Obituary of Mary Schroeder
Mary Enneking Schroeder died peacefully at home in Sunnyvale on November 1, 2017 at the age of 95. Her husband of 62 years, Donald W. Schroeder, predeceased her in 2013. She is survived by three sons, William (Wendy) of Fort Myers, Florida, David (Carmen Sofia) of Menlo Park, and Stephen of Carson City, Nevada. Twin sons, Mark and Thomas, predeceased her in infancy. Other survivors include two grandsons John Henry and Christian and three granddaughters Susan, Baylee and Charlotte.
Mary was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 2, 1922. A few years later, her family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where they settled on the beautiful shores of Lake Mendota. She attended Derham Hall, a private school in St. Paul, Minnesota, for her high school education. She then entered the University of Wisconsin on the Madison campus where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was active socially and academically, graduating in 1944 with a degree in economics and accounting.
Upon graduation Mary took a position in Chicago on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse Co., where she served many Midwestern clients. While at PW she met another staff member, Don Schroeder, a University of Wisconsin graduate, and they were married in Madison, Wisconsin in 1951. Don and Mary lived for several years in Appleton, Wisconsin, until they struck out for the Golden State, where Don joined the San Francisco office of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery which is now part of Price Waterhouse Coopers. They lived in Atherton for almost 50 years until moving to a townhome in Sharon Heights approximately 15 years ago.
Mary dedicated herself to raising and caring for her five boys, and always held them to a very high standard. She was an active member of the St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City, where her boys attended elementary school, and in her later years the St. Denis Catholic Church in Sharon Heights. Mary loved to catch big game fish, ride horses, tend her garden and play cards, board games and all types of sports. She also enjoyed spending time at the family vacation houses in Yachats, Oregon and Palm Springs. She always caught the biggest muskie on the annual pilgrimage to Northern Wisconsin.
Mary suffered from dementia in recent years. She resided during her last five years at the Belmont Village assisted living community in Sunnyvale, where the staff took great care of her and she was happy and secure. She was also assisted during the last few years by a team of kindly caregivers from HomeCare Professionals.
A memorial mass for Mary will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Sharon Heights, following a private internment ceremony.