O'Fallon Progress

Obituary: Cornelia M. “Connie” Rehberger

Cornelia M. “Connie” Rehberger, 100 of Highland, died Thursday, March 5, at Legacy Place in Highland.

She was born Dec. 18, 1914, in Mascoutah, the daughter of Raphael A. and Mathilda C. (nee Haas) Rehberger.

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

Connie was born south of Lebanon. She was Valedictorian of Lebanon Community High School in 1932. She received her BS in Education at 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 39 years, retiring in the summer of 1980. She had attended the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980. She lived in Schenectady, N.Y. and Scotia, N.Y., then move to Highland in 2011. She enjoyed traveling, especially to numerous European Countries, Africa, Caribbean, Panama Canal and Canada including Nova Scotia. She enjoyed gardening, community theater, playhouse theater and Saratoga summer performing arts theater. She also did volunteer work in the community.

Survivors include 6 nieces, Sue (Tom) Blankenship of Naperville, Ill., Mary (John) Edwards of Hampshire, Ill., Carol (Rich Schumacher) Papenberg of O’Fallon, Rebecca (Johnny Knobeloch) Rehberger of Mascoutah, Lisa (Greg Bowerman DVM) Rehberger DVM of San Diego, Calif.; and Linda (Charles) Sommercorn DDS of Libertyville, Ill.; 2 nephews, Robert Rehberger of Stockbridge, Ga., and Jeffery (Tisha) Rehberger of Highland; and 2 sister-in-laws, Rita Rehberger of San Diego, Calif., and Beverly Rehberger of Brownsville, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raphael A. Rehberger; mother, Mathilda C. Rehberger, nee Haas; sister, Mildred E. Witzig; 3 brothers, Omar L. Rehberger, Amos J. Rehberger and Paul J. Rehberger; brother-in-law, Major Edward “Wit” Witzig (USAF Ret.); sister-in-law, Doris Rehberger; and nephew, Gregory Rehberger.

Visitation was Wednesday, March 18, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday, March 18, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland with Father Scott A. Snider officiating.

Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Schenectady County Library; Schenectady Symphony Orchestra; or Joseph R. Michaelis (Van Fund).

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland handled the arrangements.