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Peter L. Schroeder
November 5, 1977 ~ October 30, 2023 (age 45) 45 Years Old
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It is with a twinkle in our eyes and a smile on our lips that we bid adieu to Peter Lance Schroeder, better known to all and several as Pete. Born on November 5, 1977, in the quaint town of Braceville, WI, Pete embarked on his final fishing trip on October 30, 2023, in Mauston, WI.
Pete was a man of many talents, but his greatest gift was his ability to light up a room with his infectious laughter and irresistible charm. A graduate of the Class of 1996, Pete's lifelong commitment to learning was only surpassed by his devotion to making others laugh. As Robin Williams once said, "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Pete never did lose that spark.
Pete's colorful career took him from the military to construction, proving that he could build bridges both literally and figuratively. His time in the military honed his sense of dedication and discipline, while his stint in construction allowed him to showcase his creativity and ingenuity. As a member of various associations, he was known for his commitment, hard work, and most importantly, his ability to lighten the mood with his wit and humor.
When not working, Pete was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hiking. He found solace in nature and often retreated to the wilderness with his faithful dog, Ollie, by his side. He was also an artist at heart, expressing himself through his drawings and tattoos. But the masterpiece that Pete was most proud of was the happiness he painted on the faces of those around him. He was the life of the party, a joy-bringer who couldn't stand to see anyone sad.
Pete leaves behind a loving family who will miss his laughter and cheerful spirit. His parents, LaRene and Richard DiOrio, his son, Chance (Beaner) Kyle Schroeder, and his daughters, Charlee (Rae-Rae) Rae Schroeder and CheyAnne (Boo) Ellen Schroeder, will continue to keep his memory alive. Pete is also survived by his siblings and their families, Liela (Carl) vanVliet (Robbie, Steven) Kanasa, April (Mike) Jacobs (Paul) Elroy, Sunshine Schroeder (Lance (Kenny), Lacey) Mauston, Jud DiOrio Mauston, Alyssa (Ryan) DiOrio (Alayna, Jackson, Addyson) Mauston, and Tito (Tiffany) DiOrio (Bella, Destiny, Molly) Elroy. He was predeceased by his sister Trinity Elizabeth Griesbach.
Pete's legacy will be one of laughter, love, and living life to the fullest. He was a man who knew how to find the silver lining in every cloud and the punchline in every situation. As the great Ellen DeGeneres said, "Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings." Pete lived this philosophy every day of his life.
So, as we say goodbye to our beloved Pete, let's not dwell on the sadness of his departure. Instead, let's celebrate his life, his laughter, and his love for bringing joy to others. After all, as Pete would say, "If you can't laugh at life, then what's the point?"
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 1:00P.M. until 4:00P.M. at Larene’s House (808 W. State St) in Mauston. The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com