Lauterburg - Oehler Funeral Home

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Margaret Rosaria Schlechter, SLW

February 15, 1930November 13, 2019

Margaret Anna (Sr. Rosaria) Schlechter, SLW was born February 15, 1930 in St. Paul MN to Peter and Anna (Schaefer) Schlechter and passed away November 13, 2019. Sr. Rosaria was a teacher at St. Martha School in Morton Grove for 9 years, teacher of the blind at Holy Trinity School in Chicago and at St. Raphael School in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, IL for 22 years. Sr. Rosaria then went on to serve at St. Mark Middle School in St. Paul, MN for 25 years. Sr. Rosaria was the dear sister of Paul Schlechter, Donald (Elaine) Schlechter, Dorothy (Ralph) Kelzer, LaVerne (Jerome) Kirsch, Irene (late Kenneth) Siegle and George (Diane) Schlechter and loving aunt of many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 1201 E. Anderson Drive in Palatine from 9:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Sisters of the Living Word, 800 N. Fernandez Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 appreciated.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Margaret Rosaria Schlechter, SLW

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Danny Kieffer

December 4, 2019

I have so many fond memories of "Sr. Rosie!"
I'm sad for us that she has passed on but happy for her reaching her life's goal. I was one of those middle school boys at St. Mark's that she put plenty of work into during the 80's. She planted seeds in my heart that led me to work in Catholic education and follow a similar mission. I had the privilege to teach along side her at St. Mark's in the early 2000's when I became a teacher. What a blessing to be able to learn from her twice! When Sr. Rosaria retired from St. Mark's I was so sad to see her go. I knew the teacher who replaced her would have to be a Saint! Her name was Katy Muenster and she's now Katy Kieffer, my wife of 12 years. Sr. Rosie gets some credit for that! I'm still committed to working in Catholic Schools and I'm still grateful for Sr. Rosaria's role in my formation. She saw Christ in me even when I didn't see him in myself. She believed in her students greatness and never gave up on us. I still hear her voice in my head, kind, gentle and accepting of nothing less than my best. Well done Sr. Rosaria, well done.

Mollie (Reid) Fragnito

November 21, 2019

Sister Rosaria was a kind and patient teacher. She taught me a lot in 6th grade about the value of picking your battles, instead of fighting every single one. Sister Rosaria was always so generous with her time, and showed up anytime we asked her to be somewhere. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us!

Velinda Coons

November 19, 2019

I was a student at St. Raphael's School in Englewood (Chicago) 40 years ago and to this very day, it is Sister Rosaria and Sister Mary Nicolas who have made the biggest impact on my life. The neighborhood was not the best, and life was hard for many of the residents but, Sister Rosaria while stern, always told us that there was more out in the world and learning was the only way out. At 54 I am still learning, finishing my Master's Degree as I write this, she was an AMAZING woman of God and gave to those (like me) who just needed someone to push and believe in their potential. I pray God's grace and peace cover you all and provide you with comfort during this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

With the most warmest regards,
Velinda Coons (St Raphael's 1970-1978)
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Vanessa (Winfrey) Tchoula

November 19, 2019

My condolences to the Schlechter family. I was a student at St. Raphael's Catholic School in the Englewood community on the Southside of Chicago during Sr. Rosario's time there, and I remember her fondly. As I recall, she worked in the principal's office, and I'm embarrassed to say, I had ample occasion to interact with her during my all too frequent trips there. I remember her being the kind face that preceded the stern rebuke warranted for my latest infraction. I went on to attend St. Thomas the Apostle HS and eventually Indiana Wesleyan University and credit any minor success I've managed to attain to the strong faith and commitment to Christ exhibited by the rolemodels I met during my formative years; people like your beloved Sr. Rosario. May Our Lord receive her unto Himself as she takes her rest with joy, having given so much to so many. Peace be unto you. Sincerely, Vanessa (Winfrey) Tchoula

Sister Mary Fran Allen

November 18, 2019

A great woman has gone to God, she is at peace! I was blessed with a special friendship for 37 years, with Rosaria,I give thanks! Each of us shared the wealth of our heritage, Rosaria a strong German and me a Irish Lass. Her gifts were many and she shared them with her caring, compassionate manner. We shared a delight in the educational world, (Rosaria was a fabulous teacher), and journeyed with the students and their families in our community. Spirituality, and our prayer life enhanced our days! Rosaria had beautiful penmanship, and she brought joy to so many with her cards, and letters. How I will miss our phone conversations. She loved her SLW community and I am so happy I ventured to Chicago to see her this summer! Hospitality reigned supreme with "Rosie"! My sympathy to your community and Rosaria's family! How blessed to have the privilege to share a piece of the journey with this holy woman!
Love and prayers, Sister Mary Fran Allen
(Sister of St. Joseph/St. Paul)

Dorothy Schmidt

November 17, 2019

Rest In Peace. Thanks for the many memories at St. Raphael’s.

Sharon Glumb

November 17, 2019

Sister Rosaria served as my Principal as I taught at St. Raphael School 1975-77. Her gentle guidance was outstanding!