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.

After 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. Schoerner.

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 Stream, Illinois.

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.

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