Cornelia M. “Connie” Rehberger


Cornelia M. “Connie” Rehberger, age 100, of Highland, passed away Thursday, March 5, in Legacy Place in Highland. A Funeral Mass for 100 year-old Cornelia M. “Connie” Rehberger will be Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon. Friends may call Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Friends of Schenectady County Library, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra; or the Joseph R. Michaelis Van Fund.

She was born on Friday, December 18, 1914, in Mascoutah, IL, the daughter of Ralphael A. and Mathilda Caroline (nee Haas) Rehberger.

Connie was born south of Lebanon, IL. She was Valedictorian of Lebanon Community High School in 1932. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at University of Illinois, and taught at a country school and high school in Hardin, IL. She started working in 1941 for General Electric and worked there for 39 years, retiring in the Summer of 1980. She lived in Schenectady, NY and Scotia, NY; 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:
Niece – Sue Ann (Tom) Blankenship, Naperville, IL
Niece – Mary Lou Edwards, Naperville, IL
Niece – Carol (Husband: Rich Schumacher) Papenberg, O’Fallon, IL
Niece – Rebecca (Johnny) Rehberger-Knobeloch, Lebanon, IL
Niece – Lisa (Greg) Bowerman, California
Nephew – Robert Rehberger, Georgia
Niece – Linda (Chuck) Sommercorn, DDS, Libertyville, IL
Nephew – Jeffery (Tisha) Rehberger, Highland, IL
Sister In-law – Rita Rehberger, California
Sister In-law – Beverly Rehberger, Brownsville, TX

She was preceded in death by:
Father – Ralphael A. Rehberger (Died 1957)
Mother – Mathilda C. Rehberger, nee Haas (Died 1961)
Sister – Mildred E. Witzig
Brother – Omar L. Rehberger (Died 12/24/2010)
Brother – Amos J. Rehberger, Brownsville, TX
Brother – Paul J. Rehberger (Died 1976)
Brother In-law – Edward “Wit” Witzig
Sister In-law – Doris Rehberger (Died 1/4/2014)
Nephew – Gregory Rehberger

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249

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