We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Everly Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Jeannine T. “Jeannie” Schroeder passed away peacefully in her sleep during the night on November 1, 2022. Fittingly, Jeannie assumed her position leading the heavenly host on All Saints Day.
Her friends and family will join to celebrate her amazing life on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church of Falls Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044. All are invited to a reception in the Fellowship Hall after the service.
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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making memorial gifts to First Christian Church or to a charitable organization that embodies Jeannie’s spirit of helping people.
Born February 1, 1971, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeannie spent her early childhood there before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1978 and then on to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1980. The family lived in Great Britain from 1981-85, which gave her a love of travel, history, and tradition.
With her parents and siblings, Jeannie returned to the United States in 1985, settling first in Clovis, New Mexico before relocating to Fountain, Colorado in 1986. She graduated from high school while in Fountain in 1989. Now out of high school, Jeannie’s grand adventure really began, starting with undergraduate education at Texas Christian University (TCU), which sparked a lifelong love and dedicated fandom of the TCU Horned Frogs.
Jeannie went on to earn her master’s degree in international economic development from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 1997. Between her sojourns in undergraduate and graduate education, Jeannine inspired movie scripts by working as a nanny in New York City.
As she progressed through her education, Jeannie gathered an impressive collection of certificates and acknowledgements of her excellence. She was inducted as a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and TCU’s national senior honor society, the Mortar Board, dedicated to scholarship and service.
Armed with two decades of awards and academic achievements, Jeannine set off after earning her master’s to Washington, D.C. She began her long and distinguished government career in 1997 at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, also known as OFHEO, as a Presidential Management Fellow working as manager of operations. During her time at OFHEO, Jeannie expanded her influence, working as a detailee on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate in the appropriations process.
OFHEO merged with the Federal Home Loan Bank board in 2008, creating the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). For the last 15 years, Jeannie served as the Congressional Affairs Officer at FHFA, helping guide the country through the worst housing crisis in its history, and guiding the agency through as Congress and various Presidential administrations grappled with the housing market.
However, Jeannie’s career and professional achievements paled in comparison to her work outside the office to help others and make her country and her community a better place. She lived a true life of service, most notably through her active membership in and support of First Christian Church in Falls Church, Virginia.
Jeannie spearheaded the Land Use Committee charged with building senior housing and worked improved the church building and grounds and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also worked for many years to support refugee families in the greater Washington metro area, especially families who were in the Falls Church area who joined First Christian. For many years, she worked to raise funds and connect people through annual events to support the church such as the fall pumpkin sale and sponsoring families each year during the holiday season.
Jeannie is survived by her sister, Karen L. Schroeder; brother Allen E. Roholt; sister-in-law Agnesse Roholt; nephew William A. Roholt; godson Gavin Gross; goddaughter Miranda Gross, godparents Charles and MaryAnn Schroeder and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. In addition, many dozens of people who were part of her vast network of friends and chosen family remain to carry on her great legacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donna J. Wolf and John A. Schroeder; maternal grandparents Allen W. and Erika H. Wolf; and paternal grandparents Florence and Everett Schroeder.
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