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Phyllis Schoonover

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Phyllis Schoonover age 87 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Hillcrest Home in Sumner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert and Msgr. Carl Schmitt concelebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by Phyllis's four sons. The lectors for the Mass will be Brianne and Alecia Schoonover, and Phyllis's two daughters, Becky Scott and Lisa Herold with be presenting the gifts. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton with Michael Schoonover, Jeffery Schoonover, Richard Schoonover, Bradley Schoonover, Dennis Herold, and Todd Scott serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Phyllis's nine grandsons, Darin Schoonover, Corey Schoonover, Spencer Schoonover, Bronson Schoonover, Maxwell Schoonover, Justin Herold, Jacob Herold, Jayson Herold, and Jackson Scott. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues and hour prior to the Mass at the church in New Hampton on Thursday. Phyllis Marie Schoonover was born in Colfax, Iowa, the daughter of Orville and Esther (Brummond) Yearling. She received her elementary education at St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to Wilbur Schoonover on January 30, 1950, and they were the first couple to be married in the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. They celebrated 49 years of marriage together before his death in 1999. Prior to her marriage, Phyllis worked many jobs including at Kemps Grocery, Flegers Bakery, J.C. Penney’s, and Weatherman’s Sandwich Shop. She also worked as a secretary for county attorney Clem Smith and as a bookkeeper for the Mark Eischeid Contracting Company. During her marriage, she was a homemaker and helped her husband with the Schoonover family farm. Phyllis was also a correspondent for the New Hampton Economist and Tribune for eight years, where she used her love for talking to sell newspaper subscriptions and write the local news. Phyllis was known for her smile and contagious laughter, her near-daily card playing, her passion for family history, and her cooking skills, which are a family tradition. She loved making quilts and memory books for her grandchildren, crocheting, hunting for antiques with her husband, talking on the phone to her many relatives and friends, and reading. She also often said that she blazed the trail for her seven younger sisters. One of her favorite memories was traveling to California and being on “The Price is Right” where she met Bob Barker and won the grand prize showcase showdown, including her minivan, which she still drove. Her family always knew not to call or interrupt her when she was watching her favorite show. Phyllis is survived by her six children, Michael (Paula) Schoonover, Sumner; Jeffery (Cindy) Schoonover, Richard (Diane) Schoonover, and Bradley Schoonover all of Fredericksburg; her two daughters, Lisa (Dennis) Herold, Austin, MN; and Rebecca (Todd) Scott, Iowa City; sixteen grandchildren, Jennifer Gott, and Darin Schoonover; Corey Schoonover and Britnee Ramirez; Brianne, Alecia, and Jalon Schoonover; Spencer, Bronson, and Maxwell Schoonover; Justin, Jacob, and Jayson Herold; and Madison, Kennedy, and Jackson Scott; and seven great-grandchildren including Seger and Sawyer Gott; Owen and Olyvia Schoonover; Ben and Isabel Ramirez; and Bradley Herold. She is also survived by her seven sisters, Alice Konig, Allison, IA; Jane Urness, St. Paul, MN; Betty Swenson, Plainfield, IL; Dianne Polacheck, Mesa, AZ; Patricia Ackley, Fredericksburg; Mary Yearling, Omaha, NE; and Nancy Wegner, Fredericksburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. Preceding her in death were her husband, Wilbur; her parents; a son, Lee Patrick; three grandsons, Shane Schoonover, Landon Schoonover, and Tyson Scott; and her stepfather Emil Barta.

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  1. So sorry to hear that Phyllis has passed. Many fond memories growing up on the same block. Especially her laugh! Sending my heartfelt condolences to the whole family.

  2. So sorry to hear about Phyllis. Will always remember the many visits she paid my mother when she was home bound. They would play cards for hours and recall their classmates. Another of the class of ’48 in her eternal resting place. Pam Pickar

  3. Sending our sincere sympathy to al the family. We will miss you Phyllis at our 1948 class reunions. Jack and Betty Gorman

  4. To the Schoonover family and her sister, Pat Ackley: Sorry to hear that Phyllis has passed, your families will miss her and thinking of Phyllis, I always enjoyed her joyful laughter and her ready smile. She was a person of comfort and caring for others. Sharon Trewin

  5. Oh I’m so sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. I loved her laugh and her sunny disposition always. She was so good to mom before mom passed. Always thinking of others. She will be missed!
    Diane and Mike Eckhardt

  6. Thoughts and prayers to all the families Phyllis cherished! May God’s love help you to remember and cherish the many memories you have had through the years to give you peace and comfort now and in days to come. Just know she was quite a gal and never met a stranger .. Dawn

  7. What a gem. May be gone for now but never forgotten. Her laughter lives on. God bless the family. (((((((((Hugs)))))))))
    Liz Helgen

  8. So sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. I remember all the jokes she liked to crack at Dennis and the boys when she would come to visit. She was always smiling and laughing.

  9. I always remember Aunt Phyllis cooking and cooking and packing sandwiches…and laughing and laughing and laughing. Such an incredibly loving and caring woman. Great memories from my childhood staying overnight with cousin Becky, playing on the swings, walking to the park, and playing cards. Heaven gained one lovely soul today.

  10. Our deepest sympathies to the Schoonover family! Her laugh or giggle will never be forgotten!! Bob & Theresa Schulz

  11. Sending condolences to the family. I don’t believe that I have met Phyllis but I remember when she was on The Price is Right with Bob Barker. Such a happy, cheerful lady!

  12. I had so much fun going to auctions years ago with Phyllis & Wilbur. I will miss her laugh,
    her smile, her calling me “Hey Kid”. My thoughts & prayers to all of Phyllis’s family.

  13. Our sympathy to the Schoonover Family! I remember Phyllis from the New Hampton Newspaper, she as a F”Burg correspondent & I as the bookkeeper. She was a great gal & always happy & smiling -fun to work with her.

  14. So sorry for your loss. How lucky we are to have known her. One thing for sure, she sure left her mark in this world, and in everyone she met!

  15. Sending our love and prayers to you all. Your mom was one of a kind and will be missed. Thinking of you all! Love the Bosch and Allison family’s

  16. So saddened to her of your loss of your loved one. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. As we grieve we must also rejoice as she is embraced by her Heavenly Father. Life has not ended it has merely changed and we will all be reunited again some day. Treasure and cherish the memories forever in your heart. May she rest in peace. In Faith Di and Reecee Kovarik and special friend Roger Craft

  17. So sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a fun person to be with. I played cards with her in West Union on Sunday nights. She will be missed. Neil and Julie Lansing, West Union

  18. Our sympathy to Phyllis’s family. We had a good time playing cards with her on Sunday nights in West Union. Leon and Arlene Soppe

  19. All our thoughts and prayers to Phyllis’s family. May her memories help you cope with your loss. David and Jeanne Roder

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