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Jean Schroeder Obituary

Jean F. Schroeder
Jean F. Schroeder

June 8, 1941 - January 6, 2018
Born in Wausau, WI
Resided in Rothschild, WI


Jean F. Schroeder, 76, Rothschild, died Saturday January 6, 2018 at Sunrise Assisted Living, Minnetonka, Minn. She will be dearly missed by her survivors, but she has been reunited with her love.

She was born June 8, 1941, in Wausau, daughter of the late Glen and Frances (Heil) Bonkoski. On September 3, 1960, she married the love of her life (whom she always called “Boyfriend”), Carey J. Schroeder at the former St. Mary Catholic Church, Wausau. He preceded her in death January 30, 2015.

Jean, as a homemaker, lovingly devoted her life to her family and church, living by the principle “You cannot do a kindness too soon—for you never know how soon it will be too late.” With her own brand of flair and verve, she was an artist who creatively sewed, quilted, upholstered, painted, grew and arranged flowers and volunteered at her children’s schools, with the Girl Scouts, at church, and in nursing homes. She could do anything from filleting a fish to making her own curtains or sewing church vestments to gutting a deer. She and Boyfriend wintered in Florida for twelve years after Carey retired. In their later years of retirement, they quilted, gardened, canned, cooked and baked together prodigiously. Their family, especially their grandchildren and great grandchildren, were the center of their lives, their dearest joy.

Jean’s survivors include three children, Randy (Denise Bessette) Schroeder, Mosinee; Rhonda (Randy Weibel) Schroeder, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Carrie Jean (Julie Feia) Schroeder, Riverside, Calif.; four grandchildren, Tanya (Steve) Donat, Casie (Mike) Peterson, Michael Brueggeman, Stephanie (Erik) Anderson; three great grandchildren, Brooklyn Donat, Sydnee Jean Donat and Gavin Peterson; and one sister, Lois (Ferdie) Paul, Athens; and one sister-in-law, Dee Bonkoski, Merrill. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Bonkoski; and two sisters, infant Marie Bonkoski, and Loretta Hilber.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 13, 2018 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the food pantry, the Neighbors’ Place, her favorite local charity, 745 Scott Street, Wausau. A special thank you from the family to the care managers and staff at Sunrise of Minnetonka, where she lived for the last three months of her life; they enriched and enhanced her life with exceptional, devoted care and compassion.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at




St. Mark Catholic Church
602 Military Road
Rothschild, WI US 54474
Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church
602 Military Road
Rothschild, WI US 54474
Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:00 AM
Restlawn Memorial Park
T4710 N. Troy
Wausau, WI US 54403
Saturday, January 13, 2018
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