Gwendolyn Lucille Schroeder

December 29, 1927December 20, 2018
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Gwendolyn Lucille Schroeder, 90, of Dallas, Texas, passed on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Baylor Scott and White Heart Hospital in Plano.

She was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Chickasaw County, Iowa, daughter of Marion A. and Bernice Cagley of Ionia. She married Leslie John Schroeder, Jr. on April 25, 1953, at The Little Brown Church in Chickasaw County and celebrated 50 years of marriage before he passed.

After high school in Ionia, during the WWII era, Gwen joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She completed nurse's training at Allen Memorial school of nursing, then became a member of their hospital staff.

Gwen met and married Les when she ventured with girlfriends to Galveston, Texas and worked as a nurse at John Sealy hospital. In 1955 she and Les purchased a home in La Marque, Texas (later annexed by Texas City) where they enjoyed raising their family.

Living in La Marque, Gwen worked as an R.N. at Galveston County Memorial Hospital, and later for Portamedic. She also conducted research interviews for the University of Texas Medical Branch. In retirement she returned to the hospital as a volunteer.

Gwen was a devoted member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Texas City for 60 years until she relocated to Dallas. At her new home in Pecan Grove of Highland Springs Retirement Community Gwen developed additional treasured friendships, several with whom she attended First United Methodist Church in Richardson.

Gwen lived a full and active life. She enjoyed church activities, bridge clubs, gardening, reading, cooking, baking sewing, quilting, crafting, singing in the choir and spending time with friends and family. She valued recycling and education and was instrumental in her children's and grandchildren's college achievements. She loved greatly and was greatly loved. She will be missed by many.

Survived by: a son, Les (Jim) Schroeder, two daughters, Terry Inselmann and Kathy (Jody) Schroeder; grandchildren Ryan (Hope) Inselmann, Carly Inselmann, and Lauren (Ethon) Amancio; 2 great-grandchildren, Grayson and Zoe Inselmann; 3 sisters, Shirley Van Andel, Maxine Cagley, and Charlotte Markle, a brother Marion Cagley, and sister-in-law, Esther Cagley, 9 nieces, 7 nephews, and many friends and extended family members.

Preceded in death by: her beloved husband, her parents, father-in-law Leslie Schroeder, mother-in-law Bernice Schroeder, a young brother Robert Cagley, a sister Barbara Meyer, a sister-in-law Charlene Hoff, 3 brother-in-laws, George Hoff, Don Markle, and John Van Andel, a young nephew, and 2 nephew-in-laws.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Bonnie Tapscott

January 31, 2019

Terry and family: I am so sorry for the passing of Gwen. I found her a delightful person and am so happy to have had the opportunity to know her through the blending of our families with Hope and Ryan’s marriage. I enjoyed seeing her at Grayson’s soccer game at the end of last summer. I am praying that God’s peace and joy will shine through this to ease your heart. (((HUGS))) and love to you all.

Carol Hartley Congor

January 7, 2019

Never did I see Mrs. Schroeder without a smile. May all her children & grandchildren carry that light & peace. Heartfelt sympathy & prayers to all family. Rest In Peace, Mrs Schroeder, amen🦋

Mainland Center Auxiliary

January 6, 2019

We at Mainland Center Hospital in Texas City were lucky enough to have Gwen as one of our volunteers. She volunteered, making the lives of those she touched better. She was always willing to help and had a smile on her face. We missed her when she left to move to Dallas. Our prayers are with her family at this time. We hope your memories of her will sustain you during this difficult time.
Mainland Medical Center Volunteers

rita scott

January 6, 2019

I only knew Gwen for a short time. she was a kind and loving person.

Jim Bauer

January 5, 2019

We were neighbors of hers here in Texas City. She was the best and thoughtful for all of us. We miss seeing her smile now we will miss her in our hearts.

Jim Bauer and Ann Lott

Barbara Stephens

January 1, 2019

I met Gwen when I moved into Pecan Grove at Highland Springs 18 months ago. We became friends from the start..having dinner with she and the other Golden Girls. Playing the game Sequence, we always won, when she was my partner!! Gwen was warm and friendly, and I appreciated her friendship. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. I will miss her so much. B Stephens

Virginia Milam

January 1, 2019

Gwen and I met when we moved into the new building Pecan Grove in Highland Springs. We shared a love of bridge, shopping and enjoying meals together. I am glad for the opportunity to have been a good friend and I miss her. She was loved by all of us. Gwen was a kind and gracious lady. I offer my sympathy and prayers to her family.

Christina Martinez

December 30, 2018

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother Gwen. Gwen was a lovely, beautiful lady & will be terribly missed by her neighbor Christina in Texas City, TX. Rest in Peace Gwen.