Marjorie "Marge" E. Schroeder


November 7, 1925 - September 8, 2017

Marjorie "Marge" Eleanore (Hayes) Schroeder, 91, of Pipestone, Minn. and formerly of Egan, S.D. passed away, Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Pipestone County Hospice House.

Marjorie was born on November 7, 1925, in Gregory, S.D. to Charles Luther and Clara Eliza (Hilmoe) Hayes of Lyman County, S.D.  

Marjorie grew up in a log cabin across from the Spokane Gold Mine where her mother taught country school and in 1933 her father worked for Gutzon Borglum during the construction of Mount Rushmore.

She remembered playing in Borglum’s Rushmore studio as a child. During the depression, she sold quart jars of rocks with her mother at a roadside stand to the tourists since it was on a detour to Mount Rushmore.  

They later moved to Iona, S.D. where Marjorie was fortunate to have her mother as a teacher for grades 1 – 8 in a one-room schoolhouse. Moving back to Rapid City, she finished high school and then studied for two years at Augustana College.

She married Arlo Henry Schroeder on January 26, 1947, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City. They started farming the Park Newcomb farm south of Flandreau. In 1959, they purchased a farm northwest of Egan and then moved to Sioux Falls in 1977.  

Marge worked as a secretary for the Flandreau Methodist Church, a legal office in Sioux Falls and worked for many years at the Good Samaritan Central Office in Sioux Falls.

Marge loved the family fishing trips, traveling to meet friends and relatives, playing cards with the neighbors, canning and making mass numbers of pies and donuts.

She loved to garden, especially her flowers.  She loved to read, keep up with current events and had an interesting lineage, considering that her great-grandmother, Clara S. Bump Best, can be traced back to Edward Bumpas, who arrived on the ship Fortune in 1621, following the Mayflower.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Janice (Dale) Wussow, of Pipestone and son, Kevin (Ellen Thayer) Schroeder, of Minneapolis, Minn.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Arlo, her parents, Charles and Clara Eliza (Hilmoe) Hayes and her son, Craig Charles.

Her funeral services was held September 12, 2017, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Flandreau, with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Egan, S.D.

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