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Grace Ann Schroer

Grace Ann Schroer Grace Ann (Pile) Schroer passed away July 3, 2017, in Oberlin, Kansas after a brief illness, at the age of 87. She was born on July 15, 1929 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Grace Anna (Rodeman) and Stafford Wallace Pile. Grace attended junior college in Jefferson City where she met her true love, James Albert Schroer. They were married in February 1951. After Jim’s military service took them to various locations including Guam, they resided in Missouri and Kansas, finally settling in Manhattan, Kansas for forty years.

Grace finished college at the University of Missouri in Columbia and taught elementary school for several years. She earned a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka in 1973 when female attorneys were still a rarity. She practiced law for 25 years in Manhattan with phenomenal success in jury trial work. She was also active in the Democratic Party and organizations dedicated to civil rights.

Grace and Jim were avid bridge players, and Grace hosted an annual Chicken Salad Bridge Tournament with friends and family. Grace also enjoyed playing Scrabble, reading mysteries, swimming, attending plays, listening to opera, and spending time with their eight children and numerous grandchildren. After Jim suffered a stroke in 2010, the couple relocated to Oberlin where their daughter Marty Olson lives.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, her two sons James Stafford Schroer and Frederick Albert Schroer II, and her sister-in-law Marianne Schroer. She is survived by her six daughters, Mary and Mark White, Kingsley, MI; Grace Schroer and Jim Schultze, Baldwin City, KS; Marty and Dave Olson, Oberlin, KS; Beth and Ken Newman, Santa Fe, NM; Laura Schroer, Alliance, NE; Therese Schroer and Sandy Barnett, Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren and great-grandchildren in eight states; her brother Stafford and Clara Pile, Indianapolis, IN; nieces Cynthia Pile, Berkeley CA, and Stephanie Pile, Albany, CA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 10th, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. Grace will be interred at Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 9th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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Memorial contributions may be made to Manhattan Public Library Foundation or the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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