The Rev. Charles Arthur Schroeder of Lancaster, PA died October 10, 2013 at Brethren Village.
Born in Buffalo, NY he was the son of the late Walter W. and Thelma White Schroeder. He was the loving husband of Alice Larson Schroeder for 60 years.
At the time of his death he was retired since 1994 and was a member of Donegal Presbytery.
Before his retirement he served as Interim Pastor at First Reformed UCC Church, Lancaster, PA; Wrightsville Presbyterian Church, Wrightsville, PA; Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy, PA; and English Presbyterian Church in Marietta, PA. During this time he also served as Chaplain for Leader Nursing Centers in Lancaster and Dallastown for 7 years. He served as Associate Pastor with the Rev. Donald Wilson at First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster from 1974-1981.
Prior to coming to Lancaster he served First Presbyterian Church of Alden, NY until 1974. As a member of WNY Presbytery he chaired the Camp and Conference Committee and was active in camp development. His service extended to Mary F. Pepper Memorial Church, Springfield, TN until 1964 and Yoder Memorial Presbyterian Church, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL until 1958. In Alden, he served the community as Chairman of the Am Red Cross Chapter, charter president of the Lion’s Club, Chaplain of the Alden Volunteer Fire Co., and active firefighter and EMT.
He did his undergraduate work at Maryville College, Maryville, TN and earned his MA of Divinity from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY. He pursued further studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
He was an avid woodworker and gardener and had a love for the shore where with his family he spent many vacations. He enjoyed building model airplanes, and although he never took his flying test, he enjoyed supervised flying.
In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by his children: Timothy C., husband of Linda A. Schroeder of Manheim, PA and Linda K., wife of Russell A. Payne of Lititz, PA; grandchildren: Matthew R., husband of Lindsey G. Snavely, and Jayme L. Snavely; great grand-children: McKenna J. and Emerson H. Snavely; and brother Thomas W. Schroeder of Cheektowaga, NY. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter W. Schroeder.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service from the Chapel of Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Mark Tedford officiating. Friends may call at the chapel on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions in his memory may be sent to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9635.