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Pearl Schroeder, 85, of Spicer, died Saturday, November 4, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.
Her memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, at St. John Lutheran Church in Atwater. Interment will be at Oakside Cemetery near Spicer. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org.
Pearl Edna Schroeder was born June 26, 1938, in Harrison Township near Spicer, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Rodewald) Hegstrom. She grew up in Harrison Township, was baptized and confirmed at Harrison Community Presbyterian Church, and graduated from Atwater High School. On March 24, 1956, she married Gerald Schroeder. In 1963, Gerald and Pearl purchased a farm on Sperry Lake, where they farmed agriculture and dairy. Pearl worked as a cook at Safari South, Pool & Pub, Bethesda, and at the Detlefs Center in Spicer. After Gerald’s death in 2013, Pearl moved into Spicer.
Pearl was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Atwater. She was also active at the Detlefs Senior Center in Spicer, where she started the mahjong group. She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, and playing cards with her friends. She was very social and made new friends wherever she went, including many during her short time at Bethesda. Pearl had a special love for her grandchildren and always stayed connected to them.
She is survived by her children: Tammy Schroeder (Mike McHugh) of Villard, MN, Terri (Ozzie) Osborn of Aberdeen, SD, Brent (Jayne) Schroeder of Hayward, WI, Michelle (James) Hentges of Sauk Centre, MN, and Annette Schroeder of Atwater, MN; ten grandchildren: Alissa (Ash) DeBoer, Miriah (Mike) Cassidy, Zachary Osborn, Damon (Ashley) Schroeder, Grady Schroeder, Bryce (Jessica) Hentges, Erika Hentges (Bradley Walker), Anna (Samuel) Uphus, Luke Anfinson and Megan (Derek) Noor; and twelve great-grandchildren: Arivia, Annika, Ayla, Molly, Gayge, Norah, Ozzy Jo, Brennen, Leo, Wyatt, Addi, and Kyler. Also surviving are two sisters, Charlotte (Bernard) Gratz of Atwater, MN, and Liz (Greg) Melges of Spicer, MN; and numerous other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Gerald; two sisters: Joanne Hegstrom and Doris Gronli; four brothers: Donald, Fred, David, and Bill Hegstrom; and an infant granddaughter.