Darlene Ann Schroeder

Darlene Ann Schroeder, age 95, of Laurel, Nebraska died on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel.

Private family services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel with Reverend Jeffery Warner officiating.  Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.  The funeral will be live streamed on Darlene’s obituary page at www.wintzfuneralhome.com or on our YouTube channel, Wintz Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are all of her grandsons and honorary pallbearers are all of her granddaughters.

Darlene was born to Henry and Edna (Clausen) Wacker at Laurel, Nebraska on December 8, 1925.  She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel, where she was a lifetime member.  Darlene attended country school and graduated from Laurel High School in 1943.  She attended the teachers college in Wayne and then taught for several years in country school in the Laurel area.  She married Clayton Schroeder of Concord, NE on November 22, 1946.  They farmed in the Concord/Laurel area while raising their seven children.  In 1996, they retired and moved into Laurel.  Darlene was an active volunteer in many church and community organizations.  She and Clayton were always at the events of their children and then their 30 grandchildren who they were so proud of.  It was known that a note would be on the table telling whoever stopped by where they were.  Darlene had been a resident at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel since 2014.

Darlene is survived by her seven children: Connie (David) Schutte of Laurel, John (Sally) Schroeder of Yankton, SD, Jerry (Diane) Schroeder of Laurel, James (Susie) Schroeder of Laurel, George (Kris) Schroeder of Belden, Susan (Jerry) Richards of Omaha, and Lisa (Randy) Papenhausen of Coleridge; 30 grandchildren: Julie (Tim) Schmidt, John (Stacie) Schutte, Kyle (Stephanie) Schutte, Lana (Jake) Bartos, Ben (Erin) Schroeder, Clayton (Kelly) Schroeder, Holly (Paul) Wintz, Leslie (Justin) Noehren, Seth (Lauren) Schroeder, Shelby (Colin) Churchill, Holli (Bennie) Surber, Jennifer Schroeder, Kari (Michael) Patefield, Lukas (Abbey) Schroeder, Timothy (Jenan) Schroeder, Mindee (Nick) Schleppenbach, Adam Schroeder, Rebecca (Jason) Carr, Laurie (Matt) Price, Matthew (Melyssa) Schroeder, Emily (Dustin) Jones, Christina (Troy) Nelson, Nathan (Emily) Richards, Spencer Richards, Alec (Laura) Richards, McCaffrey Richards, Kendra (John) Meuret, Rachel (Nick) Hanson, Lindsay (Ryan) Schmuecker, Marcus (Mandy) Papenhausen; and 62 great grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clayton on August 20, 2014 at the age of 88; two brothers, Kenneth (Susy) Wacker and Darryl (Ruth) Wacker, brother-in-law, Cleo (Virginia) Schroeder; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Sydney) Haakenstad.



The funeral will be live streamed here approximately five minutes prior to the service.


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6 response to "Darlene Ann Schroeder"

  1. By: Clayton Erwin Posted: December 24, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Darlene was a very special lady! I have so many great memories of her. She was always very active in the church and women’s organization. She was a strong leader in the church. She and Clayton raised some wonderful children. Both Clayton and Darlene would be very proud of how their children, grand and great grandchildren turned out. May God grant you all the peace that only He can provide to know that she is with Clayton now enjoying the reward her Savior earned for all believers. Cherish those, many, many wonderful memories of Darlene. Those will be with you forever!

  2. By: Jerry and Donna Schroeder Posted: December 25, 2020

    You have our heartfelt sympathy. We know what it is like to lose someone this time of year. My dad passed away on Dec 24 and so did Donnas mom. Your folks were such good people and they had a lot to be proud of with such a wonderful family. God bless and be safe.
    The other Jerry

  3. By: wintzray Posted: December 26, 2020

    My heart is filled with sadness at Darlene’s death and at the same time with the joy of having known her my entire life…..cousin. and Godmother. She is so very special to many!! We will miss her, knowing she will be welcomed warmly by those who have gone before her..
    Thinking of you all as you say farewell.

    Ann Cattau

  4. By: Jake & Verlene (Magnuson) Jacoby Posted: December 26, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Darlene (and Clayt) were such wonderful, caring, helpful people. It was a pleasure working and visiting with them usually at Verdel’s. They made all of us feel as a part of their family. So sorry to lose these folks. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to all of you. Cherish the many memories and God’s peace to you!

  5. By: Rev. Scott Sailer Posted: December 29, 2020

    God’s PEACE to you all because of the certain saving work of Jesus!

  6. By: Larry & Nancy Stille Posted: January 1, 2021

    We rejoice in your mother’s victory; a race well won! Christmas Eve, heavenly birthday!
    We know the sorrow of lossing one so very dear & you have our sympathy; it is so hard to see parents go as our hearts yearn for them.
    Know you are comforted by her strong faith; she truly is with Jesus!
    May God grant you peace in knowing she is home.

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