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Rosina Ruth Kittle
Jeffrey Kindle
William Hoover
Josephine Miofsky
Gary Hawkins
Sr. Margie Luddon
Candy Nagelmiller
Larry Hill
Randall Bess
William Getz
Ellis Hackney
Brendan Woodall
Diane Zarlingo
Hildred Govan
Gayle Morris
Richard Schmidt
Bernie Woodrome
Robert Vickers Sr.
Wanda Schweitzer
Jaffee Woolfolk
Betty McClanahan
Judy Modrusic
Robert Ponce
Johnnie Mae McCoy
Vance Austin
Arthur Leonard Ritz
Robert Burks
Fessor Gray
Charles McCaskill
Wilodean Adams
Joyce Edwards
Christine Ochoa
Jane Modrusic
Robert Schrader
Pamela Crain
Evelyn Ritz
Barney Hogan
Carol Hildebrand
Jacklyn Besserman
Raeleene Callender
Dennis Mize
Sharon Begando
Ruth Hatcher
Robert Scaturro
Lawrence Ponce
Jordan Hooks
James Foley


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James Foley

James W. “Jim” Foley, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO, on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

He was born January 17, 1940 in Granite City, a son of the late Thomas G. and Jessie (Creamer) Foley.

Jim graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1957,

He married Yvonne M. (Yovandic) Foley on May 23, 1965 at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in St. Louis and she survives.

Jim had a long career in banking, working with various banking institutions. He had also served as a part time professor at S.W.I.C. with 38 years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church and had served several various roles through the years. He was very active in the community and had been a member and serving on boards of numerous clubs and organizations. He cherished his beloved Shih Tzu Lucy and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 57 years, he is survived by two sons, Mark J. (Lewanna) Foley of Glen Carbon and Matt J. (Andrea) Foley of Troy; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Jacob, Lucas and Sophia Foley; a sister-in-law, Doris Foley of Atlanta, GA; nephew, Michael; nieces, Elizabeth and Rebecca; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Foley.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Pomen Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, 1910 Serbian Drive in St. Louis on Saturday, July 2, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Ljubomir Kristic and Fr. Radimir Chkautovich will officiate.

Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lemay, MOi.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church or to Evelyn’s House and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Jordan Hooks

On Tuesday, May 31st, 2022, Jordan Richard Hooks passed away at the age of 39.

Jordan was born on May 26th, 1983 in Richmond Heights, Missouri – the exact same day the United States won the Walker Golf Cup awarded to the best amateur golfing country in the world. It was a sign; his passion for the game was unparalleled and he'd spend most of his adult life being the best ringer in the St. Louis metro area for any and all odd-numbered groups needing a win. He was proud of his time participating in the Amateur Players Tour. He loved his driver dearly but would be happy to never see his putter again.

A 2001 graduate of Marquette High School in Alton, IL, Jordan excelled at tennis – participating in the IHSA state tournament his senior year before ultimately finding his calling as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service.

He prided himself on the USPS official motto "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" and often could be found making deliveries well past sunset or during inclement weather while the rest of us wouldn't dare go outside. He had a passion for superior customer service, so much so that he'd receive too many thank you gift cards and baked goods from homes along his rural route during the holidays and friends/family members would benefit by getting surprise gifts from places he didn't enjoy. He didn't own a dog, but he will be sorely missed by dozens of his adopted canine friends in yards across Edwardsville.

While his dream job was working for the USPS, Jordan also loved investing and financial services. Fastidious with most things in his life, he was also eager to dispense advice and information about market trends, emerging companies and, yes, even crypto.

As an avid sports fan he saw his local professional teams win 4 championships in his lifetime, each one more special than the last.

Jordan was a kind, generous and loving friend to everyone he met. You could count on one hand the amount of times he raised his voice. And if you're reading this right now, there's a really good chance that he cared about you. That's ultimately his legacy and it's not a bad one to leave us with.

Survived by parents, Rick and Betsy Hooks and brother Aaron Hooks. Also, by beloved Uncles and Aunt Jack (Mary Kay) Fields, Pete (Gloria) Fields, Tom Fields and Mary Ann (Dick) George. Godmother Colleen Fields. And cousins Matt Fields, Eric Fields, Mike George, Tim George, David Fields and Mark Fields.

A visitation followed by a brief memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 4p to 7p at Saksa Funeral Home located at 210 N. Kansas St. in Edwardsville, IL.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to First Tee of Greater St. Louis in Jordan's memory. First Tee is a 501 (c) 3 organization that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf. You can find them online @ firstteestlouis.org/donate

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

Courtesy of Saksa Mateer Funeral Home

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    Lawrence Ponce

Lawrence J. Ponce, 92 years of age, was born 7 July 1929 in Venice, IL and passed on May 22, 2022.

He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1948.

Mr. Ponce married Donna Lee Fechte Ponce on January 16th, 1954. They have three sons: Larry J. Ponce who married Vicki Chrusciel, Gary L. Ponce who married Robin Milam and Mark A. Ponce who married Cindy Penrod.

Surviving is his wife: Donna Lee Ponce; his son’s and daughter’s-in-law; and brother: Roy Ponce. Mr. Ponce has 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ponce joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1948 and was honorably discharged May 20th, 1957. Mr. Ponce worked at the Granite City Army Depot for 20 years as a supervising administrative assistant. When the Depot closed he transferred to the USAMC Sim A and retired as Chief of the Resources Management Branch after 22 years. Mr. Ponce retired from the agency with a total of 42 years in 1990. Mr. Ponce then worked as a Real Estate Salesman for Wallace Realtors until his retirement at the age of 80. Mr. Ponce was a faithful member of St. Jerome Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Sam and Mamie Ponce; sister-in-law: Catherine Ponce; and daughter-in-law: Barbara Ponce.

A memorial visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at St Jerome Catholic Church in Troy, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m.

Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City entrusted with professional services.

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

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Robert "Bob" Scaturro

Baldasare Robert “Bob” Scaturro, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Christian Hospital in St. Louis on Monday, May 16, 2022.

He was born October 7, 1941 in St. Louis, a son of the late Dominic and Rose (Accardi) Scaturro.

Bob graduated from Venice High School as a member of the Class of 1959.

He married the love of his life, Donna Rose (Miller) Scaturro on November 12, 1966 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

He retired as the owner and operator of Scaturro Electronics with over 30 years of service. He was a jack of all trades and could fix just about anything. He was a skilled appliance and small electronic repairman and custom aftermarket audio installer.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of camping, boating and hunting. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with them.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 55 years, he is survived by four children and spouses, Patricia Elaine Terveer Ellington and Allen of Troy, Michael Robert Scaturro and Chris of Granite City, Kathryn Marie Endicott and Jerry of Granite City and Christina Rose Caruso and Brett of Granite City; eleven grandchildren and spouses, Jacob Terveer and Taylor, Kamryn Terveer, Loren Terveer, Adam Ellington and Kristin, Samantha Scaturro, Michael Scaturro, Isabella Scaturro, Jack Endicott, Kate Endicott, Daniel Caruso and Kayla and Luke Caruso; two great grandchildren, Adelyn Ellington and Joshua Caruso; a brother and spouse, Frank Scaturro and Joyce of Granite City; two brothers-in-law and spouses, Ronald Miller and Jim Londe of Collinsville and Raymon Miller and Kim of Kansas City, Missouri; his beloved labradoodle, Winston; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and her spouse, Mary Donna Shaffner and Don.

In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be at Grace Church East, 4701 IL-111 in Pontoon Beach on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve McKinney officiating.

A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Ruth (Ferguson) Hatcher

Ruth Juanita Hatcher, age 97 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at her home. She was born on November 15, 1924 in Venice, Illinois to Mary nee Vaughn Ferguson and Roy Lee Ferguson, Sr. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy Lee Ferguson Jr. and her husband Floyd of 47 years who died in 1990.

She was a 1942 graduate from Venice High School.

Ruth married Floyd Hatcher on February 27, 1943 in St. Louis, MO. They lived in California for a short time until Floyd was sent to Germany during WWII. Ruth lived in Venice with her parents until Floyd returned home from Germany and from that time on, they resided at their home in Granite City, where Ruth lived until the last couple of years.

To this marriage were born three children: Darlene Marie Hatcher, Ronald Floyd Hatcher (Carol) and Dennis Ray Hatcher (Nancy) Ruth had six grandchildren: Kimberly Ann Kahn and Joshua David Kahn, (Darlene) Allison Beth Hatcher and Adam Kyle Hatcher, (Dennis), and Lorri Anne Hatcher and Michael Scott Hatcher (Ronald).

She had five great-grandchildren: Autumn Ruth Kahn and Ashten Jobe Kahn (Joshua Kahn); Teddy Hatcher and Auggie Hatcher (Lorri Hatcher); and Mia Moore (Allison Hatcher) Ruth was a member of Niedringhaus United Methodist Church since 1951. Prior to that she was a member of the Venice Methodist Church. She graduated from Venice High School, never missing a day of school after first grade. She always took great pride in that fact.

She was a stay-at-home mom, always there when her children arrived home from school. She was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was kind, patient and loving. She was always by her family's side when they needed her. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ruth enjoyed planning and taking family vacations every year. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals and going to games as long as she was able. She always said she had a good life, even living through the depression as a child, with good parents and the rest of her life with a good husband and children.

She will be greatly missed by her immediate family and other extended family members and friends.

Her family extends their heartfelt thanks to Hospice for all of their support and help. Donations can be made to AccentCare Hospice Care Team in memory of Ruth.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor John Walter officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Sharon (Parker) Begando

Sharon Ann Begando, 73, formerly of Venice and Granite City, IL, passed away 12:36 p.m. Sun. April 17, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born Dec. 25, 1948 in Granite City, IL to the late William Otto & Josephine (Tayon) Parker.

Sharon graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1967.

Sharon had worked for Boatmen’s Bank and City Bank. She was a member of Sacred Heart and had been a Toastmaster and a published author. She loved to read and crochet.

She is survived by a son: Mark (Bernice) Begando of Pocahontas, IL; 3 grandchildren: Nolan, Yazmin and Maeras Begando; and 2 brothers: William Otto Parker Jr. (VHS Class of 1971) of TX and Edward Parker of NM.

Services will be held at a later date in New Mexico.

Arrangements through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

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

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Dennis Edward Mize

Dennis Edward Mize, age 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Dennis was born on April 27, 1954 in Cairo, IL, a son of the late Charles Mize and Charlotte (Huffman) Mize.

He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1972.

Dennis proudly served his country in the United States Army and he was a member of the Amvets Post #204 in Madison, IL. He retired from the microbiology lab at Barnes Hospital as a lab technician after many years of dedicated service. Dennis enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and feeding the hummingbirds. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Dennis will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his father, Dennis was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Darla Mize.

Dennis is survived by his loving mother, Charlotte Mize of Granite City, IL; brother, Neal Mize (VHS Class of 1983) of Madison, IL; daughter, Sara Mize of Henry, TN; grandchildren, Elijah Martin and Chloe Crump, both of Henry, TN; extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

Dennis will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Raeleene (Brown) Callender

Raeleene Rita Rose Callender, 87, of Glen Carbon, IL died on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on November 15, 1934 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL to Raymond Brown and Helen (Durer) Devany, where her mother had worked.

Raeleene Brown graduated with the Class of 1952 from Venice High School.

The loving mother and grandmother was a member of the Granite City American Legion Auxiliary and the Granite City Rotary Club. Raeleene was an Avon sales representative for many years. She was an avid reader who enjoyed trivia and socializing.

Raeleene is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth “Lisa” Callender of Glen Carbon; 2 sons: Keith Callender of Winona, MO and Drew Callender of Granite City; 15 grandchildren: Leann, Stephanie, Misty, Josh, Aaron, Michelle, Dawn, Christine, Marc, Cody, Raymond, Cory, Dana, Christie and Jennifer; several great grandchildren; a brother, George Rehmus of Hazel, KY and a nephew, Ed (Jennifer) Rehmus of Murray, KY..

Besides her parents, Raeleene is preceded in death by a son, Mark Callender; a daughter in law, Darlene Callender, a grandchild, April and a sister in law, Carolyn Rehmus.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA.

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

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Jacklyn Besserman

Jacklyn Besserman, 74, of Wilsonville, IL, died at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 8:45 pm.

She was born May 31, 1947, in St. Louis, MO, to John Kampmann & Pearl (Ellisworth) Kampmann.

Jacklyn graduated from Venice high School with the Class of 1965.

Jacklyn married Harold Eugene Besserman on June 5, 1965, in St. Louis, MO. She was a Homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Eugene Besserman Sr.; four children, Harold (Tressa) Besserman Jr. of Wilsonville, IL, Tammy (Steve) Kirkpatrick of Hawesville, KY, Tim (Penny) Besserman of Gillespie, IL, and Mark (Christy) Besserman of Wilsonville, IL; 12 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; and two brothers, Bill Kampmann and Gary Kampmann and three sisters, JoAnn Roll, Kristi Runion and Margaret Sugg.

Jacklyn was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation was Monday, March 21, 2022, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld from noon until the time of services which began at 1:00 p.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld, IL. Rev. Rocky Runion officiated.

Burial was at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, IL was in charge of the arrangements.

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

Courtesy of Kravanya Funeral Home

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Carol (Cook) Hildebrand

Carol G. Hildebrand, 80 of Granite City, IL and formerly of North Venice and Madison, IL passed away peacefully at Cedarhurst Senior Living in Edwardsville, IL on March 4, 2022.

Carol was born on July 14, 1941 in Granite City, IL; the daughter of the late Walter and Louise (Wallen) Cook of Madison, IL. Carol was a junior high school teacher for the Granite City School District from 1963 until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and a member of the New Hope Chapter 432 order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron in 1967. Carol was a member and a local leader of the Granite City Federation of Teachers Local 743.

After retiring from teaching, Carol spent over a decade supporting the development of new teachers through her work with the Department of History at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In her free time she enjoyed her days of taking care of her granddaughter, Mayleigh, and chasing around her two dachshunds. Her greatest love was her family.

She will be remembered for her joy in Mayleigh, her caring for her son-in-law, and the strength and humor she showed in raising her children. Her favorite song to sing with Mayleigh was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” She believed in helping others, showing patience and caring, and standing up against injustice wherever she found it.

Carol is survived by and will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Brett Alsop of Granite City, IL; son Regan Hildebrand of Granite City, IL and her granddaughter, Mayleigh Alsop.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death in 1982 by her husband, Melvin Hildebrand, whom she married on May 22, 1970.

In celebration of Carol’s life, a private family service will be held at a later date where she will be laid to rest with her husband at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Her family is grateful to the people at Cedarhurst of Edwardsville and, before that Cedarhurst of Collinsville, who cared for Carol these last few years.

Memorial donations are suggested to organizations which supported Carol and her family after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or to Carol’s much-loved local animal rescue: Project Present, https://projectpresent.org, or Memory Care Home solutions, 4389 West Pine Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108, https://memorycarehs.org, or Renee’s Rescue, 5212 Airport Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Bernard Hogan

Bernard “Barney” C. Hogan, 73, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born January 26, 1949 in Granite City, IL to Earl J. and Dorothy (Brands) Hogan.

Barney was a member of the New Creation Fellowship Church in Mitchell, IL. He enjoyed helping out his neighbors, relaxing by the lake and fishing.

Barney is survived by 3 brothers: Earl W. Hogan of Granite City, IL, Joe (Lisa) Hogan of Cabot, AR and Carl (Teresa) Hogan of Hecker, IL; 4 sisters: Grace (Frank) Parker of Granite City, IL, Earline (Kenneth) Schienschang of Smithboro, IL, Margaret Parker of Godfrey, IL and Anna (Danny) Raper of Greenville, IL; his dear friend and partner, Cheryl Haynes of Granite City, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Barney is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Tony Hogan and Michael R. Hogan; a sister, Shirley J. Hogan and a brother in law, David Parker.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. https://www.wojstrom.com/obituary/bernard-hogan

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

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Evelyn "Evie" Ritz

Evelyn Louise "Evie" Ritz, 74. of Belleville, IL, passed away at 12:03 a.m. on February 25, 2022. She was born on August 19,1947, in St. Louis, MO, to the late Bernard and Edna (Culp) Ritz.

Evie graduated from Venice High School in 1965 and earned her Bachelor’s and then her Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in 1975. She taught 3rd grade for the Madison School District at Blair School from 1970 to 1975, at which time she was hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). She taught school on reservations in Cherry Creek, South Dakota and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 1979 Evie became a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy as an Education Specialist. This career path took her to Washington D.C.; Detroit, Michigan; Fresno, California and eventually San Diego where she retired from the Navy in 2006. Evie was honored as the Education Specialist of the Year for her district in 1993 and was presented the award by Hillary Clinton at the White House.

Evie remained in San Diego until 2019 when she moved back to Illinois to be closer to her family and old friends. She settled in Shiloh and then eventually in Belleville.

In addition to her parents, Evie was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Siscel; sisters Shirley Watkins and Jeannette Flannery; brothers Charles and Bernard Ritz; and nephews Tim and Bernie Woodrome.

She is survived by her brother, Robert (Patricia) Ritz of Troy, MO; niece Julie (Bill) Godfrey of Granite City, IL; sister-in-law Barbara (Charles) of Killeen, Texas, and great-nieces and nephews.

Anyone who knew Evie was blessed to experience her larger-than-life personality. She loved to sing, was a fabulous cook and enjoyed hosting friends in her home for dinners. And when she laughed, you knew Evie was in the room—and she loved to laugh! She enjoyed talking about growing up in Venice and she loved her hometown.

She was especially close to her sister, Jean. She always said Jean was more like a mother to her than a sister. She said Jean worked tirelessly on securing whatever support she could for Evie to have the opportunity to go to college. She loved Jean’s children, Bernie, Tim and Julie very much.

Evie was very strong in her Catholic faith. This was demonstrated not only by her generosity to her church, but to anyone she encountered that was struggling. She was deeply impacted by the suffering of others.

To her friends with whom she was close, Evie became an important part of their families. As a result, over the years her “family circle” grew huge. During her years in San Diego, she created a very special bond with the Baez family. A young family of four- Parents: Ralph & Betty, and children: Rafael & Erika. Rafael and Erika or “baby boy” and her “baby girl”, as she called them, were like her adopted children. Never having children of her own, Evie devoted so much to helping raise them. Most days were spent at the beach or simply at home cooking and baking delicious food. Rafael and Erika described their time with Evie as “pure laughter and unconditional love”. Because of Evie’s ever youthful energy, Rafael and Erika learned that even though you grow old you never have to grow up.

Describing Evie’s home as a sanctuary, the Baez family have endless amounts of stories and memories that bring a smile to their face anytime they think of her. The kids reminisce on their movie marathons including Ev’s favorites like The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Cinderella. As adults, her baby boy and baby girl now truly realize how fortunate they were to have such a positive and loving figure come into their lives. Having known Evie for more than 25 years, to this day, the Baez family will always remember Evie’s advice and lifelong lessons. Simply put, Evie will be dearly missed.

Per Evie’s wishes, her body was donated to science and there will be no services.

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Pamela Crain

Pamela E. Crain, 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at St. Clair Hospital in Fenton, Missouri.

Pam was born on February 2, 1954 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Roy E. and Alfreda J. (Smith) May.

She graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1973.

Pam was a homemaker and mom who loved to take care of her family. In her later years Pam had worked for the Granite City School District as a teacher’s aide and in her free time she enjoyed and had a talent of quilting and crocheting. She was of Baptist faith and her greatest joy was spoiling her grandchildren whom she adored.

She is survived by and will be missed by her husband of 48 years; Kenneth Crain, whom she married on January 28, 1974; children, Chris Crain of Granite City, Tracy Crain and fiancé Gary Baker of Granite City, Jeff and Nelsy Crain of Granite City; grandchildren, Derek Crain, Kenneth Crain, Doris Crain; sisters, Sandra and Ron Thurman, Delores Owens and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Pam was preceded in death by her brother; Edward May and her brother-in-law, James Owens.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Vollmar officiating.

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

Memorial donations are suggested to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home of may be given online at helpfightra.org.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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    Robert Schrader

Robert E. Schrader, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at his home. Robert was born on May 9, 1931 on a houseboat in Missouri. He was the son of late William “Lee” and Idress (Brown) Schrader.

Robert was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country at several locations. While stationed in Saalfelden, Austria, he met and married Adelheid “Heidi” Hirschbichler, the love of his life on December 19, 1953. Robert was preceded in death by Heidi on September 20, 2018.

Bob was a Founding Member of the Venice History Committee and his contributions toward making the organization a reality have always been much appreciated and will never be forgotten.

Robert retired from McDonnell Douglas after 31 years of dedicated service as an Aerospace Mechanic. He was particularly proud of his work on the Mercury and Gemini space crafts.

He served as the Scout Master of Troop 34 in Glen Carbon for 18 years. He, and Heidi, received the Silver Beaver Award, an award bestowed upon only those persons who have given continued, unselfish, and effective service to the community. He also served as a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.

Robert enjoyed spending time at the river, fishing, backpacking, gardening, playing dominoes, and visiting his beloved Saalfelden. He was a faithful member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, IL. Robert will be remembered as a devoted hard working family man who loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving children, Norma (Walter) Mertzke of Hollywood Heights, IL, Robert (Karen Tilashalski) Schrader of Collinsville, IL, Mark Schrader of Glen Carbon, IL, and Lisa (Floyd) Wildhaber of Collinsville, IL. He was the proud grandfather to Laura Schrader, Christine (David) Zimmer, Danny (Mona) Schrader, Kevin (Suzy Abell) Schrader, Jacob (Elizabeth) Wildhaber, Jimi Schrader, Christopher Wildhaber, and seven (7) great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by an infant son, and his big brother, Wilson Schrader.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL. In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, February 25, 2022 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Glen Carbon, IL; Father Patrick Gibbons will be officiating.

Following the mass, Robert will be laid to rest next to Heidi at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL. Guests are welcome to join the family for a meal at the church following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or masses.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Jane (Johnsee) Modrusic

Jane Ann Modrusic, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the age of 75. Jane was born on January 27, 1947 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Jerome Johnisee and Catherine (Mangiaracino) Buechele.

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

Jane was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and a dear friend to many. She never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Jane was a member of St. Mary – St. Mark Catholic Church her whole life and she recently joined St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She was also a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1300, American Legion Auxiliary Post 113, Croatian Home, Amvets 204, American Legion 307 Color Guard, Venice Social Club and Venice History Committee. She retired as a district manager from Murphy Gas Station in Granite City, IL, after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed watching Days of our Lives and the Hallmark channel. She also enjoyed playing cards and bags, and even Andy could not beat Jane at bags. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her granddaughters were her pride and joy. Jane will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her twin sister, Judy Modrusic; and by her special aunt, Angie Udell.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Andy Modrusic of Granite City, IL; loving children, Katie (Bob) Wilhelm of Fairview Heights, IL and Ron Buechele of St. Louis, MO; proud grandmother to Claire and Sophie Wilhelm; special cousins, Jackie Bosworth and Joann Barnhart, both of Granite City, IL; fur babies, Monkey and Chewey; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Renee’s Rescue. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Christine Ochoa

It has been reported that Christine Ochoa, 64, youngest daughter of Phillip and Jane Ochoa Sr., passed away on February 8, 2022.

Christine was born on June 5,1957.

She is survived by her brother Phillip James Ochoa Jr. (VHS 1967), an aunt, Olivia Ochoa, OP, her niece Colleen Fields and a brother-in-law Jack Fields and many cousins.

In addition to her parents, Christine was preceded in death by her sister, Kathleen Ann Fields and her nephew John Fields.

Chris loved her family, her horses, dogs, cats in addtion to all dogs and the St.Louis Blues Hockey Team.

Her remains were cremated and buried in Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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Joyce Ann Edwards

Joyce Ann Edwards, 75, of Glen Carbon, IL, and a winter resident of Bonita Springs, FL, died on Thursday, January 20, 2022, in Naples, FL, after an extended illness. Joyce was born on August 22, 1946, in Granite City, IL a daughter of the late Ford G. and Vesta E. (Biggs) Johnson. She had been a winter resident of Bonita Springs since 2003.

Joyce was the first female sales representative in the steel industry and worked for the Granite City Steel Company for numerous years.

She is survived by her husband, Michael B. Edwards (VHS Class of 1964); two sons, Michael Q. Edwards and his wife, Marti of Washington, MO, and David S. Edwards and his wife, Amy of Portland, OR; three grandchildren, Olivia Marie Edwards, Jack Quinn Edwards, and Meaza Joy Edwards; two sisters, Robyn Haas and her husband, John of Edwardsville, IL and Sondra Devany and her husband, Don of Glen Carbon, IL; her sister in law, Judy Kaufman and her husband, Bill of Orlando, FL. She is also survived by her forever friend, Joyce Kirby, and her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A private memorial service to celebrate her life was held on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 11:00 at Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home with Rev. Russ Winn, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to: Spencer Pet Rescue, 29 Oaklawn Drive, Granite City, IL. 62040 or Granite City APA, 5227 Canham Road, P.O. Box 1311, Granite City, IL. 62040.

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

Courtesy of Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home

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Wilodean Norris Adams

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

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

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

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

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield served the Adams family.

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

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Charles McCaskill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Weber & Rodney Funeral Home

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Fessor Gray

It has been learned that Fessor Gray, a member of the Venice High School Class of 1970, passed away on January 8, 2022. He was 69.

Fessor was a star player on the VHS Red Devils basketball team and helped win several of the IHSA District tournaments during Coach Bill Ohlendorf's six consecutive District wins.

He was survived by his wife Nina (Watts) Gray-Sanchez and a daughter Candice R. Monroe.

His remains were cremated, There were no services.

Teat Funeral Home in Belleville was in charge of the arrangements.

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   Robert T. Burks

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

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

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

Serenity Memorial Chapel in Belleville is in charge of arrangements.

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

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Arthur Leonard Ritz

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

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

He was a 1956 graduate of Venice High School.

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Loren Vance Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

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Johnnie Mae (Guest) McCoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph Robert Ponce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Judy A. Modrusic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Renee’s Rescue Sanctuary.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Elizabeth "Betty" McClanahan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Kassly Mortuary

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Jaffee Z. Woolfolk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wanda Louise Schweitzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Robert N. Vickers Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Layne Renaissance Chapel

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Bernard "Bernie" Woodrome

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

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

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

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

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

No other details or arrangements are currently available.

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    Richard M. Schmidt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Kurrus Funeral Home

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Gayle Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Hildred A. Govan

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

He was a 1976 graduate of Venice High School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Cathy Williams and Sons Funeral Home

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Diane Zarlingo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Brendan W. Woodall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Ellis N. Hackney Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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    William Eugene Getz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masks are suggested regardless of COVID-19 Vaccine status.

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

Courtesy of Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home

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Randall "Randy" Bess

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

Randy was a lifetime member of the Venice History Committee.

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

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

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

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

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Larry Gene Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Candy Jean (Nash) Nagelmiller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will be following at Hernando Memorial Park.

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

Courtesy of Hernando Funeral Home

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Sister Marguerite (Margie) Luddon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mass of Resurrection can be viewed HERE.

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

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

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Gary Hawkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No sevices are planned.

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Josephine (Ponce) Miofsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Saksa Mateer Funeral Home

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    William L. Hoover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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Jeffrey L. Kindle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Rosina Ruth (Gilmore) Kittle

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

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

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

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