Arlene Agnes Schroder and Daniel John Schroder

AHMEEK — Arlene Agnes Schroder, 87, of Ahmeek, passed away peacefully, Saturday, September 11, 2021, after battling cancer. Arlene Rantanen was born July 15, 1934, to Ingrid and Henry Rantanen, and was raised in Osceola.

She graduated from Calumet High School in 1952 and attended Suomi College for a year. Arlene was a fierce Scrabble player, avid reader and had a special skill for making a home cozy and lovely.

When she became a single mother she strove to have her family want for nothing, including taking four children camping (complete with bacon and pancake breakfasts.) She made sure they all attended college. The Schroder home was filled with drama, boisterous laughter and always many close friends.

Arlene had four children, David, Dale and Daniel Schroder, and Beth Rayner.

She is preceded in death by Dale, lost in a tragic boating accident in 2010, and shares her passing from this world with her son Dan, on the same day, September 11, 2021. She was also preceded in death by her sister Genevieve Kinnunen.

She is survived by brothers, Henry Rantanen and Robert Seppala, and sister, Dorothy Poyhonen; nine grandchildren, Vicki Pacheco, Maria Aguilar and Brandon Schroder, Joshua Rayner and Emily Woodward, Erik and Kristen Schroder, and Evan and Cooper Schroder; nine great-grandchildren, Irma, Christina and Rebecca Escalante, Alex and Daniel Barba and Vianney Aguilar, Juniper and Oscar Woodward, and Grayson Schroder; three great-great-grandchildren are Aaron, Jaziel and Evelyn Pinon and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

COEUR d’ ALENE, Idaho — Daniel John Schroder, 55, of Coeur d’ Alene, passed away in a tragic boating accident on Septmeber 11, 2021. Dan was born March 5, 1966, to Arlene and Frank Schroder in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Dan graduated from Calumet High School in 1984 and from NMU in 1989. He was a sales manager for Hagadone and for the Black Book phone directory.

To meet Dan was to make a new friend, generous and full of life. He was dubbed unofficial mayor by his friends from Rockford Bay, Idaho, because he never met a stranger. He loved hunting, fishing and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dale.

Dan is survived by his wife, Holly; sons, Evan and Cooper, and grandson, Grayson Schroder; father, Frank; brother, David; sister, Beth Rayner; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dan’s daily parting motto was “Make it a great day,” and he did–for so many. He will be greatly missed.

There will be an 11 a.m. service for Arlene Schroder at Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek, on Saturday, September 25, immediately followed by a memorial service to celebrate the lives of Arlene and Dan Schroder at Allouez Township Community Center, 388 Bumbletown Road, Allouez, MI. A light lunch will be served.

Dan will have funeral services in Coeur d’ Alene, at a time and place to be announced later.