Phyllis J. Schumacher

January 8, 1933 - May 28, 2017

Phyllis J. Schumacher


Phyllis Jean Schumacher, of Belvidere, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 28th. She was born on January 8, 1933, in Belvidere, IL to Chauncey and Dorothy (Mitchell) Starr. She married Howard Schumacher on November 21, 1954.

In her lifetime, Phyllis worked at Admiral in Harvard, Central Grain in Belvidere, several gravel pits and landfills owned by the William Charles Company and she retired from Rockford Truck Sales in 1998.

Phyllis was an active member in the community. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ladies Guild, Big Thunder Grange, Boone County Keen Age Center, American Legion Auxillary, and Business and Professional Women. She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, quilting, bowling, bible study, playing bingo and traveling. She was Tax Assessor for Flora Township in the 60’s. She clerked auctions for many years for Marrs Auction Service and Goad Auction Service.

She is survived by her three children, Cynthia (Curtis) Fruit, Bill Schumacher (Debbi Weber), and Cheryl Crabtree (Brad Richmond); grandchildren, Chad Fruit, Crystal Fruit, Kristopher (Ashley) Gay, Ryan Curry (Liz Cocoma); great grandchildren, Gavin and Addison Fruit, Kiley Ishmon, Bella Evans, Ava and Adley Curry, Aubrey McGaw; sisters, Mary (Jay) Cordray and Patricia Siebrasse; brother, Kerry (Darlene) Hopperstad; sister-in-law, Judy Starr; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband on November 21, 2009; her parents; sister, Ruth Starr; and brother, John Starr.

Special thanks to OSF Hospital and Cancer Care Center, OSF Home Health Care, and Peak Medical Home Care caregivers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Allan Buss officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and also a visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories, Belvidere. In lieu of flowers, memorials to be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Immanuel Lutheran School. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church


A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Immanuel Lutheran Church


visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Allan Buss officiating

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Highland Garden of Memories

Burial in Highland Garden of Memories

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I only just found out about my friend, Phyllis. She was a great friend and had such a love of life that it seemed to infect anyone who was around her. Rest in peace in our Lord’s arms.

Brenda L. Douglas 2017-06-13T04:42:42

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Schumacher family

Neal Roach 2017-06-04T00:59:08

I’m so sorry for your families loss. I’m so grateful to have met your mom and the rest of you guys. Phyllis was a beautiful lady. All though I only got to meet her and the privilege to care for her for a day. I believe it was a blessing.

Kiatonya Blan 2017-06-03T05:39:29

We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
Isaiah 25:8

Jackson Family 2017-06-02T23:44:01

So sorry for the loss of your mom & grandma. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Denise Clinkenbeard Olson 2017-06-02T04:12:35

I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

Debi Hendron 2017-06-01T13:00:20

God be with you, Phyllis, been a long time knowing you, you were always family, always, now there is another star, to light the way to heaven

Derdre Doyle, Merryman 2017-06-01T11:22:12

We had many laughs while bowling. Our trip to Decatur was something we always laughed about. She always had a smile and was a good friend for many years.

Sally Paugels 2017-05-31T21:56:36

Deepest Sympathy to her family.

I had been on Committees with Phyllis and so enjoyed her upbeat happy personality. She had many groups of friends that will surely miss her.

Now at rest with Jesus, dear friend, you will be missed.

Bert {Ambler} Thornton 2017-05-31T19:48:48

Sorry to hear, prayers for the family.

Tom Romans 2017-05-31T16:04:59

Such a sweet and kind lady. Prayers to the family.

Jen Andres 2017-05-31T14:06:17

Sending our condolences. Prayers and hugs to the family

Peggy & Mike Paulson 2017-05-31T13:51:03

Bill and family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother…may she live forever in your wonderful memories…

Amber (Culvey) Dill 2017-05-31T12:23:11

So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. Had the pleasure of knowing her on Wednesday night bowling at Concordia.

Sending Prayers to the fa

Kim Viette 2017-05-31T11:52:28

Prayers to the family!

Darrel Moore 2017-05-31T09:22:20

We always enjoyed seeing you at auctions ! Rip….
Ken and Sherry

Sherry and Ken Hicks 2017-05-31T03:33:22

So sorry for your loss praying forthe family for comfort and peace

Kimberly 2017-05-31T03:04:24

Cyndy and family, So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. I have always enjoyed talking with her. She is one of those people you meet that have a ready smile. Cherish your memories!

Joanne Fruit 2017-05-31T03:01:29

Our condenolences to the Schumacher family

Rick Warren 2017-05-31T02:29:23

Bill – it is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful lady and it was always a pleasure to see her and talk with her at your home during holidays and special occasions. We know she will be missed by you and your sisters, nieces, nephews and other members of your family. She, and you, are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Wes Schumaker and Cathy Huntowski 2017-05-31T02:27:55

So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing.

The Russell & Bernice Anderson family 2017-05-31T02:24:14

Sorry to hear this.
Talked to her in Taco Bell
Just a few months back.
Deepest sympathy.

Sandy Anderson 2017-05-31T01:58:06

So sorry.remember the good times.

Fary simon 2017-05-31T01:53:18

Grandmothers are special. Our deepest sympathy

Richard and Gayle Lorenz 2017-05-31T00:26:49

I light this candle in memory of you. I cherish all the time we had together and all the adventures we had from going to McDonalds to the family vacations. I really understand how strong and proud you were of not only myself but all your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. You will be miss greatly, but remember always. Love you! Until I see you again.

Chad Fruit 2017-05-30T17:56:37


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