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Rosina Ruth Kittle
Jeffrey Kindle
William Hoover
Josephine Miofsky
Gary Hawkins
Sr. Margie Luddon
Candy Nagelmiller
Larry Hill
Randall Bess
William Getz
Ellis Hackney
Brendan Woodall
Diane Zarlingo
Hildred Govan
Gayle Morris
Richard Schmidt
Bernie Woodrome
Robert Vickers Sr.
Wanda Schweitzer
Jaffee Woolfolk
Betty McClanahan
Judy Modrusic
Robert Ponce
Johnnie Mae McCoy
Vance Austin
Arthur Leonard Ritz
Robert Burks
Wilodean Adams
Charles McCaskill


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Charles McCaskill

Charles J. McCaskill, age 86, of Edwardsville, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at his residence. He was born in Madison, Illinois, the son of the late Wilson McCaskill & Rosie (King) Parnell. Charles was the retired Superintendent of the Venice, Illinois Public Schools.

He had a Master Degree in Science and Education, Doctorate in Philosophy and a Specialist Degree in Education. Charles married Gwendolyn Issacs on May 28, 1958, in Georgetown, Texas. She preceded him in death on January 18, 1998.

Charles is survived by one son, Ronnie McCaskill; daughter, Roschelle McCaskill-Townzen & husband David, of Edwardsville; two grandchildren, Evan Townzen, of St. Louis, & Ethan Townzen, of Edwardsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Charelle McCaskill; & two brothers, Earle & Randell McCaskill.

He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 32 Degree Mason Pass Master of Jericho Masonic Lodge, Member of Tyree Consistory, and Pass Potentate Aahmes Temple 132, Phi Delta Kappa & Goshen Oaks. He also liked playing golf, bowling, and basketball.

His remains will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville.

The family request memorials to the Kidney Cancer Association by the website www.kidneycancer.org, or in care of Weber & Rodney Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Weber & Rodney Funeral Home

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Wilodean Norris Adams

Ms. Willodean Norris Adams, age 89, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Winfield, AL, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022, in Granite City.

Ms. Adams is survived by her sons, Donnie (Missi) Spiller, Stephen Spiller, and Theodore (Karie) Adams, sister, Jean Norris, cousin, Ilean Myers, and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Ms. Adams was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey Norris Sr., and Edith F. Myers Norris, and a brother, Dewey Norris Jr.

A graveside service for Ms. Adams was held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield served the Adams family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Bowen Funeral Home

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   Robert T. Burks

Robert "Bobby" T. Burks, a 1990 graduate of Venice High School, passed away on December 31, 2021.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 14th, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Love Church, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, where services will begin at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Ave., St. Louis, MO.

Serenity Memorial Chapel in Belleville is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Serenity Memorial Chapel

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Arthur Leonard Ritz

Arthur Leonard Ritz, age 83, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at his home with his loving family by his side. Arthur was born on August 16, 1938 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Granite City, the son of the late Arthur M. Ritz and Betty (Hart) Ritz.

On October 1, 1960, Arthur married Kathleen Ann Dezan, the love of his life at St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, IL. He retired from NCR (National Cash Register) as a Field Engineer working on computer hardware systems after many years of dedicated service. He then went to work for Gateway Financial Services working on online banking systems.

He was a 1956 graduate of Venice High School.

Arthur enjoyed riding around on his antique Ford tractor, Model T, motorcycle and riding their pair of motor scooters all around with Kathy. If you lived in the neighborhood, chances were you’d see him riding his tractor or a Model-T full of kids. If you lived in any nearby town, you probably saw them cruising around on their green motor scooters. He also enjoyed taking road trips, going camping and fishing. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved music that made him get up and dance, and laughter was the norm if you hung around Art.

Arthur was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Arthur is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-one years, Kathleen Ritz of Pontoon Beach, IL; loving children, Leonard (Amy) Ritz of Madison, IL, Benjamin (Stacie) Ritz of Granite City, IL and Ann (Becca Lanter) Ritz of Edwardsville, IL; dear sister, Darlene Smith (Dewight) of Rowlett, TX; proud grandfather to Lauren Ritz, Luke Ritz, Madeleine Ritz and Priscilla Ritz; nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison, IL, with the funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Arthur will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church, Vitas Hospice or in the form of Masses. Donations will be accepted at the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Loren Vance Austin

Loren Vance Austin, 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Wed. Jan. 5, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Sept. 10, 1958 in Granite City to Mildred Hunt of Mt. Vernon, IL and the late William Austin.

Vance was employed as a forklift operator for F.W. in St. Louis for the last 22 years.

He is survived by his longtime companion: Anita Marie Grant; 2 daughters: Ashley (Aaron) Austin and Amanda Escobar; 10 grandchildren: Devon, Alexis, Kyle, Marissa, Nicole, Tiffany, Kayla, Connor and Frank; and 8 brothers and sisters.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son: Joshua Austin; a twin brother, Lance; and a sister, Rita.

Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of remembrance at Noon on Mon. Jan. 10, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Johnnie Mae (Guest) McCoy

Johnnie Mae McCoy, 58, of Mount Vernon, IL, passed away at 6:36 pm December 23, 2021, at her residence in Mount Vernon. She was born June 26, 1963 in East Saint Louis, IL, to the late Johnny and Freedora (Guest) Gray. Johnnie married Frederick McCoy and he preceded her in death on January 18, 2004.

She was a graduate of Venice High School with the Class of 1982.

Johnnie is survived by her daughter, Diborrah McCoy of Centralia, IL; son, Johnathan McCoy of Centralia, IL; brothers, Percy Eugene Guest, Mitchell Leon Guest, John Ledeil Guest; and sister, Belle Marae Heard.

Services are pending at this time. Memorials may be made in Johnnie's honor to Newell Funeral Home. They can be accepted at Hughey Funeral Home's office or online at newellfuneralhome.com. Please visit services, epay, and search her name.

Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Newell Funeral Home

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Joseph Robert Ponce

Joseph Robert “Bob” Ponce, 83, of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 10:04pm on December 17, 2021 at the age of 83. He was born on June 11, 1938 in Venice Illinois to Joseph and Nicoletta (Lena) Ponce. He was one of eight children who learned to rely on each other when times were tough. They were a Gold Star family having lost a sibling in WWII.

Bob attended Venice (IL) High School (Class of 1956) where he met the love of his life Ina Mae (Cockrill) Ponce (Class of 1959). Bob and Ina married on September 5, 1959 and would go on to spend the next 62 years together. After marriage Bob graduated from Saint Louis University in 1961 with a Civil Engineering degree. He worked at the Illinois Department of Transportation until he retired.

Bob and Ina had 5 children: Cathy, Danny, Patty (Stanley), Janet (Shrodes) and Tony; in-laws: Julie Ponce, Chris Stanley, Bruce Shrodes; 12 grandchildren: Jason Claude, Christina Claude, Jocelyn Claude, Tommy Ponce, Jeff Ponce, Caty Happe, Zachary Ward, Maddy Ward, Ashlei Greathouse, Brenden Ponce, Mitchell Ponce, Amanda Ponce; 8 great grandchildren: Roxy, Mabel Kevin, Madison, Gracie, Kylie, Levi and Luke.

He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Pete Fields and other extended family and friends.

Bob loved life and most enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family members, and friends. Always on the go and willing to do anything. Bob greeted everyone with a warm loving smile, infectious laugh, genuine kindness, and a warm heart that drew family and friends to him. He was extremely loved and adored by all that knew him.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Hometown Dream charity. Further information can be found on Facebook or direct donations can be made via Venmo @thehometowndream

The family will have a private celebration of Bob’s life.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Judy A. Modrusic

Judy A. Modrusic, 74, of Granite City and formerly of Venice, Illinois passed away at 6:32 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born January 27, 1947 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Harold E. and Catherine (Mangiaracino) Buechele.

She graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1964.

Judy was a self employed beautician with over 40 years of service to her many friends and customers. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a longtime member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice. She was also a member of the Venice Social Club, American Legion Post #307 Auxiliary in Venice where she was active with the the Color Guard and the AMVETS Post #204 Auxiliary in Madison.

In addition to her beloved husband, Nick Modrusic, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Nick and Kim Modrusic of Swansea and Chris and Shauna Modrusic of Pontoon Beach; four grandchildren, Emily, Taylor and McKenna Modrusic and Gaven Modrusic; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Andy Modrusic of Granite City; brother, Ron Buechele of St. Louis; her loving dog, Maddie; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, Memorial visitation will be at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant.

Memorials may be made to Renee’s Rescue Sanctuary.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Elizabeth "Betty" McClanahan

Elizabeth J. “Betty” McClanahan, age 90, of Fairview Heights, IL., born on January 16, 1931, in Flat River, MO, died on Friday, December 10, 2021, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Betty was a 4th grade teacher at St. Mary-St. Mark Catholic School in Madison, IL, for over twenty years and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

She was preceded in death by husband, Earl “Mac” McClanahan; her son, Ralph Leonard McClanahan; her parents, Ralph and Ruby, nee Smith Haney; and her sisters, Colleen Reading, Shirl Cunningham, and Mary Sue Newell.

Betty is survived by her children, Kathy (R.J.) Johnson, Linda (Alan) Baron, and Michael (Brenda) McClanahan; her grandchildren, Neil (Bridget) Johnson, Megan (Drew) Guyette, Ryan McClanahan, Brayden McClanahan, Miles McClanahan, and Josh (Carolyn) Baron; her great-grandchildren, Keira Johnson, Finley Johnson, Mallory Guyette, and Alex Guyette; and her sister, Kathryn Halter. Betty is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Madison, IL.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.

Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Fr. James Nall officiating. Interment will be in Old St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Kassly Mortuary

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Jaffee Z. Woolfolk

Jaffee Z. Woolfork passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Born on August 21, 1958, He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1976.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 12th, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Serenity Memorial Chapel, 3416 West Main St., Belleville, IL.

There will also be a visitation on Monday, December 13th, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Transforming Word Church, 517 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, IL, prior to funeral services at the church at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, 10101 West Main St., Belleville.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Serenity Memorial Chapel

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Wanda Louise Schweitzer

Wanda Louise Schweitzer, age 92, of Collinsville, IL (formerly of Granite City), passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, IL. Wanda was born on October 9, 1929 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late Edward Ziegler, Sr. and Mamie (St. Gemme) Cole.

On January 19, 1958, Wanda married Charles “Chuck” Schweitzer in Madison, IL, and Chuck passed away on April 10, 1992. Wanda was a proud homemaker and caregiver who loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed working in the yard, going to yard sales, playing bingo and putting jigsaw puzzles together. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Wanda loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her step-father, William Cole; siblings, Dorothy Martin, Edward Ziegler, Jr., Paul Ziegler; and by her son-in-law, Paul Clark.

She is survived by her loving children, Linda Clark of Collinsville, IL and Kenneth (Bonnie) Presswood of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Gary (Julie) Presswood, Sherry (Eric) Warnhoff and Anna (Jason) Batson; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel..

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Robert N. Vickers Sr.

Robert Norman Vickers Sr., 94, departed from this life on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

He was born in the small town of Lerna, Illinois., population of 366 in 1927, the year he was born.

Vickers’ father and mother, James Beverly Vickers and Thelma Robinson-Vickers, raised four of their children in Mattoon, IL, about 15 minutes from Lerna. Vickers, however, was raised by his grandparents, the A. L. Robinsons, the first and only black family in Lerna at the time.

He excelled in athletics and academics at Lerna High School as “the only black kid” in the city’s schools, Vickers said.

“Not bragging, but I was one of the smartest kids in town,” Vickers was quoted during a 2019 interview. He was not only captain of the school’s basketball team, but he also graduated as class salutatorian. “If not for ‘race,’ I would have been valedictorian,” Vickers said.

Vickers enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, IL, and pursued a degree in industrial arts. He graduated in 1949 and got his first job as an educator a year later, teaching shop classes at Lincoln High School in Venice, IL, established for black students in 1909. Seeking to reside near his job, Vickers moved to East St. Louis. It was there, in 1950, he met the love of his life, Claire Lee Bush, whom he married.

Vickers was promoted to assistant principal then principal at Venice Lincoln schools, and later served as assistant superintendent and eventually superintendent of schools in Venice, the first black man to hold those positions. He retired from Venice in 1987 after 38 years of education leadership.

In the early 1950s, East St. Louis still had a diverse populace dependent on a thriving economic base. It was fueled by major industries such as aluminum factories, foundries, stockyards, and meat-packing facilities, but because of the city’s rapid decline due to deindustrialization, the Vickers decided they and their four children would relocate.

He and Claire moved to University City, MO, and lived on Dalkeith Lane until she passed away at the age of 80 on Aug. 28, 2012. According to the family, Vickers Sr. also “passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family.”

Robert Norman Vickers, Sr., is survived by his daughter Vikki (Vickers) Deakin, one son Steven Vickers and his sister Caryl (Vickers) Taylor, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Robert Jr. and attorney Eric E. Vickers.

Visitation was on Monday, December 13, 2021, at Layne Renaissance Chapel, 7302 West Florissant Ave., St. Louis, from 10 a.m. with Celebration of Life Services beginning promptly at 11 a.m.

Interment followed at St. Peter's Cemetery, 2101 Lucas and Hunt Rd, also in St. Louis.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Layne Renaissance Chapel

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Bernard "Bernie" Woodrome

Word has been received that Bernard "Bernie" Woodrome of Florida passed away on December 1, 2021.

He was born on September 21, 1958, and lived in Venice for many years.

Bernie is survived by his wife Laura and son Timmy Ray Woodrome. Also his sister Julie Godfrey (VHS 1982); his granddaughters Malia Smith and Tierney Woodrome; his nephew Matt Patrick.

Also surviving are Bernie's uncle Robert (Patricia) Ritz, his aunt Evelyn Ritz-Siscel, and cousins.

Bernie was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Woodrome, who passed away on July 11, 2017, his mother Jeanette (Ritz) Flannery who passed away on October 6, 2020, and his father William Woodrome.

No other details or arrangements are currently available.

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    Richard M. Schmidt

Richard “Rich” M. Schmidt, 59, of Millstadt, IL, born Thursday, October 11, 1962, in Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, November 26, 2021, at his residence in Millstadt, IL. after a long battle with cancer.

Rich was previously in the Marine Reserves and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He previously worked for SunCoke Energy as a utility maintenance worker. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Rich was best known for his upbeat personality and positive attitude. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a devout Catholic. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and a good game of golf. Rich loved his wife Tracy, of 34 years, his children and his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Laurence and Josefa (Welp) Schmidt, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Dorothy (Hill) Hamilton; brothers-in-law Robert Hamilton Jr., Ronald Hamilton, Jerry Ohlendorf and Blake Pfannebecker; sisters-in-law Constance Ohlendorf and Deborah Pfannebecker.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife, Tracy A. (Hamilton) Schmidt of Millstadt, IL, his children Samantha (Kenneth III) Bassler of Millstadt, IL, Richard L. (Ashley) Schmidt of Millstadt, IL; grandchildren Cooper, Kenny, Emmarie and Oliver; his brother, Robert Schmidt; his sisters Laurie (Bud) Mogus, Rita Schmidt (Rich’s twin) and Ramona (Don) Roberts.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law Everett (Judy) Hamilton, Steven (Ginna) Hamilton, Sharon (Paul) Rongey, Randall (Lola) Hamilton, Gary (Phyllis) Hamilton, Denise (Joe) Hoepker, Janice Hamilton, Neil (Debbie) Hamilton, Mark (Denise) Hamilton, Donald (Cindy) Hamilton, Bradley (Tammy) Hamilton, Kelly (Terry ) Hamilton and Robert (Sherry) Hamilton, in addition to many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research in lieu of flowers.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, IL, and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery St. Louis, MO.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Kurrus Funeral Home

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Gayle Morris

Gayle Ann Morris, age 64, of Wood River, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Gayle was born on January 15, 1957 in Venice, IL.

On June 29, 1973, Gayle married Jeffrey Morris, the love of her life at Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Gayle retired as an LPN after working at several nursing homes and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL. Gayle never met a stranger because she knew everybody and everybody who knew her loved her. She enjoyed playing pool and going fishing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Gayle especially cherished ever moment she spent with her grandchildren. Gayle loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Gayle was preceded in death by her father, Robert Setzer; mother, Barbara (Foley) Salas; and by her step-father, Floyd Chappell.

She is survived by her devoted husband of forty-eight years, Jeffrey Morris of Wood River, IL; loving children, Jeffrey Morris of Taylorville, IL, Misty Morris of Edwardsville, IL; Matthew Morris of Bethany, IL and Jennifer (Nicholas) Stanley of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Timothy Chappell, Lori (Steven) Grizzard and Tina Chappell; proud grandmother to Dalton, Emily, Savannah, Ava, Raydon, Bastian and Sonny; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 7:00 p.m., with Rev. Mike Rayson officiating.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Hildred A. Govan

Hildred Anthony Govan, 63, departed this life on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

He was a 1976 graduate of Venice High School.

Hildred was the oldest of three children born to the union of Willie Hildred and Marie Govan on February 24, 1958.

He went on to attend and graduate from Culinary Arts School. He had a love for food and serving others. Hildred was employed at Chesterfield Villas-Delmar Gardens for 31 years as The Chef Dietary Supervisor.

When he wasn’t working, Hildred loved spending time with his family, traveling and joking with his uncles. His favorite past-time was playing the lottery. He never met a number he didn’t like. He was also fond of animals especially dogs and horses that had numbers on them.

Hildred was preceded in death by his sister Bertha Govan, Father Willie H. Govan, and Grandparents.

He leaves to cherish his memories: His Mother, Marie Govan of Madison, IL; Son, Anthony Govan of Kansas City, MO; Brother Venice (Tawanna) Govan of Maryville, IL; Aunts Jearline Fox of Alton, IL, Minnie Govan of Holly Springs, MS,. Uncles Dan Stinson (Pearlie) of Chicago, IL, Lee Andrew Stinson (Josephine) of Holly Springs, MS, Sylvester Stinson (Nora) of Holly Springs MS, Major Beard (Diane) of Memphis TN. He leaves his wife Sharon Govan of Madison, IL; Bonus Son, Victor Fields of Madison, IL; Bonus Daughter, Staci Ramsey of Cordova, TN; Special Niece, Venise Govan and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Canaan Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 307 Allen Street, Eagle Park, led by the Reverend Darrell L. Rice, Jr. Pastor and with Pastor Greg Gardner, Officiant.

Burial to follow at Sunset Gardens of Memory in Millstadt, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Cathy Williams and Sons Funeral Home

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Diane Zarlingo

Diane L. (Lynch) Zarlingo, 82, of Glen Carbon, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at her home.

She was born February 10, 1939 in St. Louis, a daughter of the late George and Loretta (Krolik) Lynch.

She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband of 61 years, Al Zarlingo, with whom she held hands til the very end. They were married April 23, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City.

Diane was the best mother to her four children, Mike Zarlingo, Sandy (Keith) Roller, Ken Zarlingo, and Karen (Jim) Kocarnik that they could have hoped for. She loved her eight grandchildren, Paul, Samantha, Kenny and Jake Zarlingo, Ben and Matt Kocarnik and Jessie and Julia Roller. She especially adored her two great grandchildren, Owen and Theo Zarlingo in whom she found great joy. In addition to Al, she loved Jesus, ice cream, baking and keeping a beautiful and happy home where everyone was warmly welcomed. She will be missed by her brothers, David (Nelly) and Dick (Jan) Lynch, her sister, Doris (John)Lawson and brother-in-law, S. Paul Zarlingo. She loved her many nieces and nephews and dear lifelong friends and neighbors.

She lived in Granite City, Illinois for 45 years before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, and then happily found her way back to her beloved Illinois where she lived in Glen Carbon.

Visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021. A devout Catholic, Diane will have a Funeral Mass at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 with Father Patrick Gibbons as celebrant.

She will be interred at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Brendan W. Woodall

Brendan Wayne Woodall, 28 of Licking, MO formerly of Granite City, IL passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Brendan was born on March 22, 1993 in Alton, IL the son of Bruce Woodall and Kellee Sweeney. Brendan was a welder and a sawmill operator last working for Storms Sawmill in Licking, MO. In his free time Brendan enjoyed being outside where he loved to fish, go camping and taking hikes. He had a love of music and of his family and friends and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

In addition to his parents, Brendan is survived by and will be missed by his sister; Amber Smith of Licking, MO; step-brother, Alex Smith of Troy, MO; step-sister, Kelsea Smith of Troy, MO; uncles and aunts, Mike and Donna Sweeney, Mark and Sharon Sweeney, Brian and Debi Wiethe, John and Trudy Brock; aunt Christina Sacha; great-aunt and uncle, Patsy and Howard Black (VHS 1965 and 1967 respectively), numerous cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Brendan was preceded in death by his grandparents; Elvis and Wanda (Black-VHS Classof 1961) Sweeney, Robert and Leola Woodall; grandmother, Linda Grooms; great-grandma, Jewell Black.

In celebration of Brendan’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Jon Watts officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Those wishing to make a contribution in Brendan’s honor may give to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 05, 2021 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, IL, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Ellis N. Hackney Jr.

Ellis N. Hackney, Jr., born on December 6, 1923, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021. He was 97 years of age.

Ellis was the son of Ellis N. Hackney, Sr., and Marie (Karleman) Hackney. He had one sister, Lucille (Sissy) Kalogerou who preceded him in death.

He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1941.

As a young man, Ellis worked at Johnson’s Roller Rink, now Stoppkotte’s in Granite City. It was there that he met his wife Lois (Peggy) Thomas.

Ellis and Peggy married on September 18, 1943. She preceded him in death in November 1999.

Together they had five children, Clydelle Mayfield, deceased, Dr. Tim Hackney and his wife Debbie (Tatum), Jolene Keel and her husband Harlon, Peggy Jo Thompson and her husband Dave and Ellis N.(Newt) Hackney, III and his wife Karrie.

Ellis is survived by four of his children, several grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a dear friend Dolores Zinn.

Ellis was employed for over 39 years by Union Electric, now Ameren UE, as a Design Draftsman in St. Louis, MO. He retired from UE in March of 1986.

Ellis was a member of Triple Lodge 835, AF & AM, serving as Secretary of the Lodge for several years and Worshipful Master in 1999, Pontoon Beach Lodge 1177, AF & AM, serving as Secretary for several years, and Emeth Lodge 1030, AF & AM, in Fairview Heights. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies, Ainad and Moolah Shrine Temples, the Order of Eastern Star of Illinois and a Senior Demolay of James Stuart Chapter in Granite City, and served as an Advisor on the Advisory Council of James Stuart Chapter for many years.

Visitation was on Monday from 4 pm - 8 pm October 25, 2021 with a Masonic service 7 pm. The funeral was on Tuesday at 1 pm October 26, 2021. At Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois.

The family wishes to extend a very heartfelt 'Thank you' to the doctors and nurses of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland IL, and Heartland Hospice. What a wonderful group of doctors and nurses who were so kind to our dad in his final days.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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    William Eugene Getz

William Eugene Getz passed away on October 11, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 74-years-old.

He was born on July 5, 1947, to his parents, the late John J. and Edna (Pedlock) Getz.

Bill graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1965.

William leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathleen, and his loving children, William E. Getz, Jr., and Amanda Behn-Burgess. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and his brothers, John and Donald.

His death reunites him with his daughter, Denice Dotson, and brother, Harold.

Family and friends are invited on Thursday, October 21, 2021, From 5 to 8 p.m. for a Memorial Visitation at Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio where Funeral Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Military Honors to be rendered at 7:30 PM.

Masks are suggested regardless of COVID-19 Vaccine status.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home

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Randall "Randy" Bess

Randall "Randy" Bess, 78, formerly of Venice, passed away in late September 2021.

Randy was a lifetime member of the Venice History Committee.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willard Bess, and mother, Ethel (Saucier) Disabito of Calfornia. Both were former Venice residents. He was born in October, 1942.

Randy is survived by his wife, Robin (Andrews) Bess, two sons, Loren and Kevin Bess, and two daughters, Amy and Haley Bess, a brother, Larry Bess , and a sister, Mariann (Bess) Danzer of Kingman, AZ.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, David Bess of Troy, IL, a sister, Billie Jeanne (Bess) Bosworth of Madison and a half-brother, Mark Bess, formerly of Venice.

Other details and services, if any, will be added when and if they become available.

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Larry Gene Hill

Larry Gene Hill, 76, of Granite City, IL, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at his home.

He was born on July 24, 1945 in Puxico, MO to Roy and Verbal Morine (Beal) Hill.

Larry married Earline Hundley in Venice, IL, in 1965. Both graduated from Venice High School in 1965.

The loving husband and father retired from Kraft Foods after 20 years of service. He was an avid reader who enjoyed playing with his dogs. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Larry is survived by his wife; 2 daughters: Margaret Hill of Greenville, IL and Edith Hill of Granite City, IL; 3 sons: Gene (Michelle) Hill of Granite City, IL, Dennis (Gina) Hill of Granite City, IL and Stacy (Devin) Hill of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren: Samantha, Zachary, Nick, Jayme, Jenna, Dalton, Aliyah, Harmony, Jay and Jaxon and several great grandchildren. Also surviving are 3 brothers: Joe Hill of Caseyville, IL, Don Hill of Collinsville, IL and Denny Hill of Granite City, IL; 2 sisters: Nancy Wallace of Granite City, IL and Ginger Hackney of Granite City, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Larry is preceded in death by4 brothers: Red Hill, Wayne Hill, Dale Hill and Allen Hill and a sister, Genese Baxter.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 5:00 p.m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. A dinner will be held immediately after the service at the Venice Social Club in Pontoon Beach, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Candy Jean (Nash) Nagelmiller

Candy Jean (Nash) Nagelmiller passed away on September 21, 2021 in Mississippi.

She was born on July 18th, 1975, to Carol J. Weller and Charles E. Nash.

Candy was a graduate of Piggott High School in Piggott, AR (class of 1993).

She had three children, Corina, Eric, and Eli all of Horn Lake, MS.

Candy worked at CTDI as a Logistics Clerk since 2009. Her hobbies included playing darts, bingo, having margaritas with her girlfriends, going to NASCAR races, and going on road trips.

She was a Team Mom for the Horn Lake Steelers for 12 years. Candy was a Horn Lake Eagle Pride Band Booster for 11 years for all 3 of her children.

She was preceded in death by her mother Carol J. Weller, step-father John H. Weller and her father Charles "Chuck" E. Nash, her aunts Norma (Nash) Cullum and Donna (Nash) Hocking and an uncle Marvin Nash.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie, daughter-in-law, Moriah, her aunt and uncle Arlene (Nash) and Greg Katana, cousins and many nieces and nephews in addition to her three children.

The family will be receiving friends September 27th at 9 a.m. with a service to follow at 10 a.m. at the Hernando Funeral Home.

Interment will be following at Hernando Memorial Park.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Hernando Funeral Home

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Sister Marguerite (Margie) Luddon

We commend to God's charity the soul of our beloved Sister Marguerite (Margie) Luddon, 86, who departed this life on September 15, 2021, In the seventy-second year of her religious life.

Sister Marguerite (Margie) Luddon was one of three daughters and one son born to Lillian (Rush) Luddon and John Luddon on October 14, 1934, in Venice, Illinois. Her brother John and sister Mary Donna Scaturro, along with her parents, have preceded Sister Margie in death. Her remaining sister, Rita Luddon, lives in the St. Louis area.

Sister Margie was baptized in St. Mark’s Parish in Venice, Illinois, and went to grade school there where she was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence. Sister Margie entered the community in 1949 and, after her profession of vows in 1952, began her ministry as a cook in a variety of convents. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in art from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis.

From 1958 to 2001, she served as an elementary school teacher in parish schools in Missouri and Illinois. Her longest tenure (23 years) was at North American Martyrs School in Florissant, Missouri. After she retired, she continued to be available for substitute teaching and also served as a catechist. She prayed daily for her Sisters in community and for anyone who asked for her prayers.

Sister Margie loved being with people. Her family was so special to her. Photos of them were posted wherever she lived and she was ready to tell stories about them to anyone. She always kept in touch and shared many a good time with them over the years. Friends and neighbors alike felt connected to Sister Margie; her friendliness welcomed all into an expansive network of loving relationships.

She loved fun. During community celebrations in St. Louis, you could count on her doing a variety of dances. She shared that her image of God was of him doing the hokey pokey; she said all ages can do this so it must be God’s favorite. She loved going to St. Patrick’s Day parades with her dear friend, Sister Sophie Marie (the former Juliana Meehan who passed away in 2009). One year they went as potatoes.

Sister Margie was a woman of prayer. Every night before she went to bed, she would picture Bishop Ketteler and Mother Marie with all her deceased family members, friends and Sisters in community saying the Our Father together. She, of course, would be praying with them.

Her last years after her strokes led her eventually to St. Joseph’s Center at Providence Heights in Pittsburgh, where she received the care she needed. Her appreciation of visitors was evident to everyone who came to know her. It was a special gift to have her two nieces, Marge Hicks and Mary Beth Brugmann, visit her in Pittsburgh and arrange for a phone visit for Sister Margie with her sister, Rita.

Margie’s Irish heritage led her to the wearing of many greens. When her Irish eyes were smiling it was indeed like a morn in spring, and in the lilt of her Irish laughter you could hear the angels sing. Angels were always special to Sister Margie. Now you are with them, our dear Sister and friend, and we are so happy for you.

There will be visitation on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in the Chapel from 6-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. On Friday, September 17, 2021. there will be viewing for an hour before the Mass of Resurrection at 3 p.m. CDT. Burial will follow in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

The Mass of Resurrection can be viewed HERE.

To view a photo album share your memories of Sr. Margie, or to make a contribution in her honor, you can go to this website.

Here is a link to the Funeral Mass Booklet used at her funeral Mass, which includes photos of her long religious life.

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Gary Hawkins

Gary Hawkins, 63, of Alton passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

He was born on September 24, 1957, to Ervin and Emma Hawkins, who both preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife Linda of Alton, two daughters, Alexis Allen and Ali Meyers; two granddaughters; a sister, Phyllis (Hawkins) Ramsey (VHS class of 1962) of Granite City, and a nephew, Tom (Kim) Voegele. Tom was in the VHS Class of 1980.

Gary graduated with the Venice High School Class of 1975 and later studied at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, majoring in religion. He was a state Certified Firearms Instructor.

He was a member of the Piasa Lodge 27 A.F. & A.M. in Alton.

One of Gary's hobbies was ghost hunting and he promoted “Alton’s Historic Haunted Tours” and “Tracing Lincoln’s Steps.”

Preceding him in death were his son Gary Hawkins Jr., a brother Ervin Hawkins ( VHS Class of 1960), and sisters Donna (Hawkins) Burger (VHS Class of 1965), and Ruth (Hawkins) Voegele (VHS Class of 1959).

No sevices are planned.

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Josephine (Ponce) Miofsky

Josephine Ann Miofsky passed away at Gateway Regional Medical Center at 3:05pm on September 12, 2021 at the age of 99 years and 120 days old. She was born Josephine Ponce on May 15, 1922 in Venice Illinois, the second daughter of Joseph Ponce, 27, and Nicoletta (Lena) Shambro, 19.

Josie was a graduate of Venice High School in 1940. Early in life she worked at the National Enamel Stamping Company NESCO in Granite City Illinois making Graniteware bakeware, and later with the Department of Defense as a contract specialist in the procurement department for U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command AVSCOM and U.S. Army Troop Support Command TROSCOM in St. Louis Missouri.

She was a loving homemaker, wonderful cook who mastered the art of pressure cooking, wife and mother. She grew up in a Gold Star family, having lost her oldest brother Oscar Ponce in WWII.

She married Andrew C. Miofsky, who predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her father, mother, sister Ann (Joe) Graklanoff, sister Mattia (John) Mannina, sister Margaret (Frank) Greenwald, sister Dolores (Don) Parente.

Josie and Andy had one son, Andrew Miofsky (& Susan), who survives her, along with grandchildren Christopher Miofsky of Denver CO, Emily Miofsky (& Mark Martinez) of Collinsville IL, Nicholas Miofsky of Glen Carbon IL, and great grandson Carson Joseph Miofsky. She is also survived by her brother Robert (Ina) Ponce and her sister Gloria (Pete) Fields.

Through the years she attended St. Mark’s Parish, St. Mary’s Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and St. Cecelia’s Parish as life took her from Venice, to Madison, to Granite City, eventually to Glen Carbon IL.

She enjoyed socializing with her many relatives, shopping at all the big stores in St. Louis, Famous Barr, Stix Baer & Fuller, Scruggs Vanderbilt & Barney, sampling chocolates at Mavrakos Fine Candy, and dancing to the Big Band music at the Chase Park Plaza, but most of all, she loved watching Cardinal Baseball and Wheel of Fortune.

Things she experienced during her lifetime are many, but imagine these few, such as television, air conditioning, mobile telephones, microwaves, internet, Amazon at her doorstep and Alexa in her house, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, FDR, JFK, MLK, Wall Street Crash, Pearl Harbor, Atomic Bombs (2 of them), McDonald’s hamburgers (billions of them), Hippies, Baby Boom (thank you), Birth of Israel, heart transplant surgery, a man walking on the Moon, and 9/11 on US soil.

The family will have a private visitation Saturday September 18, at the Saksa Mateer Funeral Home, 210 N Kansas Street, Edwardsville IL 62025. Phone number 618-656-7577. Burial will be next to her husband in the Miofsky gravesite at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Andy and Josie, along with their friends were active members of the Church and the Knights of Columbus. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, 4225 Old Alton Road, Granite City IL 62040. The Knights donate thousands of dollars each year to local churches, schools, charities, and annual scholarships.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Saksa Mateer Funeral Home

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    William L. Hoover

William Louis Hoover, 79, of Granite City, passed away on September 10, 2021.

He was born June 9, 1942, in Granite City, son of the late Emmett and Pearl Hoover.

Bill was a longtime resident of Venice and had been a member of the Venice High School Class of 1960.

William is survived by his son Edward Hoover of Granite City and daughter Judith M. (Richard) Thomas of Granite City. Grandchildren: Erin Hoover, Tyler Hoover, Samuel Thomas, Catelynn Thomas, Audreanna Thomas, and great-grandchild Mason Hoover.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (Belch) Hoover in 2011, daughter-in-law Gloria Hoover, and his parents.

William was a safety officer in the Department of Defense until he retired in 1996. He was also a U.S. Navy Veteran and American Legion member.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 10 AM till noon at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 1:15 pm in the McKendree Chapel Cemetery, Keyesport, IL.

Suggested memorials include St. Jude Hospital, Boys Town, Easter Seals, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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Jeffrey L. Kindle

Jeffrey L. Kindle, 65, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born October 17, 1955 in Granite City, a son of the late Robert and Juanita (Vaughn) Kindle.

Jeffrey married Tina Scaturro on August 19, 1989 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Venice and she survives.

He was a television producer and director, working with Bud Sports with over 25 years of dedicated service at Anheuser Busch in St. Louis.

He was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon. Jeff cherished his sons and always attended their activities throughout the years. He loved baseball and hockey and was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues. He was a huge music fan, loved playing the guitar and enjoyed attending many concerts. He also enjoyed watching classic movies, was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and painting.

In addition to his beloved wife of 32 years, he is survived by two sons, Robert Kindle of Glen Carbon and Anthony Kindle of Glen Carbon; sister and brother-in-law, Colleen and Jeff Tretter of Granite City; brother and sister-in-law, John and Jamie Kindle of Granite City; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tim and Janet Scaturro of Granite City and Terry and Kathy Scaturro of Glen Carbon; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Patrick Gibbons as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center or to Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Rosina Ruth (Gilmore) Kittle

We have learned that Rosina Ruth (Gilmore) Waggoner Kittle, widow of John Kittle, has passed away on August 25, 2021.

She was born on November 9, 1937, and had married John on September 4, 1982. He preceded her in death on August 31, 2012.

If further information is received, it will be added here.

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