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Elaine I (Zittergruen) Schroeder

April 17, 1929 ~ November 12, 2017 (age 88)

            Elaine Inez Schroeder, age 88, of Guttenberg, IA, passed from this world to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center.      

            Elaine was born April 17, 1929 to Louis and Elsie (Kruse) Zittergruen in rural Garber on the family farm. She was baptized on June 9, 1929 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport by Rev. F.E.Damms, and later had her confirmation by Rev. Guetzlaf. Elaine graduated from Elkport High School on May 15th, 1947. She then attended 12 weeks at the University of Dubuque where she earned her Teaching Certificate.  She taught for 5 years in a country school in Jefferson Township.  

            Elaine was united in marriage to Russell W. Schroeder on June 3, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA. Together they were blessed with three children; Sandra, Rodney and Don. Together she and Russell ran Schroeder Hardware, the family business, for over forty years.

Elaine enjoyed a lifetime of cooking delicious meals for family, friends, and church gatherings. Her excellent holiday dishes have become traditions that will be passed down for generations. She was known for her ability to turn any type of wild game into a delicacy.

Elaine and Russ were blessed with many friendships made through the hardware business. She is remembered for her competitive spirit when playing Bingo, Fargo, and her all-time favorite; Euchre. Each person Elaine touched knew exactly where they stood with her; she had a way of saying things just as she saw them.

Elaine knew where she stood with God, and put her trust in the Lord Jesus. Her faith was foremost in her life, and carried her through the difficult times as her health failed.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Sandra (Gordon) Sieg of Bettendorf, IA, Rodney Schroeder, and Don (Chris) Schroeder of Guttenberg, IA, eight grandchildren; Haley Schroeder (fiancé Dan Kregel) and Elly Schroeder; Greg, Alex, and Erik Sieg; Jennifer Martori, Jerry Schroeder (fiancée Jessica), and Paul Schroeder; four great-grandchildren Caitlin, Sophia, Elise, and Malaya Schroeder, sister-in-law Dorothy Zittergruen, sister-in-law Lorna Peterson, brother-in-law John Ortman, brother-in-law Butch Rommann, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

            Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell in 2005, granddaughter Sadey Schroeder in 2003, brothers Orville (Leone), Laverne (Anabelle), Marvin (Ariel), and Harlan Zittergruen, sisters Delite (Morris) Rodenberg, Wanda (Gerald) Stence, and Lorna Rommann, brother-in-law Lyle Peterson, niece Marlys Friedlein, nephews Louis and Duane Zittergruen, and Joel Ortman.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 207 S. 1st St, Guttenberg, IA. The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA.  Funeral service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017, Rev. Andrew Preus officiating. Interment will be at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

            As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to “The Wave of the Future” Pool Campaign, to help support the community where Elaine and Russ worked and lived in for so many years.  Memorials can be made out to "Wave of the Future Campaign" Attn Dr. Robert Merrick and Dr. Jim Osterhaus, Honorary Chairpersons, P.O. Box 580 Guttenberg, IA 52052.


 Service Information

Visitation
Friday
November 17, 2017

9:30 AM to 10:55 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
106 S. River Park Drive
Guttenberg, IA 52052

Funeral Service
Friday
November 17, 2017

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
106 S. River Park Drive
Guttenberg, IA 52052

Interment

Guttenberg City Cemetery
214 Garber Rd
Guttenberg, IA 52052


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