Rhoda Schepker

Rhoda Marie Schepker died Saturday, May 16, at Capital Region Medical Center after a spirited and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 3, 1954 in Jefferson City, to Edward T. Schepker, Sr. and Mary E. Parris Schepker, who died earlier.


Rhoda graduated from Helias High School and Southwest Missouri State University. She lived for many years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, but moved back to Missouri in September 2008. She worked for the Transportation Security Administration and was an avid volunteer and fundraiser for Komen for the Kure Foundation. She loved genealogy and spent many hours absorbed in researching her ancestors. She was an avid baseball fan.


Rhoda is survived by three brothers: Edward T. Schepker Jr. (Pattie) of Warsaw; Gene Schepker (Lois) of Winston-Salem, NC; and Stephen D. Schepker (Anna) of Birmingham, AL; three sisters: Geraldine S. Wulff of Birmingham, AL; Sue Elich (Steve) of Farmers Branch, TX; and Lauren S. Whitaker, of Winston-Salem, NC; nieces Julie Brown and Dana Breshears of Warsaw; Heidi Hickman of Irving, TX, and Jessie Schepker of St. Louis; great nieces Jackie Salas and Megan Schepker of Warsaw, and Summer Ann and Katie Brooke Schepker of Birmingham, AL; great nephews Nicholas Breshears of Springfield, Slade Schepker of Warsaw, and Trey, Tyler and Sam Schepker of Gulf Shores, AL; great-great niece Kya Schepker of Warsaw; great-great nephews Jayden Schepker of Warsaw, and Corbin Breshears of Springfield; beloved cousins/friends Larry A. Schepker of Jefferson City and Kathy Hylton of Gordonsville, TN; devoted friend Rina Joe of Houston, TX, and a host of good friends too numerous to mention.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Schepker, and nephews Scott Schepker, Larry Hickman, Douglas Schepker and Adam Schepker.

A celebration of Rhoda’s life will be held at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to the Komen for the Kure Foundation of Dallas, TX. 

Visits: 2


  1. Audrey Avera on May 19, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Rhoda changed the course of my life and I will be forever grateful to her. She will never be forgotten.

  2. Audrey Avera on May 19, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Rhoda changed the course of my life and I will be forever grateful to her. She will never be forgotten.

  3. Elisa (Copeland) Oetting on May 19, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Rhoda was my best friend through High School. She is unforgetable. I will always remember her coming to my office last January to invite me to her birthday gathering at Das Steinhaus in JC. We had a good catch-up visit and off she was to her next appointed task. I did get to join her for her celebration of 55 years. I admired her spunkiness in the face of her cancer. If a memorial is held close to here, I would like to attend.


    Lisa (Copeland) Oetting

  4. MICHAEL R RENKEMEYER on May 20, 2009 at 11:52 am


  5. Michael "Wolf" Dryden on May 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I worked with Rhoda for a couple of years with TSA at DFW. She was always smiling and cracking jokes having a GOOD time. She was an upbeat lady ready to have fun and very out going person. When someone was going through any hard times she was there to help out. It was never a handout, but a hand up. When I was going through some rough times she would sit and listen, sometimes that is what a person needs. Rhoda will not be forgotten, here at DFW or in me.

  6. Angela Lowry on May 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I am very saddened to hear this news. I worked with Rhoda at DFW Airport and also saw her as a wonderful friend to anyone who needed her. She will be missed dearly and the world has certainly lost a good soul. For all of that, only Rhoda could make heaven better, and I’m looking forward to seeing her again. And Rhoda, thanks for the bunny 😉 I love you.

  7. Susan Webb on May 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Deepest love and sympathy for this family who has endured so much already this year. We are going to miss your smile, your laugh and your love Rhoda. Our world will never be the same without you here to talk to and laugh with. Sail on Angel friend.

  8. frank.pooler on May 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I am sadden at the loss of Rhoda and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Good officer and a great person, always made me smile.

  9. Lisa Zotz on May 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Unfortunately I found out about her death and cremation too late to be there. I loved her dearly and she was there for me last year when I was going through my cancer. I remember the day she pulled me to the side of the checkpoint and told me her cancer was back. We hugged and cried but vowed to be there for each other. The last time we spoke she was getting ready for her move to the new house and she told me that day that she knew cancer would take her but not for at least 20 yrs. I cry now just thinking how bound and determind she was to beat this nasty stuff that seems to somehow connect all of us in some way or fashion. She was the bravest soul I’ve known and a kindred spirit that will be with me for the rest of my life. I vision her now standing at the walk through metal detector with her little fan swithed on and around her neck to cool those hot flashes that would never go away and that beautiful red hair just blowing in the breeze. I’ll miss you and your smile Rhoda and will be there to walk for you in Nov. for the Susan Koman Foundation.

  10. Teresa Huls Cook on May 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news regarding Rhoda. I talked with her via email when Dad died a year and a half ago. She did not mention her illness at the time and I was looking forward to her possibly moving back to Mid-Missouri. I was gone the week her obituary was printed in Jeff City paper so I just foung out about it. I hope snd pray that I can be at the service the paper referred to at a later time. Please let me know when it is or was if I missed it. I am thinking of you all, as I do so often anyway. We had such a great childhood with Rhoda leading the way for all of us girls!!! I will remember her positive upbeat attitude always!!! always.

  11. Micki & Dan Simpson on June 2, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Beloved friend…She will be missed very much

  12. Leann Seffrin on June 17, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  13. InaRae Ussack on June 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The six of us left on the Just Us breast cancer group will miss you terribly and always remember and look for your sweet smile and wonderful sense of humor.

  14. Susan Webb on November 4, 2009 at 3:37 am

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