Edna Marie Schuler

Edna Marie Schuler

Edna Marie Schuler passed on peacefully March 15, 2017 in Madison. She was born on October 25, 1924, in the hill country east of Austin, Texas, to William and Elizabeth Clint Rogas. As the middle child and oldest daughter in their fun-loving family, she shared the household and farm chores, and enjoyed Sunday picnics and rabble rousing with their close extended family. After obtaining an associate degree, Edna worked in San Antonio, where she met a dashing Airforce officer, Howard Schuler. They married in 1946 and made their home in Minneapolis and Madison, where Howard was an executive for Northrup King Seeds. Working as an accountant, she supported her family’s dreams and adventures, including camping trips to western National Parks, horse shows, and her daughters’ education.

Always of service, Edna volunteered extensively for many organizations including Good Shepherd and Calvary Lutheran Churches. She and Howard loved to garden, feeding friends and providing fresh produce to the Wayzata Food Pantry. During retirement, they enjoyed the company of friends on the lakes of Minnesota, and international travel. Creating a warm and loving home for her family was always most important to her. After the death of her husband, Edna moved back to Madison in 2000 to be near her daughters, where she thrived, serving on her coop’s board and volunteering at the UW Arboretum, University Hospital, and her church. She lived at Oakwood West for many years, looking forward to each day with her friends as an avid walker, enthusiastic bridge player, and frequent visitor to local concerts, museums and parks. As a Steel Magnolia, eternal optimist, empathetic listener, and gracious friend, she will be greatly missed.

Edna is survived by her daughters, Linda (David Liebl) and Pamela, both of Madison, two loving sisters-in-law, and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Howard, her husband of 53 years, her brothers William, Duane and Clint Rogas, and her sister Elizabeth Blacklock, as well as beloved sisters- and brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 6, at 1pm in the Oakwood University Woods (West) Resurrection Chapel, 6205 Mineral Point Rd., Madison, with a reception to follow in the Tabor Oaks Great Room (6175 Mineral Point Rd). Memorials may be made in Edna’s name to the Oakwood Foundation, UW Friends of the Arboretum, or Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.We would like to extend a special thanks to all of Oakwood and Tabor Oaks staff in particular for the vibrant, caring community they have established.