Alan Schroeder, family and friends

The Marilyn Schroeder Memorial Scholarship was first established by her close friend, Linda Lauer and her husband, Alan Schroeder. They, along with family and friends, have worked to get this scholarship endowed.

Marilyn enjoyed a career of over 20 years in physical therapy, helping countless patients regain functionality after injuries, surgeries, and illnesses, working at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She served as PT Director from 1992-2008. In her “spare time”, she also served as a wedding photographer and as a Special Olympics ski coach. Marilyn had many interests including reading, walking, golf, volleyball, skiing, gardening, music, nature photography, and driving her convertible.

Marilyn was born in Illinois, oldest of seven children. On May 3, 1969, she married Alan R. Schroeder of Gibson City, Illinois in Champaign. In 1974, they settled in Monroe. Together they raised four sons: Joseph (Barbara), Matthew (Colleen), Justin (Teresa), and Colin (Lauren). While a woman of great personal balance, her family was always the joy and focus of her life. In 2008, Mary was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a brave battle, she passed in 2010.

“Marilyn placed a high value on education, and Monroe County Community College had added the pre-physical therapy program. It was suggested by Marilyn’s good friend, Linda Lauer, to establish a scholarship in Marilyn’s name. Family, friends and supporters love the living memorial aspect as a channel to help keep her memory vibrant and this scholarship is the perfect way to honor Marilyn’s memory and her commitment to physical therapy education and ultimately, better patient care,” said Alan Schroeder.


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