OBITUARY

Albertus Nicholas Schroeder Jr.

May 15, 1921August 15, 2013

Bert Schroeder lived a full life of 92 years and passed away peacefully on August 15, 2013 in Novato, California with family at his side. He was born in Washington, D.C. on May 15, 1921 to Albertus and Ida Schroeder. He was joined later in life by brothers Robert and Herman, who both preceded him in death. In 1939 he graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY in 1945, and Master of Arts degree from New York University School of Education in 1968. Bert’s professional life consisted of 20 years of Merchant Marine service as a chief engineer with the Military Sealift Command. He then served our country for 20 years in the United States Coast Guard, reaching the rank of Commander. Bert is survived by his loving wife, Helen; daughters: Linda Cordray, (Merritt) and Diane Germann, (Peter); and son Donald, (Cheryl). Bert is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. One of the greatest legacies he leaves is his marriage of 67 years to his “bride” Helen.

Bert practiced his Christian faith by caring for and sharing with many people over the course of his life. He was noted for the practical care and assistance he gave to family and friends alike. An avid outdoorsman, Bert loved fishing and especially enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to fish at Eagle Lake, California. Bert will be missed by all who knew him for the genuine concern and compassion he showed to many people in his life.

Friends are invited to attend a military honors burial service at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm. Friends are also invited to attend a memorial service that will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be sent in Bert’s name to Novato Human Needs Center, 1907 Novato Boulevard, Novato, CA 94947

Services

  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Ruth Sidor

October 5, 2013

It was always so rewarding to make Gdad laugh! He taught us about the importance of caring for others tangibly and also an appreciation for the outdoors and God's creation. He is and was so loved and will be missed at Christmas and around the year.

Ruth Sidor

October 5, 2013

Ruth Sidor

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Ruth Sidor

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Ruth Sidor

October 5, 2013

Ruth Sidor

October 5, 2013

September 8, 2013

This Man
I know this man I call my friend. He never lets me down. I know this man who is kind to all. He will never let a poor soul pass by. I know this man who achieves high standards. He is as smart as any can be. I know this man who has a plan. He will not let anything go undone. I know this man... He is hard not to love. I know this man.. He is my Granddad. by Emily Germann, 7th gr. 2000

Cheryl Schroeder

September 8, 2013

I loved how my FIL, Bert, dubbed his youngest grand-daughter, Caraline, "Torpedo." It was and still is an apt description.
I also appreciated when our daughter, Jane, passed away at 10 days of age, the first thing Bert said to me was: "I wish that there were some way for me to take your pain for you." I'll never forget how heartfelt and eloquently that was said.

Emily Ann Ramer

September 8, 2013

Most of my time with Bert was spent in his home when he was not feeling his best but he still welcomed me, in his way. I will always remember Bert with Caroline and how he would just watch her with a sparkle in his eye and enjoying her little antics, like getting up into Helen's chair and "reading" her journal. He also enjoyed looking at family pictures. I realized how much he loved his family. Bert and Helen created a wonderful home, where their family could come and be loved. My heart goes out to Helen and each of you as you try to help her through this time. I am blessed to be part of the Schroeder circle.
Love to all,
Emily Ann

Robert Gillespie

September 8, 2013

When I was a young boy visiting at 3790 Oatty Court, one day Uncle Bert called to me in the back yard and said " Robert, Would you like to help me fix the TV antenna on the roof? What boy wouldn't want to climb up a ladder and work with his Uncle on the roof? During the school year while at the school library I did a little research about Long Island NY, knowing I would be visiting my cousins during the summer. While on the roof holding onto the antenna and gazing into the distance I said to Uncle Bert, "Just think a few years ago this area was all Duck farms before they built all of these houses." He smiled at me and said Robert, "How the heck did you know that?" I was happy to have amazed him with my knowledge!
Just before I went to Vietnam I was talking to Uncle Bert and told him that I was going to Vietnam on a Troop Transport, "The W.H Gordon" (you can see the ship if you google the name and Vietnam war). He told me that he was an officer on it in the past and he gave me a letter addressed to the Captain of the Gordon. He told me to hand it to the first seaman that I saw on the ship. My whole battalion, over 4,000 men were on the ship. While in route to Vietnam about a week went by and all of a sudden an announcement came over the loud speaker system,
"Spec 4 Robert Gillespie report to the Captain of the ship - Spec 4 Robert Gillespie report to the Captain of the ship." I reported to him and he had one of his assistants give me a full tour of the entire ship including the Engine Room. It turned out that the Capt knew Uncle Bert. When I reunited with my friends, my F/Sgt gave me the 5th degree wanting to know what that was all about. Uncle Bert was a great man and always was good to Russell and me. Love Robert