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Thomas Hormann
Doris Yelley
Robert Blattner
John Wise
Gladys Green
Arthur Billick
Joseph Schank
Donald Crisel
Margaret Gilbert
Doris McFain
Mary Schroeder
Albert Yearman
Terri Koelker
Alma Coggins
Paul Fisk
Rose Cooper
Jacqueline Starrr
Norma Cullum
David Ohlendorf
Carolyn Daniels
Steven Fears
Christopher Hocking
Ronald Ochoa
Emma Jimerson
David Painter
Mitchell Hyden
Richard McGee
Christina Johnisee
Jack Gilmore
Barbara Ballhorn
John Boushard
Jeffrey Willoughby
Melba Jones
Thomas Scaturro
Louis "Marty" Martin
Annetta Ohlendorf
Constance Chapman
Gene Robertson
Phillip Ochoa Sr.
Maxine Fuller
Ruth Voegele
Ronald Blatz
Della Murphy
Claudette Price
Edward Mickelson
Barbara Hahn
Donald Gardner
Eddie Harper
Marie Zarlingo
Betty Wallace
Sr Rosemary Micka
John D. Jones
Jessie Tackaberry


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Jessie Lou Tackaberry

Jessie Louise (Mitchell) Tackaberry, 77, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Granite City, IL, entered Eternal Life at 9:28 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.

Jessie was born on July 14, 1940 in Granite City, IL. She graduated from Venice Public High School in 1958, majoring in business.

For 18 years, she was employed as an Administrative Secretary at the former St. Elizabeth Medical Center (now Gateway Regional Hospital) in Granite City, IL. Upon relocating to Las Vegas on May 18, 1997, she worked for 15 years as a Medical Records Specialist at HCA Las Vegas Outpatient Surgery Center.

On July 29, 1961, she married John Joseph Tackaberry in St. Louis, MO. John was an elementary/high school teacher in the Venice Public School District in IL.

She and John were married for 41 years, until her husband's passing on March 27, 2003. They had one daughter, Gail Ann Tackaberry, who was born on April 8, 1968.

She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Las Vegas, NV. She was active in their Outreach Ministry, baking cookies and making crafts for the poor.

Jessie's interests/hobbies included: traveling; attending concerts, Broadway musicals, and ballets; visiting museums; cooking; and reading. Her "favorites" list, besides her family and faith/parish were: Las Vegas, Arizona, Hawaii, National Parks, summer, Elvis Presley, and "The Phantom of the Opera."

Jessie is survived by her daughter, Gail Tackaberry, who resides in Las Vegas, NV.

Jessie is preceded in death by her husband, John Tackaberry; and her parents, John and Alice (Williams) Mitchell.

Visitation was on Monday, June 11, at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV. There will be a Catholic prayer service from 4:30 to 5:00 during the Visitation.

On Tuesday, June 12, Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV, followed by a graveside service at noon at Davis Memorial Park, 6200 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV.

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

Courtesy Davis Funeral Homes

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John D. Jones

John D. Jones Sr., of Caseyville, IL was born on November 28, 1953 in Battle Creek, MI, to the late Margaret Billick and grew up in Venice, IL. He passed away at the age of 64 on June 2, 2018, in Creve Coeur, MO.

John graduated from Venice Grade School in 1968.

He worked in Maintenance at Peerless Premier for 26 years until retiring in 2010. He loved to fish, watch Cardinals baseball, and spend quiet time at home. During his younger years he loved to shoot pool and BBQ.

He is preceeded in death by his stepfather, George Billick, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

John is survived by his wife, Robin. nee Popek, to whom he was married to for 34 years. He is also survived by his son, John D. Jones Jr, stepson, William R. Kee; granddaughter Sara Jones; a brother, Larry Willoughby, and sisters Edna Waller and Patricia Whitten and numerous loving nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his adored dogs, Pepper and CoCo.

Special thanks to the staff at Evelyn’s House Hospice Center for their genuine care and compassion they showed not only to the patient, but to the family as well.

Per John’s request, there will be no services.

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

Courtesy St. Louis Cremation

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Sister Rosemary Micka

Sister Rosemary Micka, CDP, formerly Sister Mary Bernard, age 98, of Alton, died on Sunday May 20, 2018 at Saint Clare’s Villa in Alton.

She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1942, and served Over 70 years as both a teacher and principal at several different schools. She taught at St. Mark School from 1961 to 1964 and 1966 to 1971.

She was from a family that saw seven of eleven children enter religious life. She was preceded in life by her parents, Frank and Catherine (nee: Esswein) and her eight sisters, four of which were nuns, and two brothers who were both priests.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Staten-Fine Funeral Home , 220 Court Street in Alton. A Rosary recitation will be Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of the resurrection will be Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 4th and Henry Street in Alton.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Divine Providence.

Condolences may be expressed to the surviving CDP sisters online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Staten-FineFuneral Home

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Betty Wallace

Betty Joyce Wallace, 89, of Maryville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Sat. May 5, 2018 at Edwardsville Nursing & Rehab in Edwardsville, IL.

She was born Jan. 21, 1929 in Roodhouse, IL to the late Custus & Luella (Watkins) Riddle.

She married Gerald L. Wallace in Roodhouse in 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1984.

Betty had worked for Ma Bell as a telephone operator for many years and then went on to work as a cook for Venice Schools. She loved to play bingo, was an excellent cook, a huge Cardinal’s fan and loved to spend time with family and friends. She always had her hair done and loved her Pepsi and popcorn and reading the newspaper, especially to those within earshot.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law: Ellen K. Wallace of Granite City; 3 grandsons: Jason (Krystal) Landried Sr. of Maryville, Chris Wallace and Aaron Wallace of Granite City; 2 great-grandchidren: Emily and Jason Landfried Jr.; many nieces and nephews, including Debbie Finazzo who lovingly cared for her; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary Ray Wallace and 7 brothers and 6 sisters.

Memorial visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7:00 p.m. Mon. May 7, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with Chaplain Thomas Nadelin officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Illinois Center for Autism.

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

Courtesy Funeral Home

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Marie Zarlingo

Marie A. Zarlingo, nee Burgener, 90, of Smithton, IL, born January 17, 1928, in St. Vincent, AR, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. Marie was a loving mother devoted to her family. She enjoyed bingo, quilting, traveling, and visits to the casino. She loved to play Black Jack – and did until the very end.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Ernest P. Zarlingo, who died on March 1, 2017; her parents, Ralph and Regina, nee Kuettle, Burgener; a grandson, Phillip Williams; a son-in-law, Gary Dunn; and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Surviving are a son, Phillip (Joanna) Zarlingo of Columbia, IL; a daughter, Marilyn Zarlingo Dunn of Des Peres, MO; two grandchildren, James Zarlingo of Columbia, IL, and Angela (Keith) Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO; five great-grandchildren, Jessica Zarlingo (Josh Shaffer) of Waterloo, IL, Cooper Williams of St. Louis, MO, Seamus Zarlingo and Delaney Zarlingo of Columbia, IL, and Carson Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO; one great-great-grandson, Alex Shaffer of Waterloo, IL; and a dear brother-in-law, Pasco Zarlingo of West Memphis, AR.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, or in the form of memorial masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation was on Sunday, May 6, 2018, and and on Monday morning, May 7, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, on Monday with Father Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

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

Courtesy Renner Funeral Home

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Eddie Roy Harper

On Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, Our Heavenly Father called Eddie Roy Harper home with Grace and Mercy to be at eternal rest.

Eddie was born December 17, 1946 in Nettleton, Mississippi to the union of Leroy and Ruth Harper. He was the oldest child of three boys. He will be reunited in Heaven with his dad, Leroy Harper and his son, Antonio Harper, both who preceded him in death. Eddie was born into the Canaan Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where his parents served faithfully in the work of the ministry.

He attended elementary school in Nettleton, Mississippi. The family relocated to Illinois where he graduated from Venice Lincoln Tech Ctr. As a young man, Eddie married Ruby Bradley and from this union two children were born. Some years later he married Catherine Treadway, and from this union four children were born.

Eddie was inducted in 1967 into the Unites States Army and served for 6 years. Eddie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the 4th Infantry Division. He served in Vietnam and received many commendations for outstanding services, including a bronze star and two Overseas bars. After being "Honorably Discharged" he remained a loyal and dedicated welder for Terminal Railroad Association (T.R.R.A.) until his retirement.

Eddie was a master at fishing and loved to hunt and bowl. He was a fan of all sports. Whichever team won the game, that was his team, until LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers came along. Eddie loved to spend quiet time watching T.V. with his mother, never giving up his chair nor the remote control.

Eddie Roy Harper leaves to cherish and celebrate his loving memory to his five children, Latrina (Tony) Kirkling of Bogalusa, LA, Marvin Treadway of Venice, IL, Camille Treadway of Jacksonville, FL, Ruth (Rashaun) Hicks of Granite City, IL Edwina (Robert) Perry of Granite City, IL; his devoted and loving mother, Ruth Harper of Madison, IL; two brothers, Lloyd (Lorraine) Harper of Fairview Heights, IL and James Harper of Madison, Il; 14 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, 1 special Grandpup (Rocky Perry) and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and many, many Friends.

Visitation and services were held on Saturday, April 14 at the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church, 307Allen St., in Madison.

Burial was on Monday, April 16, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors..

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

Courtesy Nash Funeral Home

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Donald E. Gardner

Donald E. Gardner, 56, died Friday, April 6, 2018.

He was born on March 13, 1962, and graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1980.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Convenant Christian Assembly, 800 Bissell St., in Venice. Funeral services will immediately follow.

Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Sunset Gardens Of Memory Cemetery, 3230 Cemetery Rd., Millstadt,, IL.

Officer Funeral Home, East St. Louis, was in charge of the arrangements.

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

Courtesy Officer Funeral Home

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Barbara (Koelker) Hahn

It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Kay Koelker Hahn announces her untimely passing at her home in Hewitt, Texas, on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the age of 73.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Grace (Grimes) Koelker : sister, Marce Manning; and brother, David Koelker.

Barbara was born on April 22, 1944, in Granite City, Illinois, and graduated from Venice High School in 1962.

She was a dispatcher for the Hurst PD, worked Tech Pubs for Lockheed Martin, received a certificate for Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and worked for Home Instead Senior care. These are just a few of her many accomplishments.

Barbara was a beautiful, loving, caring and fun woman. She was very family oriented and was the glue that held everyone together. One of her favorite things was having her family together for the holidays. She always seemed to find the good in a bad situation and everyone could count on her if they needed anything. She had a smile that could light up a room and many adored her.

Barbara is survived by her brother, Ralph "Bud" Koelker Jr.; children, Rhonda Brooks McGinty, Cathy and Keith Hall, Michael and Heidi Brooks, and Landon Hahn; adopted great-grandson; grandchildren, Brandi and Mark Power, Kris and Denise Kendall, Lil' Rob and Amanda Reusch, Alyssa Davis, Nathan and Jason Brooks; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Shelby, Damon, Curtis, Payton, and Karsyn; many nieces, nephews, cousins as well as many other family members and friends.

There will be a private family service and a celebration of life after April 22, 2018.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online HERE.


Edward "Mike" Mickelson

Edward Michael “Mike” Mickelson, age 64, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his home. Mike was born on October 27, 1953 in Sacramento, CA, a son of Helmer Mickelson Sr. and Mildred (Foster) Book.

Mike served his country proudly in the United States Air Force. On October 8, 1982, Mike married Connie Bosworth, the love of his life, at Charles Melvin Price Army Depot Chapel, Granite City, IL. He worked for the Department of Defense as a systems analyst.

Mike was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ, Granite City, IL. He also sang in the church choir, played the guitar in the church band, “Open Arms”, and served as past president on the church board. Mike was very active in the Granite City Community. He was a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge and served as an ISHA referee for basketball, volleyball, and softball for many years. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Mike 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.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Book; stepfather, Harry “Frog” Book; stepmother, Mary Sellers; and a nephew, Brad O’Neill.

Mike is survived by his devoted wife, Connie Mickelson of Granite City, IL; loving sons, Steve Davis and Michael Mickelson, both of Granite City, IL; father and stepmother, Helmer and Lovella Mickelson Sr. of Phoenix, AZ; stepfather, Ron Sellers of Breese, IL; proud grandfather to Joseph Mickelson of Collinsville, IL and Ella Davis of Granite City, IL; loving family friend, Jenna Schnauber of Collinsville, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Bonnie Mickelson of Bartelso, IL and Helmer “Teddy” and Michiel Mickelson Jr. of Joliet, IL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary and Cindy O’Neill of Granite City, IL, Kent and Jackie Bosworth of Granite City, IL and Cherie and Marc Botello of Valencia, CA; nephews and nieces, Wyatt (Sarah) Mickelson, Wade (Stacey) Mickelson, Teddy Mickelson, Tyson Mickelson, Courtney (Moon) Brooks, Kelsey (Tommy) Huson, Sarah (Ryan) Plum, Daniel Botello, Rachel Botello, Lydia Botello and Rachel O'Neill; extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Karla Frost officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ Music Department. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel and church.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Claudette Price

Claudette Price, 77, of Venice died Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

She served on the Venice Public Library Board.

Visitation from 9 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Venice. Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Burial in Sunset Gardens of Memory, Millstadt.

Officer Funeral Home, East St. Louis, was in charge of the arrangements.

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

Courtesy Officer Funeral Home

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Della Murphy

Della F. Murphy, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

She was born June 21, 1933 in North Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Daniel and Lorene (Walker) Lancaster.

She married Donald L. Murphy on November 17, 1951 in Arkansas and he passed away on June 13, 2000.

She was a faithful member of Word of Life Tabernacle where she was active with the Ladies group. She was an avid bowler for 39 years and loved her days of traveling to many places along with her husband. She cherished Elvis Presley and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved her little poodle, Peppe Laroux 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, Bryan and Michelle Murphy of Granite City; two grandchildren and their spouses, Dustin and Amanda Murphy of Granite City and Ashley and Ken Storck of Okawville; five great grandchildren, Aaron Murphy, Tyler Storck, Beckett Murphy, Haley Smith and Hannah Smith; a great-great grandchild, Carter Murphy; three nieces; Tommie, Kathy and Tammie; two nephews, Curt and Danny; and other extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elvan Lancaster and a sister, Phyllis Lancaster.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Henry Crippen officiating.

Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Word of Life Tabernacle and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Ronald H. Blatz

Ronald H. Blatz, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Anderson Hospital in Maryville at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

He was born February 21, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Harry Blatz and Rose (Dodd) Beasley.

Ronald graduated with the Class of 1956 from Venice High School.

He married Janice Lynn (McKinney) Blatz in Venice, Illinois and she passed away in 1990.

He retired from Crouse Cartage Trucking Company in St. Louis after over 40 years of service as a dispatcher with several companies. He proudly served his country with the United States Army. He had a love for music and loved his days of swing dancing and had participated in many dance competitions with his wife. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Granite City and the Venice Social Club. Ronald loved food, telling stories and always ready to share a joke. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Chris Blatz of Granite City; brother, Mark Beasley; sister, Sharon Beasley; brother-in-law, Fred Diepholz; sister-in-law, Ellen Willmann; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Blatz and a sister, Patricia Kowaleski.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 2167 Grand Avenue in Granite City on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Virginia Ruth (Hawkins) Voegele

Virginia Ruth Voegele, 77, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:16 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at her home.

She was born September 9, 1940 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a daughter of the late Ervin and Emma Hawkins.

She married Thomas Joseph Voegele Sr. on March 18, 1961 in Venice, Illinois and he passed away on March 30, 2004.

Ruth graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1959.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Maryville and a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. She loved watching television and cherished tending to her grandchildren and babysitting for many precious children throughout the years. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Thomas J. “T.J.” Voegele Jr. and wife, Kimberly of Granite City; two daughters, Kristi Fetter and husband, John of Granite City and Melinda Fleming and significant other, Brian Nemeth of Granite City; five grandchildren, Casey Estrada and husband, Jake, Taylor Fetter, Kalyn Fetter, Kennedy Fleming and Anna Nemeth; a brother, Gary Hawkins of Alton; two sisters, Phyllis Ramsey and husband, Joe of Granite City and Donna Burger and husband, Chuck of Hurst, Texas; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 43 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ervin Hawkins.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jack Dawson officiating.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Muriel "Maxine" Fuller

Muriel “Maxine” Fuller, 94 of Belleville, Illinois and formerly of Granite City and North Venice, Illinois passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center in Lebanon, Illinois.

Maxine was born on November 7, 1923 in Hornsby, Tennessee; the daughter of the late Manley and Rhoda Jane (Sparks) Hurst. Maxine was of Baptist faith and a homemaker and mom. Maxine will be remembered for her kind and generous heart and all the special time she shared with her family and friends.

Maxine is survived by and will be missed by her children; Jo Ann Brand of Belleville, Illinois, Judy (Randy) Lambert of Edwardsville, Illinois, Larry Fuller of Bunker Hill, Illinois; grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Griffin, Barbara (Jeff) Carter, Stephanie Satterfield, Darren Scott (Kathy) Beyer, Lori Thrutchley, Brent Lambert, Lea (Bill) Northam; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her husband; John Fuller, whom she married on November 2, 1940; son, James Fuller; brother, James “Buster” Hurst; sister, Edith Harris.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Darren Beyer officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon, Illinois.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Phillip Ochoa Sr.

Phillip Ochoa, age 96, of Troy, died at 8:50 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Troy.

He was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Davalos, Mexico, the son of the late Aurelio and Carmen Gomez Ochoa.

He married V. Jane Whelehan on June 26, 1946, in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in St. Louis. She preceded him in death.

He is survived one son: Phillip James (Rita) Ochoa of Troy; two sisters: Christine Marie Ochoa of Trenton and Olivia Ochoa, OP, of Troy; grandchildren: Colleen Fields, Carrie Ann (Toby) Sturek and Kathleen (Mark) Tomeoni; great-grandchildren: Jacey Sturek, Brielee Sturek and Macy Sturek and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter: Kathleen Ann Fields; one grandson: John Christopher Fields and brothers and sisters: Salvador Ochoa, Joseph Ochoa, Rosary Gutierrez, Mary Teresa Ochoa, Rufus Ochoa, Raquel Hall, Soladad Ochoa, Aurelio Ochoa Jr. and Ronald Lee Ochoa.

Mr. Ochoa was formerly of Venice, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 307 and worked as a yard clerk for the Illinois Central Railroad for 45 years, retiring in 1985. He was a loyal father and husband.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Saksa Mateer Funeral Home in Edwardsville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville.

Memorials are suggested to Masses.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online using this link.

Courtesy Saksa Mateer Funeral Home

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Gene Robertson Sr.

Gene Edward “Hoppy” Robertson Sr. 78, of Madison, Illinois passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.

He was born December 25, 1939 in Granite City, the son of the late Edward Earl and Aleene Mary (Anderson) Robertson.

Gene graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1957.

He married Carol Jean (Svoboda) Robertson on June 17, 1977 in Venice, Illinois and she survives.

He retired in 2002 from Granite City Steel after 38 years of dedicated service as a security guard. He had also served 32 years as an auxiliary police officer and served several years as a Police Commissioner with the Madison Police Department.

Gene was a proud member of the N.R.A., was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved attending car shows and going to flea markets and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by three daughters, Teri Lake and fiancé, Carl Gansner of Granite City, Lisa Karius of Granite City and Amy Winn and fiancé, Ryan Campbell of Granite City; a son, Gene Edward Robertson Jr. and wife, Barbara of Garden City, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Whitney Lake, Emily Lake, Kari Robertson, Corey Robertson, Joey Robertson, Hayle Karius, Morgan and Tiffany Frame and Shelby Winn; six great grandchildren, his beloved Ellie Bug, Noah, Cameron, Jaxon, Lukas, Danica and Eddie; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Frank Cowley of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Cindy Scheiter, Ed and Becky Cowley, Pam and Greg Sullivan, Lisa and John Davis and Richard Svoboda, all of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Constance Chapman

Constance Diane “Connie” Chapman, 75, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at her home.

She was born September 22, 1942 in Granite City, a daughter of Josephine (Shambro) Johnisee of Granite City and the late Eddie Johnisee.

She retired from the Madison County Treasurer’s Office after 25 years of dedicated service as a clerk.

Connie was a member of the 1960 class at Venice High School.

She was a member of the Granite City Eagle’s Women’s Auxiliary and the Venice Social Club. She was very artistic and creative working with many crafts, ceramics and flower arranging. She enjoyed cooking and loved her many trips to Florida to enjoy the beach.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her beloved husband, Morris B. Chapman Jr.; three sons, Shawn Almos, Ryan Campbell and Jeff Almos, all of Granite City; a brother, Edward Johnisee of Granite City; mother-in-law, Thelma Chapman of Glen Carbon; other extended family and friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Christina Johnisee.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Annetta Ohlendorf

Annetta M. Ohlendorf, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, 78, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born May 5, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Mrs. O" was a graduate of Erskine College, was a teacher for 35 years at Venice High School, Venice, Illinois, an avid college basketball fan, all things ACC sports, and a converted St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving are her daughters, Joanne Ohlendorf Langdale and Janice Ohlendorf Darby (Perry); daughter-in-law, Debra K. Ohlendorf; four grandchildren, Alexandria L. Sirles (Michael), Reid Langdale, Jenna K. Ohlendorf and Ashlyn K. Ohlendorf; two great grandchildren, Aiden H. Sirles, Noah R. Sirles; a brother, H.Z. McConnell (Eleanor). Preceding her in death are her husband, William F. Ohlendorf, III, and son, William F. Ohlendorf, IV.

A memorial service will be held at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Chapel from 10:00 am until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hollings Cancer Center, Office of Development, 88 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 955, Charleston, South Carolina 29425; Heartland Hospice, 1470 Tobias Gadsden Blvd., Suite 203, Charleston, South Carolina 29407.

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

Courtesy J. Henry Stuhr Chapel

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   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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Thomas Scaturro

Thomas Scaturro of Waterloo, IL, formerly of Venice, IL and Safety Harbor, FL, born March 16, 1928 in Venice, IL to the late Nado and Mary (Fucaloro) Scaturro, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Belleville, IL.

In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Scaturro; brother, Joseph Scaturro; sons-in-law, Jerry Hicks; John Brugmann; a great-granddaughter Jessica N. Baker; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Scaturro.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 69 years, Mary Donna (Luddon) Scaturro, married October 16, 1948 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice, IL; brothers, Bernard "Bud" Scaturro of Caseyville, IL; Leonard “Al” (Marie) Scaturro of O’Fallon, MO; Ron (Ann) Scaturro of Grain Valley, MO; sisters-in-law, Rita (Paul Weber) Luddon of Maryland Heights, MO; Sr. Margie Luddon of Allison Park, PA; Cathy Scaturro of St. Charles, MO; five sons, Leonard (Arlene) Scaturro of Millstadt, IL; David (Cathy) Scaturro of Sioux Falls, SD; Michael Scaturro of Madison, IL; Daniel (Michele) Scaturro of St. Louis, MO; Thomas (Marta) Scaturro of Granite City, IL; three daughters, Marguerite Hicks of Atchison, KS; Mary Elizabeth Brugmann of Winfield, MO; Rita (Ken) Jones of Waterloo, IL; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas is a 1945 graduate of Venice High School in Venice, IL. Throughout his life he worked in many fields including 32 years with the Venice Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Coroner with Lahey Funeral Home, and he was the Superintendent of the Venice Street Department. He served on many committees and boards for the county, district and state; he was elected president of the Illinois State Firemen’s Association.

Thomas was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Funeral Mass with be conducted Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Mark Church, 1621 10th St. Madison, IL. A visitation and luncheon will follow the Mass at Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas’ honor can be made to St Mary and St. Mark Church or charity of your choice.

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

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   Melba (Ireland) Jones

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Jeffrey Willoughby

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.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

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

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   John Boushard

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

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Barbara Ann Ballhorn

Barbara Ann (Thompson) Ballhorn, 78, of Collinsville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, died on Monday, January 22, 2018 at her home.

She was born on November 12, 1939 in St. Louis, MO to the late James Otis Thompson and Lorraine (nee: Nance) Wantland.

Barbara graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1957.

Barbara was a union secretary for CWA for 10 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Tri-City Park in Granite City.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by 3 daughters: Julie Ballhorn of Collinsville, IL, Lori A. Skinner and her fiancé Timothy Ponce of Collinsville, IL and Christine (Terry) Collins of Granite City, IL; 6 grandchildren: Troy Risinger, Seanna Risinger, Jessica Lorraine Skinner, Mariah Tate-Arguelles, Isaac Conaway and McKenna Smith; 7 great grandchildren and a brother, James Thompson of Amelia, FL.

Besides her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her former husband, John David Ballhorn.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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   Jack Gilmore

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Richard McGee

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.

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

Courtesy Sunset Hill Funeral Home

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   Mitchell Hyden

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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David Painter

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.

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

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Emma Valentine Jimerson

Emma Louise (Berry) Valentine Jimerson, 100, of Madison, IL, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. She was the mother of long-time Venice Alderman Victor Valentine.

She was born in Byhalla, MS, on June 7, 1917.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1035 Market St., in Venice.

The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. immediately following the visitation.

Burial will follow at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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

Courtesy Officer Funeral Home

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Ronald Ochoa

There has been a facebook posting about Ronald Ochoa, Venice High School Class of 1961, dying. No other information is available.


Christopher Hocking

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.

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

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Steven Fears

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Carolyn Daniels

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.

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

Courtesy Butler Funeral Homes

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David Ohlendorf

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Norma (Nash) Cullum

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Starr

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.

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

Courtesy Kassly Mortuary

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Rose Cooper

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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   Paul Fisk

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Alma (Dennis) Coggins

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.

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

Courtesy Hughey Funeral Home

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Terri Koelker

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Albert G. Yearman

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..

Her obituary can be read online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Kutis Funeral Home

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Doris June McFain

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Margaret A. Gilbert

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.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Donald Maurice Crisel

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.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Joseph Schank

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.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Gladys Green

Gladys Lorraine Green, 85, died Sept. 2, 2017.

She was born on May 6, 1932, in Venice.

Graveside services were held in the Glen Carbon City Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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John R. Wise

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.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the Legacy.com web site.

Courtesy Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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Robert Blattner

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.

Graveside burial will be private.

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

Courtesy Quernheim Funeral Home

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Doris (Griffin) Yelley

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.

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

Courtesy Cole Family Funeral Home

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Thomas H. Hormann

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.

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

Courtesy Meredith Funeral Home Chapel

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