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Mitzi Schroeder


Mitzi Schroeder, age 91, of Wayne, passed away at home on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Mitzi Schroeder was well known in Wayne for many years as a successful realtor, enjoying her career well into her seventies. A Pines Lake resident for 63 years, she was the first woman President of the Pines Lake Association, and a fifty year member and past President of the Pines Lake Woman's Club and its literature group, and the Pines Lake Garden Club, and more recently a member of the Pines Lake Seniors and the New Jersey Hosta Society, organizations in which she remained active until her passing. An expert gardener, she was also a respected flower arranger and instructor, winning many statewide and local awards and was invited to exhibit regularly at the Montclair Museum, the Van Ripper Hopper House, and Sunnybank. She was a founding member of Our Lady of Consolation Church.

The widow of George F. Schroeder, she is survived by her three daughters, Georgette Schroeder Rilinger, Jeanne Schroeder, and Mitzi Schroeder Brooks, her sons in laws Eric Rilinger and David Carlson, her two grandchildren Anneliese and Cassandra Rilinger, and her brother Philip C. Forst and his family.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 31, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of Consolation Church, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, where an 11:00 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.

Guest Book


I knew Mitzi as one of my Red Hat friends. For the past 16 years we shared many good lunches, dinners and excursions, most recently this past February in celebration of the Chinese New Year. I will miss Mitzi's smile, her energy and her love for a good time!

Norma Bernstock


Mitzi was a great woman, a great lady and a great friend and a great neighbor. I've known her as a cooking columnist published in the Paterson Morning Call, President of the Pines Lake Woman's Club, President of the Pines Lake Garden Club and as a member of the Jersey Tomatoes red hat club since the first meeting. I'll miss her spirit, her independence, her creativity and her leadership.

Laura Locklin


I met Mitzi for the first time when I joined the Jersey Tomatoes Red Hat Society. I always enjoyed sitting next to her for many reasons, one being that she could speak intelligently about any subject brought up. She was a true Lady! Although she has left us , many good memories will remain. Jane Van eeuwen

Jane van eeuwen


Mitzi, well over 25 years of real estate business together. I learned so much from you. I remember well your famous caravan lunches. Roasted turkey with all the trimmings.A great Lady! Always there with a smile. Ondrea Dimicco/Coldwell Banker

ondrea dimicco


On behalf of the Tri-State Hosta Society I wish to extend our condolences to the family of Mitzi Schroeder, one of our members for many years. She was our hospitality lady until she was well into her eighties...a gracious woman, who "set" the table at all of our indoor meetings, always welcoming members with a smile and a warm greeting. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Roberta Chopko

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