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Obituaries - 8/6/2016-8/4/2017

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Jay Greer
Roy Ferro
Rickey Jones Sr.
Shirley Voegele
Wanda Sweeney
Frank McGehee
Harry Long
Jerry Schodroski
Bob Davinroy
Genese Baxter
David Koelker
Evelyn Tolliver
Sam Wolf
Rose Hayes
Robert Maddox
III
Timmy Simmons
Kathy Ellsworth
Gerald Kowalski
Helen Heil
Doris Kudelka
Daniel Willis
Hazel Marquiis
Georgia Burris
Louie Scaturro
Emma Smith
Ed Essington
Thelma Blake
Irene Baker
Larry Scaturro
Jakob McIntosh
Norma Peterson
Leo Scaturro
Harold Koelker III
RuAnn Davinroy
Betty Orsborn
Bobby Duboise
Josefa Schmidt
Timothy Woodrome


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Nancy Hadley

Nancy Hadley, 79, formerly of Venice passed away July 31, 2017.

She was born in January of 1938.

Nancy was the president of the Class of 1955 at Venice High School.

She attended many of the Venice reunions.

Services are private.


Timothy Woodrome

Timothy Andrew Woodrome, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:56 a.m. Tues. July 11, 2017 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born Mar. 26, 1960 in St. Louis, MO to Jeannette A. (Ritz) Woodrome Flannery and the late James William Woodrome.

Tim was an avid pool player.

In addition to his mother he is survived by a sister: Julie (William “Bill”) Godfrey of Granite City; a brother: Bernard “Bernie” (Laura) Woodrome of Kissimmee, FL; niece: Adeline Godfrey; 3 nephews: Patrick Godfrey, Timothy R. Woodrome and Blaine Woodrome; great-niece: Tierney Jean Woodrome; and great-nephew: Joseph Woodrome.

Services are private.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Josefa "Josie" Schmidt

Josefa J. “Josie” Schmidt, 89 of Maryville, IL passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Maryville surrounded by her family.

Josie was born on March 9, 1928 in Wettrup, Germany; she is the daughter of the late August and Maria (Theismann) Welp.

The lifelong homemaker was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville and in her free time she loved to tend to her garden and spend time with her family and friends.

Josie is survived by and will be missed by her children; Laurie (William “Bud”) Mogus of Collinsville, IL, Robert Schmidt of Glen Carbon, IL, Richard (Tracy) Schmidt of Collinsville, IL, Rita Schmidt of Collinsville, IL, Ramona (Don) Roberts of Foristell, MO; her grandchildren, Danielle (Tad) Hebert, Brandy Mogus, DeAnna (Mark) Porter, Teri Mogus, Samantha (Kenny) Bassler, Ricky (Ashley) Schmidt, Nathan Steele, Ashley Roberts; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Karl (Eileen) Welp, Georg (Maria) Welp; sister, Auguste (Konrad) Stoppok and numerous nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Josie was preceded in death by her husband; Laurence Schmidt; her sisters, Maria Broker, Antonia Schmolke; her brothers, Heinrich Welp, Franz Welp.

Friends may call on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon.

In celebration of Josie’s life, services will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. John Beveridge officiating at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia Street in Collinsville.

Burial will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Breeze Hospice.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Bobby Ray Duboise

Bobby Ray Duboise, 55, "The Tree Man" of Saint Charles, Missouri passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017.

He was born August 29, 1961.

Bobby is survived by his Mother – Patsy Duboise, "Sons" – Robin Nicole (Matt) Duboise, Jamie Michelle Duboise, Buddy Duboise, Daughter – Taylor Rae Kemp, Brother – Jim (Susan) Duboise, David Eugene (Chondis) Duboise, Dean Watkins, Grandchildren – Scott Robert Oelze, Jr., Dylan Matthew Hollis, Jordyn Grace Hollis, Ethan Roy Nieweg, Stevie Rae Duboise, and Marlie Mae Cafolla.

He was the nephew of Sandra (Duboise) Penny, Curt Duboise and Patty (Duboise) Paskus.

Bob was preceded in death by his Father – Roy Edward Duboise and his Son – Timothy Ray Duboise.

Visitation was June 21, 2017, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Paul Funeral Home Chapel where a funeal service followed.

Memorial Donations to be made to the family of Bobby Ray Duboise.

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

Courtesy Paul Funeral Home

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Bettie Jane Orsborn

Bettie Jane Orsborn, age 93, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Eden Village, Glen Carbon, IL. Bettie was born on March 28, 1924 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Collins) Evans.

On July 29, 1943, Bettie married Thomas J. Orsborn, the love of her life and Thomas passed away on October 5, 2011. Bettie had worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital as a certified nurse’s assistant for many years. Bettie served several terms as P.T.A. president and secretary. She was also a former Sunday school teacher, Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed shopping and going on trips to Florida with her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Bettie will be remembered for the loved and special time shared with her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bettie was preceded in death by six sisters and three brothers. Bettie is survived by her loving children, Kathy (Lester) Davis of Maryville, IL, Terry (Brenda) Orsborn of Granite City, IL and David (Michelle) Orsborn of Collinsville, IL; proud grandmother to six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Visitation will held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL. Bettie will be laid to rest next to Thomas at Friedens Cemetery, Troy, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and 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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RuAnn Davinroy

RuAnn Davinroy (nee Johnson), age 64, of O’Fallon, Missouri, formerly of Florissant, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

She was born on December 20, 1952.

Beloved wife of the late Robert "Bob" Davinroy, Sr.; cherished daughter of the late Wayne and Dorothy Johnson; devoted mother of Rhiannon “Rhi” (Jeffrey) Walsh and Robert “Rob” (Jennifer) Davinroy, Jr.; loving grandmother of Michael Penberthy, Trever Penberthy, Molly Penberthy, Jacob Walsh, Ryan Walsh, Justin Galligos, Cara Galligos, and Jackson Davinroy; dear sister of Krista Potterfield; treasured sister-in-law of Linda (Phil) Slover, Janet (Glen) Gray, Mary (Randy) New, and Janet (the late Donald) Davinroy. She was also a loving aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

RuAnn was also preceded in death by her infant sister, Regina Johnson.

Her late husband, Bob, VHS Class of 1964, died on Oct. 3, 2016

RuAnn was an executive secretary at Emerson Electric for many years. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her husband and family. She was dearly loved, and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family is being served by the Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon, MO. Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the funeral home. A time of prayer and remembrance will be held at 6:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Baue F.H.

Courtesy Baue Funeral Home

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Harold "Dee Dee" Koelker III

Harold C. "Dee-Dee" Koelker III, 51, of Venice, Illinois passed away at 9:53 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born April 29, 1966 in Granite City, a son of Roseann (Cooper) Koelker of Venice, Illinois and the late Harold C. "Dee-Dee" Koelker Jr.

He was a lifetime member of the Venice Social Club and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He was more than willing to always helping others and could fix just about anything and enjoyed his days of playing washers and loved horse racing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by five children, Josh Koelker, Kayla Koelker, Hannah Koelker, Bethany Koelker and Justin Parris; several grandchildren; grandmother, Rose Cooper; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, James and Nancy Koelker, Stephen Koelker and Michael and Bridgette Koelker; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Clint Wisdom officiating.

Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks or to American Diabetes Association 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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Leo Scaturro

Leo Scaturro, 94, of Granite City passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Eden Care Center in Glen Carbon.

Leo was born on July 28, 1922 in Venice, IL; a son of the late Gus and Angeline (Mangiaricino) Scaturro.

Leo was a dedicated sheet metal worker for Westerheide Sheet Metal and Turcott Sheet Metal retiring in 1987. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WW II, serving in the Philippine Theater with the 806th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of Knights of Columbus Tri City Council 1098 3rd Degree Knight. He was a member of union local 268 Sheet Metal Workers and a member of the American Legion Post 113 in Granite City.

In his free time Leo loved to watch baseball, fishing and playing Rummy with his KC buddies. Most of all, Leo loved to spend time with his family. He will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by and will be missed by his children; Leo J. (Rose E.) Scaturro of Congress, AZ, Karen (Richard) Mitchell of Glen Carbon, IL, Dale Scaturro and Stan Cottner of Provincetown, MA; his grandchildren, Lisa Hagnauer, Jason Scaturro, Jessica (Greg) Krisch, Mandee (Jason) Brown, Shonda (Mike) Burrow; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Dolores Fechte, Nancy Gray.

In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his wife; Deloris (Plummer) Scaturro; his brothers, Donald Scaturro, Louie Scaturro; his sisters, Mary Bellue, Irene Wein.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Leo's life, a funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City.

Burial will follow with full military rites at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials are suggested to Knights of Columbus Tri City Council 1098, Masses or 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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Norma Jean Peterson

Norma Jean (Freise) Peterson, 56, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017.

She was born October 21, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late John Clarence Freise and the late Marie (Fassold) Damal.

Norma married James "Willie" Peterson on December 21, 2007 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and he survives.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making afghans. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by two sons, Chris Michael Zigler of Mt. Vernon and Jason Lee Zigler of Mt. Vernon; a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Jean and James Causey of Granite City; five grandchildren, Katelyn Snow, Travis Snow Jr., Kaylee Snow, Tiffany Robertson and Chris Zigler Jr.; two sisters, Mildred Motes of Mt. Vernon and Pat Cheek of Rosebud; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, PFC John Freise, who died while serving in the Marine Corps in South Vietnam, and nine sisters.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at Central Baptist Church, 3940 State Route 111 in Pontoon Beach on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Michael Palmani officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions to the Peterson Family are appreciated.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Jakob McIntosh

Jakob Ryan McIntosh, 27, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his home.

He was born December 31, 1989 in Granite City, a son of Brad M. and Teresa Marie (McIntosh) Briggs of Granite City.

He was employed at Hershey Warehouse in Pontoon Beach.

Jakob was a member of Navigation Church in Collinsville and was baptized on Easter Sunday.

He was a 2010 graduate of Granite City High School and was everybody's friend and never met a stranger.

He was unique and silly in so many ways, very generous to help others and his ability to always make other smile will forever be remembered. He enjoyed music, playing his guitar, skateboarding, rapping and dancing.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by his beloved children, Ilana McIntosh, Julian Hindman and Damen Hindman, all of Caseyville and one expected in December; his cherished fiancé, Elexis Paulk of St. Louis; two sisters, Karli Briggs and her fiancé, Tyler Seago and Alexandra Briggs of Granite City; a brother, Austin Norton of Granite City; nephew, Jayce Seago; grandparents, Richard and Donna McIntosh of St. Petersburg, Florida, Tina Nalley of Granite City, Kathy and Steve Brown of Granite City and Mike Briggs of Madison; numerous aunt and uncles; many cousins; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with Reverend Brent Johnson officiating.

Memorials may be made to Navigation Church, 1205 Vandalia Collinsville, IL 62334 and may be accepted at the funeral home.Jakob Ryan McIntosh, 27, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his home.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Lawrence Paul Scaturro

Lawrence “Larry” Paul Scaturro, 57 of New Baden, IL, formerly of Venice, IL, passed away at 3:24 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

He was born July 15, 1959 in Granite City, IL to Thomas & Mary Donna (Luddon) Scaturro of Waterloo, IL also formerly of Venice, IL.

Larry loved watching all sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed his soap operas, Family Feud and Duck Dynasty, eating hamburgers and his mother’s spaghetti.

Survivors include 5 brothers: Len (Arlene) Scaturro of Millstadt, IL, David (Cathy) Scaturro of Sioux Falls, SD, Michael Scaturro of Madison, IL, Dan (Michele) of St. Louis, MO and Tom (Marta) Scaturro of Granite City, IL; 3 sisters: Marge Hicks of Atchison, KS, Mary Beth Brugmann of Winfield, MO and Rita (Ken) Jones of Waterloo, IL; aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and will be greatly missed by aunts: Rita Luddon and Sr. Margie Luddon.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers-in-law: Jerry Hicks and John Brugmann.

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

The family will hold a Memorial Visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of the Memorial Mass at noon on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s/St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1621 10th St., Madison, IL. The family will hold a private burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

The family would like to offer special thanks to his residence home, activity work center, the caretakers and extended family of Royal Living in New Baden, including: Bob, Lori, Tina, Ty, Claudia, Brandon, Nakkia, Deontrez, Doxie, Trina, Carrie, Teena, Donna, Jonathan and Michael as well as Mid-America Transplant for their assistance in helping the family with Larry’s gift of organ and tissue donation.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Irene Baker

Irene M. Baker, 84, of Madison, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Irene was born on October 13, 1932, in Chicago, IL; the daughter of the late George and Helen (Kmiec) Merski.

She married Walter "Bud" Baker of Venice, on February 1, 1958. Irene was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a long time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison, where she was the parish secretary for twenty-seven years, sang in the choir, and member of the finance council.

Irene was a member and past president of the Venice American Legion Auxiliary, Post 307, since 1952. She enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe with her husband and spending time with her family.

She is survived by and will be missed by her husband, Walter, of fifty-nine years ; daughters, Alison Baker of Swansea ; Denise (Stephen) Putz of Troy ; Rita (Kelly) Rogers of Collinsville ; her grandchildren, Elizabeth de la Torre ; Matthew and Christopher (Kelsey) Putz ; Rachel and Miranda Rogers.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her sisters Sophie Leleniewski and Lorraine “Cookie” Niepert.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be held from Noon until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. Wed. April 12, 2017 with Fr. Jeff Holtman O.S.F. as Celebrant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1621 10th Street in Madison, IL.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Masses. No flowers, please.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Thelma Crawford-Blake

Thelma Crawford-Blake entered into rest on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Beloved wife of the late Fredrick Blake; loving mother of Janine Herrington, Frederick Blake Jr. and Wendell Blake; dear sister of Lois M. Brazil and Rainey Crawford; dear grandmother, great-grandmother.

Thelma graduated from Lincoln High School in Venice with the Class of 1951.

Thelma received her nursing degree from St. Mary's Infirmary and was employed as a registered nurse at Yeatman Center and DePaul Hospital.

She was a longtime resident of St. Louis, MO and Covington, GA.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. and services will follow at 11 a.m., New Shining Light Church, 740 Broadway, Venice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Austin Layne Mortuary, St. Louis.

Courtesy Austin Layne Mortuary

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Edward Essington

Edward K. Essington, age 87, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Venice, IL and Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at his home. Edward was born on September 25, 1929 in Venice, IL, a son of the late Homer and Alice (Durer) Essington.

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

Edward served his country proudly in the United States Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Post #307 in Venice, IL and also a member of the Granite City Knights of Columbus for many years.

Edward lived and worked in Las Vegas for more than twenty-five years. He started his career at the Tropicana and ended his career at MGM Grand as a showroom captain. Edward was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and he loved all animals, especially his show dogs and his pet dogs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Edward will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his sister, Ila Fleig.

He is survived by his nieces, Jonna Topal of Edwardsville, IL and Paula Corradi of St. Charles, MO; nephews, Daniel Fleig of Maryland Heights, MO and Edward Fleig of Marine, IL; many great-nieces, great-nephews; extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City Knights of Columbus or to 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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Emma Lee Smith

Emma Lee Smith, 89 of Granite City passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City surrounded by her family.

Emma was born on June 3, 1927 in Venice, IL; a daughter of the late John and Ella (Aubuchon) Thompson. Emma was a school teacher at Wilderness School in Wilderness Missouri and a life long homemaker and mom. Emma will be remembered for her kind heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Wayne Smith, whom she married on June 5, 1948; her son-in-law, Dave Dallas of Granite City; her grandchildren, Jennifer and (Casey) Beavers of Dubois, WY, Dustin and (Cori) Dallas of Granite City, IL; her great-grandchildren, Dexter Dallas, Aralynn Beavers, Brawley Beavers; her sisters, Modena Leslie, Mabel Carter.

In addition to her parents, Emma was preceded in death by her daughter; Peggy S. Dallas and her granddaughter, Megan Dallas.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Emma's life, services will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilderness Freewill Baptist Church in Wilderness, MO with Pastor Chris Sedabres officiating. Burial will follow at Wilderness Cemetery adjacent to the church.

Memorials are suggested to the National Leukemia Foundation or the Alzheimer's Association.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Louie J. Scaturro

Louie J. Scaturro, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born November 14, 1934 in Venice, Illinois, a son of the late Gus and Angeline (Mangiaricino) Scaturro.

He married Delores J. (Bero) Scaturro on July 21, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arnold, Missouri and she survives.

Louie was a member of the graduating Class of 1952 at Venice High School.

He retired from Granite City Steel after 44 years of dedicated service.

He was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Venice and now St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. He was an honorary member of the American Legion Post #307 in Venice and a member of the Venice Social Club.

He enjoyed listening to the Cardinals ballgames and his many vacations to St. Petersburg, Florida for spring training. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Jeff Kindle of Glen Carbon; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Janet Scaturro of Granite City and Terry and Kathy Scaturro of Glen Carbon; five grandsons, Tim and Loren Scaturro Jr., Robert Kindle, Anthony Kindle, Roman Scaturro and Cameron Scaturro; two great grandchildren, Saleen Scaturro and Sophia Scaturro; one brother, Leo Scaturro of Granite City, IL; two sisters, Dolores Fechte of Granite City and Nancy Gray of Granite City; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Otto Nuspl of Arnold, Missouri and Marcella and Vasil Vangel of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Scaturro and two sisters, Mary Bellue and Irene Wein.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Chris Comerford as celebrant.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be accepted as 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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Georgia (Hogue) Burris

Georgia Ann Burris, 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born November 24, 1953, in Granite City, IL to Truman and Josephine (nee: Camacho) Hogue.

Georgia married Leland Burris on October 21, 1971 in Granite City, IL.

She enjoyed spending time with grandkids and great-granddaughter, jigsaw puzzles, bingo, crossword puzzles and going to the Argosy Casino.

She is survived by her loving partner, Stephen Isenburg, two daughters, Sherrie (Jerry Owens) Slay and Stacie Burris, all of Granite City, Il, two granddaughters, Courtney (Kyle) Thebeau and Carli (Joe) Slay, grandson, Cameron (Kim) Slay, great-granddaughter, Sophia Thebeau, brother, Jacob Hogue, five sisters, Stephanie Harlan, Natalie (Joe) Mangiaracino, Vivian (George) Grove, Lupe (Bill) Hayes, Theresa (Paleka) Smith and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband and brother, Paul Hogue.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

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Hazel V. Marquis

Hazel V. Marquis, nee Morgan, 98, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Venice, IL, born February 26, 1919 in Sandusky, OH, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Hazel loved Jesus and her family more than anything! She was a tithing Media Member of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries and received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at age 91 while watching JSM.

When she was 49 years old, her husband Bill passed away. She only had an eighth grade education so she went to Granite City, received her GED and then went on to nursing school at Rock Jr. High School in East St. Louis, Illinois, graduating in 1955. She was a dedicated nurse and loved her patients. She worked at hospitals and nursing homes. She was a visiting nurse in Green County, MO, and did private duty nursing until she was 89. Many times she would clock out and go back on her own time to give extra help to residents or just visit with someone who never had any visitors. She longed to go back to work.

Hazel had been at Freeburg Care Center since June, 2016. She loved everyone there and they loved her. She would always try to help other residents. The staff at Freeburg Care Center was very good to her. Most will remember her hugs and back scratches.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother!

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Marquis; two sons, Bill Jr. (Betty) Marquis, and Don (Susan) Marquis; a son in infancy, James Marquis; a grandson Gary Heil; her parents, Stephen and Adelaide, nee Beil, Morgan; two brothers, Glen (Ruth) Morgan, and Harold (Mildred) Morgan; a sister, Donelda (Joe) Holzum; nieces, Loriane Smith and Cecelia Alonso; and nephews, Glen Morgan and Doug Schroder.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter Ruth and husband Jerry, whom Hazel always referred to as her son, not son-in-law; grandchildren, Dale Heil, John Heil, Kathy and Curt Caswell, Mark and Marla Heil, Julie and Daryle Barnett, Tammy and Bob Hoffman, Mike Marquis, and Jason Marquis; great-grandchildren, Jake and Ali Caswell, Nick Caswell, Joshua, Natalie, and Ryan Heil,Kimberly and Tad Fatum, Mindy and James Tamplin; great-great-grandchildren, Landon and Blake Tamplin, Liam and Hudson Fatum; nieces, Jean, Debbie, Cheryl, Dorothy, Sherry, Mildred, Virginia and Barbara; and nephews, David, Bill, Harold and Carl.

Memorials may be made in Hazel’s memory to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to Freeburg Care Center.

Visitation was Monday, March 13, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and acelebration of Hazel’s life was held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at funeral home.

Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

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

Courtesy Renner Funeral Homes

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Daniel D. Willis

Daniel D. Willis, age 65, of Braidwood, IL, formerly of Wilmington, IL, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home in Joliet, IL. Born January 27, 1952 in Saint Louis, MO to the late Frank and Lola Mae (nee Luchini) Willis.

He was a graduate of St. Mark School in 1966.

Daniel retired from BP Chemicals in Channahon, IL in 2004 and continued his career with Flint Hills Resources, retiring from there in 2012. He had previously been employed at Olin Chemical. Daniel had many interests including painting, music, gardening, and fishing. He was an avid collector of music albums, baseball cards and toys. His yearly vacations to Florida and walking the beach picking up shells with his wife were amongst his most cherished moments. He derived much joy in the activities he did with his grandchildren and in watching them participate in their various activities and events.

Surviving are his wife, Cathie R. (nee Johnson) Willis, whom he married September 29, 1973 in Joliet; four children, Shelle Willis of Braidwood, Danielle (Brian) Sanders, Jason (Shannon) Willis and Sarah Willis all of Wilmington; twelve grandchildren, Ava Willis, Danny and Gracie Sanders, Tyler, Zachary and Cameron Willis, Trent and Julia McCully, and Kaylee, Gabbi, Joey, and McKenna Morris; one brother, Rick (Pat) Willis of Channahon, three sisters, Kay (Butch) Thompson of Channahon, Robin (Keith) Haynes of Paducah, KY and Cindy Schumacher of Joliet; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Carol Nancy Willis.

The visitation will be Wednesday, March 15, from 4-7 p.m. and funeral services will be at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, Thursday, March 16, at 10:00 AM with Pastor Greg Linkous officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington, IL.

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

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Doris Jean Kudelka

Doris Jean Kudelka, 77, of Granite City, IL, passed away at her home at 3:06 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 22, 1939 in Venice, IL to the late John & Helen (Meeks) Tindall.

On June 4, 1955, she and Robert Paul Kudelka were married in St. Louis, MO. He survives in Granite City.

Doris had worked for the Granite City Schools cafeteria for over 20 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of almost 62 years, she is survived by 3 daughters: Debra (Gary) Rich of Granite City, Paula (Allen) Newberry of Marine, IL and Barbara (Jess) McKelly of Granite City; 7 grandchildren: Monica, Marvin Jr., Rachel, Amy, James, Amanda & Chris; 12 great-grandchildren: Brittany, Simon, Cheyenne, Andrew, Emily, Robert Wesley, Austun, Gabrielle, BreAnna, Zoe, Kevin Jr., & Ian; and 2 great-great-grandchildren: Zakary & Emily.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Virginia Tooley and Lorraine Dorste; and 2 brothers: Roy, Virgil & Robert Tindall.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mon. Feb. 27, 2017 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tues. Feb. 28,2 017 with Pastor Mark Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

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

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Helen (Rogan) Heil

Helen Dorothy Rogan Heil, 95, of Crofton MD passed away on February 8, 2017 after a brief illness.

A Venice IL native, she was born November 14, 1921, the daughter of John Emmett Rogan and Katherine Adeline (Luepke) Rogan. She graduated from Venice High School in 1939 and the St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing (East St. Louis, IL) in 1943. Helen joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1944, serving as a 2nd Lt. in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre with the 73rd Evacuation Hospital, Shingbwiyang Burma until 1945.

Helen met her husband, the late Charles Francis Heil of Camden NJ, a fighter pilot who flew P-40s and P-47s in the US Army Air Corps with the CBI’s 80th Fighter Group and 88th Fighter Squadron in Myitkina, Burma in September 1944. They married on March 17, 1945 in Burma and honeymooned in Calcutta and Darjeeling India.

As was the custom at the time, Helen was required to resign her commission in the Army following her marriage, after which she became a homemaker. Charles retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel in 1965. Helen and Charles moved to Crofton MD in 1966 and Charles passed away in 1985. Helen also served with the American Red Cross as a volunteer nurse at Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade MD, earning numerous commendations for her service.

Helen was also preceded in death by her brother, William Rogan, sisters Patricia, Cecelia and Mary Catherine, a daughter Mary Ellen, and a son, Charles Francis Heil Jr.

She is survived by her son Michael Lloyd Heil (Col. USAF, ret., PhD) with wife Donna and grandson Ryan of Hinckley OH, and her son Joseph Patrick Heil (CDR USN, ret.) with wife Suzanne and grandsons Joseph P. Heil Jr. and Philip Scott Heil of Manassas VA.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Beall Funeral home, 6512 Crain Highway, Bowie, MD, 20715. A funeral service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that Memorial donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Women’s Memorial Foundation in Arlington, VA at www.womensmemorial.org.

Helen will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband, Charles, at a later date.

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


Gerald Kowalski

Gerald "Jerry" Kowalski, 84, a 46 year resident of Indialantic, FL passed away on January 20, 2017. He was born in Madison, IL, in June 1932.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathryn; sons Gregg (wife Cathy) of Melbourne, FL and Paul (wife Maribeth) of Seneca, SC; daughter Kay Raymond of Newark, DE; and grandchildren, Laura, John, Ryan and Anne; his sister Marilyn Schaefer (husband Larry) of Bonne Terre, MO; and his sister-in-law Gloria Kowalski of Granite City, IL.

He was a graduate of Venice High School with the Class of 1950.

Jerry was preceded in death by his brother Tom and his son-in-law Jim Raymond.

Jerry served in the Navy, earned his undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and his master's degree from St. Louis University, and was a senior systems engineer at Harris Corporation.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the ROMEO bicycling group, and the Melbourne Yacht Club where he was a former commodore. He enjoyed volunteering for several organizations.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melbourne, FL.

Contributions may be given to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church or William Childs Hospice House.

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


Katherine (Griffin) Ellsworth

A former Venice resident, Katherine "Kathy" (Griffin) Ellsworth, 69, of Litchfield, IL, has passed away.

No other information is available at this time, but if any information is learned, it will be updated here.


Timmy B. Simmons

Timmy Bay Simmons, 60, of New Port Richey, FL, born July 1, 1956 in East St. Louis, IL., passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side.

Timmy previously was a police officer for Venice, IL. He was employed with the Madison County Probation Dept. for 17 years. He also was employed at Boeing and was a former police officer in Livingston, IL.

He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1974.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Maxine (nee Freeman) Simmons; mother-in-law and father in-law, Shirley and Joy Pennebaker; his sister, Marilyn Simmons; and his niece, Donnell Awalt.

Surviving are his wife, Diana; one son, Nicholas Simmons, of New Port Richey, FL; one daughter, Kristin Tarrants of Missouri; one granddaughter, Abbey Wallace. He is also survived by his twin brother, Jimmy Simmons, sister, Clara Awalt, and nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy and Pete, for all their help and support during Timmy's illness.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .

A memorial is planned for Saturday,March 18 at 2 p.m. to be held at the Park Grill in Granite City.

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

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Robert Maddox III

Robert Maddox III, former resident of Venice and son of Bob Maddox and Judy Austin, a long time resident of Venice, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He was the nephew of Terry, Vance, Lance, Randy, Patrick, and Will Austin, as well as Lynda Austin Earhart, Verla Austin Meyer, and Rita Austin Bodimer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the American Legion Post in Cape Girardeau between 1:00 pm and 3 pm.


Rose Marie Hayes

Rose Marie Hayes, 90, of Granite City, died at 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Garden View Care Center in Valley Park, Mo.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1925, in Venice, the daughter of the late Wenzel Kern and Mary C. Gadwell.

Rose Marie was a homemaker.

She married Paul William Hayes on May 7, 1949, in Granite City and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Mary (Gary) Ford of Granite City, Karen Hayes of St. Louis, Maureen Hayes of Granite City, Michael (Elizabeth) Hayes of Granite City, and Theresa (Steve) Resch of Katy, Texas; stepbrother, Ralph Kern; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Walter and Edward Kern; and sister, Jeanette Kern.

Visitation was private.

Funeral services were held. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Assumption in St. Louis. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 1126 Dolman, St. Louis, MO 63104.

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Sam Wolf

Former State Representative, Sam W. Wolf, age 97, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Eunice Smith Nursing Home in Alton, IL. Sam was born in Venice, IL on January 4, 1919, a son of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Delaney) Wolf.

Sam was a World War II Army veteran who proudly served his country. He left his studies at Venice High School and was inducted as a private in January, 1941 and discharged as a Chief Warrant Officer in December, 1945. Sam had served in both the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and European Theatre of Operation. He was awarded a veterans' GED diploma for his service.

On November 9, 1946, Sam married Mae Frank, the love of his life, and she passed away on March 1, 2013.

Sam was the State Representative of the 56th District from 1974 to 1992. Sam was instrumental in having Belleville Area College name changed to South Western Illinois College and the Granite City Campus was named in his honor, Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Sam was a S.W.I.C. Trustee, elected in 1995. He was past president of Granite City Real Estate Board and past president of Granite City Kiwanis Club. He was also a member and on the Board of Directors of Tri City Chamber of Commerce. He was elected delegate to Democratic Mid Term National Conference in December 1974; elected Democratic National Committeeman from Illinois in June, 1975; secretary-treasurer of Madison County Democratic Central Committee since 1970. He had also owned and operated a real estate and insurance business in Granite City, IL for many years. Sam loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Sam was a founding member of the Venice History Committee.

In addition to his parents and wife, Sam was preceded in death by one son, Larry Wolf; brother, Carl Wolf and by a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Diane (Corder) Wolf.

He is survived by his loving son, Dave (Candy) Wolf of Granite City, IL; sister, Shirley Tretter of Granite City, IL; daughter-in-law, Susan Wolf of Collinsville, IL; proud grandfather of Renee Wolf of Granite City, IL, Damon (Rose) Wolf of Granite City, IL, Erin Wolf of Collinsville, IL, Dave (Sheila) Wolf of Granite City, IL, and Tanya Kennedy of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather of Megan Morse, Jake Wolf, J.D. Wolf, Mackenzie Kennedy and Gavin Kennedy; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Sam will be laid to rest next to Mae at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Alzheimer's Association and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Irwin Chapel.

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Evelyn (Hartman) Tolliver

Evelyn A. Tolliver, 90, of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 8:27 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.

She was born November 5, 1925 in Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Harry T. and Anna Louise (Weisenberger) Hartman.

Evelyn was a member of the Venice High School graduating class of 1943.

She married Jack R. Tolliver on December 28, 1946 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Venice and he passed away on February 10, 2016.

She was a faithful member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon where she was active with the RENEW Group. She also was a member of the H.O.P.E. widows group and had been a leader with Girl Scout Troop 456, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the national and local chapters of the Wives of Submarine Veterans of World War II. She was very instrumental in services and advocacy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and had served on the Board of Special Education and a past board member of New Opportunities, Inc.

Evelyn was truly dedicated to caring for her family and enjoyed her days of gardening and being a part of her community.

She is survived by her children, Jack (Janice) Tolliver of Edwardsville, Timothy Tolliver of Collinsville, Richard Tolliver of Edwardsville, Jeffery Tolliver of Edwardville, Daniel (Leslie) Tolliver of Glen Carbon and Mary Ann (Sharon Spurlock) Tolliver of St. Louis; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Richard and Larry Hartman and two sisters, Janice Hartman and Mary Herr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 155 North Main Street in Glen Carbon, Illinois on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Al Allen as celebrant.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to New Opportunities, Inc. or to St. Cecilia Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Irwin Chapel.

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David Koelker

David Koelker, 55. of Belleville, Venice High School Class of 1979, passed away on Monday evening, Oct. 17, 2016.

He was apparently struck as a pedestrian while attempting to cross a street in Belleville. He was taken to a hospital in St. Louis where he passed away.

No other information is available, but as soon as obituary information becomes available it will be placed here.


Genese Baxter

Genese Elissa (Hill) Baxter, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:37 a.m. Sun. Oct. 9,2 016 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born Oct. 22, 1934 in Puxico, MO to the late Roy & Verbal (Beal) Hill.

Ms. Baxter retired from Chris Kaye Plastics Manufacturing after 43 years of service.

Survivors include two sons: Stephen R. (Gloria) Barney of Granite City, IL and Donald W. Baxter of Pontoon Beach, IL; five grandchildren: Elissa & Erica Barney, Aaron Evans, Sebastian & Skylar Baxter; two great-grandchildren: Roman Bowler & Jaedyn Williams; four brothers: Joseph (Jerry Barker) Hill of Caseyville, IL, Donald (Louise) Hill of Caseyville, Larry (Earline) Hill of Greenville, IL and Denny Hill of Granite City; and two sisters: Nancy Wallace and Ginger (Tony) Hackney both of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Roy, Wayne, Dale & Allen Hill.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services at 7:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 12, 2016 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will continue Thurs. Oct. 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. at Brown General Baptist Church, 25084 Co. Rd. 275, Puxico, MO 63960 with burial to follow at Brown Cemetery in Puxico.

Memorials may be made to Copper Creek Christian Church where she was a member.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Wojstrom F.H.

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Robert L. Davinroy

Robert "Bob" L. Davinroy, Sr., of O’Fallon, MO, formerly of Florissant, MO, on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the age of 69. Bob was born on Oct. 17, 1946.

He was a member of the graduating class of 1964 at Venice High School.

Beloved husband of RuAnn Davinroy; cherished son of the late Leo and Leona Davinroy; devoted father of Tobi Penberthy, Rhiannon (Jeffrey) Walsh, and Robert (Jennifer) Davinroy, Jr.; loving grandfather of Michael Penberthy, Trever Penberthy, Molly Penberthy, Jacob Walsh, Ryan Walsh, Justin Galligos, Cara Galligos, and Jackson Davinroy; dear brother of Linda (Phil) Slover, Janet (Glen) Gray, and Mary (Randy) New; treasured brother-in-law of Janet Davinroy and Krista Potterfield; beloved nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Robert was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Davinroy.

Bob and RuAnn were married on September 17, 1976. They just celebrated 40 years of marriage.

Bob worked at Roadway Express for 30 years. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local #600, Elks Lodge #2316, and Teamsters Union #600 Retiree’s Club. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Robert was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis (2320 Pine Street St. Louis, MO 63103) or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

A Memorial Gathering is planned on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Baue Funeral Home in O'Fallon, MO.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Baue F.H.

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John "Jerry" Schodroski

John Gerard (Jerry) Schodroski has journeyed to be with his God and Savior Jesus Christ. Jerry passed away Monday morning, September 19, 2016, at his sister Vicky's home.

His family asks everyone to please keep Jerry in your prayers. His wishes are to be cremated.

Jerry was a member of the Class of 1971 graduating class at Venice High School.

He is survived by two sisters, Vicky and Rita, and two brothers, Bill and Bob. He was preceded in death by a brother, James, and his parents.

A small memorial service is being planned by the family to be held at a later date. When a date and location is selected, it will be posted here.


Harry Long

Harry Thomas Long of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016. He was born on October 25, 1952 to James Long and Dorothy Leverenz in Venice, Illinois.

Harry was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved watching their games every chance he got. He also loved watching Seinfeld, bowling, camping, and was a George Jones fan.

He was a transport engineer and had the honor of being the only person in his company to win the award for driving 4.5 Million Safe Miles, an award for which he was very proud. He had many jobs throughout his life including: Swann’s Ice Cream, Glass City Paper Products, Sofo, Toledo Glass and Mirror, Matlack, Liquid Carbonic, and was retired from Praxair in 2014. After retiring he loved working his seasonal jobs at Toledo Mudhen and Toledo Walleye games.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim, who passed away on March 1 of this year.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 37 years, June Ann; children, Butch, Anthony (Jennifer), Brian (Meredith), and Dennis; grandchildren, Christian, Coral, Cara, Alicia; great grandchild, Abel; siblings, Brenda Sue (Dwight) Bryant, Ray (Christie) Long, Roberta (Robert) Sheets, Robin (Rob) Kothe, Eric Leverenz; sister in law, Judy, Long; many nieces and nephews; special sister in law, Gert and special nephew, Michael; and close family friend, Bernetta.

Visitation will take place at Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 2 pm to 8 pm. Visitation will continue on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 10 am until the start of the Funeral Service at 12 pm.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Hoeflinger-Bolander F.H.

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Frank P. McGehee

Frank P. McGehee, age 84, of Maryville, IL, born September 13, 1931, passed away at 7:36 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Edwardsville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Edwardsville, IL.

Frank was a welding teacher at the Lincoln Vocational Center. Many years ago he attended St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry McGehee, his mother, Opal (nee Pierce) McGehee-Lapinski and his step-father, Alex Lapinski, and his sister Doris Rogel.

He is survived by two sons: Alex (Kathy) McGehee of Maryville, IL and Tim McGehee of Granite City IL; six grandchildren: Kristin McGehee of Glen Carbon IL, Kendall (John) Matthews of Glen Carbon IL, Ryan McGehee of Granite City IL, Madison McGehee of Imperial MO, Sara Kennerly of Maryville IL, and Amy Kennerly of Granite City IL; and four great-grandchildren: Henry, Nora, Tommy, and Jaxon.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, IL.

Funeral services will be at Noon on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, with Father Joseph Havrilka officiating. Burial will be with military honors in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Barry Wilson F.H.

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Wanda (Black) Sweeney

Wanda Louise Sweeney, 73 of Licking, MO, formerly of Granite City passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, MO.

Wanda was born on March 28, 1943 in Risco, MO; the daughter of the late William Lee and Jewell Ruby (Fair) Black Sr. Wanda was a Pharmacy Technician for WalGreens. In her early years she had worked for Carousel Day Care Center and the Granite City Public Library. She attended City Temple in Granite City and in her free time Wanda enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her kind heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Wanda graduated from Venice High School in the Class of 1961.

She is survived by and will be missed by her children; Mike and (Donna) Sweeney of Eureka, IL, Mark and (Sharon) Sweeney of Denison, TX, Debra Buss of Winter Haven, FL, Kelly and (Jack) Smith of Licking, MO; her grandchildren, Amber, Angela, Christina, Jacob, Brendan, Sarah; her great-grandchildren, Cohen and Leon; her brother, Howard and (Patsy) Black.

In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis N. Sweeney, whom she married on June 29, 1961; her son-in-law, Jeffrey Buss; her brother, William Lee Black Jr.; her sister, Donna June Black.

Friends may call on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville in Granite City. In celebration of her life, services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Al Langston officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials are suggested to the National Leukemia Society.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Irwin Chapel.

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Shirley Voegele

Shirley J. Voegele, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.

She was born February 23, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri.

She married Marchus R. "Buddy" Voegele at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Venice and he passed away in September 1981.

She had worked many years as a Deputy Assessor with the Granite City Township Office and retired in 1996 as a Chairwoman of the Madison County Board of Review.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and enjoyed bingo, working puzzles, watching old movies and dancing. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucille (Johnisee) Mangiaricino; a daughter, Karen Barger; two sons, Robert Voegele and Ronald Voegele and two grandsons, Matthew Smith and Donald Voegele.

Shirley is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Marcus R. and Diana Voegele III of Granite City and Michael A. and JoniJean Voegele of Collinsville; son-in-law, Bruce Barger of Wentzville, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Tara Voegele of Springfield, Illinois; grandchildren, Michelle Voegele and fiancé, Geno Forneris of Collinsville, Nathan Smith of Collinsville, Jonathan and wife, Georgina Voegele of Lyme, New Hampshire, Eric Barger of Maryville, Kristen Voegele of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ray Englar and fiance, Samantha Hartman of Lebanon, Illinois, Marcus R. and wife, Kelsey Voegele IV of Fairview Heights, Illinois, Dustin Voegele of Granite City, Ronald Voegele Jr. of Springfield, Illinois, Dillon Voegele of Granite City and Hunter Voegele of Granite City; four great grandchildren, Lenin Voegele, Siegfried Voegele, Franz Voegele and Hayden Voegele; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Irwin Chapel.

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Rickey Jones Sr.

Rickey Jones Sr. of East St Louis, IL, departed this life on August 8, 2016. The funeral service for Mr. Jones will be announced at a later date in Illinois.

Mr. Jones was born on May 8, 1961, to the late P. C. Rogers and Nancy Lue Jones in St. Louis, MS.

He attended schools in Venice, IL, and graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1979. After graduation he attended college in Jacksonville, Illinois, and joined the U. S. Navy. Rickey moved to Decatur, Alabama and was employed by the Falkville Wood Treating Company, Falkville Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, James Rogers, Twila Lane, Linda Swift.

He is survived by: a daughter, Tishea Jones of Belleville, IL; a son, Rickey Jones Jr. of Miami, FL; two grandchildren, Jamarii Brown and Ariana Jones; siblings, Clifton Jones (Karen) of Maryville, IL, Jerry Kinney (Bill) of Alton, IL, Ella Clay of Collinsville, IL, Robert Rogers of Cahokia, IL, Henry Rogers of Lansing, MI, Charles “Woo” Rogers (Jennifer) of St. Louis, MO, Curtis Tailie (Latrece) of New York, NY, Michael Rogers (Doris) of Grantie City, IL, Minnie Franklin of Centerville, IL; ; fiancée, Lisa Patterson of Decatur; special best friends, Mike Ross of Decatur and Larry Ball of St. Louis, MO; other relatives and friends.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Reynolds Funeral Home.

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Jay Kevin Greer

Jay Kevin Greer, 60, of Collinsville, Ill., born in Granite City, Ill., passed away at 5:50 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital-Clayton, St. Louis, Mo.

Jay played baseball at McKendree College. He was the owner/operator of Cheapies Tires in Alton/Granite City/Belleville; and a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Ill. He was formerly of Madison, Ill., and a previous member at St. Mary's Church in Madison, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Greer.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, nee Mulnik, Greer, whom he married in 1983; his mother, Shirley Greer of Edwardsville, Ill.; two sons, Julian and Joshua Greer of Collinsville, Ill.; four daughters, Jaden Hodgkins of St. Peters, Mo., Janel, Jayme and Jenna Greer all of Collinsville, Ill.; a grandson, Kosten Greer; a brother, Kerry (Beth) Greer of Edwardsville, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to SS Peter & Paul Catholic School, or in the form of Masses, and will be received during the visitation.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL, followed by a funeral Mass at the church, with Father Paul Bonk, Father John Beveridge, and Deacon Jimmy Ghiglione celebrants. Burial will be in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Barry Wilson F.H.

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Roy Ferro

Roy Ferro, 85, of Lake St. Louis, passed on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Loving husband of Joan; dear father of David Grimm, Jeanne Crotser, Jeff Grimm, Janet and Gary Chrun, Susan Reznicek (deceased), Larry and Beverly Ferro, Steve and Gig Ferro; loving grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and dear friend to many.

Roy was a devout Catholic, a Toast Master, and a Junior Achievement leader. He graduated from Venice High School in 1947.

He worked 32 loyal years as Traffic Manager for Peabody Coal Company. He enjoyed traveling the world with Joan through Friendship Force International.

Service: A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Catholic Church. The family will receive visitors at 9:00 a.m. at the church.

His body was donated to the St. Louis University School of Medicine.



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