Katharine Dodd Schoerner
August 5, 1908 - September 16, 2000)
Katharine Dodd Schoerner was the first
of four children born to Albert B. and Mabel Mennie Dodd, missionaries
working in Shantung Province, China. As a senior in high school, she
came to the United States for her higher education.
two years at Park College in Parkville, Missouri, Katie transferred to
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, from which she graduated in 1930
with a degree in zoology. She then attended two terms at Moody Bible
Institute in Chicago, where she met her future husband, Otto F.
In 1931, Katie returned to China as a missionary with the China Inland
Mission. She served her first term working with Chinese women and
children as a Bible teacher in the province of Anhui. In 1938, at the
end of her term, Katie traveled to Shanghai to be married. She and her
husband served two more terms, finally leaving China in 1951.
The Schoerners and their four
children, Jim, Anna, Bill and Ben, settled in Chicago upon their return
to America. In 1951, Otto became director of the Moody Alumni Placement
Service, and later worked with the Stewardship Department at Moody Bible
Institute. Their fifth child, David, was born in Chicago.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Katie lovingly attended to the duties of
raising their children and managing the home. In 1968, son, Ben, went to
be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. In 1971, the
Schoerners moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois. Shortly after the move,
Otto retired from Moody.
The couple's retirement years were spent traveling to many parts of the
world, including Asia, Europe, and North and South America. However,
Katie's favorite activity was working close to home in her garden, where
she grew flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.
Late in 1993, Katie and Otto moved to Windsor Park Retirement Center in Carol
Katie was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mabel Dodd; son,
Ben; and sister, Dorothy Lawton. She is survived by her loving husband,
Otto; one daughter, Anna Loss (John); three sons, Jim (Penny), Bill
(Grace), and David; grandchildren Karin Candelaria, Kathryn Schoerner
and Joel Schoerner; one sister, Carolyn Rigg; a brother, Dr. Stephen I. Dodd; one nephew and several nieces.
A private burial service will be held Thursday,
September 21, 2000 at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Illinois.