Highland: Obituaries

Joyce A. Rohling Schmidt, 65

Joyce A. Rohling Schmidt, 65, of Jacksonville, Ill., died on Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, Ill. Burial will be in St. Bartholomew Cemetery near Murrayville, Ill. Friends may call after noon on Friday, April 10 at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. A Rosary service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The family will also meet friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11 at the funeral home.

She was born April 29, 1949 in Highland to Paul A. and Margie A. (Korte) Rohling. She married Donald L. Schmidt on June 30, 1979 at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and he survives.

She was a 1967 graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and earned her associate in arts degree from Kaskaskia College in 1970 and her bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in 1972. She later received her master’s of science in education from Western Illinois University in 1990.

She was a speech therapist for Jacksonville School District 117, Four Rivers, and Pathway School, and later retired from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in June of 2009.

She was a member of the Church of Our Saviour, where she enjoyed singing with the choir. She also played softball for Whobe’s softball team and Our Saviour’s Mother’s volleyball. She was co-founder of the OSS/RCHS Fine Arts Boosters. She was also a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Club, Catholic Daughters of America, National Association of Speech Pathologists, and served as chairperson of handmade gifts at the Passavant Area Hospital Bazaar.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed spending time outdoors with her flowers and the hummingbirds and butterflies. She was an avid reader, carried an ever-present crochet needle, was an avid Cardinals fan, and enjoyed attending the theater and visiting historical places. She cherished her family and friends, whether she was watching her children’s activities, spending time with the WWW girls or lunching with the gal pals of ISVI, or keeping up with all of her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Other survivors include her children, Kristina Geralyn Schmidt of Pontoon Beach and Nikolaus Andrew Schmidt of Fairfield, Iowa; a brother, Keith G. (Wendy) Rohling of Trenton; nieces and nephews, Kelly (Gary) Cooper, Kevin (Kim) Rohling, Stephen Kerckhove, Brett (Megan) Daniel, Jilliane (Dustin) Westphal, Gavin (Kate) Rehkemper, Kelsey Rehkemper and Clayton Rehkemper; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; 19 aunts and uncles; and 67 cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Erika Anne; an infant brother, Kenneth Rohling; a sister, Geralyn Rohling Rehkemper; 11 aunts and uncles; and three cousins.

Memorials are suggested to the OSS/RCHS Fine Arts Boosters or Catholic Daughters of America.

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