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Rebecca Schroer, 85, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Wesley Willows. Born August 14, 1930, in Monroe, Michigan; the daughter of Wayne and Mildred (McMillin) Whisler. She received her Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University where she majored in education. She was a teacher in Savanna, Illinois and Rockford, Illinois. Rebecca married Philip P. Schroer on August 25, 1955, in Savanna, Ill; he predeceased her February 20, 2014. She was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian and belonged to the National Education Association and Illinois Education Association.
She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Harvey, Polly (John Bouchey) Sappington, and Martha (Jeff) Whitford; grandchildren, Nikki Whitford, Andrew and Matthew Sappington; and numerous loving friends. Also predeceased by her parents; brother, Wayne E. Whisler; and sister-in-law, Viola Whisler.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd. with Rev. Brad Rogers officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. Memorials to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Condolences & Shared Memories (12)

  1. Brenda and Ross

    Becky, what a beauty! Meet her once never forget her....your dad too, both so gentle. Hardest part about growing older; losing your parents. (You KNOW that you are in our prayers.)

  2. David Schroer

    So sorry to hear of Becky's passing on our return from spending Christmas with our kids in the Seattle area. Becky, Phil, and I share many memories. We will miss her!

  3. Rick Freedlund

    Martha, Polly, and Liz: I'm sorry to say I won't be able to join you in saying goodbye today. My thoughts are with you.


    I am deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. She will be truly missed and we will include her in our prayers. She was a gracious host and a wonderful support to me after the death of Elsie.

  5. Julie Kosinski

    Becky's daughters, I knew your mother through teaching reading mostly at Washington Magnet School. That was many years ago now. It was a delight to share a room with her because she was always such a positive person. She was a great teacher. She cared about the students, and she cared about those that worked with her. She also shared many wonderful stories about you as we sat around and talked about our girls. Her bubbly personality and smile will always be remembered. Sending my sincere condolences.

  6. Anne Venner

    She was a wonderful aunt. I will always remember her warm smile and the fun that we had in Rockford and Pearl City. So sorry that we can't be there for the funeral but our thoughts are with the three of you and your families.

  7. Kris Bull Wetzel

    Elizabeth, Polly, Martha and extended families, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her as a wonderful Mom to you gals growing up. Always loved coming to your house. Words can not describe the loss you are feeling but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Sandra Meeks

    MJ, My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family on the passing of your mother. May the love of family, friends & most of all the memories of your mother comfort you today and the days to come.

  9. Julie Quigg Schocker

    Dear Schroers, I look at your mom's picture and all those memories of life in Rockford and the Westminster family come rushing back. What a kind and marvelous person your mom was. I send my sympathies and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sean

    Martha and Jeff, so sorry for your loss.

  11. Kermit Pahl

    Polly, I'm so sorry about your Mom. You and John will be in prayers. Miss you all. Kermit

  12. Rev. Karen Gerhard-Conner

    I am so grateful to have enjoyed Becky's friendship and wisdom not only through the years at Westminster, but especially in our "Next Chapter" support group these past 2 years. She now knows the fullness of the next chapter in her life's journey through her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ -- not the end of the story but the beginning of eternal peace and joy. I will miss her. God bless you all.

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