Kathryn T. ‘Kay’ Cole Schroeder

Dec. 8, 1922 - June 27, 2009

Kathryn T. “Kay” Cole Schroeder of Waukesha died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at LindenGrove Health Care Center surrounded by the love of her family at age 86. She was born in Chicago on Dec. 8, 1922, the daughter of Leo and Bernadine (nee Schultze) Terry, who were well-known Chicago theater and radio artists. 

Kay graduated in 1941 from the St. Scholastica High School in Chicago. She worked at the San Diego Naval Hospital in World War II for the American Red Cross taking compensation claims from the military in the South Pacific. She married Aloysius Cole on June 5, 1943, and he preceded her in death in 1970. She later married Carl Schroeder on Oct. 9, 1971, and he preceded her in death Dec. 17, 2005. She worked at Hadfield Elementary School as the school secretary from 1968 until her retirement in 1983. Following retirement, she worked as an outside sales travel agent. Kay loved to travel and traveled extensively throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Alaska and the Caribbean. Kay was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha since 1946, was the past president of the Jaycettes, belonged to the Waukesha Service Club and was a Ladies Elk member since the 1950s, serving as president in the 1960s. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Kay will always be remembered by her daughters, Diane (nee Cole) (Daniel) Pugh of Waukesha and Nancy (nee Cole) (Daniel) Johnson of Wonder Lake, Ill.; and her granddaughters: Christine (Peter) Marcks and their children, Evan and Meredith Marcks of Waukesha; Amanda (Timothy) Hofmann and their sons, Zackary and Gavin Hofmann of Waukesha; Bryn (David) Feyen of Waukesha; Jana Johnson (Adam) Scalettar and their daughter, Karynn Johnson-Scalettar of Tempe, Ariz.; and Stacie (Aaron) Henry and their son, Thomas Henry of Lake Geneva. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

In addition to her husbands, Aloysius and Carl, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leo Terry Jr. and Robert Terry, and her parents. 

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue Thursday, July 2, at the funeral home with prayers at 9:15 a.m. followed by a procession to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, for the 10 a.m. funeral Mass. The Very Rev. James T. Volkert will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow the funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. 

If desired, memorials to the Waukesha Service Club are appreciated.

A special thank you to Mary Gilberts and Dr. Peter Johnson at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, the entire staff at Linden Heights, ProHealth and Seasons Hospice and all the people at LindenGrove. 

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.