Native Staten Islander Edna D. Schroeder, 89, a former legal secretary, town clerk, and family historian, died Monday, March 2, 2015 in Sea View Hospital and Nursing Home on Staten Island where she had resided since 2014.
Born Edna D. Helt in Grasmere, she attended P.S. #48, then graduated from New Dorp High School. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Stapleton, where she sang in the choir and enjoyed teaching Sunday school. She worked as a legal secretary for the Agar Law Firm. Patient, modest, and generous with her time and resources, she was loved by all who knew her.
In 1949 she married Robert H. Schroeder Jr. As a talented seamstress, she designed and made her wedding gown from her husband’s silk parachute. They resided in Port Richmond and Prince’s Bay until her husband’s health necessitated the move to Margaretville around 1970.
There she worked as town clerk for Hardenburgh for many years and attended the Advent Christian Church. She maintained extensive correspondence with distant family and friends until her final illness in recent years.
Mrs. Schroeder was one of seven siblings in a loving family, and very interested in her family’s history throughout her life. She preserved photos and artifacts and shared all the family stories to pass down to future generations.
In addition she enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and entertaining family and friends. She was fond of animals, always had pet dogs and cats, and enjoyed feeding and observing wildlife. She also enjoyed classical music, reading, and following current events.
Robert, her husband of 44 years, died in 1993. Her son Chris died in 2009. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, William and Donald.
She is survived by her brothers, Robert Helt of Margaret- ville and Philip Helt of Florida; her sisters, Marion Helt and Harriet Bajune of Leesburg, FL and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand neph- ews, who will all miss her greatly.
A funeral service was held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Bedell Pizzo Funeral Home on Staten Island.
Burial will take place in the spring in the Sanford Cemetery in Margaretville. A date for the burial will be announced later by the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.