Rhoda Jean Schroeder (Nee Gilmer)

Rhoda Jean Schroeder (nee Gilmer)

Boise, ID - Rhoda Jean Schroeder (nee Gilmer) died peacefully on October 25, 2020 in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 87.

Rhoda is survived by her husband, Harold E. Schroeder of Meridian, Idaho; and her daughters Heather Schroeder Mullen, MD (Patrick) and Holly Rebecca Schroeder of Santa Clarita, Calif. and Harmony Rae Schroeder, MD (Edward) of Boise, Idaho.

Rhoda was born on October 14, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Julia and Alvin Gilmer. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in 1951. After graduating from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., in 1957 she became a deaconess at St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She met Harold, a young Lutheran pastor in Detroit, and they married in1959. They had many happy years together that included three children and travel

throughout the world. Starting with yearly camping trips, and extending to trips to Germany, Norway, Kenya, and Italy, Rhoda shared her love of travel with her children.

They lived many years in Kent, Ohio, where Rhoda earned a Masters in Education from Kent State University. She had a successful career as a school psychologist for several Ohio schools including Tallmadge City Schools, Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Crestwood Local School District and Hudson School District. She and Harold eventually settled in Hudson where she was active in the choir and church leadership at Christ Church Episcopal.

Rhoda was an accomplished seamstress and made the wedding dresses for each of her daughters. Her children and grandchildren remember her fondly for their many Halloween costumes. She was passionate about children and education and changed many people's lives for the good.

Condolences can be sent to: Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel https://www.aldenwaggoner.com. The family would like to thank Morningstar Memory Care in Keystone Hospice in Boise for their care and dedication.

Posted online on October 27, 2020