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Thomas Hormann
Doris Yelley
Robert Blattner
John Wise
Gladys Green
Arthur Billick
Joseph Schank


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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

(For informational purposes only)



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