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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

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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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