Roger M. Schiller
WOODSTOCK – Roger M. Schiller, 64, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at his home in Woodstock.
He was born on July 26, 1947, in McHenry to Raymond and Doris (Hamil) Schiller.
Roger loved his work and was a civil engineer at MWH Global.He also loved music and was an accomplished guitar player, singer and a founding member of the music group Hartland Express.
He enjoyed photography and most recently discovered a passion for gardening. His yard was a testament to many hours spent tending plants and trees.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his 26-year-old daughter, Rachel, and being involved with
her life, education and evolving career.
He is survived by his daughter, Rachel; a stepson, Joshua (Maria Vitucci) Kaufman; a stepdaughter, Rebekah (Andrew) Madera; his brothers and sisters, Donna (Jim) Hellenbrand, Bonnie (Phil) Bjerning, Sherry (Jim) Bykowski, Russell (Diane) Schiller, Roxane Schiller, Randal (Patricia) Schiller, Mark (Sandy) Schiller and Danielle (Michael) Schultz; his father-in-law and mother in-law, Thomas and Jennie Dincecco; his grandson, Tege Madera; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Janice Schiller; and sister, Rhonda Jackson.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.
For information, call Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710.
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Published by Northwest Herald from Jul. 21 to Jul. 23, 2012.
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I am so sorry for your loss...
carrie hague
August 14, 2012
Roger and I were in the same line of business. I did commute with Roger almost everyday to Chicago. I still see him seating on that special seat in 2nd quite car of Metra in the morning, His hobby of gardens and engineering design and planning were our topics of conversation every day. I learned a lot from him and he will always be my teacher and a great friend. Miss you Roger. RIP.
Kirit Purani
August 2, 2012
john kugler
July 29, 2012
RIP Roger. we have many fond memories of being entertained by the Hartland Express. your smile, wit and music will be missed. condolences to your family. john and marilyn kugler pt orange, florida
July 29, 2012
The world is a better place for everyone who knew Roger. My heart will always remember the Ramblin' Boy with the wry grin strummin' on the gut bucket. Roger's spirit filled a room and will remain forever in my memory.
Stacy Iwanicki
July 28, 2012
To all Roger's family, my deepest condolences. He will be greatly missed especially the first thing on some mornings in the office lunch room when he and I used to get our coffee and chatted a bit. He always made me laugh (with a twinkle in his eye) by asking how I was and I would respond that it was too early to tell but that he should ask me again at 5:00 o'clock. I join all my colleagues in mourning a great loss.
Lena Tham
July 28, 2012
To all his family and friends I knew there was something special about Rog when we got acquainted back in the 70's and early 80's. We came together at the Hartland Forge in Hartland, Ill. He used to call me "boss" which was a joke! Rog didn't need a boss! He was the most cooperative and congenial person I ever met. He and Al Fyfe and I worked together for three years. I should say laughed. We had more fun than any three people should be allowed. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be truely missed.

-Kurt Wanieck, Lakewood, Ca
July 27, 2012
To the entire Schiller family, our deepest sympathy...
Spring Bluff Industries & J-2 Concrete
July 27, 2012
To Rachel especially--your father was so utterly devoted to you, your life, your journey. He set an amazing example of parenthood, and I was lucky enough to chat with him frequently on your behalf--each time re-evaluating my own parenting to see if it measured up to his standard. We were all blessed to have shared a path with him.
Dora Tippens
July 25, 2012
Becky Madera
July 25, 2012
Very rarely do you run across such a genuine,
kind-hearted, friendly, caring soul. I met Roger several years ago commuting from the Woodstock Station.
I looked so forward to his smile, silly jokes, updates and friendly chats each morning. He quickly became a very dear friend to my entire family. Our lives were truly blessed by his friendship and he will be missed and always remembered. As we mourn the loss of a dear friend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his entire family and all who share in this very sad loss.
Pam, Butch, Nika and Nicholas Wilhelm
July 25, 2012
Randy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your brother's passing. All the Schiller's will be in my prayers. Hold on to all your wonderful memories. Ann (Sullivan) Schmidt
Ann Schmidt
July 24, 2012
I feel blessed to have known Roger. I will always think about the joy he brought into a room (especially when he laughed), and the patience that he had with a group of giggling middle school girls on a sleepover at 2 in the morning. He was an amazing father to my good friend and someone we all respected for his wisdom and outlook on life.

Roger was a true force of goodness in this world and I will never forget him.
Amber Luecht
July 23, 2012
I'll miss his early morning drive-throughs as we set up the farmers market on Tuesdays. Just time to say hello and wish each other well. Always a ready smile, always ready to lend a hand. I guess it is always this way with the good ones, but he left too soon.
keith johnson
July 22, 2012
To all of the family, we send our prayers and condolences and are sad to hear of Roger's death.
Roger was the inspiation for many wonderful moments at Marian Central and my great Friend, as he "stepped in" as my date for my "66" Senior Prom, while my Boyfriend was stationed in Germany. He instilled a love for life and music in all. We met last at Marian's "Sound of Music" Reunion. His warmth, smile and giving Spirit touched all he met. Roger, you are a gift to us all, and we will miss you.
Betty Fisher (Woods)
July 22, 2012
It's hard to find the words to express our shock and sorrow over Roger's passing. I am so honored to have had him as a step-father. From the age of 7, Roger was a generous host, and above all, a loving and always entertaining friend. When our mom passed, he supported us through that difficult time with loving grace, wisdom, and of course, transformative music. It is incredibly hard to imagine life without his upbeat, deep voice on the other end of the phone. We will never forget you, Roger. You will forever live on inside our hearts and souls. I truly believe that you made all of us better people just for having known you. Love always, your stepdaughter, Becky
Rebekah Madera
July 22, 2012
Words cannot express how sad we feel for Roger's family. This was such an unexpected tragedy and makes us aware of our own mortality. Peace and blessings to the family and our sincerest sympathies.

Janice and Mohamed Razaq
Janice Razaq
July 22, 2012
I am truly sorry for your loss. Roger was an amazing, talented person with such a gracious spirit and heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope you can find peace during this difficult time.
Kristin Samuelson
July 22, 2012
You were one of the best people I've ever met. I will never forget you.
Ed Hall
July 22, 2012
The Madera Family
July 22, 2012
So many of us were touched by your friendship, laughter and music. You leave an empty space in all of us that won't be easy to fill. Here's to the "Ramblin' Boy."
Tony Casalino
July 22, 2012
Roger's superb talent and his joyous, kind-hearted spirit made the world a happier place. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences go out Roger's family and friends, and to everyone who was touched by this exceptional man.
Sue Rose
July 21, 2012
I still can't (or don't want to) believe that Roger is gone. After my mom passed away, he was no longer just my step dad, he became a great friend. He was one of the few people in my life I could always count on. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. An outstanding father, a fabulous musician, a dear man. I miss you, Roger, and I always will.
Joshua Kaufman
July 21, 2012
I am so deeply sorrowed by the passing of Roger. I was blessed to be in his company many times and always enjoyed my time with him. Roger, I know that you are with your beloved wife and your light and soul will forever shine. You will be truly missed by all of your family and friends. RIP
Maria Vitucci
July 21, 2012
His smile, his presence was a gift. Thank you dear man.
Maria dk
July 21, 2012
Rebekah Madera
July 21, 2012
To friendship, music, love and laughter.
Wendy Proulx Bruce
July 21, 2012
July 21, 2012
He was at my side, in every sense, for 42 years. I'm a better person for it.
Chris Strong
July 21, 2012