Sylvester F. “Syl” Warnecke, 87, of New Douglas died on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at New Douglas.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Aviston, with Father Joseph C. Rascher, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery in Aviston.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1928 on a farm south of Aviston to George and Agnes (Henken) Warnecke. On May 5, 1951, he married Irene D. Merscher. She passed away on Sept. 18, 2003.
Mr. Warnecke was reared on a farm near Aviston, and he attended St. Francis of Assisi Grade School. He worked as a farm hand.
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He joined the U.S. Army on March 13, 1951 and had service during the Korean War with the 504th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. He was discharged as a corporal on March 12, 1953.
After his discharge, he worked at Doll’s Orchard in Pocahontas, then Cerro Copper in Sauget. He then worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for more than 22 years as a car inspector.
After he retired, he worked out of the Laborers Local in St. Jacob, at Bergman-Taylor Seed at St. Jacob, Madison Service Co. (FS) in Marine and was a “nurse truck” driver.
He loved gardening.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron and was former member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, where he belonged to the Ushers Club and Holy Name Society. He was also a life member of both Knights of Columbus Council 1580 in Highland and American Legion Post 1239 in Aviston.
Survivors include daughters, Judy A. “Sam” Schuessler of Highland, Sharon K. “Curly” Taylor of Poplar Grove, Ill., Karen S. “Tiny” (special friend Mark Hempen) Taylor of Jamestown, Sheryl L. “Lolly” (Delbert) Chambless of Carlyle, Annette M. “Netsy” (John) Fuhler of Breese and Donna J. (fiancee Tracy Holeman) Warnecke of Glen Carbon; sons, Cyril G. “George” Warnecke of Highland, Robert A. “Satch” Warnecke of Highland, Gary L. (Judy) Warnecke of New Douglas, Duane E. “Milk” Warnecke of Highland and Allen K. “Bud” Warnecke of Highland; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Gregory “Husky” (Mary Ann) Warnecke of Belleville, Donald Warnecke of Springfield, Mo., Marvin (Gloria) Warnecke of Germantown, Ralph (Sharon) Warnecke of Belleville and Nelson Warnecke of Granite City; and a sister, Joyce Warnecke of Belleville.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark F. Warnecke, who died on Aug. 10, 2003; brothers, Gervase C. “Spuds” Warnecke, who died on Aug. 10, 2004, Paul A. Warnecke, who died on Nov. 14, 1970, and Alphonse G. Warnecke, who died on March 25, 1988; sister, Georgine E. Brandel, who died on Aug. 31, 2008, Dolores I. Knebel, who died on Jan. 11, 2004, Margaret Allen, who died on April 28, 2014, Mary Ann Deiters, who died on Oct. 23, 2010, Loretta E. Landolt, who died on June 2, 2003, and Patricia M. Fruth, who died in June 1963.