Annie Schroeder, 67, of Farley passed away Friday, March 25, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.
Visitation was 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Reiff funeral Home in Farley, where a wake service was held at 1:30 p.m., and the Farley Legion Auxiliary services were held at 6 p.m. Visitation continued after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian burial for Annie was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Services were live streamed on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley.
Annie was born in Dubuque, Oct. 26, 1954, to William and Margaret (Postel) Fox. She attended St. Joseph Catholic High School, where she cleaned the school to help pay her tuition. She went on to join her mother working at Ertl’s in Dyersville. Later on, she lent her blood, sweat and tears to build Bill’s Tap in Farley to what we know it as today. Annie was united in marriage to Randy Schroeder, September 13, 1975, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley.
Annie was a force to be reckoned with (or not, if you had any sense). She was as meek and cute as a kitten, but swore like a sailor, usually simultaneously. Annie was never one to mince words, and there was never any doubt on where you stood with her. She and Randy had their own special love language, which usually included wild hand gestures, lots of swearing and fits of laughter. If you were looking for her, you needn’t look further than “Annie’s Spot” at the end of the bar. No one went hungry when Annie was around. One of her many special gifts was cooking for an army, both at home and at work. She was instrumental in the success of the annual Bill’s Tap Fish Fry for Hospice of Dubuque. With the community’s help, over $200,000 in donations was raised for Hospice of Dubuque.
Annie was quite possibly Neil Diamond’s biggest fan. She’s seen him live several times. One of her fondest memories was seeing him on his last tour with her daughters and granddaughter and meeting him the next day.
Annie is survived by her husband, Randy Schroeder, of Farley; four children: Kelly (Bradley) Wolfe of Solon, Billy (Megan) Schroeder of Epworth, Nicki (Jason) McDermott of Peosta and Samantha (Brett) McDermott of Peosta; 11 grandchildren: Haiden and Sullivan Wolfe, Hayli, Milo, Ian and Franny Schroeder, Loretta, Amos and Georgia McDermott and Willa and Carrick McDermott; one sister, Barb (Marty) Kennedy of Farley; 17 brothers and sisters-in-law: Marty Kennedy, Bill (Katie) Hansen, Pam Fern, Sharon (Al) Grisanti, Bob Schroeder, Steve (Sharon) Schroeder, Mike (Linda) Schroeder, Mark (Linda) Schroeder, Nancy (Tom) Brown, Darla Hermsen, Pat (Ann) Schroeder, Tom (Janette) Schroeder, Brian Schroeder, Sam Schroeder, Vicki Fox, Kathy Fox; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Steve, Mike and Neil Fox; one sister, Linda Jarding; her father and mother-in-law, Bill and Mary Ellen Schroeder; brothers-in-law, Mark Fern and Mark Hermsen; and grandchildren, Margaret Mary Ellen Wolfe and Gabriel and Patrick McDermott.
The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Andrea Ries, Dr. Christine Holm, nurse Jenny Redfearn, the wonderful staff and volunteers of Hospice of Dubuque, Joe Reiff and family, all of Annie and Randy’s friends and the great community where we live for the prayers and support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, an Annie Schroeder memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.