Dorothy Skaer

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Dorothy Ann Skaer, nee Schneider, 86, of Smithton, IL, born October 14, 1931, in Millstadt Township, IL, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Dorothy was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, and belonged to the Women’s Fellowship at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Roy W. Skaer, who died on July 10, 2018; her parents Frank and Cecelia, nee Schoenborn, Schneider; a brother, Daniel Schneider, a sister, Agnes (Walter) Frierdich; a sister-in-law, Doris (Grover) Carr; two brothers-in-law, Curt Skaer and Ralph Henss; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis J. and Elizabeth A., nee Froese, Skaer.

Surviving are her daughter, Diane Lupa (John Rekart);
two sons, Dean (Jane) Skaer, and Gary (Fay) Skaer;
six grandchildren, Allan (Stephanie) Skaer, Andrew (Jackie) Skaer, Elizabeth (Travis) Shaw, John Skaer, Steven (Laurel) Lupa,  and Brian Lupa;
five great-grandchildren, Lillian, Dean, Mollie, Margaret, Gwyneth, and another great-grandchild due this fall;
a sister, Elaine (Don) Ortmann;
four brothers, Frank (Janice) Schneider, Ralph (Antoinette) Schneider, Robert (Janet) Schneider and Kenneth (Becky) Schneider;
a sister-in-law, Ethel Skaer;and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, or to Autism Speaks-Research.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL. and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dwayne Dollgener officiating.

Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.




6 Comments on Dorothy Skaer

Ruby Schirmer said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2018 at 12:42 AM

We are so sorry to read about the deaths of Roy and Dorothy. We knew them when we lived in the Smithton area. They were very dear people and always had a kind thing to say. Your family is in our prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Steeleville
  • Il. 62288
Debbie Rakers said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Diane, Dean, Gary and families, You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother and father. May God grant you peace and understanding during this hard time. Debbie & Doren Rakers

  • TROY
  • IL
Lee A. Tolliver said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Our Condolences. Lee and Brynn Tolliver

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Virginia Busch said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Sincere sympathy to you all. May God give you comfort that they are together again in eternal joy and peace.

  • Imperial
  • MO
Virginia Busch said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2018 at 1:31 PM

My sympathy and God's Blessing to you all in your time of grief. They are together again forever.

  • Imperial
  • MO
Stacy Schneider said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2018 at 11:09 PM

Aunt Dorothy will always be remembered for her kind heart. She never disappointed with her ability to make a fantastic quilt and a fabulous dessert. She went out of her way for all family events and was a key matriarch of our family. So glad her suffering is over and once again she and Roy can polka as I remember them doing many years ago. My prayers to the family the loss is difficult but there is comfort in knowing that both Dorothy and Roy are at peace and watching over all of you.

  • Waterloo
  • Il

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