Christa Caspary Schroeder departed this life in the company of her loving family on Monday, January 3, 2022, in her home in the mountains of Tryon, North Carolina, at the age of 69, after battling long-term illness. A private family service will be held at Holy Cross Episcopalian Church, where a portion of her cremains will be laid to rest in their garden.
Christa was born on April 2nd, 1952, in Hanau, Germany, to parents Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Caspary and Wife Gerda (Feldmann) Caspary. After a short career as an elementary school teacher, Christa graduated with a doctorate in dentistry with a focus on oral surgery in 1975, from Medizinische Fakultät der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (University of Freiburg College of Dentistry). Founded in 1457 and regarded as one of Germany’s oldest and most distinguished universities, Christa dedicated 15 years to medical sciences, following in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Caspary, a renowned dermatologist and surgeon post WWII, educator, and published author, and uncle, Dr. Wolfgang Friedrich Caspary, specialist of internal medicine in gastroenterology, endocrinology, and pulmonology, also an educator and published author. Collectively, both Christa’s father and uncle appear in over 500+ research works in their dedicated fields, and are cited in over 10,000+ German medical research periodicals, which, impressively, are still relevant in today’s world of medicine. Joining the ranks of her father and uncle, Christa in-turn taught dentistry courses for a period of 2.5 years at the same college she graduated from, and after a four year internship, Christa received her license to practice dentistry in July of 1979.
After graduating college and settling in as a practicing dentist, Christa came to the United States in 1981 where she met the love of her life, William Wayne Schroeder, whom she later married on the white sand beaches of Sarasota, Florida, in January of 1982. Christa put her career in dentistry aside and devoted her life as a loving mother and homemaker. She passionately enjoyed raising her two children, Christine, age 39, and William Kirk, age 35. In her spare time, Christa built a large fully-irrigated vegetable garden by hand in her backyard in Ocala, Fla, enjoyed making handmade seasonal crafts and decor, and building and refinishing furniture from beginning to end. Her best skills were evidenced in the kitchen; with her apron on and famous wooden spoon in-hand, Christa, an incredible cook, blended her German heritage into each and every meal, celebrating her German roots and creating new traditions with her family along the way. Her talents in the kitchen will be missed immensely.
Christa was exceptionally proud to be an American citizen, earning her Declaration of Citizenship in March of 1995. In celebration of her achievements, her family surprised her with a catered party hosted by her in-laws, Col. William “Bill” Schroeder and wife, Joan Schroeder, attended by her family and friends, and well over 100 guests in the Schroeder’s Ocala, Florida residence. Christa’s citizenship meant so much to her that she often regarded this special day as a bigger achievement than the day she graduated from the University of Freiburg College of Dentistry.
Christa fiercely believed in the power of education, and together with her unwavering dedication and endless patience, she gave both of her children all of the necessary tools to succeed in their lifetimes, including the most important ingredient — her time. She enjoyed every minute of attending Christine’s years of theatrical performances and pageant competitions, and Kirk’s sports games and trips to the airfields where they flew custom-built remote-controlled airplanes, crafted by the dynamic mother and son duo. Whether Christa was familiar with her children’s latest hobbies or had to pull out the encyclopedia to magically appear as a genius in the field, she gave her all to both children, never skipping a beat and always believing in their abilities to conquer anything they chose along their individual journeys. ‘Mommy’ was always their No. 1 fan, and was a remarkable mother, grandmother, and wife — one to be honored and commended this day in age.
Christa and her lifelong partner, Wayne, were happily married for nearly 40 years, and built loving homes in various parts of Florida throughout their union, to include Brandon, Ocala and Vero Beach, Florida. They spent the last ten years nestled in the quaint Blue Ridge Mountains of Tryon, North Carolina, enjoying retirement, the change of seasons, and the blessings of their three beloved grandchildren.
Christa, ‘Mommy’ and ‘Omi’, will be missed immensely by all who were blessed to know her. A tender spirit filled with never-ending grace, her love never wavered. Christa built a special bond with each person that she came across in her lifetime, and all who can claim her as a friend would say the same. Christa is survived by her husband and soulmate of 40 loving years, William Wayne Schroeder; daughter, Christine Schroeder; son, William Kirk Schroeder and daughter-in-law, Alicja Nowacka Schroeder; mother-in-law, Joan Dolfinger Schroeder; and three beloved grandchildren, Savannah Grace Schroeder, age 7, Luke William Schroeder, age 6, and Lilly Anne Schroeder, age 3. She will be greeted at Heaven’s gates by her furry friends, George, Max, Willie and Pumpkin.
Wir lieben dich. Für immer und immer in unseren Herzen
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