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Rachel Zehr b. 8 Aug 1937 Foosland, Champaign Co., IL d. 14 Sep 2016 Chenoa, McLean Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Rachel Zehr

Female 1937 - 2016  (79 years)


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  • Name Rachel Zehr  [1, 2
    Born 8 Aug 1937  Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Cremated 2016  Normal, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education BA in Edu. Goshen College, MA in Education at Washington University 
    Occupation Supervisor of teachers of the hearing impaired education programs 
    Religion Mennonite 
    Died 14 Sep 2016  Chenoa, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community
    Person ID I3940  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Father Harold A. Zehr,   b. 15 Oct 1903, Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1975  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Alma P. Unzicker,   b. 5 Nov 1903, Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1966, Normal, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1926  Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1937 - Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 2016 - Normal, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 2016 - Chenoa, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/obituaries/rachel-zehr/article_ba097c51-21be-5492-8223-75d75e5c3206.html
      Rachel A. Zehr, 79, of Normal, passed away at 4:44 p.m. Sept. 14, 2016, at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.

      Her inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mennonite Church of Normal-Ropp Cemetery, Normal. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Mennonite Church of Normal with Pastor Tim Schrag and Pastor Jane Roeschley officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
      Memorials may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, the Mennonite Church of Normal or to Goshen College for the American Sign Language program.

      Rachel was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Foosland, a daughter of Harold and Alma Unzicker Zehr.
      Surviving are her two sisters, Hazel Yoder, Normal, and Lila (Ron) King, Harrisonburg, Va.; three brothers, John Zehr, Urbana; Jay Zehr, Goshen, Ind.; and Allen (Carol) Zehr, Bedford, Ind.; and 18 nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edith; and one brother, Dean.

      Rachel graduated from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., with a bachelor of arts in education. After several years of teaching elementary school children, she attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where she received her master of arts in education for the hearing impaired. She received additional education in this field from University of Illinois and Illinois State University.

      Rachel supervised teachers of the hearing impaired education programs, with her central headquarters in Peoria. After retiring, she screened elementary school children for hearing and vision for McLean County Health Department.

      She was active in the Mennonite Church of Normal, serving on many committees over the years, as well as teaching Sunday school.

      Rachel enjoyed volunteering, especially reading stories to Heartland Head Start children and working at Crossroads Global Handcrafts.

      The family would like to thank Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community for the tender and attentive care given to Rachel during her stay there.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1111] The Life and Legacy of a Farmer-Preacher, John E. Zehr.

    2. [S26] Jacob Zehr, 1825-1898, Mackinaw Meeting Preacher, Margaret and Verle Oyer.

    3. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals.


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