Loretta A. Schramer, 87, of Virgil, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Though her body battled and lost, Loretta claims the victory of her Savior and walks among the angels in Heaven.
She was born on the family farm, January 17, 1922, the daughter of John and Margaret (Loerzel) Schmitt in Virgil, Ill.
Loretta was no stranger when it came to hard work while growing up on the farm. She cooked and cleaned for her family, as well as many others, all while attending S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic School.
Loretta caught the eye of the â€œboy next door,â€ Matt Schramer, who literally lived on the farm next door. Before long they shared a love that blossomed into marriage on Oct. 7, 1940, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.
Shortly after they exchanged vows, Loretta and Matt moved to the Klingbeil Farm on Lees Road, where Matt worked as manager. In 1958, the family moved to Virgil on Meredith Road. On Dec. 19, 2001, Matt passed away. Loretta continued to live in the family home filling it with family and memories that will be cherished by all.
Loretta was a faithful member the church as well as the Altar and Rosary Society at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. She also counted thousands of votes working as an election judge for over 25 years.
In her younger years, Loretta could be found playing the guitar at local hometown talent shows and barn dances. She even heard herself on the radio. Family was paramount to Loretta, and homemade sticky buns were the physical manifestation of that love; everyone had their own pan during the holidays. Birthday cards always contained an â€œI love youâ€ as well as the prerequisite $5, and each birthday and anniversary were laid out in what eventually became a very crowded calendar.
Loretta and Matt played many rounds of rummy every night, even though he almost always lost. When company came, the game changed to Pitch and her dominance continued. When asked what made her family so special, Loretta didnâ€™t hesitate with a litany of reasons and numerous blessings. Many times when there is a large family, there can be friction between siblings and their own families, but not the Schramers. Almost all of them lived within 25 miles of each other, and they all came running when one of them was in need. This is the legacy of love and loyalty that Loretta instilled into her children and one that they have passed on to their children and grandchildren.
She now leaves her seven children, Sister Mary Louise Schramer O.S.F. of Virgil, Dorothy (Pat) Burnell of Marseilles, Ill., Jane (Dutch) Phillips of Kaneville, Sue (Cork) Phillips of Sycamore, Lorraine (Guy) Nicoll of Allen, Texas, Jim (Pam) Schramer of Argyle, Wis., and Mike (Teri) Schramer of Elgin; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Frances Colsten of Aurora, Ralph Schmitt of Loyal, Wis., Jean (George) Ramer of DeKalb, John (Diane) Schmitt of Hampshire, Ill., and Robert (Janice) Schmitt of Hampshire; four sisters-in-law, Clara Schmitt of Maple Park, Catherine Schramer of Virgil, Angela Lexa of Sycamore, Marion Umbdenstock of Bartlet, Ill.; two brothers-in-law, Vern Warber of Sycamore, Deacon Joseph Schramer of Apple Valley, Minn., and a community of friends and neighbors who will miss her greatly.
She now joins her husband, Matt; her parents and six siblings, Katherine McDonald, Louis Schmitt, Esther Warber, Nicholas Schmitt, Margaret Bewsey, and Elizabeth Sauber, who preceded her in death.
Visitation was at S.S. Peter and Paul Parish Center on Meredith Road, Tuesday, April 7. A wake service concluded visitation. A mass to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, April 8; following a time of visitation. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery. A video recording of the service will be available at www.conleycare.com the following day in an â€œon-demandâ€ format.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit American Diabetes Association. Checks may be made to the â€œLoretta Schramer Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.