Rev. Charles Schroeder

By on October 16, 2013

served many Presbyterian

churches, active volunteer

The Rev. Charles Arthur Schroeder of Lancaster died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Brethren Village.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Walter W. and Thelma White Schroeder. He was the loving husband of Alice Larson Schroeder for 60 years.

At the time of his death, he was retired as of 1994 and was a member of Donegal Presbytery.

Before his retirement, he served as Interim Pastor at First Reformed UCC Church, Lancaster; Wrightsville Presbyterian Church, Wrightsville; Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy; and English Presbyterian Church in Marietta. During this time, he also served as Chaplain for Leader Nursing Centers in Lancaster and Dallastown for seven years. He served as associate pastor with the Rev. Donald Wilson at First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster from 1974 to 1981.

Prior to coming to Lancaster, he served First Presbyterian Church of Alden, N.Y. until 1974. As a member of WNY Presbytery, he chaired the Camp and Conference Committee and was active in camp development. His service extended to Mary F. Pepper Memorial Church, Springfield, Tenn. until 1964 and Yoder Memorial Presbyterian Church, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. until 1958. In Alden, he served the community as Chairman of the American Red Cross Chapter, charter president of the Lions Club, Chaplain of the Alden Volunteer Fire Co., and active firefighter and EMT.

He did his undergraduate work at Maryville College, Maryville, TN and earned his MA of Divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY. He pursued further studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

He was an avid woodworker and gardener and had a love for the shore where with his family he spent many vacations. He enjoyed building model airplanes, and although he never took his flying test, he enjoyed supervised flying.

In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by his children: Timothy C., husband of Linda A. Schroeder of Manheim and Linda K., wife of Russell A. Payne of Lititz; grandchildren: Matthew R., husband of Lindsey G. Snavely and Jayme L. Snavely; great grandchildren: McKenna J. and Emerson H. Snavely and brother: Thomas W. Schroeder of Cheektowaga, N.Y. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter W. Schroeder.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service from the Chapel of Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Mark Tedford officiating. Friends may call at the chapel on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions in his memory may be sent to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9635.

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