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Sharon Schroeder
February 18, 1937 - April 13, 2019

Sharon Lea (Blaisdell) Schroeder, who took tremendous pride in her children and grandchildren,

delighted in sending handwritten letters to pen pals overseas, and never met a cat she didn’t like,

passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, after a short illness. She was 82.


Sharon was born Feb. 18, 1937, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Earl Robert and Ramona Elisa (McAtee)

Blaisdell. She was the oldest of three children; one of her brothers, Robert, died when he was an

infant, and the other, James Robert, died in January 1972.


Sharon grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1955. She married M.E.

(Smokey) Schroeder in March 1958, and they had two daughters, Lorilei Wilson, born in 1961,

and Jill Renee Wunder, born in 1971. The couple later divorced.


As she raised her daughters, Sharon held a number of jobs that reflected her gift for customer

service, her love of children, her passion for social services, and her affection for animals. In the

1960s, Sharon worked as a bridal consultant for Fashionaire. She sold Avon, serving as an Avon

representative for 40 years, and was a longtime Welcome Wagon representative, presenting new

residents, engaged women, and new parents with gifts on behalf of community businesses. Over

the years, Sharon also worked for LOVE-N-CARE, a not-for-profit Christian daycare center run

by the Church of Christ, Eastside; Oelwein Kitchen Cupboard, where she worked for 26 years;

and First Baptist Church in Oelwein, where she held the position of financial secretary for more

than 26 years. Sharon was a hard worker and served with selflessness and compassion. 


Sharon also was a longtime volunteer for numerous organizations, including Oelwein

Community Schools, Girl Scouts, United Way, First Baptist Church, American Field Service, the

Oelwein High School Class of 1955 reunion committee, and the American Red Cross Blood



Sharon delighted in her daughters and her two grandchildren, and she loved to show off photos

of them to her friends, coworkers, and customers. Sharon also was very artistic, a trait she passed

down to her granddaughter. She enjoyed sewing and also had a passion for designing handmade

cards, which she sent to pen pals. She corresponded with a pen pal from New Zealand, Joy, for

more than 30 years, and their friendship was so deep, her daughters came to think of the pen pal

as an aunt. Later, she corresponded with pen pals from Japan and Holland.


Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, and, most recently, her cat Velcro.

She is survived by her daughters, Lorilei (Stewart) Wilson and Jill Renee (Dale Seward II)

Wunder; two grandchildren, Cassondra Noel Wunder and Andrew Robert Lynn (Amber Estes)

Wunder; and her cat Anna.


A memorial service will be held Monday, May 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 31 1st Ave. N.E., Oelwein. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., and the memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service.


Those attending the memorial service are invited to bring donations for the Oelwein Kitchen

Cupboard. Memorials in honor of Sharon also may be sent to the Oelwein Kitchen Cupboard or

the Otter Creek Animal Shelter, Hazleton.

The Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein is assisting the family. For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeld fh.com. 


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Shelly Reid on April 17, 2019 at 5:35 PM said:

So sorry Jill and Lori for your loss. I have many memories of your mother and spending time together
Nancy & Lyle Miller on April 16, 2019 at 7:08 AM said:

great lady,fantastic heart. we should all be so caring. our community will miss her
Sherrie and Howard Baker on April 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM said:

Lori and Jill, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was our first neighbor in Oelwein. Many good memories of her.

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