Marjorie ‘Marge’ Schroeder - Pipestone, Minnesota


Nov. 7, 1925 – Sept. 8, 2017

Marjorie "Marge" Eleanore (Hayes) Schroeder, 91, of Pipestone, Minnesota, and formerly of Egan, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Pipestone County Hospice House. 

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau followed by the luncheon before burial at Hillside Cemetery in Egan. Visitation is Monday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau.

Marjorie was born on Nov. 7, 1925, in Gregory to Charles Luther and Clara Eliza (Hilmoe) Hayes of Lyman County.  Marjorie grew up in a log cabin across from the Spokane Gold Mine where her mother taught country school and in 1933 her father worked for Gutzon Borglum during the construction of Mt. Rushmore. She remembered playing in Borglum’s Rushmore studio as a child.  

During the Depression, she sold quart jars of rocks with her mother at a roadside stand to the tourists since it was on a detour to Mt. Rushmore.  They later moved to Iona, where Marjorie was fortunate to have her mother as a teacher for grades one – eight in a one-room school house.  Moving back to Rapid City, she finished high school and then studied for two years at Augustana College. 

She married Arlo Henry Schroeder on Jan. 26, 1947, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City. They started farming the Park Newcomb farm South of Flandreau.  In 1959 they purchased a farm northwest of Egan and then moved to Sioux Falls in 1977. Marge worked as a secretary for the Flandreau Methodist Church, a legal office in Sioux Falls, and worked for many years at the Good Samaritan Central Office in Sioux Falls.  

Marge loved the family fishing trips, savoring the taste of fresh walleye.  She remembered trout fishing with her father as a child. She loved traveling to meet friends and relatives. 

With the neighbors they enjoyed playing cards, canning, and making mass numbers of pies and donuts. She loved to garden, especially her flowers.  She loved to read, keeping up with current events like her father. Marge had an interesting lineage considering that her great-grandmother, Clara S Bump Best, can be traced back to Edward Bumpas, who arrived on the ship Fortune in 1621, following the Mayflower.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Janice (Dale) Wussow of Pipestone; son, Kevin (Ellen Thayer) Schroeder of Minneapolis; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Arlo,  and her son, Craig Charles Schroeder.

For online condolences, visit www.skrochfc.com

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