Alvin F. “Al” Schroeder, age 93, of Bartelso, passed away Saturday, August 1. A funeral Mass of Christian burial for 93 year-old Alvin F. “Al” Schroeder will be Wednesday, August 5, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso. Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, August 4, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 5, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Heartland Hospice, Paula Tebbe’s Care Givers, or the donor’s choice.
Al was born April 2, 1922 in Bartelso, the son of Henry and Caroline (Eilers) Schroeder. Following his service in the Navy during World War II, Al married Wilhelmine Ripperda on August 6, 1946 in St. Rose, and she passed away on May 19, 2013.
Al was a carpenter and worked for many years for Fournie Contracting in Belleville until his retirement in 1987. Upon his retirement, Al built a home in Bartelso and spent his time woodworking, playing cards and simply enjoying his family and retirement. Al was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso and its Mens Sodality, and since May 1942 a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Bartelso Council No. 4745. Al was also a member of the VFW of Bartelso and Trenton and the American Legion of Bartelso.
Al is survived by five children: Patricia Albers of New Baden, Mary Lou (Paul) Sutphin of Belleville, Sharon (Ken) Albers of Germantown, Susan (Bob) Hoff of O’Fallon and David (Cathie) Schroeder of Aviston; a son-in-law, Jim Robke of Aviston; fourteen grandchildren: Mike (Sharon) Robke, Lynn (Mike) Mallott, Cheryl (Tim) Heath, Angie (Terry) Becherer, Mark (Devon Hayden) Albers, Robyn (Brian) Friederich, Clint (Chrissie) Albers, Kathleen (Polly Johnston) Wildhaber, Keith (Victoria) Wildhaber, Raquel (Craig) Koerkenmeier, Jared (Lisa) Schroeder, Elizabeth (Ryan Thole) Schroeder, Alicia (David) Hobart and Ryan (Katie) Johnson; one step-grandchild: Katie Hoff; eighteen great-grandchildren: Kaley and Tyler Robke, Cheyenne and Todd Heath, Garrett and Abby Becherer, Claire and Cami Friederich, Laney and Brandon Albers, Allison and Jacob Koerkenmeier, Lacey and Sophie Schroeder, Shawn Noel, Lindsey and Brett Yearian and Riley Johnson; one step-great-grandchild: Amanda Bobby; and one step-great-great-grandchild: Ethan Bobby; brothers Frank (Agnes) Schroeder of Bartelso and Cletus Schroeder of Germantown; and sister-in-laws Dorothy Schroeder and Joanie Schroeder, both of Germantown, Mary Ann Brueggemann of Belleville, and Janet Ripperda and Elinor Ripperda, both of Highland.
Al was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Robke, two grandchildren: Todd Robke and Rhonda Albers; step-grandchild: Keli Hoff; sisters, Adeline Schroeder, Frances Wiecking, Laurentine Koczur, Cornelia “Babe” Schomaker and Alvina Heet; brothers, Edward and Henry; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Henry Heet, Arthur Schomaker, Oscar Wiecking, Alphonse, Vincent, John, Margaret, Raymond, Edward, Ruth, Joseph, Virginia, Clarence and Jerome Ripperda, Alex and Josephine Hood, Herman and Catherine Buscher, Henry Koczur and Dolores Schroeder.
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Germantown, IL 62245