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Funeral services for Kendra Schroeder, age 32, of Brunswick, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Avenue, in Norfolk, Nebraska. Pastor Bruce Phillips will officiate.
Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the chapel.
Kendra died Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Avera Crieghton Hospital in Creighton, Nebraska.
Kendra B. Vetter was born on February 15, 1991, to Alois and Gena (Rehling) Vetter. Early on Kendra proved to be both spirited and bright. An early memory of her mother’s was Kendra’s ability to hear and memorize long passages of children’s stories, and nursery rhymes by hearing them over and over again. Her grandmother “Homa” was instrumental in her early education as well as her strong will. It was this keen mind and strong personality that made her an excellent teacher for her younger brother and sisters. Kendra was energetic, spunky, and always witty and fun.
Kendra was a big sister to her five siblings. It was a role she took seriously and did well. She cooked for them, disciplined them, taught them, and loved them. As a family, resources were short, but adventures were not. The best times of Kendra’s childhood were when, as a family, they went camping, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and long bike rides. It was in these adventures that they bonded as a family and developed what for Kendra would be a lifelong love of adventure and travel. Kendra was full of life, love, and was an expert at making her loved ones laugh with her quick wit.
Kendra graduated from Norfolk High School. At age 21, Kendra was blessed with her son, Jaxon. It was during some of her most challenging times as a single mother she met Drew Schroeder. Struggling with his own trials, he and Kendra shared a bond of understanding. Initially their relationship was one of friendship, but they soon became inseparable. Drew found Kendra to be ‘the strongest woman he had ever known.’ He respected her for her exterior toughness and came to love her for her interior tenderness.
Life was not easy in the early days of their relationship, but together they became a family of deep love and devotion. Drew and Kendra married in 2017. The following year they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Dahlia, who was followed by son, Isaac. It was in this role that Kendra found her highest calling and most fulfilling role, that of devoted mother, loving wife, accomplished homemaker.
Friends and family alike were blessed by her terrific cooking. There also seemed to be no challenge she couldn’t overcome, learning to drive the boat, carpentry projects with Drew, and painting jobs. Where there was a need, Kendra was there and ready. In addition to summers at the river with family, Drew and Kendra enjoyed extensive travel having visited all the states west of the Missouri except North Dakota. They loved visiting family in Wisconsin and Michigan and cheered on her siblings as they accomplished their various goals.
While they loved their adventures, they were always committed to home. They once drove all the way to California for a concert but midway through the concert decided they had had enough. They drove through the night to get back home for a grandma’s birthday.
Kendra’s life’s joy was her children, Jaxon, Dahlia, and Izzy and her husband Drew. Though her life was too short, her impact is great. She mastered the art of overcoming trauma, doing much with little, and finding joy even in the struggle. She leaves behind family and friends better off for having known her.
Kendra was welcomed into heaven by maternal grandparents, Gene Rehling and Louise (Weeldreyer) Rehling; paternal grandparents, Alois Vetter and Donna Vetter; father, Alois Vetter Jr.; and aunt Kimberly Vetter.
Left to remember her are her husband, Drew; sons, Jaxon Vetter-Zessin and Isaac “Izzy”; daughter, Dahlia; mother, Gena Abramson; siblings, Lacey and Devvon Vetter, Bethany Bungartz, Hanna and Gretchen Abramson; step-grandmother, Patricia Vetter; nephews, Ryker Laabs and Zayden Vetter; niece, Ryla Laabs; in-laws, Jennifer Carnine, Eric Blum, and Nancy White; sister-in-law, Madison Hood; and numerous aunts and uncles.