadow Lane area, then they moved to the East Campus area, and finally they moved to the Country Club area.  For the past 20 years, Barb suffered with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Emphysema) and heart disease, which she battled more and more as the years progressed.  After numerous bouts with pneumonia, when Barb’s health made it impossible for her to live by herself, she first moved into assisted living at The Waterford (Haven Manor) in College View; and for the past year she lived at The Lexington in College View.

Barb loved to visit and make new friends.  She deeply appreciated what people did for her, especially her care givers.  Despite her suffering, she always attempted to be a good patient and keep a positive and friendly attitude.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 10.00 pm, in her own bed, just minutes after having prayer with her son Dan, her Saviour took Barbara to her heavenly mansion prepared for her at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 22 days, just 8 days shy of her 84th birthday.

She is survived by her two sons:  The Rev. Dr. Daniel K. Schroeder and Jeffrey A. Schroeder of Lincoln; a brother-in-law Ralph Schroeder of Clear Lake, Iowa; a sister-in-law Florence Mayfield of Costa Mesa, California; a sister-in-law Lois Schroeder of Marina del Ray, California; nieces and nephews, and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, The Rev. Daniel C. Schroeder; her parents, Ralph and Eva Mae Hankey; and her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and LeRoy Hansen.