Alphonse C. Schroeder, 88

Alphonse C. Schroeder, 88, of Columbus Grove, formerly of New Bavaria passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at The Meadows of Kalida.

Al was born on Aug. 2, 1926, near New Cleveland, to August and Frances (Maag) Schroeder, both of whom preceded him in death.

He married Angela Klear, who survives at The Meadows of Kalida, on Aug. 2, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria. He celebrated 64 years of marriage with the love of his life.

Mr. Schroeder was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria for 35 years before moving to Columbus Grove, where he is currently a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove. He was a realtor, auctioneer, land agent and a licensed real estate broker for over 37 years, retiring in 1997.

He conducted auctions and sold real estate primarily in Putnam, Henry, Defiance and Allen counties. He was an avid golfer, card player and a member of the Ohio Polka Boosters, St. Anthony's Knights of Columbus, The Parents of Priests-Diocese of Toledo and a Marriage Encounter alumnus. He was also a former member of the Northwestern Ohio Board of Realtors, the Ohio Auctioneer's Association, and the Miller City Sportsmen Club.

Al was a devoted father to five sons and six daughters, the Rev. Roger Schroeder SVD of Chicago, Ill.; Gloria Hermiller of Columbus Grove; Marty (Linda) Schroeder of New Cleveland; Denny (Jayne) Schroeder of Leipsic; Anne (Dwain) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; Phyllis (Bernie) Kleman of Columbus Grove; Karen (Dane) Newlove of St. Marys; Joan (Karl) Schimmoeller of Fort Jennings; Elaine (Alan) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; Karl (Sue) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; and Roy (Kim) Schroeder, Glandorf; 34 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a brother, Donatus (Margaret) Schroeder of rural Holgate; two sisters, Junilla Karhoff and Ruth Klear, both of Glandorf; and his in-laws: Mary Snyder and Juanita Klear, both of New Bavaria; Norbert (Mary Ann) Klear of Ottawa; Deacon Ken (Mary) Klear of North Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Leonard Hermiller and his in-laws, Gene Klear, Virgil Karhoff, Rita and Leo Gerschutz, Joe Klear and Paul and Lucille Klear.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Roger Schroeder officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home in Ottawa, where there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice or Right to Life.

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