Sister Barbara Schroeder OSB
April 21, 1929 – December 27, 2020
Sister Barbara Schroeder, OSB, 91, of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas died on December 27, 2020. She had been a professed sister for seventy-two years. Sister Barbara (Therese Elizabeth) was born April 21, 1929 in Windthorst, Texas to her parents, Bernard and Sophia (Humpert) Schroeder.
Drawn to the Benedictine way of life she entered St. Scholastica Monastery at an early age and after finishing high school, she attended Avila College, in Kansas City, Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Sister Barbara taught for forty-seven years in parochial schools in Arkansas: Barling, Lake Village, Paris, and St. Edward’s, Little Rock, where she also served as assistant principal. She also taught at St. Joseph’s for six years in Amarillo, Texas. Sister Barbara served as parish minister at St. John’s Russellville, Arkansas for five years. After retiring from teaching and parish ministry, Sister Barbara managed the diet kitchen for six years at the monastery. She then assisted in the monastery gift shop and helped the monastery procurator. Sister Barbara remained active in the community until her health began to decline.
During her many years of service to the people of God, Sister Barbara blessed the community with her gentle spirit and creative talents of cooking, crafts, and embroidering beautiful tea-towels. She enjoyed crafts, and the beauty of butterflies, and birds. New and old acquaintances experienced her gracious hospitality. In her later years, the love and care shown to her by her religious Sisters, Regina and Stephanie, were true testaments of the love of natural born and monastic family.
Sister Barbara is survived by three sisters, Sister Stephanie Schroeder and Sister Regina Schroeder both of St. Scholastica Monastery, Mary Rose (Bob) Lehmann of St. Louis, Missouri, three brothers, George (Ann) Schroeder of Leominster, Massachusetts Bernard (Emily) Schroeder of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Raymond (Anita) Schroder of Kansas City, Missouri, many beloved nieces and nephews and members of her Benedictine community.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Sophia Schroeder, her brothers, Clarence Schroeder, Elmer Schroeder of Windthorst, Texas, Brother Leonard Schroeder, OSB and Sister Marietta Schroeder, OSB.
Due to Covid 19, memorial services will be held at a later date with Abbot Leonard Wangler, OSB of Subiaco Abbey as celebrant and Father Les Farley as con-celebrant. Funeral services are under the direction of Fentress/Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Monastery Continuing Care Fund, PO Box 3489, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913.
Memorial Mass At A Later Date
Sister Barbara Schroeder OSB
December 30, 2020
It was a distinct privilege to have been a student under Sister
Barbara for the 4th and 8th Grades at St. Edward Elementary School. The life lessons that she and the legendary Sister Hermana taught us have served me well in the 47 years since leaving that school. The life lessons that they taught me have been passed down to my daughters. Sister Barbara's and Sister Hermana's influence continues, even after they are no longer with us.
We were very fortunate to have been able to attend St. Edward School and be under their tutelage. Sister Barbara had wonderful stories to tell us about growing up in Texas. Their motto was "tough but fair" and that principle prepared us well for life. It was their lessons about life that provided a solid foundation for their students.
Sometimes in life we meet someone who has a very large impact on us; these two women certainly impacted mine in a very positive way.
I owe both of these women a debt that is impossible to repay.
Class of 1973
December 30, 2020
Regina, Stephanie and the Schroeder Family: I was blessed to have known Sister Barbara for many years. I graduated from St. Edward's Parochial School in Little Rock in 1973. Sister Barbara taught at St. Edward's School for many years along with the legendary St. Edward's Principal Sister Hermana Siebenmorgan. (May she Rest in Peace !) They were a terrific and highly regarded educational team. Sister Barbara taught eighth grade. She was a gifted teacher. I still use her sentence diagramming methods when reading. It greatly helped me in college at Notre Dame and in law school at George Washington University in D.C. The education and life lessons they imparted enriched countless children throughout their lives. Many St. Edward's alumni credit their success in life and work to the teaching of Sister Barbara and Sister Hermana. They were a wonderful , positive influence in their students' lives. Over the years I have visited the sisters at St. Scholastica's Convent. I attended Sister Hermana's funeral in November 2011. I am saddened that I will not be able to attend Sister Barbara's funeral services in this time of the pandemic. Once this pandemic is over, I pray that I will be able to visit her grave on the Convent's grounds. May she Rest in Peace ! May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the Palm of His Hand. Reg Rogers St. Edward's School Class of 1973