Keri Schroeder, 45, died June 21, 2012, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, due to complications from recurrent breast cancer.
Born May 18, 1967, at Providence Hospital, Keri was the daughter of Wynoaka Baumgardner and the late Dewey Baumgardner. She is survived by her husband, Jon Schroeder, a teacher and coach at Chugiak High School; her mother, a retired Anchorage School District teacher; and sister, Carla Stephenson, the director of finance for Camp Fire USA Alaska Council.
Keri graduated from Chugiak High School in 1986 and later from the University of Alaska-Anchorage with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in music. For the past 16 years she taught third grade at Homestead Elementary in Eagle River.
Keri was involved with the Miss Alaska Scholarship Pageant since 1986. She began as a contestant in local pageants, winning the title of Miss Chugiak-Eagle River in 1988. Throughout her competition years she held several titles including Miss Anchorage and Miss Alaska 1992. After the completion of her year of service as Miss Alaska, she continued to volunteer with the program as producer, mentor, board member, and judge.
Outside of teaching and pageants, Keri enjoyed the adventure of camping, fishing, hunting, scuba diving and riding her motorcycle and ATVs. She was an Alaska state remote control car racing titleholder in her late teens. Additionally, Keri was a lifelong member of the First Church of God in Anchorage, where her love for music and singing began. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Nu Chapter, teachers’ society.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Chugiak High School Auditorium, with Pastor Steven Myers officiating. A potluck reception will follow the service in the high school cafeteria.
The Miss Alaska Foundation has established a memorial scholarship fund in Keri’s honor. The Miss Alaska Foundation is a 501 c (3) not for profit organization. For more information on making an online donation, please visit www.missalaskapageant.com.