In Memory of Marguerite Schramm

Marguerite Schramm
Marguerite Schramm
Born: March 24, 1929
Died: June 3, 2019
Age: 90
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Marguerite Schramm
March 24, 1929 - June 3, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Marguerite Schramm, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village, of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.   Condolences may be sent online at


It was on Palm Sunday, March 29, 1929, that Marguerite Roth came to life.  She was the only child of Jean and Marguerite (Cherpillod) Roth of Lucerne, Switzerland.  World War II made its impact on her life.  Just by a chance encounter, on October 9, 1945, she met Robert Schramm, an American G.I. who became her future husband .  He needed directions to some of Lucerne’s tourist attractions.  After writing letters to each other for nearly four years, he sailed across the Atlantic again, but with a diamond in his pocket. They were married in Lucerne on June 11, 1949.

They centered their life in Switzerland.  Then in 1950, however, Bob was called to return to Ida Grove, Iowa, to work with his father and brothers at the Schramm Welding and Machine shop. His family of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews became her family, too. Marguerite worked at the Council Oak Store until the children came along and later at J. C. Penney in Ida Grove. She also translated letters since she spoke four languages.  

Bob and Marguerite became parents to Marguerite/Maggie (Jim) Rains of Mondamin, IA, George (Dagmar) of Germany, and Mary (Dennis) Wonder of Milford, IA.  She shared her love of music, cooking, sewing and knitting, romantic comedies, her rosy view of life, hiking and walking trails with them.  Most of all, she was a role model for resilience, patience, courage, perseverance, independence, and counting blessings.

 Marguerite was an active volunteer at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Horn Memorial Hospital and a Red Cross blood donor.  Whether it was from Lucerne to Iowa, wherever she went, she made it a better place with her cheery smile and kind heart.  She had setbacks in her life that didn’t go as she had planned, but she would pick herself up with that Swiss determination and pride to adapt to new ways.

She was a proud grandmother to Nathalie (Jochen)Netzer, Rob (Regina)Rains, Andrew (Darlene) Rains, and David (Sydney) Wonder and to four great-grandchildren Owen, Ivan, Frederic, Adalene, and Audreana Rains complete her family.  She also has an adopted German “granddaughter” Ulrike.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, parents-in-law George and Lillian Schramm, brothers-in-law Roger, Ken, and Robert Bolles; sisters-in-law Ruth Bolles, and Donna Schramm.  She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law JoAnn Suda, brother-in-law and his wife, Merle and Audrey Schramm, many special nieces and nephews, and her dear cousin Charles Cherpillod.  Also surviving are special close friends Marge and Margaret, her “other daughter Kristi”, Phyllis, Betty, and Gloria, and her Church Circle ladies who will miss her presence.



2:00 p.m., Sunday,
June 9, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church 
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido 
& Neil Wehmas


Honorary Pallbearers
Her Grandchildren 
& Great Grandchildren


On Hour Prior to Service
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Children of The Heavenly Father"
"How Great Thou Art"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“Marguerite was such a sweet lady. So sorry for your loss.”
- Sue Smith
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:43 AM
“Marguerite was a wonderful lady and I have so many fond memories of the Schramm's 'two doors to the north' of us. She was always very welcoming even inviting me to lunch sometimes. A special memory was Marguerite biking all over town with her baskets of purchases from downtown. I bet Marguerite is in heaven biking the trails now. We just keep losing the 'best', hard working, & loving people. Had many chats with her this winter at Willow Dale and stories from Switzerland. I will miss Marguerite!”
- Marsha Kjar
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM
“Mary and Dennis, we are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she worked at Penney’s. She will be missed very much.”
- Darla Krueger
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:52 AM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Bob and Barb Daiker
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“Sending my heart felt condolences, Maggie”
- Scott Vickery
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“I had a nice conversation wit Marguerite last Christmas while visiting Willow Dale. She was a great neighbor on Circle Drive. I played a little bit with George as a kid, I remember my finger got caught in his bicycle chain while grabbing for his foot as he was peddling...still have a distorted finger nail that continually reminds me of that event! Sorry to hear of her passing, but I wont forget a family that is part of the “graetest generation”.”
- Stephen V Lunzman
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:07 PM
“Marguerite was a neighbor and friend my sister Kathy and I have known and loved since we were children. We will miss her. With deepest sympathy and love. ”
- Terry Dahms
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:24 AM
“From a “ Luzerner “ my deepest sympathies.
Dear Maggie and family,thinking of you.
Edith 🇨🇭🇨🇭🇨🇭🇺🇸”
- Edith Siegler
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 4:13 PM
“My memory of Mrs. Schramm is one of an always sweet and kind mother, who always had a smile to share. My sincere sympathy to her family. May she rest in Jesus' arms!”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“You have our sympathy we were really surprise to hear”
- Gary and Sandra Bolles
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“I will certainly miss you and your sweet smile. ”
- Linda Ausborn
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