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Faye E. Smith1,2

b. 12 November 1911, d. 2 June 2000

Family Charles Chester Schroyer b. 20 March 1912, d. May 1986

Birth Date: 12 Nov 1911
Death Date: 2 Jun 2000
Social Security Number: 503-03-8899
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: South Dakota
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 57106
Localities: Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota1 
Birth* 12 November 1911  Cavour, Beadle Co., SD1,2 
Married Name 4 September 1973  Schroyer 
Marriage* 4 September 1973  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD, Principal=Charles Chester Schroyer2 
Death* 2 June 2000  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD1 
News/Obit* 4 June 2000  Obituary,
A bookkeeper for 20 years, Faye Schroyer dies at 88

Although she often presented a reserved demeanor to the world, Faye Schroyer blew through life as a petite whirlwind, with a ton of energy, a ready laugh, a red Volkswagen and usually a young sibling, niece or nephew in tow.

Schroyer, 88, of 4000 S. Westport Ave., died Friday, June 2, 2000, of congestive heart failure.

She was born Nov. 12, 1911, in Cavour, but she spent most of her life in Sioux Falls and became part of the fabric of downtown society from her years working there.

"She loved working there and made so many friends," said her brother Paul Smith. "People just knew her downtown. It was amazing at Christmas she had so many cards from so many different people."

His sister was 23 years his senior, Smith says, but she was an inveterate walker, swimmer, rider and bicyclist who was more than able to keep pace with younger generations. They were, in fact, an abiding delight.

"Children were No. 1 with her," Smith said. "She insisted on taking them everywhere.

"She had a little VW, and you'd see her around town, always with one of the children, taking them somewhere. That's what she loved to do."

She was a volunteer at the Sioux Valley Auxiliary and for First United Methodist Church.

A perfectionist in all things, she brought that drive to the kitchen and was a renowned cook, her brother said.

Her maternal instinct, a source of joy, also led her to tragedy. With both her mother and stepfather working in a commercial sign shop, Schroyer helped raise her three younger brothers and sisters. She was devastated when one of those brothers, Bobby Smith, was killed in France in World War II.

Later, Paul Smith said, when his wife died, Schroyer helped raise his son.

"Jeff would rather go to Faye's house than anywhere else," he said.

When the family gathers for reunions and holidays, Smith said, "We have many fond memories about how well she took care of everybody."

Schroyer attended Lowell, Emerson and Lincoln elementary schools and graduated from Washington High School. While in high school, she began working at the Sharon Shop. Later she moved to Fantle's. Donahue's Furniture hired her and for nearly 20 years had one of the most precise bookkeepers in Sioux Falls.

On Sept. 1, 1935, she married Earl Metzger in Sioux Falls. He died in 1972.

On Sept. 4, 1973, she married Charles Schroyer. He died in 1986.

In addition to Smith, survivors include: a sister, Peggy Westlake of Rochester, N.Y. stepsons Charles of Pierre and Robert of Madison, Wis. and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place Monday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will begin at noon today at the Miller Funeral Home. The family will be present from 2 to 3 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to The Inn at Westport.

Appeared in the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - June 4, 2000


Last Edited 23 Jan 2005

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