Kathleen Dittman Schroer, 82, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023, in Huntsville, Alabama surrounded by family. Kathleen was born in Lynn, a small rural town in central Indiana. Her childhood was spent growing up in Seymour, also a small town in southern Indiana. She graduated from Seymour High School in 1959 and from Ball State University with a BS in elementary education in 1963.
After graduating she married her high school sweetheart, Bernard J. Schroer in 1963, in Florence, Alabama. They then moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where she taught second grade while Bernard completed his engineering degree. In 1965 the couple moved to Huntsville where she taught second grade for several years. She completed her MS in elementary education in 1968 from Alabama A&M University. In 1970 the couple moved with their young daughter to Stillwater, Oklahoma, while Bernard completed his graduate degree.
Upon returning to Huntsville in 1972 Kathleen became an active member at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, serving on the altar guild for over 25 years and teaching Sunday school.
Kathleen enjoyed life, socializing with friends, reading, the arts, and traveling. Her serving as a campfire counselor in Cuba, New Mexico instilled in her a love of the southwest. She and her husband made many trips to Santa Fe and Taos. She was a docent at the Huntsville Museum of Arts.
Kathleen is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 60 years, Bernard J. Schroer; her children, Shannon E. Gunter (Larry) and Bradley J. Schroer (Nicole); grandchildren, Sidney E. Gunter, Cooper R. Gunter, Keaton J. Schroer, Hutton T. Schroer and Carsten L. Schroer; great- grandson, Hayes M. Sims; and her brother, David L. Dittman.
The joy of her life was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She was proud of each one, enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments, and being a receptive ear to their problems and pains. She enjoyed spending time with them at their retirement cabin at Tims Ford Lake. She had many dear friends at Tims Ford and at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester, Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester L. and Florence K. Dittman, her sisters, Joyce Oswald and Barbara A. Dittman, and her brother, William F. Dittman.
Kathleen will be forever cherished by her family, friends and all those she touched.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Huntsville. The memorial service will be live streamed at 11 a.m. Go to St Mark’s Lutheran Church on YouTube and follow the instructions.