Roene Jeanette Schonberg

Funeral services for Roene Jeanette Schonberg, 97, Lawrence, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Lawrence Bible Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She died Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Roene was born on October 12, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Adolph and Edith (Loren) Skoglund. She lived in Lawrence since 1981. Prior to that, she lived in Minnesota and California.

Roene was a homemaker who’s untiring and selfless commitment to her husband and children reflected her deep conviction to serve in Jesus’ footsteps. Her pantry and freezer bulged with canned and frozen produce from her garden for the long Minnesota winters. With children now grown her service reached a broader circle with home-made quilts for grandchildren, friends and those in need. Her calendar notes every birthday of her many descendants. Eventually the cards were supplemented by emails.

Lawrence Bible Chapel was her local fellowship for many years where she participated wholeheartedly in worship, Bible study, and service to others. Her kindness and gentleness touched many lives and she was a friend and mother to many. Roene loved the outdoors and was fascinated with God’s creation, speaking of it often.

She married Donald M. Schonberg on October 5, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2011.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebekah (husband, Chris)Leason of Wichita, KS; four sons, David (wife, Jean) Schonberg of Alexandria, MN; Steven (wife, Deborah) Schonberg of Essex Junction, VT; Mark (wife, Ramona) Schonberg of Lawrence, KS; Philip (wife, Kay) Schonberg of Eudora, KS; twenty-four grandchildren, seventy-two great grandchildren and fourteen great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Morgan (December 8, 1985) and by her sister Marion Johnson.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Roene requested that memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to Christian Missions in Many Lands. These may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


4 Condolences

  1. Penny Birrer on September 20, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    I am so thankful to have known Roene (and Don) the years we were in Lawrence. I am especially grateful for one more visit with her at the New Life Reunion recently. I am praying for all of you and thankful God will help and comfort you.
    Yours in Christ, Penny Birrer

  2. Paula Hunsinger on September 22, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I also am so deeply thankful to have known Roene the ten years I’ve lived here at Babcock Place. She was a dear friend, sister in Christ, and like second mother to me. So inspirational to me in many ways. I miss her so much, but am thankful she is now home with the Lord, her husband Don, and so many other loved ones.

    Paula Hunsinger

  3. Helen "Hendle" Pendleton Rumbaut on September 23, 2021 at 9:37 am

    My heart goes out to Phil and his family. I met him through my dad, Bill Pendleton, when Phil did some tree work for my dad at his farm in Lawrence, KS. My husband Mike and I enjoyed talking with Phil and appreciated the high-quality work he did. It is a joy to read the obituary of Phil’s mother, learning that she was a real-deal Christian. Jesus welcomes his children into heaven with, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Roene is joyfully in His presence now, in eternal joy. Praise God!

  4. Ed Vivian on February 23, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Rowene and Don poured their lives into the Church of the Savior in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They loved us greatly and were greatly loved. At a potluck lunch Don was asked if he would like some hot dish. He winked at Rowene and said “This is the only hot dish I’m interested in” a role model for Christian marriage. Love, Ed Vivian

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