Please remember in your prayers Maureen “Mo” Schroepfer, who served as office manager in Facilities Management at St. Thomas from 1968 to 1988. She died Monday and was 91.
The Aquin, the former student newspaper at St. Thomas, published a profile of Schroepfer in 1974, when she was secretary to John Garvin, superintendent of buildings and grounds. She said she spent a lot of time at work handling complaints about everything from broken radiators to non-functioning elevators to doorknobs that had fallen off.
A professor called one day to report a lost key, the Aquin wrote. “We even prayed to St. Anthony for that one,” Schroepfer said, and the next day the key was found.
She also recalled the time a neighbor called to ask why St. Thomas was fumigating the campus. “After asking several people what was going on,” the Aquin wrote, “it was decided that what the neighbor saw was merely dust raised in North Field by a helicopter the audio-visual department was using for taking pictures.”
Schroepfer preferred not to handle parking complaints, often referring them to Garvin. As the mother of three boys, she told the Aquin, she knew what it was like to part with money for a parking violation. “I sympathize with them,” she said.
A memorial funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, with visitation at the church an hour before the service. Read her full obituary here.