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
  • 52 years old
  • Born on February 28, 1959 in Valencia, Venezuela.
  • Passed away on June 5, 2011 in Gurnee, Illinois, United States.

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.


Posted by Sandi Bailey on June 6, 2019
Carey, another year has passed by without your sweet sister. I know you're missing her every single day. I'm happy she is with your beautiful mom. Thinking of all the Schroeder family.
Posted by Sandi Bailey on February 28, 2018
Thinking of you today, Carey. I know you're missing your little sister.
Posted by Svati Patel on September 10, 2017
Thinking of you and the many things you taught me. You were a pleasure to work for and a mentor who taught me valuable life lessons. I hope I am making you proud. Miss you dearly.
Posted by Ben Allbrandt on August 29, 2017
I went to one of those "Alumni" web sites today that keeps track of your high school classmates, and they had a section titled "In Memory Of." I clicked on it, and when I say Marta's name, I actually gasped. I did not know her well, she was a year younger than me and we only had one year's worth of high school chemistry class together. But she was one of those people that you just don't forget. My recollection of her was of a genuinely beautiful, generous, kind young lady, who I am certain lived up to all the wonderful things other people have said about her on this memorial page. She had a million dollar smile, and a kind word for all. I offer my heartfelt condolences to her loved ones.
Posted by Julie Carlson on August 8, 2017
Marta & I were best friends from 9th - 12th grade. We swam together for Tideriders & RMHS & won every time we raced for both teams, individually & on relays. Marta was the reason I started swimming; she swam breaststroke & I swam freestyle. We spent our lives in the water & had the green hair to prove it. And we water skied and snow skied whenever we weren't swimming, or playing in band with Henry. Sadly, I just now learned that Martha died in 2011. I saw her in 2007 at our 30th high-school reunion and had hoped to see her at our 40th. Even though I didn't keep in close touch with her after high school, it sounds like she remained the vibrant person I knew so well when we were teenagers. Thanks, Carey, for doing this tribute to your wonderful sister.
Posted by Sandi Bailey on February 28, 2017
Thinking of you and your dad today. Marta and your mom are together forever.
Posted by Sandi Bailey on June 6, 2016
Thinking of you today, Carey. These reminders always bring back memories of Marta as a sweet young girl.
Posted by Helane Miller on June 5, 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!
Posted by Inga Feiter on June 5, 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)
Posted by Jeanne Underwood on June 5, 2016
Lots of luv flowing your way today ~ as we remember someone who touched us all in a fabulous way.
Posted by Helane Miller on June 5, 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
Posted by Sandi Bailey on June 5, 2015
Thinking of the Schroeder family today.
Posted by Sandi Bailey on June 8, 2014
A beautiful June day to remember Marta.
Posted by Helane Miller on June 5, 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
Posted by Chris Pavlik on June 5, 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!!!
Posted by Rosemary Haas on June 5, 2014
A joy to have known and worked with Marta. I think of her often.
Posted by Jeanne Underwood on June 5, 2014
Think of Marta often with joy in my heart ;) Her amazing spirit still shines thru and brings comfort continually~
Posted by Sandi Bailey on February 28, 2014
Carey, thinking of you and your family today and a toast to Marta's birthday.
Posted by Jeanne Underwood on June 5, 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 ~
Posted by Bob Zellmann on February 13, 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.
Posted by Barbara Mitchell on February 13, 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.
Posted by Bruce Stevenson on December 5, 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.
Posted by Jeanne Underwood on June 5, 2012
Thinking about you all today and sending luv your way :)
Posted by David Dezelan on June 5, 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!
Posted by Rosemary Haas on June 5, 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.
Posted by Sandi Bailey on February 28, 2012
Thinking of all the Schroeders today.
Posted by Jim Martin on February 28, 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.
Posted by Lori Whiteley on January 17, 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!
Posted by Brad Pierson on September 24, 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.
Posted by Mike Judson on September 20, 2011
Marta was a great friend way back at Rocky Mountain High School. My prayers are with her family.
Posted by Rosemary Haas on September 2, 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.
Posted by Nanette Oddo on August 16, 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
Posted by Dawn Corbin on June 19, 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
Posted by Jim Martin on June 16, 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.
Posted by Lisa M Carroll on June 13, 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.
Posted by Carey Cuddeback on June 11, 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
Posted by Susan Schott on June 11, 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
Posted by Sandi Bailey on June 11, 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.
Posted by Jeanne Underwood on June 10, 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.
Posted by Michael Byl on June 10, 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
Posted by Nancy Darga on June 10, 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
Posted by Chris Pavlik on June 10, 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"!!
Posted by Michelle Davis on June 10, 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.

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