Patty Jean Schroeder, 76, of Green Ridge, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Windsor Healthcare, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born May 7, 1935, in Prairie Home, a daughter of Chester and Mabel Haley Byler. She was married to Edward William Schroeder, who survives of the home.
Patty attended Prairie Home High School and later graduated from Warrensburg college with a teaching degree. She taught music and choir in Hughesville, Knob Noster, La Monte and Green Ridge. Patty was a gifted vocalist and performed at the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, at the Jewish Temple in Sedalia, and for many weddings and funerals. She played the piano and organ, plus accompanied herself when necessary.
She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where she was the organist and taught Sunday School. She loved to cook for her family, friends and church, making everything from scratch. She also enjoyed gardening and tending her roses. Patty was very involved in the caregiving of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members, being the first to offer a helping hand.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Scott Bridges, of Green Ridge; a daughter, Amy Zacha, and her husband, Keith, of Sedalia; two stepsons, Kerry Schroeder and Steve Schroeder; five grandchildren, Andy Bridges, Shane Bridges, Heather Bridges, Kirsten Bridges and Nadia Zacha; six great-grandchildren, including Alexis and Holly Bridges, of the home; and a sister, Wanda Slaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Curtis Dishion; and a great-granddaughter, Kiana Elyse Butler.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stacie Williams officiating.
Casket bearers will be Scott Bridges, Kerry Schroeder, Andy Bridges, Shane Bridges, Heather Bridges and Keith Zacha. Honorary bearers will be the Bethel United Methodist Women.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Heckart Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Bethel United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be offered at http://www.heckartfuneralhome.com