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Family creates memorial fund for slain mom

Peggy Schroeder
Peggy Schroeder

MORRISON – The family of a Morrison woman who police say was shot and killed by her daughter has established a memorial fund, and say her funeral expenses are otherwise covered.

The Peggy Schroeder Family Memorial has been set up at Triumph Community Bank, and donations may be made at or sent to any branch, Charlene Leuer, sister of Peggy Sue Schroeder, said Friday morning.

Schroeder, 53, was shot July 6 by her 15-year-old daughter, Anna, police said.

Schroeder’s other daughter, Kaylene Schroeder, 18, of Walnut, Thursday established a GoFundMe account to help pay funeral and other future expenses that might arise, but Friday afternoon changed the purpose to pay off her mom’s car and house.

She set a goal of $11,000; as of Friday night, more that $2,300 had been pledged.

Peggy’s body was found July 8 in her burning home at 805 W. Park St.

Rachel Helm, 15, of Rock Falls, who arrived at the house after the shooting, is accused of helping Anna clean up and set fire to the home 2 days later to destroy evidence.

Anna is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, concealment of a homicidal death, and arson. Rachel has not yet been formally charged. Both girls were being held at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Galesburg, and both have court appearances Aug. 8.

Peggy S. (Cravatta) Schroeder graduated from Mount Carroll High School in 1983, and worked for Wahl Clipper Corp. in Sterling. She was an avid gardener.

She also is survived by sisters Patty, Brenda and Nancy Cravatta and brothers Jonathan, Joe and Tom Cravatta.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. July 21 at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison.

Her memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. July 22 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 601 N. Jackson St. in Morrison, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Savanna.

Her complete obituary can be found at bosmarenkes.com by clicking on “recent obituaries” link on the left-hand side of the page.

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