Schroeder Jr., William J., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Covenant HealthCare - Harrison. He was 92 years old. William J. Schroeder was born February 2, 1918 in Saginaw to the late William J. and Florence (Ruff) Schroeder. He married Josephine Schulte in 1941 in Saginaw. She preceded him in death on October 16, 1975. He then married Beatrice Peters on August 6, 1976 in Saginaw, and she passed away on December 25, 2000. Bill then married Melba Dana on June 24, 2006 she survives him. Bill was a graduate of Saginaw High School. Upon graduation he attended the Saginaw Business Institute. He was employed by Gulf Oil Company, Chevrolet Grey Iron Foundry and Saginaw Steering Gear as a cost accountant, retiring in 1974. Upon retirement, he began working for Amigo. Bill was a member of First Christian Church West (Disciples of Christ). He enjoyed bowling, and was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching basketball. He is survived by his wife, Melba Schroeder of Saginaw; 10 children: Richard (Judith) Schroeder of Grand Blanc, Holly Mahony-Bierlein of Saginaw, John Peters of Nevada, Joan Ramonaitis of Lady Lake, Florida, Marilyn Myers of Tustin, California, Stephen (Sue) Dana of Saginaw, Kimberley (John) Witt of West Bloomfield, James (Laura) Dana of Saline, Melissa (Bud) Berns of Boyne City, and Stuart Dana of Glen Arbor; his grandchildren: Kate and John (Kendra) Schroeder and Michael (Michelle) Mahony, as well as many more grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his good friends Al and Beth Thieme. Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Schroeder; and sisters: Margaret Weichmann and Bernice Kellogg. A funeral service for Bill will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at First Christian Church West (Disciples of Christ), 5545 McCarty Road. Rev. Barbara Pratt will officiate with burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bill will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com.