LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State Representative Andrea Schroeder passed away this afternoon after a battle with stomach cancer, reports Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth.
“Even in the worst days of her illness, Andrea Schroeder was a tireless and selfless friend who always put the needs of others before her own,” Wentworth said in a press release.
“When we were all worried about her health and her comfort, she was more concerned about helping the people she represented who had called into the office, finding out what was going on in each of our lives, sharing the latest news about her children, working with the close staff for whom she cared so much, and helping everyone around her succeed with their own personal priorities. That’s who she was as a person right from the start, and that is exactly how I will remember her.”
Schroeder, a Republican, represented District 43 which included Clarkston, Clintonville, Independence Township, Lake Angelus and Waterford Township.
She served on the Energy and Rules and Competitiveness committees.
“We are struggling with her loss today, but even more we are all feeling deeply for the close family and friends who have lost such a wonderful person. Andrea’s family has requested time and space to grieve and make their arrangements, and I ask that everyone please respect their wishes during this difficult time,” Wentworth said.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Rep. Andrea Schroeder, following a long and hard-fought battle with stomach cancer. She worked tirelessly for her constituents while facing a struggle most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. Everyone that knew Rep. Schroeder could see how her passion for education and Michigan’s students ran deep. She was a fearless advocate for our children and leaves behind an incredible legacy. My prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time,” said MIGOP Chairman Ron Weiser in a statement.
“Many hearts, including mine, are heavy today. Representative Andrea Schroeder will be remembered in this legislative institution as a remarkable woman, distinguished leader, steadfast friend, and devoted wife and mother,” said Senator Mike Shirkey.
“She was a rare person, and we will all feel the loss of her presence. Rep. Schroeder held fast to her faith in her suffering, in the image of our Lord, and I take consolation in the confidence that she rests in eternal joy with our Creator,” said Michigan Republican Chair Party Ron Weiser.
“Cancer is a terrible disease and it doesn’t spare good people like Rep. Schroeder, who was a tireless advocate for the people of her community. She was passionate about the importance of public service, as she continued to do the people’s work until her final days. She will be missed by all on both sides of the aisle, and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski.
“We are terribly saddened to hear of Andrea’s passing. Her service in the legislature was a capstone to a long legacy of community service and volunteerism. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. May she rest in peace,” said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich.