Roxanne L. (Rehberg) Aper

Born: Wed., Dec. 27, 1961
Died: Wed., Oct. 24, 2012


Visitation

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 28, 2012
Location: Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo


Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Mon., Oct. 29, 2012
Location: St. Malachy's Catholic Church


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Roxanne L. Aper, 50, of Geneseo passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo.  A funeral mass celebrating Roxanne’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, October 29th at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Michael Pakula will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  A visitation for Roxanne will be held 3-7 PM Sunday, October 28th at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Roxanne Aper Memorial Fund.  

Roxanne was born December 27, 1961 in Morris, IL the daughter of William and Beverly (Berta) Rehberg.  She was a 1980 graduate of Newark High School and graduated in 1984 from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Music Education.  She was united in marriage to David P. Aper on June 21, 1986 in Morris, IL and has been the Director of Music for Annawan High School for the last 27 years.  Roxanne was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  She loved music, her family, attending all their events and spending time with them.

Survivors include her husband: Dave; 3 sons and one daughter-in-law: Geoffrey and Brianna Aper and their son Kyson, Bettendorf, IA,  Jonathan Aper, a student at ISU in Normal, IL, and Noah Aper, at home; her mother: Beverly Rehberg, Lisbon, IL; 1 brother and sister-in-law: Randy and Stacy Rehberg, Lisbon, IL; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Marcee and Don Brummel, Somonauk, IL and Melissa and Rob Sigler, Plainfield, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Roxanne was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

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Kevin & Karla Paxton
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss.

Kim Park & family
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I was blessed to have Roxanne as my music/band teacher and also blessed to have her be my daughter's music teacher this year. She touched so many lives with her positive spirit and infectious laugh. She will live on in the lives of the students that she touched.

Veronica Nevarez
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

Kristin & Emma Lovett
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Roxanne was a wonderful mother and person. She will be missed.

Megan Brewer
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave and family,
The times I met Roxanne she always had a smile on her face and I could tell how much she loved life. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Diehl Family
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Our prayers are with the Aper family during this difficult time. May the hands of the Lord comfort you all.

Chuck and Shelly Goreth and family
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave and family...we were saddened to hear of Roxanne's passing, so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with her while we were neighbors, she will be missed for sure. May God be with you and bring you comfort.

John Versluis
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave, Noah and Family. I am so sorry to hear about Roxanne. She will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

SALLY AND DENNY JOHNSON
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss of Roxanne. She was always one of my favorite friends while I was coaching at Annawan. She always had time to visit a bit. Friendly smile, her laughter, her talent of teaching the kids music and she had a love of doing it and it showed. Our three sons had the honor of having Roxanne teach them music in band and chorus. Her and I even though these past couple of years had not see each other, but we did e-mail, I thought of her as a very good family friend to us all. May the days ahead you will all find comfort in that she is in heaven watching down on you all. She would not want us to be sad too long, she would want us to make things better as she so often did. May God watch over your family during this time of mourning. Hugs to you all..............Roxanne you will never be forgotten!!! See you someday my friend. Sally and Denny and boys.......

Steve Hillman & Family
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave, Geoffrey, Jonathan, and Noah-
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you during this very difficult time. Roxanne was such a kind and cheerful person, we were blessed to know her.

Steve & Jen Hillman & Family

Roger, Colleen, Keith and Kyle Davis
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
May God bring you peace and comfort at this time of grief. She will always be remembered. She taught Kyle how to play trumpet and was always such an encouragment to him. God bless you..

Caleb Graff
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave, Noah, and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss, words are never adequate in moments like this, and I am sure mine will not aid you in overcoming your grief. However, I want you to know that you are all in Jill and I''s thoughts and prayers. Dave, you were such a great mentor to me and I will forever be thankful for your kindness and support. Noah, seeing you every morning reminded me why I became a teacher, your smile and kind nature are traits to be admired in a person of your age, keep those as you grow. If you ever need anything or a place to escape to, Jill and I''s door is always open. I know Roxanne was an amazing woman and I am thankful that I had the privilege of knowing her.

With Love,
Caleb and Jill

Jolene & Chris Thompson and sons
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jan Croegaert Hensley
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
So sorry for your loss. Sad that I did not tell her myself how much she touched my life. She shared her love of music and taught me so many things during my years at AHS. She was truly a gifted teacher...

Melinda, Grace & Rose Kitchens
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Roxanne not only taught Rose and Grace her beautiful world of music but helped them discover self confidence and pride. She touched so many young hearts... Heaven has indeed welcomed an angel home. She will live in our music as she has left us too soon....


Grace Kitchens
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
I''m so sorry for your loss. She was my Band director and every time i saw her she would always had a smile on her face. She will always be in my heart.God be with you.

Carolyn Cathelyn
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
I am so sorry for your unexpected passing of your loved one. Roxanne
was a very good inspiration to all her music students and all those who
knew her. My daughter, Jennifer DeMay, so enjoyed Swing Choir when
she was in High School with Roxanne directing. May your faith, family
and friends comfort you and know that Roxanne will always be in your
hearts. God Bless, Carolyn Cathelyn

Tim Smith
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave,Geoff,Jon and Noah My thoughts and prayers are with you guys at this most diffficult time.

Jim & Connie Driessens
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jim & Connie Driessens

Krista Rakestraw Badani
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Aper was an excellent teacher. I have very fond memories of her and only wish I could have shared them with her one last time. She had a passion for music and was a great example. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Debby Ivey and Marissa Ford
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Praying for your family at this time. Praying God will comfort you and strengthen you. So sorry for your loss.

Amber & Matt Williamsen
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave & family, We are so extremely sorry for your loss. Roxanne will be missed by all. She was such a wonderful person and we truly feel blessed to have known her. I couldn't have asked for a better mother-in-law for my sister. We feel for all of you and what you are going through during this difficult time. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Mary Wassell
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
Dave, Geoff, Jon, Noah and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Roxanne was a great lady, she was always kind and always had a smile on her face. She has touched the lives of so many young people in such a positive way. Hold close to your hearts all of the wonderful memories of great times you have spent together. No one can ever take those memories away and they will help you through the difficult days ahead. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Love,

The Wassell's

Mike and Mary, Mike and Jenny, Jon and Tommy

Rita Hawkins
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
What a beautiful, awesome and wonderful teacher and co-worker, she will always be remembered and loved for her gentle spirit and kindness to all who were privileged to know her.

Baker And Deb Green
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
What a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss you and our prayers with Dave, kids and the whole family.

The Ballegeer Family, Dave. Robbin. Jake, Joe, and James
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss, Roxanne was always such a kind ,warm, and gentle person who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all!

The Ballegeer Family

Pete Philhower
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Noah, David, and Family: Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you through this difficult time, and may He be with you when you begin to heal. God bless.

Russell Family Neil, Jenn & Hadleigh
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We are with you in our thoughts and prayer.

David & Patti Thompson & family
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
To Roxanne''s family:
May God comfort all of you at this difficult time.
She taught all four of our children in band and chorus.
And, at present was teaching our grandchildren.
She always went about her "work" in a gentle and kind way
but yet she achieved awesome end results.
She instilled strong moral values within the framework of
her teaching.
Our hearts are sad at her passing and we will miss her.
You will remain in our thoughts and prayers in days to come.

Dean & Jane Verplaetse Family, & Jacob
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are so very sorry for your unexpected loss. We can''''''''t quite comprehend it here. I so enjoyed talking/chatting with Roxanne at sporting events, or when she was either picking Noah up at our house, or I was picking up Jacob at your home. I always left our conversations feeling happy. That''''''''s the kind of person she was. I always felt better after visiting with her. You are in our thoughts and we are praying for your family through this very difficult time. She will be missed.

Kevin, Stacie, Katie, and Lizzie Berta
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you. Roxanne was a wonderful woman. She lit up a room by simply being in it. We give thanks for having her in our lives and our extended family. May her memories live on with you and those that loved her. Take joy in knowing she is now with her dad, and they both will watch over the family.

Joe, Shirley and Shaun Garrity
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We were so shocked to hear of Roxanne's sudden passing and so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers and pray that God will comfort you in the following days. May your memories, even more dear now, help comfort you at this time.

Eileen (VandeVoorde) Lopez
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you try to move forward when it seems that the world has stopped turning.

Andrea (Bristol) Gentry
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Mr. Aper and sons - so sorry to hear of your loss of wife and mom. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest of sympathy.

The Schmedding Family
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

Sr. Debrah Funfsinn
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
My heart goes out to your beautiful family! My prayers are deep, many and constant for Roxanne and the family. May Jesus give you much peace at this most difficult time. Take His hand. He is offering it to you so He can give you His loving, heavenly embrace.

Mark, Kelly, Brenton and Tylor Svitak
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God''''''''''''''''s love and peace comfort you during your time of sorrow. Roxanne was a wonderful person.

Chris Adell, Michael & Adam Neuwohner
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are praying for comfort and peace for you, Noah and your family during this tragic time. We are so sorry.

Chris Adell, Michael and Adam Neuwohner

Mike, Lori, Trent and Stephanie Martin
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God bless and comfort your entire family.

Debbie Andersen
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
To Roxanne's family: You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. Growing up in a small town like Lisbon, we are all family. When one of us suffers a loss, all of us do. That is what I just said to Roxanne at her Dad's visitation last year. It is true with this also. Please know her "family" in Lisbon mourns with your family.

Noreen Nelson Frye
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
What saddening news I received this morning--my heart is aching. I went to Newark High School with Roxanne--she was two years younger but we were in band together! So happy to see she continued on in music--she was talented and blessed. I remember her nickname "Foxy Roxy" why I don''''''''t know!!! Think happy comforting thoughts--- I have only good memories the two years I knew her! Your faith and memories will guide you during this difficult time. Sending my love and prayers to the entire Rehberg-Aper family! Jeremiah 29:11
Noreen Nelson Frye

Scott Dynes
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs Aper was my Band, Choir, and Swing Choir teacher until I graduated in '97. She taught me a lot about about music and made it fun in the process! She went out of her way to help us all! She will be missed.

Mike Goethals
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was always so friendly when I ran into her at basketball games. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Barry, Kathy, Haleigh and Natalie Jacocks
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

The Ford Family
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

Curt, Teri, Tyler and Ryan Ford

Jean Curcuru
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Dave and family
We are saddened to hear of Roxxane's passing

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Jean Curcuru and family

Pat (Daley) Einhaus
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
I am very sorry to hear this news. My condolences go out to the entire Rehberg family. May you find peace in this difficult time. I have alot of very fond memories of her and their family growing up.

Darrell and Connie Ropp and family
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Was very saddened this afternoon when hearing this unexpected loss. Roxanne and I were very good friends in high school, played the same instrument in band, and she was my maid of honor in my wedding. Our families and lives have seperated but am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the Aper and Rehberg families. My sincerest sympathy to all.....

John & Kathy Tank
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Our hearfelt love and prayers go to you and your family during your tragic loss. Roxanne was a beautiful person and was truly a blessing to all that knew her. We were blessed to know Roxanne, and shared in the joy of our children's marriage and then grandparenthood. Our family will miss her dearly. Roxanne was also blessed with a beautiful family and her spirit will live on through her children and family. May the Lord be with you and comfort you during this difficult time and grant you peace.

LORI VAVROSKY DYLAN VAVROSKY
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SUDDEN LOSS ARE HEARTS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY MY SON IS IN NOAH GRADE PLEASE LET US KNOW IF WE CAN HELP YOU WITH ANYTHING ARE HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU

Glen and Janet Anderson
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
To Dave and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Meredith McNaught
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
We used to be neighbors. We played together in Maple City Band. We were friends through music. I didn''t get to see her very often, but when I did she always had a smile on her face. Roxanne was such a lovely person. She will be dearly missed. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Mr. Aper and the boys.

Ed and Anita Smith & fam.
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
Roxanne Aper family...we are so sorry to hear about this. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Val, Ted, Celina,Morgan,Jayde ,Drake
   Posted Fri October 26, 2012
What an amazing impact you have had on 26 years of students lives! Parents in the Annawan community are thankful for your positive involvement. It means EVERYTHING to see a teacher commit to a community she doesnt live in, but stil wants to give EVERYTHING she has for 26 years. A true teacher that loves what she does. Blessed to meet and get to know you. Prayers to your family.

Bob and Karen Johnson, Brandon Stebbins
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
We are so sorry to hear about Roxanne's passing. Her most recent kind words this week really showed us that good people who touch your life are never forgotten. Our prayers are with your family now and always.

Robin Richards
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
My heart is heavy for all of the Aper and Rehberg families. Coming from the small town of Newark it is difficult not to be continually touched by connections of the past and present. You will all be in my prayers.
Robin Richards

Elizabeth (Boardman) Hulsbrink
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
Dave and family,
My sincerest sympathy to all of you. Roxanne was such a beautiful person. God bless you during this difficult time.
Elizabeth A. Hulsbrink

Paul Miller Family
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with you all.

- Paul, Laurie, Michael and Sean

Carrie and Jack Schlindwein
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
I always enjoyed my conversations with Roxanne. Although I didn''t see her often, when I did, we always enjoyed catching up. She was very proud of you and your boys. I will miss our conversations. The article in the Dispatch about her was a true picture of what I will remember the most about Roxanne. She always saw the positive, always had a smile on her face and she had a great laugh. I will keep Roxanne, you and your boys in my prayers and thoughts. I pray that God will give you the strength and courage to help you through this difficult time. Jack and Carrie Schlindwein

Jim, Nona and Caleb Diericx
   Posted Sun October 28, 2012
You and your entire family are in are thoughts and we are wishing you strength in the days ahead.

Joshua and Julie Boone
   Posted Sun October 28, 2012
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to teach with Roxanne. She was such a beautiful and thoughtful person.

Jim and Kathy Cross
   Posted Sun October 28, 2012
Dave, Our hearts go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the arms of our Lord.

Carrie and Jack Schlindwein
   Posted Sun October 28, 2012
I always enjoyed my conversations with Roxanne. Although I didn''t see her often, when I did, we always enjoyed catching up. She was very proud of you and your boys. I will miss our conversations. The article in the Dispatch about her was a true picture of what I will remember the most about Roxanne. She always saw the positive, always had a smile on her face and she had a great laugh. I will keep Roxanne, you and your boys in my prayers and thoughts. I pray that God will give you the strength and courage to help you through this difficult time. Jack and Carrie Schlindwein

Brandon Diericks
   Posted Sun October 28, 2012
Mr. Aper and family,

I'm very sorry for your loss. Even though I never met Roxanne, I am sure she was a nice lady.

-Brandon Diericks

Julie Croegaert Burenga
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Dear Aper family,
I was blessed to have had Roxanne for band at the beginning of her career. She was a wonderful teacher and I loved her. What an impact she had on my life and the lives of so many. My prayers are with you.

Julie Croegaert Burenga

Lori C.
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Roxanne and I were in soccer, drama, band, and jazz band together in high school and what I remember most about her was her enthusiasm for life, and the fact that she seemed to get along with everyone. It is quite obvious from the testimonies of those expressing condolences that she continued to touch so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the Aper and Rehberg families.

Jean Pritchard
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Dave and boys,

I, too, was so shocked to learn of Roxanne's passing; I sat at my desk and cried, thinking your life without this beautiful wife and mother. She was always such a joy to be with. My heart goes out to you all.

Michael Bausman
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
We are so sorry for you loss. Roxanne was a wonderful person and great teacher, loved by her students. Her smile and sense of humor were contagious.
With sympathy,
Mike and Kathy Bausman

Zach Greenwood
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through and will keep your family in my prayers.

The Darin''s: Chris, Jill, Keaton and Cameron
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Dave, Noah and family,
We are sorry for your loss, and we undertand that words are inadequate in this time of grief. But, know that you are in our hearts and thoughts at this difficult time. May you be comforted by your friends and family and faith.

Pam and Tim Long
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Dave, Geoff, Jonathan, and Noah,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sad to learn of Roxanne's passing. I so enjoyed our conversations with her through the years. She had a gentle spirit and kind heart.


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