William Francis Schrage


William Francis Schrage, age 90, of Greenville, IL died peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation. Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12 noon at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 AM until 12 noon at the church. William gifted his body to The St. Louis University School of Medicine. His ashes will later be buried with his wife Verena’s at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, 7030 Gravois in St. Louis, MO; SLU Plot 39A. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Lawrence Heart Work Camp or Meals on Wheels.

William was born on September 25, 1928 the first child of William H. and Alma (Goestenkor) Schrage. He grew up in St. Rose, IL and was a 1946 graduated of Aviston, IL High School. William married Verena M. Wiegman on May 7, 1953. On December 12, 1953 he was inducted into the army then honorably discharged on December 9, 1955. After his return from the military he and Verena worked together in a lifelong career on their dairy farm in Greenville. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville. William was also a member of the Greenville Knights of Columbus, The Bond County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Holstein Association. Through the years other interests included soil and water conservation, Bond County FS, 4H, FFA and researching family genealogy. William was preceded in death by his wife Verena in 2003 and his parents. He is survived by his children; William B. (special friend Diane Jones) Schrage, Kathleen (Kent) Johnson, Roger (Jan Thacker) Schrage, Elaine (Daniel) Zitta, Angela (Timothy) Wilke, and Margaret (William) Mills. He has eighteen grandchildren; William R. (Rachel) Schrage, Krystal (Justin) Ray, Rebekah (Steve) Lyles, Theresa Miler, Kyle (Kristy) Johnson, Kurtis (Whitney (Johnson, Chad (Christina Schrage, Morgan Schrage, BreAnna Maynard, Emily Zitta, Hillary (fiancé Patrick Roy) Zitta, Kimberly (Cory) Schneider, Dan Wilke, Casey (Craig Benhoff, Elise (Robert II) Talleur, Dalton, (fiancé Megan Dothager) Mills Lexie Mills, and Hunter Mills William also has thirteen great grandchildren. His sibling include Anna Jean Kampwerth Patricia (Al) VonderHaar, Sister Mary Jane Schrage, Victoria (Tom) Book, and Linus (Emilie) Schrage.

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