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Rita Joan Hoke
(05-22-1935 - 01-24-2021)

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Rita Joan Hoke, 85, of Elgin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at her son’s home in Bloomington, IL. Rita was born on May 22, 1935 in Elgin the daughter of Earl F. & Margaret Mary Bradley Saunders.
Rita was a lifelong resident of Elgin. She graduated from St. Edward High School and worked at St. Joseph Hospital. After retirement, she lived in The Villages, Florida, for several years before returning to Elgin to live at the Fox River Horizon retirement community.
Survivors include her brother, Earl A. (Nancy) Saunders; children, Mike Schofield, Terry (Kathy) Schofield, Laurie Van Valkenburgh, Brian (Heather) Schofield, and Dan (Marcia) Hoke; grandchildren Jim (Christine) Schofield, Espen Schofield, Luke Schofield, Trisha (Michael) Schuman, Gregg Schofield, Maia Van Valkenburgh, Delaney Schofield, Stephen Schofield, Noah Schofield, Adam Schofield, Sarah Hoke, and Tommy Hoke. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands John G. Schofield and William Hoke; sisters Charlotte Wetzel and Mary Rose Miseska; and son Bertan Schofield.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 215 Thomas More Dr., Elgin. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday morning from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM in the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital Foundation or to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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