Annetta (McConnell) Ohlendorf, 78, of Mount Pleasant, SC, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Ohlendorf III (VHS Class of 1957), who passed away on July 30, 2001, and by he son, William F. Ohlendorf IV, who passed away on July 8, 2012.
Both Annetta and her husband were teachers at Venice High School.
Arrangements are pending at the J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel.
Louis "Marty" Martin
Louis D. “Marty” Martin Jr. 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:49 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born December 18, 1956 in Newport, Rhode Island.
He married Loretta F. (Pace) Martin on September 29, 1984 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and she survives.
He had worked as a government contractor with 36 years of dedicated service and had spent many of those years at the Charles Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City. Marty had retired December 13, 2017 from the Long Lake Fire Department with 24 years of dedicated service to the community and had served as a Past Vice-President.
The United States Marine Corp veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was very involved and always trying to help his community and any veteran’s organization throughout the years.
He was a member and had served as a Past Commander of the Venice-Madison American Legion Post 307 in Venice where he was very active with the Color Guard and Forty and Eight. He was also a member of the Amvets Post 1500 in Pontoon Beach, Vietnam Veterans Association, P.O.W. - M.I.A. Vigil Team, Tri-City Veterans Organization, Ozarks Elks Lodge, Venice Social Club and the National Rifle Association. Marty will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family, friends and colleagues.
In addition to his beloved wife of 33 years, he is survived by his mother, Delberta P. (Gruenenfelder) Orr of Madison; a daughter, Laura Martin of Granite City; a son, Patrick Martin of Granite City; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Kristie Martin of Pierron; two stepbrothers, Malcom Martin of Texas and Dale Orr Jr. of Waterloo; a nephew, Zachary Martin of Madison; special cousins, Rick Barnhart of Granite City and Phillip Martin of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis D. Martin Sr. and his stepfather, Chester Dale “Lefty” Orr.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a fireman’s walk-thru at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be made to the Martin family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Melba L. Jones, 76, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at her home.
She was born July 16, 1941 in Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Silvia and Virgie (O’Bear) Ireland.
She married Raymond E. Jones Sr. on August 20, 1960 in Granite City and he passed away on September 22, 2015.
She had retired from Jones Distributing after several years of service as a supervisor. She was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge, Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 and the Mexican Honorary Commission. She enjoyed her many nights of volunteering her time working bingo or joining in many nights playing bingo. She enjoyed her days of playing softball and later watching others playing. She was a faithful fan of Elvis Presley and made many travels to Graceland throughout the years. She also enjoyed her travels to Branson and to Florida to enjoy the beach.
She cherished her grandbabies and great grandbabies and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Diane Jones Jr. of Granite City; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Eberardo Sanchez of Granite City; five grandchildren and spouses, Samantha Woods, Brittney and Jacob Hartman, Raymond E. Jones III, Austin Jones and Nicolas Sanchez; three great grandchildren, Jonavan Woods, Jailynn Rae Woods and Henley Hartman; niece, Cindy Ireland; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Silvia “Red”, John and Lloyd “Bub” and three sisters, Marie, Lois and Dorothy.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Jones family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Jeffrey A. “Fro” Willoughby, 52 of Cahokia, Illinois, formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Jeff was born on December 9, 1965 in Granite City, Illinois. Jeff was a talented construction mechanic working for American Motors in Cahokia. Jeff spent his days working on cars, playing pool and riding motorcycles. He loved music, especially the song “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog”. Most of all Jeff loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.
Jeff is survived by and will be missed by his mom; Dee (Davis) Whitten; his wife, Karen Willoughby; his step dad, Howard Whitten; his sisters, Misty Willoughby (Chris), Ann Willoughby (Ron), Michelle Willoughby (Eric), Lisa Willoughby (James); his brother, Michael Willoughby (Shelly); his daughter, Dawn Warlock; his grandma, Edith McIntire; his sons, Ernie, Dale, Chris; his grandchildren, Kayla, Josh, Jordan, Jake, Joe, Justin; his great-grandson, James and numerous nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.
Jeff was preceded in death by his son, Jamie.
In celebration of Jeff’s life, visitation will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.
John C. Boushard Sr. 77, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born July 26, 1940 in Granite City, a son of the late Clement Earl and Hazel Marcella (Travis) Boushard.
John graduated with the Class of 1958 from Venice High School.
He married Betty “Bernice” (Rody) Boushard on August 13, 1959 in Chester, Illinois and she survives.
He retired January 2, 2001 from Granite City Steel after 42 years of dedicated service as an oiler. He also owned and operated John Boushard Home Remodeling with over 50 years of service to the community.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Maryville and proudly enjoyed working throughout his life and was proud to instill this work ethic throughout his family.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Linda and Bill Bush of Collinsville, Jane and John Hudson of Wildwood, Missouri, John and Tara Boushard Jr. of Granite City and Jeff and Melissa Boushard of Granite City; son-in-law, Ronald Brawley of Collinsville; nine grandchildren, Christopher and Marcella Brawley, Jessica and Jonathan Dye, Abigale Boushard, Emily Boushard, Lynsey Boushard, Connor Bush, Chloe Bush, Chase Boushard and Ella Boushard; two sisters, Phyllis Johnson of Harriman, Tennessee and Jean Jobe of Galion, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Donna Boushard of Collinsville and Mick and Bonnie Boushard of Collinsville; two sisters-in-law, Lola Boushard of Granite City and Wanda Rody of Arkansas; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tami Lynn Brawley; a brother, Tom Boushard and a sister, Margaret Wilms.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 25, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 with Reverend Dr. Tom Hufty and Reverend Paul Byrd officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.8
Jack L. Gilmore, 87, of Collinsville, Ill., born on August 29, 1930 in Collinsville, Ill., passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Ill.
Jack was a retired teacher from Collinsville Unit 10 and Venice Community School District 3. He was head of the Social Studies Department at Collinsville High School. He was an usher for the St. Louis Cardinals for 20 years; the St. Louis Rams for 15 years. He was an usher at the Fox Theater, St. Louis, Mo. He was a United States Army Korean War Veteran. He was the founder and director of the Collinsville Senior Citizen Shuttle Bus. He was raised and attended the First United Methodist Church, Collinsville, Ill. and was currently attending St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill. He coached little league soccer, was a member of the American Legion Post 365, Collinsville, Ill., was a Collinsville Township Board member, a member of the Collinsville Rec Club and a member of the Collinsville Public Library. His Elementary Class at Webster School donated the Pan Fountain in front of the Collinsville Public Library. He was an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Oleatha, nee Hilgmyer, Gilmore; two brothers, Donald and Alan Gilmore; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence and William Meehan.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Gilmore, nee Meehan, whom he married in Collinsville, Ill on June 14, 1960; sons and daughter, Scott Gilmore of Houston, Tex., Todd (Jodi) Gilmore of Collinsville, Ill. and Jacklyn Gilmore of Jennings, Fla.; grandchildren, Taylor, Courtney, Brady and Cameron Gilmore; a sister-in-law, Joy Gilmore of Imperial, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Friends may call from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill., with Pastor Gary Steffaniak officiating.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks or the Collinsville Public Library.
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Christina Sandor Johnisee
Christina Sandor Johnisee, 65, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born June 10, 1952, in Granite City, a daughter of the late William Michael and Caroline Anne (Pilon) Sandor.
She married Edward C. “Eddie” Johnisee on July 6, 1979 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice.
She retired on May 27, 2009, from the Madison Community Unit School District 12 after 34 years of dedicated and loving years as an elementary teacher.
She enjoyed volunteering as a tutor with Calvary Life Church in Granite City and caring for other's throughout her life. She was an avid Coca-Cola fan, loved traveling, enjoying the beach and taking in the sunshine in her years of trips to Panama City Beach and around the world. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. Spending time with her grandchildren was the biggest joy in her life. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband of 43 years, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Adam Sandor Johnisee (Megan) of Maryville; a daughter, Elizabeth Anne “Lucy” Johnisee of Granite City; two grandsons, William Edward and Michael Anthony Johnisee; a sister, Lisa Marie Sandor (Byron Harrington) of Florissant, Missouri; mother-in-law, Josephine Johnisee of Granite City; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Connie and Morris Chapman of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Rosemary Celeste and
George Molnar and Carol Ann Davies and father-in-law, Eddie E. Johnisee.
In celebration of her life, a memorial gathering will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorials may be made to CARITAS Family Solutions, 8601 West Main Street, Suite 201, Belleville, IL 62223 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114 and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Richard L. McGee, 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on January 14, 2018 at University Health Care Center in Edwardsville, IL.
He worked and retired from Alton Southern Railroad for 43 years. He was of the Catholic faith.
Richard was born on July 16, 1929 in Venice, IL to Daniel W. and Mable (nee, Tosh) McGee. He married Myrtle Harman on December 11, 1972 in Granite City, IL. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2004.
He is survived by his children, Patricia Rose (Vinnie) McKenna of Washington and Richard (Jan) L. McGee Jr. of Colorado, his sister-in-law, Ruby Kessinger, his nephew, Ken and Marianne McGee of St. Charles, MO and special friends, Marty and Nancy LeVault and his Park Grill family.
A graveside service for Richard will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL. Sunset Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mitchell “Mitch” Hyden, age 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his home. Mitch was born on August 8, 1947 in Letcher, KY, a son of the late William Hyden and Hassie (Caudill) Hyden.
Mitch was a United States Army Veteran who proudly served his country. On June 3, 1967, Mitch married Martha Schmidtke, the love of his life, in Granite City, IL. Martha passed away on November 14, 2009. Mitch was a faithful member of City Temple in Granite City, IL. He retired as a manager from Nestle Corporation after many years of dedicated service. Mitch was a volunteer at City Temple food pantry and he enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. His greatest joy was spending time family. Mitch loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mitch was preceded in death by his son, John “Bubba” Hyden; brother, Gary Hyden; and by his brother-in-law, Mel Andrews.
He graduated with the Class of 1966 from Venice High School.
Mitch is survived by his daughter, Ann McMahon of McLeansboro, IL; sisters, Beverly Andrews of Granite City, IL and Opal (Jerry) Mann of Ben Wheeler, TX; grandchildren, Jacob (Erin) Walling of Swansea, IL, Andrew (Caitlyn) Hart of El Paso, TX, Jacqueline Miller of Granite City, IL, Katie (Nathan Dillard) Miller of Granite City, IL, Madison Hyden of Roxana, IL, Alaina Madewell of North Carolina and Maris Madewell of East Alton, IL; great-grandchildren, Logan Gerkin of Granite City, IL, Jerzie Brooks of Granite City, IL and Ellie Madewell of North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Erica (Bob) Madewell of East Alton IL; son-in-law, Rudy Miller of Granite City, IL; special niece, Christine Andrews of Granite City, IL; as well as several other nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at City Temple, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, a memorial service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Randle Copeland officiating.
Private family interment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO at a later date.
Memorial donations may be given to City Temple, Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
David Darrel Painter, born October 29, 1941, in St Louis, MO to Ralph and Margaret Painter passed away January 8, 2018, at Tampa General Hospital surrounded by his family.
Survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Ann Painter, son David Matthew Painter of Houston, TX, daughter Susanne Beth Paton and husband Major Daniel Paton of Plant City, FL, grandsons Brandon(Brittany) Paton of Zephyrhills, FL, Blake Paton, Lexington, SC and Hunter Paton, Plant City, FL.
David was a lifetime educator, graduating from Eastern Illinois University in Mathematics and earned his MEd at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He began his teaching career in 1964 at Prather Junior High in Granite City, IL. He became principal at Granite City High School in Granite City, IL from 1988-1998. In 1999, he was the interim principal at Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Edwardsville, IL before moving to SC to become an assistant principal at Irmo High School in Irmo, SC from 2001- 2004.
He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1959.
God’s word and the church was the core of David’s life from its earliest beginnings at Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City where he became church treasurer, elder and usher. Being a part of establishing Metro-East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, IL in 1977 was by far one of his greatest accomplishments. His move to SC began a new church family and focus. He arrived at Mt Olive Lutheran Church in Irmo, SC just in time to help develop the Mt Olive Lutheran Preschool in 2007 and serve as board chairman for almost 10 years.
David loved all sports, especially his St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Patti, especially their trip to Spain and their northeastern Lobster adventure. But, on any given sunny day, you need only look to the nearest golf course to see his smiling face and happiness. David was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, but he was also a great mentor and friend to anyone in need. From his sponsorship and development of Lutheran Preschools to Metro East Lutheran High School, his devoted stewardship to the church and faith was second to none. David was, above all, a family man and community patriarch.
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mt Olive Lutheran Preschool.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00PM this Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 1541 Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo, SC. The service will be followed by fellowship and a Luncheon for everyone.
There has been a facebook posting about Ronald Ochoa, Venice High School Class of 1961, dying. No other information is available.
Christopher Michael Hocking, 43, of Cottage Hills, Illinois and formerly of Venice, Illinois passed away at 3:46 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018 in Pontoon Beach, Illinois.
He was born April 28, 1974 in Granite City, Illinois, a son of Donna Sue (Nash) Hocking of Venice, Illinois and Robert Hocking of Wood River.
He had worked many years in security. He enjoyed his younger days of attending church, being active with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and loved watching wrestling. He was a 1992 graduate of Venice High School and later attended S.I.U.E. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Amanda (Armer) Hocking; his two sons, Christopher Michael Hocking Jr. and Jackson Bane Hocking; brother, Michael A. Katana; other extended family and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Christina Michelle and Melissa Dawn Hocking.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Terry Sutton officiating.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the Hocking family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Steven B. Fears, 64, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:28 a.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Integrity Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Godfrey.
He was born August 18, 1953 in Venice, Illinois, a son of the late Floyd and Edna (Brawley) Fears.
He had worked in the automotive industry throughout the states of Illinois, California and Florida with over 40 years of service in sales and management.
Steven had a love for classic muscle cars and enjoyed restoration of them. He also enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by two brothers, Gary Fears of Delray Beach, Florida and Keith Fears of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Victor Fears, Anastasia Fears, Katrina (Chris) Flournoy, Samantha (Michael) Vanesler, Brandon Butler, Joey Lowrey, Dakota Fears, Nicholas Fears, Serina Vanesler, Alex Butler, Gage Vanesler, Ryan Joyce and Sean Joyce; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Kathleen Fears, Margaret Fears and Linda Fears Butler and one brother, Michael Fears.
In celebration of his life, a private family service will be held.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Carolyn J. Daniels, 83, of Springfield, died at 8:50 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital.
She was born July 30, 1934 in Eldorado, IL, the daughter of Claude Lincoln and Mayme McClernon Bowling. She married James Daniels, Sr. in 1958 and he preceded her in death in 2007.
Carolyn graduated from Eldorado High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Later in her career she earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Sangamon State University. She was a teacher for 40 years at Hay Edwards Elementary School and after retiring, Carolyn was a substitute teacher at both private and public schools. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish where she was active in the Legion of Mary, Caregivers and volunteered as an usher at Sangamon Auditorium. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and was very active in their lives. Carolyn also enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle. She often could be seen visiting with family and friends on her front porch.
Carolyn taught at Venice Grade School for a time.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Jamie Johnson; twin brother, Carroll Bowling; and sister, Viola Bowling.
She is survived by her children, James Milton (wife, Kate) Daniels, Jr., M.D. of Quincy, Mary Ann Johnson of Springfield, Katy Martin of Springfield, and Ann (husband, Bill) Neale of Pleasant Plains; grandchildren, Tim Johnson, Jr., Jamie Johnson, Jason Johnson, Toby Daniels, Maggie Daniels, Lizzie Daniels, Eren Schnell, Shane Sullivan, Elijah Martin, and Robert Neale; great-grandchildren, Bella Staab, Eva Johnson, Ivy Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, and Lakyn Pritchard; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield.
A memorial Mass will begin11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Rev. Jeff Grant, celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to: SIU School of Medicine Foundation for Dementia Research, P.O. Box 19666, Springfield, IL 62794-9666.
David E. Ohlendorf, 93 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on, Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon.
David was born on November 2, 1924 in Venice, Illinois; the son of the late William and Hester (Howland) Ohlendorf. David was a crane operator at Granite City Steel and proudly served his country in the United States Army in WW II. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of the Granite City American Legion. During his free time, David enjoyed woodworking and tinkering with his model trains. He enjoyed his days of driving his Buick, but most of all he loved to spend time with his family.
He was a member of the graduating Class of 1942 from Venice High School.
He is survived by and will be missed by his daughter-in-law; Linda Ohlendorf of Maryville, Illinois; his grandchildren, Matt Ohlendorf of Edwardsville, Illinois, Amy Ohlendorf of O’Fallon, Missouri and numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Ohlendorf, whom he married on August 5, 1947 and his son, David Ohlendorf.
A private family burial will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville at a later date.
Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road is serving the family.
Norma June Cullum, 69 of Granite City, IL passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Norma was born on February 29, 1948 in St. Genevieve, Missouri; the daughter of the late Elmer and Gladys (Cook) Nash Brown. Norma was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Tabernacle Church in Madison, Illinois. In her free time she enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Karaoke. But most of all she loved her family and adored spending time with her grandchildren. Norma will be remembered for her kind heart and all the special times she shared with her family.
She currently served as vice president of the Venice.History Committee and was a member of 1966 graduating class at Venice High School.
Norma is survived by and will be missed by her son; Benjamin (Rachael) Cullum of Granite City, Illinois; her grandchildren, Katlyn Cullum, Mackenzie Cullum, Benjamin Cullum Jr.; her sisters, Arlene (Greg) Katana, Donna Hocking; her niece, Candy (Eddie) Nagelmiller; her nephews, Greg “Deedle” Katana, Michael (Jodie) Katana, Christopher Hocking, Paul Cox and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and other close family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her husband; Charles Cullum, whom she married on November 23, 1968; her brothers, Marvin Nash, Charles Nash; her sister, Carol “Cookie” Weller; her nieces, Christina Hocking, Melissa Hocking.
In celebration of Norma’s life, friends may call on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service starting at 7:00 p.m. at with Pastor Terry Sutton officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.
Burial will follow on Thursday, December 21, 2017 with graveside services being held at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Pacific, Missouri.
Memorials are suggested to the family for her grandchildren; Katlyn, Mackenzie and Ben Jr.
Jacqueline “Jackie” M. Starr, nee Gudac, 87, of Fairmont City, IL, born on November 25, 1930, in Madison, IL, died on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Jackie was a former property assessor with the Madison County Assessor’s office for 20 years. She also was a former Office Clerk with the WIC Program at Centreville Township Hospital. Jackie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve J. Starr; her parents, Ivan and Mary (nee Majetic) Gudac; six sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her five sons, Michael L. (Jane) Starr of Collinsville, IL, Ronald (Sharon “Suggie”) Starr of Prescott, AZ, Michael T. (Mary) Leatherman of Bethlehem, PA, Frederick P. (Judith) Leatherman of Paducah, KY; and Patrick J. (Susan) Starr of Overland Park, KS; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church or to the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights, IL.
A funeral procession will leave Kassly Mortuary, Ltd, Fairview Heights, IL at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Fairmont City, IL with Fr. James Buerster officiating.
Interment will be held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Rose (Ceresero) Cooper, 91 of Venice, Illinois passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City, Illinois.
Rose was born on March 14, 1926 in Collinsville, Illinois; a daughter of the late Ignacious and Mary Ceresero. Rose was a life long homemaker and of Catholic faith. Rose loved her family and always put them first. She will be remembered for her loving heart and all the special times she shared together.
Rose is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Roseann Koelker of Venice, Illinois; her sons, Terry Cooper of Granite City, Illinois, Charles Cooper of Granite City, Illinois; 4 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband; James Cooper, whom she married on December 15, 1945 and who passed away on October 23, 2003 and her 2 sisters.
In celebration of Rose’s life, friends may call on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Clint Wisdom officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorials are suggested to Autism Speaks of the charity of one’s choice.
Paul LeRoy Fisk, 83, of Troy, Illinois, went to his Heavenly abode at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home with his family and friends by his side.
Paul was born January 9, 1934 in Venice, IL, the son of the late William Ernest and Ethel (Summers) Fisk. His boyhood was spent with his 9 brothers and sisters in Illinois and Missouri.
In 1952, Paul enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and proudly served his country during the Korean War on various assignments. He was thrilled to be included in a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight in 2016. Paul learned the meat cutting trade upon leaving the military, while living in California. Upon his return to home in Illinois, he continued meat cutting for 34 years and was a member of Meat Cutter’s Local # 534. He was a meat cutter for over 28 years at Schermer’s Market in Madison.
He served as a Granite City Alderman for 14 years and served on various community boards, including the board of Good Samaritan House in Granite City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his hunting and fishing buddies throughout the US and Canada…..his special groups of friends were those he hunted and fished with in Southern Illinois where he always felt like family. Paul was a dedicated Christian and loved God, his Country and his Family. He will be missed for his laughter, his story telling and devotion to others. Over the years, Paul opened his home to over 15 family members and friends needing a place to stay.
He is survived by his wife, Lonnie Carolyn Causey Rainwater, whom he married in May 2005. He is also survived by two daughters, Angela Holubasch (Bob), Decatur, IL, Sheila (Ray) Lewis, Troy, IL, and a son Anthony (Tammy) Rainwater; Six grandchildren: Justin (Emily) Niebruegge, Nicole Holubasch (Cole), Chad (Amber) Rainwater, Zachary (Priscilla) Rainwater, Parker (Lizzy) Lewis and Chase Lewis, and 3 great grandchildren: Noah and Lydia Niebruegge and Parker Jayne Lewis; and his extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law: Clifford and Hanin Causey, Sikeston, MO; Travis Causey, Porter, TX; and Mary Ellen (George) Brower, New Port Richey, FL; Peggy Slayden, Miami, FL; Bernie Crockarell, Glen Carbon; Jeanette Morlen, Granite City; Baxter (Donna) Crockarell, Ballwin, MO; Lennie David (Marge) Crockarell, and Patti McDaniel, Edwardsville; Billy (Linda Martin) Crockarell, Woodland Park, CO; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and wonderful church friends.
Paul married Dorothy Butler in July 1961; she preceded him in death in September of 2004.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings: two brothers John and William (Bill) Fisk; seven sisters Reva Tucker, Wanda Long, Wilma Hillman, Maxine Snell, Lorene Tassaro, Norma LaBrot, Barbara Wells, and a brother-in-law Danny Causey.
In celebration of his life, visitation was at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, October 13, 2017 and continued on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethalto Church of God, Route 140 and Moreland Road in Bethalto.
Reverend Allen Randolph and Reverend Shea Hughes officiating.
Burial with full military honors followed at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
Memorials may be made to the Bethalto Church of God or to Breeze Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Alma Ilene Coggins, 71, of Nason, Illinois passed away at 7:09 P.M. October 9, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born April 30, 1946 in Venice, Illinois to Everett and Peggy (Amundson) Dennis.
Alma is survived by her two sons, David Coggins and wife, Stephanie and Mark and wife, Tonya; three grandchildren, Taylor Coggins, Hunter Coggins, and Shelby Coggins; significant other, Glendell Carter; two sisters, Denise Welch and husband, Craig and Marty Philippi and significant other, Alan McMurough; brother, Mike Dennis and wife, Sherry; two stepdaughters, Jody Zellers and husband, Eric and Pamela Thrash and husband, Jason; step-grandchildren, Cole Zellers, Cady Zellers, Jack Zellers, Keagon Thrash, and Karson Thrash; two nieces, Emily Welch and Michelle Dennis; and one nephew, Michael Dennis.
Alma Ilene Coggins was preceded in death by her parents.
Alma worked for World Color Press and later for Nature Trail in housekeeping. She loved mowing and doing yard work, watching various programs on television, and collecting pictures of her grandchildren.
Greeting of Family and Friends was held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, IL, with funeral services immedicately following with Reverend Stacy Tate and Pastor Jason Thrash officiating. Memorials are requested for the Arthritis Foundation.
Terri Koelker, age 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home, with her loving family by her side. Terri was born on October 21, 1947, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Alfred “Gene” Frith and Nadine (LeMaster) Frith.
On March 14, 1970, Terri Frith married Ralph “Bud” Koelker, the love of her life, in St. Louis, MO. Terri was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She also attended Tri-City Assembly of God Church and was an active member of Season Saints. She had retired as a GS 13 from the Department of Defense in St. Louis, MO as a software engineer. After retirement, Terri worked ten years for Computer Science Corporation as a system analyst. Terri enjoyed sewing, scrap booking and quilting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Terri 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, Terri was preceded in death by her brother, Rickey Frith; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Grace Koelker; one granddaughter, Johnna; one great-grandson, Brody; sister-in-law, Marce Manning and by one brother-in-law, David Koelker.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Ralph Koelker of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Sherrie (John) Baker of Granite City, IL, Sara (Chris) Delatte of Imperial, MO and Cassie (Mike Redden) Koelker of Granite City, IL; dear sister, Becky (Kenny) Shipp of Granite City, IL; proud granny to Sara Kate, Zachary, Jacob, Nick, Rylie, Jordan, Julie, Jack and Josephine and seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara (Bob) Hahn of TX; aunt, Alma (Chuck) Buente of Granite City, IL; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of her life, funeral services were held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Barry Shepherd officiating. A funeral mass followed at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Zachary Edgar officiating. Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children or to Siteman Cancer Center. Donations were accepted at the funeral chapel.
Albert G. Yearman, 94, formerly of Venice, passed away on Sept. 30,2017.
He was the father of Janette Yearman,Venice High School Class of 1960.
Mary Frances (Lee) Schroeder
Mary Frances “Franny” (nee Lee) Schroeder was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Friday, September 29, 2017.
Beloved wife of Donald Schroeder; loving mother of Ann (Justin) Ehnert and Michael (Alissa) Schroeder; dearest grandmother of Madeline and Grace Ehnert; dear sister of Jack (Vandy) Lee and Peggy Lee; dear step- mother, step-grand- mother, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, teacher and friend to many.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. John E. and Margaret Lee.
Mary Frances graduated from St. Mark School in 1963 and attended a private high school.
Mary Fran spent her career at her second home, Nerinx Hall. She developed numerous young women as a math teacher and athletic director.
Visitation will be at Annunciation Catholic Church, 12 West Glendale Rd., Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Private interment.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sisters of Loretto, Nerinx, KY.
Kutis Funeral Home in Affton was in charge of arrangements..
Doris June McFain, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. Doris was born on January 28, 1928 in Dover, OH, a daughter of the Louis and Lydia (Ferris) Heintz.
Doris proudly served her country in the United States Air Force. She had worked at Venice High School and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL as a registered nurse. She had retired from the U.S. Government, Department of the Army, where she worked in the clerical department. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Doris 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, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, William E. McFain, one daughter, Maureen McFain-Bailey and by her brother, Robert Heintz
She is survived by her loving children, Vicki Shope of Cottleville, MO, Roger (Deborah) McFain of East Alton, IL, Billie Jean Moore of TX and Dana (Karen) McFain of Greenwood, AR; proud grandmother to Jeffrey (Mary) Shope, Alex Shope, Kelsey Shope, Katie (Richard) Taylor, Kelli McFain, Adam McFain, Andrew Bailey, Lucas Bailey, Autumn Rainey, Ashley Rainey and Tammy Kelly; proud great-grandmother to four great-grandchildren; her son-in-law, Norm Bailey extended family and many friends.
Visitation was held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Granite City, IL, where in celebration of her life, funeral services followed with Rev. Henry Crippen officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.
Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Margaret A. Gilbert, 88 of Troy, Illinois passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.
Margaret was born on October 25, 1928 in Venice, Illinois; a daughter of the late William and Roxanna Mae (Babel) Downs. Margaret was a manager and cashier at National Stock Yards and Miss Hullings in St. Louis. Margaret enjoyed watching wrestling on TV and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was known by her generous giving heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.
Margaret is survived by and will be missed by her children; Brenda Cortner of Troy, Illinois, Randy “Butch” Gilbert Sr. (Tammy Brouhard) of Edwardsville, Kansas; her grandchildren, Angie (Donnie) Arban, Greg (Melissa) Cortner, Kim (Adam) Stellhorn, Jennifer Gilbert (Chris), Carla Gilbert (Johnny), Randy (Monica) Gilbert Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Anestassia, Samantha (Adam), Donnie (Ashley), Skiler, Jonathan, Chloe, Gavin, Jeffrey, Sarah, Mackenzze, Dawson, Gracie, Isabelle, Trinity, Olivia, Drew; great-great-grandchildren, Peyton, Presley.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter; Marjorie McFarland; her brothers, William Downs II, Bud Downs, Eugene Downs, Carl Downs; her sisters, Lorraine Rodriguez, Dolores Schoch, Bernice Townzen, Esther Borkowski, Pauline Resman, Shirley Downs, Wilma Downs.
In celebration of Margaret’s life, friends gathered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 followed by a the service with Pastor Charles West officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Illinois.
Donald Maurice Crisel, 85, of Granite City, IL passed away at 9:31 a.m. Tues. Sept. 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 7, 1932 in Venice, IL to the late Harold & Lucille (Allen) Crisel.
He and Donna Cook were married Aug. 29, 1984 in Mountain Home, AR. She survives in Granite City.
Don served in the U.S. Airforce from 1950 – 1962 and later retired from Granite City Steel after more than 25 years of service. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley Southern Illinois, Ainad Shrine, Emeth Masonic Lodge #1030, and a life member of Concorde Lodge #42 – Paris, France, AMVETS Post #51 and VFW Post #1300.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 daughters: Donna K. (Roger) Robertson of Warrensburg, MO, Kimberly (Jeff) May of Decatur, IL and Debbie (Jason) Thomas of Carbondale, IL; 2 sons: Bruce Crisel of KY and Jimmy (Danielle) Pfeifer of MI; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother: Joe Sobczak of Alton, IL; 2 sisters: Ramona Burnett of Granite City and Marsha Horton of Houston, TX; and his special family: Tim & Linda Pappas.
Visitation and services were at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial followed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Joseph Schank, 57, formerly of Venice, passed away on August 21,2017, in Naples, FL, where he was living.
Hurricane Irma has made getting information very difficult, but this obituary will be updated as more details become available.
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Arthur G. Billick
Arthur George "Binky" Billick, 64, of Madison, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Monday, September 4, 2017 at his home.
Born Jan. 16, 1953 in Granite City, he was the only child of John and Rose (LeCompte) Billick. He married Linda Parker in Granite City, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Melinda Carnahan of Granite City; three sons, Michael (Amber) Billick and Richard Carnahan, all of Granite City, and Johnathn (Darcus) Billick of Litchfield, IL; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be held at 6 p.m.
John Raymond Wise, 57, of Pontoon Beach, Ill., formerly of Venice, Ill., born on September 10, 1959 in Venice, Ill., passed away at 6:06 p.m. Thursday, Augusts 24, 2017 at Gateway Regional Hospital ER, Granite City, Ill.
John was in the Marine Corps from 1978 to 1984. He worked as a dock supervisor at Conway Motor Freight and was a chauffeur for 22 years and retired in 2015. John loved to ride his Harley in his free time.
Preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Sue Swaringim, whom he married on August 25, 1979 in Glover, Mo.; and his parents, John Wise and Martha Gibson.
Surviving him are his children, John (Alicia) Wise Jr. of Potosi, Mo., Stacey Wise of Pontoon Beach, Samantha (Fiancee, Matthew Parsons) Wise of Potosi, Mo. and Amber (special friend, Collin Spier) Hammond of Alton, Ill.; Cindy Lankford of Pontoon Beach; sisters, Theresa Wise and Patricia Wise of Alton; grandchildren, Justin Wise, Tayler Hancock, Allyce Hammond, Johnny Wise, Aiden Hanebrenk, Bentley and Landon Parsons and Emmett Spier; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, "Liza-Jane".
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Breast Cancer Research.
Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City. Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the funeral home, with Rev. Henry Crippen officiating.
Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Robert F. Blattner, of Waterloo, IL formerly of Granite City, IL, born on January 14, 1925, died August 15, 2017 in Waterloo, IL with his family by his side.
He is survived by his children, Robert (Kathy) Blattner Jr, Barbara (Jon) Sloan, Dr. John (Kathy) Blattner, and Paul (Jahnne Kae) Blattner; grandchildren Shawn Ard, Brooke Blattner, Ryan (Lauren) Ard, Lisa (Chris) Uribe, Angela Blattner, Michael Blattner, Ashley (Trey) Burris, Sarah (Mike) Utz and John Blattner Jr; great grandchildren Allyson, Claire and Macy Ard, Carson Uribe, Lily Burris, Hank and Colt Utz.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Erma (nee Zentgraf) Blattner, his parents, John and Anna (nee Weber) Blattner, three brothers Matt, John and Joe Blattner and three sisters Barbara Robb, Anna Kattenbraker and Elizabeth Sagartz.
Robert was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo, IL, a member of the American Legion and an officer in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He was a retired teacher having taught school in Granite City and Venice, IL for 33 years.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 522 S Church Street, Waterloo, IL 62298
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IL.
Doris Ellen (Griffin) Yelley of Arcadia, MO passed away August 15, 2017 at her residence at the age of 68.
She was born November 8, 1948 in Granite City, IL a daughter of Ted and Delores Zeigler Griffin.
Doris is survived by three children, Melba and husband Tony Crisp of Arcadia, Tracy Whited and companion Maria of Paris, TN, Christine Yelley and Nick Smith of Paris, TN; two brothers, Joe and wife Eileen Griffin of Edwardsville, IL, Virgil and wife Mary Griffin of Belleview, MO, a sister-in-law Ann Griffin of Granite City, IL and one sister Theresa and husband Ted Crawford of Ironton, MO, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and three more on the way.
Preceding Doris in death are two children, David Fudge, Sr. and Virginia Yelley, one brother Melvin Griffin, and one sister Kathy Ellsworth of Litchfield, IL.
A life celebration was held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12 pm from the Cole Family Chapel, where the visitation began at 11 am. Ted Crawford officiated at the services.
Thomas Henry Hormann, 78, passed away 8:15 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017, at his residence.
He was born March 23, 1939, in Venice, Illinois, to William D. and Grace (Hackney) Hormann who have passed away. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Herbert ‘Sonny’ and a sister-in-law, Patsy.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of American Legion Post 127 in Murphysboro.
He had worked as a factory worker for a shoe company.
Tom was an avid Cardinals fan and loved to be outside. His hobbies included playing golf and fishing.
Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Linda Hormann of Sullivan, Missouri, and Chuck and Tammy Hormann of Bartlett, Tennessee; a sister and brother-in-law, Shadyann and Eugene Callahan of Rolla, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins including T. C. Schaefer.
A memorial graveside service with military rites, provided by American Legion Post 127, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in Walker Hill Cemetery, Grand Tower.
Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to American Kidney Fund.
Meredith Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Tower assisted the family with arrangements.