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Ralph Edward

Schroeder, Ralph Edward

Moved to his heavenly home on May 4 at the age of 72. He was the loving husband of Carolyn and dedicated father of Ronald (Taylor Stokely), Sonja (Mark Immekus), Melanie (Eric Roberts) and Jana (Andrew Marso). Ed is survived by 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Kathy Brauenig and Maralee McHugh; two brothers, Robert and Melvin; and numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ed enjoyed a life of service as Director of Financial Aid at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1971-1981; Director of Financial Aid at Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin from 1981- 2001; Director of Financial Aid at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville from 2001-2006. He loved serving as organist in many of our Lutheran churches. He was an avid bowler, once bowling a perfect 300 point game.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 14 at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 9501 W. Drexel Avenue, Franklin, Wisconsin. Viewing at 11:30 am, service at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Risen Savior Lutheran Church.

Past Comments

Royal Natzke

Dear Carolyn and family: We are saddened by Ed’s passing and that we couldn’t attend the visitation as we had planned – our grandson’s baccalaureate and graduation from Concordia was at the same time on Saturday.

I really enjoyed interacting with Ed all his years at CUW and since then as he did our taxes. Cheerful, sublte humor, caring, insightful, person of deep faith in Jesus are some of the words that come to mind.

May our risen Lord continue to do the comforting and healing that you need in the days ahead.

Royal Natzke

Julie Craig

I apologize. The signature should read Glennia Hunt and Julie Craig

Glennia Hunt,Julie Craig UA Fayetteville

These are just a few of our favorite memories of Ed when we had the distinct pleasure of working with him at the University of Arkansas Financial Aid Office:

Ed loved Red Robin’s french fries.
He gave us bowling lessons.
At our request, he wore the diamond ring he won for bowling a perfect 300 game when we got together for bowling nights.
He introduced us to the author Nicholas Sparks by having a movie night with the staff to see “The Notebook”.
Ed could add a list of numbers faster than anyone we know or will know.
He introduced us to Jalapeno Chips at that time you could only get them from Wisconsin.
He would play recordings of himself playing the pipe organ and grin when he pointed out his mistakes.
He loved, loved his kids.
He was very proud of his growing family and told us wonderful stories. We loved being kept up to date about their adventures. He looked forward to taking the family to the Wild Animal Park in Gentry, AR, when they came to visit.
Ed loved photography and shared some of his favorite photos he had taken with us.
He enjoyed listening to his wife and her twin sister discuss politics. I take it they didn’t always agree in that area.
He never had homemade ice cream until he moved to Arkansas.
He always asked for anchovies on his pizza when we had pizza parties at work.
He loved to play card games.
He was always humble, caring, and approachable.
He was full of laughter and smiles.

Ed was the nicest man we have ever met. He taught us to be kind no matter the circumstances and to have grace when dealing with people.
He will be forever in our hearts….

May sweet memories, peaceful moments and quiet reflection bring you comfort in this difficult time.

Kim Eldridge

Ed was such a great guy. I met him while he was the financial aid director at U of A and I was financial aid director at JBU. Ed would come over to audit our work because I was new at the job and needed someone who I could trust. We ended up having such a fun time when he would visit including squeezing in a game of bowling which I also learned a lot from him. One conference that we both attend in Utah one year – we were walking back to the hotel and got on the subject of music – what a great conversation about his being an organist and my background in music it just seemed like we had a lot in common. He did so much to help our school, and myself, and I will miss him. So sorry for your loss.

Kim Eldridge
AVP for Admissions and Financial Aid
John Brown University

Kevin Kucera

Dear Schroeder Family:

I had the good fortune to work on a variety of projects with Ed, during my ten years with the WASFAA organization from 1989-97. Ed was an outstanding aid administrator with a reputation that extended nationally. Ed was always willing to help train new members into the profession.

i will always remember his calm demeanor, quick wit, and great sense of humor. He was truly a giant in our profession and a man with enormous integrity.

May perpetual light shine upon Ed, and may his family members find great comfort in peaceful reflection.


Kevin Kucera
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Eastern Michigan University

Kristi Welling

I was so very sad to hear of Ed’s passing. Ed was a presenter at my first NASFAA Summer Institute in 1990. My flight came in late on the evening before training and I hadn’t had dinner. He walked with me in St. Louis to a restaurant to make sure I was safe. He was so patient and kind and VERY knowledgeable about financial aid. I learned SO much from him. I knew very few people in financial aid at the time and he made sure I felt included. He was such a kind soul and he will be greatly missed.

I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained an angel.

~Kristi Welling

Financial Aid Customer Service Manager
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, MI

Judy Florian

Dear Carolyn and family,
I was so very sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He made financial aid a kinder and gentler profession. His training expertise was unparalleled and he was indeed the best teacher with his patience and knowledge. I considered Ed a true friend and colleague and know he will be missed terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.

Judy Florian, retired
Former Director of Financial Aid, Macomb Community College, Michigan

Jane Lemke

Dear Carolyn – I am sending my sincere sympathy to you and the entire family.

As I write my note to you I have a heavy heart, but a big smile, feeling blessed for having shared the Financial Aid Profession with Ed. His laughter, kind understanding, brilliance and encouragement to me as a young financial aid director helped me develop my career which has filled my life with just amazing people. I specifically remember Ed encouraging me to be a NASFAA trainer with him. Although I was a youngster, Ed made certain I knew, that he had my back.

Being NASFAA trainers meant that we would spend a couple days of training in Washington D.C. with other financial aid professionals from across the country. Now Ed was truly brilliant and he could make any complicated topic seem simple with his patience and energy as he would talk and train on Federal Regulations, the ‘dreaded’ R2T4 and many more topics, BUT MY best memory of Ed was his ‘tour guide’ skills as he led a small group of us through an evening walk through all the monuments in Washington D.C….which became a VERY VERY late evening walk. Our small group lost track of time, walked for miles taking in each monument under the lights in Washington D.C. with Ed leading us as our tour guide. That “Tour by Ed” was my first opportunity to see the Washington monuments and I will always remember Ed’s energy and excitement leading our little tour group that evening – WOW that was fun!

We have another Angel in Heaven watching over us and smiling with us. May your memories bring your comfort at this time ~ Jane

Jane Lemke
Market Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Education Financial Services and friend!

Melissa Haberman

One of my very first big training sessions for the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) was with Ed. He taught me a lot about training and presentations. He was positive and kind to me as a beginner. The confidence I gained from those training sessions helped propel my career forward. I will always be grateful for Ed’s encouragement.

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Melissa Haberman, Associate Dean of Student Financial Support Services
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, WI

Laurie Wolf

I am sadden to learn of Ed’s passing and of your loss. I fondly remember Ed as a caring and passionate teacher, an advocate for students and as a friend.

I sincerest sympathies to all of you.
May his journey to heaven be accompanied by the music and laughter he so loved.

Laurie Wolf, Executive Dean of Student Services, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa

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