Alice M. Schroeder, 94, passed away May 17, 2023 at The Meadows of Ottawa. Alice was born August 24, 1928 in Delphos to the late Oscar Hempfling and Marcella (Rahrig) Hempfling. She married on August 4, 1948 to Walter Schroeder who preceded her in death on October 27, 2016.
Alice is survived by her six children and their spouses. Three sons: Roger (Sharon) Schroeder of Bluffton, Dwain (Anne) Schroeder of Columbus Grove, Eugene (Karen) Schroeder of Granville. Three daughters: Kathleen (William) Beattie of Little Rock, AR, Debra (Michael) Sennet of Miamisburg, and Karen (Robert) Driver of Marietta, GA. Seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sisters Angela Schroeder of Bluffton and Velma Kill of Wapakoneta, her brother Steve (Cathy) Hempfling of Mariposa, CA, her brother-in-law Robert Utendorf of Columbus Grove, and brother-in-law Kenneth (Virginia) of Columbus Grove, sister-in-law Alice (Don) Evans of Columbus, NC., her step-brothers James (Mary) Freund of Lima and Robert (Pat) Freund of Sidney.
Alice was preceded in death by three brothers: Gerard Hempfling, Robert Hempfling, and Ralph (Rosalie) Hempfling, her step-mother Gertrude Hempfling, her step-sister Jane Freund, and step-brother Thomas Freund.
Alice’s family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the center of her life. She was a remarkable woman with a natural talent for crafting and gardening. She was a retired cafeteria worker at Columbus Grove High School. Alice was an active member of St. Anthony’s church and served many positions including president of the Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Columbus Grove Garden Club for many years.
Alice’s beautiful handcrafted quilts and ceramics adorn her family’s homes and will be cherished as lasting symbols of her love and thoughtfulness. We take solace in knowing that she is reunited with her husband Walter and others who have gone before her.
There will be visitation on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 4-8 pm at Hartman Sons Funeral Home and additional visitation from 8-9:30 am at the Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus Grove. Father David Ritchie will officiate with burial to follow in the Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Anthony’s School Endowment Fund, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Putnam County Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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