Ruth M. Schoolfield, 89, of Stockbridge, Ga., formerly of Highland, Ill., born April 6, 1927, in Highland, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital, Ga.
She attended Washington University, studying the Arts, later working for Styx Baer & Fuller as a seamstress and dressmaker. She made her own clothing and hats for herself and her children. Ruth then started the Highland Print Shop and was a member of what is now the BPW. She later moved to Florida finishing her College degree and taught school in the Monroe County Florida School District for 8 years. She was an avid watercolor and oil painter, entering many shows in Florida. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her family.
She is survived by her children, Robert L. Rehberger, of Stockbridge, Ga., Dr. Linda M. (Charles) Sommercorn, of Libertyville, Ill., Jeffery L. (Tisha) Rehberger, of Highland, Ill.; stepdaughter, Myra S. Schoolfield, of Pa.; stepson, Sanford R. "Sandy" Schoolfield, of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeffrey J. Rehberger, Michael E. Sommercorn, Kay Lynn Rehberger, Jenna N. Sommercorn; step-grandchildren, Laura, nee Smith, Barry, Jessica Lowe, Justin Lowe, Cody Lowe, Caitlyn Lowe; numerous great-grandchildren, and special friends, Mauro and Hermine Imerito.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Margaret A., nee Widmer, Grimmer; her first husband, Dr. Amos Joseph, "A.J." Rehberger, whom she married June 4, 1948; her second husband, Dr. Walter R Schoolfield, whom she married June 16, 1972 in Highland, Ill.; son, Gregory Joseph Rehberger; brother, Edward Grimmer; sisters, Irma, nee Grimmer, Compton, Dorothy, nee Grimmer, Bellm.
Memorials may be made to St Paul Church, The
Visitation: Friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill., with Rev. Father Pat Jakel, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St Joseph Cemetery, Highland, Ill.
MERIDITH FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 13, 2016