Gerst Logo

Ardith Schroeder



Memorial Contributions:

Cascade Christian Church Kitchen

2829 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Ardith L. Schroeder (Fase) of Ada, Michigan, age 90, peacefully went to her heavenly home on August 6, 2022.  She was born on February 28, 1932, on Grand River Drive in Ada where she was raised along with her nine siblings on the family farm, now known as Peace Park. She married Burleigh L. Schroeder on October 23, 1952, and they had a wonderful life along with their four children. At Cascade Christian Church, she was best known as “The Soup Lady” as she put on the senior citizen Wednesday luncheons for many, many years. People always raved about her soups, sandwiches, and desserts! She is survived by her loving husband Burleigh of almost 70 years; her children, William Schroeder, Karen (Greg) Koenig, and Kenneth Schroeder; her son-in-law Terry (Virginia) Geldersma; her cherished grandchildren, Stephen (Alexis) Geldersma, Lauren (Ryan) Sagorski, Preston Koenig, Madison (Clinton) Chapman, and Rachel Koenig; and her great-grandchildren, Sophia Sagorski and Luka Geldersma. She loved hosting family holiday parties and grandkid sleepovers on the weekends. Ardith is preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings, and her daughter, Patricia Geldersma (2014).

The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 11 AM at Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, on Friday, August 19, 2022, with visitation one hour prior. A light luncheon reception will follow the service. A private family interment will be at Cascade Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cascade Christian Church Kitchen.

Services will be livestreamed, accessible through the following link.

Sign the Guestbook

7 Responses

  1. My condolences to you Burleigh and family. I am Shirley’s sister and also remember you and Ardith from LHS and Cascade Christian Church. Love to you all. Marilyn

  2. An amazing woman that brightened the lives of all. She was the ambassador of love and caring to many.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    With love and blessings

  3. I will always remember her laughter! It was Infectious. Her boundless energy & caring attitude! She was a grace filled woman of God.

  4. We, at Our Savior, loved having Ardith and Burleigh join us at Senior Saints, every month. She was always upbeat and we loved that she came faithfully, with Burleigh. I was happy that I could visit her at the Oaks and again, always smiling! Norma Carey

  5. Ardith was so full of love for everyone! She was always smiling! What an amazing woman! Her humor and laughter could brighten any place. She was a bright christian light that shined so much happiness! Such a blessing to us all! Love and prayers to family and to all that love her. She will be missed! ❤️

  6. Ardith was a loving person, always made you feel like family. She could cook more dishes than anyone I know. May your spirit shine brightly in heaven.

  7. One of the strongest woman I ever meet
    Her love for her family and cooking and nature was inspiring she will always be remembered in our hearts when I heard she passed all I could think of her reunion with Pat and how they used to laugh together!???????????? Praying for strength for the family She will be missed!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.