Michael H. Schroeder, 73 passed away peacefully the morning of Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Birchaven Village, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. His daughters believe he chose the precise moment of his departure, wanting to ensure he arrived on-time to meet and to tee off with his granddaughter and son-in-law.
Michael was born on April 13, 1948 in Fostoria, Ohio, to the late Harry F. Schroeder and Rose M. (Schmenk) Schroeder.
Michael graduated from Saint Wendelin High School in Fostoria, Ohio, in 1966. After a year at the University of Toledo, he served as an infantry sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon returning, he started a long career as a ceramic mixer with Autolite, retiring from Honeywell.
If you asked his friends and family who Michael Schroeder was, they would all give you a different name (to which his daughters’ still do not understand the meanings behind). Whether it was “Mike”, “Mikey”, “Harry”, “Leroy”, or “Schroeder”, the most important names were always “Dad” and “Grandpa”.
This is the Dad and Grandpa we knew.
Michael was known for his love of golf and could often be found practicing his swing in the front yard. This paid off, as he hit not one, but two, hole-in-ones during his golfing career.
An avid gardener, he was a “tomato whisperer” and excelled at growing multiple varieties of this fruit and only this fruit, in various pots and places around the family home.
When he was not taking his faithful, canine companion, Superstar, on multiple daily walks around the neighborhood and beyond to hunt for “gold”, aka discarded loose change, he could be easily found holding reign in his favorite recliner. Here, on his favorite throne, he was the king of Candy Crush and master of all crossword puzzles, which he would complete with ease.
Michael had a classic sense of style, any fashion suggestions from his daughters would be met with an eye roll, as his taste was traditional and stood the test of time. He was often found wearing items from his wardrobe collection that remained relatively unchanged since the year 1984 and included his signature, “dressy” golf shirts, Ohio State sweatshirts, self-made denim shorts, and his curated collection of t-shirts that would insight embarrassment from his daughters at a young age. It must be noted that later in life, when an appreciation for his eclectic style was developed, his girls would often borrow those same t-shirts.
Michael had a great sense of humor, something that never waned over the years, even during life’s challenges, including his recent illness. His nurses and doctors always had to be on their toes with his responses, as most of them were in jest, but always met with a welcomed laugh. Quick witted, his daughters were fortunate to inherit his dry sense of humor and sarcasm, and two out of three, his ability to cook or grill out, a favorite pastime. His daughters will truly miss his perfect over easy eggs, lasagna, breakfast casserole, and other tailored meals he would make per request and to keep them out of “his kitchen.” His grandkids will miss “grampa” providing them a hearty breakfast with his never-ending bag of donuts.
Michael was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Americal Division Veterans Association, and the Fostoria United Sportsman Club, where he enjoyed “signing the books.”
Michael was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Beverly A. Schroeder. Michael is survived by his children, Tara Schroeder, Trisha (Nathan) Buza, and Paige (Bradley) Allen; grandchildren, Reese, Roman and Vale Buza and Bradley Allen; and fur-child, Superstar “Rat Dog” Schroeder. He is also survived by his sisters, Marty (Bill) Kehrli, and Patricia (David) Schilling, his two sisters-in-laws Bonnie (Terrance) Miller, and Barbara (James) Schlotterbeck; brother-in-law Wayne (Amy) Price; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Michelle Podach Girdler and the Dogwood team for the kindness and support provided to him during his final days.
Calling hours are Thursday, October 7 from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel’s downtown church, 617 West Main Cross St., Findlay, Ohio 45840. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld officiating. A lunch reception will come after the services at the Knights of Columbus, 701 West Main Cross St., Findlay, Ohio 45840. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad, 120 West Front St., Findlay, OH 45840, Find a Ride Program, 2423 Allentown Rd. Lima, OH 45805, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio 43210, in Michael Schroeder’s memory.
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Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad
120 West Front St., Findlay OH 45840
Find a Ride Program
2423 Allentown Rd., Lima OH 45805
James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute