Watch it Now Vernon and Joann Schroeder: Why We Support Lutheran Schools

One of the many highlights of our first-ever Cooking for Kids livestream event and auction was a moving video tribute to Vernon and Joann Schroeder, our 2021 LESA Heritage Club Honorees. Vernon and Joann are the living embodiment of Christ’s love and we are continually humbled by their support. During our live event, Sue Nahmensen, our CEO, shared the ways that Vernon and Joann are creating a lasting legacy for children. 

“I would like to introduce the Heritage Club honorees Vernon and Joann Schroeder. This award recognizes individuals who are members of the Heritage Club of the Lutheran Elementary School Association’s (LESA) Founder’s Society. It is reserved for those who have included Lutheran Elementary School Association of St. Louis in their will, trust and/or estate plans, or have named LESA as a beneficiary (whole or partial) of an insurance policy or retirement account, and/or have established an endowment fund.”

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“What moves us is our love for Christ. Our love for Christ. Can we share that with someone else?”

Vernon & Joann Schroeder




“Vernon & Joann Schroeder are members of Child of God Lutheran Church in St. Peters, volunteer at SSM Hospital, have two children, and are both alumni of Lutheran elementary schools – an experience that they will tell you has laid a foundation for both of them throughout their life, sort of like a roadmap, guiding them through life’s best and worst times. They recognize that not everyone can afford this educational opportunity, and they want to help.”

“Recently, Vernon & Joann created a named endowment to benefit LESA that will provide scholarships for years to come for children of all faiths enrolled in Lutheran schools. They consistently support our annual programs. The Schroeders exemplify Christ’s love in their love for one another but also for those less fortunate. Vernon and Joann, thank you for your generosity and commitment to Lutheran education.”

Thank you Vernon & Joann. Your legacy gifts are so very meaningful and will impact the lives of children and families for years to come.

Are you ready to create a lasting legacy for children? To learn more about matching gifts for named endowments, or making an estate gift to LESA, visit the Support LESA section on our website, or contact Katherine “Kit” Auble, our Director of Fund Development and Marketing, at 314-200-0797 or, to get started.