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Grattena 'Teny' Ponce
Mark Recer
Bertha Pace
Thomas Marcus Jr.
Adelheid Schrader
Darla Mize
Teresa Foley
Jay Maurer
Jimmie Gancheff
Norma Mlinarec
Janette Barr
Peggy Mayes
Brenda Townsend
Shirley Greer
Sherri McCallister
. James Luedders
Donald Baxter
John Ervin
Dottie Bilbrey
Michael Shambro
Frances Jordan
Susan Johnson
Peggy Lee
Mary New
Patricia Cockrill
Mary Beth Mase
Catherine Ponce
Terry Bryant
Ola Mae Chilton
Mikel Ray Brown
Donna Faye Filer
Mildred Stengel
Gerald Royce
Roger Blackshere
Ellen Wallace
Althea Cross


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Althea Cross

Mrs. Althea A. Cross, of St. Louis, a long-time high school teacher in Venice, passed away on May 14, 2019, according to her husband George Cross.

She taught at both Lincoln High School in Venice and Venice High School and was beloved by many of her students.

Her visitation and funeral services will be on Friday, May 24, at the St. Elizabeth, Mother of John Catholic Church, 4330 Shreve Ave., in St. Louis. The visitation is to begin at 10 a.m. with the funeral Mass to follow.

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Ellen Wallace

Ellen K. Wallace, 61, of Granite City, IL passed away at 1:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on July 22, 1957 in East St. Louis, IL to Charles H. and Dorothy Virginia “Rose” (nee: Quenelle) Landfried.

Ellen and Gary Ray Wallace married on August 18, 1984 in St. Louis, MO.

She was of the Catholic faith, a member of the Long Lake Auxiliary Fire department in Pontoon Beach, IL, Venice Social Club in Pontoon Beach, IL, and Past President of the Eagles in Granite City, IL. Ellen was an excellent cook, cooking for many fundraisers. She supported and worked tirelessly for the Illinois Center for Autism in Fairview Heights, IL. When Aaron went to ICA she said to Aaron “don’t worry you’ll make friends here.” When she could she loved to fish, cook and gamble. She loved being with family especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons: Jason (Krystal) Landfried, Sr. of Collinsville, IL, “Chris” Christopher Wallace and Aaron Wallace both of Granite City, IL, two grandchildren: Emily Landfried and Jason Landfried Jr. both of Collinsville, IL, three brothers: Charles H. Landfried, Jr. of Edwardsville, IL, Phillip (Amonda) Landfried of Columbia, IL and Kevin Landfried of Glen Carbon, IL.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: Gary Ray Wallace, sister: Amelia “Millie” Weatherford and brother: Patrick Landfried.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. Memorials may be made to the family.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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  Roger Blackshere

Roger Allen Blackshere, 81 of Granite City passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his home. Roger was born on June 10, 1937 in Granite City; the son of the late Harold and Mary (Burns) Blackshere.

Roger was a sales representative and agent for Reliable Life Insurance Company and had worked for Teamsters Local 688 for Graham Paper in St. Louis. Roger proudly served his country in the United States Army, served as an election judge, was a member of the Granite City Eagles Lodge, where a was a golden eagle and was a member of Venice Social Club.

He enjoyed his days of discussing politics, which he loved, and watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball. Roger loved animals and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times they shared together.

Roger is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Susan (Montague) Blackshere, whom he married on August 8, 1986; sons, Mike (Catherine “Cat”) Blackshere of Mt. Prospect, IL, Thomas (Zoe) Blackshere of Mt. Prospect, IL; step-son, Jim Anderson of Granite City; grandchildren, Michael Blackshere, Alex Blackshere, Quinn Blackshere, Raquel Blackshere, Gabby Ramirez, Damon Anderson, Uriel Ramirez; former wife, Margaret (Flenniken) Blackshere.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his brother, James Blackshere.

In celebration of Roger’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Gerald Royce

Gerald H. Royce passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5th, Preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Paula F. Royce, loving father of Charles M. Royce (Andrea) and Carolyn G. Royce, dear grandfather of six.

Jerry was a graduate of Venice High School (Class of 1949) and St. Louis University where he received a BS in Finance and an MBA. He served in the United States Air Force for five years upon graduating from college and spent the majority of his career in Commercial Finance, first with CIT Corporation then with Financial Federal and finally retiring from Mercantile Bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending.

He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. Throughout his life he enjoyed tennis, spending time at his farm, traveling with his wife and time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his membership in the St. Louis Shriners.

Jerry was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he had many friends in the Men's Fellowship.

Jerry's life will be celebrated at THE LUPTON CHAPEL, 7233 Delmar Blvd. University City, on Saturday, April 13, with a visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. and a service following at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Trinity Presbyterian Church or to a charity of one's choice.

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

Courtesy Lupton Chapel

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Mildred M. Stengel

Mildred M. Stengel, 93 of Granite City, IL passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Mildred was born on February 3, 1926 in Kanuga, West Virginia; the daughter of the late John and Nanny (Allen) Keel.

She was a dispatcher for Consolidating Forwarding Trucking and a member of Love Fellowship Outreach Mission Church, formerly Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Granite City.

Mildred enjoyed her days going to church and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored. She will be remembered for the example she set for her family and all the special times they shared together.

She is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Carol McCoy of Granite City; son, Jon (Karen) Stengel of Greenville, IL; grandchildren, Scott McCoy, Kim Morris, Ronnie “Dutch” McCoy, Lisa Wojcik, John “J.R.” McCoy, Robert Stengel, Aaron Stengel, Karissa Stengel, Gabrielle Stengel; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Tester, Hattie Beacham, Dorothy Bailey; brother, Ronnie Perigen; aunt, Vernie Chalffin.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband; Erwin S. Stengel; son-in-law, Ronnie McCoy; sister, Bernice and her brother, Lonnie.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Mildred’s life, services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matthew Ware and Pastor Ed Saunders officiating.

Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to the family or the American Cancer Society.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Donna Faye (Beyer) Filer

Donna Faye Filer, 75, passed away at 5:30pm on Friday, March 22, 2019, at her residence. She was born on February 21, 1944, in Venice, Illinois, the daughter of the late Adam and Bertha (Seats) Beyer.

She married Jerry Filer and he preceded her in death on September 29, 2017.

Survivors include four daughters: Barbie Tonsor and her husband: David of Wood River, Jerri Filer of Pueblo, CO, Morgan Sutterer and her husband: Terry of Cape Girardeau, MO, Dawn Graham and her fiancé: Josh Weber of Wood River, four sons: Clint Filer of Marble Hill, MO, Mike and Lisa Filer of Florissant, MO, Jimmy Graham and his wife: Michelle of Hardin, Shawn Graham and his fiancé: Amy Portwood of Edwardsville, twenty – three grandchildren, twenty – five great grandchildren, one sister: Mary Metgzer of Caseyville, IL, one brother: Don Beyer and his wife: Marilyn of Navarre, FL, many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends all whom loved her.

Faye was formerly employed as a server at the Pancake Ranch in Wood River. Faye and her husband enjoyed antiques where they worked in leather works and jewelry. She enjoyed bowling, was an avid sports fan, and was an excellent cook.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by twins: Kellie and Calley, a son: Bobby Graham, six sisters, and one brother.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 3pm until time of services at 6pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Graveside services will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Bollinger County Memorial Park in Marble Hill, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Autism Speaks and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Pitchford Funeral Home

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Mikel Ray Brown

Mikel Ray Brown, 67, of St. Louis, MO died on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home.

He was born on October 1, 1951 in St. Charles, MO to Ray and Roberta nee: Lynch Brown.

The U.S. Army veteran worked for Jefferson Barracks hospital in St. Louis as a technician. He enjoyed watching WWE Smackdown wrestling and he loved his dogs.

Mikel is survived by 2 sisters: Kimberly (Dennis) Endicott of Madison, IL and Victoria (James, Jr) Baker of Collinsville, IL and a half-sister, Eulah Mae Roberts of MO.

Besides his parents, Mikel is preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Brown; a sister, Janice Hahne and a half-brother, Barty Williams.

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

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Ola Mae Chilton

Ola Mae Chilton, daughter of the late Charley and Anna (Wells) Nicholas was born March 6, 1926 in Portageville, MO., and departed this life on March 9, 2019 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, MO. She had attained the age of ninety-three years and three days.

Ola had resided in Van Buren for the past thirty-seven years and was formerly of Saint Louis, MO. She also lived for a time in Venice, IL, on Lincoln Ave.

She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Buren. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, quilting, fishing and the rodeo. Ola retired from Siegel-Roberts Planting Company as a supervisor, where she could be heard yelling down the line “where’s the beef” when things needed to be picked up.

She is survived by one son, Clarence “Curt” Cullum; four daughters, Frances Davis, Fern Kueker, Freda McVey and Faith House; two sisters, Linnie Nicholas and Pansy “Pat” Webb; ten grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren; and many relatives and friends who mourn her passing.

When her kids said that they “can’t”, she told them to just remove the “T”.

In addition to her parents, Ola was preceded in death by one son, Charles “Charlie” Cullum, Jr., and a daughter-in-law Norma (Nash) Cullum.

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren, MO., with the Funeral Services following at 1:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Don Black will be Officiating. Burial will be in the Gresham Cemetery in Carter County, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: at National Processing Center Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC. 20090-6011.

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

Courtesy McSpadden Funeral Home

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Dwight T. "Terry" Bryant

Dwight T. "Terry" Bryant, age 72, passed away Feb. 28, 2019, at his home. He was born in Toledo and raised by his beloved grandmother, Cordia Ross.

After graduating from Scott High School, Terry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed vacationing in Florida with his wife.

He retired from Acklin Stamping after 41 years of service. When Terry wasn't working he enjoyed watching movies, race car driving and attending races in Milan, MI. He was a big fan of Mopar auto parts, member of American Legion Post 307 and an avid supporter and contributor of the former Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Brenda S. Long-Bryant, Venice High School Class of 1969; children, Shannon Nolan, Christy McGauley-French and Steven (Mary) McGauley; seven grandchildren; one-great-granddaughter; siblings, Darlene Bryant, Debbie Bryant and Derrick Townsend. In addition to his parents, Roscoe Townsend and Mary Bell Bryant; Terry was preceded in death by his brothers, Ronnie Bryant and Keith Bryant.

The family will receive guests on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 3-8:00 p.m. at Newcomer - Northwest Chapel, 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300) with his Funeral Service starting in the funeral home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

Interment will follow in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Courtesy Newcomer Funerals

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Catherine (Maurer) Ponce

Catherine Louise Ponce, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL. Catherine was born on January 21, 1929 in East St. Louis, IL, a daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Hotto) Maurer.

On September 11, 1948, Catherine Maurer married Roy Ponce, the love of her life at St. Marks Catholic Church in Venice, IL. Catherine was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. Catherine enjoyed volunteering at the church. She was involved in many facets at the church, including helping with the funeral luncheons. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan, and she enjoyed quilting and playing bridge. Catherine was past president of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Granite City, IL. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she adored. Catherine 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, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother, Jay Daniel Maurer.

She is survived by her devoted husband of seventy years, Roy Ponce of Granite City, IL; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Rosalie and Michael Christopher of Blue Springs, MO and Susan and William Temple of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Natasha Ponce and Tabatha Herzing; proud great-grandmother to Taytum Cook, Riddli Riggins, Aurora Howland and Nova Howland; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Zachary Edgar officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Mary Beth (Britt) Mase

Mary Beth Mase, 59, a resident of Spanish Fort, AL, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

She was formerly a resident of Vnice and was born on Nov. 13, 1959.

Mary Beth was a dedicated mother and Nana and was always thinking of others instead of herself, no matter how she felt, which is the perfect example of a true relationship with God and how to have a heart for others. She was an angel lent to us for a season, now she is back where she belongs, in the throne room in the presence of her King. And we know for certain that she is in no more pain!!

Mary Beth is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Ilene Britt; father-in-law, Charles Mase; and her brothers, Mike and Dennis Britt. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Curt Mase; children, Cheryl Meadows of Troy, IL and Malia Mase, of St. Charles, MO; four grandchildren, siblings, Tim Britt of Oran, MO and Patti Bravard of Mt. Vernon, IL; mother-in-law, Joan Mase; her very special friends, Judy Indecott, Kristi Duelm ad Maggie Olsen, other wise known as the “Two of the three Musketeers”.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to MAPP Children & Family Life Program at USA Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street, Mobile, AL 36604.

Family will have a Life Celebration for Mary Beth at a later date both here in Alabama and in Granite City, IL.

Expressions for the family may be made online at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the family.Mary Beth Mase, 59, a native of Glen Carbon, IL and a resident of Spanish Fort, AL, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Mary Beth was a dedicated mother and Nana and was always thinking of others instead of herself, no matter how she felt, which is the perfect example of a true relationship with God and how to have a heart for others. She was an angel lent to us for a season, now she is back where she belongs, in the throne room in the presence of her King. And we know for certain that she is in no more pain!!

Mary Beth is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Ilene Britt; father-in-law, Charles Mase; and her brothers, Mike and Dennis Britt. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Curt Mase; children, Cheryl Meadows of Troy, IL and Malia Mase, of St. Charles, MO; four grandchildren, siblings, Tim Britt of Oran, MO and Patti Bravard of Mt. Vernon, IL; mother-in-law, Joan Mase; her very special friends, Judy Indecott, Kristi Duelm ad Maggie Olsen, other wise known as the “Two of the three Musketeers”.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to MAPP Children & Family Life Program at USA Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street, Mobile, AL 36604.

Family will have a Life Celebration for Mary Beth at a later date both here in Alabama and in Granite City, IL.

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

Courtesy Hughes Funeral Home

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Patricia Cockrill

Patricia Cockrill, 79, of Edwardsville passed at her home January 22, 2019.

Daughter of the late James and Willie nee Williams Campbell born in Walhalla South Carolina.

She married William A Cockrill (Venice High School Class of 1955) on July 30, 1958 in Taccoa, GA, who survives in Edwardsville.

Patricia is also survived by daughters Linda(Ronald) Zambaldi of Glen Carbon, Cynthia (Steven) Dawson of Jerseyville and Tracey Burns of Edwardsville. Son William P. Cockrill of Charleston SC. Brothers Jack and Gerald (Jane) Campbell of Walhalla S.C. Sister-in-laws Judy Campbell of Kenasaw Ga. And Alice Campbell of Staunton Il. Grandchildren: Jake and Alaina Zambaldi, Kyle and Lindsey Dawson. Casey and Jared Burns great grandchildren Kevin and Kyle Burns

She was preceded by her parents, a daughter Tina Cockrill , son-in-law Kevin Burns, a sister, Geraldine Campbell, and brothers Thomas and Wade Campbell.

Suggested Memorials may be made to Edwardsville First Baptist Church or BJC Hospice,1 Memorial Dr. Alton, Il 62002

Visitation will be held at 10 am and a service 11 am Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019 at the Edwardsville First Baptist Church, 534 St. Louis St., Edwardsville, IL, with the Rev. Steve Disney officiating

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

Courtesy Saska Funeral Homes

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Mary (Davinroy) New

Mary Lee Davinroy New, age 61, passed away peacefully early morning Tuesday January 22nd 2019 in her home in Jacksonville Florida.

She is survived by her husband, Randall New; her children Jamie Galliano and Jessica Tittle; her grandchildren and her sisters Linda Slover and Janet Grey.

Mary was a member of the Venice History Committee.

She was born on December 27, 1957 and was the fifth child of the late Leo and Leona Davinroy. She had two brothers, Don and Bob, both of whom preceded her in death. She grew up in Venice, IL, which is across the river from St Louis, Mo. At age 18 she moved to Tallahassee, FL, with her sister, Janet, where she met and later married Albert Galliano. They moved to Jacksonville, FL, where they raised a son, Jamie, and a daughter, Jessica. They were divorced after 13 years of marriage. During that time she focused her energy on finishing Nursing School and started her career in nursing.

In September 2004, she married Randall New and they were happily married until her death. She has five grandchildren; Marshall and Penelope by her son Jamie and Sam, Miles and Jacob by her daughter Jessica.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Dinsmore Community Center in Jacksonville, FL.

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

Courtesy Corey-Kerlin Funeral Homes

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Peggy Lee

Margaret "Peggy" Lee of St. Louis, formerly of Venice, passed away on Tuesday, Jan, 22, 2019, after a lengthy illness.

She was born on Oct. 30, 1954 and she graduated from St. Mark School in 1968. She attended a private high school in St. Louis.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. John and Margaret Lee, and her sister, Mary Frances (Lee) Schroeder.

She is survived by her brother, Jack (Vandy) Lee of Madison, IL.

There are no services planned and her body is being donated to science.


Susan Johnson

Susan Arlene Johnson, born on July 19, 1951, passed peacefully into heaven on January 11, 2019 in Knotts Island (KI), NC.

Sue was married to Joseph Johnson for 50 years. Joseph "Jody" Johnson was a member of the Venice High School graduating class of 1970.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Pigg, fathers, Henry Pigg and Harry Belch, brother, Richard Belch; and sisters, Ruthie Belch, Harriett Getz, Donna Hoover, and Barbara Banta.

Susan is survived by her three daughters, Jodi & fiance Vincent, Melanie & husband Jimmy, and Jami & fiance Kip; grandchildren, Joseph, Jimi, Jackson, Jared and Jake and great grandchildren Jason, Heath, Kyla and Halia; brothers, John Belch (wife Terri) and James Belch; and sister, Michelle Lewis (husband Richard) as well as so many others.

A celebration of life service, officiated by Diana Johnson, was held Monday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Knotts Island United Methodist Church, 677 Knotts Island Road, KI, NC. The family received friends at Pearl's Bay Villa, Brumley Road, KI, NC, immediately following the service.

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

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Frances (Gardner) Jordan

Frances E. (Gardner) Jordan passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. She was born on February 24, 1951and was a member of the 1970 graduating class at Venice High School.

Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. at God's Grace Church, 11952 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, MO, US, 63138

Burial will be in Lake Charles Park Cemetery, 7775 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO, 63114

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

Courtesy McClendon Mortuary

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Michael "Mick" Shambro

Michael “Mick” Joseph Shambro, 70, passed away on January 1, 2019 surrounded by his family and friends.

Mick was the only child of the late Samuel George and Louise (Guiroff) Shambro. He was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois. He moved to Kentucky in 1986 where he attended Kentucky State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

While attending KSU he met and married his wife of 30 years, Debra. They followed their dreams and passions creating a fulfilling and wonderful life together.

Mick worked at the University of Kentucky as a programmer and manager until his retirement. He was also an avid book collector and scroll-saw artist. His wood art can still be found at many art stores and galleries throughout Kentucky. Most recently he and Debra founded Honnah-Lee Bubble Tea which currently has two shops in Lexington. He loved working at the shop and interacting with the customers.

Mick is survived by his wife Debra; step-children, Heidi and Gabe, and grandchildren, Dylan, Maddie and Cullen. Mick is also survived by many uncles, aunts, as well as numerous cousins…too many mention.

A memorial service will be held on a future date with details provided by Milward Funeral Directors via their website, milwardfuneral.com.

Mick had an aggressive form of pulmonary fibrosis which is an incurable lung disease. In honor of his legacy and to assist in finding a cure, Mick’s family requests that memorial donations be directed to www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

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

Courtesy Milward Funeral Directors

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Dorotha Jean "Dottie" Bilbrey

Dorotha Jean “Dottie” LaBolt Bilbrey, 86, Greensburg, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at her residence. She was born on May 24, 1932 in Greensburg to parents Albert Alley and Anna “Mae” (Worland) LaBolt.

The family moved to Adams, Indiana where her parents owned and operated the LaBolt General Store. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1950 and was the class president. Dottie operated an ice cream store for one year before moving to Indianapolis where she graduated from Indiana Business College. While working, a good friend introduced Dottie to a young soldier from Venice, Illinois, Claude B. Bilbrey. They fell in love and were married on July 3, 1954.

Claude and Dottie lived in Colorado where Claude finished his Army duties, then moved to Venice, Illinois. They raised four children, Jim, Dan, Susan, and Julie. She worked during these years as an executive secretary in banks and at Stix, Baur, and Fuller in St. Louis. In 1965, the Bilbrey family moved to Greensburg and owned and operated LaBolt’s Motel from 1965-1993.

Dottie was active at St. Mary’s Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister, the funeral meal committee, Parish Council, religious education teacher, and along with Claude were pre-marriage chairmen for 30 years, mentoring many engaged couples and they were also named “Lay Persons of the Year” in 2004.

She was an avid quilter and became a co-owner of Colonial Quilts in the courthouse square. She was a member of several quilt guilds and judged and taught classes in quilting. She served as president of the Columbus Star Quilters. Her favorite pastime was playing canasta and bunko. Her many friends were a joy and the comradery were important to her.

Dottie was a member of the Sigma Chapter of Psi Iota Xi, where she was active with their many fundraising events and she became a national office as the Southeast District Representative and Editor.

Dottie loved her family and was very involved in their activities, interests, and was always ready to help in any way possible.

She is survived by her husband, Claude, her four children Jim of Columbus, Ohio, Dan (Joyce) of South Bend, Susan (Hank) Martin and Julie (Mike) Mentz both of Greensburg, 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her three siblings, Harold (Catherine) LaBolt, Bradenton, Florida, Charles (Gloria) LaBolt, Zionsville, Janice (Ralph) Stacy, Zionsville; Many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one great granddaughter.

Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer and Rev. John Geis co-officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg.

Memorials may be to any of the following: Batesville Quiltmakers Guild in care of LeAnne Hankel 11 Arbor Lane, Batesville,IN 47006; Tree City Quilters in care of Susan Wilson, 602 E Main St. Greensburg, IN 47240; Columbus Star Quilters in care of Linda Reid, 3345 Grove Parkway, Columbus, IN 47203.

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

Courtesy Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home

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John Robert Ervin

John Robert Ervin, born on Oct. 23, 1933, passed away on the evening of Christmas Day, Dec. 25. 2018.

He serrved as an alderman for the City of Venice for nearly 53 years, having began his public service on Jan. 1, 1966.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, with funeral services to immediately follow at the New Shining Light Church, 740 Broadway, in Venice.

The Austin A. Layne Mortuary in St. Louis is in charge of arrangements.

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

Courtesy Austin A. Layne Mortuary

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Donald Wayne Baxter

Donald Wayne Baxter, 51, of Pontoon Beach, passed away on Sunday. Dec. 23, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by one brother, Steve (Gloria) Barney, of Granite City, a former president of the Venice History Committee, and three sons, Aaron Evans and Sebastian and Skylar Baxter.

Donald's mother, Genese (Hill) Baxter, preceded him in death in 2016.

Serenity Memorial Chapel in Belleville was in charge of his cremation. There were no services.

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

Courtesy Serenity Memorial Chapel

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James Arthur Luedders

James Arthur Luedders, 60, of Hillsboro, died December 6, 2018, at Mercy Hospital South in St Louis.

He enjoyed fishing, boating, cooking, sports and bowling. He was a member at Crestwood Elks Lodge #2503. He was also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Barnhart.

Born on April 23, 1958 in Omaha, NE to the late Arthur and Marjorie (Luppen) Luedders.

Survived by his loving family, wife, Lori (Durer) Luedders of Hillsboro, MO; son Kyle J Luedders of Hillsboro, MO; daughter, Kaitlyn (Michael) Robinson of Festus, MO; sisters, Katherine Robertson of Denver, CO and Karen Base of Hollister, MO; grandchild, Aiden Robinson and one on the way.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 6 to 7 p.m. at which time a memorial service will begin at the Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri 63028

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: The Nature Conservancy in Missouri, 2816 Sutton Blvd, #2, St Louis, MO 63143

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

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Sherri Lynn McCallister

Sherri Lynn McCallister, 57, of Granite City died on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at her home.

She was born on December 26, 1960 in Granite City, IL to Frank and Velma nee: Nobles Cantlon.

Sherri married Clair “Gene” Eugene McCallister, Jr in Madison, IL on February 9, 1980.

Sherri was an administrative assistant for the American Red Cross. She enjoyed spending time with her family and sewing. Sherri was raised from birth by her older sister Florene Leiner and her husband, Harmon.

Besides her husband, Sherri is survived by 4 daughters: Cheryl Mercer of Belleville, IL, Melissa (Jeremy Gaynor) McCallister of Fairview Heights, IL, Shelly McCallister of Granite City, IL, and Brandy (Deron) Powers of Granite City, IL; 3 sons: Gene (Tasha) McCallister of Granite City, IL, Phillip (Vicki) Lawrence of Poplar Bluff, MO and Gary Lawrence of Poplar Bluff, MO; 24 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Gary (Jane) North of Granite City, IL; 2 sisters: Carolyn (Lewis) Wood of Granite City, IL and Mary Yeager of Granite City, IL; 4 half-brothers: Bob Cantlon, Allen Cantlon, Jim Cantlon and Harold Cantlon; 3 half-ststers: Iva Cantlon, Carol Anne Hunick and Darlene Cantlon and a sister in law, Diane (Mike) Reed. Sherri will be greatly missed by her granddaughter Taylor McCallister and Kathy Jolly, whom Sherri raised as her own; her lifelong best friend, Theresa Fleming as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sherri is preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers: Stephen North, Bud North and Bobby North and 4 sisters: Diane Kiselka, Pearl Yaeger, Barbara Maxwell and Florine Leiner.

Memorial visitation was held until the time of service on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

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

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Shirley Greer

Shirley L. Greer of Edwardsville, IL passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with congestive heart failure on November 30, 2018 at Liberty Village Nursing Home in Maryville, IL.

She was a smart, beautiful, confident, independent and progressive woman who was very active in her community.

She was born the daughter of Marjorie L. Davis and Rodney W. Drugg in Winchester, NH on November 18, 1928. She and her brother, Donald Drugg, grew up on a family farm in Keene, NH. They were raised through the depression years by her beloved grandmother Addie Foster. As a girl she used to doctor the animals on the farm and play in the forest. She also loved to skate on the lake in the winter.

Shirley graduated from high school in 1946 and went on to study at Boston State College where she graduated in 1950. During spring break that year she met the love of her life James D. Greer who was a baseball player in the Cardinals farm team organization. From 1951-1954, Shirley and Jim met during spring training in Daytona Beach, Florida. After a career ending knee injury Jim and Shirley were married and settled in Madison, IL because Jim’s father A.D. Greer worked at the steel mill in Granite City, IL.

From 1955 to1960, Shirley worked at Carps and settled at a home on 6th Street in Madison where she raised her two sons, Jay and Kerry Greer. Shirley was a teacher at St. Mary’s school (3rd, 5th, and 7th grade as well as cheerleading and gymnastics) for over 20 years during the 1960s and 1970s.

She would be most remembered for leading a project to paint all the fire hydrants in the city of Madison and that effort made national news.

Shirley was the administrator of the Recreation Center in Madison in the 80’s. During this time, she coached 3rd street softball, exercise classes, and held elderly care and teen dances. She also was diagnosed with bladder cancer during this time, survived it, and retired to a lake community in Holiday Shores in the 1990s. In her retirement, she raised 7 grandkids and 2 great grandkids along with her many beloved cats.

She had many hobbies including bowling and piano in the earlier years and swimming, sunning, and reading in her later years. She was a natural teacher and enjoyed tutoring her grandkids very much. She was spry with all her memories until the very end and recently had a wonderful 90th birthday party surrounded by many of her loved ones.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and brother, her husband James D. Greer, and their son Jay K. Greer.

She is survived by her son Kerry (Beth) M. Greer her daughter-in-law Betty (Mulnik) Greer and seven grandchildren: Kevin, Jaden, Julian, Joshua, Janel, Jayme and Jenna Greer. She had 2 great grandchildren Kosten Greer and August Wheeler.

Her wishes were to be cremated, and the ashes will be buried by Father Paul at the gravesite service at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery on December 28th from 3 to 4 p.m. There will then be a celebration of life party from 5 to 8 p.m.at Polish Hall in Madison, IL.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley asked that you make a donation to the Humane Society where she donated yearly.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Brenda Lee Townsend

Brenda Lee Townsend, 61, of Livingston, IL died on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

She was born on April 2, 1957 in Pocahontas, AR to Thomas and Ernestine nee: Dean Hollaway.

Brenda married Albert Townsend, Venice High School Class of 1973, in Granite City, IL on August 9, 1974.

The loving wife and mother was a cook for Sodexo Food Service. She enjoyed working, baking and making candy. Brenda loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Brenda is survived by a son, James (Cassandra) Townsend of Glen Carbon, IL; 2 grandchildren: Brandon Wood and Chloe Townsend and a brother, Stanley (Shirley) Hollaway of Anchorage, AK.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents; a great grandchild, Olivia Wood and a brother, Michael Hollaway.

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

A memorial will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #268 hall, 2701 N 89th St,, Caseyville, IL.

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

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Peggy Ann Mayes

Peggy Ann Mayes, 73 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Peggy was born on July 6, 1945 in Venice, Illinois; the daughter of the late Melvin and Jimmie (Moats) Mayes.

Peggy had worked at many metro area jewelry stores and had last worked for Mid America Pawn and Jewelry in Maryville as a saleswoman.

She was a faithful member of Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City and in her free time she enjoyed spending time with her family. Peggy will be remembered for her kind heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Peggy is survived by and will be missed by her son; Steve Mayes of Granite City, IL; life companion, Chris Mathenia of Granite City, IL; sisters, Willowdeen Walker, Rosalie King; brothers, Gary (Beverly) Mayes, Winston (Sylvia) Mayes; her doggies, Starr, Daisy and Hudson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation for Peggy was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Peggy’s life, services were held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at at the funeral home. Burial followed at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorial donations are suggested to Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Janette Barr

Janette E. Barr 84, of Mitchell passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Saint Louis University Hospital.

She was born February 5, 1934 in St. Louis, MO to Edward Leroy and Elsie Louise (Nee: Kralemann) Zimmermann. She married Lawrence Barr on December 2, 1978 in Venice, IL.

Jeanette was retired from Famous Barr where she was an office worker. She had four step children that she treated and loved as her own children.

She is survived by her stepdaughter Brenda (William) Malherek of Mitchell; grandchildren, Billy (Megan) Malherek, Brandon (Meaghan) Malherek, Dan (Dawn) Severs, Terry (Katie) Tyler, Bobbie Torres and Sherry Ballesteros and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband two step daughters, Nancy and Molly Barr; stepson, Larry Barr; three grandchildren, Duane Severs and the twins, Billy Jr. and Alyssa Malherek.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Granite City.

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

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Norma (Wilcox) Mlinarec

Norma Mlinarec, formerly Norma Ruth Wilcox, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 15th 2018.

Norma was born on September 30, 1926 in Venice, Madison County Illinois. She was the daughter of Harry Wellington Wilcox and Eva Overbey.

Her father Harry was a veteran of the 1st World War and her grandfather, Wellington Wilcox, was a Union Army veteran from Illinois in the Civil War. Her mother Eva Overbey was originally from White Hall, Greene County, IL where the family lived for multiple generations.

Norma had three siblings Harry Donald Wilcox, Robert Wilcox and Eva Delene Wilcox all deceased.

She married Frank Mlinarec on August 19th 1950 in Granite City, Madison County IL and they were married for 67 years. Frank passed away in April of 2018.

Norma is survived by two children, Mary Ann Bright of St. Louis, MO and Frank D. (Nadine) Mlinarec of O'Fallon, MO. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren William W. (Regina) Bright Jr., Christopher W. (Nicole) Bright, Jillian (Jon) Weiland and Sarah (Scott) Lindquist as well as 4 great-grandchildren William, Adam, James and Ava. Norma is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in the metropolitan St. Louis area and beyond.

Norma was a great cook and homemaker and always graciously hosted gatherings for the family at her home for holidays and other special events as well as helping to take care of her grandchildren.

In lieu of a service, a Mass will be said in her honor at a later time. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Jimmie Jean Gancheff

Jimmie Jean Gancheff, 86, of Granite City passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Granite City Nursing and Rehab.

She was born May 1, 1932 in Venice, IL to Ed and Ruby (ne: Boyd) Barker. She married John Gancheff October 13, 1957 in Corinth, MS.

Jimmie was a religious woman who loved her family, enjoyed camping with her husband, making teddy bears with her sister and sewing.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years John Gancheff; four daughters, Sandy Kielty, Jackie Walker, Dorothy Gancheff and Cathy Gisis; two sons, John “Steve” and Joe Gancheff; many grandchildren and great grandchildren and two sisters, Cookie Grooms and Jackie Sparks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, George Barker and Mike Gancheff and two brothers, George and Raymond Barker.

A memorial visitation was held followed by services on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Jay Daniel Maurer Jr.

Jay Daniel Maurer, Jr., 64, of Troy, IL born July 14, 1954 in Granite City, IL, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at DePaul Hospital, Bridgeton, MO.

Jay was a retired production handler from Monsanto Chemical, Sauget, IL and a Security Guard at Triad High School. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and a Triad High School Athletic Booster.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay Daniel and Eva Rose, nee Gudac, Maurer, Sr.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Barbara Maurer, nee Bridges, whom he married on July 14, 1978 in Bridgeton, MO; sons and daughters, Sara Maurer of Collinsville, IL, Matthew Maurer of Troy, IL, Christine Maurer of St. Louis, Mo and William Maurer of Troy, IL; a grandson, Isaac Daniel Lawrence and a sister, Sharon Maurer of Glen Carbon, IL

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, IL, with cremation rites to follow.

Memorials may be made to Triad Athletic Booster Club.

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

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Teresa Foley

Teresa L. Foley, 66, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 6:26 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born July 24, 1952 in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late John Anthony and Evelyn Belle (McClannahan) Bonvicino.

She married Robert H. Foley on September 18, 1970 in Granite City and he survives.

She had worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant with many years of dedicated service prior to her retirement. She love the arts and theatre and was an avid animal enthusiast, always watching television shows dedicated to enriching an animals life . She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by four sons, Robert Foley and fiancé, Misty Morris of Edwardsville, Thomas and Tina Foley of Edwardsville, John Foley and fiancé, Ingrid Nystrom of Affton, Missouri and Phillip Foley of Glen Carbon; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John and Mary Bonvicino of Granite City, Ralph Bonvicino of Alton and Vincent and Terry Bonvicino of Granite City; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Barb Davis of Granite City and Becky and Robert Blankenship of Glen Carbon; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Theresa Bonvicino and a brother-in-law, Steve Davis.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the A.S.P.C.A. and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Darla Renee Mize

Darla Renee Mize, age 54, of Madison, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at her home, with her loving family by her side. Darla was born on May 19, 1964 in St. Louis, MO.

Darla graduated from Forest Park Community College in St. Louis, Missouri, with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 2006. She worked as a security officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for over twenty years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Darla 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.

Darla was preceded in death by her mother, Judy Hutchinson; and by her two brothers, Jason and Bradley Hutchinson.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Neal Mize of Madison, IL; son, Dale Dudek of Wood River, IL, father, Jerry Hutchinson of Waltonville, IL; sister, Jeri (Brad) Emerson of St. Louis, MO; step-mother, Susan Long; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Eddie Linhart officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

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

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

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Adelheid Schrader

Adelheid Schrader, 84, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at University Nursing and Rehabilitation in Edwardsville.

She was born March 23, 1934 in Saalfelden, Austria, a daughter of the late Josef Keuschnigg and Anna (Hirschbichler) Asslinger.

She married Robert Everett Schrader on December 19, 1953 in Saalfelden, Austria and he survives. Mr. Schrader is a Founding Member of the Venice History Committee.

She had worked in tax preparation with 42 years of dedicated service working with H&R Block and later owning and operating her own tax preparation office. She had received a B.A. Degree specializing in marketing.

She was a faithful member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon. Adelheid was very active and dedicated the Boy Scouts of America throughout the years, serving many capacities and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. She had also volunteered with the 4-H Club, served as the advertisement chairman of the Glen Fest and a former PTA President with the Glen Carbon Elementary School. Adelheid was very proud of her heritage, teaching others the German language and making many travels back to her homestead in Austria and all over Europe.

In addition to her beloved husband of nearly 65 years, she is survived by four children and spouses, Norma Ann and Walter Mertzke of Hollywood Heights, Illinois, Robert Lee Schrader and Karen Tilashalski of Collinsville, Mark Leonard Schrader of Edwardsville and Lisa Idress and Floyd Wildhaber of Collinsville; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph Hirschbichler of Saalfelden, Austria, Walter Asslinger of Valencia, Spain and Hermann Asslinger of Saalfelden, Austria; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Ignatz Asslinger.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 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, October 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Patrick Gibbons as celebrant.

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

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America 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 Irwin Chapel

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Thomas Marcus Jr.

Thomas G. Marcus Jr., 54, passed away September 29, 2018. Thomas is formerly of Granite City, IL, and currently lived in Indianapolis, IN.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Scantland Marcus; daughter, Amanda (Dave) Watson; daughter, Ashley (Francisco) Chavez; granddaughters, Natalia and Nygeli Chavez; his father, Thomas Marcus Sr. (Venice High School Class of 1956); sister, Laura (Jim) Mueller brother, Eric (Melissa) Marcus; and nieces and nephews.

Thomas was preceded in death by his mother the late Mary Ellen (Chessey) Marcus.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 8pm Friday October 5, 2018 at Conkle Funeral Home with a visitation 6pm-8pm before the Service. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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Bertha Pace

Bertha Pace, 95, of Collinsville (formerly of Venice, Illinois) passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born September 6, 1923 in Alton, Illinois and raised in Grafton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Samuel and Bertha (Barnes) Edwards.

She married Alfred O. “Al” Pace on January 22, 1946 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Bertha graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in East St. Louis and served her community as a loving and dedicated nurse for over 50 years. She worked in nursing with Laclede Steel in Madison and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City.

She was a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville and belonged to the Venice History Association and the Jr. Service Club of Venice. She loved her days of sewing, traveling and reading. Her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She was a longtime member of the Venice History Committee.

Bertha is survived by daughters, Virginia and William Blackburn of Florissant, Missouri and Kathleen and Walter Goff of Edwardsville; sons, Alfred E. and Joan Pace of Glen Carbon and Frank O. and Beth Pace of Granite City; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; as well as other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 65 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Russell Samuel Pace and a sister, Suzanne Rose.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville with Father Joseph Havrilka as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society in care of Irwin Chapel Funeral Home in Glen Carbon.

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

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Mark Anthony Recer

Mark Anthony Recer, 64, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 8:26 a.m. Sat. Aug. 25, 2018 at his home while under hospice care.

He was born July 7, 1954 in Granite City to Bonnie Geraldine (Bryant) (VHS Class of 1951) Graham of Granite City and the late Fred Travis Recer.

On June 23, 1978, he and Sherri A. Downing were married in Venice, IL. She survives in Pontoon Beach.

Mark was a U.S Army veteran. He was a lifelong welder by trade as well as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son: Shane (Lisa) Recer; a daughter: Codi Siegel of Pontoon Beach; 4 grandchildren: Wyatt & Callie Recer, Aberdeen Siegel and Weilyn Dyson; 2 brothers: Rudy (Barb) Recer of Litchfield, IL and Todd (Ann) Recer of St. Charles, MO; and nieces and nephews: Travis, Will, Stacey, Benjamin, Patrick and Anna Recer and Amy Petrillo.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Tammy and Connie Recer.

Services were held at noon Tues. Aug. 28, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial with military honors followed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Grattena 'Teny' Ponce

Grattena “Teny” Ann Ponce, age 84, of Maryville, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Teny was born on August 3, 1934 in Eldorado, IL, a daughter of the late Gratton Hill and Helen (Spurlock) Hill.

On July 4, 1958, Teny married Peter “Pete” Carl Ponce, the love of her life, in Eldorado, IL. Pete passed away on May 3, 2015. Teny was a faithful member of St. Cecila Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, IL. She had retired as a teacher from the Venice School District after thirty-six years of dedicated service. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially with her grandsons, whom she adored. Teny 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.

She was a lifetime member of the Venice History Committee.

In addition to her parents and husband, Teny was preceded in death by one sister, Erma “Topsy” Farley.

She is survived by her loving children, Timothy Ponce of Collinsville, IL and Christina Bryant of Maryville, IL; dear sisters, Sue (Richard) Jones of Champaign, IL and Rae Cain of Eldorado, IL; proud grandmother to Jake Bryant of Chesterfiled, MO and Tyler Ponce of Maryville, IL; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, with Father Patrick Gibbons officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in the form of masses or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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