Jenny Lynn Temple Schroeder died May 17, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born September 12, 1941, at Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, to John Emory Temple and Jean Lucile Pickard, Allouez, the youngest of five children.
Jenny attended Allouez grade school, Whitney Grade School, Washington Junior High and East High School, Green Bay, graduating in 1959.
She attended University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1963. Feb. 2, 1963, she married John H. (Jack) Schroeder of Wausau Wisconsin. They had two daughters, Ina Gail and Jacquelynn Beth.
The family lived in Waukesha while the children attended school. Jenny worked for the Wisconsin Survey Research Laboratory for many years. Her calling was to be a world improver and she worked with League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, 4-H and church in leadership roles.
At forty years of age she entered Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois. After graduation she served the Community of the Living Spirit in Waukesha as Spiritual Director/ Pastor. She was active in the community, serving as president of Church Women United, chair of the clergy gathering, and as a co-founder of Plowshares, an organization whose mission was to provide peace-making education and to serve the poor around the world by selling their handmade gifts at the Plowshare Store.
She also pastored United Methodist charges in Greenwood/Christie, Norwalk, and West Grant Co. For several years she chaired the Wisconsin Rural Fellowship. Her greatest love was working in Norwalk to bring acceptance between the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking community members. Comunidas de los Amigos/Community of Friends Norwalk was a model for how to address issues of a multi-cultural community.
At retirement, Jenny moved back home to Green Bay to live near her sister Anita. She served as an on-call chaplain at Aurora Hospital. She was active and a leader of the United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church. She tutored at Howe School with First United Methodist’s Howe Helpers, first with Spanish-speaking children and the last few years with cognitively challenged children. She was active in Learning in Retirement, and Wrinkled Wrhymers, a group of older poets that met monthly at the Attic to share and critique their poems. She delighted in publishing books of poetry for her friends each Christmas. Jenny was also the family historian, compiling a history of her female ancestors and also a book about her great-grandmother, Hannah Wilson Pickard.
Jenny spent the first ten weeks of her seventy-fifth year traveling the western states with daughter Jacquelynn. Every minute she was thrilled by the beauty of Western nature and geography.
Through all the years her continuing joy was accompanying and encouraging her daughters on their journeys, and more recently, delighting in her granddaughter Abi and living near her sister Anita Powers.
Her greatest challenge of her later years was her failing health. Her spirit was willing, but her flesh was weak.
She is survived by her daughters, Ina Gail (Tom) Munar, Plano Illinois, and Jacquelynn Beth Schroeder, Orlando Florida, and granddaughter, Abigail Marie Munar. She is also survived by siblings Anita Powers, Green Bay, David Temple, Maribel, and Ina Gail Temple, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emory and Jean Temple, and her brother Dwight Temple.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St, Green Bay. A funeral service will follow at the church with Rev. Dave Wilkinson, officiating. Memorial contributions of time or treasure may be directed to the charity or cause of your choice.
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