Marta 2009
Marta Ann Schroeder
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 28, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    Valencia, Venezuela
  • Date of passing: Jun 5, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Gurnee, Illinois, United States
Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. - Richard Bach

We are heartbroken by the loss of our mom, sister, wife, and daughter....Marta.  She was a rare gift to all of us - brilliant, beautiful and strong.   A loving mother, a caring sister and daughter, an inspirational and devoted leader.  

In the past four years, Marta showed us all what it means to be brave, tough and determined. The grace and strength with which she fought  cancer left us breathless and in awe of her will to live.  

Marta was unique.  Kind and humble, yet brilliant, determined and independent.  She was someone who was defined by her sense of justice and ethics - a champion of fairness in all aspects of life.  Very funny in private, yet professional at work, she was intellectually curious, creative and driven to make a difference. She held many important values and ensured that her kids understood and lived these values as well - hard work, self-reliance, kindness and the importance of education and intellectual achievement.

Marta's first love was her family, and her favorite place to spend time was with them at their cottage on Lake Michigan.  She loved the beach, loved sitting on her deck watching the sun set and loved falling asleep to the sound of the waves.  This place, more than any other, gave her the quiet she craved and a sense of peace in a life otherwise filled with the many demands of a busy executive and mom.

She is survived by her son, Mitchell Jozefowski, 22, and her daughter, Alexandra Schroeder, 17; their father, Alex Jozefowski of Worchester, Mass; her parents, Don and Ann Schroeder of Norman, OK; and her sister and brother in law, Carey and Larry Cuddeback of Manistee, MI. 

She appreciated the many cards, flowers and letters of encouragement she received from colleagues and friends these past years. We know she would have thanked you all personally had she been able to do so.

Marta will be so deeply missed. She will live in our hearts and memories forever, and we'll honor her memory by striving to live our lives by the values that defined hers.








We invite you to leave a tribute or visit the stories page of this site and share your thoughts and memories with us.  We’d love to hear your favorite stories or some of the funny experiences you shared with her over the years.    We would sincerely appreciate reading anything you’d care to share.


There will be a quiet memorial service for Marta with immediate family within the next several weeks.   In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation in Marta’s name be made to  The Imerman Angels - an organization that connects cancer survivors with cancer patients in an effort to give them hope and help in fighting cancer.    To do this, please visit the website listed in the link above.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 6th June 2016

"Thinking of you today, Carey.  These reminders always bring back memories of Marta as a sweet young girl."

This tribute was added by Helane Miller on 5th June 2016

"Reflecting on Marta today -- hard to believe that it's been 5 years -- Remembering the wisdom she shared and the smile she had for everybody. She was such an incredible Lady! Thinking of her family today!"

This tribute was added by Jeanne Underwood on 5th June 2016

"Lots of luv flowing your way today ~ as we remember someone who touched us all in a fabulous way."

This tribute was added by Inga Feiter on 5th June 2016

"Thinking of Marta today and often. Her kindness, smile and laugher are still missed, she will be in our hearts and memories forever.
Inga Andrews (Feiter)"

This tribute was added by Helane Miller on 5th June 2015

"Thinking of Marta today!
To her family, I hope that you are well and able to reflect on your memories with smiles! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Helane Miller"

This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 5th June 2015

"Thinking of the Schroeder family today."

This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 8th June 2014

"A beautiful June day to remember Marta."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Underwood on 5th June 2014

"Think of Marta often with joy in my heart ;) Her amazing spirit still shines thru and brings comfort continually~"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Haas on 5th June 2014

"A joy to have known and worked with Marta. I think of her often."

This tribute was added by chris pavlik on 5th June 2014

"Marta was such a beautiful person and I know all of us who knew her think of her often and miss her everyday!  My best wishes to Marta's family!!!"

This tribute was added by Helane Miller on 5th June 2014

"Thinking of Marta today -- Can't believe that she's been gone 3 years now -- I know that she misses us all as well -- but none more than her children.
Forever in our Hearts -- Helane"

This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 28th February 2014

"Carey, thinking of you and your family today and a toast to Marta's birthday."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Underwood on 5th June 2013

"Thinking about you all today as we remember Marta and how full of life she was.  What an inspiration to all of us!  I have a beautiful bouquet of brightly colored flowers that remind me of her - so full of joy and happiness and willing to spread that sunshine to all she interacted with.  Peace to you all ~"

This tribute was added by Barbara Mitchell on 13th February 2013

"I did not know Marta real well but what I do remember is she had an in inner and outter beauty and was always smiling.....very graceful.I am sad to hear of her passing and knwo she touched the lives of many."

This tribute was added by Bob Zellmann on 13th February 2013

"Marta was a friend of mine at MacMurray. I always looked up to her and enjoyed her sense of humor, her worldliness, and her smile. She was immensely kind and sophisticated. One of my favorite things was to (make)hear her laugh. She was a very special person, and I am so saddened to hear of her passing. She was beautiful, and amazing."

This tribute was added by Bruce Stevenson on 5th December 2012

"You always looked out for me for some reason... from Parke Davis to Pfizer to Allergan.  Even after I left Allergan and retired, you kept in touch, we had dinner on occassion and you asked me to call if I decided to "go back to work".  I never have.  Thanks for the Memories Marta.  Only the Good Die Young."

This tribute was added by Rosemary Haas on 5th June 2012

"I think of Marta often. In my work with her, she always conveyed a sense of calm and willingness to find solutions that would build collaboration. I so enjoyed her sense of humor and easy going approach. Miss you Marta."

This tribute was added by David Dezelan on 5th June 2012

"Forever on our minds and in our hearts.  Such a beautiful person will always be missed.  Thinking of Marta's family today for sure!"

This tribute was added by Jeanne Underwood on 5th June 2012

"Thinking about you all today and sending luv your way :)"

This tribute was added by Jim Martin on 28th February 2012

"One of my lasting memories of Marta is her infectious laugh and wonderful smile.  She and I used to have a nice conversation prior to starting our hectic days at Amgen.  And during these times, we'd laugh at life and really enjoy ourselves.  She is missed."

This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 28th February 2012

"Thinking of all the Schroeders today."

This tribute was added by Lori Whiteley on 17th January 2012

"I had the good fortune to have worked with Marta at Amgen.  I highly respected her for her intelligence but more importantly as a person in how she conducted herself & treated others.  When she left Amgen, I thought they truly missed out on a hidden gem that had so much potential.  Marta’s face always lit up when she talked about her family.  Know that she touched many people’s lives!"

This tribute was added by Brad Pierson on 24th September 2011

"I knew Marta through my friend Carey. I remember Martas love of foot rubs and her incredible laughter.
I was blessed to know her. May the peace of God be with her family."

This tribute was added by Mike Judson on 20th September 2011

"Marta was a great friend way back at Rocky Mountain High School. My prayers are with her family."

This tribute was added by Rosemary Haas on 2nd September 2011

"I enjoyed so much time spent with Marta on work projects. She always had a sense of humor and together, I think we usually found our way to meet the goal. I was sorry to hear of Marta's illness. I wish her family the warmth of good memories and know she always had my respect."

This tribute was added by Nanette Oddo on 16th August 2011

"Marta will always be in my thoughts. She was a wonderful mentor, mother, and friend. To those of us she inspired we are all better people for having known her. To Marta’s family—your mom, sister and wife was a ‘class act’  filled with a beautiful passion who left this world a better place. I hope yo"

This tribute was added by Dawn Corbin on 19th June 2011

"I am in tears right now as I post this memorial to a beautiful woman. I met her when I lived in Mesa, AZ when she was a young mom. She trusted me with the care of her first child, Mitch. She was one of the most wonderful people that I have ever met i"

This tribute was added by Jim Martin on 16th June 2011

"My memories of Marta are one of a dedicated professional and a wonderful  friend.  She and I used to share a hearty laugh in the early mornings at Amgen.  She had an unusual spark for life which I will sorely miss."

This tribute was added by Lisa M Carroll on 13th June 2011

"My prayers are with Alex and your two beautiful children at this sad time. Marta's grace and courage is an inspiration to all;Your unconditional love and support during the past few years helped her find peace. May she smile in your memory & heart."

This tribute was added by Sandi Bailey on 11th June 2011

"I remember Marta as the younger sister of my friend Carey.  I'm so sorry for your loss.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Susan Schott on 11th June 2011

You are such a sign to me how you accepted Marta's illness putting it totally in God's hands. You always seemed so strong. We have a new angel in heaven to pray too. May your time of grief be short. God bless, Susan Schott"

This tribute was added by Carey Cuddeback on 11th June 2011

"From Gregg Raupp:

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Marta.  She taught us so much here at the company, but also how to face life's challenges with grace, optimism and perseverance.  I can't thank you enough for fitting me in"

This tribute was added by Michelle Davis on 10th June 2011

"Carey and Marta were special childhood friends I enjoyed growing up. We always had lots of fun together. My prayers and sympathies go to the families."

This tribute was added by Chris Pavlik on 10th June 2011

"To Marta's Family: I knew Marta from work at Abbott and did not know her family, although I think I had heard about all of you from Marta.  Please let me extend my sincere sympathy to all of you. To describe Marta, she was simply a "class act"!!"

This tribute was added by nancy darga on 10th June 2011

"My favorite memory of Marta was the winter we vacationed in Colorado with the Schroeder family.I didn't know how to ski well at all but she took time to help me along at each place we went.Blessings to all who knew Marta for we all were truly touched"

This tribute was added by Michael Byl on 10th June 2011

"A spirit such as Marta's is indeed a rare thing, and we are all blessed to have been touched by that spirit in so many ways.  Now she is free to live in peace, health and happiness, the very characteristics she bestowed upon all of us during her life"

This tribute was added by Jeanne Underwood on 10th June 2011

"So much love flowing your way - so know that I am with you all in thought & healing prayers.
Marta, what a character - such a pleasure to be around, yet you are so right about how much fun she provided just through her natural, loving spirit."

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