Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Dawn Rae Schroeder

March 10, 1972October 23, 2019
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Dawn R Schroeder, 47, of Caledonia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 after a brave fight with cancer. She was born March 10, 1972 in Rockford, Illinois. She liked to be outdoors, hunt, watch Dallas Cowboys football and spend time with her family. She was an employee for Chrysler for about 7 years.

She is survived by her mother, Denise Welch; husband Jason; children, Aaron, Savannah, Shacari, Destinee and Brock; grandchildren, Kylie, Alyrik, Jayda, Bradley, Iona, and Jazper.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 1 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. As Dawn was a laid back kinda girl please dress casual in her honor.

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  • Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Friday, November 1, 2019


Dawn Rae Schroeder

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Gail Fox

November 4, 2019

I remember when my son was on a baseball team and kids was picking on him. Dawn let everyone on the team have it. No matter what size, color or gender she liked everyone but everyone knew don't pick on her loved ones. She filled the room with laughter when she laughed and she shared her grief only her smiles. I know the lord has something in store for this beautiful young lady. No more pain Dawn. You certainly will be missed. To your family I am so sorry for your loss.

Janeen ABDO

November 1, 2019

I knew Dawn in highschool, she always wanted kids. So we would take kid classes so she could be with kids and we would have classes together. She cared about people, the one you could count on. I just goodbye her today, and I dont think there are words to describe how amazing she was. She will always be loved.

Angela Barber

October 30, 2019

I was sad to hear of Dawn's passing. We worked together at the dental office. She was such a warm and loving person. We had some fun times going out together as a group. She was a great mom, grandma and friend. She will be missed greatly. My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. She will forever be in your hearts.

Karen Trumm

October 29, 2019

She was a breath of fresh air at work I can still hear her laugh and see her smile and i would get doughnuts from old fashion bakery she loved the raspberry filled i bought her 6 before she went out on medical this time i was out for along time im so glad i came back to work to see her and give her a big hug i loved her like a sister i will miss her but will never forget her

Cheryl Bieda

October 29, 2019

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for the whole family. 🙏

Renee Melles

October 28, 2019

Dawn a.k.a. Louise.
You were the Louise to my Thelma.
Things will never be the same. We had laughs no one understood but us. Who is gonna know what 5 minutes means...
I have loads of stories to tell you kids. Amy and I will always be here for you. Even if I hadn't been asked by your mom to be there I would've anyway. You kids are so loved by us and by sooo many others.
Mama bear I am here for you as well.
I love all of you so much.

Jillian Fuller

October 26, 2019

I only met your Mom a few times, but she was always smiling and happy. I couldn't get over how much her and Destinee looked alike lol. This experience is something no family should ever have to endure and it just shows how someone's normal every day life can change in an instant. Your Mom didnt deserve all of this pain but we know now she's in a better place... Smiling 💓 I love you Destinee!! And I'm so glad we met and became friends!! God bless you and your family!!!

Laura Abdo

October 25, 2019

Dawn was genuinely special lady. I always remember her with a smile and positive kind nature. Such a sad day losing a wonderful lady. Bless her and heart felt prayers to her family and friends. Rest in peace Dawn.

Nicole J

October 25, 2019

I remember the first time I met Dawn, very cheerful always had a happy spirit, and never without a smile on her face. Dawn loved her kids very much always spoke good of them. My prayers to her friends and family, specially her mom, fiance and kids... Rest easy Dawn you are in the best hands now!!



Dawn Rae Schroeder was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. Her life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Dawn’s life. She was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. She was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Dawn was modest in her actions and extremely literal in her thoughts and in the manner in which she communicated with others. When Dawn said something, she meant it. All those who knew her appreciated this trademark quality.

       Her parents were Denise Welch. Even as a small child, Dawn wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Dawn grew older, she realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, she treated everyone around her the same way. This belief in fair play served Dawn well throughout her life and despite her natural shyness; she enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      During her childhood, family and friends viewed Dawn as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, she was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain herself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Dawn’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around her worked. She was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. She took part in a Bowling League. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked going to movies, listening to music and so much more. Dawn's memorable achievements included trophies for Bowling, medals for Camp Winnebago and Girl Scout awards.

      The fact that she was curious was an asset to Dawn while she was in school. She possessed strong study skills and good concentration. She relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. Dawn enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of her and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, she would become so involved in the process of problem solving that she would lose awareness of her surroundings. Experience was Dawn’s best teacher. She graduated from Harlem High School in 1990. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Dawn achieved medals for Choir competitions.

      Those who didn’t know Dawn well might have thought her to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to her knew that she was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. Dawn’s good friends tended to be “thinkers” like herself. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and Dawn liked nothing better than to spend her free time with them. Dawn was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding her true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from her friends because they understood and appreciated her for the person she was. Another quality that people admired in Dawn was her ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in her assessment of any new situation. Later in life, she became friends with Julia, Kellie, Renee, Joy and too many more to list.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty Dawn shared with her friends carried over to other aspects of her life, including her relationships with her family. On May 12, 2017, Dawn exchanged wedding vows with Jason Schroeder at the Winnebago County Courthouse of Rockford, Illinois. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Dawn’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Jason's needs. She was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

      As the family grew, Dawn was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Dawn was blessed with five children, two sons, Aaron and Brock, and three daughters, Destinee, Savannah and Shacar. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Kylie, Alyrik, Jayda, Bradley, Iona and Jazper. Dawn was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, she would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Dawn was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Dawn’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In her work life, Dawn was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. She excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once she understood exactly why she was working on a project, she could plow full steam ahead. For Dawn, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to her in appreciating its importance. Even if she worked alone on an assignment, Dawn was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and she would readily use them if they improved the process. Her primary occupation was assembly line worker. She was employed for Chrysler Corporation. Dawn always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Dawn’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced her choice of leisure pursuits as well. She applied her strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to her choice of activities. She particularly enjoyed the “alone” time her hobbies provided. Her favorite pursuits were spending time with family and friends, hunting, being outside and watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. Dawn was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Dawn had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped her enjoy sports. Dawn was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Dallas Cowboys Football.

      Dawn was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Dawn’s favorites was Ryce a Maltese dog and her fox. They were best friends for 8 years.

      Dawn passed away on October 23, 2019 at Swedish American Medical Center in Belvidere, Illinois. Dawn fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by survived by her mother, Denise Welch; husband Jason; children, Aaron, Savannah, Shacari, Destinee and Brock; grandchildren, Kylie, Alyrik, Jayda, Bradley, Iona, and Jazper. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park. Dawn was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens Good Shepard in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      Dawn strongly believed that talk is cheap. She was the type of person who would show others her feelings through her actions. She was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. She had a curiosity about the things around her and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences she treasured most were those she shared with her loved ones. Dawn Rae Schroeder will be greatly missed.