Eilene A. Scheff

January 13, 1924 - April 10, 2015
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Eilene Ann Ruppert Scheff, age 91, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 after a short illness.  Born in Peru, Illinois on January 13, 1924 to Clarence Ruppert and Lydia Ann Moellering, she was one of ten children.


Our Mother, Eilene met Albert Francis Scheff while roller-skating.  The story goes he fell down and she picked him up.  They were married on January 22, 1944.  After WWII they began to build their own family of seven children.  As a young couple, they moved from Peru to Cherry Valley, Illinois, following our father’s job as a textile machinist.  They spent the rest of their lives in Cherry Valley until Albert’s passing on December 6, 1988.  Theirs was a happy life, surrounded by family and friends, in a home almost entirely built by Albert.


Eilene was a devoted member of St. Rita Catholic Church for 58 years.  She loved to tell jokes, go to garage sales and collect antiques, do puzzles, write letters to family members, and collect family photos.  She was known for her love of dancing, especially at family weddings.  She hosted the annual Easter egg hunt for her grandkids and was the creator of the family tradition of “Homemade Christmas”.


Eilene was preceded in death by daughter, Cynthia in 1951 and son, James in 2008.  Eilene will be remembered as a kind woman with a great sense of humor by everyone she touched, including her last remaining sister, Dorothy Ruppert Koch of Ladd, Illinois.


Our mother is survived by daughters; Sandra Scheff of Irving, TX, Susan (Jeff) Rehberg, of Beaver Dam, WI, Sherry (Jerry) Kenney, of Belvidere, IL, and sons Jeff (Sharon) Scheff, of Blue Hill, ME, and Steven (Brenda) Scheff, of Delevan, WI.  She was a grandmother to Aaron, Adam, Matt Rehberg, Kristi Kenney Jones, Timothy Kenney, Jacob Scheff, Samuel, Jeremiah, Henry, and Ana Marie Scheff.  Great-grandmother to Logan and Titus Rehberg and Hannah and Sydney Eilene Jones.


The family would like to thank all the wonderful people at OSF Hospice and Comfort Keepers, Rockford.


Her life will be celebrated at an 11:00 a.m. mass Friday, April 17 at St. Rita Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois officiated by Fr. William Wentink.  A luncheon will follow at the parish hall.  Our mother will be interred in the family plot in St. Valentines Cemetery, Spring Valley, Illinois. To light a candle or share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

St. Rita Catholic Church


6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford, IL, 61109

Her life will be celebrated at an 11:00 a.m. mass Friday, April 17 at St. Rita Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois officiated by Fr. William Wentink


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Born: January 13, 1924
Died: April 10, 2015

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Carolyn Brohaugh Bos posted on 4/14/15

From all of the Brohaugh family (and spouses, kids, etc.) to our dear childhood friends, our prayers are with you as you reflect upon your mom's life. She was so dear to all of us. We all have such fond memories of playing with you and "Mrs. Scheff's" involvement with us. She had a great sense of humor and dancing skills beyond compare! Love to all of you from the Brohaughs.


Mary Wanke posted on 4/16/15

Many fond memories of your family in Cherry Valley while living on Lawrence St. next to my mother, Phyllis Robinson. I often tell of the blessing all the girls in your family were who babysat for Richard and Kim.