Dominic Schroeder, 89, of Remsen, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at his home in Remsen.
Dominic Schroeder was born Dec. 7, 1916, at rural Remsen, the son of John and Mary (Loutsch) Schroeder. He was raised in the Remsen area and received his education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He was then engaged in farming with his parents.
On Nov. 29, 1939 he married Valeria Weiler at Remsen. They made their home south of Oyens, where they were engaged in farming. In 1944, they moved to a farm two miles west of Remsen. In 1981, they retired and built a new home in Remsen and moved into town in November 1981.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Garrigan Assembly, Luxembourg Brotherhood, all of Remsen.
He loved his family, farming and working with livestock. He was an avid pinochle player and belonged to many card clubs.
Survivors include his wife, Valeria of Remsen; one son, Robert and his wife, Margie of Le Mars; 10 daughters, Marlene and her husband, Gerald Harpenau, Linda Schroeder, Diane and her husband, Gerald Vaske, Pam and her husband, Mark Poeckes, Peggy and her husband Louis Arens, Suzanne and her husband, David Steichen, all of Remsen, Janice Wurth and her special friend, Denny Borchers, Joyce and her husband, Dan Ruden all of Le Mars, Judy and her husband, Ronnie Pottebaum of Pierson, Nancy and her husband, Robert "Butch" Tentinger of Cleghorn; one daughter-in-law, Margaret and her husband, Steve Keffeler of Ouray, Colo.; 49 grandchildren; 93 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence and his wife, Florence of Le Mars, LeRoy and his wife, Maureen of Remsen; one sister, Jeanette and her husband, Clarence Ricke of Remsen; seven sisters-in-law, Florence Schroeder, Joan Schroeder, Verna Harvey, Therry Weiler and Octavia Weiler, all of Remsen, Louise Beck of Sacramento, Calif., and Rosella Mueller of Omaha, Neb.; and one brother-in-law, Carel Connor of Remsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Michael in infancy, Richard at the age of 21; two granddaughters, Mary Freking and Angela Wurth; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Wurth; one great-grandson, Brandon Pearson; one son-in-law, Jerry Wurth; three brothers, Ray and his wife Virginia, Elmer and his wife Hildegarde and Vernon; one sister, Helen and her husband, Alfred Keffeler; one sister-in-law, Donna Connor; and four brothers-in-law, Gilbert and Marvin Weiler, Ralph Mueller and Floyd Harvey.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 8 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus followed by a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus honor guard and chalice service all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Brian and Richard Schroeder, Kelly Wurth, D. J. Ruden, Greg Arens, Michael Vaske, Nathan Tentinger, Jeff Harpenau, Dustin Poeckes, Dan Steichen and Tom Pottebaum.