Highland: Obituaries

Cornelia Marie “Connie” Rehberger, 100

Cornelia Marie Rehberger, 100, of Highland died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Legacy Place in Highland.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Scott A. Snider, parochial vicar, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon.

She was born on Friday, Dec. 18, 1914, south of Lebanon, to Ralphael A. and Mathilda C. (Haas) Rehberger.

Ms. Rehberger was valedictorian of Lebanon Community High School in 1932. She received her B.S. at the University of Illinois on a scholarship. She taught at a country school and high school in Hardin, Ill. She started working in 1941 for General Electric and worked there for 39 years, retiring in the summer of 1980. She had lived in Schenectady, N.Y., and Scotia, N.Y., then moved to Highland in 2011.

She enjoyed traveling and had visited numerous European countries, Africa, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and Canada, including Nova Scotia. She had attended the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Minn., in 1980.

She enjoyed gardening, community theater, playhouse theater, and the summer performing arts theater in Saratoga, N.Y. She also did volunteer work in the community.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scotia, N.Y.

Survivors include nieces, Sue (Tom) Blankenship of Naperville, Ill., Mary (John) Edwards of Hampshire, Ill., Carol (husband Rich Schumacher) Papenberg of O’Fallon, Rebecca (husband Johnny Knobeloch) Rehberger of Lebanon, Dr. Lisa (husband Dr. Greg Bowerman, DVM) Rehberger, DVM, of San Diego, Calif., and Dr. Linda (Charles) Sommercorn, DDS, of Libertyville, Ill.; nephews, Robert Rehberger of Stockbridge, Ga., and Jeffery (Tisha) Rehberger of Highland; sisters-in-law, Rita Rehberger of San Diego, Calif., and Beverly Rehberger of Brownsville, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, who died on June 15, 1957; her mother, who died on March 27, 1961; a sister, Mildred E. Witzig, who died on May 19, 1999; brothers, Omar L. Rehberger, who died on Dec. 24, 2010, Amos J. Rehberger, who died on May 27, 2014, and Paul J. Rehberger, who died on Feb. 26, 1976; a brother-in-law, retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Edward “Wit” Witzig, who died on May 13, 1984; a sister-in-law, Doris Rehberger, who died on Jan. 4, 2014; and a nephew, Gregory Rehberger, who died on June 1, 1975.

Memorials may be made to Friends of Schenectady County Library; Schenectady Symphony Orchestra or the Joseph R. Michaelis van fund.

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