Phyllis Schroeder, 80 years old, of Remsen formerly of Granville, IA, died on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, IA.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Terry Roder officiating and Msgr. Kenneth Seifried and Rev. William McCarthy concelebrating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville. Visitation will be any time after 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. & a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Phyllis Mary (Kessenich) Schroeder was born on May 6, 1935, on a farm near Neptune, IA, to John “Jack” and Mary “Mae” (Plendl) Kessenich. She was baptized, made her First Communion, Confirmed, and was married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Neptune. Phyllis graduated from Union Consolidated School where she met her future husband. She was united in marriage to Lyle Schroeder on January 8, 1958. They made their home on a farm south of Granville until 2010, then moved into Remsen.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, Catholic Daughters of America, and St. Joseph Ladies Guild. She enjoyed singing in the choir, listening to music, playing cards, gardening, and especially spending time with her family.
Phyllis received her Gift of Life (kidney transplant) on June 14, 1980. Her family and friends have been blessed with this gift of life for 35 ½ years.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lyle of Remsen; her four children, Alan (Laurie) Schroeder, Daniel (Julia) Schroeder all of Granville, Stephen (Michelle) Schroeder of Remsen, Janet (Tom) Zenk of Omaha, NE; 22 grandchildren, Janelle (Kevin) Bolton, Jeff (Jessica) Schroeder, Doug (Emily) Schroeder, Sandra (Patrick) McMullen, Randy, Leah, Paris, and Madison Schroeder, Jacquie Schroeder and fiancé Anders Grinde, Angela Schroeder, Susie (Chris) Orcutt, Anna and Maggie Schroeder, Rachel (Kirby) Washburn, Trisha (Tim) Kunze, Russel and Stephanie Schroeder, Anna Jo Cowan and fiancé Chase Davis, Andrea (Matt) Latner, Michele (Jose) Mejia, Emily and Jack Zenk; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Kessenich, John (Lois) Kessenich both of Le Mars, two sisters, Marge Schiltz of Remsen and Mary (Leo) Stessman of Omaha, NE; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Larry) Ruhland of Le Mars, Darrel Schroeder of Le Mars, Mark (Jeanette) Schroeder of Le Mars, Bill (Janys) Schroeder of Kingsley, Doris (Bob) Gengler of Remsen, Betty (Dick) Homan of Remsen, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Jared Schroeder, in-laws Clarence and Florence Schroeder, brother Dale Kessenich, three sisters-in-law, Rosalene Kessenich, Marge Schroeder and Cloette Schroeder, brother-in-law Cletus Schiltz.
Casket bearers will be Jeff, Doug, Randy, Russel and Angela Schroeder, Andrea Latner.
Honorary bearers will be her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church of Granville, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Remsen or the National Kidney Foundation.