On a beautiful Saturday evening on April 22, 2017, my loving Husband of 43 years, E. Alfred "Al" Schroeder began his journey to Heaven. Waiting to show him the way were his parents, Alfred and Mary and his brother, Edward Schroeder. Al was 92 years old. He was a caring Husband, a wonderful Dad and a loving Grandpa.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Gerry (Merzweiler); sons, Gregory (Marsha), Stephen (Lori) and their children, Jennifer, Leah and Rory Schroeder. He was very dear to his step-children, Julie (Howard) Alston, Joseph and James Didato. He was "Pops" to their children, Joey and Rob Alston, Nickolas Creedon and Jack and Nick Didato.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII he attended Meinzinger Art School in Detroit, MI. He became an Art Director at Campbell Ewald Advertising Agency in Detroit. He worked on many National accounts including Chevrolet. In 1971 Al and two friends acquired the Firestone Tire account and opened the Murray and Chaney Advertising Agency in Hudson, OH. He finished his career in 1998, retiring from Carpenter Reserve Printing, where he had created an in-house design department.

He was greatly respected in the advertising world and was rewarded for his design talents with many awards including a Clio Award in both 1978 and 1980. He also received the Peter Druker Marketing Excellence Award.

I'm remembering the enjoyment of golfing and playing tennis with all of our friends at Walden Country Club, and all the years of vacations with family and friends on Captiva Island. I think of the paper airplanes Al made for the boys and their secret hiding places filled with treasures.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 we are celebrating Al's life with a gathering of friends at 9:30 AM followed by Mass at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 342 Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, OH.

During WWII Al served on a troop carrier, the U.S.S. Celeno AK 76. While in battle both sister ships, AK 75 and AK 77 were attacked and lost at sea. At his request, Al will have a private burial at sea.

My dear Husband left us with many wonderful memories and filled our hearts with love. We are remembering him with joy. In lieu of flowers, the family would be please if your donations were made to the Hospice Care Center of Akron, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44303, or one of your choosing in his honor.

Arrangements entrusted to the Neptune Society.

(Neptune Society 216.573.0852 AA 5-10-17)