Patricia Schroeder


Birth: January 3rd, 1934
Death: March 10th, 2018
Age: 84 years
Residence:Midland
Previous Residence(s):Midland
Survived By: Born to the late, Duane and Betty Jean Craig, Pat was the oldest of three children. She is survived by her sister, Sharon Walsh and her brother, Daniel Craig. Patsy was adored by her siblings, always keeping them on their toes with her practical jokes. The Craigs lived in Midland, Michigan, and the entire family loved vacationing together at the Craig's family cottage on Houghton Lake.

Patricia J. Schroeder, 84 died suddenly on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at the home of her devoted daughter, Margie Dexter, loving son-in-law, Lance Dexter and her two adoring grandchildren, Megan and Craig. 

 

Born Patsy Joan Craig, on January 3, 1934, she was known to many as one of the loveliest girls at Midland High School with her beautiful smile and perfect shade of lipstick.  She married her high school sweetheart, the late Honorable James “Pinky” Wilson in 1952 and together they had six children, Michael, Micki, Margie, Barbie, Caroline and Billy Wilson.  She remarried the late Lyle J. Schroeder in 1969 and they had two children together, Annie and Johnny Schroeder. She was also stepmother to Lyle’s four children from a previous marriage, Daniel, Gregory, Brenda and Karyn Schroeder.

 

Born to the late, Duane and Betty Jean Craig, Pat was the oldest of three children. She is survived by her sister, Sharon Walsh and her brother, Daniel Craig. Patsy was adored by her siblings, always keeping them on their toes with her practical jokes. The Craigs lived in Midland, Michigan, and the entire family loved vacationing together at the Craig’s family cottage on Houghton Lake.

 

Pat had a unique flare for design, and she took tremendous pride filling her home with her own beautiful, creative decor.  Her children would delight in her perfectly adorned (and freshly flocked) Christmas trees and carefully colored Easter eggs.  (These traditions are proudly carried on by her children and grandchildren.) Fresh flowers were Pat’s passion.  She created beautiful gardens, filled with peonies, geraniums and impatiens, around her lake home and at the homes of her children.

 

But it is the lives that she brought into the world that are her true legacy.  Pat was grateful every day for her eight children and the families that grew from them. 

 

Those who will miss her most include her children, Michael (Fern) Wilson of Bangkok, Thailand, Micki (Art) Adan of Midland, Margie (Lance) Dexter of Mt. Pleasant, Barbie (John) Roemer of Baltimore, MD, Caroline (John) Senatore of Baltimore, MD, Billy Wilson of Midland, Annie Pruitt of Baltimore, MD and Johnny Schroeder of Beaverton.  She also leaves behind 16 adoring grandchildren, JJ Wilson, Stephen Wolsh, Michael Wolsh, Tessa Whittaker, Hannah Whittaker, Dustin Dexter, Megan Dexter, Craig Dexter, Annie Kelley Palmisano, Matthew Kelley, Emily Kelley, John Craig, “JC” Senatore, Tony Senatore, Hunter Wilson, and Madeline Schroeder, five beautiful great-grandchildren, Blake, Wyatt and Rowan Palmisano and Mason and Nora Wolsh; her sister, Sharon Walsh, her brother, Dan and sister-in-law, Linda Craig, her sister-in-law, Louise Schroeder (Don) Herringshaw, her brother-in-law Ed (Dori) Wilson along with many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her grandson, Daryn Dexter.

 

When asked about his grandmother, Pat’s first grandchild, Stephen shared the following, “Her grandchildren share fond memories of swimming at her lake house, her heavily flocked Christmas trees, and dinner waiting for them when they returned home from school.  They were never without her laugh or her warm smile.  They never doubted how much she loved them or the pride she felt for each of them.  Her love was in every hug and every sweet kiss. She will be truly missed by each and every grandchild.”

 

A memorial service will be held at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street, Midland on Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.  The family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society or the charity of their choice.



Please contact the Funeral Services Provider if you wish to report any errors in this notification, or if you would like any additional information.





LEAVE A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE





All fields are required