Laura Beth Rokita

Born: Sun., Aug. 27, 1989
Died: Tue., Sep. 6, 2016


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 11, 2016
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Prayer Service

9:30 AM Mon., Sep. 12, 2016
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Sep. 12, 2016
Location: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

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   Laura Beth Rokita, 27, of Pittsfield, Illinois, formerly of Quincy, died at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday (September 6, 2016) in her home.

   Born August 27, 1989 in Quincy, Laura was the daughter of Mike and Rita Schoonover Rokita.  She married Joel Stephenson on November 7, 2015 in Quincy.

   Laura was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy. She loved listening to music and going to concerts and enjoyed going horseback riding on her horse, Vegas. Laura's passion was art and she loved drawing and painting. Her dream was to one day open her own art studio and give private art lessons.

   Laura was a 2007 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Western Illinois University in Macomb.  She was currently employed with the Illinois Rural Electric Co-Op in Winchester where she was known as the "Fiber Girl".

   Survivors include her parents, Mike and Rita Rokita of Quincy; a sister, Lacey Rokita of Quincy; her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Galloway of Quincy; three aunts, Mary Janelle Kellum of Quincy, Michelle Fenton of Quincy and Jenny Kelley (Kent) of Galesburg, IL; four uncles, Robert Rokita (Barb) of Quartz Hill, CA, Richard Rokita (Cathie) of Shelbyville, MI, Floyd Schoonover III of Las Vegas, NV and Greg Schoonover of Casper, WY; and many loving cousins.

   Laura was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Dr. Adam and Mary Rokita; her maternal grandfather, Floyd Schoonover Jr.; her maternal step grandfather, Ed Galloway; and an aunt, Jean Schoonover.

   Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and at 10:00 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church by Monsignor Michael Kuse.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Sunday evening from 3:00 to 7:00 and Monday morning from 8:30 until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to Art Department at Quincy Notre Dame.

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Deidre, C.J., & Briley Ingersoll
   Posted Wed September 07, 2016
The Rokita Family,

Rita & Mike,
My words are not aqequate to express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Laura was a breath of fresh air to everyone around her.
I feel blessed to have been graced with Laura's big heart & outgoing personality. It's truly the mark of wonderful parents. Every bit of my heart gives out to you during this most difficult time.
We send you our love & heartfelt prayers that you may find the strength you need to get through each day. Laura will be greatly missed by all.

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful sister, Laura. I know how close you two were...Laura was such an amazing person that always made us laugh. We all loved Laura very much, and always enjoyed her company. She was so proud of you and your outstanding accomplishments. Please know we are here for you if you ever need anything! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deidre, C.J., & Briley Ingersoll

Kelley Riehlman
   Posted Wed September 07, 2016

TABLE BASKET was sent by Big River.

Laura was a pleasure to work with, and we are so very sorry for your loss. We will surely feel it as well. In sympathy-Big River Telephone Company

Larry E. Fenton
   Posted Wed September 07, 2016
Mike & Rita:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you are all going thru now. I will be praying that God is with all of you to help ease the pain and I will keep all of the family in my prayers. God Bless & I Love You.

Dick and Sue McKinney
   Posted Wed September 07, 2016
Dear Mike, Rita and Lacey
Sue and I want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Our Lord just needed another pretty girl in heaven.

Dick and Sue McKinney

Mary Mahair Fuller
   Posted Wed September 07, 2016
Rita I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Landon A. Fox
   Posted Thu September 08, 2016
Mr. & Mrs. Rokita my name is Landon Fox and I have went to school with your daughter Lacey ever since I can remember; kindergarten, grade school, high school at QND, and even the same university. Although I did not know Laura, I know Lacey very well. I can say with the utmost certainty that Laura was the reflection of Lacey, and Lacey is, and will still and always be, the reflection of Laura; your daughter Lacey is an extraordinary person, gifted with so many things, and judging by what I read about Laura, she was too.

Lacey - With my deepest regret, I am so sorry for you, your parents, her husband, and all the rest of your loving family. I truly wish that there was something I could do to alleviate the pain, sadness, and grief you must be feeling. On behalf of myself, and all your truly loving friends from QND, you will remain in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

With Love -
Landon & Friends

Ross Cramm
   Posted Thu September 08, 2016
There are no words that come to mind that will ease any of this but I truly miss going over to Laura's house and swimming with friends. Her laugh and smile made everyone around her happier. Some of my best memories from high school involved Laura. I miss her greatly.

Cheri Myers
   Posted Thu September 08, 2016
Dear Rokita family,
I am very sorry for the loss you have suffered. Laura was a beautiful, sweet young lady. I met Laura when she was in 4-H in Pike County and I am very grateful that I got to meet her and be a part of her life.

Mike Moyers
   Posted Fri September 09, 2016
Dear Mike and Rita:
You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Words don't always get the job done at a time like this; but knowing that people share your sorrow hopefully does.

Clifford & Shirley Plunk
   Posted Fri September 09, 2016
Rita & Mike
Cliff and I know the sorrow you are going through. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Don & Carol Cegas
   Posted Fri September 09, 2016
Mike,Rita and Lacey, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thought and prays are with you at this time. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace.

Bruce Jones
   Posted Sun September 11, 2016
I worked with Lacey at HyVee and she was always talking about her sister. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.

Lowell and Vickie Glas
   Posted Mon September 12, 2016
Mike and Rita, we are so sorry to hear of Laura's Passing. Can't believe how hard it must be. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lowell and Vickie Glas

Christopher Scholz
   Posted Mon September 12, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the Rokita family. Our prayers are with you.

Eric Naughton
   Posted Wed September 14, 2016
Dear Rokita Family,
I want to express our deepest condolences to all of you. Laura was one of the first people I met when I moved to Pittsfield. She was a large part in helping me get hired at Farm and Home Supply back in 2012. In 2013 we became neighbors. Her smile and infectious personality was always so comforting. I hope God wraps you In his arms during this most difficult time. Heaven gained a wonderful angel.
Eric & Lindsay Naughton

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