Laura Ruth Schemmer née Hage

Laura passed away on April 30, 2021, at her home in Chatham with her family by her side.

Laura was born January 18, 1970, in Springfield, IL, to Ken and Fran Hage. She graduated Springfield High School in 1988, graduated from St. Louis University in 1992 and earned a MS from Western Illinois University in 2001.

In 1992 she began her teaching career at St. Richard’s Catholic School in St Louis County. In 1994, she returned to Springfield to teach science and coach volleyball at Grant Middle School. In 2004 she moved to Marsh Elementary School, teaching fourth and fifth grades for over 15 years.

She married Doug Schemmer on April 5, 1997, and they have two amazing teenagers, Sam and Sydney.

She is survived by her loving husband; son; daughter; parents; sister, Krista (Alex) Barbosa; father-in-law, Ron Schemmer; sister-in-law, Lynn Schemmer (companion: Percy Pollard); brother-in-law, Greg Schemmer; nephews, nieces, aunts, uncle, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Barb Schemmer.

Laura loved teaching, and summers with family and friends were cherished. She enjoyed hiking the national parks from Maine to Alaska, frequent Disney trips, countless concerts, and boating trips to the Ozarks.

We lost Laura after a heroic 18-month battle with colon cancer. Thank you to her wonderful friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates for your stalwart support!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made a charity of your choice or to Springfield Public Schools Foundation, 1900 West Monroe Street, Springfield, IL, 62704. Information and electronic donations are at

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

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