Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL


Carol Jean Schoen

November 1, 1936September 15, 2019

Carol J. Schoen, born on November 1, 1936, to Orval and Ruth Hight, passed away on September 15, 2019. She married Bernard J. Schoen on February 12, 1955; he survives. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jerry Hight. She is survived by her daughter Joanne (Sergio) Contreras, three grandchildren Elena (Daniel) Carson, Alicia (Lane) Dieckow, and Miguel Contreras; four great grandchildren Dylan and Ella Carson, Evan and Ethan Dieckow; and her sister Judith Madden, who was her best friend. Carol and Bernie enjoyed many experiences together over the years. Early in their marriage, they lived in Budingen, Germany, while Bernie was in the military. They took trips to Las Vegas and Mackinac Island. After Bernie retired from Caterpillar, they took several day trips with Peoria Charter. Carol and Bernie also enjoyed their times at Walt’s Tavern and the Elks Club. Carol was known for her family Sundays, where she cooked several meals her family loved. A particular favorite was her fried chicken, which coined her the nickname “Grandma Chicken” by her great grandson Dylan. Carol loved her family very much. She was always interested in what everyone was doing. She would attend sporting events for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she kept an endless supply of Hershey Kisses and Kit-Kats for her great grandsons Dylan and Ethan and would pick up a new animal toy for Evan each time she went to the store. She always stayed on top of the new things her “Ellie” (Ella) was doing and laughed at all of the sass that Ella gave everyone. Carol worked at the Giant Store in Peoria until its closing in 1970. She then became a homemaker and stay-at-home mom to her pride and joy, “Jo” (Joanne) In her free time she would read true crime novels and would get the weekly editions of People and Star magazines for her and Bernie to read. She enjoyed doing crossword and word-find puzzles to keep her mind sharp. Carol also had a love for flowers; her yard would be full of them every year. Carol was also a creature of habit. Monday was always her cleaning day and Friday was her hair day, followed by breakfast with her husband at their favorite place, Sterling Family Restaurant. Carol will be greatly missed by her family and friends They will cherish all of the memories they have of her. A funeral mass will be at 11 am Friday, September 20, 2019 with visitation one hour prior to the service at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Peoria. Burial will follow at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home and to St. Ann Catholic Church.


  • Orval Hight, Father (deceased)
  • Ruth Hight, Mother (deceased)
  • Bernard J Schoen, Husband
  • Joanne (Sergio) Contreras, Daughter
  • Elena (Daniel) Carson, Granddaughter
  • Alica (Lane) Dieckow, Granddaughter
  • Miguel Contreras, Grandson
  • Dylan Carson, Great Grandchild
  • Ella Carson, Great Grandchild
  • Evan Dieckow, Great Grandchild
  • Ethan Dieckow, Great Grandchild
  • Judith Madden, Sister
  • She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jerry Hight.


  • Visitation / Church Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 20, 2019


Carol Jean Schoen

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Dee Dee Rickard

September 21, 2019

We all loved Carol at Sterling family Restaurant. Her & Bernie were my regular Friday customers. She loved showing me pictures of her grandbabies and great grandbabies. She was so proud of them all. Carol was a very kind, sweet lady who could always bring a smile to our faces. She will be greatly missed. Prayers & hugs to the family. We are so sorry for your loss.