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August 2, 2013

Rosella Smoot Schroeder

93; Floyds Knobs

Graveside services for Rosella Smoot Schroeder, 93, Floyds Knobs, were held Tuesday, July 30, with interment at the ancestral burial site in Moffett Cemetery, Milton, Ky. She died Saturday, July 27, 2013.

  She was born in Henry County, Ky. on Aug. 25, 1919. At age 16, she graduated at the top of her high school class. She took college courses and attended business school. She was hired by the U.S. Corp of Engineers in Louisville, as the first engineering tech, and used her math skills to perform hydraulic studies on flooding on the Ohio River dam project. In March of 1945 she married Robert L. Schroeder  who predeceased her in September 1996. He was a US WWII veteran. They resided in Audubon Park in Louisville until 1966.  During this time Rosella was an active member of the National Audubon Society. After winning a battle against a zoo to be built across from her home in George Rodgers Clark Park, she became the precinct captain for her neighborhood. She went to work for the University of Louisville as an executive secretary to the head of heart research. In 1966 the Schroeder’s moved to the Floyds Knobs area and built their home overlooking the Ohio River. Rosella was an avid supporter, and activist for environmental protection and preservation of wilderness areas. She founded the Knob and Valley Audubon Society, and “Save Our Knobs.” In 1999, she dedicated 70 acres, called “Fern Cove” in Clark County for a preserve to the Nature Conservancy of which she was a life member. She was instrumental in the preservation of “The Falls of the Ohio”, now a state park. She was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Indiana Audubon Society and the Humane Society. She was active in animal rights movements and Native American organizations. She took ornithology courses from Cornell, played the piano by ear, wrote poetry, music, and had one song, “Eco Plea” published. Rosella was a mentor to many. She believed that every form of life has an intrinsic value and a place in an ecological plan. She was a true “Steward of the Land.”  Rosella will be sadly missed, but the world is a better place because of her dedication to preservation, respect of plants and animals, and her love of the land.

After her stroke in 2008, she remained in her own home until April 2013 and has been under the care of Hosparus of Southern Indiana.

She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann and her husband, Robert Kasper, Orlando, Fla., and her brother and his wife, Edwin and Rose Smoot.

By pre-arrangement with the Wood Oakley Funeral Home in Milton, Ky., by the deceased,  there was a graveside service only with no prior visitation.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to  Save Our Knobs, PO Box 211, Floyds Knobs, IN  47119, or The Nature Conservancy, 1505 N. Delaware, #200, Indianapolis, IN  46202.


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