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Corvallis - Marguerite (Meg) (Hediger) Schroeder,93, of Corvallis, Montana, and Fall Creek, Wisconsin, was called home to be with her Precious Jesus, passing peacefully at the Beehive Homes in Hamilton, Montana, surrounded by her loving family and Beehive staff.
Meg and her twin sister Rosemarie were born November 18, 1930, in Neillsville, Wisconsin,to Herman and Hanna(Harder)Hediger emigrants from Switzerland. She grew up in Neillsville,
Wisconsin, attending Neillsville High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Milwaukee with a girlfriend and worked as a housekeeper, but as she states in her memoir, ”I was too inexperienced to go into the big world, so thought I’d return to Neillsville to work at the Farmers Store, do some babysitting, and work at the Doctor’s office to gain some life experiences.” She states,” I also did a lot of roller skating and, as a matter of fact, met Art roller skating at the Hatfield Roller Rink. And that started another chapter.”
On June 15, 1950, she married her “Knight in Shining Armor”, Arthur P. Schroeder,Sr. Meg worked diligently to make a home wherever the road led them: Navy bases in San Diego, California, and Charleston, South Carolina, and later to Wisconsin: a cottage in Hatfield, a new build in Neillsville, a ranch style in Muskego, a Swiss chalet in Fall Creek, and a final mountain home in the Bitterroot & Sapphire Mountains of Corvallis, Montana. During this time period, they brought 4 children into the world, having their first daughter, Dawn, at the Navy Hospital in South Carolina, followed by Pamela(Pam), Denise and Arthur(Arty)Jr. In 1965, Meg states she “enrolled in Beauty School thinking she might need a profession should anything happen to Art”. She worked in a beauty shop in Hales Corners and later opened her own shop in her home in Fall Creek called “The Swiss Miss”.
Above all else, Meg cherished her relationships. First and foremost, her personal relationship with Jesus Christ that began in 1978, which she states was “one of the happiest moments of my life”,
and led to her lifelong passion of telling family, friends, and acquaintances the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Although she moved and traveled quite often, she kept in touch with family and friends through cards, endearing letters and phone calls. She was a true prayer warrior; writing down names of those needing prayer or praying spontaneously for someone in need at that very moment.
Meg was a lifelong learning enthusiast and inquisitive by nature, using books and later the computer to foster this insatiable appetite of why and how we become who we are, the ways of the world, and especially our eternal life in heaven. It didn’t matter that she was in her 80s and 90s, she often asked the “young ones” how to use the various settings on the computer or
smartphones and frequently showed interest in their activities, adventures, and ideas. Playing the piano and accordion alongside Art, was a “thrill” she’d say. Crocheting, knitting, crafting pine cone wreaths, making quilts beside her granddaughters, teaching her children and grandchildren how to carry on the Swiss heritage of making her favorite Swiss Crabli cookies, and playing cards and games brought out the creative Meg! She was proud of her Swiss heritage, traveling to Switzerland to visit family, attending reunions and teaching her children and grandchildren about her parents emigration to America, thus fostering a curiosity to travel and explore this beautiful country and world.
Although she writes, “ kind of scary for this country girl”, Meg flew to San Francisco from Wisconsin, traveled by train to San Diego from Wisconsin and drove across country on Route 66 with a girlfriend, a baby and a dog! We often joked about how strong she actually was, not just gutsy, but physically being able to recuperate from a head injury as a child and multiple fractures in her later life, oftentimes saying, “I guess I’m a tough old bird”.
There was a wittiness and a sense of humor about Meg, as well as being a great conversationalist. She was able to discuss religion and politics with Democrats, Republicans and the like. She loved being an American. She knew what was happening in the world and prayed without ceasing. Meg loved her children, family and friends, but sometimes was misunderstood for her enthusiastic love of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ with her tracts, emails and articles. We now know, her heart was full of love and her intentions were pure.
Her beautiful kind smile and laughter which she kept even throughout her final days, her special “booty love taps” for those who cared for her, and her sweet kisses blown to us as we said “goodbye”, will be so very missed!
Meg was preceded in death by her parents Herman and Hanna (Harder) Hediger; four siblings, Hanna(Bernie), Rosie(Bob), Herman, Curt(Arlene); husband Arthur Schroeder,Sr.; grandson,
Mathew; son-in-law Dale; and nieces, nephews, and many special friends.
Marguerite is survived by her brother Fritz(Dixie); children Dawn, Pam, Denise and Arty(Vicki) and Howie; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many special nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
A spring Memorial Celebration of Life will be held June 15, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Christie Cemetery in Christie, Wisconsin. A luncheon will follow at the R&S Tree Farm in Neillsville,
A special thanks of love and support to Steve and Margaret, Yvonne, Lori, Lydia, Janet Butteri, Cameron & Lisa at Beehives homes, their incredible staff led by Ashley M. and the Bitterroot Health Hospice staff. Please send any cards or condolences to: Attn: Art Schroeder, 1582 Old Darby Rd., Hamilton, Mt 59840.