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Marla Schroeder

July 16, 1937 — January 1, 2021


Marla Schroeder, 83, entered into the arms of her Savior on Friday, January 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family under Interim Hospice Care at her home.

Marla was born July 16, 1937, in Wausau, to the late Walter and Eleanor (Lietz) Kirstein. She graduated from Marathon High School in 1955. She met her husband, James C. Schroeder, while both were employed at Drott Manufacturing. They were married June 13, 1959.  Together they owned and operated Schroeder Excavating, Inc. in the Wausau area for over 25 years.

Marla loved to plan and entertain for many family and friends events.  She also had a great passion for seeking out a variety of collectibles and displaying them for all to enjoy.  Scrapbooking was another talent of Marla's.  Besides family memories, she also created family heritage albums.  Over the years Jim and Marla spent time snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and traveling together in their motor home, taking them on many adventures throughout the states and Canada.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years,  her daughter, Jodene (Stephen) Meinel, Weston, and their children, Tyler, Chad (Ana), and Keaton (Megan); sons, Jeffrey Schroeder, Tucson, AZ,  and Todd Schroeder, Knowlton, and his children, Tucker and Taylen. She is further survived by her brother, Ronnie Kirstein; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Marla was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lacey Meinel; and her sister, Karmen Hanke; as well as other extended family.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church, 1351 S. Grand Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476. Pastor Kevin Schnake will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday, all at the church. Private interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter. Marla’s service will be streamed live and made available for future viewing on her obituary page at Because we care about family and friends, masks are required, and social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Marla’s family in her honor. Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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