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Kathryn M. Schroeder

March 20, 2017


Kathryn M. (Wilson) Schroeder, 94, of Valley Center, died on March 20, 2017. Kathryn was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on November 15, 1922. She was married in 1947 to Arlo Schroeder, who predeceased her. She was the mother of Jan Schroeder (deceased), Alan Schroeder of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Ronald Schroeder of Bloomington, Minnesota. Her parents, Carl and Gerda Wilson, and two brothers, Carl and Alan Wilson, predeceased her. She is survived by two sisters, Marilyn George of Valley Center, and Janice Baker of Wichita, and by daughter-in-law Cindy Schroeder of Bloomington, Minnesota, plus four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Several years after graduating from high school in Burrton, Kathryn joined the military during World War II, becoming the first woman Marine from the state of Kansas. She served as a Link trainer at military bases in North Carolina and Florida. After the war she worked briefly at the Harvey County News in Newton before becoming a full-time homemaker. She was active in several organizations, including PTA and the Experimental Aviation Association, and she spent many years as a member of the Valley Center Planning Commission. Her hobbies included dollhouses, reading, and playing games with family and friends. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Newton.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Zion Lutheran Church, with a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. A memorial has been established at Zion Lutheran in Newton. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.


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9 thoughts on “Kathryn M. Schroeder

  1. We are sorry to hear of Kathryn’s passing. She will be missed by all

  2. I love that she was a Marine and made doll houses, what could better exemplify a mid-century woman, pushing ahead but not so fast or so far that she could take pleasure in lovely crafts. You will miss her a lot.

  3. What an extraordinary life. Full and varied with family, friends, home and career. My thoughts are with the family. May she rest in peace.

  4. Obviously a woman of extraordinary inner versatility. I believe a “Link trainer” is the little blue miniature airplane in which all World War II U.S. military pilots trained for “blind” flying on instruments. Instructors who ran these early flight simulators were exceptional aviation professionals — and critical to our dominant airpower in World War II.

  5. She was my second Mom and I’ll miss she and Arlo forever. They were truly special people. I love them both. Many thoughts and prayers for the family. God Bless…..

  6. I met your mother through the Torpedo Ten Squadron association. My husband was a pilot on the Intrepid. Your mother was a remarkable person and truly was a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’ll bet she , Arlo, my husband, Jim, and others are having a reunion

  7. Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

    Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

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