Florence M. Schroeder, 99, homemaker, churchwoman

September 13, 2005

Florence May Schroeder, a homemaker active in the church where her husband was pastor, died of pneumonia Sept. 6 at Northwest Hospital Hospice. The Reisterstown resident was 99.

Born Florence May Smith in York, Pa., she attended Gettysburg College and worked in York's Bon-Ton department store.

Her husband of many years, the Rev. Hugo W. Schroeder Sr., died in 1984. He had been pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1941 to 1968.

Mrs. Schroeder was a member of the church for 64 years and had been a Sunday school teacher. Among other church organizations, Mrs. Schroeder belonged to the altar guild and assisted when the congregation moved from the Walbrook neighborhood in Baltimore to Rockdale in Baltimore County more than 50 years ago.

Mrs. Schroeder remained active in Gettysburg College activities, and from 1941 until her death was a member of its Women's League. She helped raised $25,000 for one of the league's committees.

Services were held Friday at St. Paul church.

Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Carl E. Schroeder of Mount Joy, Pa., the Rev. Hugo W. Schroeder Jr. of Liverpool, Pa., and Dr. Martin L. Schroeder of Biglerville, Pa.; two daughters, Clara S. "Beebe" James of Columbia, S.C., and Karla S. Geldmacher of Reisterstown; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

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