O'Fallon: Public Records

January 26, 2009

Obituaries

Stein, Mosley, Welshans, Mosley, Bertrand, Schlientz, Belsheim

Ronald A. Stein

Ronald Arthur Stein, 72, born September 27, 1937 in East St. Louis, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2010 at the de Greeff Hospice House, in St. Louis County, Mo. surrounded by loved ones.

The only child of Arthur and Edith (Goehler) Stein, Ron lived his entire life in O'Fallon, a community he deeply loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, and many wonderfully supportive aunts and uncles who loved him like their own.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Janet (White) Stein, whom he married on September 5, 1959. He was the cherished father of Lori Stein, LeAnn (John) Bearden and Leslie (Chip) Simenz. He was known as "Grandpa Ron" to six grandchildren- Mark Bearden, Ryan Bearden, Miranda Rossi, Julia Simenz, Audrey Simenz and Grace Simenz — who each in their own way made him very proud.

Ron attended O'Fallon Township High School where he graduated in 1955. He was a gifted athlete, who played basketball and baseball, and participated in track and field events. Ron is among the all-time career scoring and rebounding leaders at OTHS. Following high school, Ron planned to pursue his education at Northwestern University in Chicago. He made the decision to begin workouts with the Chicago White Sox and envisioned a successful athletic career in his future.

While at training with the White Sox, Ron became stricken with polio, thus altering the course of his life. With courage and strength, Ron entered the Rehabilitation  Program at the University of IL in 1956. He became involved in competitive wheelchair sports-basketball, football, and track and field events.

He competed in the World Paralympics (1960 in Rome, Italy and 1964 in Tokyo, Japan) and brought home 12 gold medals, winning individual events including the pentathlon for archery, swimming, shot put, javelin and club throw. Ron was billed as the "Greatest Wheelchair Athlete of His Time" by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame. He made many lasting friendships during this time of his life.

Ron was a businessman at an early age, owning and operating O'Fallon's popular Dog 'n' Suds restaurant. He later began a long career in real estate, as broker of Realty World and ReMax. He had a strong work ethic, and enjoyed the relationships he developed through his work over the years.

Ron served on the OTHS School Board of Education from 1963-1989, acting as Secretary from 1979- 1987. He was active in various community organizations including Optimists Club, Masons, and the O'Fallon Rotary Club, for which he served as President 1984-85. Because of his commitment to service, he was presented the Distinguished  Service Award from the O'Fallon Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence. For his athletic accomplishments, he was named to the OTHS Walk of Fame and the Belleville Area Athletic Hall of Fame.

In his spare time, Ron enjoyed breeding and racing thoroughbred horses. He also was deeply interested in the activities of his grandchildren, and enjoyed being the #1 fan at their sporting events. He was remarkably devoted to his wife, his family and his friends. He was an original member of O'Fallon's GWB social club, enjoying the old and new friendships that developed. Ron lived an inspiring, Christian life. The O'Fallon community will miss him and feel his absence.

In lieu of flowers, Ron's family would appreciate memorial donations be made to the University of Illinois Foundation Disability Resources and Educational Services. Thoughts may be shared with the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com .

A memorial visitation will be held 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, located at 102 W. Washington St. in O'Fallon.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 at O'Fallon United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. A reception for friends and family will follow at the church.

Private burial of cremated remains will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, in Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home inO'Fallon.


Paul R. Welshans, 54, of Swansea, born April 1, 1955 in Sparta, died Tuesday, Feb. 9. Paul was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville and worked as a surveyor for the oil industry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl and Ruthann Welshans, nee Buening; a brother, Timothy Welshans; a sister, Cynthia Knop; maternal grandfather, William Buening Jr.; paternal grandparents, Robert and Grace Welshans; and a niece, Melissa Knop.

Paul is survived by two sisters, Jane and Lynn Knop of Belleville, and Lisa and Keith Troutman of Normal; a maternal grandmother, Eunice Buening of Chester; three nieces, Amanda Moukhtarian, Jamie Beccue and Brandi Walsh; six nephews, Jeremy Knop, Joshua Knop, Jared Knop, Jordan Knop, Jacob Knop and Shawn Knop.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Mr. Welshans body will be cremated and memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Velma Rose Mosley, 80, of O’Fallon, born August 26, 1929 in East St. Louis, died Thursday, Feb. 11, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Velma had attended the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and was a member of the O’Fallon Senior Citizens and AARP. She retired as a clerk for a liquor distributor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Louise Catherine, nee Schmidt, Omson; her husband, John James “Jack” Mosley; a son, John “Jim” J. Mosley; and daughter-in-law, Harriet Ann Mosley.

Velma is survived by a son, Thomas “Tom” W. Mosley of O’Fallon; a cousin, Evelyn G. Ferrill of Chesapeake, Va.; four nieces and four nephews. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. Walter Gerth officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Henry Bertrand, Sr., age 78 , of Glen Carbon, formerly of O’Fallon, born Feb. 26, 1931 in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, died Feb. 9, at his daughter’s home.

Henry attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was vice president of the former Service Oil Company in Belleville, retiring in 1980. He then worked at Hummingbird Realty in O’Fallon for a few years. He was an avid bowler, a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan, and former member of Knights of Columbus Council 4239. Most importantly, he was a loving father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, nee Henard, Bertrand, on August 31, 1976; parents, Joseph and Amiee Bertrand; and seven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his five children, Cheryl (James) Mensing of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Amy Copeland of Highland, Donna (James) Brandmeyer of Collinsville, Henry (Tracey) Bertrand, Jr. of Collinsville, and Rose (Billy) Hatley of Glen Carbon; and a brother, Clarence Bertrand of Lake Arthur, La. Also surviving are his grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Sarah and Laura Goldsmith, Cristina and Andrew Copeland, Jennifer Frauenfelder, Jessica O’Connell, Alicia Hooten, and Nathan Brandmeyer; and great grandchildren, Maddox, Regan, Ashlee, Kaleb, Briar, Collin, and Cecelia; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials be made to BJC Hospice, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service: Private services with burial at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Fred Edvin Schlientz, 69, of Shiloh, born Sept. 9, 1940 in Detroit, Mich., died Wednesday, Feb. 3. Fred was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and served as an usher and lector. He was very involved with many of the parish activities, especially the breakfasts, dinners and “Feeding the Homeless” projects. Fred was also a member of the Just Faith Social Justice Group at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus 4239 and was retired from IBM after serving over 30 years as a field engineer. Prior to his long career with IBM, Fred also served in the United States Navy. He has pursued different careers since retiring, including sales in furniture. Recently, he had been enjoying his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick H. and Agnes, nee Lind, Schlientz; and a brother, Chris Schlientz.

Fred is survived by his wife, Dianne, nee Scanlon, Schlientz of Calif; three sons, Rick (Kathy) Schlientz of Santee, Calif., Todd (Jen) Schlientz of Oviedo, Fla., Joe (Theresa) Schlientz of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Mary (David) Tesluk of Collierville, Tenn.; two brothers, Bill (Mary Ann) Schlientz of Conway, Ark., Leonard Schlientz of Conway, Ark.; 18 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Cremation will be held after all services.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Loretta C. Belsheim, nee Lehmann, age 91, of Ballwin, Mo., formerly of O’Fallon, born April 20, 1918 in Geneva, Iowa, passed away Friday, Feb. 5.

Mrs. Belsheim grew up in Iowa, attending school in Hampton. Upon graduation, she continued on, earning her nursing degree. She later enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where she received her B.A. and M.Ed. Although nursing and teaching were her choices of career, her true vocation was that of a minister’s wife. For many years, she supported her husband, Rev. Harold G. Belsheim, as he pastored at various locations within the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Rev. and Mrs. Belsheim lived in O’Fallon in the mid-1990s, when they relocated to Ballwin, Mo. There, she attended St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Mo., with her daughter, Charlotte.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Louisa, nee Thies, Lehmann, Sr.; brother, John and sisters, Lena and Hilda. Mrs. Belsheim is survived by her three children, Charlotte (John) Hastings of Ballwin, Mo., Harold (Deb) Belsheim of O’Fallon, and David (Leslie) Belsheim of St. Charles, Ill.

Also surviving are her nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Hastings, Brian Hastings, Sarah (Ivan) Acosta, Catherine Belsheim, Ryan Holland, Chad (Marcie) Holland, Julie (Clayton) Buchner, Jonathan Belsheim, Michael Belsheim; and four great-grandchildren, Brooke, Nathan, Peyton, and Joy.

Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Belsheim are suggested to Missouri Baptist Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, and from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at St. John Lutheran Church, 15808 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, Missouri.

Funeral: 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at St. John Lutheran Church, Ellisville, Mo., with Pastor Ron Schuette officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m., at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, with Pastor Ron Dickinson officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Esther P. Range, nee Mueller, age 91, born April 15, 1918 in Dupo, to John and Elizabeth, nee Dannewitz, Mueller, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, at Faith Countryside in Highland.

Born the ninth of eleven children, Esther graduated grade school from Droit School District 191 in St. Clair County. As a young woman, she worked as a seamstress in downtown St. Louis. She met the love of her life, Paul, at a local dancehall, marrying on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1939 – the beginning of a beautiful legacy. Together they raised their children on the farm near the bluffs of East Carondelet, then relocated to O’Fallon in 1953, where they continued to farm.

Esther enjoyed dancing, quilting, bowling, travelling and sharing good times with her family and friends. They were active parishioners St. Clare Catholic Church since 1953, and were instrumental in the building of Goelz Hall, which today serves as the school gymnasium and cafeteria. She was past President of St. Clare Altar Sodality and was a member of the Mother’s Club. She volunteered for many years with St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Auxiliary and was the Newman Student Center Auxiliary representative for St. Clare parish. Esther was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; her family and her faith were the most important things to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Range, who died Jan. 5, 1981; siblings, Harold, Richard, Edmund, and Ted Mueller, Gertrude Speichinger, Clara Neumann, Adeline Loyet, and Louise Weilbacher, Hilda Goforth, and Frieda Mueller.

Mrs. Range is survived by her son, Ron (Marge) Range of Troy, daughter, Judy (Chuck) Gavin of O’Fallon, son, Gary (Karen) Range of Highland, daughter, Sharon (Gary) Swisher of Campbell Hill, Ill., and daughter, Cindy (Greg) Reising of Collinsville; 13 grandchildren, Bob (Traci) Range, Renee (Tim) Brown, Tim (Becky) Range, Kathy (Mike) Otte, Kris (Scott) Fulford, Mike (Dawn) Gavin, Kim (Brian) Gibson, Bryan (Kara) Range, Michelle (Brett) Isaacs, Scott (Brandi) Swisher, US Army SSG Steven (Jacqulyn) Swisher, Matt (fiancee’ Brittny Mitchell) Reising, and Laura Reising; and 24 much loved great grandchildren. Also surviving are many dear brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Range are suggested to Newman Auxiliary at SIU-Carbondale, Hospice of Southern Illinois, a charity of one’s choice, or in the form of masses and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:45 a.m., Monday, Feb. 8, for a Mass of Christian Burial to commence at 10 a.m., at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, with Rev. Von Deeke presiding. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Martin Joseph Schmidt, age 74, born Feb. 12, 1935 in Belleville, passed away February 1.

Marty worked for Weyerhaeuser Company in Belleville for 44 years, retiring in 1997. Soon realizing he wasn’t ready for retirement, he began working at St. Clair Country Club, where he continued for 12 years. He was a veteran of the US Army Reserves.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Charles Schmidt and Margaret Marie Delaney Schmidt; two brothers, James and Larry Schmidt; his sister, Kathleen Emig; his daughter, Susan Schmidt; and grandson, Sean Pegram.

Marty is survived by his wife of 30 years, Martha Lou Burrow-Schmidt; children, Mark Schmidt, Robin Schmidt, Richard (Debbie) Burrow, Mary (Ken) Sharkey, Tom (Lisa) Burrow, Stella (Garry) Rains, and Maria Haider; and his sister, Rosemary Bethard. Also surviving are many loved grandchildren, Shane Pegram, Brittany (Schmidt) Norbeck, Kristin King, Kayla King, Ed King IV, Bryan (Karin) Burrow, Benjamin (Lisa) Burrow, Brooke Burrow, Destiny Burrow, Erin Sharkey, Bridget (Ben Elson) Sharkey, Nolan Sharkey, Christopher Burrow, Jason Burrow, Tiffany (Derek) Kirby, Justin (Jennifer) Rains, Matthew Rains, Sarah Haider, Kevin Haider, Kyle Haider; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Cameron King, Ava Mae Pegram, Skylar, Kaydence and Alexis Burrow, Ethan, Brayden and Chase Kirby, and Taylor Rains.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siteman Cancer Center, 660 S. Euclid, Box 8100, St. Louis, MO 63110. As per Marty’s wishes, his body was generously donated to Washington University School of Medicine for medical research.

Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Private family services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Marilyn K. Hebenstreit, nee Milkert, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of O'Fallon, born September 18, 1948, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, in her daughter's home with her family by her side.

Marilyn worked professionally as a registered nurse and medical paralegal. In recent years, she enjoyed volunteering at St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 KWMU. She was also committed to the mission of FOSIL and worked to dispel misconceptions and educate anybody who cared to know more about its true mission. She embraced the philosophies and stood in deep admiration of her peers who are willing to commit themselves to helping others through organizations like Catholic Action Network, Karen House, and Catholic Urban Programs.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Ewald Milkert, and brother-in-law, Clyde Brasher.

She is survived by her mother, Victoria Milkert of Belleville; son, Joseph Hebenstreit and his wife, Sarah, of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter, Mary Beth Gorazd and her husband, Rich, of O'Fallon; grandchildren, Natalyn, Jack, and Ben Gorazd; former husband, Bill Hebenstreit, of O'Fallon; brothers, Craig (Minnie) Milkert of Maple Plains, Minn., and Don (Lisa) Milkert of Fairview Heights; sister, Vicki Lee (Doug) Nicely of Mascoutah; mother-in-law, Gloria Hebenstreit; sister-in-law, Mary Kay (Raymond) Preusser; nieces and nephews, Kristi (John) Voeller, Melissa Preusser, Brian (Renee) Brasher, Chris and Kevin Milkert, Chris Preusser, Corey, Alex, and Spencer Milkert; other extended family and many special friends.

Marilyn was a perpetual seeker of knowledge, peace, social justice, and spiritual independence. Anyone who met her – even briefly – understood that she had an innate ability to quietly, yet profoundly, impact peoples' lives. Marilyn understood that the Divine lives within each of us and firmly believed that knowing peace would lead us to a world of justice. She worked very hard to find peace in her life and encouraged others to find it also. We, her family and her large community of friends, will forever be grateful and blessed for the true gift her presence has given and taught all of us.

In her undying spirit of generosity, Marilyn requested to have her body donated for medical research to Washington University in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity (www.fosilonline.com), Catholic Action Network (catholicactionnetwork.org), or Karen House (www.karenhousecw.org). Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows with Fr. Paul Coutinho, S.J. and Fr. Roger Karban officiating.

We invite family and friends to the Visitor's Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows immediately following the service for a celebration of her life. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Alice M. “Peggy” Schloemann, nee Foy, age 80, of O’Fallon, born Sept. 23, 1929 in St. Louis, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20. Peggy graduated from O’Fallon Twp. High School and attended beauty school in Belleville. She operated “Peggy’s Beauty Shop” in the basement of her home, serving clients for 43 years. She served as O’Fallon Township Clerk in 2008, succeeding her husband, Orval, who had served since 1977.

Over the years, she supported her husband by attending various Masonic and Shriner events. Peggy enjoyed camping, boating, crochet, cross-stitch, working crossword puzzles and playing bingo. She was a member of O’Fallon Township Senior Citizens Club, Order of Eastern Star O’Fallon Chapter 487, and O’Fallon United Church of Christ. She most loved the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Nellie, nee Cunliff, Foy; her husband, Orval H. Schloemann, whom she married October 2, 1948 in O’Fallon, and passed away Jan. 2, 2008; her son, Richard W. Schloemann, who died in 1970; her brothers, Albert and William Foy; and two grandchildren, Janell and Richard Schloemann.

Peggy is survived by her son, Robin (Johanna) Schloemann of O’Fallon; daughter, Rhonda (Brad) Bruckner of Belleville; grandchildren, Greg (Colleen) Schloemann of St. Louis, Windy Reynolds of Miss., Brandon (Catherine) Downs of Belleville, Nicholas (Angie Faith) Downs of O’Fallon, and Natalie (Tim) Routh of Hendersonville, Tenn.; step-grandchild Cody Bruckner of Belleville; and great-grandchildren, Spirit Manley, Henna Downs, Cale Downs, Taylor Reynolds, and one more on the way. Also surviving are her brother, Jack Foy; sister, Inez Foy; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Nida Foy, Don and Corine Schloemann, Wayne Schloemann, Kenny and Aline Schloemann, Lloyd “Butch” and Agnes Schloemann, Gerald Schloemann, and Judie and Jim Kleim.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, and from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. The O’Fallon Township Senior Citizens will conduct a walk-through at 6 p.m. The Order of the Eastern Star O’Fallon Chapter 487 will conduct a service at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral: 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home, with Reverends Martha Thierheimer and Walter Gerth officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois.


Loving mother, friend, and caregiver, Alice May Kube, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away Jan. 18, at her home in Gilbert, at the age of 72. Alice was born Oct. 17, 1937 in O’Fallon, to Harold Parmenter and Lucy Foster. She was a retired registered nurse of 43 years, mostly in pediatrics.

In her retirement years, Alice enjoyed quilting, Mahjong, crafting, and sewing. Following in her career of nursing, she also belonged to the Band of Angels of Trilogy at Power Ranch.

She is survived by her son Brian (Tina) Kube of Mesa, Ariz. Services were held in Mesa. Arrangements were handled by Mountain View Funeral Home 7900E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207


Gloria G. Snow, nee McCord, born Oct. 15, 1925 in O’Fallon, passed away Jan. 11. Beloved wife of the late William S. Snow; dearest mother of Steven W. (Hope) Snow; dearest grandmother of Shaun M. Snow; aunt, cousin, and friend of many. Mrs. Snow wished to have her body donated to Washington University. There was no memorial service. Condolences can be sent to Steven Snow, 711 Huntsmoor Ct., Ballwin, MO 63011.


Ronald J. Von Hatten, 72, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of O’Fallon, born October 29, 1937 in O’Fallon, died Wednesday, January 13. Ronald was the owner/operator of the Standard Oil Gas Station at Hwy 50 and Lincoln Avenue in O’Fallon, Ill. for many years. He also worked at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon for more than 10 years. After selling the gas station, he drove over the road trucking for Coca Cola.

His wife, Muriel, was the owner/operator of Muriel Travel Agency in O’Fallon for many years. Upon their retirement, Ronald and Muriel moved to Sacramento, Calif. and in 2002 moved to the Fort Worth, Texas area to be closer to his son. He became the manager of his son’s restaurant, RJ’s Mexican Cuisine, which is in the Dallas, Texas West End. There he was known as Grandpa and was loved and respected by all of his friends and co-workers.

Ronald loved to vacation with his family at Lake of the Ozarks and recently got to go fish boating for the first time. Mr. Von Hatten was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Beatrice, nee Reinhart, Von Hatten; his wife, Muriel Von Hatten, who died on Dec. 8, 2007; and a sister, Marilyn Gantner.

Ronald is survived by his children, Ron (Kelly) Von Hatten of Fort Worth, Texas, Tracy Price of O’Fallon, Wayne (Kit) Stokes of Ozark, Mo. and five grandchildren.

Memorials in Ronald’s name may be made to the St. Clare School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Von Deeke officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Dr. Clayton Eugene Tucker-Ladd, 78, of Shiloh, born May 12, 1931 in Glen Alice, Tenn., died peacefully at home, with family by his side, Tuesday, January 5 in Shiloh.

Clayton was a college professor and author of the book Psychological Self Help and also the website, www.psychologicalselfhelp.org. He was a member of the American Psychological Assn. and the Illinois Psychological Assn. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa, was the former Director of Counseling and Testing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Psychology Department at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston.

He also served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.

As a voluntary research subject, Dr. Tucker-Ladd was, for many years, involved in the Memory and Aging Project at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Due to his generous nature and his desire for knowledge, Clayton requested that upon his death, his brain be donated to Washington University Medical Center to further advance its research efforts.

Clayton truly enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, feeding the birds and gardening, especially tending his roses. Highly regarded professionally and personally, Dr. Tucker-Ladd will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer R. and Edna Lena, nee Kirk, Ladd.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Tucker-Ladd of Shiloh, eight children, Larry (Deborah Barrell) Ladd of Rancho Cordova, Calif., Linda (Jeffery) Gulledge of Fulshear, Texas, Barbara A. (Gary) Haddock of Charleston, Ill., Bruce Ladd of Savoy, Ill., Melody Tucker of Tulare, Calif., Ginger (Carl Austin) Reynolds of Chicago, Ill., Boyd I. Reynolds of San Jose, Calif., Jon (Sayami Yasutake) Huang of Taipei, Taiwan; seven grandchildren, Derrick (Laura) Pearcy of Austin, Texas, Kyle Pearcy of Nacogdoches, Texas, Tiffany Haddock of Charleston, Ill., Taran Haddock of Coal Valley, Ill., Kacey Haddock of St. Charles, Ill., Melody Ladd of Rancho Cordova, Calif., Sienna Huang of Taipei, Taiwan; and two great grandchildren, Reese Haddock of Charleston, Ill and Cora Pearcy of Austin, Texas. Clayton is also survived by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Memorials in Dr. Tucker-Ladd’s name, may be made to SHARE International, Inc., www.shareinternationalinc.com or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Memorial service will be held Friday, January 8, at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. At the request of the family, Clayton’s body will be cremated, with scattering to be held at a later date in his beloved Tennessee.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Dr. Dottie Loderstedt, 67, of O’Fallon, born March 22, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Dr. Dottie was a medical doctor/family practitioner at Family Practice Physicians of O’Fallon, working 12-14 hour days, until her retirement on October 9. She was an officiating Elder of Oakhill Seventh-day Adventist Church, Caseyville. Her pre-med was completed at Colorado State University, where she graduated Magna-Cum-Laude. She finished her Doctor of Medicine Degree at Loma Linda University in California. She then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she completed her graduate medical education in family practice at Christ Hospital and Medical Center. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, a licensed private pilot and also enjoyed watercolor painting and interior decorating. Dr. Dottie, as many affectionately knew her, loved people and had a passion and commitment to helping others.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; Leo and Dorothy, nee Rile, Klug.

She is survived by her beloved husband; Richard Loderstedt, a retired educator and currently a private investigator with Forensic Investigations Unlimited of Caseyville. She is also survived by two brothers, Marty and Richard, who currently reside with their families in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dottie’s name may be made to the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Oncology Department or the Memorial Hospital Oncology Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, January 7, at 7 p.m. at Oakhill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7864 N. Illinois Street, Caseyville, with Pastor Rick Odle officiating. Refreshments will be served after the service.

At Dottie’s request, her body was cremated.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


Bobby “Bighearted Bob” Thornton, 44, of Troy, born Oct. 7, 1965 in Alabama, died Sunday, Dec. 27, in Troy.

Bob was an avid vintage toy collector and a Batman enthusiast. As a true fan, Bobby even dressed as Batman on Halloween and trick or treated with the neighboring children. He was preceded in death by his mother; Nelly J., nee Sanstra, Thornton.

“Bighearted Bob” is survived by his father, Johnny F. Thornton and stepmother, Sarah Carol, nee Napier, Thornton of Troy; a daughter, Madison Thornton of Shiloh; a brother, Johnny (Beverly) Thornton of Collinsville; a sister, Anna (Paul) Koeneman of Wood River; niece and nephew, Nelly and Matthew Koeneman of Wood River; ex-wife, Kimberly, nee McNulty, Thornton of Shiloh, and many dear and special friends.

Memorials in Bobby’s name may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.


Dorothy “Dottie” L. McCaw, 70, of O’Fallon, born Dec. 15, 1939 in Hoopeston, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 27, at Memorial Convalescent Center, Belleville.

Dottie was the owner and operator of the Outdoorsman Lounge in O’Fallon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. McCaw, and father, Wilbur Allison.

Dottie is survived by her mother, Lenor, nee Scales, Blakey of O’Fallon; three sisters, Sharon Craig of O’Fallon, Nancy (Albert) Sasak of Huntsville, Ala., Kay Zotz of O’Fallon; three brothers, Wilbur “Sonny” (Phyllis) Allison of Thebes, Ill., Tom (Sue) Blakey of O’Fallon, George (Faye) Blakey of O’Fallon, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Hospice of your choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon.


Gertrude E. Obernuefemann, nee Alexander, age 92, of O’Fallon, born Dec. 8, 1917 in Lebanon, passed away Dec. 24, at Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

As a young World War II soldier preparing to go to Europe, Joseph H. Obernuefemann called Gertrude from Trenton, New Jersey, and asked her to come there right away to be married. She made the trip, married him on Nov. 6, 1943, and returned to O’Fallon to await his return. She previously worked at Martha Manning Dress Factory as a button marker and in other positions. More recently, she was involved in O’Fallon Twp. Sr. Citizens and the Nutrition Center, where she loved to play bingo and cards. She attended Calvary Pentecostal Church, where she enjoyed the singing and the children’s choirs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Obernuefemann, who passed away Aug. 2, 1983; her brothers, George and James Alexander; her sisters, Catherine Lawrence, Wilma Miller, and Virginia Aramowicz.

She is survived by her children Joseph E. Obernuefemann of Collinsville, Joyce (Dave) Ebert of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Joseph R. (Marie) Obernuefemann, Tina (Robert) Korte, Michael (Connie) Ebert, and Matthew (Martha) Ebert; great grandchildren, Ashley and Christina Holmes, Chianna and Joseph Obernuefemann, Rebecca Obernuefemann, Amanda and Rachel Korte, Austin and Brendon Herberts, Josiah and Eliana Ebert, and twins, Amelia and Madalyn, on the way; great-great grandchildren, Martina and Jacob Holmes; sisters-in law, Lucille Alexander of Orlando, Fla., and Lillian Obernuefemann of Belleville, and many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are her dear friends, Bob and Marilyn Grafton, Debby Dierkes, Leta Johnson, Mary Ann Scott, Clem Smith, Sylvia Trebing, the Trares family and her friends at the Senior Center.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends called on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 613 S. Walnut, O’Fallon.

Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 26, at the church, with Pastor Ernie Cobb officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Belleville. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Oliver Dee Joseph, 82, of Fairview Heights, born Aug. 30, 1927 in Belleville, died Wednesday, Dec. 23 at his residence. Joseph’s father, Oliver C. opened the family dealership in 1914. Oliver D. took over the business in 1958 – the day his son, Brad Joseph, was born.

Oliver D. was well known to people across the region for greeting customers at the door of the dealership, personally answering the phones and appearing on the dealer’s television ads that also featured a talking moose. Oliver D. was a member of S.I.R.B.A.C. (Southern Illinois Rail Buff and Cronies Club), 70 year member of the National Model Railroad Historic Association, National Wildlife Association, Sierra Club, National Parks & Conservation Association, Airflow Club of America, Classic Car Club of America and the National Automobile Dealers Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver C. and Irma M., nee Seger, Joseph; first wife, Grace, nee Kaiser, Joseph; a son, Oliver Curt Joseph; two brothers, Warren and Elmo Joseph; and a sister, Norma Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, nee Nebel, Joseph of Fairview Heights; a son, Brad and Lynn, nee Mueller, Joseph of O’Fallon; daughter in law, Louise, nee Nemec, Joseph of O’Fallon; five grandchildren, Whitney, Carolyn, Audrey, Oliver Curt and Michael Joseph; two brothers-in-law, Julius Brown of O’Fallon, and Herman Nebel of St. Louis; sisters-in-law, Charlene Joseph of Belleville, Kitty Reis of Maryville, Tenn., Mimi Hunter of Glen Carbon, and Jo Ellen Vanatta of Lakewood, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation, Violence Prevention Center of Southwest Illinois, Juvenile Diabetes Association or the National Wildlife Federation.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 28 at the Oliver C. Joseph Dealership, 3795 W. State Rt. 15, Belleville.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 8807 W. Main St., Belleville, Father Clyde Grogan officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville. Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


Mary L. Metzger-Reiff, nee Korbel, age 89, of O’Fallon, formerly of Fairmont City, born Dec. 6, 1920, passed away December 18, at her home.

Mary was a devoted mother to her six children. She had attended St. Clare Catholic Church and had previously been active in the Altar Sodality. She was a former member of Fairmont City Sr. Citizens Club and O’Fallon Twp. Senior Citizens Club. She worked as a cook at Red Lobster from the time it opened until the mid-1980s. She enjoyed playing pinochle and canasta and listening and dancing to polka music.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Julia, nee Rosich, Korbel; her first husband, William J.Metzger; her second husband, Lawrence Reiff; her sisters, Helen Helbig, Elsie Vanek, Josephine Vanek; her brother Joseph Korbel; sisters-in-law, Julie Westbrook, Mary Powell, Anna Hatcher, and Violet Gambell; and brother-in-law Louis Metzger.

Mary is survived by her children Mary Ann (David) McCollum of O’Fallon; Jo Ann (Joseph Wolf) Kern-Wolf of Coulterville, Stephen (Cris) Metzger of Oakdale, Betty (Elijah) Copling-Mackey of Lebanon, Patricia (Arthur) Hernandez of Marine, and Lori (Robert Bazzle) Safron-Bazzle of Bonne Terre, Mo., her step-children, Lawrence (Martha) Reiff, Jr., of Benton, Delores Meyer of Hoffman, Ill., and Thomas (Joan) Reiff of Omaha, Ark.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Danny McCollum, Michael (Josephine) McCollum, and Jennifer McCollum; Michael and Stephen Kern, Julie (Tony) Colona, Stephen Metzger, Jr., Matthew Metzger, and Heidi (Kevin) Killian; Christine (Reid) Copling, Robert and James Copling, and William (Denise) Copling; Rocky (Jaime) Hernandez, Brandy, Colby, Dusty, Brittany, and Casey Hernandez; and Brad and John Safron, 28 great-grandchildren, special niece, Eleanore (Jim) Barnes of Cleveland, Tenn.; many great nieces and great nephews, and the large extended family of Mr. Reiff whom she dearly loved.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, for a Mass of Christian Burial to commence at 10 a.m., at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh, with Rev. Von Deeke presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


William Paul Munie, age 47, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, born April 27, 1962, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 15, at his home.

Bill graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 1980, then attended Nashville Auto-Diesel College in Tennessee. As a young man, he worked at Munie & Sons Garage in O’Fallon. Bill was currently employed as a service writer at Truck Centers, Inc., in Troy. He was a parishioner at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church and past Grand Knight of O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Council 4239. He was currently Chief Counselor of O’Fallon Columbia Squires Circle 4682. Bill was an active Knight, and considered this brotherhood to be his second family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. Munie and Geraldine, nee Schumacher, Munie.

He is survived by sisters, Sharon (Len) Cuvar, of Middletown, Ohio, Marcia (Brad Warchol) Fix, Julie (Jim) Hicks, and Mary Munie, all of O’Fallon; nieces and nephews, Kelly (Brad) Cuvar, Neil (Hilary) Cuvar and Dan Cuvar, Amy (Bob) Fix, Dess (Kelly) Fix, and Brian Fix, Jamae Shubirg, Laura (Josh) Hicks, Adam Hicks and Ian Jentsch; and great nieces and nephews, Mason Shubirg, McKenna Spilker, and Chance Cuvar. Also surviving are numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and many extended family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church Building Fund, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh, Ill 62269 or to O’Fallon Columbian Squires Circle 4682 c/o Knights of Columbus Council 4239, 402 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Council 4239 will have a Chalice service at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21, at the church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Edward Fields Kloustermeyer, age 58, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, born Sept. 24, 1951, passed away Dec. 14, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Ed grew up in O’Fallon, attending St. Clare Catholic Grade School, and Althoff Catholic High School, graduating in 1969. He was the lead bugler in the Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp. He earned his BA in History and Teaching Certificate from McKendree College. He taught at St. Clare Catholic Grade School from 1973 to 1989, and served as asst. principal during his final years there. Seeking a career change, he earned his nursing degree from Lutheran School of Nursing in 1991, and began his nursing career at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He also worked at BJC Home Care Services and VNA Hospice, until his retirement in 2003.

Ed’s gift of voice was shared through his participation as a music cantor and in the St. Clare Church Celebration Choir; he was the second ever choir director at St. Clare Church. He was a member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and former member of Knights of Columbus Council 4239.

Ed contributed to the community in many ways over the years, including serving as Santa Claus for several years in the 1970’s. Ed’s kindness to his family and friends will not soon be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Fields Kloustermeyer and Katherine Geraldine, nee Hemmer, Kloustermeyer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna, nee Schachner, Kloustermeyer; two sons, Brian and Bradley Kloustermeyer; brother, James Richard “Rick” (Kathy) Davis of St. Charles, Mo.; sister, Patricia (Gilbert) Vollmer of O’Fallon and many friends and extended family members.

Memorials be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Clare Catholic Church Building Fund, American Diabetes Association or in the form of Masses. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, December 19, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. Clare Catholic Church with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Monte “MC” Carlton Williams, age 74, of Belleville, born March 17, 1935 in Owensboro, Ky., passed away Dec. 11, at Calvin Johnson Care Center, Belleville.

“MC” was a criminal psychologist at Alton State Hospital, then at Menard Correctional Center, retiring as supervisor from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1996.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Eula, nee Skaggs, Williams.

He is survived by his five children, Ramona C. (Bob) Becker of Eureka, Mo., Giovania M. (John) Diefenbach of Pacific, Mo., Monte C. “Butch” Williams, Jr., of Ballwin, Mo., Patrick T. Williams of Ballwin, Mo., and Terence C. (financée Judy Boettcher) Williams of Fairview Heights, many grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are longtime friends, Bob Spencer of Louisville, Ky., and Don White of Chicago.

Memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Fund, to support military men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Graveside services, with full military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Maria do Rosario da Silva Azevedo, age 78, born April 7, 1931 in Manadas, Caricello das Velas, Portugal, passed away following a brief illness on Sunday morning, Dec. 13, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Maria came to the United States to be near her daughter in 1976. She was a loving mother and grandmother and her Catholic faith was precious to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joáo Silva Azevedo and Serafina Adelaide da Silva; and her son-in-law, Capt. Rex A. Murray, USAF, who died Oct. 26, 1986.

She is survived by her daughter Maria Murray of O’Fallon; and four grandchildren, Barbara Murray of Columbus, Ohio, Nicole Murray of Seattle, Wash., Nancy (Daniel) Martin of Albany, Ga., and Rob (Lauren) Murray of Downer’s Grove, Ill. Also surviving are her three great grandchildren, Zoe and Zachary Martin and Tyler Murray.

Memorials be made to American Heart Association by visiting www.americanheart.org or by mail to American Heart Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 2524 Farragut Dr. Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Graveside services, officiated by Msgr. James E. Margason will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


Robert Monroe Haak, age 73, of Belleville formerly of Westport, Ind., born March 3, 1936 in Madison, Ind., passed away Nov. 30 with his wife and son by his side.

Mr. and Mrs. Haak recently moved from Westport, Ind. to the Scott AFB area to be with their son and his family. In addition to working as an auto body repairman for over 40 years, he managed ranches in Big Horn, Wyoming. He enjoyed ranching, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Thelma, nee Cope, Haak, both of Madison, Ind.; stepfather, Herman Jessup of Madison, Ind.; son-in-law, Greg Robbins of Seymour, Ind.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Baker Haak, whom he married April 14, 1972; his daughter, Vicki Knowles and her husband, Chuck, of Frederick, Maryland; Melissa Robbins of Seymour, Ind., son, MSgt Scott Haak and his fiancée, Erica Vega, of Belleville; grandchildren, Sean, Tyler, and Andrew Melton, Kody Vega, Brianna Haak, and Noah Haak, and one great granddaughter, Madison.

TIMING By Lois E. Haak

He cried out in anger the morning he was born.
How could this have happened? He had not been forewarned.
Had he slept through the signal that was to cue him of the year?
Why hadn’t someone roused him? He screamed in frustration and fear.
He wasn’t supposed to be here now. The timing wasn’t right.
Would he have to spend this lifetime dreaming of another time each night?
The year was to have been Eighteen Thirtysix
But it’s one hundred years later. This calamity sure had him in a fix.
He was much too young to tell them; the parents he would grow to love.
They didn’t know he’d been watching and waiting from up above.
He must have nodded off a spell when that century slipped by.
So here he was in 1936, and all he knew to do was cry.
Oh, he could have refused the entrance; but there’d be hearts that he would break
If he refused the breath of life; and so his first breath he did take.
It would be a long row to hoe, of that he had no doubt.
His parents would never fully understand just what he was all about.
But, being parents, they’d adore him, and let nature take its course.
His father would only shake his head wondering why the boy preferred a horse.
Horses were, for the most part, Now just for sport and pleasure;
Not something to keep with you, to cherish and to treasure.
Cars were the big thing now. The horse had had his day;
As he tried to convince the boy that the car was here to stay.
But the lad would not hear of it; though he’d been put to the test.
He’d work on cars all day long, While dreaming of horses and the west.
And when he finally came of age, ready to do his own thing;
He cut a trail, albeit by car, to the mountains of northern Wyoming.

In a spirit of generosity, Mr. Haak has donated his body for medical research to Anatomy Gifts Registry, Hanover, Maryland. Memorial donations in his honor may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to a local hospice organization or to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois


Judith Marie Petruska, nee Sauer, age 67, born Nov. 1, 1942 in Chicago, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26.

Judith lived in the Chicago area most of her life and spent 30 of those years in Calumet City. She was a working mother of one who earned her associates degree in accounting and spent most of her career as a financial account executive. She started her career with Price Waterhouse, then moved to FMC Corp, and eventually retired from Crossland Credit Corp. She moved to Lebanon, three years ago, to be near her son, David and his family. She worked locally at the “Flying J” Truck Stop near Centerville. Although she was a Chicagoan at heart she wanted to settle and retire in Alaska in Warm Springs Bay where her Grandfather Fred Bahovic had a home.

She was truly a hard worker and believed that no matter what you do, you do the best job that you can at all times. She was selfless, kind-hearted and thoughtful and made many sacrifices for her friends and family at the expense of her own successes. She was truly appreciative of the little things in life, and made sure that everyone else was taken care of first.

Judy was more lovingly known as “Ma” and “Nana” as she was “Ma” to so many of David’s friends growing up and welcomed everyone in as if they were her own. She was a proud military daughter of a World War II veteran and a proud military mom of an Air Force Veteran. She was also rarely seen without her “baby,” Sandy (her dog), by her side. She was a wonderful “Nana” to her only granddaughter Kaylie, and a very dear and loving daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, “Auntie Judy” and friend. She was a joy to be around and a positive light to so many. We love you, Ma, you will truly be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Louise, nee Bahovic, Sauer.

Ms. Petruska is survived by her son, David (Shelly) Petruska of O’Fallon; granddaughter, Kaylie Petruska; brother, Leslie (Jan) Sauer and their daughters, Angela (John) Dorzok, and Barb and Jen Feiereisen, all of Wisconsin; sister Sharon Briones and her son, Jim (Judy) Funicello, of Indiana; great nephew, Tristen and great niece Jamie.

Memorial donations in honor of Ms. Petruska are suggested to American Lung Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the funeral home with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Ill.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Dennis John Cooper Sr., 52, of O’Fallon, born August 30, 1957 in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Dennis was currently disabled but had been employed as a floor clerk at Lowe’s. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus 4239. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman T., Sr. and Audrey M., nee Green, Cooper; and brothers and sisters, William Cooper, Bertram A. Cooper, Rebecca and Myrtle Cooper.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Karen, nee Zenthoefer, Adams-Cooper of O’Fallon, step-mother, Bonnie Cooper of Stockton, Calif., four children, Stacy Adams of Kent, Ohio, Jessica (James) Newman of Ikego, Japan, Dennis J. Cooper Jr. and Krystal Samantha Jane Cooper, both of O’Fallon; a granddaughter, Karla Ann Newman of Ikeho, Japan; two brothers, Norman T. Jr. (Ellen) Cooper of Houston, Texas, Olin E. Welch III of Beeville, Texas; four sisters, Doris A. Cooper, Audrey M. Cooper of Copperas Cove, Texas, Mary E., Welch, (Carl) Jennings of Temple, Texas, Kathie Cooper of Chicago; beloved former sisters-in-law, Sharon K. Cooper of Houston, Texas and Ruthie M. Welch of San Angelo, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Father James Deiters officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Charlotte L. Bachesta, nee Bischdorf, age 68, of Fairview Heights, formerly of East St. Louis, born November 26, 1941 in St, Louis, died on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis surrounded by her loving family after a four year battle with multiple myeloma.

Charlotte worked as a unit coordinator for 30 years at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ruth, nee Szerzinski, Bischdorf. She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Bachesta, Sr. whom she married on November 5, 1960; her three children, Edward J. (Sandra) Bachesta, Jr., of Waterloo, Angela (Jim) Owens of O’Fallon, and Daniel (Heidi) Bachesta of Imperial, Mo.; six grandchildren, Andrew Winters of Oakville, Mo., Chelsea Barnhart of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Christina Owens of Columbia, Mo., J.D. Owens of O’Fallon, Jacob Bachesta of Imperial, Mo. and Gabriella Bachesta of Imperial, Mo.; a brother, Charles Bischdorf of Piney Flats, Tenn.; four sisters, Ruth Ann Bollinger of Cuba, Mo., Cheryl Bischdorf of Smithton, Carla Bischdorf of O’Fallon, and Margaret McClaine of Ontario, Canada; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Friends may call from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, with Father Ray Schultz officiating.


Wilhelmina Johanna Strunk, 70, of O’Fallon, born June 21, 1939 in Amsterdam Holland, The Netherlands, died Monday, December 7, in O’Fallon.

Wilhelmina was a data entry clerk for J.C. Penney, retiring after 30 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pieter and Elisabeth, nee Boerman, Deenik.

Wilhelmina is survived by her husband, Elmer Ray Strunk of Trenton; two sons, Ray M. Strunk of Mascoutah, and Anthony Strunk of California; a sister, Elisabeth Ambrose of Pennsylvania, nieces and nephews.

In memory of Wilhelmina, memorials may be made to Hospice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at 1:15 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


Steven L. Hager, 38, of O’Fallon, born January 14, 1971 in Belleville, died Friday, December 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Steve was a 1989 graduate of Collinsville High School . He was a member of Newsong Fellowship Church in Edwardsville, and a salesman for Buffalo Tools in St. Louis. Steve considered himself “handicapable” and did not allow his prosthesis to restrict him – being an example to his children and those who knew him that if you put your mind to it, you could accomplish anything.

He loved working on his cars, spending time with his father while building his new home, having some quality “father-son” time with his son, Nicolas, on a Saturday afternoon, and his “daddy-daughter” nights with his daughter, Alaina.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Spencer M. and Anne Hager, and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Stella Naves.

Steve is survived by his wife, Elisa, nee Harvey, Hager of O’Fallon; two children; Nicolas and Alaina Hager; his parents, Spencer and Joyce, nee Naves, Hager of Collinsville; brothers and sisters, Spencer (Connie) Hager of Collinsville, Angie (Mike) Doyle of Independence, Kan., Kirk ( Tammy ) Hager of Troy, and Ron (Denise) Hager of Collinsville; dear friends, Josh Kee and Jason Stillwell, and many more caring friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Steve’s name to Shriners Hospital. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Newsong Fellowship Church, 201 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville.

Funeral service will follow at 8:00 p.m. at Newsong Fellowship Church, with Pastor Dave Romoser officiating. This is a service for his friends and family to celebrate Steve’s life and the many memories he blessed us with.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon. Per Steve’s wishes, he will be cremated after all services.


George Allen Buchanan, 52, of O’Fallon, born June 29, 1957 in St. Louis, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, December 6, in O’Fallon.

George Allen was a member of the O’Fallon Assembly of God and the Town and Country Gun Club. He was a 1976 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and an avid hunter and football fan. He had been employed with Big River Zinc, for 28 years, as a cell attendant and at Olin Brass as a boiler helper. He had also been a member of Local 347 and Pace OWAC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George “Buddy” H. and Shirley, nee Sadler, Buchanan; paternal grandparents, Andy and Lilly Buchanan and maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Nora Sadler.

George Allen is survived by his wife, Karen, nee Wilder, Buchanan; two children, Michelle (Tony) Huffman and Michael Buchanan, all of O’Fallon, a sister, Sandra Buchanan of O’Fallon, a brother Donald (Lynda) Buchanan of Galena, Mo., mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kevin and Fern Wilder of Waterloo; three brothers-in-law, Kevin Wilder of Waterloo, Kendall (Paula) Wilder of Granite City, Kirt (Leslie) Wilder of Waterloo; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials in Allen’s name may be made to O’Fallon Assembly of God. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon, and Wednesday, December 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the O’Fallon Assembly of God, 1400 N. Greenmount Road, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 9 at 11 a.m. at O’Fallon Assembly of God with Pastor Dale Edwards officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Thomas Patrick Brennan, Jr., 48, of Waterloo, born May 23, 1961, in East St. Louis, died Monday, Nov. 30 in St. Louis, Mo.

Thomas was a 1980 graduate of O’Fallon High School. He was a member of the American Pool League Association. He loved anything outdoors, yard work and his pet Venus.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jay Brennan; and father-in-law, Cletus Shields.

Surviving are his wife, Catherine, nee Shields, Brennan whom he married on June 23, 1989, in Belleville; parents, Thomas P. and RoseMarie, nee Kavaliunas, Brennan of O’Fallon; children, Alicia (friend, Phil) Brennan of Prairie du Rocher, Thomas P. Brennan III and his fiancee of Hardeeville, S.C., Tara (Mike) Menard of Jacksonville, Fla., Kayla (Josh) Boger of Columbia, and Jayna Brennan of Waterloo; brothers, Mike (Julia) Brennan of Collinsville, and John (Doris) Brennan of Smithton; sister, Kathleen (Brian) O’Neill of Cunningham, Ky.; grandchildren, Chelsea and Madison Blissenbech of Prairie du Rocher, Baynee Brennan of Hardeeville, S.C., Thomas P. Brennan IV of Hardeeville, S.C., and Brice, Tyler, Devin and Dustin Menard of Jacksonville, Fla.; mother-in-law, Charlotte Shields of Waterloo; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, University of Wisconsin Clinics, or Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Service: A memorial gathering will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5, at DeFabio Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ill. Burial will be at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Waterloo.


Stanley A. Huber, age 88, of Fairview Heights, born November 21, 1921 in Belleville, died on Sunday, November 29 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Stanley retired as an auto mechanic for the State of Illinois and previously worked in the family business, Huber’s Tiny Diny, in Belleville.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Troy Hess; his parents, Arthur and Myrtle, nee Hollman, Huber; his sister, Betty Hanvey; and his brother-in-law, Paul Robertson.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Huber, nee Mamino; two daughters, Bonnie L. Huber and friend Cathy MacBride of Fairview Heights and Joy C. Hess of Belleville; his sister, Jean Robertson, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; his aunt and uncle, Norman and Georgia Hollman; the Mamino family, Richard and Hildegard, John and Judy, Pete and Pat, Michael and Carolyn, Monica and friend Pattie, and Mary and Bill Herr; his faithful friend, "Buddy"; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Johns Community and Home Care or Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.

There will be no funeral service.


Billie Joe Sensabaugh, Jr., age 48, of Belleville, formerly of Madison, born July 10, 1961 in St. Louis, died on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Billie enjoyed playing the guitar, loved music, gardening and animals, especially his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billie Joe and Frieda Mae, nee Dye, Sensabaugh.

He is survived by his wife, Vera M., nee Harrell, Sensabaugh; his daughter, Sherrie L. (Nick) Keller of Anna, Ill; two brothers, Gregory "Stevie" Sensabaugh of Mehlville, Ill., and Clinton L. (Cindy) Sensabaugh of Granite City; his aunt, Sharon Sensabaugh of Park Hills, Mo.; his uncle, Carl (Marion) Sensabaugh of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville.


Virgil Lee Icide, age 83, of O’Fallon, born Dec. 7, 1925 in East St. Louis, passed away Nov. 25.

Virgil worked at Shell Oil most of his life, first as a gauger and engineer, then as safety foreman, retiring in 1988. He also was a self-taught carpenter and made many of the wooden furnishings in his home and gave his woodwork as gifts to family, friends, and his church.

Mr. Icide was an Air Force veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Lebanon Lion’s Club for 30 years, where he had been awarded the Melvin Jones Award and the Nationwide Foundation Fellowship Award for his club service. He was a long-time member and former trustee of O’Fallon First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and was a devoted husband and father, who was loved and respected by his children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nellie, nee O’Riley, Icide; son-in-law, Dewey Petersen; sister, Marie McConkey; and brothers, Richard and George Icide, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, nee Vunetich, Icide, whom he married May 22, 1948; daughter, Robyn M. Petersen of Las Vegas, Nev., son, Chris A. (Debby) Icide of Moss Beach, Calif., and daughter, Amy (Lawrence) Murano of O’Fallon. Also surviving are grandson, Stephen St. John; sisters-in-law, Judy (James) Peters of Lebanon, and Jo Goodman of Springfield, Ill.; and brother-in-law, John Vunetich (Barbara) of Waterloo; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or O’Fallon First United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


M. Joan Durdel, nee Lundy, age 61, of Belleville, born November 29, 1947 in St. Louis, died on Friday, November 27 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Joan worked as a clerk at Missouri Pacific Railroad for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Lois, nee Jennings, Lundy.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Durdel of St. Louis; two sisters, Lois Bollman of Collinsville, and Catherine Rowe of Belleville; her brother, Michael (Karen) Lundy of Belleville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation, St. Louis, Mo.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. with Father Ken York officiating.


Laurel “Blackie” Berger, 82 of Fairview Heights, formerly of O’Fallon, born Dec. 27, 1926 in Trenton died Wednesday, November 25 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

He graduated from Trenton High School in 1944, attended McKendree College from 1944-1945, the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, Mo., receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1950. He had worked for the Division of Highways, District 8, as an inspector, the Division of Waterways in Springfield and for the Illinois Division of Highways, District 8, Bureaus of Design and Construction as a Design Engineer, from 1951 until his retirement on December 31, 1984.

Several of his accomplishments consist of the design of the Poplar Street Complex approaches on I-55/70 to the Mississippi River crossing, the esthetic design of I-255 through the Metro-East area, a unique dewatering system on I-55/70 and I-64, and the Great River Road from Alton to Grafton with bike trail that won the PRIDE award.

Following retirement, he was a 7 year consultant for a professional engineering firm, designing the noise abatement walls for the new North-South toll way on the Westside of Chicago and on April 6, 1989 was awarded the Annual Honorary Membership Award by the St. Clair and Capital Chapters of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. Blackie was an Illinois and Missouri Professional Engineer, an Illinois Land Surveyor, a member of the Illinois Highway Engineers, serving as President in 1954 and on the Board from 1955-1957. He was also a member of The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers serving as Secretary 1975-1976, Vice President in 1977, President elect in 1978, President from 1979-1980 and the Chapter Representative. He was also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was inducted into the University of Missouri, Rolla Academy of Civil Engineers.

He was also a member of the O’Fallon Grade School Board, 1962-1969, serving as President in 1968, on the O’Fallon Planning Commission from 1963-1970, serving as President from 1965-1970, the O’Fallon Park Board from 1974-1977, serving as Vice-President in 1977. He was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and a member of the Consistory, serving as President in 1974, the OUCC 50+ Club, a member of the O’Fallon Sportsmans Club, and the O’Fallon and Fairview Heights Moose Lodges.

Blackie also served in the US Army. He enjoyed playing cards, golf, bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, cooking, gardening and traveling. He traveled extensively with his wife, Elaine, to many European countries, Canada, Russia, Mexico and all 50 states.

Blackie was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Elsie, nee Kuhn, Berger, 1st wife Mary, nee Emmett, Berger, son-in-law Gary Harvell, sister Jean Vandas, twin brother Lauren “Whitie” Berger, and a sister-in-law Carol Berger.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, nee Klemme, Simpson-Berger of Fairview Heights, whom he married June 14, 1997, a son, Gary Berger of O’Fallon; two daughters, Laura Harvell of Los Angeles, Calif., and Shari (Joseph) Kern of Webster Groves, Mo., a step daughter, Annette (Dr. Kevin) Pritchett of Swansea, a step son, Steven (Debbie) Simpson of Swansea; five grandchildren, Leann (Casey) McHugh, Stephanie Harvell, Joseph Harvell, Morgan Kern, Danielle Kern; step grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren and Shannon Pritchett, Cory Simpson; a great grandchild, Brogan McHugh; brother-in-law, Elmer “Van” Vandas; nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Memorials in Blackie’s name may be made to the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Friday, November 27 at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 28 at O’Fallon United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


Jo Anne "Jo" L. Krus, nee Freeder, 76, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of O’Fallon, born December 19, 1932 in East St. Louis, died on Monday, November 23 at Hope Hospice Home in Fort Myers.

Jo worked at Scott Air Force Base for 45 years as a supply maintenance analyst.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Lillian, nee Dwyer, Freeder; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Sheila (Robert) Henry of O’Fallon, Jerome (Susan) Krus of Fort Worth, Texas and Tina (Jon) Williams of Coppell, Texas; her grandchildren, Heather (Matt) De Vine, Lindsey (Joe) Rushing, Alex Krus, Tyler Williamson, Kara Williamson and Blaine Williamson; and two great-grandsons, Robert "RJ" De Vine and Brady Rushing.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the Web site www.kasslyfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Friends called on Sunday, November 29 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights. Funeral procession left. on Monday, November 30 from Kassly Mortuary, for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Msgr. William Hitpas officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville.


Mr. Nicholas A. Beauman, 13, of New Athens, born July 12, 1996 in Belleville, died Wednesday evening, November 18, at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. Nicholas was an 8th grade student at New Athens District 60 Elementary School.

Nicholas is survived by his parents, Thomas W. and Robyn M. (Pappas) Beauman, and sister, Olivia Beauman of New Athens; paternal grandparents, Roger (Marjorie) Beauman of New Athens; maternal grandparents, Debbie (Robert) Smith of O'Fallon, and David Glasscock of Belleville; maternal great-grandmother, Alice Pappas of Pontoon Beach; aunts, Rebecca (Clayton) Scheibel of O'Fallon, Shannon (Matthew) Laidlaw of Caseyville, Christine (Christopher) Clements of O'Fallon, and Melissa (Frank) Wieman of Chatham, Ill.; uncles, William Smith and Jack Smith, both of O'Fallon, and Timothy (Melanie) Beauman of New Athens; cousins, Alex, Andrew, Nathan, Matthew, Chloe, Jacob, Riley, Elizabeth and Aubrey; and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to Friends of Kids With Cancer.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, November 23 at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 23, at St. John United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens.


Dennis Floyd Sabaleski, 69, of Shiloh, born May 24, 1940 in Lebanon, died Wednesday, November 18, surrounded by his loved ones and faithful dog, Butch.

He served in the US Navy, was a member of the NRA, a past member of the Laborers Local and enjoyed NASCAR, hunting and fishing. He was a past member of the Shiloh Methodist Church and had been employed at Eagle Range and Manufacturing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Sabaleski; mother, Evelyn, nee Rable, Ratterman; paternal grandparents, Frank and Helen Sabaleski; a son-in-law, Terry Timbrook; father-n-law and mother-in-law, Ben and Violet Karius; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Wayne Urban.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Karen, nee Karius, Sabaleski, whom he married Feb. 3, 1958, in San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Kim Timbrook of New Baden; a son, Scott Sabaleski of Shiloh; a brother, Don Sabaleski of New Memphis; a sister, Connie Baur of O’Fallon; beloved sister-in-law, Joel Lambros of O’Fallon; brother-in-law, Joe Karius of Calif.; brother-in-law Doug (Jean) Karius of Shiloh; loving aunt, Louise Green of Highland; six grandchildren, Dennis (Kathy) Timbrook and Adam Timbrook, both of New Baden; Shannon Lowe, Jeffery Sabaleski and Heather Sabaleski all of Shiloh; three great grandchildren, Krystal, Josh and Sarah Dawn of New Baden; many nieces, nephews and friends, and special fishing buddy, Russell.

Denny was very much loved and will live on in our hearts forever. Memorials in Denny’s name may be made to the family and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the families’ residence.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Wilfred J. Benhoff, 81, of O’Fallon, born July 22, 1928 in Aviston, died Monday, November 16, at Lincoln Home, Belleville.

Wilfred was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, retired from Granite City Steel as an oiler and served in the US Army. He was also a former member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry J. and Minnie, nee Voss, Benhoff; his wife, Ruth, nee Meinhardt, Benhoff; and three brothers, Vincent, Raymond and Alfred Benhoff.

Wilfred is survived by a brother, Clarence Benhoff of Lebanon; a sister, Thresalla “Trish” Britsch of Swansea; a sister-in-law, Doris Benhoff of O’Fallon; several nieces and nephews; and best friends, Norman and Jan Joellenbeck.

Memorials in Mr. Benhoff’s name may be made in the form of Masses or to Passages Hospice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 9 to 11 am at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church.

Funeral Mass will held Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial will be at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon.


Jeannie Lee Rhines, 82, a resident of Cedar Ridge Health Care Center and Rehab in Lebanon, formerly of Fairview Heights, born August 18, 1927 in Assumption, Ill., died Friday, November 13, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Jeannie graduated from Assumption High School and also graduated from Danville Beauty School, gaining the top recognition in the Award Winning Hair Styling Contest. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in O’Fallon, Ladies Aid at the church, was a member of the bowling league at St. Clair Bowl, and served as an election judge. Raising six sons also contributed to her involvement in the PTA for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Adah, nee Hott, Kelley; husband, Clarence A. Rhines; a son, Kurt Rhines; grandson, Kyle Rhines; four brothers, Bob, Carl, Ray and Leon Kelley; and two sisters, Myrtle Kelley and Irene Duncan.

Jeannie is survived by her five sons, Kelley (Sharon) Rhines of Swansea, Kerry Rhines of Irving, Texas, Kent (Denise) Rhines of Lebanon, Kirby (Beverly) of Louisville, Ky., and Kris Rhines of Fairview Heights; five grandchildren, Krystal Rhines, Zachary Rhines, Erik Rhines, Kody Rhines and Keegan Rhines; nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Jeannie’s name may be made to the Activity Department at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center and Rehab. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Sunday, November 15, with a walk-thru by the O’Fallon Fire Department, at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 5600 Old Collinsville Road, O’Fallon, with Revs. Frederic W. Baue and Douglas Nicely officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Robert A. “Bob” Reilly, 67, of O’Fallon, born May 24, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey, died Thursday, November 12, in O’Fallon.

Mr. Reilly was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He had a distinguished 24 year career with the US Air Force, during which he earned the rank of colonel and received numerous awards including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 11 air medals, the Legion of Merit, and a Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, he went on to train pilots at Flight Safety International until 2008. But these were not what he would consider to be his greatest accomplishments.

Bob was first and foremost a family man, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He tackled each day with his vibrant energy, sense of humor, and heart-warming smile. He will be sorely missed but lives forever in our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Evelyn, Berggren, Reilly.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ellen J., nee Rafter, Reilly of O’Fallon; a daughter, Megan (Adam) Jennings of Robbinsdale, Minn.; a son, Sean (Emi) Reilly of O’Fallon; a brother, John Reilly of New Hampshire; and two grandchildren, Brennan Reilly and Rowen Reilly.

Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163, www.nationalmssociety.org/donate. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon.

Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

At Robert’s request, he has generously donated his body to science.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


WILLIAM HARRY LASATER, 89, of O’Fallon, born December 10, 1919 in McLeansboro, Ill., died Wednesday, November 11, in O’Fallon.

Harry was a past Post Commander at the Collinsville VFW, retired from Keystone Wire Manufacturing and served in the US Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Effie, nee Huffstutter, Lasater; first wife, Rosemary and second wife, Vinita.

Harry is survived by his loving companion, Betty Ann Tomasovich of O’Fallon; two daughters, Mary Helen Samuels and Sandra Lasater; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Harry’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Private graveside services will be held Friday, November 13, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


WANDA LEAH VON STROH (nee Blades), 85, formerly of Nampa, Idaho, born September 29, 1924 in Kansas City, Mo., passed away Monday, Nov. 9.

Mrs. Von Stroh moved to O’Fallon five years ago to be near her granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin J. Von Stroh, whom she married March 26, 1941; grandson, Anthony J. Bosworth, II; and sister, Clemie Keith.

She is survived by her children, Rolland (Catherine) Von Stroh of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Darlene (Douglas) Jones of Columbus, Ohio; and Cynthia (Basil) Wilfong of Peoria, Ill; her grandchildren, Nelson Von Stroh of Bend, Ore.; Eric Von Stroh of New York, N.Y.; David (Sprague) Von Stroh of San Francisco, Calif.; and Holly (Mike) Koechner of O’Fallon, with whom she lived for the past few years; her five great-grandchildren, Christian Koechner, Kobey Bosworth, Kaitlyn Bosworth, Beau Bosworth, and Landon Von Stroh; sister, Helen Poteet of Riverside, Calif; and dear friends, Kathleen and Amy Huddleston of Filer, Idaho.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Von Stroh may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, or to your local hospice organization. The family of Mrs. Von Stroh is grateful to Heartland Hospice and the staff at Lebanon Care Center for their genuine concern and care provided over the past few months. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting the Web site www.wfh-ofallon.com.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, with Rev. Mike Garrison, Chaplain Heartland Hospice, officiating.

A reception for family and friends will be held at the funeral home immediately following the service. Mrs. Von Stroh will be laid to rest next to her husband at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.


Marie Strom Williams, 31 of Belleville, born December 9, 1977, at Scott Air Force Base, died Tuesday, November 3, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carmen Lee Strom and paternal grandmother, Hilda Strom.

Marie is survived by her husband, Norman Williams II of Crestview, Fla.; mother, Rhonda L. Strom (nee Kimball) of Belleville; three children, Sebastian Nathanal Williams, Kayleigh Renee Williams and Alexander Ray Williams; two brothers, Ryan Raymond Strom of Beverly Farms in Godfrey, and Lucas Alan Strom of Belleville; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Roberta Kimball of O’Fallon; three uncles, John and Toni Kimball of Dayton, Texas, Robert and Mary Kimball of Chatham, Ill., and Ronald and Carol Kimball of Jefferson City, Mo.; two great uncles, Palmer Strom and Edwin Strom, both of Vivian, S.D.; two great aunts, Mary and Orville Tatge of Benson, Minn. and Mabel Wester of Benson, Minn. Marie is also survived by many relatives and a special friend, Jason Spencer Warren.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


MATTIE LILLIAN JONES, 89, of Greenville, born June 16, 1920 in Belhaven, N.C., died Tuesday, November 3, at Elmwood Nursing & Rehab in Maryville.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford E. Jones; her parents, Charles H. and Mattie L. Edwards (nee Wilkinson); a daughter, Judith Jones Mosby; a son, Dr. Clifford E. Jones Jr.; two sisters, Beatrice Quidley and Irene Johnson; four brothers, Carl, Ralph, Edgar and Charles Edwards.

Mattie is survived by two sisters, Doris Carter of Longview, N.C. and Mary Lou Arthur of Mulbulon, N.C.; a daughter in-law, Gayla Jones of Auburn, Ill.; three grandchildren, Judith Mosby Steele of Collinsville, Monica Garrett of Auburn, and Cary Jones of S. Charleston, S.C.; five great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 6, at Young Funeral Home, 118 E. College Ave. in Greenville.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 7, at the funeral home with Rev. Shalom Renner officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Greenville.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon.


KEVIN LYNN TOVO, 50, of O’Fallon, born June 6, 1959 in East Alton, died Sunday, November 1, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Kevin was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon. He was employed with Memorial Hospital in Belleville as a laundry aid, and was an avid St. Louis Baseball Cardinals Fan.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Theresa, nee Krueger, Tovo, whom he married August 28, 1995 in Hannibal, Mo., his parents, Guido and Shirley, nee Mearsch, Tovo of East Alton; a brother, Jeff (Sheri) Tovo of Orange, Calif.; a sister, Susan (Rich) Tolleson of Bethalto; mother-in-law, Verdell Krueger of Hoyleton, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Gabriella (William) Showmaker of Nashville, Ill., Rachel Krueger of Hoyleton, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Michael Tovo, Alexandra Tovo, Michael Thorne, Anthony Thorne, Kayla Thorne, Ryan Tolleson, Rachel Tolleson, Cassandra Showmaker, Jacob Showmaker; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorials in Kevin’s name may be made to the Humane Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon. Funeral service will follow with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


JANICE LOUISE QUERIO, nee Klein, age 88, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, born September 9, 1921, the only child of Louis and Lorraine, nee Seibert, Klein, passed away Sunday, November 1.

Mrs. Querio was a loving mother and grandmother and a devoted, hardworking homemaker. She enjoyed her flower garden and was a talented embroiderer. She was a life-long member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church and faithfully kept the altar and shrines adorned with her homegrown flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Fred C. Querio, who passed away January 2, 1994.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Maurice) Dulle, of Mascoutah; granddaughters, Jennifer (Blaine) Hilmes of Carlyle, and Dr. Jamie Dulle of Omaha, Neb; and her great grandchildren, Brittany, Brianne, Brenna, Colin, Jacob, and Annalise; and her grandpuppy, Maggie the pug.

Memorial donations are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to Omaha Childrens Hospital for cancer and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


DELORES K. FEIST, 83, of Mascoutah, born October 18, 1926 in O’Fallon, died Sunday, November 1, at Community Care Center of Mar-Ka in Mascoutah.

Delores was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, the Altar Sodality and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary of Post 805 and a former member of the St. Clare Mothers Club. Delores had been employed with the Belleville Diocese in the Chancery office.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Mabel, nee Briscoe, Guttersohn; husband, Stanley Feist; a son, Stanley Feist; sister, Mildred Dunbar; granddaughter, Amy Feist; nephew, Curt Dunbar and a niece, Kathy Gross.

Delores is survived by three children, Dennis (Patricia) Feist of Albers, Gayle (Walter) Feist of Mascoutah, Mike Feist of O’Fallon; two daughters-in-law, Mary Feist of St. Louis, Mo., Kathleen Feist of Belleville, a brother, Wayne Guttersohn of Swansea; seven grandchildren, Allison Feist, Colleen Feist, Katherine Feist, Kyle (Bethany) Battas, Emily Battas, Melissa (Tim) Eversole, Todd (Kiresten Gasper-Fiance’) Feist; and two great grandchildren, Jacob Feist and Matthew Eversole.

Memorials in Delores’ name may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Jim Deiters officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


JOHN A. BALANA, age 60, of O'Fallon, passed away Friday, October 30, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was born May 21, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to the late Joseph W. and Josephine (nee Leonardo) Balana. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by one brother, Nicholas J. Balana and father-in-law John Ferencz.

Mr. Balana retired in 1989 from the U. S. Air Force and was currently employed at Scott Air Force Base. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O'Fallon and VFW Post 2280 in Bellevue, Neb.

Surviving is his wife, Joanne (nee Ferencz) of O'Fallon; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Ferencz Kapral of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three brothers-in-law, John G. Ferencz of Harrisburg, Pa., Thomas R. Ferencz of Pittsburgh, Pa. and David J. Ferencz of Allentown, Pa.; and sister-in-law, Donna P. Balana of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also surviving is one nephew, Christopher M. Balana of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and one niece, Lisa A. Borodaty of California. Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church Building Fund or in the form of Masses.

Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O'Fallon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m., Wed., Nov. 4, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pa.

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DOROTHY SURWALD BOSWORTH, 76, of Lexington, Ky. died Friday, Oct. 23 as a result of a massive stroke suffered earlier in the week.

A native of Illinois and graduate of East St. Louis High School, she worked at the Wabash Railroad Executive Offices in St. Louis until the birth of her children, and served as a stay-home mom thereafter.

When her sons were older, she returned to Southern Illinois University to complete a bachelor of arts degree in sociology, master of science degree in history, and a post-graduate education specialist certificate in psychology/counseling.

Honored repeatedly by the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy, and a recipient of the Belleville News Democrat Salute to Women Award (1987), she spent her professional career of more than 25 years at O’Fallon Township High School as a teacher, guidance counselor, faculty sponsor of both the National Honor Society and the Class of 1976, chair of the Social Studies Department, curriculum advisor, and graduation director.

Affectionately known as Mrs. B to thousands of teenagers and adults, she initiated and developed countless programs for students and teachers alike. A sought after lecturer and consultant, she was OTHS’s and St. Clair County’s Teacher of the Year (1973), a member of the American Psychological Association, Illinois Guidance and Personnel Association, Illinois Association of College Admissions Counselors, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Belleville Area College Advisory Board, Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of Ainad Temple, the only woman on the board that incorporated the City of Fairview Heights, and author of The Rediscovery of Latin America as a Catholic Mission Field. In retirement she and Mr. B moved to Lexington, Ky., where she "grandmothered" her son’s children and worked occasionally as a substitute teacher until 2008. A faithful Christian, she taught Sunday School, led youth groups, a contributor to The Baptist Hymnal, a member of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, and former member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ of East St. Louis.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. (Matthew 25:21)

Mrs. B was preceded in death by her parents, Casper E. and Pauline Z. Surwald of East St. Louis, and her husband of 52 years, Robert W. Bosworth, Sr., also of East St. Louis, and Lexington.

She is survived by her two sons, Rev. Robert W. Bosworth, Jr. and his wife, Bettie, of Frankfort, Ky., and their son, Robert, III; her son, Timothy J. Bosworth and his wife, Debbie, of Lexington, and their children, Katie and Marcie; her brother, Harry Surwald and his wife, Delores, of Westerville, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the Web site www.kasslymortuary.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be graciously received by Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63131.

Friends called on Monday, Oct. 26 at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights and Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in East St. Louis.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 27 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in East St. Louis with a reception following in the church hall.


CAROL FOHNE, nee Gaffner, age 82, of O’Fallon, passed away October 22 in her home with her family by her side. Born February 14, 1927 in St. Jacob, she moved to Collinsville with her family at age 8 and has been in O’Fallon since 1945.

She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Lebanon and St. Clair County Farm Bureau, and former member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Mrs. Fohne farmed with her husband and family for many years in O’Fallon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Joyce, nee Wildhaber, Gaffner; brother, Bill Gaffner; sister, Bette Smith; sister-in-law, Rosella Sedlacek; and brother-in-law, Virgil Sedlacek.

She leaves behind to honor her memory her husband of 64 years, Maurice Fohne, whom she married May 19, 1945; daughters, JoAnn Shaffer of Ava, Ill., Donna (John) Adolphson of St. Louis, grandchildren Barbara Shaffer of Lebanon, Stephen Shaffer of Campbell Hill, Ill., and Tracy (Matt) Heath of St. Peters, Mo. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Suzanne Shaffer of Godfrey, Benjamin Shaffer, Jessica Heath, and step-great-grandchildren Amy and Michael Heath.; brother-in-law, Jackie Smith, sister-in-law, Joan Gaffner; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Paul UCC in Lebanon, American Cancer Society, or PSOP (Programs & Services for Older Persons) and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 25 and from 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, October 26 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, October 26 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home with Rev. Don Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JOAN HELEN WHITE, age 74, of Belleville, formerly of O’Fallon, born March 15, 1935, in O’Fallon, died Monday evening, Oct. 19.

Ms. White worked for Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Company for 43 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Viola, nee Trinckel, White; brothers, Harold and Howard White, and sister Jean Gray.

She is survived by her niece, Susanna Gray; friend, Greg Johnson; and two brothers.

In honor of Ms. White’s life, memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Funeral services will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


IVAN ELMER PING, age 81, of O’Fallon, passed away Tuesday evening, October 20. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. to Ivan Henry Ping and Hattie R., nee Elson, Ping.

After serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict, he was a self-employed milkman, a vocation of which he was very proud and found much enjoyment. He farmed with his brother Rich as a young man and was previously employed at Cahokia Racetrack.

His true passion and most loved hobby was owning and breeding race horses. He could often be found at the big round table at the former O’Fallon Feedbag Restaurant, drinking his morning coffee and telling stories with his buddies. Ivan loved his family and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, a 58-year member of A.F. & A.M. Lodge 576, Dania Shrine Club, Enterprise Grange, and O’Fallon First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ann, nee Richardson, Ping whom he married Aug. 14, 1954. Also surviving are his children, Nancy Lee Ping, Donna Ping, Les (Yvonne) Ping, all of O’Fallon; Jim (Mary) Ping of Highland, Ruth (Jerry) Waeltz, and Rich Ping, all of O’Fallon; siblings Betty Ping of O’Fallon, Richard (Margie) Ping of Belleville, Paul (Marilyn) Ping of Coulterville, Ill., and Elsie (Murray) Aron of Fresno, Calif.; and brother-in-law, Dale Touchette of Northfield, Minn. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who thought their grandpa was awesome.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann Touchette.

In memory of Mr. Ping, memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Shriners Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. The Enterprise Grange will conduct a service at 6 p.m. and Masonic Services will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, with Rev. Joel Catlin, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


EDITH M. HOLLIDAY, 89, of Belleville, formerly of Fairview Heights, born August 10, 1920 in O’Fallon, died Tuesday, October 20 at Four Fountains Conv. Center, Belleville.

Edith retired from Small’s Clothing Store in Belleville after 25 years as credit manager. Mrs. Holliday was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, a member of the church Council, serving for four years, was on the Board of Directors of St. Paul Home for the Aged, serving six years, and received the Christian Service Award at St. Paul Church. She was also on the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Daughter of Naomi, past President of Womens Fellowship of St. Paul’s and member of the Elders Society of St. Paul United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, LeRoy G. Holliday, whom she married on August 8, 1940 and who died on December 8, 1997; her parents, Arnold and Katie, nee Hesse, Ahrens; three half sisters, Albertina Barnhardt, Katie Battoe and Edna Monken; and a half brother, George Schildknecht.

She is survived by three sons, Eric (Lois) Holliday of Bartlett, Ill., Neal (Ann) Holliday of Belleville, Jan (Angie) Holliday of Maryville; seven grandchildren, Eric (Karian) Holliday of Chicago, Alicia (Jay) Madsen of Bartlett, Ill., Jeff (Katie) Holliday of Missoula, Mont., Ryne Holliday of Hawaii, Chris Holliday of Belleville, Alex Holliday and Kaitlyn Holliday, both of Maryville; three great grandchildren, Ellenore Madsen, Marissa Madsen and Isabella Holliday; a sister, Elizabeth Lannert of Freeburg; a brother-in-law, Burnell Holliday of Deerfield, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Wilma Holliday of O’Fallon, Willou Jung of O’Fallon, Leona Schneider of Bend, Ore.; also many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Memorials in honor of Edith may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or St. Paul Home for the Aged. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 9-11:30 am at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B Street, Belleville, Ill. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 11:30 am at St. Paul United Church of Christ with Rev. Drew Kramer officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


WINIFRED E. ZINK, 80, of Shiloh, born June 30, 1929 in New York, N.Y., died Monday, October 19 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Winnie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Shiloh Improvement Assn., a driver for Meals on Wheels, an organizer and supporter of the Shiloh Bingo and Shiloh Homecoming.

She was born a U.S. citizen in New York and raised in Germany by her aunt and extended family, during World War II. She returned to the U.S. to attend nursing school at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis where she met her future husband, Russell Zink. She was a nurse at Deaconess Hospital with Dr. Bert and Dr. Arnold.

She was a world traveler, traveling with her family and grandchildren and was a mother and advisor to many who loved her dearly. Winnie hosted many social gatherings with family and friends and welcomed all into her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Edith, nee Pinnow, Woge; her husband, Russell E. Zink; a son, Karl Zink; and a brother, Conrad Woge.

She is survived by a son, Bruce (Karen) Zink of Gahanna, Ohio; a daughter, Carla (Mark) Knuth of Madison, Wisc.; and four grandchildren, Jordan, Adam, Mackenzie and Zachary.

The family requests that memorials be made to Spencer Animal Shelter in O’Fallon. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, and from 11 a.m. to 12 at the church.

Funeral service will be at 12 p.m., Saturday, October 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock, Belleville, with Rev. Gary W. Byers officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


Squire H. Adams, 80, of O’Fallon, born June 30, 1929 in St. James, Mo., died Thursday, October 15, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Squire was a retired United States Army Technical Sergeant, a former driver for Jack Schmitt Cadillac in O’Fallon, and a former cook at the Feed Bag Restaurant in O’Fallon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann, nee Webb, Adams; a son, Randall Adams; parents, Lemeul Anderson and Emma Della, nee Bailey, Adams; two brothers, Robert and Herbert Adams; and two sisters, Pearl Walls and Christina Faye Finlay.

Squire is survived by three daughters, Donna Hanks of Jefferson City, Mo., Vickie (Mark) Barickman of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Terri (Chris) McClelland of O’Fallon; a brother, Charles Adams of Mo.; a sister, Lenore Adams of St. James, Mo.; five grandchildren, Amanda Hanks of Jefferson City, Mo., Sarah (Aaron) Ballard of Springfield, Mo., Randall (Tiffany) Hanks of the State of Washington and currently serving in Iraq, Cody McClelland and Riley McClelland, both of O’Fallon; two great grandchildren, Ashley and Shannon Hanks of the State of Washington; three brothers-in-law, Burley (Norma) Coffman, Herbert Head and Dick Webb, all of Indiana, nieces, nephews and extended family, LeRoy Hanks, Larry Hanks, Mary Ball, Greg Ball, Paige Ball, Shelly Miller-Brewer, Shelia Vickers, Tabatha Lenzini, Mary Simmons-Cox, Kate Stoecklin and Ann Danner.

The family requests that memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be Thursday, October 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. Ruth Hanks officiating.

Burial will be at Shiloh Township Cemetery, Shiloh.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


EUNICE LUCILLE HOWARD, nee Davis, age 84, of Swansea, formerly of Mascoutah, born October 8, 1925, in Hollywood, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 18, at Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Howard was a wonderful person, wife and mother. Although she worked in health care for many years, her biggest joy in life was living on her farm with her husband, growing plants, vegetables and fruits. Her 64-year marriage and her children and grandchildren were her greatest accomplishments. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Sue Motsinger; her parents, John D. and Louella, nee Brown, Davis; two brothers in infancy, a sister, Alma Jean Nessar, and grandsons, Shane Wier and Darrell Fluck.

She is survived by her husband, Esper “Karl” Howard of Swansea, formerly of Mascoutah; daughters, Karlene (Tom) Fluck of Swansea, Janice Khrino of West Plantation, Fla., Carol (Dave) Wier of Smithton, Patty Powers of Swansea, and Peggy Howard of Belleville; and son, Daniel (Lori) Howard of Collinsville. Also surviving are sisters, Billie Moss of Farmington, Mo., Opal Okai of Saint Peters, Mo., Mary Smith of Enola, Ark., Ruth Clements of Fresno, Calif., and Annie Fitzgerald of Saint Peters, Mo.; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

To My Wife: We have done everything together you and I We’ve walked the lowest valleys And climbed the mountains high

But now you’re gone, and I remain God chose to keep me here I’ll finish all the work we had And love the ones, that you held dear

I’ll pet your dog, I’ll plant the seeds That we planted every spring We’ll watch them grow together And see the beauty that they bring

Walk slowly down that road my dear For I won’t be far behind You’ll hear me call your name again And I’ll hear you calling mine

We’ll embrace again once more And hold each other tight hen together, we will walk Towards God’s eternal light.

From Your Husband

In honor of Mrs. Howard’s life, memorial donations may be made to Belleville Area Humane Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, October 20 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St., O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held at noon, Tuesday, October 20, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, with Deacon Bob Lippert officiating. Entombment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.


JOHN MATTHEW KIEGEL, JR., age 29, of O’Fallon, passed away Monday evening, October 5.

Born June 25, 1980 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Johnny was fortunate to have been able to travel the world with his parents, living in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom. He even swung a sledgehammer to help dismantle the Berlin Wall, all while proudly supporting his father’s military service.

Johnny graduated from Lakenheath RAF High School in England. His family relocated to O’Fallon 3 years ago. Johnny was a musician, songwriter and talented acoustic and electric guitar player. He worked at Subway and Plaza Wine & Liquor in O’Fallon, and was a huge fan of soccer, especially Great Britain’s Manchester United Football Club, and Charleston (S.C.) Battery. He supported the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins.

Johnny’s presence will be immensely missed by his loving parents, SMSgt John M. Kiegel, Sr., and Janice A. Hembree-Kiegel, of O’Fallon. He is also survived by his grandparents, Gloria and Frank Chapman of Big Spring, Texas and Janet F. Kiegel of St. Marys, Ga.; aunts and uncles, Pamela, Thomas, and Daniel Hembree and Melanie Karavatoes, all of Big Spring, Texas, and James Hembree of Las Vegas, Nev., Joseph and Delores Kiegel of St. Marys, Ga., Gary and Jackie Maher of Taberg, N.Y., Joanne Kuriyan of Washington, D.C., and James Kiegel of Sylva, N.C.; and many cousins. He will also be missed by his special group of friends in “Chucktown,” Charleston, S. C.

In memory of Johnny, memorial donations are suggested to Spencer Pet Rescue, 1405 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269 or to any no-kill animal shelter. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 10 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will commence at 6 p.m., at the funeral home chapel. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


ARLENE M. COOPER, 77, of Shiloh, born May 13, 1932 in Granite City, died Saturday, October 3 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Arlene was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and a member of the Southern Illinois Street Rod Association. She had been employed at Sandor Law Firm as a legal secretary for 37 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Elizabeth, nee Macon, Schneider; her husband, Leonard James Cooper Sr.; a son, Leonard James Cooper Jr.; and a sister, JoAnn Pistone.

Arlene is survived by two sons, Anthony P. (Donna) Cooper Sr. and Robert Cooper, both of Shiloh; three grandchildren, Anthony Cooper Jr., Timothy and Andrew Shaffer; a brother-in-law, George Cooper; and five sisters-in-law, Gail Fetterer, LaVelle King, Patty Barnett, Jackie Hazard and Jeanette Golden.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

At Arlene’s request, her body will be cremated and inurned alongside her husband.

All services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


REBECCA ANN JEAN PANNELL, nee Hahn, age 38, of Cahokia, beloved mother, daughter, and sister, passed away September 28.

Rebecca had worked at various jobs, including nursing homes, restaurants, and motels. She was recently training as a legal assistant. She was kind, always lending a hand, trying to be helpful.

Rebecca is survived by her four sons, Anthony, Alexander, Andrew, and Arron, all of Cahokia; her mother, Karen Hahn; brothers, Jason, Christopher, and Dustin Hahn; sister, Kimberly McManus; and aunt, Sandra Tuma, all of Granite City.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 6 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home chapel, with Dr. James E. Donahue officiating.


MICHAEL ANDREW “Mike” SMITH, 23, of Vero Beach, Fla., born July 17, 1986, in West Palm Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Gainesville, Fla.

Mr. Smith graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2004. He worked in quality control at CTI Cement and was an avid fisherman.

Mike was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Mary Dove; paternal grandfather, Clyde Smith; and maternal aunts, Jeanette Ellenberg and Ruth Montgomery.

Surviving are his mother, Dawn, nee Dove, Osteen of Vero Beach, Fla.; father, Randal H. Smith of Live Oaks, Fla.; stepfather, Bernie Stickell of Vero Beach, Fla.; and former stepfather, Bill Osteen of Sebastian, Fla.; sisters, Amber Smith of Detroit, Mich., Ashley Osteen of Vero Beach, Fla., and Destinee Smith of Live Oak, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Betty Wilson of Live Oak, Fla.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Florida and Illinois.

Mike in his love for others had signed up to be an organ donor. Memorials may be made to the family. A memorial service will be held in Florida on Oct. 18, 2009.


DEANE M. RAYFORD, 58, of Mascoutah, born October 5, 1950 in Angie, La., died Sunday, September 20 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Deane had been a member of the Mary Magdalene Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. She was a current member of New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in Lebanon. Deane was vey involved with the church and her church family. She served as a greeter and a Life Changer, was on the Hospitality Ministry and Card Ministry. She also worked alongside her husband, Charles at Rayford Photography, serving as the administrative assistant. Deane worked many years for the Civil Service in a variety of positions. Deane also was a role model for the Cancer Witness Project.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rayford; parents, Ike and Louise, nee Johnson, Ploughman; three brothers, John Lee Ploughman, Henry Ploughman, Lawyer Ploughman; and three sisters, Susie Ploughman-Roberts, Sophia Ploughman-Peters and Essic Ploughman.

Surviving are two children, Sonya (Ernest Cage, fiancé) Rayford of O’Fallon, Kevin (Myranda Coaston) Rayford of Fairview Heights; a granddaughter, Kimori Rayford; two sisters, Rita Tate of Angie, La. and Mary P. Wicker of Chicago; godchildren, Harold Truehill, Nicholas McCants, Lauren McCants, nieces, nephews and a host of special friends.

Memorials in Deane’s name may be made to the Charles Rayford Youth Development Center or the American Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, and at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church, 689 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon, Friday, September 25, from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Funeral service will be held Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in Lebanon, with Bishop G. Vincent Dudley officiating. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.


GEORGE KLYM, age 89, of O’Fallon, formerly of Fairview Heights, born in Barren Twp., near Sesser, Il., passed away Saturday morning, September 19, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon, with his faithful daughters at his side.

Mr. Klym was a retired painter and paper hanger, who worked primarily in the St. Louis area. He was a former member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church for over 40 years and most recently attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He was an Army veteran, serving during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anne, whom he married September 17, 1949, and who passed away June 25, 2009.

George is survived by his two daughters, Agatha Klym and Maryanne Klym, both of O’Fallon.

In honor of Mr. Klym, memorial donations may be made to Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center Healing Garden Project, 1 Perryman Drive, Lebanon, IL 62254; Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Place, #150, Fairview Heights, IL 62258 or St. Nicholas Catholic Church fund for the poor, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 25, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, September 26, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 26, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery, with graveside military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


HELEN ELIZABETH GRAY, nee Eversmann, age 91, of O’Fallon, born July 22, 1918 in Caseyville Township, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 17, surrounded by a host of loving family and friends.

Mrs. Gray worked for many years as a secretary to Dr. C.C. Kane, former St. Clair County Coroner and was a faithful member of St. Clare Catholic Church. She was a wonderful woman, loved by many. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren thought she was the greatest woman in the world. She will be missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Robert W. Gray, who passed away March 18, 1998; her parents, Henry and Josephine (Baldus) Eversmann; her sisters, Esther Cox and Hilda Eversmann; brother-in-law, Norman Cox; and a great-grandson, Ryan Bowen.

Surviving are her five children, Robert (Roberta) Gray, of Wildwood, Mo., Marilyn (William) Bowen of Smithton, Carolyn (Leroy) Mahlman of O’Fallon, Cherolyn “Cherie” Gray of St. Louis, Mo., and Kathleen (James) DeFranco of Caseyville; her grandchildren, Michael (Karen) Bowen, Barbara Yorkovich, Jeff (Shannon) Bowen, Kevin Bowen, Kristina (Marty) Mantle, Anthony Gray, David Lindley, Laurie (Michael) Phillips, Nicole, Michelle, and Michael Gray, Derek, Dustin, Danielle, and Dylan DeFranco; great-grandchildren, Kristin Bowen, Drake Delong, Brant, Brock, and Brynn Bowen, Devin, Ava, and Connor Mantle, Jared and Brady Guntli, Amanda, Rebecca, and Jacob Lindley, Ashley, April, Allison, and Alexandra Phillips; and two great-great-granddaughters, Savannah and Skylar. Also surviving are her brother, Henry L. (Dorothy) Eversmann, of Fairview Heights; nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a dear friend Marie Sale of Belleville.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Clare Catholic Church Building Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or in the form of Masses.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 20, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 21, at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 21, at St. Clare Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JONATHAN CHARLES SCOTT, 48, of Fairview Heights, formerly of Belleville, beloved father, husband, brother and friend, passed away suddenly on September 18.

Jonathan was always ready with a quick laugh. He had a love of life, entertained all with his unique brand of humor, sharp intellect and quick wit. His easy going personality made him a welcomed addition to any gathering. He was a positive person and strove to avoid negativity.

He enjoyed sports and was an avid golfer. He invented a golfing score card and was working on getting a patent for the “Greens Keeper.” He developed ‘The Scott Surprise’, an opening series of chess moves which resulted in early checkmate in high school.

Jonathan was employed for many years at the Casino Queen on the Mississippi River as a floor manager and pit boss. After taking a year off, he had recently become employed at Little Italy as a bartender.

Jonathan took great joy in being a father to Anna, his beloved daughter, and watching her grow-up. He was so proud of Anna and the person he knows she will become.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his parents, Paul J. Scott and Frances J., nee Scudder, Scott.

He leaves behind his wife, Thelma; daughter, Anna; a brother, Paul; sisters, Janine (Jim), Lori (Wayne), Mary Gail, and Marjie (Charles). All who knew him share a feeling of sadness and void for the loss of our beloved Jonathan, but we also celebrate that he was in our lives. The heavens will be a little brighter at night. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

At the families request, Jonathan will be cremated after all services. Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services entrusted with services.


Betty J. Herbert, 76, of Belleville, born February 9, 1933 in E. St. Louis, died Thursday, September 17, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Betty was a member of Towerview Baptist Church. She retired from Swansea Care Center as a cook. She loved her grandkids, cats, flowers and old movies. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Herbert; parents, Loyd and Mary, nee Aubuchon, Hodge; stepmother, Georgia, nee Laws, Hodge; and a brother, James Hodges.

She is survived by three children, Tammy Herbert of Belleville, Dennis (Connie) Herbert of Shiloh, Richard (Antoinette) Herbert of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Danielle, Erica, Adam, Meeghan, Brett, Kendall, Linsey and Addison; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Oliver of Fairview Heights, Norik Hodges of Texas; nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Bettys’ name may be made to the Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Monday, September 21, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Skip Leininger officiating.

Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery, Shiloh. Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


BERNIE FUCHS, 76, an illustrator whose influential work was published in magazines ranging from Cosmopolitan to Sports Illustrated and displayed in art galleries worldwide, died of cancer Sept. 17 in Fairfield, Conn., near his home in Westport.

Bernard L. Fuchs was born October 29, 1932 in O’Fallon. He was a 1954 School of Fine Arts graduate from Washington University in St. Louis, member of the famous Artists Faculty since 1965, and Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient from Washington University School of Fine Arts in 1966

On June 11, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart, Anna Lee Hesse, of O’Fallon, (daughter of the former Mayor of O’Fallon) and they celebrated their 54th anniversary this summer. She survives, living in Westport, Conn., along with their three children, Cynthia Fuchs of Washington, D.C., Derek Fuchs of Casselberry, Fla., and Ellise Fuchs of Torino, Italy; and three grandchildren.

Memorial Services and a "Celebration of Life" took place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, Conn. Donations may still be made to the American Cancer Society in remembrance of Mr. Fuchs.

Mr. Fuchs, who once aspired to be a jazz trumpeter, was a hugely popular illustrator. He graduated from O’Fallon High School without ever painting a picture or knowing what an illustrator did. After high school, he permanently injured his right hand (drawing hand), losing three fingers in an industrial accident that threatened his ability even to hold a pencil. The following year, he tried to find work on an assembly line at a puppet factory but was fired for his incompetence at painting cartoon puppet heads. Ten years later, Fuchs was one of the top illustrators in America. Walt Reed, author of "The Illustrator in America" said that "Bernie’s pictures for such magazines as McCall’s, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan and TV Guide are probably more admired — and more imitated — than those of any other current illustrator."

Bernie was named Artists Guild of New York's "Artist of the Year" by age 30 and was the youngest person ever elected to the Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1975 at the age of 43. The Hall of Fame includes such luminaries in the art field as Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and John James Audubon.

Equally at home as a gallery painter, Bernie did portraits of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. The portrait of the late President Kennedy was one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorites of her husband. "Bernie combined the best of both worlds," said illustrator Murray Tinkelman, who chairs the New York-based Society of Illustrators' hall of fame committee. "He became the most emulated and imitated illustrator in the field through the 1980s."

Starting in the mid-1980s, Mr. Fuchs had contracts to illustrate postage stamps, murals, and children's books. His paintings, whose subjects ranged from images of the Old West to horse races in France, were exhibited in galleries worldwide.

The life of this aspiring jazz trumpeter who became a talented artist by conquering all odds to reach the top of his field can best be summed up with this story. After his accident and hand injury, Bernie lost his ability to hit the "high C," note on his trumpet, an elusive musical note that is difficult for some musicians to hit unless they are very talented.

Many years after achieving fame as an illustrator, Bernie looked up his old trumpet teacher and sent him a portrait he had painted of Louis Armstrong and his wife. The portrait was accompanied by a note saying, "I found my high C." Bernie Fuchs certainly did just that, not only professionally but as a husband, father, and grandfather. He was a "high C" all the way.

JOSEPH RAYMOND FEHER was born February 20, 1945 in East St. Louis, the son of Joe and Mildred (Earlin) Feher. He departed this life on Sept. 9 in St. John’s St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Mo. at the age of 64 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosella Sue Feher; and mother-in-law, Marion J. Pierce.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jo Feher of Mountain View; three daughters, Julie Dawn (Feher) Martin and husband, Jeremy, of O’Fallon, Rachel Elizabeth Crews of Palatka, Fla., and Tammy Lynn Hinkley of Belleville; sister, Judy Witte and husband, Fred, of Houston, Mo.; father-in-law, Otto H. Pierce, of Paragould, Ark.; six grand-children; one niece; and one nephew.

Joseph was a graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and of Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Mo.

After the death of his wife, Rosella, he was later united in marriage to Barbara Jo Pierce on October 13, 1993 in Rector, Ark.

Joseph was an ordained minister for more than 40 years and served in the Christian Church and Church of Christ. He was active as a volunteer fireman in Mulberry Grove, Ill. He owned and operated Feher Family Restaurant for ten years. He also worked as a school bus driver for several years, currently in the Mountain View-Birch Tree RIII school district. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial services were held at Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Winona Church of Christ in Winona, Mo. with Pastor Mike Steiner officiating.

Additional memorial services were held Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Fireman’s Hall in Mulberry Grove. Arrangements were under the direction of Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View, Mo.


Soledad R. Campos, 77, of Shiloh, born April 3, 1932 in Manila, Philippines, died Wednesday, September 9, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Soledad was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and attended Mass at Our Lady of the Snows. She retired as a registered nurse.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donato and Irene, nee Racpan, Javier; a son, Nester Campos; and a brother, Ricardo Javier, MD. Soledad is survived by a daughter, Caroline (Randall) Stone of Shiloh; two grandchildren, Calvin R. Stone and Allyssa M. Stone; a brother, Bonifacio (Emilia) Javier of Altoona, Pa.; and a sister-in-law, Aurora Javier of Hubbard, Texas.

Memorials in Soledad’s name may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the RAI Dialysis Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Father James Thomas officiating.

At the families’ request, Soledad will be cremated after all services.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


MABELC. BLEISCH, nee Dickhaut, 100, of Mascoutah, born May 4, 1909 in Mascoutah Township, died Saturday, September 12, at the MarKa Nursing Home in Mascoutah.

Mabel was a retired housekeeper and a retired hostess from the Mascoutah Hardees. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed senior travel tours. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Mascoutah and the Women’s Guild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward E. and Anna Marie, nee Kruse, Dickhaut; three brothers, Ralph, Russell and Richard Dickhaut; and two nephews.

She is survived by a son, Cletus (Patricia) Bleisch of O’Fallon; a daughter, Sabia (Richard) Hinkle of Mascoutah; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great-grandson.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or MarKa Nursing Home Activity Fund. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting mollfuneralhome.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah, and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at St. John United Church of Christ with the Rev. Hugh Fitz officiating. Burial will be in Mascoutah City Cemetery.

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JOANN F. MITCHELL, 67, of Swansea, born July 8, 1942 in Clearview, Okla., died Thursday, September 10 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

JoAnn graduated from nursing school in Clinton, Okla. She was a member of the Church of Living God in Clearview, Okla., and also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star at RAF Lakenheath Air Base in England. JoAnn was also employed as the Child Care Director at RAF Lakenheath. She was the LPN night supervisor at Memorial Convalescent Center, Belleville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence French; and a brother, Oliver French.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, Joe L. Mitchell of Swansea; her mother, Elvira, nee Reynolds, Bush of Clearview, Okla.; a step-son, Michael Mitchell of Dover, Delaware; brother and sisters, Bobbie (Al) Patillo of Chicago, Joe C. Clark of Weleetka, Okla., Ruben (Gwen) Clark of Springfield, Ill., Helen (Peter) Bush of Midwest City, Okla.; an aunt, Lydia Martin of San Diego, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials in JoAnn’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services in O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Patricia M. Whitley officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


JUDITH “JUDY” LEE WIESEN, nee Randle, age 64, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, born Sept. 23, 1944, passed away September 9 at her home, surrounded by those who loved her.

Judy had worked at the former O’Fallon Health Care, and went beyond her expected duties to be caring to the residents. She enjoyed ceramics, painting, bingo and playing cards with her family and friends and loved animals of all kinds. Most importantly, Judy was a loving wife and devoted mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Carson Randle and Elsie Edna Graminski Randle; and her sister Karen Ann Randle.

She is survived by her husband, John H. Wiesen, whom she married May 30, 1964; and her son, John W. Wiesen and his wife, Sarah, all of O’Fallon.

In honor of Mrs. Wiesen, and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Place, Fairview Heights, IL 62208. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

All funeral services are private. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


DONALD A. AKES, 63, of Belleville, born February 22, 1946 in St. Joseph, Mo., died Tuesday, September 8, in Belleville. Mr. Akes retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sgt. He was also a retail sales clerk at Radio Shack.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Dan and Grace, nee Martin, Akes.

Donald is survived by two sons, Douglas Akes and Andrew (Virginia) Akes; a granddaughter, Morgan Akes; and ex-wife, Sheila, nee Hollowell, Akes, all of Belleville. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

At the families’ request, Donald will be cremated.

Services were entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


BETTY BIERI, 79, of O’Fallon, born August 5, 1930 in Cairo, Ill., died Tuesday, September 8, in O’Fallon. Betty was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights. She was an insurance agent for 26 years and worked as a clerk at Dillard’s department store for 9 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Eulah, nee Ramage, Beard; an infant daughter, Pamela Sue Bieri; five brothers, Thomas, Charles, Eugene, Billy and Edward Beard; two sisters, Mary Richee and Barbara Childerson; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Betty is survived by five children, Nancy (Michael) Robinson of Fairview Heights, Kay (Leonard) DeClue of Collinsville, Mariellen Goforth of O’Fallon, Alan (Barbara) Bieri of Lebanon, Keith (Hope) Bieri of O’Fallon; two sisters, Edith Waterman of O’Fallon, Joyce (Kenneth) Royer of Pocahontas, Ill.; a brother, Adrian (Deanna) Beard of Pocahontas, Ill., 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many special friends.

Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to BJC Hospice of Alton. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon, Ill.

Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., September 10, at the funeral home, with Rev. Allen Miller officiating.

At Betty’s request, she will be cremated after all services.

Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services entrusted with services.


BEATRICE E. CRYDER, 87, of O’Fallon, born March 24, 1922 in Aviston, died Saturday, September 5, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Beatrice was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in O’Fallon and the O’Fallon Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Cryder whom she married June 14, 1941; her parents, Henry and Matilda Hollenkamp (nee Zurline), and step mother, Betty Foppe; three sisters, Jenny Timmerman, Marge Bracy, Elisie Brown; two brothers, Alfred and Joe Hollenkamp.

Beatrice is survived by four children, three daughters, Sharon (Allen) Sibole of Pueblo, Colo., Particia (Ed) Pitra of Swansea, Diane (Don) Henson of O’Fallon; son; Robert (Lisa) Cryder of Redmond, Wash.; brother, David (Irene) Hollenkamp of Riverside, Calif.; sister in-law, Dorothy Cryder of Trenton; eight grandchildren, Tony and Troy Henson, Aubree Adams, Jeff Pelc, Jessica, Amanda, Bobby Joe and Wynter Cryder; two great grandchildren, Tommy and Jimmy Adams.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be Wednesday September 9, at 10 a.m., at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in O’Fallon.

Burial will be at Trenton Cemetery, Trenton.


KENDALL DEANDRE MCLEMORE JR., 48 days, born July 17 in Belleville, died Thursday, September 3 in O'Fallon.

Kendall is survived by his mother, Renee Michelle Glass of O’Fallon; his father, Kendall D. McLemore of Evansville, Ind.; sister, Kashay Dynette McLemore; brother, Rashawn Marquis Martin; maternal grandparents, Teresa and David Severn of O’Fallon, Kurt and Renee Glass of Highland; paternal grandfather, Lee McLemore of East St Louis; aunts, Jaclyn and Craig Hampton of Springfield, Ill., Alicia Glass of St. Jacob; uncles, Curtis Glass and DJ Severn of O'Fallon, Trevor Anderson of E. St. Louis, Willie McLemore of Washington Park; cousin Gabriel Hampton of Springfield, Ill., and many other loved ones.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 8 from 11 a.m. until noon at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 8, at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gerold Darnell officiating.

Burial will be in O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Services entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon.


DOROTHY VIRGINIA RIECKENBERG, 90, of Troy, formerly of O’Fallon, born July 14, 1919 in Chester, died Wednesday, August 26, in Troy.

Dorothy was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Glen Carbon, a member and past Matron of Eastern Star 487 and a former First Lady of the Wally Byan Caravan Club. For seven years (before her marriage), Dorothy worked as a supervisor at Prim Hosiery Mill in Chester, checking workers and maintaining employee production records. She also was in charge of bookkeeping and payroll for 35 years at Rieckenberg Construction, working along side her husband Clarence. In 1944, Dorothy and Clarence worked in Hanford, Washington on the Manhattan Project.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence C. Rieckenberg, whom she married on November 8, 1942 and who died in 2005; her parents, Herman Nelson and Mary E., nee Moore, Kirk; brothers and sisters, Ora Alice Kirk Brant, Alva Earl Kirk, Elmer Merle Kirk, Clyde Raymond Kirk, Jessie Kirk, Charles Nelson Kirk, Baby Kirk, Herman Nelson Kirk, Jr., Ruth Edna Kirk Copple and a son-in-law, William Steimel.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Nancy Le (Michael Lynn) Pilger of Troy, Ruth Ann Steimel of St. Peters, Mo.; a son, Robert Nelson (Beverly) Rieckenberg of Hanford, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Scott Raymond (Claudia) Allen of Miami, Fla., Lonny Ray (Kimberly) Allen of Homestead, Fla., Stefan Paul Rieckenberg of San Jose, Calif., Chad Brandon Rieckenberg of Hanford, Calif., Michelle Le (Nathaniel) Hill of Ayden, N.C., Jennifer Kaye Pilger of Troy, Melissa Ann (Marcos A.) Cardenas of Troy; and five great grandchildren, Jenna, Zachary, Jase and Gavin Allen, and Amber Grace Hill.

Memorials are requested to be made to Faith Baptist Church in Glen Carbon, or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services, O’Fallon. An Eastern Star service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Robert J. McNutt officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


FAYE HARTMAN, 83, of Shiloh, born June 16, 1926 in Commerce, Mo., died Wednesday, August 19, at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea. She was a member of Shiloh Methodist Church and a former member of Prospect Park Methodist Church. She was a Sunday school teacher and a Methodist Youth Fellowship leader until her illness prevented her participation.

In her youth, Faye modeled for Sears catalog; however, her career was a more than 20 year stint with Red Lobster Restaurants. At Red Lobster, she started as a server but quickly worked her way up the ranks to traveling to new restaurants to train personnel prior to opening. She was proud of her articles that were published almost every month in the Red Lobster Tails newsletter. During her residency in French Village, she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and active in the Community Center.

When she moved to the Shiloh area she became a member of the Galaxy Twirlers Square Dance Club. Many years, dresses and conventions later, she was instrumental in starting the Cadence Cloggers; a youth group of tap dancing square dancers who are still going strong today. Some of Faye’s other interests were reading, astrology, studying various religions, biographical information and always, young people. She had a generous nature and wanted nothing more than to help others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Sybil Marie, nee Smithson, Warren; her husband, George Joseph Hartman, whom she married January 1, 1943 and whom died in 1999; a son, Terry Lynn Hartman; and a grandson, Robert Lincoln Kent III.

Faye is survived by two daughters, Georgia Kent of Chatham, Ill., Charlotte (Robert) Bruce of Shiloh; a son, Michael (Billie) Hartman of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and many dear friends.

In memory of Faye, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation or charity of choice.nCondolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com . Visitation will be held Monday, August 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 25, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Eric M. Hartman of Providence Church, Plano, Texas officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.


MARY HARRIS-BRIGHT, nee Plesetz, age 81, born July 14, 1928 in Mascoutah, to Frank and Emma, nee Heuser, Plesetz, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea.

Mary Ann married Herbert William “Bill” Harris, former American Legion commander, on July 1, 1950 and he passed away October 11, 1973. She attended O’Fallon United Church of Christ, enjoyed bowling, and worked as a teller at Bank of O’Fallon for 18 years, retiring in 1990. In the summer of 1989, she married John F. Bright; who passed away June 3, 1996.

Mary Ann was a loving and beautiful mother, and was very proud of her daughters and their families.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbert, Rudolph, and Franklin Plesetz; and one sister, Ellen Braeutigam. Mrs. Bright is survived by her two loving daughters, Lisa Bright of Decatur, Ill., and Amy (Richard) Gass of O’Fallon; her grandsons who were very special to her, William “Bill” Bright, Ryan M. Gass, and Robert J. “Robby” Gass. Also surviving are Mr. Bright’s family, Larry Wernle, Edward Wernle, Ronald Bright, Donald Bright, Sharon Armstrong, Deborah Goodman, Charles Wernle (deceased), and their extended families, all of whom Mary Ann was very fond.

Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Bright are suggested to Family Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 11:30 a.m.to 2 p.m., Sunday Aug. 16, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday Aug. 16, with Rev. Walter Gerth officiating. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


BETSY BIDWELL, 71, of O’Fallon, born May 7, 1938 in E. St. Louis, died Wednesday, August 12 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Betsy attended the University of Illinois and graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing. She retired from Centerville Hospital as a registered nurse and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Betsy was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Vera, nee Kampmeyer, Brown; two brothers-in-law, Robert Ohlendorf, Harry Hampe; and an aunt, Estelle Kampmeyer.

She is survived by her husband, Donald F. Bidwell; two sons, Gary (Brea) Bidwell of Millstadt, Joseph (Diane) Bidwell of Collinsville; a sister, Joan Ohlendorf of O’Fallon; a sister-in-law, Mary Ester Hampe of Belleville; two grandchildren, Anthony and Vera Bidwell; and a cousin, Lois (Phillip) Perschbacher of O’Fallon.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Friday, August 14 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. David Krueger officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville.


TYLER STEPHEN TROKEY, 22, of Breese, born December 28, 1986, in Belleville, died Friday August 7, in Marissa.

Tyler was a proud organ donor and was a laborer for Laborers International Union of North America Local 670 in O’Fallon, an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He graduated Mater Dei High School in Breese, class of 2005.

Tyler was a very charismatic young man who lit up a room and made everyone feel blessed whose lives he touched; he was truly an angel.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Isaac L.“Ike” and Shirley L. nee Cook, Trokey; grandmother, Nita, nee Kramer, Jackson; uncles, Michael and John Trokey, Jay Jackson; and aunt, Patricia Mueller.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Mark Stephen and Constance, nee Jackson, Trokey of Breese; brother, Seth Benjamin Trokey of Breese; six aunts, Jacqueline Suzanne (Gino) Capello of Lebanon, Laura (Dave) Owens of New Baden, Joyce (Tom) Overton of Belleville, Elizabeth (Tim) Wise of Ft. Myers, Fla., Jeanne and (George) Koehler of Kokomo, Ind., Sherry Kruger and special friend David Mann of Mascoutah; five uncles, Richard (Melinda) Trokey of Steeleville, Ill., Kenneth (Jeannie) Trokey of Trenton, John Jackson of Greenville, Michael Jackson of Carlyle, and Don Mueller of New Baden. Tyler is also survived by an abundance of cousins and many special friends including the love of his life, Natalie Jimmerson of New Baden.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forever in our Hearts c/o FCB Bank P.O. Box 65 Albers, IL 62215, to benefit the victims of the tragic Memorial Day accident in Clinton County. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. There will be a Laborers walk-thru at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 11 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.

Burial will follow in O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.


NEAL SMITH, 52, of O’Fallon, born August 5, 1957 in Evansville, Ind., died Friday, August 7, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville after a long courageous battle with diabetes.

Neal was an avid fisherman and hunter and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Edward Smith; grandparents, Aisie and Mable Hill; and step-father, Charlie Spradling.

He is survived by his son, Matthew Smith of O’Fallon; mother, Juanita Smith-Spradling of O’Fallon; sister, Rebecca and Rod Collier of Martinville, Ind.; four step-brothers, Larry and Mary Spradling, Ronald and Judy Spradling, Don and Linda Spradling, Don and Ceil Spradling and Kevin Spradling.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Sunday, August 9, at the Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon. Funeral services followed with Rev. Garland Parrish officiating. Neal will be cremated in accordance with his wishes.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


MARY C. PORTER, 53, of Shiloh, formerly of Belleville, born October 29, 1955 in Belleville, died Wednesday, August 5, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Mary was an Oracle data base administrator and a systems analyst. She had been employed by the Metro System. Mary had also attended Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd E. and Lenore, nee Pfligerstofer, Porter and a brother, Joseph P. Porter.

Mary is survived by her sister, Ann Porter of Shiloh; two brothers, James L. (Lisa) Porter of Millstadt, John E. (Lisa) Porter of Shiloh; a niece, Katherine A. Porter; a nephew, Christopher J. Porter, both of Millstadt; her two beloved dogs, Finn and Fiona, and Morrie the bird.

The family would like to thank Memorial Hospital’s nursing staff in the ER, ICU, IMCU and the One Center for their exceptional caring both physically and spiritually. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Omar Awad, Dr. Ann Hagedorn, Dr. Prasad Kandula and Dr. David LeBeau for their exceptional medical care.

The family requests that memorials in Mary’s name be made to the Highland Animal Shelter or Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 7, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Friday, August 7, 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Von Deeke officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, is entrusted with the arrangements.


DONALD D. SCHMITZ, 66, of O’Fallon, born July 15, 1943 in Kaukauna, Wisc., died Friday, July 31 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Donald was the general manager of the Settle Inn, formerly the Comfort Inn, in O’Fallon. He was a member of the Friday night mixed doubles league bowling team at Scott AFB and a member of the Filipino American Association. He attended Queen of Peace, Scott AFB Chapel One, serving as an usher and the Eucharist Minister. Donald proudly served in the US Air Force, retiring as a Master Sgt, after 25 years of service.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ella, nee Marzefka, Schmitz and brothers and sisters, Ethel, Margaret, William “Bill”, Herb, Paul, Lawrence and Johnny.

He is survived by his wife, Cristeta, nee Ilustre, Schmitz of O’Fallon; a daughter, Maria (Thomas) Roberts of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons, Donald D. Schmitz Jr of Las Vegas, Nev., William Schmitz and Mark Schmitz, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., two grandchildren, Ryan Roberts and Brendan Roberts, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Julia (Martin) Behnke of Manitowoc, Wisc., Shirley (Leonard) Zimmerman of Bellevue, Neb.; four brothers-in-law, Antonio (Luz) Lobo, Hermio (Daling) Ilustre, Angelo (Lina) Ilustre, Efren (Marilou) Ilustre, all of the Phillipines, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Donald’s name may be made to the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace, SAFB Chapel One, SAFB.

Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, August 4, at 6 p.m., at Queen of Peace, Scott AFB Chapel One, with Father Bailey officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


GLADYS M. MARTIN, 83, of O’Fallon, born September 24, 1925 in Christopher, Ill., died Tuesday, July 28 at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea.

Gladys was a member of the Church of Christ in Fairview Heights, the Rebekahs, Pride of St. Clair 145 and Pride of the West 154, and retired from Graham Pierce Printing as a clerk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Thomas and Jane, nee Buris, Washer; her husband, William F. Martin; five sisters and two brothers.

Gladys is survived by four children, Roger (Julia) Carney of Rowlett, Texas, Roy (Mary) Carney of O’Fallon, Thomas Martin of O’Fallon, Patricia (Larry) Bryant of Shiloh; a sister, Betty (Les) McQuinn of Hobe Sound, Fla.; a brother, Dale (LaWanda) Hunter of Rowlett, Texas; seven grandchildren, Trisha (Tony) Martinez, Ronald (Lisa) Carney, James (Selma) Carney, Jason (Lisa) Carney, Melanie Hall, Tim Bryant, Kayla Bryant, nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Gladys’ name may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Rebekah service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be held Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Joe Taylor officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


LORA LOUISE STURDIVANT, nee King, age 88, born January 29, 1921 in Rutherford, Tenn., died July 24.

Mrs. Sturdivant was a retired electrical worker from National Vendors. As a homemaker, she was a good cook and enjoyed needlework, gardening, puzzles, and bingo. She was a faithful Sunday School teacher. After retirement, she was fortunate to be able to travel with her husband and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, J.T. Sturdivant, who passed away May 23, 2000; her parents, Benjamin T. and Jessie (nee Needham) King, and brothers, Benson, Woodrow, and Carlyle King.

She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Walter) Gerth of O’Fallon, and Mary (special friend Walther Ethridge) Sturdivant of Nashville, Tenn; brother, Harry (Lucille) King; grandchildren, David (Lisa Williams) Gerth, Mark (Samantha) Gerth, and Mary Kay (Craig) Maskal; great-grandchildren, Warren, J.T., and Bryce Gerth and Reese Maskal.

The family extends appreciation to the staff of Rosewood Care Center and the friends and family who visited Mrs. Sturdivant. Memorials in honor of Mrs. Sturdivant may be made to a favorite charity. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 27, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer and Rev. David Gerth officiating.

Private burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


WADE SPENCER TEETER, 80, of O’Fallon, born December 1, 1928 in Rowan County, N.C., died Wednesday, July 22 in O’Fallon. Wade was a member of the YMCA, the O’Fallon Sportsman’s Club, the Retired Enlisted Association and the First Baptist Church in China Grove, North Carolina. He served in the US Air Force, from 1948-1968, retiring as a Tec Sgt. He also worked for Zerox as a computer engineer.

Wade’s favorite hobby was traveling on his scooter and was an avid member of several scooter clubs. He would mount his camera on the front of his scooter and record his many trips. Upon arriving home, he would download and burn cd’s of his adventures and email them to his family and friends. He truly loved his computers and was quite proficient with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Daisy, nee Harwood, Teeter; his wife, Joanne, nee Mason, Teeter and a sister in infancy, May Belle Teeter.

Wade is survived by his children, Wade (Carolyn) Teeter of Columbia, Ill., Terry (Debbie) Teeter of Belleville, Todd (Kathy) Teeter of Belleville, Tyanne (John Quirk) Teeter of New York City, N.Y., Geraldine (Kimball) Ford of O’Fallon, Russell (Betty) Gjerswald of Hudson, Fla., Daniel (Suki) Gjerswald of Belleville, David (Sandy Pour) Gjerswald of Goose Creek, Mo., Jeffery (Denise) Gjerswald of Tampa, Fla., nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

The family requests memorial to be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, August 1, from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon followed by a memorial service.

Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date.


CAROL ANN STOSZKUS, 72, of O’Fallon, born May 17, 1937 in Chicago Heights, Ill., died peacefully in her home surrounded by her children on Saturday, July 25.

Carol was retired civil service at Scott AFB and continued to serve her country by working at the base commissary. Carol once volunteered her time visiting renal transplant patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, sharing her experience and providing support. Carol devoted her life to her family, and had a compassionate heart for animals. Carol was also a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

After a long illness, she has joined those that have preceded her in death: parents, Gerhardt “Gary” and Martha, nee Naleway, Lux; her husband, George Stoszkus and a grandson, Brian Tomlin.

Carol is survived by her children, Gary (Randy Kesterson) Stoszkus of Tucson, Ariz., Kevin (Lisa) Stoszkus of O’Fallon, Wendy Tomlin of O'Fallon; two grandchildren, Jonathan Beckman of St. Louis, Kelsie Stoszkus of O’Fallon; and two great grandchildren, Alisa Beckman and Austin Beckman, both of St. Louis.

Memorials in Carol’s name may be made to the St. Clair County Humane Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday July 28, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday July 28 at 7 p.m.
Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Ill.
Arrangements by Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JOYCE ELLEN RATLIFF, nee Theis, age 49, of Troy, Ill., born November 25, 1959 in St. Marys, Ohio, passed away Monday morning, July 20, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after a courageous 14-year fight against complications from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Joyce graduated from Houston High School in Houston, Ohio and married James Ratliff on October 6, 1979 in Sidney, Ohio. Diagnosed in 1995 with cancer, Joyce stood strong and fought hard. She never complained and was steadfast in her love for her family and her support of her community. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, who was proud of her children and their accomplishments. Joyce worked as a child care provider at various military installations during her husband’s Air Force career, specifically the past 14 years at Scott AFB Child Care Center, until January 2008. She was a dedicated member of the Troy Fire Department Auxiliary, supporting her husband’s volunteerism with the Troy Fire Dept. Joyce’s love of flowers and gardening is evident by her beautifully blooming yard. Most remarkable is Joyce’s huge collection of bears.

Joyce is survived by her husband, MSgt. James Ratliff, USAF (ret.), daughter Michelle Ratliff and son James Ratliff, Jr., both of Miami, Fla.; her parents, James and Marie, nee Berning, Theis of Sidney, Ohio; siblings Robert (Julie) Theis of Fort Loramie, Ohio; Debra Gagermeier of Sidney, Ohio; William, her stem cell donor, (Mary) Theis, of Sidney, Ohio; James Theis of Scappoose, Ore.; and Nancy (Mike) Rethman of Fort Loramie, Ohio. Also surviving are members of the Ratliff family in Sidney, Ohio: Lola (Ralph) Strunk, Vonda (Jerry) Douglas, Don (Kay) Ratliff, and Beulah (Scott) Clark; nieces and nephews, Janelle (Scott) Holthaus, Jenna and Jill Theis, Amanda Gagermeier, Katie (Andy) Koester, Beth and Joe Theis, Wes (Casey) Rethman, and Kacie, Kayla, and Morgan Rethman, Robert Ratliff, Jerry David Douglas, Angie Booth, Samantha and Allison Clark. Joyce is also survived by her very dear friends Mark and Kris George of Marshalltown, Iowa; and Joe and Eileen Bonfiglio of Shiloh, Ill.

Memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s honor to Troy Fire Dept. Auxiliary, 116 W. Clay, Troy, IL 62294; American Cancer Society, 5 Schiber Ct., Maryville, IL 62062; or Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon. The Troy Fire Department Auxiliary and Firefighters will conduct a walk-through at 6:30 p.m.at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at St. Jerome Church, 511 South Main, Troy, at 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009.

Funeral Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2009 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Troy, with Rev. Pat Jakel presiding. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Blackjack, Illinois, immediately followed by a luncheon at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


GERTRUD MARIA BAKER, nee Velten, age 74, formerly of O’Fallon, born April 11, 1935 in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany to Ernst Karl Velten and Anna Maria Baumgart Velten, passed away July 20, in Toulon, Ill., near her daughter’s home.

Gertrud married Robert E. Baker, Sr., on December 13, 1955 at Trier AFB, Germany. They moved to O’Fallon in the 1960’s when her husband was stationed at Scott AFB. Together they raised four children and owned and operated the Brass Lantern in Belleville. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her home was always open for a good hot cup of coffee, sweet treats, and conversation. She will be sorely missed.

Gertrud was preceded in death by her dear husband, SSgt Robert E. Baker, Sr., USAF (retired); her parents and her brother, Karl Velten.

She is survived by her four children, Mary Robinson of St. Louis, Mo., Robert E. Baker, Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas, Luci (Keith Kasier) Schmidt of Neponset, Ill., and Ernie (Janet) Baker of Fredericksburg, Va.; her brother, Gernot Velten and her sister-in-law, Annie Velten, both of Germany; her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, Geoffrey, Jared, Brandy, Rory, Cameron, and Luke; and great grandchildren, Grace, Sophia, and Alyssa.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 9374 Olive Blvd., Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63132-3253 and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 24, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


NANCY ANN WILLIS, 72, of O’Fallon, born March 14, 1937 in Bartlett, Iowa, died Sunday, July 19 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Agnes, nee Hurd, Ambrose; and a sister, Shirley Nagel.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Gerald Willis of O’Fallon, whom she married June 7, 1958 in Ralston, Neb.; a daughter, Mary Ellen Willis of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, William Willis of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Norma Kissler of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Janice (Joseph) Grimes of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and three brothers-in-law, Thomas R. (Josephine) Willis of Anderson, S.C., Sidney W. (Marilyn) Willis of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Gary A. Willis of Nahunta, Ga.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Institute for Cancer Research or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at the Web site www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24 at the funeral home with Chaplain Jonathan Hubbard officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


BETTY OWENS, nee McCallister, 64, of Arcola, Mo., formerly of O'Fallon, born Sept. 25, 1944, died Thursday, July 9 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Mrs. Owens operated the Barrel Room Restaurant in O'Fallon, she also enjoyed bird watching.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Viola, nee Boyet, McCallister; her brothers, Thomas McCallister and Eugene McCallister. Surviving are her loving husband, Paul E. Owens Sr., of Arcola, Mo.; her children, Paul (Susan) E. Owens, Jr. of O'Fallon, Mark (Debra) Owens of Chestnut Ridge, Mo., Jeff (Pam) Owens of O'Fallon, Becky (Stuart) Akes of Greenfield, Mo., and Paulette (Paul) Andrews of Stockton, Mo.; her grandchildren, Stacey Williams, Paul A. Owens, Nicole Owens, Brooke Devine, Mark Owens, Barry Jones, Phillip Jones, Cathy Russell, Emma Owens, Pam Inker, Kim Andrews, Brendan Owens, Elizabeth Andrews, and Elysia Andrews; a brother, Robert (Beverly) McCallister; a sister, Lois McCallister; and many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association. Tributes may also be made at the Web site www.mem.com.

Friends called during a visitation on Monday, July 13 at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 14, at Lake View Funeral Home with Deacon Ronnie Backs officiating. Interment was in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.


KENNETH SCHARRINGHAUSEN, 83, of O’Fallon, born September 29, 1925 in Belleville, died Thursday, July 16, at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon.

Ken served in the US Navy and worked Civil Service at Scott AFB. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, the American Legion Fischer-Sollis Post 137, the National Rifle Assn., and a gold card member of the O’Fallon Sportsman’s Club. Ken truly enjoyed fishing and boating at Lake Egypt and Carlyle Lake, gardening, Bar-B-Qing, turkey shoots, playing horseshoes, making mulligans and soups. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his wife and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Mary, nee Elge, Scharringhausen; his wife, Louise, nee Schemp, Scharringhausen; and his siblings, Dale, Dean and Elgin Scharringhausen, Rayland Marvel, Grace Scaiefe, Laverne Nickel and Doris Frieman.

Kenneth is survived by his children, Michael “Mike” (Ellen) Scharringhausen of Monument, Colo., Jeff (Annamarie) Scharringhausen of Troy, Mary (Gary) Lickenbrock of O’Fallon, Mark (Crissy) Scharringhausen of O’Fallon; a brother, Robert Scharringhausen of Belleville; sister-in-law, Helen Scharringhausen of Swansea; seven grandchildren, Amy Scharringhausen of Colo., Matthew (Ashley) Lickenbrock of St. Louis, Mo., Sairee (Craig) Knabe of Highland, Kory Scharringhausen of Colo., David Lickenbrock of Chicago, Erica Scharringhausen of Troy, Elliott Scharringhausen of O’Fallon; two great grandchildren, Ellah Scharringhausen of Colo., Jacob Lickenbrock of St. Louis, Mo.; many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Legion or Family Hospice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Pastor Freda Snyder officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.


WILLIAM “BILL” LEROY SIMMONS, 80, of O’Fallon, born January 16, 1929 in Whistler, Ala., died Tuesday, July 14 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center in Lebanon.

In the 1950’s, while stationed at Scott Air Force Base, and serving in the U.S. Air Force, he met Geraldine Dona Lowe, at a church dance and they married on December 3, 1951 in Paragould, Ark. In October 1952, Bill opened Bill’s Radio and TV and was the owner and operator for 37 years. He received numerous certifications of accomplishments from Zenith, RCA, Sony, and N.A.P. Consumer Electronics Corporation, to name a few. He received a special teaching certificate in electronics from the State of Illinois, sponsoring a work study program at O’Fallon Township High School instructing students at his shop in O’Fallon. He also taught electronics at Belleville Area College.

He was a member of the National Electronics Association and a charter member of the National Electronic Service Dealers Association. In 1989, Bill retired, selling the business. Bill’s life was downtown O’Fallon. He loved his community and actively served it. For 50 years, he tended the bank clock, which is a prominent city landmark located at the intersection of State Street and Lincoln Avenue, receiving a Proclamation from Mayor Gary Graham and the City of O’Fallon proclaiming the week of April 21 through April 25, 2003 as Bill Simmons Week in O’Fallon, for his dedication and countless hours contributed to the upkeep of the clock for past, present and future generations.

He was a member of the Downtown O’Fallon Business Association, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, receiving the Award of Excellence in 1988, the O’Fallon Rotary Club, receiving numerous awards for attendance, “Service Above Self” and the Paul Harris Fellow Award in June 1990. Bill was also a life member of the O’Fallon Masonic Lodge 576 AF & AM, the White Shrine of Belleville, Ainad Temple of East St. Louis, Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois, the Eastern Star 487 and the O’Fallon United Church of Christ.

Bill was also a member of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children 100 Million Dollar Club. He was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his sponsorship of Welcome Wagon International for 18 years. He was a member of the Fifty Plus Club and a past member of the O’Fallon Senior Citizens. Bill was also an accomplished pilot, enjoyed fishing and tending to the flowers in his yard. He loved the O’Fallon Homecoming and was active with the coordination of the Children’s Parade.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Leroy and Jesse Marie, nee Moody, Simmons; his wife, Geraldine Dona, nee Lowe, Simmons, who died November 11, 2007; a grandson, Donald Jacob Neuner; a brother, Donald Edward Simmons and a sister, Bernice Williams.

Bill is survived by a daughter, Donna (David) Roth of Lebanon, a son, Mark (Diana) Simmons of O’Fallon a sister, Mamie Elizabeth (Clent) Holmes; three grandchildren, whom he loved more than life itself, Jarod Allen (Rachel) Neuner of Peoria, Alex William Roth of O’Fallon Township, James William Simmons of O’Fallon; great grandchildren, Robin Paige Neuner and Benjamin Elias Neuner; a godchild, Vickie Carrell of Jonesboro, Ark.; and nieces and nephews. The family requests memorials in Bill’s name, be made to Christian Home Health Care or Senior Protective Services. Condolences may be extended to the family at the Web site www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17 at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon. There will be an Eastern Star service held at 6:30 p.m. and a Masonic service held at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Price and Rev. Walter Gerth officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


ALBERTA HIPKENS, 93, of Belleville, born December 15, 1915 in Crawford, Ala., died Monday, July 13 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Mrs. Hipkens was a member of New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Quincy and Ida Mae Nixon-Mitchell; husband, William Henry Hipkens; a son, Charles F. Grier; two sisters, Lillie Mae Harris and Sallie Mae Turpins; and two brothers, John Mitchell and William Mitchell.

She is survived by six children, Kenneth (Sywee) Hipkens of Belleville, Ruthie Warfield, James Hightower, Emma Red, Sam Hightower and Oscar Hightower. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kinetta (Matthew) Johnson of Crestview, Fla., Kenneth C. (Nichole) Grier of Cleveland, Ohio, Tamara Grier of Cleveland, Ohio; six great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online at www.dav.org. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church, 689 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon. Funeral service will be held Friday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be held immediately following at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


RICHARD WAYNE JOHNSON, age 53, of O’Fallon, born August 23, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas to Donald and Emma (Riley) Johnson, passed away July 8, in O’Fallon.

Rick had the privilege of traveling with his parents while his father served our country in the Air Force. In addition to living in Texas, he lived in California, Utah, then resided in Illinois the remainder of his life. Rick graduated from Belleville Township High School East in 1973. He loved music and was a talented electric guitarist. He had served in the U.S. Army on two occasions. Rick was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Shiloh Ward. Richard was preceded in death by his father Donald, and his brother Mark.

He is survived by his mother, Emma Johnson, of O’Fallon; sons, Richard W.(Christine) Johnson, Jr. of Calif., Benjamin (fiancée Erika) Johnson of N.C., and Samuel (Lindsey) Johnson of N.C. All three of his sons are active-duty U.S. Marines. Also surviving are his daughters, Allison and Autumn Johnson of Marshall, Ill.; sisters, Elizabeth Carter of St. Louis, Mo., Ramona (Don) Ayres of Belleville, and Annette (Paul) McClure of O’Fallon; nephews, Phillip (fiancée Amanda Hammond) Carter, Christian Johnson, and Ian and Sean McClure; and nieces Monique Croffoot, Faith Johnson, and Emma McClure.

Memorials be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 255 Fairwood Hills Rd., O’Fallon, IL 62269 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Dear Rick, beloved father, son, brother, and uncle: We know your life was a struggle, and yet you hung on to your Christian faith and your God. You helped take care of your dying father like no one else could. While we will miss you so very much, we know you are now at peace in God’s Kingdom. May God put his arms around you and surround you with his grace. We will always love and miss you. - Your family.

Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 13, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home.

Funeral: 1 a.m., Monday, July 13, at the funeral home with Bishop Joseph M. Logan officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Upper Alton Cemetery, Alton.


LAWRENCE “LARRY” J. HENRY, 54, of O’Fallon, born May 26, 1955 in Belleville, died Sunday, July 5, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Larry was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and O’Fallon Laborers International local 670 and a former member of the O’Fallon Boosters.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Dorothy, nee Hull, Henry; a brother, Richard Henry; and a brother in-law, Ed Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Lu Ann (nee Schau) Henry; son, Thomas Wayne Henry; and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Henry, all of O’Fallon; five sisters, Mary Ann and Roy Winans of Belleville, Janet Wilson of Belleville, Jean and Douglas Karius of Shiloh, Patricia and Donald Gillium of Belleville, and Carol and Jerry Carroll of O’Fallon; four brothers, Gerald and Brenda Henry of Belleville, John and Sherry Henry of Pensacola, Fla., Robert and Shelia Henry of O’Fallon, Michael and Gwen Henry of Belleville; sister in-law, Laurie and Jeff McCoy of O’Fallon; grandfather in-law, Raymond Hasemann of Lebanon, cousin, Tracey and Joleen Schau, of O’Fallon, and many many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The O’Fallon Fire Dept. or St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. There will be an O’Fallon Laborer’s Local 670 walk through at 7 p.m. followed by an O’Fallon Fire Department walk through.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Martha Theirheimer and Fr. James Deiters officiating.

Burial will be in O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.


CECIL “CEASE” O. LOYET, age 79, of Quartzsite, Ariz., formerly of O’Fallon, born February 6, 1930 in Granite City, passed away July 1.

Cease graduated from Granite City High School, and after two years of college, enlisted in the US Army. He served as a corporal during the Korean Conflict.

He married Lois Veigel on November 26, 1953 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, in Belleville. He retired from Granite City Steel and moved to Quartzsite, Arizona in 1994. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, with Council 4239, member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, former member of Belleville Area Holzschnitzers Woodcarvers Club, devoted Boy Scout leader, and volunteer with O’Fallon Catholic Youth Organization. In Quartzsite, he was elected as city councilman, serving for nine years and was former Vice President of the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce. Cease enjoyed being outdoors and working in his garden.

Cease was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar J. Loyet and Cecilia, nee Becherer, Loyet, and his brother Wilbur Loyet.

He is survived by his wife, Lois “Tiny” Loyet of Quartzsite, Ariz.; his children, David (Carol) Loyet of Lebanon, Sandra Brangers of Louisville, Ky., Geralyn (Gregg) McKee of Festus, Mo., Mary Ann Bevirt of O’Fallon, Joan Wilson of Quartzsite, Ariz., Carol (Tom) Rufner of Shiloh, and Celia (Robert) Cuddeback of Stanardsville, Va. Also surviving are grandchildren, Joe, Elizabeth Ann, Mary Beth, Alex, Michael, Paul, Jennifer, Brian, John, Brandon, Tom, Jessica, Neal, Zachary, Timothy, Tyler and Ashley; two great grandchildren, Zane and Taylor; and his siblings, Richard Loyet, Cecilia Seibert, Florence Moore, Tom Loyet, all of Granite City; and Bernadine Howell of Union, Mo.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to American Lung Association, 55 West Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, Ill 60601 or St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Dr., O’Fallon, Ill 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Cease was honored with a memorial service at VFW Post 769, Quartzsite, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 8.

Friends may call from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 11 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with a Chalice Service by the Knights of Columbus at 9 a.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Burial of cremated remains, with military honors, will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, rural O’Fallon.

Local arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


OTILLIA “OTTIE” BECHERER, 86, of Fairview Heights, born September 25, 1922 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, died Thursday, July 2.

Ottie was the owner and operator of Ottie’s Beauty Shop in Fairview Heights.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johann and Anna, nee Blanke, Katzmarzik; husband, Clarence “Pete” Becherer; and two brothers, Paul and Richard Katzmarzik.

Ottie is survived by four daughters, Kathleen Becherer of Fairview Heights, Dianna Becherer of Fairview Heights, Judy (Carl) Kraske of Mascoutah, Carol (Dan) Roth of Mascoutah; two sisters, Johanna Werner of Belleville, Gertrude (Melvin) Becherer of Columbia; four grandchildren, Glenn (DiAnn) Roth of Mascoutah, Elaine Roth of Mascoutah, Keith (Karyn) Kraske of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Kurt Kraske of Colorado; and three great grandchildren; Ryan, Alex and Kayla Kraske.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


JOHN RAY PERRY, 79, of O’Fallon, born July 16, 1929 in Cabot, Ark., died Tuesday, June 30 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Mr. Perry was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church in Shiloh, and an ordained Deacon and Sunday school teacher. After 20 years of employment, John retired from Illinois Bell as a central office technician and he also retired as a Technical Sergeant after serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Airforce.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Addie, nee Parks, Perry; son, John Dwayne Perry; daughter-in-law, Dianna Marie Perry; four sisters, Ruby Kelly, Lucille Lockridge, Mary F. Perry and Ernestine Rager; a brother, Richard T. Perry; three sisters-in-law, Bessie Perry, Tessie Perry and Dorothy Perry; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Bertha, nee Iberdahl, Grote.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bernadine, nee Grote, Perry of O’Fallon, whom he married July 15, 1955 in Belleville, daughter, Leah (Errol) Mueller of O’Fallon; sister, Addie A. Phillips of Malvern, Ark.; three brothers, Gerald A. Perry of Benton, Ark., Clinton S. Perry of Gainesville, Texas, Eugene (Angie) Perry of Troy, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Jonathan Perry of Anchorage, Alaska, Rebekah Perry of Shiloh, and J. Benjamin Perry of Shiloh.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pilot Knob Cemetery Association. Condolences may be extended to the family at the Web site www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. onThursday, July 2 at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3 at the funeral home with Rev. Jerold Darnell officiating.

Burial will be held at Pilot Knob Cemetery in Oakdale, Ill.


STANLEY R. MONKEN, 57, of Trenton, died Sunday, June 28, 2009.

He was born November 15, 1951 in Highland to Clyde and Jean (Herman) Monken; they survive in Summerfield.

Also surviving is a son, Michael Monken of Trenton, and a brother, Myron Monken of Louisiana.

Memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday July 2 at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton with Rev. Gretchen Sterrett officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday July 2 at the Moss Funeral home in Trenton.

Memorials can be made to his family and will be received at the funeral home.


ANNE L. KLYM, age 88, of O’Fallon, formerly of Fairview Heights, born May 18, 1921 in Coello, Ill., to Stanislaus and Caroline, nee Kanecki, Leskovich, passed away Thursday, June 25, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon, with her beloved husband and faithful daughters at her side.

Mrs. Klym was retired from her job as a cashier for the St. Clair County treasurer’s office. Anne was a former member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church for over 40 years and most recently attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Anne was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her beloved husband, George Klym, whom she married September 17, 1949, in Franklin County, and her daughters Agatha Klym of O’Fallon, and Maryanne Klym of Fairview Heights.

In honor of Mrs. Klym’s life, memorial donations may be made to Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center Activity Fund, 1 Perryman Drive, Lebanon, IL 62254, Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Place, #150, Fairview Heights, IL 62258 or St. Nicholas Catholic Church for the poor, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following visitation at 1 p.m. with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


EMERY CHARLES BIGGERSTAFF, 47, of Mascoutah, born December 20, 1961 in Detroit, Mich., died Thursday, June 25, at Scott AFB. Mr. Biggerstaff was employed as an auto skills center supervisor and an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast.

Emery was preceded in death by his father, John Biggerstaff.

He is survived by his wife, Holly A., nee Dennis, Biggerstaff; two daughters, Ashley and Ariel Biggerstaff, all of Mascoutah; his mother, Patricia, nee Watson, Biggerstaff-Baker of Crystal Falls, Mich.; and a brother, John Biggerstaff of Devils Lake, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patriot Guard Riders. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

At the families request, Mr. Biggerstaff will be cremated. Services will be held at a later date at Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, Mich.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of local arrangements.


RALPH D. LURTZ, 75, of O’Fallon, born February 21, 1934 in O’Fallon, died Sunday, June 21, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Ralph was a member of First United Methodist Church in O’Fallon, the O’Fallon Masonic Lodge 574 AF & AM and the Ainad Shrine Temple in East St. Louis. Ralph was a sales representative for Georgia Pacific Paper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. and Emilia L. Roach; a sister, Mildred Richardson; and a brother, Robert Lurtz Jr. Ralph is survived by his wife, Joyce, nee Scheibel, Lurtz, whom he married September 2, 1961 at the First United Methodist Church; a brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Richardson; a sister-in-law, Lorene “Rene” Lurtz, both of O’Fallon; two nephews, Keith Lurtz and Bruce (Debra) Lurtz; two nieces, Rhonda (Michael) Patrick and Sherry (John) Mulder; and a great niece, Natalie Patrick.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or donors choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 25, from 9:30 to11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ron Dickenson officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.


KATHRYN “BABE” WOLFERSBERGER,nee Kuehn, age 85, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, born May 8, 1924 in O’Fallon, passed away Saturday evening, June 20, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Babe was the deeply cherished mother, friend, and heart of her family. She loved life and expressed it through her cooking, stitchery, and quilting for her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril, whom she married May 3, 1942 and who passed away December 6, 1992; parents, Marcel and Mary, nee Meyer, Kuehn; brother, PFC Russell Kuehn, a WWII casualty; and son-in-law, Jerry Fedell.

She is survived by her seven daughters, Bonnie (John) Wright of O’Fallon, Dianne (Bill) Brooks of North Wales, Penna., Rosalie (Greg) Maul of O’Fallon, Sally Fedell of Amherst, N.Y., Mary Beth (Dr. Herschel) Harter of Monroe, La., Geralyn (Alan) Borwey of O’Fallon, and Debbie (Drew) Brauer of Swansea; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Stanley (Delores “Doots”) Kuehn of O’Fallon; and dear friends and neighbors, Walt and Shirley Roskowski.

In honor of Mrs. Wolfersberger’s life, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220 or St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following visitation at 11 a.m., at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Interment at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JAMES EDWARD ADAMS, of Belleville, born April 10, 1930 in Chicago, journeyed to his heavenly home on June 17 after a battle with cancer. Jim was retired from Hospice social work, USAF and co-founder of the Adams School of Dance. He met his former wife Beverly Adams while they were both teaching dance in the Chicago area. They owned and operated dance studios while stationed in Anchorage, Alaska; Harrisburg, Pa.; Chicopee Mass., and finally in the Belleville and O’Fallon areas.

Jim was passionate about Unity Church and its principles, AA, eating out, traveling and motorcycling. He had an adventurous spirit. At the age of 57 he moved back into the dorm at ISU and received his Bachelor of Science degree in social work. He then continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he achieved his Masters Degree. Jim touched many lives working for Hernando Pasco Hospice in the Tampa, Fla. area as a social worker. He retired from Hospice in 2005 and just last fall returned to the Belleville area to be closer to his family.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Berkman; his father, Iving “Happy” Adams; his beloved sister, Ruby “Rusty” Groot; brothers, Ronald and George Adams and great friend and brother-in-law Dale Boone.

Surviving are four children, Laura (Chester) Ratcliffe, Denise (Steven) Dodd, Nanette (Lawrence) Galvin, and Stacey Adams; eight grandchildren, Donielle (Reid) Larson-Huber, Justin Ratcliffe, Camie (Ben) Leonard, Ashley (Chance) Hogg, Jason Galvin, Kristina (Todd) Kimbrell, Andrea Nering and Brianna Adams; his beautiful great-grandchildren, who recently captured his heart, Beckett Huber, Adelaide Leonard, Anastacia Hogg, Keenan Hogg, Jordan Kimbrell and Payton Kimbrell. Also his beloved brother in law, Robert Groot, former wife, Beverly Adams, brother-in-law, Clive Boone, wonderful friend, Connie Lombard, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial celebration of his life will also be held at the Kemper Center in Kenosha Wis., Sunday June 28 at 11 a.m. A private burial service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Association.

For those who knew him know that he was a teacher, a listener, and a generous, thoughtful gentleman. We will all miss his sense of humor, his smile, his warmth and his loyalty to his family and friends. A special thank you to Nikki, Amy and Pam from Hospice of Southern Illinois.


HELENE M. GOODMAN, age 81, formerly of O’Fallon, born October 3, 1927 in East St. Louis, passed away Saturday, June 13, at St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Florissant, Mo. Mrs. Goodman was a parishioner at St. Nicholas Catholic Church and a longtime resident of O’Fallon. Over the years, she provided in-home childcare for over a hundred young children. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Goodman, whom she married May 8, 1946 and who passed away July 5, 1979; her parents, Edgar and Genevieve, nee Stroben, Peerman; her stepmother, Beulah Peerman; and stepsister, Carol Peerman; grandsons, Steven M. Friedman and Michael K. Goodman; and great-granddaughter, Peyton M. Goodman.

She is survived by her ten children, Kenneth Goodman of Wilsonville, Ill., James (Shirley) Goodman of Fairview Heights, William (Kathy) Goodman of Lebanon, John (Deborah) Goodman of Caseyville, Gerald (Sue) Goodman of Caseyville, Mark Goodman of Centralia, Genevieve (Michael) Hommel of Mascoutah, Mary (Allen) Friedman of Florissant, Mo., Suzann (Terry) Mueller of Mascoutah, and Jeffrey (companion Deborah Albert) Goodman of Fountain, Ill. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Thomas (Elisa) Goodman, Christy Goodman, Andrea Goodman, Donna Goodman, Jennifer (Tim) Evans, William (Melissa) Goodman, Joseph Goodman, Bethany (Kyle) Butters, Charlotte Goodman, Nicholas Goodman, Ruth Goodman, Joshua Goodman, Jamie Goodman, Amanda Hommel, Erica Hommel, Christopher Friedman, Michael (Krissy) Friedman, Melissa (Jeremy) Hoffman, Roy D. Mueller, Richard Skinner, Kathy (Anthony) Brintle; and sister-in-law Norma Rommel, great-grandchildren, Louis, Brian, Timothy and Daniel Evans, William H. Goodman, Chloe Friedman, Mikah Brintle, and Hannah Skinner; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Sophia Health & Rehabilitation Center, 936 Charbonier Rd., Florissant, MO 63031, Murray Developmental Center (residence of her son, Mark), 1535 West McCord Street, Centralia, IL 62801 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon and from 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 17 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be served at St. Nicholas Catholic Church fellowship hall.


PETER DICKERT MACLAUGHLIN, SR., age 73, of O’Fallon, born October 27, 1935 in Atlanta, Ga. passed away Thursday morning, June 11, at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

Peter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church. He retired from Honeywell/Bull as field engineer in 1989 and was currently employed with Educational Opportunity Center in St. Louis.

The family would like to thank the Memorial Hospital Staff, especially those on 3 South, 4 South, and ICU for the care and compassion shown, as well as their church family for their tremendous support.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Elizabeth MacLaughlin, and brother Henry MacLaughlin.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sarah, nee Horton, MacLaughlin; children, Terri (Paul) Ahlvin, Peter “Kert” (Tammy) MacLaughlin, Jr., Susan MacLaughlin, Donna MacLaughlin, and Sheri (Michael) Engel; grandchildren, Joseph Ahlvin, Kristin (Patrick) Flor, Matthew Ahlvin, Peter “Trey” MacLaughlin, III, Nathan MacLaughlin, Zachary Engel, Taylor Engel, Noah Engel, and Caleb Engel; and dear friend Ron Dormer.

In lieu of flowers and in celebration of Peter’s life, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. US Hwy 50, O’Fallon, Ill.62269, or to H.I.S. K.I.D.S., PO Box 412, Highland, Ill 62249. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call at Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 12, and again from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 13.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 13, at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Bob Downs and Rev. Freda Snyder officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


MARTHA R. NEALON, 101, of O’Fallon, born May 7, 1908 in Marissa, died Sunday, June 7, at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab. Martha was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Steven Shaw; mother and step-father, Alice and Emil Koch; first husband, Ralph Louis Wuest; second husband, Frank Nealon; a son, Ralph Wuest Jr.; two sisters, Bernice Windsor and Dorothy Mulligan; a brother, Willard Shaw and a stepson, William Nealon.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Billie Wuest of O’Fallon; stepson, Richard Nealon of Colo.; a sister-in-law, Blanche Shaw of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Linda (Joseph) Jacobs of Houston, Texas, Michael Kent Wuest of Carlyle, Cindy Nottmeier of Porter, Texzas, Sharon Nealon of Columbia, Robert Nealon of Columbia; great grandchildren, Melissa Goedde and Jennifer Goodwin; great great grandchildren; Rachel Goodwin, Jacob Goodwin, Tess Goedde, Lila Goedde; step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church, Family Hospice or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Wednesday, June 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.


GERALDINE ANN TOZER, age 70, of Fairview Heights, formerly of Southern California, died Monday, June 1, at her home in Fairview Heights.

Gerry was born August 27, 1938, in Newark, N.J. She taught elementary school in New Jersey and had a positive impact on many young lives there. She was often contacted by her former students expressing gratitude for her commitment. She married Warren Joseph Tozer on June 13, 1957 in St. Cecelia’s Church, South Plainfield, N.J. In 1970, Warren’s career led them to California.

Fluent in Spanish, Gerry happily volunteered in the community teaching English as a second language. Later, she began a new career in hotel accounting, retiring in December 2008 after several years with the Hilton Corp. Gerry was very proud of her family and adored her grandchildren. She was always generous and fun and continued to laugh, even to the end. Her family will forever cherish her zeal for a happy life and good times. Over the past several months, Gerry has received kind and compassionate care from the staff at Memorial Hospital. For this, the family is grateful.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 52 years, Warren Tozer of Fairview Heights; her daughter and son-in-law, Caroline and LtCol Patrick Riley, USMC (retired) of O’Fallon; her four beautiful grandchildren, all of whom she dearly loved, Kaity, Matthew, Megan, and Mitchell; and her beloved dear friend, thought of as a sister, Carol Atencio of California and her daughters, Wendy and Tiffany.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. All funeral services are private. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


GARY STEPHEN FAHRNER, 61, of O’Fallon, born March 6, 1948 in East St. Louis, died Monday, June 1, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. Gary was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, was a Eucharistic Minister, past parish council member and a member of the Marriage Preparation Team. He was also a member of the O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Council 4239 and SIGMA BETA CHI. He was employed at ASCOM Wireless Inc. as a Senior Account Executive and served in the US Army.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Stephen S. Fahrner; a nephew, Nick Fahrner; and his father-in-law, Johnie Watts.

He is survived by his loving wife Lynda, nee Watts, Fahrner whom he married July 7, 1979 in Dallas, Texas.; his mother Ann, nee Mulligan, Fahrner of Belleville; three daughters, Kristin Fahrner of Broomfield, Colo., Kinsey Fahrner of Madison, Wisc., Kori Fahrner of Chicago; three brothers, Tom Fahrner of Freeburg, Dave (Judy) Fahrner of Belleville, Tim (Mari) Fahrner of Webster Groves, Mo.; a sister, Karen (Mark) Range of Boonville, Mo., mother-in-law, May Gene Watts of Tyler, Texas; a brother-in-law, Mike (Dorothy) Watts of Van, Texas, seven nephews and three nieces, Stephen (Jen) Fahrner, Jackie (Kyle) Crawford, Danny Fahrner, Matthew Range, Patrick Fahrner, Haley Fahrner, Brian Fahrner, Andrew Fahrner, Jason (Laura) Watts, Jamie Watts, a God-son Brian Van Pelt, an aunt, uncle and numerous cousins.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Nicholas Spirituality Center, St. Clare School Endowment Fund or St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon.

Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

At the families’ request, after all services Gary will be cremated. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, is in charge of arrangements.


MAJOR RICHARD DENNIS SHRADER, USAF, retired, 64, of O’Fallon, born January 30, 1945 in Ft. Knox, Ky., died Monday, June 1, in O’Fallon.

Richard was a member of Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church in Mascoutah, and also taught science at Holy Childhood School. He graduated from the University of Evansville, earning his Under Graduate Degree. He was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Richard attended Airware College while in the US Air Force, retiring as a major.

He was a lifelong and dedicated fan of the Purple Aces, in Evansville, Ind., and for the last 25 years had attended every home basketball game.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Buda, nee Patterson, Shrader and father-in-law, Robert R. Berger.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tamara, nee Berger, Shrader, whom he married August 1, 1970 in Evansville, Ind.; his mother-in-law, Ruth Berger of Valdosta, Ga.; and his three soft coated Weston Terriers, who were his babies, Guilhooley, Hogan and Baili.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard’s name be made to the University of Evansville. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church, Mascoutah, followed by a Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. with Father Hartline officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.


DONALD JOHN "RED" WAGNER, age 75, of Shiloh, born June 9, 1933 in Shiloh, passed away May 28, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Mr. Wagner retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Belleville, where he worked as the service manager in the auto department. He then drove as a newspaper carrier for several years until the late 1990s. He enjoyed sitting on the porch, watching the birds and gardening. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Mary Ann, nee Boyer, Wagner; his son, Dean Wagner; son-in-law, David Barnett; sisters, Delores Wagner and Ruth Schwaegel; and brothers, Raymond, Vernon, Kenneth, and Melvin.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, nee Missey, Wagner whom he married February 8, 1958 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lebanon; his children, Curtis (Vicki) Wagner of Freeburg, Karen Wagner of Shiloh, Cindy Barnett of Greenville, Ill., Doug (Christina) Wagner of Columbia, Ill., Bonnie Wagner of Tilden, Kerry Wagner of Shiloh, and Dan Wagner of Belleville; 10 beloved grandchildren and two special great-granddaughters. Don is also survived by two brothers, Robert Wagner of Belleville, Paul Wagner of Mascoutah, and his sister, Patricia Wagner of Indiana.

Memorials may be made to the Garden Ministry at St. Clare Catholic Church, to be used toward the creation of a butterfly garden. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, June 1, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, at the funeral home, with Rev. James Deiters officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


TRENT L. WILKIE, 68, of O’Fallon, born August 17, 1940 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., died Sunday, May 24, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Trent was a video technician for Edward D. Jones and AVATAR. He served in the US Air Force, retiring as a Tech. Sgt. He was also a lifetime member of REACT: Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team.

Trent was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Doreta, nee Bowen, Wilkie. He is survived by his wife, Shizuko “Sue”, nee No, Wilkie; two daughters, Tanya Robinson and Victoria Cissell, all of O’Fallon; a step-brother, Leonard (Wendy) Johnson; step-sister, Jeanette (Brad) Giroux, both of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Bryce Cissell and Gwynith Wilkie, nieces and nephews.

Condolence may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Graveside service, with full military honors, will be held Friday, May 29, at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon was is charge of arrangements.


EDWARD C. TUBBS, 81, of Lebanon, formerly of O’Fallon, born October 12, 1927 in South Haven, Michigan, died Saturday, May 23, at Cedar Ridge Health Care, in Lebanon.

Mr. Tubbs was a member of The First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men, he was retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sgt. and was a member of the Retired Sergeants Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Louise (nee Neilsen), Tubbs; two sisters, Lois Tubbs and Dona Moritti, brother in-law, Robert Brambley.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy A. Tubbs, nee Campbell, whom he married February 19, 1955; two daughters, Ellen Tubbs of Tuscola, Ill., and Carolyn Tubbs of University City, Mo.; granddaughter, Margaret Gravier of University City, Mo.; brother, Ralph and Claudia Tubbs of Brooksville, Fla.; two sisters, Dora and Clifford Hamilton of Brooksville, Fla., and Susan Brambley of Wikieup, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews and special friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the National Park Service. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating.

Burial of his cremains will be scheduled at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, with full military honors.


KRESZENZ “CENTA” CHRISTENSEN, nee Dentinger, age 80, of O’Fallon, born July 2, 1928 in Munich, Germany, the oldest of seven children, passed away Monday, May 25, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Centa moved to O’Fallon in 1973, when her husband’s military career brought him and their family to Scott AFB from England. They met following World War II, during the Allied Occupation of Germany. They were married December 24, 1955 at Sembach, Germany. She was formally trained as a seamstress as a young woman in Germany.

During her husband’s military career, Centa volunteered with the Red Cross at various military installations. Since coming to the local area, she attended Shiloh United Methodist Church and volunteered at West Main Nursing Home in Mascoutah and the hospital at Scott AFB. She was instrumental in opening and operating the Country Estates Kennel in Shiloh and worked there, in addition to Christensen Dog Training, until her recent illness.

She was a kind and caring woman, devoted to her husband’s military service and raising her sons. She had an artistic talent, having received numerous accolades for her oil paintings, including the Blue Ribbon and Best of Show award at the St. Clair County Fair.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gunner Christensen, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (retired), who died March 1, 2004. She is survived by her two sons, Michael Christensen of Collinsville, and Chris Christensen of O’Fallon; and grandchildren, Anna and Mary Christensen.

In honor of Mrs. Christensen, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Foundation c/o Memorial Hospital, in expression of the family’s appreciation for the kindness and care shown to their mother. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, May 29, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Interment alongside her husband will follow at 1 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


DAVID JOHN NOLAN, 56, of O’Fallon, born November 14, 1952 in St. Louis, died Sunday, May 17, in O’Fallon. Mr. Nolan was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and the former youth director, and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America achieving Eagle Scout. David was the former Associate Director of Housing at Washington University, former Director of Parks and Recreation in Granite City and former Assistant to the Mayor of Granite City. He was currently the Associate Director of Housing and Facilities for Illinois State University.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice, nee Sudholt, Nolan.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Ellen, nee McGarrahan of O’Fallon, whom he married September 24, 1977 in Venice, Ill.; father, Richard G. Nolan of Granite City; three children; Jonathan (Megan) Nolan, Erin Nolan, Megan Nolan, all of O’Fallon; two sisters and three brothers, Larry (Jill) Nolan of University City, Mo., Rick (Carol) Nolan of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., Maureen (Bill) Schreiber of Collinsville, Jim (Linda) Nolan of Edwardsville, and Nancy (Dave) Klarich of Collinsville.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois State University Housing Services Student Employee Scholarship Fund or the Siteman Cancer Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, May 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Memorial mass will be held Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

At the families’ request, Mr. Nolan will be cremated. Private burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville.

Schildknecht Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


CHARLES MILTON SHARP, 88, passed on, Saturday, May 16, at Lebanon Care Center, where he had been a resident for the last nine years.

Born at home in O’Fallon, January 10, 1921, "Chas", as he was fondly known, was the youngest of four sons of Robert and Rena Sharp.

Charles attended O’Fallon schools until he joined the "3C" Camp during the depression. He "went a few rounds" during his time there, which was spent in Skokie Valley, Ill. Upon returning to O’Fallon, he got a job at St. Ellen Coal Mine where he worked above ground "bringin’ it out" as he would explain to those who knew him and enjoyed listening to his stories. Later he worked as a O’Fallon laborer.

Chas was well known around the drinking establishments of O’Fallon and well liked by both young and old. He loved to walk the streets of O’Fallon and could be found most mornings under the big old Sycamore tree on First Street feeding the squirrels from his hand.

There will be no service. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Condolences should be expressed at www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Interment of cremated remains will occur at a later date alongside his brother at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

"Chas" – "You Were The Best"!!


LEOLA M. TITTER, nee Krump, age 95, of O’Fallon, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 13, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare in Lebanon. She was born May 12, 1914 in Lebanon Township.

Mrs. Titter enjoyed being a homemaker and spent many hours creating craft projects for church bazaars, family and friends throughout her married life.

During her life time she was a member of the O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, the Methodist Woman’s Society where she held many offices, the Methodist Friendship Circle, Home Extension of O’Fallon, and O’Fallon Historical Society. For 35 years, Mrs. Titter attended the Illinois Homemakers Camp where she enjoyed teaching and taking part in craftmaking.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William R. Titter; her parents, Charles and Katherine (nee Wolf) Krump; and three brothers, Ellsworth Krump, Raymond Krump and Robert Krump.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Lee and Jim Maloney of O’Fallon; step-grandchildren, Danny (Stacie) Maloney and great-granddaughter, Olivia Maloney all of Gurnee, Ill.; god-children, Becky Blake of Waldorf, Md. and Donald Krump of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a cousin, Annie Arnold of Highland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon, or to the charity of one’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 18, at the funeral home, with Rev. Ron Dickinson and Rev. Joel Catlin officiating. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


LENORE CATHERINE PORTERr, 87, of Shiloh, born August 8, 1921 in Donnelson, Iowa, died Monday, May 4, at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon. Lenore was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Corpus Christi Women’s Club, Shiloh Senior Citizens and the VFW Post 1739 Women’s Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo James and Marie Honora, nee Reddy, Pfligerstofer; husband, Floyd E. Porter; a son, Joseph P. Porter and a brother, Francis Pfligerstofer.

Lenore is survived by four children, Ann Porter of Shiloh, James L. (Lisa) Porter of Millstadt, Mary C. Porter of Belleville, John E. (Lisa) Porter of Shiloh and two grandchildren, Katherine A. Porter and Christopher J. Porter, both of Millstadt.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church Womans Club or Heartland Hospice.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church Parish Hall in Shiloh.

Funeral mass will be held Monday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Monsignor James Margason and Monsignor Carl Scherrer officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, is in charge of arrangements.


DONNA LEE KNIGHT, nee White, age 45, of Fairview Heights, born May 30, 1963 in Belleville, passed away Monday morning, May 4, with her family and friends surrounding her.

Donna graduated from OTHS in 1981 and attended SIUE. She was self-employed as a personal assistant and was a loving and caring mother, sister and dear friend. She was a US Army veteran, serving from 1983 – 1986 as a tactical communication systems operator and expert marksman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Lee White and Claudette, nee Napier, White; and her brother, Jack.

She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Campbell of Caseyville, LeeAnna Knight of Fairview Heights; brothers, Scot White of Carlyle and Mark (Linda) White of Jefferson City, Mo.; and her dear friend, Toni Ritter of O’Fallon.

Memorial donations in honor of Ms. Knight are suggested to her family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 8, at the funeral home. Military honors will be rendered by US Army and O’Fallon VFW Post 805. Interment of cremated remains will occur at a later date, alongside her parents and brother, at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


NICHOLAS DEAN SOTIROPOULOS, age 15, of O’Fallon, born July 20, 1993 in Belleville, died on Sunday, May 3, at his residence. He was a member of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, O’Fallon. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Telford Boyer.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Jody, nee Boyer, Sotiropoulos; his brothers and sisters, Sarah, Michael, Samuel and Rachel Sotiropoulos of O’Fallon; his grandparents, Dr. Peter (Betty) Sotiropoulos of Belleville; his grandmother, Joan Boyer of Odessa, Mo.; and he was a dear nephew and cousin.

Nicholas, beloved son and brother, taught us new meaning to words like courage, bravery, generosity and love. He touched lives in a way that few can. The terrible pain and sense of loss we feel is tempered by the joy of the memories of a life shared. Nicholas, we will love you always.

Nicholas would like to thank everyone who has supported him through his journey, and to his family and friends who have been with him during his illness.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Memorials may be made to the Nicholas Sotiropoulos Cancer Fund and will be accepted at Kassly Mortuary.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, O’Fallon, with Pastor Vern Lintvedt officiating.
Per Nicholas’s wishes he will be cremated.


DIANA L. WALSH, 62, of Collinsville, born October 9, 1946 in Chicago, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in O’Fallon.

Diana was a homemaker and a former Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Eleanor, nee Westergrinn, Wright; foster father, Ray L. Cherry and mother-in-law, Roseanna Oberlander.

Diana is survived by her husband, Thomas Walsh; four children, David Clarence Slater II and Dennis Bryan Slater, both of Collinsville, Daniel (Wendy) Pascua and Curtis Daniel Walsh, both of O’Fallon; two brothers, Richard (Colleen) Wright of New Mexico, Glenn Wright of Chicago; foster parents, Mary (Bob) Marable of Collinsville; 10 grandchildren, Dennis, David, Zachary, Catherine, Adam, Jassmine, Alexis, Jadyn, Angelina, Bryan and Blake and a great grandchild, Mykia.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Pastor Wardell Brimm officiating.

Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Collinsville.


MICHAEL LAWRENCE CARMACK, 47, of Panama City, Fla., formerly of Mascoutah, born October 17, 1961 in Minot, N.D., died Monday, April 13, at Bay Medical Hospital in Panama City.

Mike was employed at Lockheed Martin in Panama City, as a military jet engine mechanic for over 15 years. He also served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Sgt. Mike was a staunch Republican and very patriotic. He was a true believer of the military system of honor and respect. His love for family and country was above reproach. He was a man with a giving and caring heart and will be missed by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William L. “Larry” and Jacqueline, nee Nevard, Carmack.

Mike is survived by his significant other, Elizabeth Grace of Panama City; a brother, Gary Carmack of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Leslie (Edward) Dellamano of Belleville, Susan (Ed Kovalski) George of Swansea; two nieces, Rachel Carmack and Isabell Dellamano; and a nephew, Clifford Dellamano.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ALS. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral procession will leave Monday, April 20, at 8:45 a.m. from Schildknecht Funeral Home for a 10 a.m. graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


BETTY JANE DRESSEL, nee Mantle, age 77, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, passed away Tuesday, April 14, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea.

Mrs. Dressel worked as a data clerk at General American Life Insurance in St. Louis. She also worked at O’Fallon Township High School as a clerical aide and in the cafeteria while her daughter was younger, allowing her free summers and holidays. She was a member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ and was past president of VFW Post 805 Auxiliary.

She and her husband had spent many winters in Brownsville, Texas as “snowbirds,” providing great memories of their RV travels. Betty was a loving wife and a devoted mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Walton Mantle and Ina Emma, nee Bevirt, Mantle; and sister, Jean Ahring.

She is survived by her loving husband, Norman, whom she married February 10, 1951; her daughter, Beverly Dressel of O’Fallon; sister, Delores Lysakowski of O’Fallon; brother-in-law, Edward (Joan) Dressel of O'Fallon; nieces, nephews, cousins, and special god-daughter and niece Cindy Wolf of O’Fallon.

Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Dressel are suggested to O’Fallon United Church of Christ or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 12:30 to 3 p.m., Friday April 17, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Friday April 17, with Rev. Jack Spratte officiating. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


NIDRA L. LURTZ, nee Schwarz, age 92, lifelong resident of O’Fallon, passed away Tuesday, April 14, at Eden Village in Glen Carbon. She was surrounded by her friends, her caregivers and her family.

Mrs. Lurtz was a member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ, the church’s Women’s Guild, and was a 59-year member of O’Fallon Woman’s Club, Inc. She was a member of O’Fallon Chapter 487 Order of Eastern Star. She was a graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and attended William Wood College in Fulton, Mo.

Nidra was a great cook and she loved to bake for her neighbors, family and church; her apple pie was the best.

Nidra loved flowers and a beautiful spring day. Above all else, she loved her family; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence John Lurtz, whom she married June 26, 1938, who passed away August 8, 1996; her parents, Leonhard and Hazel, nee Verbeek, Schwarz; and sister, LaDoris Glenn.

She is survived by her children, Steven (Patricia) Lurtz of Caseyville, and Susan (Mike) Cook of O’Fallon; four grandchildren, Shannon (Mari) Lurtz; Meghan (Carl) King, Alyssa (Jeremy) Kellhofer, and Aleah Cook; and five great-grandchildren, Hanna, Michael, and Kate Lurtz, Isabel King, and Noah Kellhofer; and brother-in-law, Clyde “Tex” Glenn.

Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Lurtz are suggested to the O’Fallon United Church of Christ Music Department, 206 W. Adams St., O’Fallon, IL 62269 or to Eden Village – Wetzel Wing, 400 St. Station Rd., Glen Carbon, IL 62034. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

All visitation and funeral services will be private. Interment will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, alongside her husband.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


EVERETT T. "MAC" MCGINNIS, 88, of O'Fallon, born Monday, January 17, 1921, in Huntsville, Mo., died Tuesday, April 14 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, with his family at his side.

Mr. McGinnis was a retired Chief Master Sergeant for U. S. Air Force, with over 30 years of service; project administrator for Callaway Nuclear Plant; and a former alderman of the City of O'Fallon for 6 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in O'Fallon; Huntsville, Mo. Lodge 30 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies and received honorary 33rd degree in 1971 in Philadelphia; Ainad Shrine, past president of Dania Shrine Club, past Commander of Legion of Honor and recipient of the Citation of Honor for Distinguished Services award in 1991, Emeritus Potentate Aid, Southern Illinois Court 86 ROJ, Life Member of Mid-Pacific Chapter 10 Order of Eastern Star in Honolulu, Hawaii, past Associate Guardian of Bethal 4 Jobs Daughters in Honolulu, Hawaii; American Legion Post 2910; and O'Fallon Homecoming Association.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Sandra Lee Skafidas; parents, John J. and Mollie M. nee Chesser, McGinnis; Niece, Patty McGinnis.

Surviving are his wife, Marilynn nee Tweet, McGinnis; daughter, Teri (Ray) Rohr of O'Fallon; brother, Dr. James P. (Lyla Jean) McGinnis of Moberly, Mo.; son-in-law, Dr. Thomas (Sylvia) Skafidas of Stone Mountain, Ga.; grandchildren, Alan Everett Rohr of O'Fallon, Mackenzie Raymond Rohr of O'Fallon, Jennifer (David) McCall of Mesa, Ariz., Shannon Devine of Gilbert, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Alex, Andrew and Elizabeth McCall, Macy, Max and Melia Devine; nephew, David (Marsha) Smith of Rolla, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or Southern Illinois 32 Degree Masonic Learning Center. Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 17 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville.

There will be a walk through by the Legion of Honor at 7 p.m. followed by the Jester's at 7:13 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating. Interment will follow at O'Fallon City Cemetery in O'Fallon.


ROBERT E. BODE, 91, of O’Fallon, born April 7, 1918 in St. Louis, died Wednesday, April 15 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon.

Bob was a member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ, served on the Consistory for four years and was a member of the Fifty Plus Club. Bob worked for the Key Company in E. St. Louis, for 16 years, was an alderman, for the City of O’Fallon from 1957-1963 and the O’Fallon city clerk from 1963-1981. He was also a member of the O’Fallon Historical Society and served meals for R.S.V.P. for 5 1⁄2 years.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Bernetta, nee Joseph, Bode; wife, Martha G. “Sis”, nee Schildknecht, Bode; a daughter, Kathleen Ann Bode; son, Robert David Bode; and a brother, Howard Bode.

He is survived by a son, John P. (Joy) Bode of O’Fallon; a granddaughter, Kathleen Bode of O’Fallon; a sister, Jane (Robert) Ries of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Lois Bode of O’Fallon; nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at O’Fallon United Church of Christ with Rev. Jack Spratte officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.


MIKE TROKEY, 60, of O’Fallon, born October 5, 1948, in E. St. Louis, died Tuesday, April 14.

Mike was a laborer for Local 670 in O’Fallon for 25 years and was the field representative. He was also a member of the Meat Cutters Local 434, and enjoyed hunting mushrooms, fishing and just being outdoors. He truly loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac L. “Ike” and Shirley L., nee Cook, Trokey; a brother, John Trokey; a sister, Patricia Lynn Mueller; mother-in-law, Nell, nee Carroll, Mallard; and a brother-in-law, Jack Mallard.

Mike is survived by his wife Cheryl A., nee Mallard, Trokey of O’Fallon; children, Mark of Carlyle, Elizabeth of Belleville, Michelle of Belleville, Christopher Lanxon of O’Fallon; four sisters and three brothers, Jacqueline Suzanne (Gino) Capello of Lebanon, Laura (Dave) Owens of New Baden, Joyce (Tom) Overton of Belleville Elizabeth (Tim) Wise of Ft. Myers, Fla., Richard (Melinda) Trokey of Steeleville, Ill., Stephen (Constance) Trokey of Breese, Kenneth (Jeannie) Trokey of Trenton father-in-law, Jack W. Mallard of O’Fallon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William “Bill” Mallard of O’Fallon, Mike (Peggy) Mallard of Swansea, Richard Mallard of Germantown, Merry Mallard of O’Fallon, Sue (Kenneth) Horne of Pikeville, N.C., Terri (Roy) Vice of Collierville, Tenn.; an aun,t Dorothy Cook of Belleville; ex-wife, Deborah (Jake) Skinner of Summerfield; 13 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trokey Grandchildren Educational Trust at Bank of O’Fallon. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with a Laborers walk-thru at 10 a.m.

At Mike’s request, his body will be cremated.


JEAN LANDON DOLAN, born Shirley Jean Landon on January 29, 1932 in Janesville, Wisc., died Sunday, April 12, in Lebanon where she had spent the last few months of her life.

Jean married James O. Johnson in January 1954 in Galesburg, Ill. and the couple raised four daughters, Jamie (Hester McCosh) Johnson Ziegler of Chillicothe, Ill., Janet (Duane Esarey) Johnson of Raleigh, N.C., Jennifer (Tony) Peach of Shiloh, and Julie (Chris Benjamin) Johnson of Marietta, Ga. She later married John Dolan in January 1980 welcoming a step-son J. Michael (Nancy) Dolan. Her sister, Joyce (Dave) Goff of Galesburg also survives.

She was preceded in death by both Jim and John as well as her parents, Clyde R. and Desdemona D. Landon; and one sister, Joan C. (Fred) McGahey.

Grandma Dolan to six, Tom Dolan, Drew Ziegler, John Wittle, Beth Dolan, Julia Peach, Sam Peach; two great-grand daughters, Ashley and Stephanie Dolan as well as three nieces, three nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

A 1949 graduate of Galesburg High School and a graduate of Western Illinois University (McComb) where she earned both bachelors and masters degrees.

“Ms. J” was a favorite teacher in Galesburg Schools particularly Silas Willard and finally Gale Middle School where she loved her sixth grade science classroom. She joined the Girl Scouts as a child and stayed active for more than 40 years – as a troop leader, neighborhood chairman and finally a camp director for the Shabonee Council.

After retirement, Jean and John traveled and spent many summers camping and fishing with their grandchildren. She was an avid bridge player and was a volunteer for the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Society where she taught adults to read and later specialized in helping foreign nurses become proficient in English so that they could nurse in the United States.

Jean remained best friends with her sister, Joyce and with several of their GHS friends who formed “The Nifty Nine” and vacationed together once their children were grown.

A memorial service is being planned at Hinchcliff Pearson West in Galesburg with a date yet to be set. A virtual memorial is being arranged by her nephew, Dean Goff at the Preston Hanley Funeral Home in Pekin, www.preston-hanley.com, where photos of her life will be available for viewing on-line. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Society.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of local arrangements.


LOVETTA W. “BABE” WULFEKUHLER, 82, of Fairview Heights, born October 3, 1926, in Collinsville, died Saturday, April 11. Lovetta worked as a machine operator at Nabisco and had attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairview Heights.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry C. and Lucy F. Wulfekuhler (nee Stolle); two brothers, Henry W. R. and John Wulfekuhler; two sisters, Lucilla A. Wulfekuhler and Luverta Hinterthuer.

She is survived by a nephew, Elmer W. Hinterthuer of O’Fallon; a niece, Janet Lepes of Belleville; and a great nephew, Charlie Hinterthuer of Belleville.

Memorials may be made the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 14 at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon.

Funeral service was Tuesday, April 14 at the funeral home with Rev. Georgia White-Kisslring officiating.

Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Collinsville.


JOSEPH W. HUBBARD, 83, of O’Fallon, born April 3, 1926 in O’Fallon, died Thursday, April 9, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Joe graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and fought during World War II and received several medals. After returning from the war, Joe married Betty Whitehead in June of 1947.

He served as a Justice of the Peace for eight years, Alderman from 1969-1977, Township Trustee from 1957-1977 and 2005 to present, and was a founding and charter member of the O’Fallon Jaycees. As a Jaycee, he helped start O’Fallon’s first little league baseball league, as well as coached for many years. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon, a member of the O’Fallon Sesquicentennial Committee, 50 year member of the Masons, Scottish Rite and Shriners, lifetime member of both the O’Fallon Sportsman Club and American Legion, a charter and founding member of both the Shiloh Valley Bassmasters and O’Fallon Bass Casters, a member of the O’Fallon YMCA and O’Fallon Senior Citizens Club and was the 2007 O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Recipient Award for Volunteerism. He was also self-employed as an owner and salesman for Air Hydraulics in St. Louis, Mo.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joseph E. and Mary G., nee Campbell, Hubbard.

He is survived by his loving wife, of nearly 62 years, Betty Jane, nee Whitehead, Hubbard; two sons, Craig (Claudia) Hubbard and Eric (Debbie) Hubbard; four grandchildren, Joele (Ken) Pinkerton, Lauren Hubbard, Nathan (Autymn) Hubbard, Emilee Hubbard; a great granddaughter, Kailee Hubbard, all of O’Fallon; and numerous cousins.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Shriners Hospital for Children.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 13, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. There will be an O’Fallon Senior Citizens Service held at 6 p.m. and a Masonic Service held at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Dickinson and Rev. Joel Catlin officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


Stephen Moreland, 84, of O’Fallon, born September 9, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, died Thursday, April 9, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Illinois and also attended the University of Maryland. He served in the US Navy and was an active duty Naval Flight Officer. He worked in Civil Service as a human factors/industrial engineer, designing aircraft cockpits. He was a member of the Soaring Society of America in Highland, and a Boy Scout Troop Chairman in BelAir, Maryland. Steve was also the owner/operator of Schwinn Pedal In, in O’Fallon, for 12 years.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, wife Miriam E., nee Holden, Moreland and a son Stephen Moreland.

He is survived by six sons, Michael (Ria) Moreland of Crystal Lake, Ill., Thomas (Tracy) Moreland of Lebanon, Richard (Marie) Moreland of New Orleans, La., Douglas (Luella) Moreland of Lincoln, Ill., Kenneth (Elizabeth) Moreland of O’Fallon, Ill., Anthony (Gina) Moreland of Ft. Worth, Texas; and six grandchildren, T.J., Jennifer, Phillip, Zachary, Andrew and Melissa Moreland.

Memorials in honor of Steve, may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Georgia White-Kisslring officiating.

After all services, Mr. Moreland’s’ body will be cremated, with burial of the cremains to be held at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


NATHAN JOHN KYLE, 27, of O’Fallon, born June 22, 1981 in Portland, Ore., died Sunday, April 5.

Kyle had been employed at Home Nursery in Edwardsville as the nursery manager in the ornamental plants division.

He is survived by his father, John Martin Kyle, mother Beth Elaine, nee Stephens, Kyle and dear friends, Craig Shelly, Theresa Shelly and Donald Shelly.

At the family’s request, Nathan’s body was cremated.

Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


LORRAINE JOHNSON, nee Kolp, 88, of O’Fallon and formerly of Lombard, Ill., died Tuesday, April 7, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Mrs. Johnson retired from Marshall Fields Department Store as assistant manager of the intimate apparel department.

She was preceded in death by her parents Adolph and Frances, nee Makney, Kolp and husband, Bruce Johnson.

Lorraine is survived by a daughter, Karen Leonard of O’Fallon; a son, Bruce G. (Marie) Johnson Jr. of Jewell, Iowa; two grandchildren, Kristen (Simon) Bossler, Ben (Camie) Leonard; and three great grandchildren, Sierra Bossler, Bernard Bossler and Adelaide Leonard.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Friday, April 10, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


MAJOR BILLY D. BAINTER, retired, 67, of Shiloh, born October 20, 1941 in Macomb, died Tuesday, April 7, at Memorial Care Center, Belleville.

Billy married Sharon Baumgardner on July 28, 1963 at the Church of the Nazarene in Macomb. He attended Western Illinois University, Macomb, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics/Physics and also attended the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., graduating in 1973 with a Master of Science Degree in Meteorology with an emphasis in Numerical/Computer Modeling. He had also been enrolled in the Master Degree Program at Troy State University, European Division in Computer Information Science. He served in the US Air Force, as a meteorologist, for 20 years, retiring as a Major.

Billy was a good and kind hearted man, drawing all near to him with his gentle spirit. He dearly loved his family, especially the grandkids, never complained, was courageous and a fighter to the end.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Wilma, nee Haulk, Bainter and a brother in infancy.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 46 years, Sharon, nee Baumgardner, Bainter of Shiloh, three daughters, Diane (William) Kemp of Shiloh, Kari (Jon) Stacy of Shiloh, Stacy (Tim) Mathis of Lebanon; three brothers, Dan (Jacqueline) Bainter of Belleville, Joe (Millie) Bainter of Macomb, Terry (Patti) Bainter of Rockford; a brother-in-law, George Baumgardner of Henderson, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Mary Kemp, Kristie Kemp, Ryan Kemp, Kathryn Stacy, Skylar Mathis; special friends, Jr. (Sandy) Mathis and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to all the staff at the Memorial Care Center in Belleville for the compassionate care given to Billy and his family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mamie O. Stookey School. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Brother Russell officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh City Cemetery.


CORA RACHELLE DAHLGREN, infant daughter of Erik David and Jennifer Lind (nee Nelson) Dahlgren, of O’Fallon, was born Tuesday, March 31, at 10:29 a.m.; six pounds,13 ounces; 20 inches long. She was perfect except for her heart She died peacefully in the arms of her parents on Wednesday, April 1, at 8:02 p.m., surrounded by people who love her. Cora knew only love.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Gabriel Dahlgren; grandparents, Daniel and Mary Hornsey of Alton, Randy Nelson and wife, Jean Snowbarger of Huntsville, Ala., David and Patricia Dahlgren of Duluth, Minn., and great-grandparents, Evan Nelson and Betty Hornsey, both of Alton, and Sigvald and Betty Monsaas of Duluth, Minn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Cora’s memory to American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

GEORGE M. MADER, 84, of Belleville, born June 12, 1924 in New Albany, Ind., died Wednesday, April 1, in Belleville.

George was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon and had been employed at Panelmatic in the shipping and receiving department. He umpired until 1971, for adult softball leagues, was a bowler, bowling on a variety of leagues and enjoyed watching any sport. George was a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and an excellent storyteller. He led a colorful life, believing life should always be an adventure.

George was preceded in death by his parents John and Maria, nee Egan, Mader; a daughter, Donna Saxion; two grandchildren, Robert D. Mader and Paul Koller; and two brothers, John and “Augie”.

He is survived by his wife, Mary A., nee Soucek, Mader, whom he married July 1, 1979 in Chicago; five children, Janet Hernandez of Belleville, Robert Mader of San Diego, Calif., Mike (Karen) Mader of Chicago, Jean Koller of Bolivar, Mo., John (Diane) Strojia of Belleville; a sister, Sarah Elizabeth MacTrinder of Chicago; 21 grandchildren; Ana, Devon, J.W., Samantha, Vinnie, Brianna, Stephen, Sarah, Caleb, Josh, Ashley, Corey, John, Michael, Morgan, Jessie, Rochelle, Sandy, Chelsea, Katie, Ashlee; a great grandchild, Enrique; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many dear friends.

The family requests that memorials, in honor of George, be made to Faith Lutheran Church or BEACON. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. Hwy 50, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Downs and Pastor Freda Snyder officiating.

After all services, George’s body will be cremated with interment at Memory Gardens and Mausoleums, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon was in charge of the arrangements.


ALICE JOSEPHINE TIPPIN, age 89, of O'Fallon, passed away March 28, 2009. Services are pending with Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon.


BERNADINE E. SCHAU, 71, of O’Fallon, born February 9, 1938 in Lebanon, died Saturday, March 28, in O’Fallon. She was a member of The O’Fallon United Church of Christ, and the O’Fallon Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus W. Schau Jr.; mother, Ruth Hasemann (nee Randant); infant son, Cletus Campbell Schau and a brother, Norman Leroy Hasemann.

Bernadine is survived by her father, Raymond Hasemann of O’Fallon; daughters, LuAnn (Larry) Henry, Laurie (Jeff) McCoy, both of O’Fallon; sister, Eldoris (Grant) Votrain of O’Falon; brother, Cletus (Patty) Hasemann of Troy; sister in law, Lois Andricks of O’Fallon; three grandchildren, Thomas Wayne Henry, Elizabeth Ann Henry and Nicholas Michael Thomas McCoy, all of O’Fallon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made to the O’Fallon Fire Department or to the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


WILLIAM R. "BILL" HOXWORTH SR., 91, of Belleville, born May 25, 1917, in Cleveland, Tenn., died Friday, March 20 at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville.

Mr. Hoxworth was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He later worked in civil service. Bill enjoyed traveling, flying, and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.A. and Mary, nee Gates, Hoxworth.

Surviving are two daughters and a son, Sherrie Huffman of Mattoon, Ill., Bill Jr. (Irene) Hoxworth and Tami Hoxworth-Gould, both of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the O’Fallon Veterans Memorial, c/o Beth Reidelberger, P. O. Box 406, O’Fallon, IL 62269, or to Unity Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.


Louise Scharringhausen, 78, of O’Fallon, born April 10, 1930 in O’Fallon, died Thursday, March 19, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and had also worked briefly at Wood Bakery as a bookkeeper. Louise was a loving wife, mother, and a truly devoted grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Louise Dolly, nee Schemp, Carson; a sister, Kathryn Carroll; and two brothers, Ralph and James “Sonny” Carson.

Louise is survived by her husband, Kenneth Scharringhausen, whom she married September 10, 1949; four children, Michael “Mike” (Ellen) Scharringhausen of Monument, Colo., Jeff (Annamarie) Scharringhausen of Troy, Mary (Gary) Lickenbrock of O’Fallon, Mark (Crissy) Scharringhausen of O’Fallon; a brother-in-law, Robert Scharringhausen of Belleville; sister-in-law, Helen Scharringhausen of Swansea; seven grandchildren, Amy Scharringhausen of Colo., Matthew (Ashley) Lickenbrock of St. Louis, Mo., Sairee (Craig) Knabe of Highland, Kory Scharringhausen of Colo., David Lickenbrock of Chicago, Erica Scharringhausen of Troy, Elliott Scharringhausen of O’Fallon; two great grandchildren, Ellah Scharringhausen of Colo., Jacob Lickenbrock of St. Louis, many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Humane Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Pastor Freda Snyder officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.


WAYNE J. HAUKAPP, age 61, of O’Fallon, born April 14, 1947 in Highland, to Robert and Rita, nee Siegel, Haukapp, passed away Wednesday morning, March 18.

Wayne’s family moved to O’Fallon when he was a small boy; he graduated from Althoff Catholic High School and entered the US Army soon after graduation. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. Wayne married Marilyn G. Steinkoenig of Highland on February 22, 1968. Mr. Haukapp worked as an over-the-road and local truck driver for many years.

In the late 1980’s, Wayne assumed the manager position at the American Legion Fischer Solis Post 137 in O’Fallon. Under his leadership, Post 137 was instrumental in providing support to various local charities and organizations. He was awarded a citizenship award by the O’Fallon Police Department for his generosity and support of the DARE Program in O’Fallon. He was a member of the Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon and an honorary member of the OUSART.

Wayne loved his family greatly and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Haukapp and sister Donna Haukapp.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn G. Haukapp, of O’Fallon; children, Michael (Susan) Haukapp of Roswell, Ga., and Cynthia Cremeens of O’Fallon; mother, Rita Haukapp, of O’Fallon; sisters, Diane (Richard) Williams of Trenton, Darlene (Michael) Mayden of O’Fallon; brother, Russell (Marilyn) Haukapp of St. Jacob; and three grandchildren, Jacqueline E. Welker, Justin R. Welker, and Harley Abigail Haukapp.

Memorials in honor of Mr. Haukapp are requested to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:45 for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, March 21, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church with Rev. William Hitpas presiding. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, with military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


EVERETT R. “BUD” PFEIFFER, age 84, of O’Fallon, born July 1, 1924 to Cyril and Marie (nee Feder) Pfeiffer, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

He attended Cathedral Catholic High School, where he played football. He was a licensed private pilot and participated in recreational boxing as a young man. He farmed most of his life and also worked as a tire inspector for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. He was a faithful member of St. Clare Catholic Church and a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 4239. He was a loving father and grandfather, and found great joy in watching his grandchildren’s sporting activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of nearly 40 years Georgia (nee Taylor) Pfeiffer, and his second wife, Natalie (nee Coyle) Pfeiffer.

He is survived by his children, Robert J. (Barbara) Pfeiffer, Steven J. Pfeiffer, Joanne M. (Jeff) Lauber, all of O’Fallon; and Michael L. (Sharon) Pfeiffer of Springfield, Ill; and his sister, Rita Wandro of O’Fallon. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bobbie Jo (Beau) Brown, Steven M. Pfeiffer, Matt L. (special friend Laura Cox) Lauber, Christopher T. Pfeiffer, Alex Pfeiffer, Jeannette M. Pfeiffer, and Kayla D. Pfeiffer; and six great grandchildren.

Memorials in honor of Mr. Pfeiffer are requested to Glenn Schott Scholarship Fund at Althoff Catholic High School, 5401 West Main St., Belleville, Ill. 62226 or may be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 13, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home.

Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 10:45 a.m., for a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, March 13 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Shiloh. Interment will follow at Green Mount Cemetery, Belleville.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


ARA EGHIGIAN, JR. age 83, of Belleville, born October 6, 1925 in East St. Louis, passed away Wednesday evening, March 4.

He earned his degree from the former Park College in Parkville, Missouri, majoring in Economics. Ara was an Air Force veteran of World War II, flying on many bombing missions as an aerial gunner. For many years, he worked in the family dry-cleaning business, Masters Cleaners, in East St. Louis. He later worked in medical sales and supplies. He was a talented artist, particularly in oils and acrylics. After his retirement in 1973, he took up the hobby of woodworking and became an accomplished woodworker.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ara Eghigian, Sr., and Ester, nee Vartanian, Eghigian.

He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Frances Rose, nee Shangler, Eghigian, of Belleville, whom he married March 14, 1953; daughter Syrune Eghigian of Naples, Fla., and two sons, Ara (Kathleen Baca) Eghigian, III and Dr. David (Jennifer) Eghigian, all of O’Fallon. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Courtney (Aaron) Klemme, and Lindsey Eghigian, of Belleville; Connor and Madison Eghigian, Matthew and Thomas Baca, all of O’Fallon; great-grandson Kye Joshua Holbrook; one brother; two sisters, a niece and nephew.

Memorials in honor of Mr. Eghigian are requested to the Disabled American Veterans, 2 Drawbridge Road, Suite 11, Springfield, Ill. 62704, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

A private committal service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, with full military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


CASSANDRA RENEE WEBBER, age 22 of Columbus, Ohio passed away suddenly on Saturday February 28. Cassie is a native of O’Fallon, where she attended O’Fallon public schools for most of her life.

She was instrumental in starting the Gay/Straight Alliance at O’Fallon High School, participated on the bowling league and played softball for many years on the O’Fallon Park League.

Cassie was in the Girl Scouts for many years until she moved to Jackson Mich.

She graduated from Napoleon High School in 2004. Cassie was a graduate of Jackson Community College, where she was a member of the Forensics Team. She also was a 2008 graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Cassy worked for the T.S.A. at Port Columbus International Airport.

She is survived by her father Charles (Pam) Webber, mother Deborah (Peggy Trumble) Campbell, brothers William and James Webber, sisters Veronica and Elise Webber, grandfather Byron Webber, grandmother Mrs. Gene Kleen, aunts, uncles and many other family members including: The Trumbles, Ayers, Saplin and Kornreich families.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday March 7, at First Congregational UCC, 120 North Jackson, Jackson MI, 49201 with Rev. Dr. Julie Kilmen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Edge Foundation at www.edgefoundation.org in Cassie's memory.

Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a memory or to express condolences.


CHARLES A. MORRILL, 76, of Carmi, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind.

He was born April 16, 1932 in Emma Township, Ill., the son of Allen Lincoln and Veulah Marie (Howell) Morrill. He married Zelma Louise Healy September 2, 1952.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and an electrical high line construction worker.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Zelma Morrill of Carmi; two sons and daughters in law, Michael A. and Terrie Morrill of O’Fallon and Lee A. and Sherrie Morrill of Paducah, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Sam and Andy Morrill.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Dr. Harrison L. Peyton officiating.

Memorial gifts may be given in Charles’ name to the American Lung Association and will be accepted at the Campbell Funeral Home, 609 W. Main St., Carmi, Ill., 62821.


CARL JOHN DE VARD, JR., age 73, of Marion, Ill, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, in Magna, Utah at the home of his son, Joshua.

He was born in Oak Park, Ill. on May 2, 1935, the son of Carl John DeVard, Sr. and Beulah Marguerite (Lewis) DeVard.

Carl was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located south of West Frankfort, Ill.

He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he was the campus photographer. As a young man Carl joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and served as a medical specialist which was the organization that later developed into Physicians Assistants.

His professional career included contracting and carpentry. He owned a construction business and collected many different woodworking tools. Carl also enjoyed buying and selling real estate. He worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a mechanic, maintaining and upgrading many church buildings throughout Southern Illinois.

Throughout his life Carl was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, camping, spelunking, and rappelling. He enjoyed small aircraft aviation and owned two different planes, a Piper Cub and an Aeronca 11AC.

Throughout his life he was interested in magic and learned and publicly performed various magic tricks and learned hypnosis while still in high school. He enjoyed coin collecting. He was an avid chess and ping-pong player and excelled at both.

After retiring, Carl didn’t stop working and learning. He continued to work as an independent contractor fixing and upgrading church buildings. He started learning Italian and also became a Certified Hypnotherapist and helped many people overcome problems to improve their lives, often-times at no charge.

Carl loved spending time with people both old and young. He enjoyed teaching youth to rappel and also spending time with friends at the Marion Senior Center. Carl was an excellent listener and truly cared about others. He enjoyed do-it-yourself construction projects which he often did for other people. He was a great example of selfless service.

Carl loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his children. He is survived by his daughter, Sariah DeVard of Provo, Utah; four sons and one daughter-in-law, Carl John DeVard III of New Orleans, La., Joshua Michael DeVard of Magna Utah, Sterling Noll and Cori Anne DeVard of Arcadia, Calif., and Jordan Dean DeVard of Oahu, Hawaii; three grandsons, Carl John DeVard IV, Theron J. Moore-DeVard and Donovan Mariano DeVard; sister, Lynn McCormick of Lawrence, Kan.; one niece, Melissa McCormick and her husband, Ed Noonen; one nephew, Jason McCormick; other extended family members and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Carl Lewis DeVard.

Arrangements for Carl John DeVard, Jr. have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home 900 N. Court St. Marion, Ill.

The time of visitation for family and friends will be Friday evening, March 6th between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and will continue after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church.

The funeral service will be at 12 noon, on Saturday, March 7, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 17947 Route 37, West Frankfort, Ill., with Bishop Derek Key officiating.

Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion.

For those who prefer a memorial contribution in memory of Carl may be made to “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or “The Marion Senior Center” and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.

For additional information or to leave an online condolence or memory, please visit our website at www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or call 618-993-2131.


CHARLES B. CAITO, age 82, of Fairview Heights, born March 4, 1926 in St. Louis, passed away February 28. Charlie was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Navy in the South Pacific aboard the USS Manlove. After he retired from Century Electric, he opened his own repair shop in Fairview Heights, CBC Electric.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Maria, nee Sansone, Caito; three brothers, John, Joseph, and Larry Caito; two sisters, Theresa Caito and Rose Ragsdale.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Annalee, nee Farrow, Caito; his daughters, Marina Smith of Roseville, Calif., and Marylaine (Tom) Donnell of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Bart Donnell, Kim (David) Hagelstein, Tommy (Shannon) Reinhardt, Brian and Nicole Reinhardt; great grandchildren, Alex, Michael, Christian, Trevor, Nathan, Evan, Draven, and one more on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Cecilia (Cecil) Link.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home. His body was donated to St. Louis Univeristy School of Medicine. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington Street, O’Fallon, with Rev. James Deiters officiating. Military honors rendered by the US Navy followed by a reception for friends and family.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


Sheila D. Domina, nee Stanton, of O’Fallon, born in Evansville, Ind., passed away Friday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. after an extended illness.

She was a 1964 graduate of North High School in Evansville, and attended Western Kentucky University.

Sheila was a dedicated military wife and devoted mother.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Henry Stanton, Sr., and maternal grandparents, Russell and Norma Kerwick, all of Evansville, Ind.

She is survived by her loving family, to include her husband, James Domina; children, Julie (Tom) Huelsing, Jason Domina, and Megan (Tony) Sprouse; four grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Tony, and Madelyn, all of O’Fallon; her mother, Marjorie Stanton of Evansville, Ind; her mother-in-law Jennie Domina of Frankfort, N.Y.; four sister and one brother, Sherrie (Barry) Martens of Overland Park, Kan., Stephany Stanton, Robert (Tracy) Stanton, Jr., Stacy (Don) Gallucci, and Suzette (Robin) Hershman, all of Newburgh, Ind., sister-in-law Bonnie (Edward) Maslow of Little Falls, N.Y.; brother-in-law, David Domina of Frankfort, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding.

A luncheon for family and friends will follow the service.

Services entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


PATRICIA L. JACKSON, nee Eubanks, age 72, of Marissa, formerly of O’Fallon, born September 17, 1936 in Christopher, Ill. died, February 25, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Jackson; parents, Grant Eubanks and Mable, nee Kramer, Eubanks-Harlan, brother, Bob Eubanks, and step-mother, Freda Eubanks.

She is survived by her children, Terrie (Sammy Bordline) Darden, Tracy (Henry) Bertrand, Karma (Ricky Ryder) Jackson, Chip (Marcie) Jackson; nine grandchildren, Alicia (Corey Smith) Darden, Roger Lee (Jessica) Darden, Tiffany Borkowski, Brandon Borkowski, Ashley Ryder, Joshua Ryder, Kevin Jackson, Conner Jackson, and Carly Jackson; six great-grandchildren, Caleb Darden, Sam Hendricks-Darden, Dalyn Skorcz, Ashlyn Skorcz, Hayden Richards, and Grant Darden; brother, Norman (Brenda) Pointer; nephew, Tommy Pointer, step-brother, Donald (Linda) Montgomery; step-sister, Bonnie Dugger and many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are dear friends, whom she held close to her heart, Rick, Jackie, Isabel, and Sophie Burwitz; Carolyn, Jeff, Andrew, Alex, and Jack McDonald; and her good friend, Beatrice “B.J.” Tedesco.

In honor of Mrs. Jackson’s life, memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 1, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, March 2, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


DWIGHT LEE “BORGY” BORGSTRAND, Col. USAF (retired), 60, of O’Fallon, born August 15, 1948 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, passed away at home on Feb. 22.

Dwight earned his bachelor degree in Political Science from Drake University in Iowa and his graduate degree from Golden Gate University. He married Wendy Dobson on August 19, 1971 in New Columbus, Ky. He began his Air Force security forces career in 1972, culminating with his retirement in 2004.

His duty assignments spanned the globe, but he returned to O’Fallon two years ago and began his own private investigations business.

Dwight was a faithful member of O’Fallon Assembly of God Church and the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club. He enjoyed snow skiing, traveling, history, and spending time with his granddaughter, Alexis. Through it all, Dwight had an amazing faith in God’s will and plan for his life.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, Milburn J. and Anna Ethel, nee Dannen, Borgstrand.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Borgstrand; daughter, Kristin Borgstrand, and granddaughter, Alexis, all of O’Fallon; his twin brother, Dwayne Borgstrand of Cody, Wyo., sisters, Twyla Edgington of Fort Myers, Fla. and Becky Borgstrand of Prunedale, Calif; and nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dwight’s honor to the American Cancer Society – pancreatic cancer research. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting the Web site www.wfh-ofallon.com.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 7 at O’Fallon Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Dale C. Edwards officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O'Fallon.


DOLORES HILLESHEIM, 91, of O’Fallon, went to sleep in the arms of Jesus, Thursday, February 19, in O’Fallon. She was born March 19, 1917 in O’Fallon and graduated from O’Fallon Township School in 1934.

She married Milton “Hille” Hillesheim November 18, 1936. She was the secretary, Chaplain, and member of the Board of Directors of the O’Fallon Senior Citizens. She served as secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Senior Nutrition Program. Dolores was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church and served as commentator, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan of St. Clare’s Church for 23 years and a member of St. Clare choir. She was a member of St. Clare Altar Sodality and served as secretary, treasurer and Spiritual Development Director. Dolores was also a member of the Bereavement Committee at St. Clare Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton “Hille” John Hillesheim; parents, Frank and Beatrice, nee Pearson, Bolbach; a son, Joseph Edmund Hillesheim and a brother, Frank Bolbach.

Dolores is survived by two daughters, Joan Kniepkamp of O’Fallon, Judith (Ken) Steinkoenig of West Plains, Mo.; a son, John (Kathleen) Hillesheim of O’Fallon; a sister, Sara Mae Hinchcliffe; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bolbach of O’Fallon and Gladys Fisher of Kendallville, Ind., 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Mother, you were a plain, humble woman. Your career was unpretentious, your achievements unknown to the world. But we, your children, thank you with eternal gratefulness for being to us a completely Christian, a truly Catholic mother, in work and in deed. For God you loved, worked, served and suffered. Rest therefore, in God, for in God you lived.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials, in memory of Dolores, may be made in the form of Masses, to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church Building Fund or Poor Clare Monastery in Belleville. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 28, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross, O’Fallon, with Father James Deiters and Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

Burial will be held at Shiloh City Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


JULIA MAE SCHULTE, nee Roberts, age 95, of O’Fallon, born September 25, 1913 in O’Fallon, passed away Friday morning, February 20 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, following a brief illness.

She married Eugene F. Schulte on February 17, 1931 in Trenton. They moved to Bourbon, Mo. in the early 1960’s, when the Proctor Products shoe manufacturer in St. Louis selected Mr. Schulte to open a new location in rural Missouri. Insisting that he needed the help of his wife, Julie was hired and together they ventured off to start a new business.

She was very successful at managing the office and assisting with the daily operations. Upon their retirement, they moved back to O’Fallon. She was a faithful member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and a member of O’Fallon’s Senior Citizens. She loved to play bingo and cards and she treasured the friendships she made while living at O’Fallon Apartments and Cambridge House. She truly enjoyed being with her family.

In addition to her husband, Julie was preceded in death by her parents, David H. and Rose, nee Michau, Roberts; her son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Dora Lee, nee Busch, Schulte; two brothers, Raymond and Clyde “Bip” Roberts.

She is survived by her grandchildren and their families, Jeffrey (Sherry) Schulte and son Tyler of Baltimore, Md; Julie Ann (Gary) Bevirt and their daughters, McKenzie and Maggie of Flagstaff, Ariz; MaryBeth (Michael) Walker of Phoenix, Ariz., and their children, PFC Ryan Walker of Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, San Diego, Calif; Nicole and Jennifer, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and great-great-grandson Jackson Lander. Also surviving are her brother David (Marie) Roberts of Belleville; and sister Ann Simon of O’Fallon.

Memorial donations may be made in the form of Masses and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 22 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. A prayer service will be at 4 p.m. The O’Fallon Senior Citizens will conduct a walk-through at 6:30 p.m. Visitation also will be one hour prior to service at church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, February 23 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights. Following the burial, a luncheon will be served at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


NAMCY M. DRURY, nee WEST, age 77, of Fairview Heights, born April 28, 1931 in Leavenworth, Kan. passed away Tuesday evening, February 17.

Mrs. Drury moved to the area in 1964 when her husband was transferred to Scott AFB. Following his military retirement, they remained in the area, raising their three sons in O’Fallon.

Nancy attended Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh. Although she enjoyed pottery and ceramics, nothing could compare to the joy she felt when she was with her grandchildren and great grandchild. She loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Drury, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (retired); her son, Randall Drury; three brothers, Franklin West, Michael Pinkham, and Lewis West; and sister, Thelma Davis.

She is survived by her two sons, Bruce (Rebecca) Drury of O’Fallon, Michael (Cindy) Drury of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Christopher (Julie) Drury, Nicole Drury, Tim Drury, Lyndsy Drury, Alex (fiancee Casara Heaton), Paul Drury, and Jennifer (Chris) White; her very special great grandson, Tyler, and one more on the way; and her former daughter in law, Carla (Jim) Howard of O’Fallon.

In honor of Mrs. Drury’s life, memorial donations may be made to either O’Fallon Township High School Endowment Fund or American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 19 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St., O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, February 20 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, with Pastor Ian Stamps of Cornerstone Christian Church officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


OLA JEANNINE "JEAN," nee PHARRIS, HEATHERLY, 74, of Shiloh, born June 27, 1934, in East St. Louis, left this great Earth with grace and dignity on Friday, Feb. 13, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, with her family at her side.

Jean, as a young woman, worked at Southwestern Bell and retired from Mercantile Trust in St. Louis, Mo. She lived her life encircled with love and with the knowledge that her warm heart, kind words and her beautiful smile will forever be carried on. She was a gentle lady, much loved by all who were fortunate to know her.

Jean will leave behind countless memories from all of those who loved her for many years to come.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Evelyn S., nee Allen, Pharris.

Surviving are her loving husband of 53 years, Robert R. Heatherly of Shiloh; her cherished and loving children, Robert E. Heatherly of Shiloh, Donna J. Hall of Shiloh, and Diana (Dave) Tierney of O'Fallon.

She took great pride and pleasure in keeping up with her family, which included her four talented grandchildren, Jamie (Mark) Sunnquist of Chicago, Heather (Bobby) May of O'Fallon, Lauren Hall of Busan, South Korea, and Jake Tierney of Belleville. She also leaves behind three precious great-grandchildren, Dylan and Devin May of O'Fallon, and Evelyn Sunnquist of Chicago; as well as an adored sister, Mary E. Vogt of O'Fallon; three sisters-in-law, Dottie (Glen) Johnson of Irving, Texas, Darleen Kadell of Swansea, and Timmy (Wayne) Feldman of Godfrey; many dear nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Friends called on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Upon Jean's request, cremation will be held privately in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.


CLEO B. KELLY, nee Brower, age 86, of O’Fallon, born August 4, 1922 in St. Helens, Ore., passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Saturday evening, February 7, at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City.

Mrs. Kelly moved to O’Fallon in 1961, when her husband was assigned to Scott AFB. She was a devoted wife, dedicated to supporting her husband and his military career.

She served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross at many of their military assignments. She earned her Associate’s Degree at the former Belleville Area College, and worked as a bank teller and bookkeeper in O’Fallon.

She was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ, and the Order of the Eastern Star O’Fallon Chapter 487 and former member of O’Fallon Woman’s Club, Inc. Cleo enjoyed working in her yard and was a member of the local garden club and a former resident of Bradford Place.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Kelly, a decorated World War II Air Force veteran, whom she married June 25, 1954 in Anchorage, Alaska, and who passed away July 29, 2001; her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Laura Kelly, her parents, William H. and Lulu Belle, nee Razey, Brower; and her older brother, Cliff Brower.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Mike) Orndoff of O’Fallon; former daughter-in-law, Barbara Kelly of Belleville; grandchildren, Jackie Kelly of Belleville, Tamara Orndoff of Central City, Colo., Robyn (Eddie Krzeminski) Orndoff of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Chris Orndoff of O’Fallon; and great grandsons, Skye, Michael, and Jack.

The family kindly requests no flowers or plants be sent. In honor of Mrs. Kelly’s life, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 9374 Olive Blvd., Suite 101, St. Louis, Mo. 63132.

Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. The Order of the Eastern Star Rite will follow.

Burial will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon.


DORTHA “SAM” PEARCE, 75, of O’Fallon, born December 1, 1933 in Calico Rock, Ark., died Saturday, February 7, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville.

Sam retired as a resource manager at AT & T. She was a member of the Lucent Pioneers (AT & T).

Sam was preceded in death by her parents Orville and Eudene, nee Stroud, Byram and first husband, James Fournie.

She is survived by her husband, David Pearce of O’Fallon, brothers and sisters, Deloyd (Lorene) Bryam of Mountain Home, Ark, Dela (James) Hutson of Little Rock, Ark, Delon Byram of Franklin, Ark, Mary Ann (Paul) Brown of Independence, Mo., Devon (Willis) Bryam of Blue Springs, Mo., Gerald (Donna) Bryam of Hot Springs, Ark.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family requests that memorials, in honor of Sam, may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

At Sam’s request, her body will be cremated with burial of the cremains at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, is in charge of arrangements.


CECIL "BILL" CARRICO, 86, of Greenville, formerly of Keyesport, born December 31, 1922 in Fancy Farm, Ky., died Saturday, January 24, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Cecil was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, in Carlyle, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in O’Fallon, the Keyesport American Legion Post 1994 and the VFW Post 8677 in Fairview Heights. He retired as a line worker at General Motors.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary, nee Hayden, Carrico; three sisters, Erline Carrico, Margaret Montgomery, Margie Williams; and a brother.

He is survived by his wife, Helen M., nee Sharp, Carrico of Greenville; two daughters, Cynthia Mhoon-Venable of Kirkwood, Mo., Carolyn Carrico of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., seven stepchildren, Clarence (Nancy) Nail of Red Bud, Jerry (Carol) Nail of Keyesport, Martha (Harry) Higgerson of Pinckneyville, Mary (Jerry) White of Greenville, Russell (Connie) Nail of Lawtey, Fla., Judith Fricke Roberts of N. Mrytle Beach, S.C., Kenneth Paul Fricke of Princeton, Ky.; a sister, Louise Knopstead of Collinsville; two brothers, Norman Carrico of Swansea, Tom (Jan) Carrico of Waterloo; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, 12 step grandchildren, 21 step great grandchildren, and 6 step great great grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assn. or the Diabetes Foundation. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross, O’Fallon, with Father Von Deeke officiating.

At the request of the family, Bill’s body will be cremated after all services, with burial of the cremains to be held Thursday at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


MARY ANN INGLES, 83, of O’Fallon, born September 23, 1925 in Johnson City, Ill. died Wednesday, January 21, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon.

Mary Ann’s new job with O’Fallon District 90 brought her family to O’Fallon in 1960 and they chose to call it home. During her years in O’Fallon, she was a member of the O’Fallon Assembly of God and the Auxilary of Gideons International, of which she played many active roles alongside her husband. Mary continued her teaching career until her retirement.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Clarissa, nee Schoffield, Petroff; a brother, John Petroff and her daughter, Janice Eversmann.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Roy Ingles of O’Fallon; a daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Robert) Karras of O’Fallon, a son, Dennis Lee (Elizabeth) Ingles of Salem, Ill.; two amazing sisters, Betty (Jim) Moake of Marion, and Dorothy Smith of Johnson City; five grandchildren, Nicholas (Corrine) Eversmann, Benjamin Eversmann, Thomas Eversmann, Nathan (Kelly) Ingles, Aaron Ingles, and three beautiful great grandchildren; Julia Noell Eversmann, Madeline Grace Eversmann, and Emma Ingles.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the O’Fallon Assembly of God. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 26, at 11 a.m. at O’Fallon Assembly of God with Pastor Dale Edwards officiating.

Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


ELIZABETH SMITH KUYKENDALL, nee Alexander, 75, of Shiloh, born September 20, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland, died Saturday January 17, at her home.

Betty was a kind-hearted, compassionate person, especially when it came to animals. She enjoyed playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William B. and Jean, nee Hardy, Alexander.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Kuykendall of Shiloh, whom she married February 20, 1982; a daughter, Audrey (Jim) Kasmarzic of Highland; a granddaughter, Nicole (Jason) Wilson of O’Fallon; a grandson, Garrett Fullerton of Highland; two great grandchildren, Octavia and Orion Wilson of O’Fallon; a brother, Robert (Betty) Alexander of Grimsby, England; two sisters, Isabell (David) Outland of Dover, Tenn. and Margaret and husband, Jerry of Sussex, England; and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials to be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the animal charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

There will be a memorial visitation from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 24, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.

At Betty’s request, her body will be cremated.

Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


JOSEPH E. HILLESHEIM, 59, of O’Fallon, born March 23, 1949, in Belleville, died Saturday, January 17, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Joseph was the owner/operator of O’Fallon Truck Stop and an Army veteran, receiving the Viet Nam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Over Seas Bar, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton John Hillesheim.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Dolores, nee Bolbach, Hillesheim of O’Fallon; a son, Joseph P. (Melissa) Hillesheim of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Patricia Guelbert of St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, John (Kathleen) Hillesheim of O’Fallon; two sisters, Joan Kniepkamp of O’Fallon, Judith (Ken) Steinkoenig of West Plains, Mo.; four grandchildren, William, Owen and Henry Hillesheim, Tristen Barton; and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, January 24, followed by a memorial Mass, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, O’Fallon with Father James Deiters officiating.

Burial of the cremains will be immediately following at Shiloh Valley Township Cemetery.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


JOHN “JIM” J. MOSLEY JR., 53, of O’Fallon, born June 1, 1955, in E. St. Louis, died Friday, January 16, at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

He was a laborer for Local 100 of E. St. Louis, and was and avid hunter and fisherman.

Jim was preceded in death by his father; John James Mosley Sr., and his sister-in-law, Harriett Mosley.

He is survived by his mother, Velma Rose (nee Omson) Mosley of O’Fallon, and a brother, Tom W. Mosley of O’Fallon.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

There will be private family services with Rev. Dr. Martha Theirheimer officiating. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


DORIS I. SCHAEPPERKOETTER, nee Luhning, 89, longtime resident of Shiloh, born February 23, 1919, in Edgemont Station, Ill., passed away Sunday morning, January 11 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Doris moved to Shiloh after her marriage and remained there for most of her life. She was a former member of Mascoutah Sportsmens’ Club. Doris enjoyed gardening, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and loved wildlife, as was evident by the many animals in and around her yard.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Alfred L. Schaepperkoetter, whom she married December 12, 1938 and who passed away August 29, 1999; her parents who died when she was an infant; her grandparents, Fred and Carolina Kuhlow who raised her; her brother, William Luhning; daughter, Joyce Mohr; grandson, George Kiefer, Jr.; and great-niece, Christina Mohr.

She is survived by her children, Pat (Bob) Sugg of Lebanon, Carol Kiefer of Shiloh, Alfred (Penny) Schaepperkoetter of Shiloh, Edward Schaepperkoetter of Venedy, Ill., her stepdaughter, Annilene (Robert) Isselhardt of Waterloo her son-in-law, Jerry Mohr, Sr., of Collinsville, her former son-in-law, George Kiefer of Shiloh, and former daughter-in-law, Debbie Kvale-Schaepperkoetter of St. Libory. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Schaepperkoetter are requested to Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting the Web site www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 15 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Valley Township Cemetery.


DONALD R. SCHULTZ, 75, of O’Fallon, born October 10, 1933 in Cairo, Ill., died Saturday, January 10, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis.

Donald was owner/operator of Don’s Tire Service. He was an avid Cardinals baseball and pro wrestling fan. He loved working in his garden and growing his tomato plants. Don also served in the US Army.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ollie, nee Stoner, Schultz; a son, Richard ‘Ricky’ Schultz; a granddaughter, Katrina Schultz; three brothers, Lenous, Owen and Perry Dean; and a sister, Margie.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, nee Pfeiffer, Schultz of O’Fallon, six children, Michael (Diane) Schultz of Belleville, Larry (Laurene) Schultz of Millstadt, Patrick Schultz, David Schultz, Donna (Scott) Adams, Kimberly (Jim Wilson) Schultz, all of O’Fallon; two sisters, Martha Brown of Dongola, Ill., Beulah (Carl) Marrs of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Henry Jr. (Janet) Schultz of Collinsville, Bobby Schultz of Marion; seven grandchildren, Michelle Schultz, Lyndsey Adams, Rachel Peery, Matthew Schultz, Kristen Maisel, Phillip Schultz, and Joseph Hunter-Schultz. He will also be sadly missed by his dog Little Bear and his cat Sprite.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 14, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, Schildknecht Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


DENISE CELESTINE HOPKINS, nee Pang, 69, of O’Fallon, born May 10, 1939 in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, died Saturday, January 10, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Denise was an importing/exporting executive for Grand Prix Electronics in St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Mary, nee Akiona, Pang.

Denise is survived by her husband, Cecil Hopkins of O’Fallon, whom she met while they both were serving in the US military, marrying him on June 10, 1962 in Bazel, Switzerland in a civil ceremony and again in Heidelberg, Germany.

She is also survived by four children; Pete Hopkins of O’Fallon, Mark (Julie) Hopkins of Miss., Merilee Hopkins of O’Fallon, Desiree (Paul) Shito of Pearl City, Hawaii; a brother, Victor (Jane) Pang of Huntington Beach, Calif., six grandchildren, Brandi Hopkins, Alesha Hopkins, Keoni Hopkins, Kaipo Shito, Hoku Shito, Mea Hopkins; a great grandson, Keona Shito and special friend, Emi Holt.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, all contributions be made to a favorite animal shelter in Denise’s name.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, January 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

At Denise’s request, her body will be cremated. Additional services and scattering of the cremains will be held, at a later date, on Maui, Hawaii.


LEON COPELIN Jr., 82, of O’Fallon, born December 12, 1926, in Millerstown, Ky., died Friday, January 9, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisville, and the First Baptist Church of O’Fallon. Leon was very active in the church, serving as an usher and a volunteer for many of the events associated with the church and his church family. He enjoyed working in his yard and was always available to lend a helping hand. He retired as a district sales representative for Sun Oil Company/Sunoco. He also served in the US Army.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; Lon and Edna, nee Witten, Copelin; his wife, Louise M., nee Miller, Copelin; and a nephew, Alan Copelin.

He is survived by a son, Barry and Debbie Copelin; a daughter, Jana and Steve Stephens; four grandchildren, Brad Copelin, Chaz Stephens, Stephanie Copelin and Ryan Stephens, all of O’Fallon; a sister, Harlene (Carlos) Sego of Upton, Ky.; a brother, Ernie (Betty) Copelin of Munfordville, Ky.; three nieces, Kathy, Karen and Leah Jo; and a nephew, Adam.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thoracic Oncology Research Fund, c/o Dr. R. Govindan, Division of Oncology, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Box 8056, St. Louis, MO 63110, a cause very dear to Leon.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 1111 East Highway 50, with Rev. Doug Munton officiating.

Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Schildknecht Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


MARGIE P. BROWN, nee Pickering, age 91, of Belleville, formerly of Shiloh, born March 30, 1917 in Cope, South Carolina, passed away Wednesday, January 7, at her home, surrounded by her loving and devoted friends and family.

Mrs. Brown came to the area when her husband was stationed at Scott AFB. Upon his retirement in 1963, they moved to Montgomery, Ala. for a short while, then returned to the area, eventually making Shiloh their home.

Margie attended Anderson College in Anderson, S.C., graduating cum laude. Margie was a talented seamstress and enjoyed gardening and yardwork. She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, contributing to the bulletin boards and helping in the church library. Mrs. Brown was a fun-loving lady; she was strong-willed and adapted to being independent due to her husband’s military assignments away from home. She loved to travel and, on her own, amassed over 60,000 miles in her RV.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt Col Tom Anderson Brown, USAF (retired) whom she married July 1, 1939 and who passed away April 29, 1986; her parents, Francis Hubert and Lou Ella Irene, nee Williamson, Pickering; sisters, Frances Pickering and Doris Vedare; and brothers, Hubert W. Pickering and Milam Ordell Pickering.

She is survived by her three sons, Tom Anderson Brown, Jr. of Belleville, Benjamin R. “Rick” (Roberta) Brown of Belleville, Lawrence Wilton (Teresa) Brown of Vero Beach, Fla; five grandchildren, Maj. Anthony Thomas Brown, USAF, of Neb., Kathryn Nicole Schuh of O’Fallon, Mo., Jenny (Steve) Robinson of Belleville, Angie (Joe Phillips) Brown of Belleville, and Rebecca Lynn Brown of Fla.; and nine great grandchildren.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Brown may be made to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon.

A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, January 10 at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Greg R. Stovell officiating. Following the services, she will be cremated.


KATHLEEN DIANE GROSS, nee Dunbar, age 60, of Shiloh, born December 16, 1948, in Belleville, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, January 5. Mrs. Gross worked for 18 years in customer service at Value City, formerly Grandpa’s Store, until its closing this past November. She was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights. As a 16-year-member of Shiloh School Board, she was very proud to have been involved during the construction of the Shiloh Middle School. She was an avid Cardinals fan, but nothing could compare to her support and devotion to her kids’ and grandkids’ activities. She was loyal to their endeavors, from t-ball to basketball and more.

She was a faithful wife, always giving of herself and supporting others. She loved her family and her best times were spent with them. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to area firefighters and EMS, Christ United Methodist Church, neighbors, and Cement Masons Local 90 for the aid and support shown to the Gross family following a fire that nearly destroyed their home in October 2007; with their help, the Gross family was able to restore their home and to make it a place where Kathy absolutely loved to be.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred J., nee Guttersohn, Dunbar, and her brother, Curt Dunbar.

She is survived by her loving husband, Martin E. Gross, whom she married June 21, 1969; her sons, Ryan (Stacey) Gross of O’Fallon, Chad (Jaclyn) Gross of Elmwood Park, Ill; daughter, Lori Gross of Shiloh; and her father, James Dunbar of O’Fallon. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Ben, Martin, Nick, Dan, and Catherine.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Kathleen Gross may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, Christ United Methodist Church or Parkinson Disease Foundation. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 8, at Christ United Methodist Church, 339 Frank Scott Pkwy East, Fairview Heights with Rev. Shane Bishop officiating. A meal with be served by the United Methodist Women at a reception in the fellowship hall following the service. At Kathy’s request, she will be cremated.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


ARNOLD J. FELDT, 74, of New Memphis, Ill., born Sept. 2, 1934 in Mascoutah, died Dec. 29, at his residence. Mr. Feldt was a retired school teacher and coach from Marie Schaefer Elementary School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Mascoutah High School and McKendree University, where he played baseball and basketball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph H. and Elva C., nee Korte, Feldt, a brother, Orville Feldt, and two sisters, Arleen and Luellan Feldt in infancy.

He is survived by a son, Stephen Feldt of Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Anna, Scarlett and Grant Feldt; three brothers, Henry “Hank” Feldt of Mascoutah, Randy (Donna) Feldt of New Baden, Richard “Rick” Feldt of Mascoutah; three sisters, Anita (Robert “Buck”) Fochtmann of New Baden, Margaret (Morris) Oltmann of Mascoutah, Josie Burtis of Trenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting the Web site mollfuneralhome.com. There will be no visitation and a private memorial service will be held at a later date for the immediate family.


EVELYN FRANCES DONOVAN (nee Culver), 95 of O’Fallon, born October 10, 1913, in Woonsocket, S.D., died Saturday, January 3, at her residence. Evelyn was formerly a packager for Sel-Mor Garment Company in O’Fallon for 20 years, a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon and the O’Fallon Township Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Donovan Sr.; parents, Leonard Q. and Laura Culver (nee Putnam); a granddaughter, Karen Coffin, two sons, John “Jack” Donovan Jr. and Anthony Donovan; three brothers, Damien, Joseph and John Culver; two sisters, Mary Lois Benda and Elizabeth Hoppes.

Evelyn is survived by three sons, James J. Donovan of Albers, Patrick L. Donovan of Summerfield, Michael T. and Gayle Donovan of Lebanon; a daughter, Sue McGary of O’Fallon; two brothers, Robert and Mary Lou Culver of Seattle, Wash., and Thomas Culver of N. Hollywood, Calif.; nine grandchildren, John Donovan Weirman of Texas, Beth Smith of Belleville, Josh Donovan of Shiloh, Kyle Donovan of Lebanon, David James of Buffalo, Wyo., Keith James of Long Beach, Calif., Anthony James of Boulder, Colo., Steven Donovan of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Randy Donovan of Pensacola, Fla.; and 11 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Nicholas Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial visitation was held Tuesday, January 6, at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon. Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, January 7, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.

Committal services immediately followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Shiloh.


VIRGIL D. GREENE, age 82, of O’Fallon, born Sept. 20, 1926 in O’Fallon, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, December 29, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea.

Mr. Greene was a member at O’Fallon United Church of Christ; he had served on the Church Consistory, and the UCC Illinois South Conference Board, and taught Sunday School for several years. Mr. Greene worked as an electrical engineer and retired as general foreman from National Steel. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, performing magic tricks and was a true St. Louis Cardinals fan.

As a member of the O’Fallon Homecoming Association, he served as past president and designed and built many floats. Virgil was past president of O’Fallon District 203 School Board, during construction of the new high school. He was past district governor for the Toastmasters, a member of the Belleville Area Holzschnitzers Woodcarvers Club, Masonic Lodge AF & AM 576 in O’Fallon, Ainad Shriners, IBEW and TKE; he was also a member of Scottish Rite, a lifetime member of O'Fallon Sportsman's Club and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Evelyn, nee Mantle, Greene, brother-in-law Lloyd Roe, and grandson Nicholas McCollum.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Shirley, nee Korinek, Greene, of O’Fallon; children, Barbara (Martin) Anderson of W. Dundee, Illinois, Patricia McCollum of O’Fallon, and Marjan (Harmjan Smid) Driessen of The Netherlands; grandchildren, Christopher (Colleen) McCollum, Kristen (fiance Derrick Hilton) Anderson, Scott Anderson, Skyler Anderson, Haiko and Hylke Driessen; great-grandchildren, Adam McCollum and Sam McCollum. He is also survived by sisters, Joyce Zimmerman and Miriam Roe, an aunt, Ramah Batchelder; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials in honor of Virgil Greene may be made to Shriners Hospital, Christian Homecare Services, Inc., or O'Fallon United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 1, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon. Funeral: 10 a.m., Friday, January 2, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, with Rev. Walter Gerth officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights. A luncheon will be served at O’Fallon UCC immediately following the burial.


LOUIS J. BATEMAN, 87, of Lebanon, born October 3, 1921, in Salem, Ore., died Wednesday, December 24, at Memorial Convalescent Center, Belleville. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Lebanon Senior Citizens and the Metal Polishers Union. Louis was a longtime Cardinals fan, loved to play pinochle and rummy, pitching horseshoes and was an avid bowler. He had been employed at American Fixture, Cromecraft and Triangle Plating as a metal polisher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry F. and Beatrice, nee Dillion, Bateman, his wife, Mary J. Bateman, seven brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by four children, Clifford “C.L. Bateman of Lebanon, Mary Jane (John) Dietz of Lebanon, Ruth Ann (Ronald) Knerrer of O’Fallon, Rosemarie (Chad) Davis of Millstadt; grandchildren, Dwayne (Amanda) Bateman, Terri (Shawn) Yates, Shari Dietz, Michael (Yvonne) Dietz, Dustin (Amanda) Knerrer, Christopher (fiance’ Savannah) Lugge, Nicole Lugge, Connor Davis; great grandchildren, Aarionna, Shelby, BreezAnn, Jacklynn, Garrett, Trenadi, Dannicca, Bianca, Britt; a sister, Delores Harris in Tucson, Ariz., dear friend, Marcella Kuhn and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Lebanon with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.


EDNA E. TRIBOUT, age 93, of Waterloo, formerly of O’Fallon, born April 4, 1915 in Greenville, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 22 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Mrs. Tribout had worked as a self-employed beautician and was a member of Corpus Christi Church in Shiloh. Edna was a great cook; she loved her family and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. Her tradition of cooking chicken & dumplings for Christmas will be carried on by her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, whom she married Nov. 11, 1932 and passed away Dec. 9, 1998, her son, Donald Tribout, and her parents, her brother, Roy Pacatte and grandson-in-law, Jim Riebold.

She is survived by her son, Lester (Evelyn) Tribout of Rockledge, Fla., daughters, June (Leroy) Wagner of Waterloo, and Lana Greene of Melbourne, Fla.; her grandchildren, Bridgid Riebold, Lynn (Gary) Welzbacher, Mark (Judy) Wagner, Jeff (Linda) Wagner, Matthew (fiance Maria Cleary) Wagner, Donna (Mark) Buist, Angela (Russell) Tewksbury, and Rebecca Tribout; 12 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and her sister Helen Schubert of Macon, Ga.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Tribout are requested to Corpus Christi Church Building Fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m.., Friday, Dec. 26, at Corpus Christi Church, 206 Rasp Street, Shiloh. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26, at Corpus Christi Church, with Msgr. James Margason presiding.

Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh. A luncheon will be served in the parish hall immediately following the burial.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


EMILE G. WILTZ, age 77, formerly of Biloxi, Miss., born June 7, 1931 in Biloxi, passed away Thursday, December 18 surrounded by family and friends. He was the oldest of two siblings. On Apirl 11, 1953, he married Helen Lepre and she survives.

He served in the US Army in the 1950’s, during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he sold insurance for a brief period before opening his own business. He first owned and operated a restaurant then transitioned into the auto parts industry. As a businessman, he managed Quality Auto Parts, Inc., in Biloxi for 36 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Wiltz was a member of Biloxi BPOE Lodge 606 and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Biloxi.

Emile was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Helen, nee Barras, Wiltz.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Lepre Wiltz, currently of O’Fallon; his son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Cathy Wiltz of Biloxi, Miss., daughter, Emilie Wiltz McLain of Tuscaloosa, Ala., daughter and son-in-law Anna and Bruce Card of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Katie and Jason Wiltz, Christian and Madeleine McLain, and Kathleen and Nicholas Emile Broussard.

Memorials in honor of Mr. Wiltz may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 or at www.stjude.org. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 23, at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 2511 Pass Road, Biloxi.

Funeral service: 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 23. Burial will follow at Southern Memorial Park Cemetery, Biloxi. Local arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


GLADYS M. SOMMER, age 86, longtime resident of O’Fallon, born in Texas, passed away Friday afternoon, December 19. Mrs. Sommer was a retired secretary for Holten Meat Co., formerly of East St. Louis. She loved her family, and her brightest moments were spent surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Victor Sommer, whom she married in 1942 and passed away in 1966; her parents, Tilman and Lola, nee Windham, Smith; and her sister Doris Fantini. She is survived by her two sons, Robert (Margie) Sommer of Fairview Heights, and Donald (Linda) Sommer of Bremerton, Wash.; five grandchildren, Susan (Dan) Fox, Elizabeth (Brian) Lawinger, Steven Sommer, Amie (Matt) Huff, and Ryan (Jodi) Sommer; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials in honor of Mrs. Sommer are requested to the O’Fallon United Church of Christ Youth Fund. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p..m., Friday, December 26, and 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, December 27, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. Funeral service will follow on Saturday, with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


ROBERT BRAUCH, 77, of O’Fallon, born May 13, 1931 in St. Louis, died Sunday, December 14. Robert had been employed by King Motor as a truck driver for Labarge Pipe and he was a member of the Teamsters Local 600. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Carrie, nee Bolkie, Brauch; his wife, Virginia, nee Wilmsmeier, Brauch; and brothers, Benjamin Jr. and Gary Brauch. Robert is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. (Debby) Brauch of St. Louis, and Rodney (Judy) Brauch of Arnold; a daughter, Constance Susan (Paul) Worley of Fairview Heights; four sisters, Jean Anderson of Binghamton, N.Y., Eilene Patterson of O’Fallon, Nancy Harper of O’Fallon, Judy Workman of Fairview Heights; a brother, Dan (Norma) Brauch of St. Peters; three grandchildren, Fritz Worley of St. Louis, Jill (Michael) Young of Webster Groves, Mo., Tammy (John) Messmer of Olatha, Kan.; and four great grandchildren, Sharon Messner, Michelle Messner, both of Olatha, Kan., Fritz Worley Jr and Heidi Worley, both of Fairview Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to donors choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 18, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Paulin Dobkowski officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


ALFRED WILLMONT, 70, of O’Fallon, born February 11, 1938 in E. St. Louis, died Thursday, December 11 in O’Fallon. He worked in grocery stores for 47 years: Bise’s Superliner in E. St. Louis, Keck’s Tomboy, Southview Foods and Harts Food and Drug in O’Fallon. Alfred liked to go fishing and was a lifetime member of the O’Fallon Sportsman’s Club. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 655.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Margaret, nee Bevelot, Willmont; his wife, Joyce, nee Helfer, Willmont; two brothers, Ray and Norman Willmont; and three sisters, Ethel Nash, Terrance Smith and Mary Bearmen.
He is survived by three children, Anna (Tony) Hogan of Mascoutah, Jim Willmont of O’Fallon, Jeff (Jennifer Wildhaber) Willmont of Shiloh; eight grandchildren, Jamie (Carl) Crellin of Isle of Man, U.K., Justin (Ashley Ward) Willmont of Fla., David (Kyle May) Willmont of O’Fallon James (Alicia) Willmont of Mascoutah, Daniel Willmont of Germany, Josh (Sarah Sullivan) Willmont of O'Fallon, Steven (Katie) Willmont of Jerseyville, Suzann Fones of Jerseyville; seven great grandchildren, Jacee Hammons, Avery Kemper, Kendall York, Brayden Willmont, Danny Fones, Michael Fones, Abigail Willmont; four sisters, Margaret Moore of Troy, Agnes Carroll of Nashville, Rose Gentry of Okla., Betty Garzu of Fairview Heights; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Willmont of Millstadt and Rose (Jim) Beard of Troy; a brother-in-law, Wilson (Cathy) Helfer of Jerseyville; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 18, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.


ROBERT E. COFFIE, 66, of O’Fallon, born January 3, 1942 in Athens, Tenn., died Wednesday, December 10, in O’Fallon. Bob enjoyed a long career in the barge industry, namely for Nilo, Consolidated, and Eastside River Transportation. Bob enjoyed travel, golf, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl, nee Polites, Coffie; parents, Howard Sr. and Nancy, nee Hornsby, Coffie; and a brother, Howard Boyd Coffie Jr. He is survived by two daughters, Paige (Chris) and Heather, both of St. Louis, Mo.; a granddaughter, Ava Simone Hilton; a sister-in-law, Linda Coffie of Athens, Tenn.; a niece, Ashlie Coffie; nephew, Trey Coffie; great niece, Jaylin Coffie and many friends. The family requests no flowers or plants. In honor of Bob, please make any memorial contributions to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Monday, December 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Memorial service will be held Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Private entombment, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, will be held at a later date.


AUGUST CLEMENS NEFF, age 81, of O’Fallon, born Sept. 29, 1927 in Beaver Prairie, Ill., passed away Tuesday, December 9, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis County. Mr. Neff was a Navy veteran of World War II and worked as a laborer in Local 670, O’Fallon. He was a member of American Legion Fischer-Solis Post 137, O’Fallon. Gus was preceded in death by his parents, August and Margaret, nee Rosen, Neff; and brothers, Pete and Jerome; and sisters, Christine Hasenstab, Florence Perschbacher, and Margaret Krieber. He is survived by his sister, Judith (Alan) Swope of Ripley, Tenn., and brother, Clifford (Patricia) Neff of Florissant, Mo., dear friend, Claire Stone of Swansea; many nieces and nephews. Casket bearers are Gene Elliott, Mike Stone, Peter Neff, Ray Brasel, Jon Neff, and Thomas Hasenstab. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice or in the form of Masses. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 12, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon, and from 12to 12:45 p.m., Saturday, December 13. Funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 12:45 p.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at St. Clare Catholic Church with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, with military honors. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


LUCIA FATIMA PACHECO, age 42 , born August 26, 1966 in Povoacao, Lomba do Alcaide, Island of St. Michael, Azores, passed away Tuesday evening, December 2, in O'Fallon, surrounded by her loving family.

Lucy came to the O'Fallon area two years ago with her brother Paulo, to help open his restaurant, Paulo's at the Mansion, where Lucy was the Executive Pastry Chef. Lucy was known for her hospitality at the restaurant.

Her generous spirit was evident in her charitable acts; she had served the poor and homeless in area soup kitchens and was generous with her time and talents. She was an avid sports fan and an accomplished pastry chef. She attended St. Clare Catholic Church, O'Fallon.

She is survived by her parents, Deodato M. and Irene, nee Branco, Pacheco of Fall River, Mass., her three brothers Paulo Pacheco of O’Fallon, and Osvaldo Pacheco and Henry Pacheco, both of Fall River, Mass., her four sisters Jessica Pacheco of Westport, Mass., Carmen Pettine, Goretti Eonas, both of Brockton, Mass., and Annie Furtado, of Fall River, Mass., 14 nieces and nephews, one great nephew, and many aunts and uncles. Lucy was especially proud of her role as godmother to her niece Samantha Eonas.

The family kindly requests no flowers. Memorial donations are suggested to the family or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Visitation was Monday, December 8, at Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home, Fall River, Massachusetts.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, December 9, at Santo Christo Church, Fall River, Mass., with burial at Notre Dame Cemetery.

A memorial service to honor the life of Lucy will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, December 14, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. A reception will immediately follow the service at Paulo's at the Mansion.


DOROTHY “DOTTIE” J. EMRICH, 84, of O’Fallon and Islamorada, Fla., born August 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, died Thursday, November 27, in O’Fallon.
Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jeanette Polakawitz and husband, Emmanual Emrich.
She is survived by three sons and special friend Steve Moreland.
At Dottie’s request, her body was cremated.
Memorial service will be held Thursday, December 11, at 5 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


On Sunday, December 7, DENNIS "KINGFISH" KING, 54, of O’Fallon, born November 6, 1954 in Greene County, Ill., lost his swift but heroic battle to cancer. Dennis passed away peacefully in his home with his wife at his side.

Dennis was a husband, father, brother, friend and patriot who had a zest for life that rubbed off on everyone who knew him.

He was employed by the O’Fallon Public Works Water Department and a member of Laborers Local 670. Dennis was an Army veteran, where he served in the 101st Airborne Division. He was very proud of being a veteran and was a true patriot to his country. Dennis was an avid outdoorsman and spent as many hours as he could hunting with son Alex and his best friend Paul Clausen. He loved to sit around a campfire and tell some “tall tales”. Dennis was a lifetime member of the NRA, which he believed in with all his heart.

Dennis and his wife, Debbie, had 30 years of love, tears and laughter together. They have one son Alex, who was his fathers pride and joy. He had only 17 years with his son but he treasured every moment they had. His “Little Buddy” Alex was his finest accomplishment.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Lucy King of Lebanon, and his father Wayne King of Woodson, Ill.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie and their son Alex, both of O’Fallon, two sisters, Paula (Larry) Stucker of Jacksonville, and Donna Bacon of Columbia, Mo.; his dear brother-in-law, David Fritsh of O’Fallon, two half-brothers, Brian King of Illinois and Roger King of Vermont and his stepmother, Nada King of Woodson, Ill. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends. Dennis with his special gusto and passion for life, will be sadly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Rifle Association or Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. There will be a Laborer’s Local 670 walk-thru at 6 p.m.
Funeral service will be held Friday, December 12, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


JOAN MARIE COOPER, 77, of Mulberry Grove, Ill., passed away on Dec. 8 in Litchfield Terrace.
Born May 3, 1931 and raised in Philadelphia, the daughter of Edmund and Mary (Courtney) Gowland, Joan served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1955. She married Donald R. Cooper who was in the Air Force and as a result, lived in many places around the world. Upon ending his service, they lived in Omaha, Neb., Pana, Ramsey, and finally settling in Mulberry Grove, Ill. in 1982 where she was a member of Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death are a sister, Ann Shor, and a brother, Edmund Gowland.
Joan is survived by her husband, Donald; sons, Gary L. Cooper of O’Fallon, Larry Cooper of Orlando, Fla., and Donald R. Cooper of Edwardsville; daughters, Kimberly (Dan) Feldmann of Carlyle, and Joanna Presnell of Effingham; brothers, David Gowland of Turnersville, N.J., and Paul Gowland of Bensalem, Mass.; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. with services at 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 205 S. Maple, Mulberry Grove. Memorials may be made to Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church or The American Cancer Society.
Interment following at Mulberry Grove Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 1180.


ERIC R. JINES, 22, of Lebanon, born December 18, 1985 in Great Lakes, IL, died Saturday, December 6, at Touchette Regional Hospital, Centreville.

Eric was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church. He graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 2004. He was an honor student and was also listed in Who’s Who in High Schools in America.

Eric was the guitarist in the band 50/50 and the Oakshore Band. He was active in the martial arts, weight training and fitness. He was currently attending Southwestern Illinois College. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, during Operation Iraqi Freeedom, returning to the states as a 60% disabled veteran.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Merle Pacatte and paternal grandfather, Denzel Jines.

Eric is survived by his parents, Dr. Denzel D. and Laura, nee Pacatte, Jines II of Lebanon, a brother, Denzel Jines of O’Fallon; a sister, Mary Beth Jines of Lebanon, maternal grandmother, Mary, nee Aherin, Pacatte of Lebanon; paternal grandmother, Shizue, nee Ueda, Jines of Troy, Mo.; aunts and uncles, Mike Pacatte, Dan (Leeanne) Pacatte, Tom (Kim) Pacatte, Bradford (Sue) Jines, Mark (Alyssa) Jines and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the USO, St. Clare Catholic Church or donor’s choice.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 9, at St. Clare Catholic Church.

Funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. with Father James Deiters officiating.

At Eric’s request, his body will be cremated with interment of the cremains at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to be held at a later date.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


DOROTHY A. HOWELL, 89, of Shiloh, born February 10, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY, died Friday, December 5.

Dorothy was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and a lifetime member of both the American Legion 60 and the Moose Lodge in Laurel, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. and Mary, nee Hennessy, Nelson; a son, John I. Howell Jr.; 12 brothers and sisters.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, John I. Howell Sr.; a son, Raymond (Thelma) Tedesco, of Shiloh; grandchildren, Raymond (Jessica Lafferty) Tedesco of Kearney, Mo., Maria (Brandon) Galligan of Mesa, Ariz., Dianna (Alex) Dupuis of Mesa, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Breanna Lafferty, Bryce, Kalease and Malaya of Kearney, Mo., Alexus, Auston and Mikinzie Galligan of Mesa, Ariz., Kathlyn, Michele, Juila and Raymond of Mesa, Ariz., many friends and numerous nieces and nephews in the New York area.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Funeral service will be held Monday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m., with visitation to follow, until 7:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. At Dorothy’s request, her body will be cremated after all services. Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


MARY ANN ARBLE, 73, of Shiloh, formerly of O’Fallon, born August 12, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pa., died Thursday, December 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Mary Ann was a member of Central Christian Church and had been employed in the customer service department at Dillards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sally, nee France, Kuszajewski; husband, John H. Arble; and a brother, Robert, in infancy.

She is survived by a daughter, Kelly Rae (Shane) Oplt of Wildwood, Mo.; a grandson, Dawson John Oplt; two brothers, Frank (Bernie) Kuszajewski and James (Ellie) Kuszajewski; a sister, Nadine (James) Byrnes and special cousin, Bernie McDermott, all of Pittsburgh. She is also survived by other cousins and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Christian Church or the American Lung Association. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation was Sunday, December 7, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Monday, December 8, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Darren McCormick officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


WILLIAM H. “BILL” YAEGER, 73, of Jefferson City, Mo., born February 12, 1935 in O’Fallon to the union of Harold T. and Marcella E. Reinhardt Yaeger, died Saturday, November 22 at his home.

Bill graduated from O’Fallon Township High School and served in the United States Army, mostly in Germany, from 1954 until 1956. He became employed with Ameren UE in 1956, working at the Cahokia Power Plant. He served as a volunteer on the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department until he was transferred as a lineman to Bagnell Dam, at the Lake of the Ozarks, in 1965. He later became the manager of Ameren’s fish hatchery at Osage Beach, serving in that position for seven years. In 1990, he became warehouse manager at Bagnell Dam, retiring in 1995 with more than 39 years of service.

The Yaegers lived in Eldon, Mo. for many years, where he was active in the Boy Scouts, Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Eldon Board of Education from 1979-1983, serving as president for two and a half years.

After retirement, Bill and Ruth moved to Jefferson City and built a home in the country near Wardsville, Mo. Bill loved to work outdoors, hunt, and always had a large garden, giving fresh produce to friends, neighbors, Hospice House and the Samaritan Center. He was a strong supporter of Special Olympics and Jefferson City High School athletics, especially volleyball.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth, nee Hesse, Yaeger, whom he married August 7, 1954 in O’Fallon, five children, Colonel Jeffrey W. (Yolanda) Yaeger (US Army, Retired) of Clarksville, Tenn., Elizabeth R. (Ted) Wood of Corrales, N.M., Barbara J. (Jeruld) Weiland of Davisburg, Mich., Carl J. (Sheila) Yaeger of Overland Park, Kan., Curtis L. (April) Yaeger of Jefferson City, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Lucas J. (Emily) Yaeger of Evansville, Ind., Calvin P. Yaeger of Atlanta, Ga., James W. Wood of Seattle, Wash., Benjamin J. Wood of Albuquerque, N.M., Maureen R. Weiland of Bozeman, Mont., Eric J. Weiland of Vancouver, British Columbia, Nicholas J. Yaeger of Jefferson City, Mo., Emily B. Yaeger of Jefferson City, Mo.; a great granddaughter, Lila J. Yaeger of Evansville, Ind.; two brothers, Richard A. (Doreen) Yaeger of Palm Desert, Calif., Dewey A. (Kathy) Yaeger of DeKalb, Ill.; and a sister, Audrey L. (John) Pugh of Dover, Del.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stanislaus Church or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

A visitation and memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Schildknecht Funeral Home with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial immediately followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Shiloh.


MELBA C. THOMAS, 71 of O’Fallon, born May 30, 1937, in Edgewood, Illinois, died Saturday, Nov. 29 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Melba was a member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ and retired as a manager at Dickerson Petroleum.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Lorene, nee Hockman, Reeder and husband, Charles Thomas.

Melba is survived by two sons, Steven Thomas of Inverness, Fla., Jeffrey (Sandy) Thomas of O’Fallon; two grandchildren, Kerri (Patrick Jr.) Curtis, Charles “Chad” Thomas; and a great granddaughter, Amelia Irene Curtis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to O’Fallon United Church of Christ or 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children with Dyslexia. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating.

At her request, after all services, Melba’s body will be cremated. Private burial will be held at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery, Breese, Ill.

Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, is in charge of arrangements.


JOHN D. DEWITT, age 81, born March 14, 1927 in East St. Louis, died Friday, November 21, in Highland.

John worked as a truck driver for Campbell 66 Express in St. Louis, retiring in 1983.
John was preceded in death by a former spouse, Verna Lee and a daughter, Paula Baker.
He is survived by five children, Marylee (William Joseph) Gream of Kansas City, Mo., John Michael (Millie) DeWitt of Ullin, Ill., Cheryl (Dave) Witt of Shiloh, Mary (Jim) Ping of Highland, and John D. (fiance Kim Butler) DeWitt II of Fairview Heights; grandchildren, Tammy Gream, Judy Case, John Gream, Christy Black, John Glenn DeWitt, Jason DeWitt, Justin DeWitt, Kenny Wright, David Wright, Tim Baker, Theresa Pitts, Dave Witt Jr., James Ping II, Robin Butler, Samantha Ann DeWitt; 18 great-grandchildren; former spouse, Judith Ann DeWitt of Carlyle; and step-brother Lloyd Candler of Kansas City, Mo.

The family kindly requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be designated to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.

Friends may call today from 10 to 12:00 p.m., at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon.

Funeral service was at at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rusty Mosley officiating. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in O’Fallon Township. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


KATHY CLARK, 86, of O’Fallon, born May 24, 1922 in Glasford, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 22, at her son, Jim’s home in O’Fallon.

Mrs. Clark worked at McDonald’s Mobile Home Sales as a secretary. After retiring, she traveled and along with her husband, Silas W. Clark, became camp attendants, a position she loved and shared with her husband of 37 years, until his passing in February 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Pearl, nee Hodson, Breese; husband, Silas W. Clark; four brothers, Delmar Breese, Clyde Breese, Billy Snyder, Gordon Snyder; and three sisters, Genevieve Edwards, Joanne Terrell and Phyllis Lockwood.

She is survived by four children, James “Fuzzy” (Lisa) Mettille of O’Fallon, Michael (Diane Paquet) Link of Belleville, Kathy (Dan) Cape of Bartonville, Ill., Kay (Randy) Reiger of Chillicothe, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Heidi Mettille, Erin Cook, John Burns, Kristin Link, Stephanie Link, Casey Smith, Christopher Cape, Kara Reiger, Stacey Reiger-Downard and 10 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be Friday, November 28, from 11 to 12 at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, followed by a memorial service at noon with Rev. Hal Santos officiating.

At her request, Dorothy was cremated.


JEAN CLARK, 89, of O’Fallon, born December 12, 1918 in Ellington, Mo., died Sunday, November 23 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Mrs. Clark was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ellington, Mo. and the O’Fallon Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.G. and Alma, nee Copeland, Haywood; husband, Everett Clark; a grandson, Michael Montgomery and 11 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice (Kenneth) Halbrook of O’Fallon, Joyce (Stanley) Glastetter of Lakeland, Fla.; a granddaughter, Amy (Dan) Boaz; two great grandchildren, Danielle and Samantha Boaz; four stepgrandchildren; a special nephew, Bob Nevelsick and numerous other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assn. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 25, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Robert Bosworth officiating.

Burial will be at Ellington Cemetery, Ellington, Mo.


MELINDA MCMILLAN, 78, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of O’Fallon, born December 14, 1929 in Crystal City, Mo., died Friday, November 21, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Melinda was a member of the Shiloh Valley Senior Citizens, a past member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and member and past Matron of the Eastern Star in Bonne Terre, Mo. and Eastern Star in O’Fallon. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Past Matrons Club in Bonne Terre.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Taylor and Mary E., nee Evans, Barton; first husband, Aubrey E. Mitchener, second husband, Leroy McMillan; a daughter, Alice Renee Mayfield; a brother, Wayne Barton; and two sisters, Maxine Simms and Marie Bratcher.

Melinda is survived by a son, Michael Mitchener; a sister, Sonia; five brothers, Chadburn, John, Bernard ‘Buddy’, Donald, Robert ‘Jr’, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barnes Children’s Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, with an Eastern Star service at 6 p.m.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, November 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Walter P. Gerth officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.


THOMAS R. BLEAU, 75, of O’Fallon, born December 23, 1932 in Burlington, VT, died Wednesday, Nov. 19. Tom was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, retired from Local 670, as a laborer for the City of O’Fallon, a member of the O’Fallon Sportsmans Club, a grand knight & member of the Knights of Columbus 4239. He was elected into the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department in October 1962, elected as chief in May 1981 and retired from the department in May of 1985. Tom also served in the US Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rupert and Retta, nee Quinn, Bleau; his first wife, Lenora, nee Nevenner, Bleau and a sister, Darlene Irvin.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, nee Retherford, Bleau, of O’Fallon, whom he married December 7, 1982 in Belleville; a son, Timothy (Dianne) Bleau of Stafford, VA; stepchildren, Sandy (Jim) File of Carrolton, Ill., Larry (Susie) Bradshaw of Mexico, Mo., Eric Bien of Jacksonville, Ill., Doug Bien of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Paul Bleau, Duane (Joyce) Bleau, both of Burlington, VT and seven grandchildren, Paul Bleau, Kate Bleau, Ciara Bien, David Bradshaw, Suzette Bradshaw, Derrick Bien and Jeffery Bien.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.

The Bleau family would like to thank Doctors Burstein, Kurichety and Stanczyk, the nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home. There will be a Fire Department Service held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 24, at 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating.
Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


DALE CHARLES HOLTGRAVE, 48, of Fairview Heights, born on August 16, 1960 in Belleville, died on Sunday, November 16.

Dale was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, and worked at Prairie Farms for 24 years in O’Fallon. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 50 in Belleville. Dale loved life and was willing to help anyone whenever they needed help. He will truly be missed and loved by all.

Surviving are his loving parents, Charles F. and Gertrude C. Holtgrave of Fairview Heights; his brother, Gary (Kathleen) Holtgrave of O’Fallon, and a sister, Doris (Morris) Grotsky of Swansea; nephews, Scott (fiance’ Angie Albrecht) Grotsky of Swansea, Matt Grotsky of Swansea; nieces, Valerie (Kirk) Hancock, Marlaina Holtgrave, Rachel Holtgrave, and Jeanine Holtgrave, all of O’Fallon; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Capital Campaign.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, with Father Ray Schultz officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.


JOSEPH T. MULHERAN, age 85, of O'Fallon, born December 25, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Penn., passed away Tuesday morning, November 4, at Belleville Memorial Hospital. He attended University of Pittsburgh for a short time until his induction into the US Army in 1943. He was trained as an aerial turret gunner on the B-24, where he flew many daytime missions during World War II. He was an expert marksman and was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He relocated to Scott AFB near the end of the war, where he met Eleanor Rothkegel of O'Fallon. They married August 10, 1946 at St. Clare Catholic Church. They remained in O'Fallon for most of the next 60 years. Mr. Mulheran worked for Monsanto for over 30 years, retiring in 1985 as Chief Chemical Operator. Joe was preceded in death by his parents Michael T. and Alice, nee Nolan, Mulheran; a brother and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two sons, Kevin of O'Fallon and Thomas of Denver, Colo.; and his granddaughter, Kate Akhtar of San Francisco, Calif. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Visitation: Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 10, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O'Fallon. Funeral Service: 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 10, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Von Deeke, Associate Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.
Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon.


RICHARD B. PERRINn, age 77, of O’Fallon, peacefully made his way to heaven surrounded by his children in his home Monday, October 20. Richard was born in Sioux City, Iowa on July 26, 1931. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Richard served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from AT&T after 28 years of service. Richard and Barbara were joined in marriage on Dec. 1, 1956 and together raised six children. He was a 55-year member of American Legion Post 2 in Council Bluffs, member of the O’Fallon Knights of Columbus 4239 and the O’Fallon Sportsman Club. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara (nee Fischer) Perrin, his daughter, Susan Spencer and his parents, Boyd and Winifred (nee Dumkriger) Perrin.
He is survived by his children, son, Scott (Kelley) Perrin of Olathe, Kan., daughter, Jean True of O’Fallon, daughter, Jennifer (Robert) Magrath of Troy, son, Joseph (Pam) Perrin of Swansea, daughter, Nanette (Hank Barnett) Perrin of Olathe, Kan; son-in-law, Donald Spencer of Kansas City, Kan.; grandchildren, Kyle and Katie Spencer, Zach and Kole Perrin, Michelle and Scott (Tiffany) True, Nathaniel, Nicholas, and Abigail Magrath, Kyle Dent, and Kassandra Sue Barnett; great-grandchildren, Lexa Nash and Kaelyn True; and sister, Constance Turner of Sun City, Ariz. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or St. Clare Catholic Church. Online condolences and tributes may be made at www.wfh-ofallon.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, and 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, October 23, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon. The K of C will conduct a walk-through Wednesday evening at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 23, at St. Clare Catholic Church. Burial will take place October 25, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa, alongside his wife. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


DELRAY C. DEIBERT, 71, of Highland, born Nov. 24, 1936, in Highland, died Saturday, Oct. 18 at his residence. Born in Highland, Mr. Deibert grew up in Marine. He graduated from Highland High School in 1954; served with the US Army; worked at Wick’s Organ for a few years before starting at Shell Oil Company in 1959, where he retired from in 1992 as supervisor of pipefitters, insulators. In his retirement, he worked at Aviston Lumber Co., until 2005. He loved sports, Bonnie’s Baseball Team, which he managed for years, girls basketball, Tyler’s stockcar racing, granddaughter’s softball at Rolla. He collected Jim Beam bottles. He did Quarter Midget Race Cars with Bruce and Bonnie. For a number of years, he operated the first landscaping business in Highland and had sold real estate for Holzinger Reality.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Charter Member of Highland Jaycees, Junior Highland Volunteer Fire Dept., Highland Lodge 583 AF & FM; (Shriners) A.A.O.N.O.M.S. at East St. Louis; Highland Booster Club; Former Cub Master of Pack 43; and Board of Directors of Highland Khoury League.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Jacob Deibert, who died Jan. 24, 1992; a nephew, Dana W. Deibert, who died in the 1970’s; maternal grandfather, William Wiesemeyer; maternal grandmother, Sophia, nee Aldrup, Wiesemeyer Prott; paternal grandfather, Daniel Deibert; and paternal grandmother, Bertha, nee Neumann, Deibert.
Surviving are his wife, Carole Ann, nee Fitch, Deibert whom he married on Aug. 29, 1959; mother, Cleda I., nee Wiesemeyer, Deibert; son, Bruce N. (Wendy) Deibert of Highland; daughters, Billie J. (Scott) Gray of Arnold, Mo., and Bonnie K. (Randy) Riggs of Highland; brother, Wayne O. (companion Darleen Phillips) Deibert of Highland; grandchildren, Tyler C. and Kassi L. Deibert of Highland, Kendra D. and Erika P. Tharp of Arnold, Mo., Lauren C. Riggs, twins, Ryan T. and Kagney R. Riggs of Highland, twins, Audra G. and Alycia S. Gray, of Arnold, Mo.; nephew, Dean (Cheryl) Deibert of Highland; and niece, Denise (Ray) Joseph of Highland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family by visiting www.spengel-boulanger.com.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, and from 8 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, 1501 9th at Lemon St., Highland.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the funeral home with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery.


SHIRLEY KAY WELLMAKER, 70, of O’Fallon, departed this life on Thursday, October 16, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 11, 1938 in Lovejoy, Ill. to the union of William and Elnora, nee Townsend, Lewis. Shirley had been employed as a cook at Our World Day Care Center in O’Fallon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Willie J. Wellmaker, three brothers; Frank “Bill” Drain, Eddie Lewis, Sonny Lewis and two sisters; Ophelia Hall and Sarah Winchester.
She is survived by seven children, Bobbie Oakley of O’Fallon, Sandra Henderson of Edwardsville, Johnny (Felicia) Oakley Jr. of Swansea, Sakina (Clarence) Robinson of Aurora, Colo., Donnell (Cassandra) Oakley Sr. of Waddell, Ariz., Paula Oakley of Collinsville, Courtney (Fonda) Oakley Sr. of O’Fallon; 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, four sisters, Ora Lee Rivers of O’Fallon, Georgella Combs of Lebanon, Early Mae Lewis of Omaha, Neb., Frenchie Lewis of Compton, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 22, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Donnell Oakley Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


JOSEPH POEPPING, 85, of Lebanon, born October 21, 1922 in E. St. Louis, died Wednesday, October 15, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Joe was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He, along with his wife Charlotte, owned and operated Bel-Vista Mobile Homes for many years and was a charter member and a past President of the Illinois Manufactured Housing Assn. Joe and Charlotte raised and trained German Shepherds for many years, bringing home the top winner in the United States, in 1970. He was also an AKC Registered Judge. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Henry B. and Mary M., nee Fallon, Poepping, his 1st wife, Genevieve, nee Edmonds, Poepping, 2nd wife, Charlotte K., nee Smith, Poepping, a sister, Mary Claire Bach and a brother, Howard Poepping Sr. He is survived by four children, Martin “Marty” Joseph Poepping of O’Fallon, Michael Alan (Betsy) Poepping of Tallahassee, Fla, Elise Marie (Tyler) Fernsler of Ballwin, Mo., Darlene (Doug) Eskra of Smithton; two sisters-in-law, Ruth H., nee Moore, Poepping of Belleville, Delores Gatty of Arkansas; nine grandchilden, Jessica Poepping and Nicholas “Nick” Poepping, both of O’Fallon, David Poepping and Amelia Poepping, both of Tallahassee, Fla., Randell Marie Fernsler of Ballwin, Mo,, Jenna Elise, nee Fernsler, (Ensign Brandon, USN) Wellman of Marceline, Mo., Mitchell Fernsler, of Ballwin, Mo., Kelly Hawkins of Calif., Scott (Patty) Eskra of Alton; and three great grandchildren, Erin Arnold of Swansea, Devin Eskra of Smithton, McKenzie Grace Matthews of Tallahassee, Fla., a niece, Mary Lois (Marc) Decker of Naperville, a nephew, Howard Poepping Jr. of Belleville; a great nephew and four great nieces. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Monday, October 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Memorial service will be Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with Monsignor William Hitpas officiating. At Joe’s request, his body will be cremated.


ROBERT LEE LILLIE, age 81, of O’Fallon, born November 2, 1926 in O’Fallon, passed away Monday, October 13, at his home.
A lifelong resident of O’Fallon, Bob retired in 1986 from the US Postal Service, where he worked as an O’Fallon letter carrier for 27 years. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Fischer-Solis Post 137 and served the O’Fallon community as a volunteer fireman for 16 years. Mr. Lillie served on the O’Fallon Township High School Board of Education from 1966-97. He was a past city alderman, township trustee and treasurer for the O’Fallon Homecoming committee. Bob was also a member of A.F. & A.M. Lodge 576 for 55 years and a life member of Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Shrine Temple and Ainad Roadrunners. He was a life member of Ainad Color Guard, serving as past president, marching in many parades over the years, and Dania Shrine Club. Bob was a lifelong member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ, where he served on the consistory. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Army. His favorite things included playing cards, spending time with his family and the mornings that he spent at Engine House #2 with his fellow retired O’Fallon firemen. He was a faithful supporter of O’Fallon’s Panther Band and was an OTHS sports fanatic. Bob was a friendly, well-liked gentleman and will be missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean nee Dauber, Lillie, whom he married November 16, 1949 and who passed away August 8, 1984; his parents, Robert and Josephine, nee Bernhardt, Lillie; grandson, Robert Zanfes; brother, DeWayne Lillie and wife Chris; and brother-in-law James Bond.
He is survived by his wife, Janice, nee Libell, formerly Meyer, Lillie whom he married March 1, 1986; daughters, Debra Shelton of Freeburg, Pamela Zanfes of O’Fallon, and Maureen (Dennis) Blumberg of O’Fallon; step-son, Jeff Meyer (fiance Ronda Billington) of Bingham, Ill.; step-daughter, Sally (Keith) Zeisset of Waterloo; grandchildren, Jaime (Mark) Little, Kristin (Patrick) Jackson, Adam Swedo, Emily Zanfes, Jennifer Zanfes, Sara Blumberg, Scott Blumberg, Sean Blumberg, Josh (Charis) Meyer, Haley Meyer, Megan Meyer, Maggie Zeisset, Will Zeisset, Mollie Zeisset; great-grandsons, Tanner and Trenton Little, Connor Jackson, and a great-grandson due any day; and sister Eunice Bond of McDonough, Ga.
Memorial donations may be made to O’Fallon United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund or Family Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the online guest book.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. The O’Fallon Fire Department will conduct a walk-through at 6:30 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m., Friday, October 17, at O’Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams St., O’Fallon.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, October 17 at O’Fallon United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be served at the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


DONALD P. SWEITZER, 71, of O’Fallon, born May 8, 1937 in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., died Wednesday, October 8, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Donald was a member of Grace Church in Fairview Heights. He was the owner and operator of Sweitzer Mobile Home Sales. He had been employed by Illinois Power for 10 years and then worked in the manufactured housing industry for 40 years. He was also the past president of the Manufactured Housing Industry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore John and Alice L., nee Adams, Sweitzer and a brother Roger Sweitzer. Donald is survived by his wife, Sondra J., nee Hodge, Sweitzer, whom he married in Decatur, on January 21, 1955; two daughters, Lorie Diane McKinna of San Diego, Calif. and Lynette (John) Pickett of St. Jacob; three grandchildren, Jayma Cook, Tyler Crebbs, Emily McKinna; and a great grandchild, Aidan Cook. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Church Building Fund. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Friday, October 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 11, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. Hal Santos officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


KANAYALAL R. MOTWANI, 74, of O’Fallon, born December 14, 1933 in Pakistan, died Tuesday, October 7, in O’Fallon. Mr. Motwani was employed in retail management for Walgreens. He was a member of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and the Sadhv Vaswani Center in Dracut, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rupchand and Satibai Motwani. Kanayalal is survived by his wife, Rani, nee Mohini, Motwani of O’Fallon, three children, Rajni (Bruce) Hira of Rochester, NY, Lata (Rajesh) Sehgal of Chicago, Dr. Haresh (Hiroo) Motwani of O’Fallon; three sisters, two brothers and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hindu Temple of St. Louis. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, services following at 11 a.m. with Pundit Rameshwar Das. After all services, Mr. Motwani will be cremated.


ROY MCGEATHY, 61, of Shiloh, born October 12, 1946 in Detroit, Mich., died Sunday, October 5, in Shiloh. Roy served in the US Air Force, retiring as a Chief Master Sgt. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1739. He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Lucille, nee Matte, McGeathy; father in law, Richard J. Addy Sr. and a brother-in-law, Mark Addy. Roy is survived by his wife, Mary Louise, nee Addy, McGeathy of Shiloh; a daughter, Jaime McGeathy of Ore.; two sons, Travis McGeathy of Mass., and Jacob McGeathy of Ill., a brother, Dennis (Pam) McGeathy of N.H.; three sisters, Bonnie (John) Johnson of N.C., Cheryle (Ray) Lickert of Ky., Davon (Jeff) Dunn of Mich.; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Addy of Mich., four sisters-in-law, Betty Anne (Thom) Horning of Fla., Gail (James) Osborne of Va., Sue Addy (Keith Matz) of Mich., Therese Neilson of Ohio; four brothers-in-law, Richard Addy Jr. of Ill., Peter (Cindi) Addy of Mich., Dennis Addy of Mich., David (Sherri) Addy of Mich. and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. There will be no visitation. At the family’s request, Roy will be cremated. There will be a memorial service held Friday, October 10, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


MILDRED BADGLEY, 85, of O’Fallon, born November 12, 1922 in Belleville, died Wednesday, October 1, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Mildred was schooled in O’Fallon, graduating from O’Fallon Township High School in the Class of 1940. Mildred’s great, great, great grandfather, David Badgley, was the founder and pastor of the New Design Baptist Church, the first Baptist church founded in the state of Illinois, thus helping to form her strong religious and spiritual beliefs and her love of Jesus Christ as her savior. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of O’Fallon. At the age of 16, and for many years to come, Mildred taught the 2nd grade Sunday school class at the Baptist Church in O’Fallon, retiring only when her rheumatoid arthritis became too painful, not allowing her to sit on the smaller chairs with the children. She led a very good and courageous life, surrounded by her sister and church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Christina, nee Schachner, Badgley. She is survived by her loving sister Virginia Badgley and the entire church family at First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastors Doug Munton and Skip Leininger officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


ANNIS LORETTA BYRAM, nee Feig, age 93, lifelong resident of Caseyville, born Feb. 24, 1915, passed away Wednesday, October 1, at Lebanon Care Center. Mrs. Byram was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Byram, whom she married October 28, 1939 in East Saint Louis; and who passed away January 22, 1995; her parents, George and Amelia, nee Pausch, Feig; one brother and three sisters. She is survived by her son, Gerald (Laura) Byram of O’Fallon; daughter Glenna (William) Streif of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Bridget Martini of O’Fallon, Aaron Byram of O’Fallon, and Alissa Vollmer of Millstadt; great grandchildren, Briana Klein, Brendan Martini, Annis “Annie” Byram and one little one on the way. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Heartland Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and tributes may be made at www.wfh-ofallon.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 3, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service is at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 4, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, with Pastor Rodney Sloan officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


MARY PAMELA BURRALL, (nee Prullage), age 64, of O’Fallon, born January 9, 1944 in Vincennes, Ind., passed away Monday, September 29, at her home in O’Fallon. Pam grew up in Vincennes, graduated from St Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute, and earned her Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. She shared her love of music with others by teaching all grade levels at various schools, including Vincennes, Ind., Robinson, Ill., and the St. Louis area. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon. Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Irene, nee Grumieaux, Prullage; and one brother, Francis Prullage. She is survived by her husband, David J. Burrall, whom she married in St. Louis, on July 2, 1966; her daughters, Krystin (Steven) Trustman of Austin, Texas, and Kathleen (Ed) Justic of Brookfield, Ill; brother, Michael (Olivia) Prullage of Brentwood, Calif., and sister Diane (Alger) Stone of Plano, Texas. Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Burrall are requested, in lieu of flowers, to National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, October 3, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. A gathering of friends and family, to include a luncheon, will follow at the parish hall. At Pam’s request, she has been cremated. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


PAUL EDWARD TONIES, 80, loving husband, father, grandfather, Godfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, of Waukesha, Wisc., with his wife and children by his side, was welcomed into eternal life on Saturday, September 27. Paul was born on July 16, 1928, in E. St. Louis, to Gerard and Evelyn, nee Vermeersch, Tonies. He was united in holy matrimony to Mercedes Anne Mudd on Dec. 29, 1956. Paul is survived by his wife, daughter, Rose Marie (Javier) Fernandez and their children, Roberto, Dominic, Maria, Isabel and Elena; daughter, Julie (Wil) Kalinowski and their children, Katharine, Samuel and Genevieve; daughter, Nancy (Paul) Heidel and their children, Jacob, Anne, Sean, Claire and May; son, Paul; son, Peter (Mary) and their children, Jacqueline and Nicholas; son, Patrick; daughter, Evelyn (Peter) Buss and their children, John, Ethan, Gemma and Sadie; son, Andrew; a brother, Gerard (Maxine); a sister, Mary Anne (Joe) Burroughs; Godsons, Ronald (Denise) Tonies and Michael (Terri) Burroughs; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Paul joyfully joins his parents in heaven. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Edna, nee Donohoo, Mudd, and his father-in-law, James Victor Mudd. Paul worked at Inryco, Inc., as a project manager, in both St. Louis and Milwaukee. His hobbies and favorite activities revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren. Paul’s family will meet with relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Pete Gaerdner Funeral Home in Belleville. Paul’s funeral mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma, on Friday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Myler and Rev. Dick Bresnahan concelebrating. Burial at the parish will follow the mass. A luncheon in Paul’s honor will follow at 3 p.m. at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the Roman Catholic charity of choice.


JOAN R. FULFORD, 77, of Shiloh, born April 22, 1931 in E. St. Louis, died Tuesday, September 23, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Joan was a member of Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Margaret Wall; and previous husband, Herman Snapat, father of John Snapat. Joan is survived by her husband, Thomas Fulford of Shiloh; eight children, Mark (Lisa) Fulford of O'Fallon, Theresa (Larry ) Seipp of Trenton, Kathleen (Robert) Buehler of O'Fallon, John (Jamie) Snapat of Smithton, John (Calista) Fulford of Smithton, Larry (Liz) Fulford of O'Fallon, Barbara (James) Prokopf of Caseyville, and Jane (Michael) Shelton of Portland, Maine; a brother Gene Wall of Lebanon, 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Childrens Home and Family Services, 949 County Road 1300 North, Carmi, IL 62821. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O'Fallon. Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, with Rev. Randy Loeschen and Don Word officiating. Committal service and burial will be immediately following at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


EILEEN RUTH VINK, nee O’Meara, age 92, of O’Fallon, born September 12, 1916 in Bay City, Mich., passed away Tuesday evening, September 23, at Lebanon Care Center. Mrs. Vink was a life member of O’Fallon Sportsman’s Club, had played in the Senior Citizens’ Kitchen Band, and volunteered for many years, leading sing-alongs at area nursing homes. She was a member of the Altar Sodality at St. Clare Catholic Church and also attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church. In the 1970’s and 80’s, she worked as a nurse’s aide at O’Fallon Health Care and other nursing homes. Mrs. Vink was preceded in death by her husband Virgil F. Vink, whom she married October 21, 1943 in Bay City, Mich.; and who passed away Jan. 6, 1978; her parents, Edward and Martha, nee Murphy, O’Meara; her five brothers and one sister. She is survived by her son, Harry (Rosemary) Vink of Lebanon; daughter, Gil (Roger) Taylor of Indio, Calif.; grandchildren, Stacey (Joe) Dean of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Erica (Brandon) Cisan of Las Vegas, Nev.; four great grandchildren, Jed, Drake, and Zane Dean, and Cora Cisan. She will also be missed by her long-time, faithful kitty companions, Cleo and Kitt. Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Vink are requested to either St. Clare Catholic Church or St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, September 26, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, September 26, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Interment will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon


WILBER R. "Scotty" SCOTT Jr., 78, of Fairview Heights, born April 17, 1930, in Belleville, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Jefferson Barracks Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Scott worked as a truck driver for Dr. Pepper for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of Swansea Church, the O'Fallon American Legion Post 0137, and a member of the D.A.V. Wilber loved fishing and was a big Cardinals baseball fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilber R. and Dorothy E., nee Dessoir, Scott Sr.; a brother, Robert Scott; a grandson, Anthony Schaefer; and a granddaughter, Roxanne Scott. Surviving are his wife, Elvira R., nee Greenfield, Scott of Fairview Heights; three sons, Alan R. (Di) Scott of Fairview Heights, Dale R. (Barb) Scott of Mascoutah, and James E. (Lisa) Scott of Collinsville; two daughters, Karen L. (Paul) Schaefer of O'Fallon, and Nancy R. (Jeffrey) Wright of Murphysboro; a brother, Doug (Kathy) Scott of Lebanon; a sister, Dorothy Falk of O'Fallon; very special friends, Bob and Shirley Loomis of Highland; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, or the Disabled American Veterans. A visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 18, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights. Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Lake View Funeral Home, with Rev. Wilson Wickiser officiating. Interment was in O'Fallon City Cemetery.


ALLAN FRED SCHIEFER, age 95, of St. Jacob, died Thursday, September 18, at Highland Health Care Center in Highland. He was born May 17, 1913, in St. Jacob, the son of Peter and Ella (Graff) Schiefer. Allen grew up in a farm south of town. He served with the US Army in Europe, Africa, and the Middle Eastern Theater during WW II from 1942 to 1946. After the war he worked on the family farm and labored for over 50 years. In 1956 he moved into St. Jacob and worked for Worrior Oil Co. and then became Sexton of Keystone Cemetery until 2000. He moved to the nursing home in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and having coffee with family and friends. He was a member of Bussong-Mersinger American Legion Post 66 St. Jacob, Lee Iten American Legion Post 439 Highland, Labor Local 670 formerly in St. Jacob. Survivors include sister, Eleanora F. Behrens of O Fallon, brother, Earl C. (Donna) Schiefer of O’Fallon, sister, Irma M. (Leto) Rinderer of Marine, many nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilbur J. Schiefer, Milton "Dick" V. Schiefer; sisters, Viola K. Schiefer, Alice K. Miekamp, and Dorothy L. Fohne. Visitation was Monday, September 22, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home. Funeral service was Monday, September 22, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Kniepkamp officiating. Interment will be at Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob. Memorial contributions may be made to to the family or donor’s choice. Arrangements were handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


VIRGINIA M. SCHEIBEL, age 87, of O’Fallon, passed away September 20 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon. She was born November 7, 1920 in O’Fallon to Fred and Stella, nee Wiemann, Hangsleben. She married Leslie Scheibel January 24, 1942; he passed away January 23, 1981. She married Adwir Kraemer in 1990; he passed away in 1994. Mrs. Scheibel was a member of O’Fallon United Church of Christ and Women’s Guild, O’Fallon Senior Citizens Club, and V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 8677. She had worked at Christian HomeCare Services, Inc., and was a volunteer for many community service activities. She was retired as an accountant from St. Clair County; she served on O’Fallon Township Board of Trustees for eight years, and served as Democratic State Central Committeewoman for four years and Democratic Precinct Committeewoman in O’Fallon for 42 years. Mrs. Scheibel was also a retired real estate agent. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and brothers Fred C. Hangsleben, Jr. and Wesley Hangsleben. Mrs. Scheibel is survived by her son, Larry Scheibel of O’Fallon; daughter, Jacque (Kenneth, Sr.) Missey of Lebanon; grandchildren, Leslie (Mario) Ybarra of Shiloh, Michael Hock, Jr. of Houston, Mo., Debra (Shawn) Fohne of St. Jacob, Kenneth Missey, Jr., of O’Fallon, and Joseph (fiancé Amber Woods) Missey of Breese; and great-grandchildren Ashley Ybarra, Austin and Aubrey Fohne, and Carter Missey. She is also survived by siblings, all of O’Fallon, Harold (Belle) Hangsleben, Norman Hangsleben, Evelyn Bertram, Edith Bland, Blanche Scheibel, and Marlene Kaubreck. Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Virginia Scheibel may be made to O’Fallon United Church of Christ or St. Paul United Church of Christ. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 22, and after 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 23 Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 West Washington St, O’Fallon. The O'Fallon Senior Citizens will conduct a walk-through at 5:30 pm. Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


CHARLES DELBERT DELL, 72, of Lakeview, Ark. died Sunday, September 14, in Lakeview. He was born Sunday, September 22, 1935 in Van Buren, Mo., son of Lelborn Earl and Virginia Reed Dell. He married Barbara Luminello on December 12, 1959 at N. Providence, R.I. He worked as a systems analyst for the federal government. Charles was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Korea. Charles lived in Lakeview for 16 years before moving to O'Fallon. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and past president of O'Fallon Lion's Club. He enjoyed music and old western movies. Charles Dell is survived by his wife, Barbara Dell; two sons, John E. and Thomas S. Dell both of Belleville; four daughters, Barbara C. (David) Morgan of Noblesville, Ill., Angela K. (Victor) White of Farview Heights, Teresa K. (James) Perkins of Shiloh and Linda R. (Adolfo) Mendoza of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Ruth (Charles) Hoagland of Lynden, Wash., Louise (John) Niedra of Salem, Ore. and Aimee Austin of Santa Maria, Calif.; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Burial was in the Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home with David Morgan, Victor White, James Perkins, Alexander White, Brandon Wesselman and Nicholas White as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Foundation or Kidney Foundation. Arrangements were by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Funeral mass was held Friday, September 19, at St. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church, with Reverend Charles Kanu officiating. Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 18 at Kirby & Family Funeral Home with a Vigil Service. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.


DOROTHY MARY SHEPPARD (nee Schlueter), age 78, of O’Fallon, born June 9, 1930 in Belleville, passed away Sunday evening, September 14. Mrs. Sheppard attended Cathedral Grade School, The Academy of Notre Dame and St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, Ill., graduating in 1952. She worked as an OB Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, and many other hospitals during her travels with her husband while in the United States Air Force. She was preceded in death by her husband Charley F. Sheppard, Sr., CMSgt, USAF (retired) on June 7, 2001; her parents, Alphonse and Cecelia, nee Weimer, Schlueter; her son, Randal and her daughter, Cynthia. Surviving are five sons, Michael (Denise) Sheppard of Seattle, Wash., John Sheppard of O’Fallon, Ronald (Dianna) Sheppard of Jacksonville, Ark., Charley Sheppard, Jr. of Chicago, and Kenneth (Bethany) Sheppard, Sr. of O’Fallon; two daughters, Deborah Sheppard West of O’Fallon and Ann Marie Sheppard of O’Fallon. She is also survived by her sisters, Marjorie Warman of Rogersville, Mo. and Janet (Wilbur) Nold of Las Vegas, Nev.; her brother, Alphonse (Mary Lou) Schlueter of Mascoutah; grandchildren, Mark and Nathan Sheppard of Colorado Springs, Colo., Charlie Michelle Sheppard of St. Louis, Randall and Ryan Sheppard of Arkansas, Kenneth B. Sheppard, Jr. of O’Fallon, Melanie and Meghan Sheppard of Seattle, Wash., and one great grandson, Gabriel Alexander Lewis. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, to enhance their quality of life, at 2235 Enterprise Dr., Suite 3501, Westchester, IL 60154. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. All services will be private. At Dorothy’s request, she was cremated and a portion of her ashes was laid to rest with her husband and a portion was “set free to fly with the eagles.” Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon.


ERNIE BLAISE, 86, born January 15, 1922 in Divernon, Ill., formerly of O'Fallon and Washington Park, died Monday, September 8, at Gardenview Care Center, Valley Park, Mo. Ernie was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon Democratic Club, a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus 4239, O’Fallon Sportsmans Club and the Ironworkers Local 392. He also served during WW II in the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Julia, nee Bori, Blaise; wife, Johanna, nee Boyne, Blaise; a son, Thomas Patrick Blaise; a sister, Marcella Rickmann, a sister-in-law, Anna Lou Blaise, and four brothers-in-law; Patrick Jr. (Catherine) Boyne, George Boyne, Michael Boyne and Frank Boyne. He is survived by two daughters, Stephanie (Louis) Feist of Ballwin, Mo., Mary Ann (Joe) Lanza of Springfield, Va., a son, Ernest Blaise Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, William (Irene) Blaise and Elmer Blaise, both of Belleville; a brother-in-law, Richard Rickmann of O'Fallon; a sister-in-law Mary Boyne of Belleville; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Emily Feist, Crystal (Richard) Sanders, Ernest Blaise III, Brenda Lanza, Joe Lanza Jr., Ashleigh Lanza and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, September 13, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh. There will be a Knights of Columbus Chalis Service held at 9:00 a.m. and a Memorial mass held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church. At Ernie’s request, his body will be cremated with burial of the cremains to be held at 10:45 a.m., Monday, September 15, with full military honors, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon, is in charge of arrangements.


RUSSELL NEUNER, 66, of O’Fallon, born June 6, 1942 in E. St. Louis, died Friday, September 5, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Russell had been employed by Ree’s Contract Service as a security officer. He was a member of Moose Lode 2608. Russ enjoyed camping and fishing in Washington County, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent G. and Mary Ellen, nee Jerrell, Nuener; stepmother, Dorothy Lee, nee Marshall, Neuner; and a brother, Vincent W. “Sonny” Neuner.
He is survived by his wife, Penny J. Morris, nee Macintyre of O’Fallon, a son, Matt (Karen) Neuner of Ga.; stepson, Wm. Dean (Julie) Neuner of Freeburg; stepdaughter, Kate (Tim) Rowe of Belleville; a brother, Vincent H. (Lynne) Neuner; and six grandchildren, Nathan, Brendan, Clayton and Dylan Neuner, Danny Neuner and Matthew Word.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, September 8, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. At the request of the family, after all services, Russell’s body will cremated.


GLENN ALLEN RUCKER, age 49, of Caseyville Township, born Jan. 24, 1959, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3 in his home. Glenn and the former Lisa Loraine Deraas, formerly of Bottineau, N.D. married Aug. 5, 1992. Glenn served in the US Air Force as a personnel craftsman retiring in 1996. He then continued work in Civil Service personnel, relocating to Scott AFB in the fall of 2007, from Kadena Air Base, Japan. Glenn was a Star Trek fan and enjoyed spending his free time relaxing with his family, watching science fiction or Discovery channel. He collected classic comic books and was a loving husband and supportive father. He liked to play sports, both as a child and an adult. He read his Bible daily and valued his family and his faith.
Glenn was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Rucker and his father, Luther L. Rucker; his parents-in-law, Maurice and Loraine Deraas and sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Deraas.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Rucker and sons, Bryson and Devin, all of Caseyville; sisters, Teresa Rucker of Kennett, Mo. and Annette Williams of Kansas City, Kan.; and mother, Billie Faye McClinton of Kansas City, Kan.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronald Deraas of Bottineau, N.D.; Nancy Christenson of Bismarck, N.D.; Kenneth Deraas of Bismarck, N.D.; JoAnne Cushing of Brookings, S.D.; Robert Deraas of Fargo, N.D.; Maureen Fischer of Nevis, Minn; and Duane Deraas of Cavalier, N.D.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 5 Schiber Ct., Maryville, IL 62062. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Memorial service: 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Michael J. Carey officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service and the family will receive friends at the funeral home until 6:30 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


VIOLA “VI” J. FUCHS
Viola “Vi” J. Fuchs, nee Lurtz, age 101, of Belleville, born April 23, 1907 in O’Fallon, passed away Friday, August 29 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Mrs. Fuchs had previously worked at National Stock Yards Bank and later as a nurse’s aide at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and Lincoln Home. Because Vi loved to be surrounded by the beauty of flowers, floral tributes are welcome. Private condolences or online tributes may be made at www.wfh-ofallon.com. Mrs. Fuchs was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard M. Fuchs; her parents, Leander and Emma (nee Schildknecht) Lurtz; her two sisters, Delia Anthony and Lenora Taylor; and her two brothers, Arnold and Clarence Lurtz; her dear granddaughter, Tracey L. Klug; and great grandson, Tyler A. Stephens. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Jerry) Hurst of Belleville; her granddaughter, Suzanne M. Stephens of Belleville; and great-granddaughters, Samantha L. Stephens and Amelia E. Hurs; sister-in-law Nidra Lurtz; three nieces and one nephew. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 3, at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


GEORGE WAYNE STOREY, 56, of Troy, born June 4, 1952 in Granite City, passed away at his home Wednesday, August 20. George grew up in Troy, graduating from Triad High School in 1970. After moving away for a few years, he returned and has resided in Troy for the past 20 years. He has been employed at Cerro Copper as a production worker for 24 years. George lived a full and exciting life, always with a sense of humor and great smile. George lived his life knowing: Tomorrow may never come so live hard, laugh loud and never look back with regrets. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold Alvy and Melba Fae, nee Howell, Storey. He is survived by his five siblings, Nancy (Jerry) Hall of Granite City, Randall (Deb) Storey of Trenton, Leah Stilley of Breese, Gary (Pam) Storey of Freeburg, Mo., and DeeAnne (Tom) Byrne-Scott of Troy; his daughter, Melissa Knight of Springfield, Ill; his close friend and caregiver, Randi Marcordes of Breese; three grandchildren, and former spouses, Sharon Staggs of Granite City and Sharon Deppe of Edwardsville. Memorial donations in honor of George Storey are requested to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 24, at Troy VFW Post 976, 123 West Market Street, Troy. A reception and gathering of friends and family will follow. In honor of George, please wear your favorite Harley t-shirt in tribute to him. At George’s request, his body will be cremated. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


DANIEL ROUMPOS Sr., 66, of O’Fallon, formerly of Chicago, born August 16, 1942 in Chicago, died Monday, August 18, in O’Fallon. Daniel was a carpenter and member of the Chicago Carpenters Local 250 and served in the US Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo D. and Emily D. Roumpos and his wife, Susan, nee Wells, Roumpos. Daniel is survived by four sons, Kenneth (Amy) Roumpos, Christopher Roumpos and Chad Roumpos, all of O’Fallon, and Daniel Roumpos of Orange County, Calif.; a daughter, Nikki (Jim Burmester) Eddy of DeForest, Wisc.; a brother, George (Diane) Roumpos of Darien, Ill., and grandchildren; Garrett and Haley Roumpos of O’Fallon, and Alexa and Adrianna of DeForest, Wisc. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to BJC Hospice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Burial will be held Friday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


CHARISA L. JORDAN, 40, of Shiloh, born May 17, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio, died Sunday, August 17, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Charisa was a member of Encountering God Ministries in East St. Louis. She graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., with a degree in accounting. She was very active in sports, especially playing basketball and softball. She retired from the US Army. She was preceded in death by her step father Joseph Thurman and an uncle Eugene Taylor. She is survived by her mother, Henrietta, nee Taylor, Thurman of Shiloh, father, John W. Williams of North Carolina, husband, Tyrone Jordan of North Carolina, four children, KeNeshia, DeVonte, DeVaree and William; a brother, Wayne Anthony Taylor of Calif.; a sister, Reflaye’ Williams of Shiloh; a nephew, Deonte Williams; an aunt, Bishop Winnie Hamilton; an uncle, Minister George Taylor; many cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church, 689 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon, with Bishop Winnie Hamilton and Pastor Ida Jackson officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be Friday, August 22, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


RUDOLPH SCOBY, 85, of O’Fallon, born October 6, 1922 in St. Louis, died Wednesday, August 13, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Rudolph spent his childhood on Goose Hill in East St. Louis and attended Garfield and Carver Elementary Schools. Rudolph attended Du Sable High School in Chicago, and graduated from there. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served honorably in the Pacific. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and returned to East St Louis. He then was a Federal Records Clerk at the Federal Record Center on Page in St Louis, for several years before leaving to pursue ambitions to be an entrepreneur. He was proprietor of night clubs in both East St. Louis, and Waynesville, Mo. Rudolph's aunt, Josephine Hulett, organized the dayworkers in the U.S., receiving federal funding for the Household Technicians Organization. Rudolph worked as an area coordinator in the midwest and helped her to organize in this area. They were successful in accomplishing many well deserved benefits for this deserving group of women. Rudolph was the manpower manager for the City of East St. Louis and retired from that position. He was an avid St Louis Cardinals baseball fan and continued to support them until his death. Rudolph sang in the Federal Employees Record Center Choir while he was a federal employee. He was also a talented roller skater. He supported the Democratic Party in Illinois and proudly supported Barack Obama. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Scoby; mother, Jeanette, nee Hulett, Scoby-Purvis and stepfather Johnny Purvis. Mr. Scoby is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, whom he married March 26, 1977 in Chicago, Verneter, nee Johnson, Scoby of O’Fallon; a daughter, Sharon Diann Scoby of Edwardsville; stepson, Harold (Wendy) Gregory of Shiloh; two sons, Dino and Mach; dearest and devoted grandson, Joshua Kent Gregory of Shiloh; two cousins, Ernestine (Roosevelt) Taylor of Fairview Heights, Virginia Clinton of Chicago; an aunt, Josephine Hulett of Youngstown, Ohio, brother in-law and sister in-law, Lawrence and Tremylla Johnson of Alorton; sister-in-law, Edwina DeBow of Huntsville, Ala.; longtime friends, Ather Lee Settles and Shelly Porter, other relatives and friends. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 20, at 12:30 pm, at the funeral home, with Evangelist Rose Pullum officiating. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


KEVIN BRONSMAN, 40, of Swansea, formerly of Granite City, born August 7, 1968, died Thursday, August 7. He was 40 years old. Kevin was an accountant and a Sarbanes Oxley auditor. He has worked for several companies in the St. Louis area. Kevin was a very loving and generous person. He lived and loved to the fullest and will be fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Brian Emil Bronsman, and his mother, Martha Eugenia Edwards. Surviving are his two sisters, Karen Bronsman and Kathy Smitherman; a brother-in-law Stuart Smitherman; two nieces, Liana Miller and Kayla Miller; a daughter, Kaia Lynn; a son, Dylan Wattler; a special friend, Sherri Martz and her family; many aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time friends. Memorials may be made to the family, who will make a contribution on Kevin’s behalf. Visitation: Friends called on Sunday, August 10 at Carrington Place Clubhouse, 3900 Essex Blvd. Swansea. Funeral services were private.


WILLIAM (BILL) J. MUNIE, age 77, born October 26, 1930 in O’Fallon, to Oscar E. Munie and Matilda (Rapp) Munie, passed away Tuesday, August 5, at Cedar Ridge Health Care in Lebanon. Bill was co-owner of Munie & Sons Garage in O’Fallon, he retired from O’Fallon Township High School as Director of Maintenance and was a lifetime member of St. Clare Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Council 4239, Pope Paul First Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus 1829. Mr. Munie volunteered his time working to help in the community. Mr. Munie was a Korean War Veteran in the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (nee Schumacher), whom he married September 8, 1951, and who passed away January 28, 2005; his parents, Oscar and Matilda Munie; and a sister in infancy, Connie Munie. He is survived by five children, Sharon (Len) Cuvar, of Middletown, Ohio, Marcia (Brad Warchol) Fix, Julie (Jim) Hicks, William P. Munie and Mary Munie, all of O’Fallon; 10 grandchildren, Kelly (Brad), Neil (Hilary) and Dan Cuvar, Amy, Dess and Brian Fix, Jamae Shubirg, Laura (Josh) and Adam Hicks and Ian Jentsch; three great grandchildren, Mason Shubirg, McKenna Spilker, and Chance Cuvar, six sisters, Mary Jean Wheatley, Delores Keller, Vernell Goodman, Janet Ranek, Pat Gagne and Karen Cotter, and a brother Jim Munie. Bill was a beloved uncle, cousin, in-law and friend. Memorial donations in honor of William Munie are requested to St. Clare Catholic Church building fund. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the online guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 10, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 11, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, with interment at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, with the Rev. James Deiters presiding. A special thank you to the staff at Cedar Ridge Health Care. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JOHN LEO WALSH, 84, of O’Fallon, born January 6, 1924 in E. St. Louis, died Wednesday, July 30 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. John had been a bartender at Edgemont Bowling Lanes & Sports Bowl. He also had been employed at Hart Foods. He was a member of the Sportsmans Club and St. Clare Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Ester, nee Schlavik, Walsh, wife Dorothy, nee Meinen, Walsh, 4 sisters; Mildred Pensenau, Bernadine Higgins, Katherine Clark, Mary Schlobohm and a brother Thomas Walsh. He is survived by two daughters, Jane M. (Ken) Melton of Lebanon, Nancy A. (Ronald) Barberis of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, James Walsh of Troy; two granddaughters, Vanessa (D.J.) Malechi and Jackie Weeks, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a great granddaughter, Leeann Weeks; and two brothers-in-law; Albert (Jeanne) Meinen of Belleville, and Elmer (Effie) Meinen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Friday, August 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


MARILYN S. DARBY 66, of O’Fallon, born February 20, 1942 in Johnson City, Ill., died Saturday, July 26, at her residence in O’Fallon. Marilyn was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Edna Bearden (nee Norman), and her sister in law, Audrey Bearden. Marilyn was the mother of two children, Anne Marie (Mike) Nowak of O’Fallon, and Raymond Edward Darby and girlfriend Leslie Bassett of West Palm Beach, Fla.; also surviving, a brother, Harold Bearden of Lockport, Ill. and seven grandchildren, Anthony, Colton, Rebecca and Victoria Nowak; Rowan, Natisha and Sonja Darby. Masses may be made to St. Clare Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, at the funeral home with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Shiloh.


After a courageous fight against cancer, KAREN S. VERNON, 61, of O’Fallon, born March 1, 1947 in Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday, July 25, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Karen was a dedicated Red Cross Volunteer for the 375th Medical Group Coumadin Clinic at Scott AFB. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, MSgt Donald A. Vernon, and her parents, Alexander and Susie (nee Lockhart) Newsom. Karen was the mother of three children, Katherine (David Jolley) Weyhaupt of O’Fallon, Dawn (Tracy) Ruger of Arlington, Tenn., and MSG William (Janine Duschka) Vernon, of Saint Leonard, Md. She was the proud and loving MeMaw of six grandchildren, Karah Ruger, Megan Ruger, Allyson Ruger, Michelle Weyhaupt, Matthew Ruger and Madison Vernon. She was also survived by her brother, Steve (Kat) Newsom, a sister, Elizabeth Welch, a niece, Stephanie, nephews Josh and Andrew and her beloved canine companion, Mr. Tibbs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Red Cross. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com Visitation will be held Monday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Karen will be laid to rest along side of her loving husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.


ENOS TERRY JONES, age 60, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of O’Fallon, born January 11, 1948 at Scott AFB, to Ancel A. and Irene V., nee Miller, Jones, passed away Tuesday, July 22, at his home in Farmington. Terry worked as a communication specialist for over 30 years. He served in the US Navy and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a dear son, father, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and cousin and will be missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Jones. He is survived by his parents, Ancel and Irene Jones of O’Fallon; three sons, Jason Jones of Dallas, Texas, Johnny Jones of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ronald Jones of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Ancel Gale (Jan) Jones of Leonardtown, Md., and Danny Dossen (Dawn) Jones of Carlyle; three grandsons, Brian, Johnny, and Benjamin Jones, all of Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Enos Terry Jones are requested to Disabled American Veterans or American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences to the family, visit www.wfh-ofallon.com. Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Clayton officiating. Burial with full military honors will be 10:45 a.m., Monday, July 28, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


AMANDA JOAN ORTON, 28, of Kane, Ill., born March 28, 1980 in Lagrange, Ga., died Sunday, July 20. Amanda was employed as a warehouse manager. She was the daughter of Michael Orton and wife Deborah Ann of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. and Evelyn Manzi Wallace of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; a son, Tristan Orton of Kane, Ill.; grandmother, Joyce Harris of Odenville, Ala.; grandfather, Norman Orton of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; step-grandfather, H. I. Allen Jr.; a half sister, Maleah Orton of Jacksonville, Ala.; a half brother, Donald Allen Allison of Lagrange, Ga.; special friend, Robbie Benson of Kane, Ill.; several uncles, aunts and cousins. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at Neal Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Lawrence County, Tenn. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Ill. was in charge of local arrangements.


BETTY MCALLISTER, 78, of O’Fallon, born June 9, 1930 St. Louis, Mo., died Monday, July 21, 2008 at Swansea Rehab & Care Center. Betty was a member of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club, Auxiliary Life Member of the Air Force Sergeants Assn., a St. Clair County Election Judge and past member of the O’Fallon Senior Citizens and the Democratic Club. Betty was a die-hard Cardinal fan and will be remembered for her fun-loving, spit-fire personality, never hesitating to speak her mind. She was preceded in death by her parents; Albert W. and Mary, nee Boettger, Gruenke, husband Robert McAllister and two brothers; Albert A. Gruenke and Emory Gruenke. Betty is survived by five children; Carolyn (Dennis) Jung of Swansea, Linda (David) Meadows of Moore, Okla., Kathryn McAllister of Bellingham, Wash., Randy (Kathy) McAllister of Choctaw, Okla, Robert McAllister Jr. of Harrisonville, Mo., grandchildren; Kelly Jung, Brad (Emily), Joey, Andy, Kaitlin and Ian McAllister; step grandchildren, Janie Meadows, Marty (Kristina), Jeff (Jeannie), Greg (Angie) Jung; step great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Megan, Logan, Hailey, Cindy, Madison, Morgan Jung and Tyson Meadows; two sisters, Lillian (Roy) Pickel, Laverene (Herbert) Pfingsten; a brother, Vernon (Virginia) Gruenke and a sister-in-law, Wilma Gruenke. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Place, Suite 165, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 or Swansea Rehab & Care Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Graveside service will be held Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo., with Chaplain Jonathan Hubbard officiating.


MAURICE ARNOLD HIBBS, age 98, of Glen Carbon, formerly of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 21, in Maryville. He was born September 12, 1909 near Enid, Okla., the son of the late John Loren and Eva Hibbs. The family moved to Kansas and then to several towns in Iowa until they settled in Des Moines in 1918. Maurice graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines and briefly attend the University of Iowa. He married Esther E. Lefevre, who preceded him in death in 1965. In 1966 he married Genevieve Alice Johnson Brown, who preceded him in death in 2005. His sister, Helen Burns, also preceded him in death. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Hibbs Decoteau and her husband John “Jack”, and two granddaughters, Liza Decoteau and her husband, Alex Hertich, and Claire Decoteau and her partner, Andy Clarno; and great-granddaughter, Mirabelle Decoteau-Hertich. Mr. Hibbs held numerous jobs that allowed him to drive and travel, including long-distance truck hauling, and as a railroad caboose crewman. After retiring from a lengthy career with Delavan Manufacturing in West Des Moines, he drove a bus for West Des Moines schools and also drove a tractor at the Living History Farm. He was a member of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the online guest book. All services will be private. Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery, West Des Moines, Iowa. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


MYRTLE ESTHER BEUCKMAN, age 92, formerly of O’Fallon and East St. Louis, born November 21, 1915 in East St. Louis, to Lester A. and Louise, nee Adelsberger, Pfeiffer passed away Sunday morning, July 20. Mrs. Beuckman devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and her church as a member of St. Joseph’s Mothers’ Club, St. Joseph’s Altar Society, St. Henry’s Seminary Auxiliary and St. Clare’s Altar Society and Quilters. She was a former member of the O’Fallon Senior Citizens and was an avid quilter, seamstress, and crafter. She assisted her husband with his volunteer work helping the poor, sick, elderly and lonely, and they received many awards in recognition of their service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Florian, whom she married June 24, 1939, and who passed away September 13, 2002; her parents, a brother L. Edward Pfeiffer, a sister Thelma (Aubrey) Moore and a great-granddaughter Isabelle Yankey. She is survived by her son, Maurice (Sylvia) Beuckman of O’Fallon; a daughter Doris (Jim “Rocky”) Gagen of St. Libory, Ill.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Kim (Lon) Dircks and children Emily, Lily, Jackson, and Amelia of Freeburg; Jamie Beliveau and children Joshua, Bryce, and Camden of Freeburg; Jeff (JoAnne) Gagen and children Alyssa and Brianna of Freeburg; Scott (Andi) Gagen and children Ryleigh, Connor and Olivia of St. Louis, Mo.; Sara (Chris) Yankey and daughter Sophia of Belleville; Kerri (Gil) Gutierrez and son Alexander of Belleville; Mark Gagen, Thomas Gagen, and Jonathan Gagen of St. Libory; Ed Reynolds of Austin, Texas; Steven (Brenda) Reynolds and children Steven and Megan of Starke, Fla.; Joseph Beuckman of Minneapolis, Minn; brother Charles (Doris) Pfeiffer of Belleville; and sisters-in-law, Idamay Pfeiffer, Josephine Beuckman, and Ernestine Beuckman. She was a dear sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, cousin and friend of many. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Myrtle Beuckman are requested to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Urban Programs, or St. Clare Catholic Church. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.


ANDREW L. ECKHARDT, 48, of O’Fallon, born May 13, 1960 in Wichita Falls, Texas, died Wednesday, July 16. In 1999, Andy retired as a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force. He was employed as an aircraft mechanic for Flight Express at Parks Airport in Cahokia. He was a member of the VFW Fischer-Sollis Post 805 and was ordained as a deacon by the Aaronic Priesthood on July 16, 1972 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ray and Mary Grace, nee Kistler, Eckhardt. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” J., nee Blankenship, Dale-Eckhardt of O’Fallon, stepmother, Fay Smithson of Mona, Utah, two stepsons; Michael (Becky) Evans of Belleville, Ryan (Erin) Dale of San Diego, Calif, a brother, Billy (Angie) Eckhardt of Spanish Fork, Utah, twin brother, Randy (Iva) Eckhardt of Cabot, Ark., a sister, Sherry (Randy) Baker of Salt Lake City, Utah, a grandson, Jordan Evans of Belleville, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. There will be a VFW service at 6:00 pm. Funeral service will be held Monday, July 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Patrick Durkee officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.


AUSTIN ROBERT HANSLEY, infant son of Jared and Nicole, nee Jung, Hansley, of Belleville, born July 4 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, died a few hours later, surrounded by the love of his family. In addition to his parents, Austin is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Chris and John Hansley of O’Fallon, maternal grandparents Ken and Judy Jung of O’Fallon; great grandmothers, Joan Cook, Ruth Hansley and Mary Lou Walsh. Memorial donations in honor of Austin are suggested to March of Dimes, 2620 West Boulevard, Suite B, Belleville, IL 62221. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Funeral service: In celebration of Austin’s time with us, a Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 12 at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, with Msgr. William Hitpas officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


MATTHEW RYAN SELLERS, 24, of O’Fallon, born March 6, 1984 in Belleville, died Saturday July 5. Matthew was a member of the graduating class of 2002 from O’Fallon Township High School. Matthew worked for U.S. Express as an over the road truck driver.
He was our loving only child. All our family will dearly miss his fun loving spirit, personality and quick wit. He loved his family, especially his little cousins. He always called us and told us he loved us. Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Berniece Wilson Sr. and paternal grandfather, Harold Sellers Sr.
He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Diane Sellers (nee Wilson) of O’Fallon, paternal grandmother, Audrey Sellers of Steelville, Mo., Uncle Harold and Jeri Sellers of Brighton, Aunt Jeannette and Bob Scrivner of O’Fallon, Uncle Lloyd Wilson of Denver, Colo.; cousins, Susan and Jeff Freund, Michael and Kathy Sellers, Chris and Amanda Sellers, Jim and Gina Scrivner, Jeff and Suzi Scrivner, Michael Wilson, and Steven and Val Wilson. His family wants to acknowledge his loving pet, Athena. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Animal Shelter and Humane Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 8, from 6-8 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Joel Catlin officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.


FRANKIE F. CRAWFORD, 67, of O’Fallon, born September 3, 1940 in Bernice, La, died Monday, July 1, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Frankie was retired as a postal worker from the United States Post Office and member of the American Postal Workers Union, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3480 in E. St. Louis, and Base Chapel Two. Mr. Crawford was a retired member of the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Willie and Wila Mae Crawford (nee Davidson), his wife, Claire Crawford (nee Hughes), his sister, Billie Jean Crawford, and a niece, Dana Williams.
Mr. Crawford is survived by three children, Tracey Lynn Crawford of Chicago, A`sta Crawford of O’Fallon, and Myatt Crawford of Belleville; a sister, Virginia Rae Crawford of Columbus, Ohio; and a brother, Thomas Wayne (Kathleen) Crawford of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Nina Christmas, Brandon M. Crawford, Kala T. Christmas, Bryeez Crawford Beamon, Myatt E. Crawford, Ireina Star Crawford, Bryce S. Crawford Harwell, Blayze Crawford Beamon and Mycheal J. Crawford, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was Sunday, July 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was Monday, July 7, at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ed Banks officiating. Mr. Crawford will be buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.


CALEB JEFFREY ZARZECKI, age 15, of Troy, born April 28, 1993 to Jeff and Robin, nee Young, Zarzecki, passed away at home, Monday, June 30, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with multiple types of cancer. Originally diagnosed in his second year of life, Caleb was brave and heroic as he fought against the odds.
Caleb loved his Play Station, playing guitar and listening to music, especially AC/DC. He loved hanging out with his friends and his brother.
He was voted Most Friendly by his eighth grade class at Triad Middle School. Caleb was named an Honorary Illinois State Trooper and Honorary Troy Police Officer. He was the designated “Pilot for a Day” by the 375th Airlift Wing at Scott AFB. He was active in H.I.S.K.I.D.S., a support center for kids with cancer and their families.
Caleb was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather Stilley Young; paternal great grandparents Helen and Stanley Zarzecki and Florence Wolf.
Caleb is survived by his parents, Jeff and Robin Zarzecki, of Troy; brother, Luke Zarzecki and baby sister due to arrive in October, Bela Cate Zarzecki; paternal grandparents, Frank and Carol Zarzecki of Maryville; maternal grandparents, Joyce Young of Paducah, Ky; and Jimmy Young of Calvert City, Ky.; maternal great grandparents, Albert and Bernice Robison of Reidland, Ky; and Ina Mae Young of Benton, Ky.; aunts Beth (Frank) Catanzaro of Troy; Gwendolyn (Mitch) Henson of Dallas, Texas, and Jimmi Lyn (David) Manion of Covington, La., his girlfriend Katie Brinkman, his school aide of seven years, Michelle Jefferson, and many cousins and friends.
Memorial donations in honor of Caleb are requested in lieu of flowers to H.I.S.K.I.D.S., 908 Laurel, Highland, IL 62249 or Wings Pediatric Hospice, 9890 Clayton Rd, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63124. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family.
Visitation: A gathering of friends and family will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at Gateway Center, One Gateway Dr., Collinsville.
Funeral service: In celebration of Caleb’s life, services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, July 3, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 511 South Main Street, Troy. Arrangements were entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon.


JAMES M. MCCAW, 81, of O’Fallon, born March 23, 1927 in Lebanon, died Monday, June 30 at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon. Mr. McCaw was the owner operator of the Outdoorsman in O’Fallon for the last 47 years, retired laborer for local 670 in O’Fallon after 40-plus years, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 805 in O’Fallon, veteran of World War II and the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Marjory McCaw (nee Feltman), sister; Martha Mae McCaw. Mr. McCaw is survived by his wife, Dorothy McCaw of O’Fallon, a half sister, Floy (Don) Henrickson of Mokane, Mo. and numerous cousins. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice and condolences may be sent to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday July 2, at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


LORENE A. IRWIN, 84, of O’Fallon, born January 3, 1924 in Messler, Mo., died Friday, June 27 at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea. Lorene was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and retired from Travelers Insurance as the supervisor of the automobile department. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Nellie, nee Hartle, Anthony, two brothers, Earl and Harold Anthony; and a sister Irene Kuehle. Lorene is survived by her husband, Walter G. Irwin of O’Fallon, a daughter, JoNell (Lesley) Zanders of O’Fallon, two granddaughters, Mitzi Zanders of Belleville, Renee (Danny) Neuner of O’Fallon; and three great grandchildren; Kyle, Torri and Casey. Memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Music Dept. or The O’F.allon Food Pantry. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church 520 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastors Robert Downs and Freda Snyder officiating.
Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O'Fallon, handled the arrangements.


HELYNNE FRANKLIN, nee Upham, 71, of O'Fallon, born April 10, 1937, in Crawford (Elmo), Texas, died on Friday, June 27, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. The pillars of her life were her Bible, her family, art, and love of all animals. Helynne was an accomplished artist; her work was marketed in Taos, N.M., Palm Beach, Fla., Honolulu, Hawaii, and Peoria, Ill. She judged many art shows and acted as a juror for others. Her special passion was mentoring youth and children in painting; she was a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and a member of the National League of American Pen Women's Art Section, the Peoria Art Guild, the St. Louis Artist Guild, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Fairview Heights. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother and will be greatly missed. All animals mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her birth father, Dwain Upham; and her parents, Valla Dee and Gaines Parker. Surviving are her husband, Retired Col. Maury A. Franklin, USAF; her three children, Kevin (Esther) Franklin of San Antonio, Texas, Kirk Franklin of Lebanon, and Misty (Jerry) Patzer of Snohomish, Wash.; her two grandchildren, Mary Esther Valdez of San Antonio, Texas and Ayiana Shawnee Patzer of Snohomish, Wash.; her two great-grandchildren, Sarah Emily Valdez and Robert Kevin Valdez; her five sisters, Annette Hilton of Malden, Mass., Janette (Dr. George) La Fon of Demming, N.M., Connie Sides of Rankin, Texas, Kathleen Pollard of Hurley, N.M., and Chris (Randy) Courington of Hurley, N.M.; and her brother, Dwain (Karen) Upham of Plano, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to any animal welfare organization. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, at Church of Christ, Fairview Heights. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, at Church of Christ, Fairview Heights, with R.C. Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, handled the arrangements.


CHRISTINE RAE SCHWAEGEL STEPHANS, 50, of Clarksville, Tenn. died Monday, June 23 at her residence in Clarksville after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born February 6, 1958 in Belleville, Christy worked at the Parkview Animal Clinic as a veterinary technician. She loved all animals and thoroughly enjoyed her job. Christy attended Kirkwood Baptist Church in Clarksville. Christy was a fun-loving girl who liked horseback riding, played softball and volleyball, and loved fishing. She was a coach for her children and just loved to cheer them on and help with their sports. She loved searching the farm fields for Indian artifacts. Christy’s family wishes to thank Gateway Hospice in Clarksville for their care and support and also Dr. Gordon West and his wife Debbie, Dr. Jana Howard, and all the staff from the animal clinic for all their years of support, words of encouragement, countless visits at hospital and home, and always being able to help out at a minute’s notice. Also thanks to Dr. Pete and his wife Mary Kay who was a great go-between if Christy needed to reach Dr. Pete quickly. Christy was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Marie Schwaegel, who died June 22, 1961, her paternal grandparents, Adolph and Barbara (Fellner) Schwaegel, maternal grandparents Joseph and Wilhelmina (Neff) Mueth. She is survived by her husband Mark Stephans, whom she married September 15, 1978; one son Victor W. Stephans and his wife Crystal, and her son David; one daughter Jeannie Stephans; and parents Clete and Dorothy (Mueth) Schwaegel. Also surviving are sisters, Cheryl (Kyle) Kummer of North Attleboro, Mass., Jackie (Steve) Hausmann of Waterloo, Joan McNamara of O’Fallon, and Deanna (Jeremy) Buersken of Ogden, Utah; and nieces and nephews Leah Hendrickson and her daughter Emma, Kyle and Jesse Kummer, Katie, Hillary, and Bradley Hausmann, and Kayla McNamara. Memorial donations in honor of Christy are requested to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or Gateway Hospice, 1606 Haynes Street, Clarksville, TN 37043. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Memorial service: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28 at Kirkwood Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tenn. Visitation: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at St. Clare Catholic Church, Shiloh. Memorial mass: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at St. Clare Catholic Church, Shiloh, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. According to her wishes, her body has been donated to science. Local arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


CARL A. “SMITTY” SMITH, JR, 59, of Lebanon, died June 20 south of Summerfield. He was born north of Lebanon, on June 29, 1948. Surviving are his parents, Carl A. and Edna W. (Rochell) Smith, Sr.; his wife, Betty Jo, nee Runyan, Smith, whom he married on March 17, 1984 at the First Methodist Church, Lebanon. He is also survived by three daughters, Carley Jo (Randy) Chambers, Arnold, Mo. Michelle (Asa) Turner, Sterling, Alaska, Kimberly Ann Holt, Blue Springs, Mo.; a son, Richard Carl Smith, Lebanon, 10 grandchildren, A.J., Shelby, Drew, Arend, Atley, Coleby, Lindsy, Kaelyn, Colin, and Chloe; three sisters, Diane Bohannon, Lebanon, Pat (Bob) Moss, South Carolina, Kathy (Terry) Rutherford, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, James “J.R.” Smith on May 13, 2008. He was a veteran and served in the US Army; his occupation was an Electronic Engineer Mechanic at Bo Beuchmann and then Jack Schmitt Ford in Collinsville, for more than 30 years where he also served as a shop steward. Carl was a member of St. Paul UCC, Lebanon, The Singers' Society of Lebanon; Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department; Machinists District 9 Local 313 of Caseyville, Shiloh Eagles, BPO Elk Lodge 664, Fairview Heights. VISITATION: Monday, June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Meyer Funeral Home then Tuesday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. FUNERAL: Tuesday, June 24 at St. Paul UCC, Lebanon, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Don Wagner, Pastor, officiating, with burial in College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Memorials may be offered to the family.


DENNIS FRANK DEUTSCH, age 70, longtime resident of Shiloh, born October 15, 1937 in Shiloh, passed away June 18 at his home. Mr. Deutsch was preceded in death by his parents, Cardell “Mike” and Aurelia, nee Kreutzer, Deutsch, his infant son, Deron, and his brother, Duane. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia L., nee Klich, Deutsch of Shiloh; a son, Mike Deutsch and his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Carolyn Parke; two grandchildren and a brother, Donald Deutsch of Shiloh. Because of Dennis’ love of animals, memorial donations are suggested to Spencer Pet Rescue, 1405 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, Ill 62269 and will be accepted at the funeral home. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guest book or send condolences to the family. Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 21, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon. Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 21, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Shiloh Valley Township Cemetery, Shiloh. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

ROSS M. BLAKE, 87, of O’Fallon, born May 20, 1922 in New York City, died Wednesday, June 18, in O’Fallon. Ross was a member of the First United Methodist Church, VFW, Order of Daedalians, Disabled American Veterans, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Military Officers Association of America, serving 25 years as the Treasurer. He also served on the Zoning Board for the City of O’Fallon. Ross was a pilot and retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel after 30 years of service. He fought in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a POW in Germany and received a Purple Heart. He was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. After retirement, Ross sold real estate for Plaza Realty, worked at Zale’s Jewelry at St. Clair Square and also acted in many productions at the Looking Glass Theatre in Lebanon. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold F. and Ethel, nee Goldsmith, Blake and two brothers; Hugh Blake and Gael Blake. Ross is survived by his wife Marcia, nee Nance, Blake, whom he married October 13, 1945 in Great Neck Long Island, NY; four sons; Bruce Nance Blake of Annapolis, MD, Leslie Ross (Janice Fielder) Blake of Waldorf, MD, Blair Mackenzie Blake of Los Angeles, Calif., Duncan Lamont (Vickey) Blake of Los Angeles, Calif. and two grandchildren, Christopher Blake and Meredith Blake, both of Waldorf, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MOAA Scholarship Fund, Okaw Valley Boy Scouts, First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. At the families request, Ross will be cremated with burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY R. “Aunt Dot” KENNEDY, 86, nee Getz, of Summerfield, formerly of Collinsville, died June 16, at her niece's residence in Summerfield.. She was born in Collinsville, on June 9, 1922 to Kenneth and Pearl (Hartman) Getz. Both are deceased. She married Roy Kennedy, April 30, 2004 and he preceded her in death September, 2007. She is survived by one brother, Leroy (Janet) Getz, Belleville; two granddaughters, Sherry Frerk and Debbie Sperino; one grandson, Dennis Sperino; three great grandsons and one great granddaughter, many nieces and nephews. Also preceded in death by one son, Charles Sperino; one sister, Irene Green and one brother, Eugene Getz. Mrs. Kennedy retired from Krey Packing House, St. Louis after many years with Hunter and National vending. She was a member of Crossview Independent Assembly of God Church, O'Fallon, Senior citizens of Mascoutah and served on the board and was a volunteer. Visitation was Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crossview Independent Assembly of God Church, O'Fallon.
FUNERAL: Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Brother Kent Wilson officiating. Burial in Summerfield Cemetery, Summerfield.
MEMORIALS: Crossview Independent Assembly of God Church, or Family Hospice. Meyer Funeral Home, Lebanon, handled arrangements.

ESTELLA CLAYBORN, 94, of Greenville, Ill, born April 10, 1914 in Aberdeen, Miss., died Tuesday, June 10, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville. Mrs. Clayborn was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church, Royal Lake #2, Mulberry Grove, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton Clayborn, father Oliver Ewing and her mother Minnie Flowers. She is survived by two sisters; Catherine Johnson of Belleville, Charline Russell of Chicago, and other brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. At the families request, Estella will be cremated with burial of the cremains, next to her husband, at Mulberry Grove Cemetery, Mulberry Grove, Ill. Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


PAMELA CONRATH, 60, of O’Fallon, born January 16, 1948 in Alton, died Sunday, June 8 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Pamela graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, earning a Master’s Degree. She was a 2nd grade teacher at Whiteside School for 37 years, retiring in June 2007. She was a member of the Whiteside Federation of Teachers, Illinois Federation of Retired Teachers and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville. She was the recipient of the Emerson Teaching Award and the St. Clair County Golden Apple Award. Pamela was an active member of the St. Elizabeth’s Life After Breast Cancer Support Group, a captain of the group’s Relay for Life team, and a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She was preceded in death by her mother Annabelle, nee Montague, Kingery. Pamela is survived by her husband, Terry Edward Conrath of O’Fallon, her father, Joseph E. Kingery, formerly of Alton, currently residing in Shiloh, and many dear and special friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 Belt Line Road, Collinsville, with Pastor Michael Walthers officiating. Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


CLIFFORD "CLIFF" NELSON, 77, of Fairview Heights, born July 11, 1930 in Belleville, died Wednesday, June 4, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. Mr. Nelson was a contract specialist for the U.S. Army and retired in 1991. He was a member of St. Clair Masonic Lodge 24, Belleville, and a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Fairview Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Nelson and Mary E., nee Stephenson, Nelson; four brothers, and six sisters. Surviving are his wife, Aletha M., nee Braun, Nelson; two daughters, Diane (David) Trimble of Belleville, and Beth (Keevin) Higgins of Fairview Heights; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Stephen Trimble, Kristina (Travis) Dallas and Kayla Higgins; and a great-grandson, Teagan Dallas. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, with Pastor Jeff Bealmear, Christ United Methodist Church presiding. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.wfh-ofallon.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


JOHN L. "JACK" FELTMAN, 76, of Lebanon, passed away on June 7 at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center in Lebanon. He was born to William E. and Hester (Rabel) Feltman, Oct. 10, 1931 in Lebanon, Ill, both are deceased. Also preceding him in death are two sons, John Jr, and Todd Feltman; one brother William Feltman, Jr. Surviving are beloved Sarah Horne, Lebanon, four children, Renee (Shawn) Hughes, St. Louis, Mo., Steve Feltman, Belleville, Amy Sudholt, Aviston, Jeff (Susan) Feltman, Ashley, Ill; Sarah’s sons, Ronald (Carrie) Horne, Shiloh, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Horne, Ripon, Calif; three sisters, Virginia (Ted) Honer, Belleville, Lois Rizzie, Hazelwood, Mo., Carol Elledge, San Jose, Calif; one brother, Robert (Terri) Feltman, St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Michael, Justin and Alexander; Sarah’s five grandchildren, Malissa, Cheyna, Wyatt, Amanda, and Christyn; his furry friends, Mr. Screech, Pye, Spooky, Misty; Sarah’s sister and brother, Una (Rether) Johnson, Lebanon, Walker (Judy) Wolford, Colorado Springs, Colo. He worked as a Teamster and laborer at Local 670, O'Fallon, and was a member of the Laborer’s Local 670, O'Fallon. Jack played basketball and baseball at OTHS, coached American Legion Ball, and Greater St. Clair County League. He also played minor league ball in the Cardinal Organization and was voted into the Mon-Clair Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his vegetables. No services will be held. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, or Belleville Humane Society. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home, Lebanon.


ANTHONY IORIO, age 80, of O’Fallon, passed away May 25. A full obituary was previously published in the O’Fallon Progress. A Graveside Committal Service will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, June 13, at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Shiloh, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Military honors will be rendered by the US Army. Further information may be obtained at www.wfh-ofallon.com or by calling Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


CLEOPHA T. MERTZ, 95, of O’Fallon, born August 27, 1912 in Trenton, died Tuesday, May 27 at Maryville Manor, Maryville. She had been a clerk at Ben Franklin and at Keck’s Department Store in O’Fallon. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Amelia Quitmeyer; four brothers and three sisters; her husband, Emmitt Mertz; a daughter-in-law, Loretta C. Louis, Mertz and a son-in-law, Thomas McKune. Cleopha is survived by a son, Marvin E. Mertz of Troy; a daughter, Normajean McKune of Fairview Heights; a grandson, Allen (Diana) Mertz of Troy, seven great grandchildren, Christopher A. (Amanda) Mertz, Timothy S. Mertz, Christine M. Wheeler, Cynthia A. Dooley, Curtis E. Loucks, Craig J. (Christine) Loucks, Cheryl L. (Ted) Cherico, and seven great, great grandchildren. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. All services will be private with Rev. Georgia White-Kisslring officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon.


ANTHONY IORIO, age 80, of O’Fallon, born Nov. 26, 1927 in Marano, Italy, passed away Sunday evening, May 25, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Anthony grew up in Italy among 20 brothers and sisters. He immigrated to the United States in 1947 at the young age of 19. He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a butcher and moved to O’Fallon seven years ago. Mr. Iorio was a parishioner at St. Clare Catholic Church, deeply devoted to his Catholic faith. He was a very kind and loving father and grandfather, tirelessly giving of himself to his family. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and loving devotion to his children and grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luigi and Rosa, nee Venezia, Iorio; his beloved wife Rosaria, nee Gioeli, Iorio, whom he married January 7, 1956 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and passed away April 9, 1996; and several brothers and sisters. Mr. Iorio is survived by his son, Louis Joseph (Denise) Iorio, MD, of Guilford, Conn.; his daughter, Rosemarie (Joseph) Gilroy of O’Fallon, and his very special grandchildren, Anthony Robert Iorio, Steven and Kathryn Gilroy. In honor of their father’s generosity and to follow his charitable wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to EWTN Global Catholic Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, Ala., 35210-2164 or to a Catholic charity of one’s choice. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, O’Fallon. Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Rev. Jim Deiters presiding. Burial of cremated remains with military honors will take place at a later date at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.


BELVA NELL BUSH, age 96, of O’Fallon, passed away Sunday morning, May 18 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon. She was born February 3, 1912 in Farmington, W. V. to Martin H. and Dagmar, nee Groce, Rummager. Growing up the daughter of a railroad engineer, Belva Nell moved frequently during her childhood years. She married William J. Bush on November 10, 1939 in Catlettsburg, Ky. In 1971, upon his retirement, they settled in Venice, Fla. She lived there until 2000, when she moved to O’Fallon, to be near her son and his family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William J. Bush, who passed away in 1996; her son, Col. William J. Bush, II, USAF (retired), who passed away June 10, 2007; her sister, Lois Flege and brother, Dallas Rummager. Mrs. Bush is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joan Bush of O’Fallon, her granddaughters, Alison Delgado and her husband, Peter, of Glen Ridge, N.J., Katherine Ruberton and her husband, Robert, of London, England; and three great grandchildren, Gabrielle and Alec Delgado and William Ruberton. She will also be missed by her friends and neighbors at the O’Fallon Apartments. Memorial donations in honor of Mrs. Belva Nell Bush may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 South Illinois, Belleville, Ill, 62222 or Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. There will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be private. At her request, her cremated remains will be scattered by air over Casperson Beach, near Venice, Florida, where she held many fond memories of time spent there with her husband.

MARY DORIS RICHEE, 81, of Millersburg, born January 23, 1927 in Cairo, Ill., died May 18 at Maryville Manor Nursing Home in Maryville, Ill. Mrs. Richee grew up in Cairo, Ill. and moved to E. St. Louis with her family when she was in the seventh grade. She moved to Millersburg in 1967. She had worked as a sales clerk in several stores and had last worked at the Millersburg Store. She had served as an election judge in E. St. Louis and Millersburg. She was a member of the Wisetown Baptist Church and also the Women's Democratic Club. Mary Doris married Earl Slape of Belleville on October 24, 1942. He died on Nov. 18, 1956. She then married John Richee on May 22, 1959 in Nashville, Ill. He died April 23, 2003. She is preceeded in death by her parents, Adrian L. and Eulah (Ramage) Beard; both her husbands; five brothers, Thomas Beard, Charles Beard, Eugene Beard, Billy Beard and Edward Beard; and a sister, Barbara Childerson. She is survived by her son, Michael (Jean) Slape of Belleville; two daughters, Carolyn Masterson of Pocahontas, and Cathy (Ken) Frutiger of St. Jacob; a brother, Adrian L. “Junior” (Deanna) Beard of Pocahontas; three sisters, Edith Waterman of O’Fallon, Betty Bieri of O’Fallon; and sister, Joyce (Kenneth) Royer of Pocahontas; nine grandchildren, Tim Slape, Lori (Patrick) Foley, Erin (Donnie) Smith, Lindsey (Brent) Blacharczyk, Tara (Jon) Thompson, Kaitlin Slape, John Masterson, Michelle (Tim) Aldrich, and Mike (Lisa) Frutiger; and eight great grand children, Jacob, Sean, Alex, Emma, Caroline, Bryant, Dylan, and Elise. Memorials may be made to Wisetown Baptist Church or Unity Hospice. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., May 22 at Young Funeral Home in Greenville, Ill. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. May 23 at Wisetown Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Rankin officiating. Interment will be at Hug Cemetery in Pocahontas, Ill.


DORIS C. KERN, 87, of Palm Harbor, Florida, formerly of O’Fallon, died May 2, in Florida. Doris was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. She was a teacher, beginning her career in a country school in Mascoutah. She also taught in Belleville, Urbana, and retired, after teaching over 20 years at Roosevelt School. She is preceded by her parents, Julius and Matilda Hamann and a son, Robert J. Kern, who died May 17, 1977. Doris is survived by her husband, former veterinarian and owner of O’Fallon Animal Hospital, Dr. Robert G. Kern of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a daughter Kimberlee Bauman and granddaughter, Cherrilee Bauman of Mo., and a sister, Leona (Kenneth) Waldorf of Conn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Walter P. Gerth officiating.


JEROME W. SOUDER, 65, of Shiloh, born September 13, 1942 in Maysville, Ky., died Tuesday, May 20, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Jerome was a Senior Master Sergeant in the US Air Force, retiring after 20 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Hester, nee Jolly, Souder and a son, Michael Scott Souder, who died February 16, 1991. Jerome is survived by his wife Carole S. nee Bierlin, Souder of Shiloh; a son, Gary Souder of Shiloh; a daughter, Tracy (Michael) Kohler of Waterloo; a sister, Elizabeth (Paul) Wood of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Stephen (Sheila) Souder of Danville, Ky., David (Toni) Souder of Winchester, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Tarah Kohler and Christian Kohler. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Knox & Brothers Funeral Home, 625 E. 2nd Street, Maysville, Ky. 41056. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Knox & Brothers Funeral Home, Maysville, Ky. Burial will be at Brooksville Memorial Cemetery, Brooksville, Ky. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of local arrangements.


BENJAMIN E. HAMM, 86, of O’Fallon, born April 1, 1922 in O’Fallon, died Saturday, May 17, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon. Ben was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ, a lifetime member of the O’Fallon American Legion Post 137 and the O’Fallon Masonic Lodge 576 AF & AM.
He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and retired from the O’Fallon Fire Department after 30 years of service. He was the city clerk for the City of O’Fallon for 16 years, and served on the O’Fallon Park Board, the O’Fallon Veterans Monument Committee, the Board of Directors of the O’Fallon Savings and Loan and owned a newspaper delivery business in O’Fallon for 12 years.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army and receiving two Bronze Stars.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Hilda E., nee Gross, Hamm and a brother, Leroy W. Hamm.
Ben is survived by his wife, Marian, nee Roberts, Hamm of O’Fallon, whom he married February 28, 1948 in O’Fallon; four sons, Michael (Suellyn) Hamm of O’Fallon, Randy (Jane) Hamm of Belleville, Robert (Linda) Hamm of Hillsboro, Richard (Michelle) Hamm of Freeburg; a brother, Vernon (Colleen) Hamm of O’Fallon; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the O’Fallon United Church of Christ. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. with an O’Fallon Fire Department service at 7 p.m. from the Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at O’Fallon United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


SANDRA J. SCHMITTLING, 71, of Shiloh, born May 21, 1936 in Belleville, died Tuesday, May 13, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Clara, nee Karius, McClary; three sisters, Ruth Golab, Garnet Warchol, Henrietta Daniels; and a brother, Fred McClary. She is survived by four sons, Bryan Schmittling of Shiloh, Mike (Shirley) Schmittling of Fairview Heights, Randall (Donna) Schmittling of Belleville, Russell Schmittling of Shiloh; a sister, June “Susie” Herman of Shiloh; nine grandchildren, Rachel (Phil) Allen, Andrew, Nicholas, Andrea, Ciara, Alexsis, Emily and Jacob Schmittling and James Legg, six great grandchildren, Isabella Allen, Aleaha Lynch, Alyse Lynch, Sophie Schmittling, Sequoia Kadel, Julian Kadel, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Friday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home with Rev. Georgia White-Kisslring officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh City Cemetery.


ROBERT L. KEATON, 60, of O’Fallon, born June 14, 1947 in St. Louis, died Thursday, May 8, in O’Fallon. Robert was a retired machine mechanic at General Electric in St. Louis. He also was in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. Robert’s love for the outdoors was found at Owl’s Bend. He enjoyed the woods, camping, campfires, family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Jennie (nee Dawson) Keaton and a stepson, Carl L. McCoy. Robert is survived by his wife, Gala (nee VanOver) Keaton of O’Fallon, five children, Amy (Rev. L.P.) Cook of Holts Summit, Mo., Richard (Alice) Keaton of Pearland, Texas, Mickey (Joe) Curry of Boulder, Ill, Ruth (Mike) Mason of Neoga, Ill, Teresa (Mark) Clark of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Norma (Robert “Corky”) Karsteter, Sharon Yarber; a half brother, Jim (Beth) Jones, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or the Siteman Cancer Center. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. The visitation was held Saturday, May 10, at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon. The funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the funeral home with Rev. L.P. Cook officiating. At Robert’s request, after all services, his body will be cremated.


ELMER B. HEITMAN, 83, of O’Fallon, born November 13, 1924 in O’Fallon, died Monday, April 21, at Clinton Manor Living Center, New Baden. Elmer was an avid golfer and was one of the first members of Tamarack Country Club. He traveled extensively, enjoying rounds of golf everywhere from The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland to Pebble Beach in California. Elmer retired after a long career from Oliver C. Joseph Dodge Dealership in Belleville, where he always appreciated being treated more like family than an employee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Louis and Alma Amanda, nee Stoecklin, Heitman; a brother, Dean Louis Heitman; and sister-in-law, Suzanne, nee Harding, Heitman. Elmer is survived by two nephews, Kenneth (Kelly) Heitman and Kurt (Natalie) Heitman. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. At his request, Elmer was cremated. Visitation will be held from noon until 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at Schildknecht Funeral Home followed by a memorial service with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial of the remains will be held at O’Fallon City Cemetery.


JONATHAN JAMES SORY, 13, of Lebanon born August 17, 1994 in Belleville, died Sunday, May 4, in O’Fallon. Jonathan was a student at Fulton Junior High School in O’Fallon. He loved riding his skateboard, music, riding his bike and hanging out with his friends, especially Jessie and Collin. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Stern. Jonathan is survived by his parents, David Sory and Tonya Stern of Lebanon, a brother, Matthew Sory of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Christina Sory of St. Louis, Mo. and Andrea Sory of Lebanon; maternal grandmother, Beth Vissell of Ellis Grove, Ill.; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Marjorie Sory of Belleville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Edgemont Bible Church, Fairview Heights, Ill, 62208. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. At the request of the family, all services are private and will be held, at a later date, at Edgemont Bible Church in Fairview Heights. Arrangements handled by Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon.


LOUISE LANGENBERG, nee Logue, 97, of Highland, born May 20, 1910, in Highland, died Friday, May 2 at Faith Care Center, Highland. Mrs. Langenberg was born and raised in Highland. She worked at the Moulton-Bartley Shoe Factory in the office for 131/2 years prior to her marriage. She also worked in St. Louis, Mo., for the Pet Milk Company for three years. She lived all of her life in Highland and was a well-known vocalist and soloist for her church, civic functions, and funerals. A member of the now Evangelical United Church of Christ since 1924, she taught Sunday school at the church for over 18 years and sang in the choir for 75 years. She was also a member of Women's Guild of the Church (Honorary Member); Highland Historical Society; Saline/ Helvetia Homemakers Extension; former member of the Ladies Harmonie (a civic singing group in Highland); driver for Meals on Wheels; Weinheimer Senior Citizens Association; J.O.Y. Singers (Just Older Youth); Highland Area Christian Women's Club (longtime member, held various positions); and Highland Senior Citizens. Mrs. Langenberg also enjoyed doing crafts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Langenberg, whom she married February 8, 1945, and who died February 28, 1976; her father, Michael E. Logue; her mother, Louisa M. Wilhawk, nee Butcher, Logue; a daughter-in-law, Anna Ruth, nee Laughmiller, Langenberg, who died Oct. 2, 2007; and a half sister, Ruby Kircher, who died April 21, 1979. Surviving are two sons, Robert L. (Manon) Langenberg of Littleton, Colo., and William J. Langenberg of O'Fallon; two granddaughters, Michelle L. Langenberg of Charlotte, N.C., and Christina L. Langenberg of San Jose, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Veliz of Charlotte, N.C., and Domonick Ennis of San Jose, Calif.; and a step-grandson, Clayton Vincent of Littleton, Colo. Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ. Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, in Highland, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor Evangelical United Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery.


LEO F. LUGGE, 83, of O’Fallon, born April 1, 1925 in Belleville, died Wednesday, April 30, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon. Leo was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, a former alderman for the City of O’Fallon for 10 years, a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4239, the American Legion Fischer-Sollis Post 137 and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 for over 50 years. He was the former owner-operator of Bel-O Cooling and Heating and served in the US Army. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Olivia, Beucherie, Lugge and a brother, Paul Lugge. He is survived by his wife, Mary R., nee Wieman, Lugge, whom he married at St. Peter'sl Cathedral in Belleville on September 29, 1951; two sons, Richard Leo Lugge of Hawaii and Don (Peggy Schofro) Lugge of O’Fallon; a sister, Mary Ann (Dan) Groghan of Creve Coeur, Mo; two grandchildren; Chris Lugge and Nicole Lugge, both of O’Fallon, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or St. Clare Catholic Church Building Fund. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Monday, May 5, from 4 to 8 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon and Tuesday, May 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father James Deiters and Monsignor Donald Eichenseer officiating. Burial will be at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon.


JOHN PARKER SHEEHAN, 61, of O’Fallon, born February 1, 1947 in Frankfort, Germany, where his family was stationed in the military, died Thursday, May 1. He grew up in Jacksonville, N.C. and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In 1972, he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. John served in the U.S. Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, achieving the rank of captain. In 1972, he left the Air Force and entered the civil service work force at Scott AFB where he served as a computer programmer/analyst, until his retirement in 2002. Upon retirement from the civil service, he worked as a substitute teacher in O’Fallon. John was an avid, lifelong supporter of UNC athletics and took great pride in wearing the Carolina Blue attire. John also achieved national status as a volleyball player. He began playing volleyball as a member of the Scott AFB team. He played many years with the St. Louis Turner Organization and other U.S. Volleyball Association teams. While a member and player in the USVA, John was selected to the All American Men’s Senior First Team in 1983 as a setter. John also coached numerous volleyball teams over the years, to include McKendree University and the SWIC Volleyball Club. The last five years of coaching at SWIC Club, he focused on helping student athletes obtain scholarships. Among his numerous volleyball friends, he was lovingly known as “Papa Sheehan”. One of John’s all-time, favorite enjoyments was watching his sons and grandsons playing sports. John received great joy in traveling the U.S. and visiting historical battlefields and enjoyed running, hiking and camping. He was also an American Red Cross blood donor, donating over 200 times. He maintained a life-time status as a member of the UNC Alumni Association Live Member and always believed in supporting education. He was also a member of St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon. John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jane Sheehan. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, nee Halsey, Sheehan of O’Fallon, three sons, Kenneth (Amy) Sheehan and Donny Sheehan, both of O’Fallon, Greg (Jessica) Sheehan of Millstadt; a brother, Thomas (Debbie) Sheehan of Wilmington, N.C.; a sister, Anne (Jim) Schleining of Jacksonville, N.C.; two grandsons, Connor and Camryn Sheehan; and two nephews, David and T.J. Sheehan. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the John Sheehan Volleyball Scholarship to support the SWIC Volleyball Club. Donations to the fund will be accepted at the funeral home or can be sent to Bank of O’Fallon, 901 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. The family offers a special thanks to Father Jim Deiters and the Parish at St. Clare Catholic Church, Dr. B. Tan, Dr. Fong and their staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. P. Malcharek, Dr. V. Pai and staff at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, and to Hospice of Southern Illinois for their support. We would also like to thank all of our many friends for their prayers and support. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.


THOMAS P. BLAISE, 51, of Mascoutah, formerly of O’Fallon, born November 29, 1956 in E. St. Louis, died Monday, April 28, in Mascoutah. Tom was an avid Nascar fan, loved the outdoors and enjoyed doing Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactments. He was a member of the United States Bowling Congress and bowled at many alleys in the metro east. He was a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame, earning a ring for bowling a 300 game. He was also a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 and had been employed by Brinkmann's Heating and Cooling in Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Johanna C. (nee Boyne) Blaise; his paternal grandparents, Stephen and Julia Blaise; maternal grandparents, Patrick A. and Johanna C. Boyne. Tom is survived by his father, Ernest “Ernie” Blaise of Swansea; two sisters, Stephanie (Louis) Feist of Ballwin, Mo. and Mary Ann (Joe) Lanza of Springfield, Va; a brother, Ernest Blaise Jr. of Atlanta, Ga; nieces and nephews, Joshua Feist, Emily Feist, Crystal (Richard) Sanders, Ernest Blaise III, Brenda Lanza, Joe Lanza Jr, Ashleigh Lanza, many cousins and close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, O'Fallon. Funeral service will be Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Father James Deiters officiating. At the family’s request, Tom will be cremated, with burial of the cremains to be held at a later date.


From the May 1 O'Fallon Progress

ANNA E. VON SCHRILTZ, nee Harr, 92, of Lebanon, born June 2, 1915 in Colfax, New Mexico, died Monday, April 28, at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon. Anna was a former member of the FBC in O’Fallon, and she loved traveling. Her last trips included China and Israel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Von Schriltz; her three sons, Sam, Doug and Richard Von Schriltz; and her parents, Elmer and Elsie, nee Tucker, Harr; a brother, Robert Harr and a sister, Velma Green. Surviving are her loving son, Kurt (Donna) Von Schriltz of Morgantown, Ind.; her granddaughter, Paige Von Schriltz of Sacramento, Calif., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren through the union of Kurt and Donna Von Schriltz, and a dear friend and care giver, Susan Buchner and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Place, Suite 150, Fairview Hgts, IL 62208. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, at First Baptist Church, 1111 E. Hwy 50, O’Fallon, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Doug Munton officiating. Upon Anna's request, cremation was to be held. Interment of cremain will be held at a later date.


JAMES S. VAHLKAMP, of Belleville, born March 9, 1932 in Mascoutah, died Saturday April 26, at his home, surrounded family. He was a retired laborer for Local 459 in Belleville, Member of the Swansea Moose Lodge 1221 and the Forsythe, Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5869. He enjoyed camping, boating and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Edmina Vahlkamp (nee Jung), grandson, “grandpa’s sunshine” Craig Biekert; sister and brother in-law, Delores and Sylvester Schanz; brother and sister in-law, Adrrian and Doris Vahlkamp; brother, Sylvester Vahlkamp; and brother in-law; Eldon Fohne. James is survived by three children, Ronda Bennett of Forsythe, Mo., Dale and Marty Vahlkamp of Gillette, Wy., and Karen and Glenn Biekert of New Baden; one sister, Cornelia Fohne of Godrey; four grandchildren, Ashley Bennett, Brandon Vahlkamp, Danea Keever and Diane Biekert; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee Marie Stout, Landon Keever, Leah Keever, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Sunday, April 28, from 4 to 8 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Monday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Elmer Mauer officiating. Burial followed at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.


From the April 24 O'Fallon Progress

DOROTHY M. SHANKS, 84, of O’Fallon, born May 9, 1923 in Marion, died Monday, April 21, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Myrtle, nee Shanks, Connett; husband, Carl Shanks; and three sisters, Violet Bramlett, Eva Harris and Helen Furlow. She is survived by a son, Roy Shanks and a daughter, Mabel (Edward) Niehls, both of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Billy (Candi) Niehls, Michael (Brenda) Shanks, Michelle Lynn (George) Herrera; great grandchildren, Megan Shanks, Jennifer Herrera, Dakota Herrera, Austin Herrera, Dallas Herrera, Mary Case, Elizabeth Niehls, and many nieces and nephews. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 pm, at Salem Cemetery, Carrier Mills, Ill.


From the April 10 O'Fallon Progress

MILTON L. HABERMAN, Chief Master Sergeant United States Air Force, Retired, 88, of Swansea, born September 1, 1919 in Town of York, Wis., died Saturday, April 5, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris J. Haberman (nee Jecklin); parents, Leo M. and Caroline L. Haberman (nee Fox); sister, Beatrice Lukes; brother, Lloyd E. Haberman; and a grandson, James Smith. Milton is survived by three daughters, Mary H. and (Michael) Bade of Lake Mills, Wis., Catherine A. and (Gary) Karraker of Lebanon, Barbara J. and (Richard) Abell of Ramsey; six grand children, David Bade, Shauna Sconce, Tucker Smith, Kevin Karraker, Leanne Abell and Jeffrey Abell; two great grand children, Jordan and Canyon Smith. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Private graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements by Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon.


DIANNE D. WILSON, 73, of Shiloh, born Jan. 18, 1935 in Belleville, died Monday, April 7, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon. Dianne had been employed as a nursing assistant at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Wilson; parents, Eugene and Helen, nee Faulke, Meyer and a sister, Gladys Meyer. Dianne is survived by four children, Randall Wilson of Shiloh, Jeffrey (Joyce) Wilson of Belleville, Lisa (John) Porter of Shiloh, Gina (Charlie) Klein of Shiloh, a sister, Sandra Schempp; sister-in-law, Wanda Creason of Mayfield, Ky., brother-in-law, Dickie (Loretta) Fleming of Mayfield, Ky; a dear grandson, Charles John Klein and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. At the request of the family, after all services, Dianne will be cremated. Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.


JOHN W. HENDERSON, 83, of Swansea, born September 25, 1924 in Central City, Ky, died Tuesday, April 1, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. John was an owner/operator, driving for Stahly Cartage, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Teamsters, Local 50. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, nee Moore, Henderson; parents, James Alexander and Nancy, nee Beuhler, Henderson; two grandsons, Joe Ybarra and Nolan Henderson; a daughter-in-law, Suzan Henderson; brothers and sisters. John is survived by three children, Mary Ybarra of O’Fallon, Charlie Henderson of Swansea, Kathy Coumbe of Omaha, Nebr.; six grandchildren, James Tevebaugh, John Tevebaugh Jr., Jeanice Vasquez, Logan Henderson, Kayla Sexton, Krystina Coumbe; four great grandchildren, Raelyn Sexton, Nikki Tevebaugh, Nicole Vasquez, Nick Vasquez; many nieces and nephews. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 4, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Georgia White-Kisslring officiating. At the families request, John will be cremated after all services, with burial of the cremains Tuesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at Greenmount Cemetery, Belleville.


From the April 4 O'Fallon Progress

GLADYS H. SIMMONS, 91, of Lebanon, born January 16, 1917 in Vandalia, died Friday, March 28, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon. Gladys was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon, and a 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 487. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Kelley Simmons; parents, Arthur and Margaret, nee Combs, Webb; and a brother, Jack Webb. Gladys is survived by three children, Carol (Garey) Zimmer, John (Martha) Simmons, and Janet (Ron) Manning; a sister, Betty Bendix; five grandchildren, Michele (Charles) Jenkins, Jeff (Jennifer) Mitchell, Benjamin Simmons, Ethan Manning and Meredith Manning; six great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lebanon. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. At the families request, Gladys was cremated. There will be a memorial service Saturday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Lebanon, with Rev. Joy Caschetta officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


IONE MARIE (MANNZ) GRIBLER, age 88, of O’Fallon, passed away March 27 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon. She was born August 6, 1919 to Lawrence and Margaret (nee Dawson) Ardison of Collinsville. She attended Collinsville schools and later worked at the local sewing factory. She was married to Wilmer Mannz from October 9, 1937 until his death in 1967. Ione married Robert Gribler in O’Fallon on August 6, 1982 and deeply mourned his passing on July 24, 2005. She retired from PN Hirsch in 1984, was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and V.F.W. Post 805 Woman’s Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and a grandson, Anthony Mannz. Mourning her passing are a daughter, Patricia (Richard) Goheen of Benton, Ark., and a son, Ronald (Sandra) Mannz of Redwood Falls, Minn. Her beloved grandchildren are Christopher (Suzanna) Goheen of Vienna, Va., Angela Marie Thennes of Benton, Ark., Michael (Jean) Mannz of Redwood Falls, Minn., Andrea (Andy) Marshall of Owattona, Minn., and Robert “Jake” Goheen of Benton, Ark. Great-grandchildren include Anthony Natale, University of Central Arkansas; Jennifer Goheen, University of Illinois; Michael Goheen, Vienna, Va.; Bethany Thennes, Benton, Ark.; Jared and Riley Becker, Owattona, Minn.; Calvin, Nichele, and Jarrett Mannz, Redwood Falls, Minn. Ione is also survived by three dear sisters, Catherine Simon of Alton, Hazel Fitzpatrick of Little Rock, Ark., and Faye Mondy of Lakeside, Calif. Ione enjoyed pinochle, traveling, fishing, gardening, cooking, and visiting with her special neighbors. The family deeply appreciates the loving care given Ione by friends, family, personnel at Cedar Ridge, staff and members of O’Fallon United Church of Christ, and the excellent care team of Heartland Hospice. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. Memorial donations may be made to O’Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams, O’Fallon, IL 62269; Heartland Hospice, 333 Salem Pl., Ste. 165, Fairview Heights, IL 62208; and Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center Activity Fund, 1 Perryman St., Lebanon, IL 62254. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 3, and from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, April 4, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 4, at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Interment will be at O’Fallon City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home.


From the March 27 O'Fallon Progress:
NORMA GROVES, 73, of O’Fallon, born Dec. 13, 1934 in Bismarck, N.D., died Sunday, March 23. Norma was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Ann, nee Velinsky, Gothard; a son, Brian Yocum and a sister, Darlene Cremona. Norma is survived by her husband, James H. Groves of O’Fallon; a son, James D. (Renee) Groves; two daughters, Virginia Groves and Christiane (Curtis) Kimball; a brother, Donald (Mary) Gothard; three sisters, Jewel (Veryl) Lord, Cecilia (Raymond) Heimsness, and Irene Yocom; grandsons, Hazen Groves, James E. Groves and James Kimball; and three granddaughters, Brittany Kohlberg, Destiny Kimball and Gabrielle Groves. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the O’Fallon Food Pantry, the Love Fund at Faith Lutheran Church or the music program at the church. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Freda Snyder officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

JOHN J. “JACK” KILROY, 73, of O’Fallon, born May 19, 1934 in Boston, Mass., died Sunday, March 23. Jack retired from the US Air Force as a chief master sergeant and also retired from the civil service as a project manager in communications. He was a member of the Harbor Light Bay Landowners Association and truly enjoyed being on his boat at Carlyle Lake with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents William F. and Margaret, nee Adams, Kilroy; and two sisters, Nancy Dinsmore and Betty Ramsey. Jack is survived by his wife, Sandra, nee Campbell, Kilroy of Marthasville, Mo.; three children, Jacqueline Schroeder of Lawson, Mo., Michael (Christine) Kilroy of Edmonds, Wash, and Patrick (Laura) Kilroy of Belleville; a brother William F. (Barbara) Kilroy of Bellingham, Mass.; five grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Alexandra, Megan and Joey; and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Assn. Condolences to the family may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

ADOLPH LOUIS “LOU” SCHEIBEL, age 92, passed away peacefully in Littleton, Colo. on March 13. He was born to Ludwig J. Scheibel and Emilie (Betteken) Scheibel on May 16, 1915 in O’Fallon. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph; his sister, Amelia Schwaegel; his wife of 53 years, Virginia Dell (nee Schaefer), and his daughter, Sandra Ann McDonald. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Dell Vinnola- (Bob) Prinsteiner; son, Robert Louis (Colonel, USAF, Retired) (Susan); son-in-law, Doug McDonald; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. After attending St. Louis University for two years, Lou and Ginny were married on Oct. 20, 1937. They moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1939 where Lou began working for Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation on the B-24 Flight Line. Thirty-seven years later, he retired in 1976 from General Dynamics as an aerospace engineer. During his career, he was involved in flight operations of many different Convair aircraft including the B-36, T-29, 240, 340 and 440; numerous static rocket engine tests in the California “high desert”; the Atlas ICBM Missile Activation Program which took the family to Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma; and dozens of missile launches at the Western Missile Test Range, Vandenberg AFB, Calif. He was especially proud of his contributions to his country during WWII and the Cold War. Lou’s passions included airplanes and rocketry, cars, tinkering, gardening, history, reading, dogs, traveling and cooking. A family tradition on Saturday night was his homemade vegetable soup. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding. Burial will be for both Lou and Ginny who will be "brought home” together. Please make memorial donations to your favorite charity. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington Street, O’Fallon.

From the March 20 O'Fallon Progress:
ALEX AUSTIN KECK, 18, of O’Fallon, born June 8, 1989 in Belleville, died Monday, March 17. Alex was a recent graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and an Eagle Scout. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a graduate of the Latter Day Saints Seminary Program and a youth council member in the young men’s program at the church. Alex is preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, James E. Keck, a maternal grandfather and grandmother, Cecil and Helen (nee Turner) Shelton, and an uncle, James Allen Shelton. He is survived by his father, Wayne E. Keck of Fairview Heights, mother, Laureen, nee Shelton, Hughes and Colonel Kevin P. Hughes, retired USMC of O’Fallon; a sister, Amanda, nee Raisner, (Matt) Halverstadt of Arlington, Va, a brother Jameson Keck of O’Fallon, and a nephew, “Baby” Jack Halverstadt of Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. There was no visitation. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 255 Fairwood Hills, O’Fallon, with Bishop Joe Logan officiating. Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.


CHARLES HENRY CARTER, 71, of Fairview Heights, born Nov. 7, 1936 in Potosi, Mo., died Monday, March 17, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. Mr. Carter was a member of the Westside O’Fallon Club and the O’Fallon Trailer Club. He was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, responding to national disasters for 10 years. Charles worked for the Department of Defense as an instrument mechanic, retiring from Scott AFB. He also served in the US Air Force. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Minnie, nee Warden, Carter; a sister, Ruby Carter; a brother, Tom Carter; and a daughter, Barbara K. Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, nee Moes, Carter of Fairview Heights; a son, Tim Carter of Charleston, S.C., three daughters, Carol (Bob) Sapp of Fairview Heights, Cindy Davidson of O’Fallon, Theresa (Ronald) Robinson of St. Jacob; a brother, Willis (Janet) Carter of Arnold, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Shirley Carter of Old Mines, Mo.; two grandchildren, Jason (Mary Ann) Hoffman of Fairview Heights, Catherine Robinson of St. Jacob; three great grandchildren, two aunts, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Wednesday, March 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Ken Siefert officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

From the March 13 O'Fallon Progress:
CLETUS J. KOESTERER, 72, of O’Fallon, born May 14, 1935 in New Athens, died Wednesday, March 5. Mr. Koesterer was a retired grocery clerk and served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 881. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole, nee Weisbrod; his parents Theodore L. and Elizabeth, nee Glaus, Koesterer; father-in-law, Earl Weibord; three brothers, Ted, Larry and Lloyd Koesterer; two sisters, Stella Teel and Betty Koesterer; six half brothers, Edward, John, George, Pete, Henry and Clements Koesterer and a half sister, Kate Mueller. He is survived by three children, Brenda (Jeff) Cavins of Marine, Ken Koesterer and Jeff Koesterer both of O’Fallon; two grandsons, Blake and Austin Cavins; one brother, Martin (Karen) Koesterer of Belleville; three sisters, Theresa Duncan of Belleville, Ida Petroff of Ohio and Clara Neu of Texas; mother-in-law Vergie Weisbrod; seven sisters-in-law, Florence and Audrey Koesterer, Nancy (Tom) McCaw; Pat (Clarence) Hagene, Elcie McCaw; Sandy Wagner, Linda Noltkamper; many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Sunday, March 9, from 4-8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.

From the March 6 O'Fallon Progress:
RITA H. GOOLEY, age 86, of O’Fallon, born Sept. 3, 1921 in Syracuse, New York, passed away Monday, March 3, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon. Mrs. Gooley had formerly worked in banking and bookkeeping, and most recently in the fine jewelry department at Famous-Barr, where she was recognized many times for her success in sales. She loved to travel with her husband, especially to Las Vegas. She enjoyed browsing garage sales and was a regular mallwalker when her health permitted. Rita was a longtime loyal parishioner at St. Clare Catholic Church, where she faithfully prayed the rosary. She will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife and mother and was very faithful in attending and supporting the activities of her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael M. and Mary Ellen (nee Cummings) Halloran, and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Philip E. Gooley of O’Fallon, whom she married Nov. 28, 1946; her daughter Marianne and her husband, Michael Juergensmeyer of Ellisville, Mo., and their children, Philip and Rachel; her daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Paul McCleery of O’Fallon; and her children, John Elafros of O’Fallon, Erin (Keith Shovlin) Elafros of Chicago, Michael Elafros of Collinsville, and Timmy Elafros of O’Fallon. The family is very grateful for the loving care given to Mrs. Gooley by the staff at Covenant Care of O’Fallon, and during her transition to Lebanon Care and Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center. Visit www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences to the family. The family strongly encourages in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made to the Pro-Life Society at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, IL, 62269. Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6 at St. Clare Catholic Church. Funeral Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh. Arrangements were entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.

YUKIE EMMERT, 80, of Mascoutah, born Dec. 25, 1927 in Aomori, Japan, died Thursday, Feb. 28, at Willow Creek Rehab and Nursing Center, Belleville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Toshio and Kimi Sato. Yukie is survived by her husband, James Emmert of Mascoutah, a daughter, Kathleen Emmert of Mascoutah, two sons, Kevin Emmert of O’Fallon, Keith (Christina) Emmert of Rockford, Ill, and brothers and sisters living in Japan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. A memorial visitation will be held Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. At the request of the family, Yukie was cremated, with burial of the cremains to be held at a later date.

OTTO C. KAMPEN, 97, of O'Fallon, born August 9, 1910, in Lebanon, Mo., died Thursday, Feb. 28, at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea, Ill. Mr. Kampen, with his wife, Esther, owned and operated the Western Auto Store in O'Fallon from 1955 until he retired in 1983. As a young man, he was a schoolteacher in small country schools in Missouri for ten years. During that time he spent several summers attending Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. He then opened his first business, a Western Auto Store in Pacific, Mo. This was followed by a Western Auto Store in Union, Mo., and a grocery/general store in Gerald, Mo. During World War II his business ownership wasinterrupted when he did defense work at the Curtiss-Wright plant in St. Louis.He was a member of the O'Fallon United Church of Christ and had served on the church consistory. He belonged to the O'Fallon Sportsmen's Club and was a former member of the Lions Club. In 1982 he received a business leadership award from the O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, nee Roethemeyer, Kampen in 1998, whom he married on October 5, 1940, in the parsonage of the St. James Evangelical Church, Owensville, Mo.; his parents, August and Josephine, nee Reimer, Kampen; one brother, Herbert Kampen; and two sisters, Ada Heidel and Eleanor Conley. Mr. Kampen is survived by three children, Mark (Judy) Kampen of O'Fallon, Ill., Patricia (Gordon) Sisk of Williamsburg, Va., and Jeanette Kampen of Granite City, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Rita) Sisk of Hampton, Va., Randell (Cathy) Sisk of Yorktown, Va., Douglas Kampen of Prairie Village, Kan., and Renee (Christopher) Rhanor of San Diego, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Sisk, Adam Sisk, and Brooke Umfleet; and his cat, Tammy, his "little friend" and great companion. The family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea, and Hospice of Southern Illinois. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Children's Home, O'Fallon United Church of Christ, or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was Sunday, Mar. 2, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, Ill. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 3, at O'Fallon United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Graveside service was at 3:00 p.m. at the St. James United Church of Christ Cemetery, Owensville, Mo., with the Rev. Libby Brueseke officiating.

From the Feb. 28 O'Fallon Progress:
LILLIAN M. BROWN, 91, of O’Fallon, born March 18, 1916 in Greenville, Ill, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea. Lillian was a charter member of Central Christian Church in O'Fallon and had been a seamstress at the Glove Factory in Greenville and worked for 25 years at Sel-Mor Garment Factory in O’Fallon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mrytle, nee Harris, Bimes; her husband, Marshall J. Brown; a sister, Adele Rench; and three brothers, Eddie, Chester and Jessie Bimes. Lillian is survived by a daughter, Shirley M. Triplett of O'Fallon; two grandsons, Russell Pittman of St. Louis, Mo., Dan W. Pittman of Sedalia, Mo.; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Schildknecht Funeral Home 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Darrin McCormick officiating. Burial was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Greenville.

SARAH LAKIN, 92, of Caseyville, born Dec. 31, 1915 in Tubor, Texas, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Sarah was an avid bingo and poker player. She loved spending time with family, always having a houseful and loved to cook, always worrying that there wouldn't be enough to eat. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna Poletti; husband, Thomas H. Lakin; a brother, Joe Poletti; a sister and her husband, Christina (Lee) Dennis; two sons, Henry and Stanley Lakin; two grandsons, Eric ‘Rick’ Kmetz, Shawn Worthen; great granddaughter, Valerie Ballard; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas Henry (Grace) Lakin; a daughter-in-law, Aileen Lakin; and a son-in-law, Frank Kmetz. Sarah is survived by daughters, Christine Kmetz, Maryann (Tony) Casiano, Carol Lakin; sons, Robert Lakin, Joe (Etta) Lakin, Leroy Lakin; daughter-in-law, Janice Lakin; grandchildren, Frank Kmetz, Kitty Kmetz, Alan Kmetz, Ricky Lakin, Robbie (Donna) Lakin, Vicki Worthen, Hankie (Debbie) Lakin, Alice Roedl, Donny Lakin, Judy (Kevin) Renth, Jimmy Lakin, Vanessa Casciano, Mathew Casciano, Bobby (Denise) Lakin, Rose Root, Russell (Terry) Lakin, Joely Lakin, Joe Lakin; 31 great grandchildren; 23 great great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be made at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father James Deiters officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

JAMES BOYD LOCK, 71, of Shiloh, born June 26, 1936 in Quincy, died Wednesday, Feb. 20. James was an OSI investigator for the US Government. He retired from the US Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Rosemary, nee Boyd, Lock and a sister, Diana Bolen. James is survived by his wife, Josephine, nee Tompkins, Lock, of Shiloh; three children, Christina (Amosa) Masaniai of Atwater, Calif., Karen (Karl) Schricker of Flower Mound, Texas, James (Laura) Lock Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas; and six grandchildren, James Masaniai of Los Angeles, Calif., Anita Masaniai of Atwater, Calif., Jason and Claire Schricker of Flower Mound, Texas, Madalyn and Jacob Lock of New Braunfels, Texas. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. There will be no service at the request of the family. Schildknecht Funeral Home, O'Fallon, was in charge of arrangements.

RUTH MARGARET HALCOMB FISK, 79, of Prunedale, Calif., formerly of Shiloh, born May 24, 1928 in St. Louis, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 17, at Carmel Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Calif. Ruth served 30 years of civil service at Scott Air Force Base as an administrative assistant, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the O’Fallon United Church of Christ and the Eastern Star. Ruth moved to California in 1998 to be close to her daughters but is returning home to Illinois to rest next to her mother, Agnes Reuss Baur in Shiloh. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter F. Cox and Agnes A. Baur. Ruth is survived by two daughters; Judelyn A. Peterson of Fallon, Nev., Janis A. Spencer of Prunedale, Calif.; a grandson, Jason DeAmaral; and a granddaughter Morganne Spencer of Calif. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Avenue, O’Fallon. Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer officiating. Burial was at Shiloh Township Cemetery, Shiloh.

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