Tara L. Schroer (Hill) passed away peacefully December 19th at her home in Fayetteville, New York at the age of 50 from cancer. She was comfortable in her home and attended to by her family.
Tara was born to Christina Hirst in London, England, and was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. After receiving her degree in Public Relations and Communications, she spent her twenties in London and she moved to the United States in 2001 and to Fayetteville in 2010. For seven years she worked in administrative positions at LeMoyne University and in 2017, she joined the Dean’s office at the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University as an executive assistant. She was extraordinarily talented and an invaluable member of the Whitman community.
Her kindness and her positive spirit touched everyone with whom she came in contact. She had a big heart and an infectious personality. Tara has always captained her own ship and we continually marveled at her strength and resolve. She fought her disease valiantly and with the fearless tenacity with which she approached all of life's challenges.
She is survived by her loving husband, Christopher; her mother, Christina and beloved stepfather, Paul; her sister, Zoe (Jacob); and her nieces and nephews.
We remain especially grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from family, friends, and colleagues who made it possible for her mother and sister to travel to the US and spend nine weeks at her side despite the ongoing pandemic. We will forever cherish the time we had together.
Tara traveled extensively and was always keen on new adventure and she lived her life with passion and vibrancy. She loved being outdoors and near water. She adored animals and worked and volunteered with the SPCA. We lost Tara too soon, summer's end came faster than we wanted, but she will live on in our hearts and memories. Tara is dancing among the stars forever.
In honor of her memory, a celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Chenango SPCA of Norwich, NY; Hospice of the Finger Lakes and Central New York; or the American Cancer Society.