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Deborah "Debbie" Schnepper

June 9, 1943 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Deborah "Debbie" Schnepper Obituary

Deborah "Debbie" Schnepper of Rochester passed away early Monday, December 18, 2023 at her home, surrounded by loved ones. 

She was born June 9, 1943, the daughter of Ralph “Spud” and Jeane Clark of Arenzville, Illinois. She married Tris Schnepper on her birthday, June 9, 1963, in Jacksonville, Illinois. She will be deeply missed by her best friend and loving and devoted husband, Tris; her doting children Clark (Stephanie), Mark (Dana), Jeanne (Phil Hogan); nine  grandchildren Nicholas, Zachary, Haley, Jack, Noah, Lauren, Rebecca, Ollie, and Patrick; brother Landis Clark (Cindy) and sister Becky (Jim Decker) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Upon graduating from Triopia High School, Debbie attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. Later, after transferring to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, she met her future husband, Tris, a Blueboy from Illinois College.

Being an active member of her community was important to her. She attended Rochester United Methodist Church. She was a member of PEO, Daughters of the American Revolution, Questers, Rochester Fortnightly Book Club, Joy Club, and Rochester Historical Preservation Society to name a few. She held the position of President, as well as Officer for various organizations. Debbie retired from the Rochester High School library in 2002 after working there for over two decades. 


Debbie was "Nana" to her grandchildren and they were the center of her world. Birthdays, sporting  events, and school plays/musicals were always her top priority. Traveling long distances was never a barrier to celebrating and supporting them in their life endeavors and milestones. Holidays and sleepovers were always magical at Nana and Boppy's house. Nana had many ways of making visits special including trips on her "magic carpet". Debbie also treasured her holiday trips to Chicago with two of her granddaughters and her sister Becky, with whom she had a special bond. This annual trip included a train ride to the American Girl store, lunch at the Signature Room in the John Hancock building, High Tea at the Drake Hotel, and the attitude “shop 'til you drop” on Michigan Avenue.


Her favorite pastimes included walking, gardening, cooking, entertaining, decorating, shopping and traveling. Most of all, presenting her Mother’s beloved vintage hats and sharing book reviews were her most cherished passions.  

Debbie loved the people in her life and if you were lucky to have had her in your world, you would know how loyal and loving she was. She loved traveling, especially with family and friends. Debbie enjoyed winters in Bonita Springs, Florida with Tris, summer vacations with her family in Michigan, and fall trips to Door County with loved ones. 
She died after a valiant battle with cancer. She was active in her life until the very end, having battled courageously for over three years. She refused to allow her illness to limit her loving life with family and friends. Debbie was often late for events, but she always made up for it by being the very last to leave. Her classic style and beautiful eyes forever lit up any room she entered. 


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Memorials are suggested to the Rochester United Methodist Church and the Rochester Historical Preservation Society. 
The Schnepper family would like to thank Memorial Hospice, friends, and community members that provided companionship, support and meals over the last few weeks. 

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