Kenneth F. "KC" Carnes, 63, of Leander, TX, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020. Ken grew up in Eagle Park, IL, attended Venice High School and graduated in 1975.
After high school, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1975 to 1981 and for a time he was stationed in Guam. While Ken was serving, his son Antonio Cotton was born.
He met and married Andrea Martin who also was serving in the Air Force, and to this union, his daughter Krystal was born.
In 1990, Ken moved to Austin, TX where he worked in customer service. He was also on the board of Green Doors, a foundation to help homeless people find housing.
In 2011 he met the love of his life Paula Allen, they married in 2015 and he became a loving stepfather to Emily and Amy. At the time of his passing he was working at Foundation Communities of Austin, TX.
Ken loved his family near and far. As well as his special friends Herman Gentry, Lucius Miller, Mike Umphrees, Cameron Bostedt and Tony Dunn. Ken was very generous and would help anyone in need, loved or cared for. His passion was helping homeless people find a way off the streets of Austin. Ken enjoyed working on his Mercedes Benz, working in the yard, riding his bike and spending time with friends and family.
Ken is survived by his spouse Paula, his son Antonio (Shannie) Cotton of Alton, IL, his daughter Krystal Carnes of Cleveland, OH, stepdaughters Emily (Drew) Boyles of McKinney, TX and Amy Allen of San Antonio, TX, his grandchildren Tauni, Dymond, Sarai, Tristin, Evangeline, and Ethan, his beloved cousin Gail Clark-Ramseur, his nephew Carl Carnes, his niece Nesha Carnes, and many loving cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Hortence Carnes, sister Carla and brother Cecil (Maria). Ken will be dearly missed for his love, generosity, kindness and laughter by all who knew him.
Diane (Mangiaracino) Andrews
Diane F. (Mangiaracino) Andrews, 69, of Collinsville and formerly of Venice, Illinois passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville with her son holding her hand.
She was born September 24, 1950 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Benny and Lillian (Bass) Mangiaracino.
She married David L. Andrews on June 27, 2003 in Edwardsville and he survives. She had worked many years as a hostess at the 76 Restaurant in Troy, Illinois. She retired from the Belleville Shoe Company after many years of dedicated service.
Diane was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and was a member of the Venice Social Club and served on the Venice History Committee. She enjoyed her days of gardening, had a love for animals, cherished her granddaughter and 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 a son, Jeremy Brann of Granite City; a granddaughter, Savannah Brann; a sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Joe Kostecki of Madison; several nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donnie and Dale Mangiaracino and a sister, Denise Foley.
In celebration of her life a private visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on Sunday, July 5, 2020 and a public Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtmann as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be made to the Granite City A.P.A. and may be accepted at the funeral home or service.
Lorraine W. Rakowski, nee, Yakubiak, age 92, of Belleville, IL, born on April 16, 1928 in Venice, IL, died on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville, IL.
Lorraine was a retired office clerk for National City Stockyards Bank.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Rakowski; her parents, William and Mary Yakubiak, nee, Garbeik; and her sisters, Lottie Wenc, Gertrude Rutkowski and Leona Toothill.
She is survived by her children, Raymond (Elizabeth) Rakowski, Jr., of Belleville, IL, William (Nany) Rakowski of Belleville, IL and Carol (Bill) Dixon of Belleville, IL; her grandchildren, Bill (Irene) Dixon, Diney Rakowski, Zachary Rakowski, Melissa (Chad) Hart and Lindsey Rakowski (fiance, Brian); her great-grandchildren, Troy Hart and Dylan Rakowski; her sister, Victoria McQuay of Madison, IL; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Rakowski of St. Louis, MO; and her good friend, Shelley Miller. Lorraine is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.
No visitation will be held.
Private graveside service will be held at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.
William James "Bill" Levy passed away Monday, May 11, 2020. He was born Jan. 6, 1948 to John and Norma (Bauman) Levy, both of whom have preceded Bill in death.
Bill served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam after graduating with the Class of 1967 at Venice High School.
He was married to Sally (Essington) Levy who survives along with Bill's three children Rhonda, Gina and Bill, in addition to his siblings Kitty (Gary) Ebersoldt, Linda Alexander, Daniel Levy, David (Karen) Levy, Magdalene (Edward) Oates, Edward (Jolene) Levy and Mary (Rick) Jones.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother John Levy.
Arrangements are not currently available.
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William J. Scaturro
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of William J Scaturro (New Port Richey, Florida), who passed away on April 22, 2020 at the age of 92.
Bill was a 1945 graduate of Venice High School.
He was loved and cherished by many people including : his wife Shirley; his children, Deborah, Patricia, William Jr. and Susan; his grandchildren, Trent, Olivia and Anthony; and his great grandchildren, Julianna and Luca.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 25th 2020 at 10:30 AM.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Carole Ann (McKinney) Vaughn, 77, of Collinsville, formerly of Granite City and Venice, died at 3:27 a.m. Monday, April 13, at home following a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 7, 1942, to the late Thomas “Marvin” and Vivian (Kackley) McKinney, she was raised in Venice. A graduate of Venice High School, she earned a business degree from Southern Illinois University. A credit and collections specialist, Ms. Vaughn retired from the U.S Postal Credit Union.
A lifelong Democrat, she was of the Catholic faith. She held a deep appreciation for historic architecture and interior design and had a natural fashion sense. She also was a jazz aficionado, animal lover and miniature enthusiast.
Survivors include her daughter, Nicole Vaughn, of Collinsville; several cousins, including Julie Courtois of Highland; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Services are pending due to current state restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fred Leatherman, age 66, of Paducah passed away at 3:18 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Baptist Health Paducah, KY.
Fred was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and a member of Knights of Columbus where he served as Treasurer. Fred was retired from Ashland Chemical where served as Warehouse Foreman.
Fred, who graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1971, was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Corvette Club, avid University of Kentucky Basketball fan and a faithful fan of the St. Louis Cardinal’s Baseball. Fred loved to cook and enjoyed camping, and loved doting his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Judith Ann Trtan Leatherman; one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (Brent) Burgess of Paducah; one son, Derek Paul (Amanda) Leatherman of Norman, OK; four brothers, Michael T. (Mary) Leatherman, Bethelhem, PA, Patrick J. (Susan) Starr, Overland Park, KS, Ronald (Sharon) Starr, Prescott, AZ and Michael L (Jane) Starr, Collinsville, IL; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death was his father, Michael Edmund Leatherman, mother, Jacqueline Margaret Gudac; step-father, Steve J. Starr.
In compliance with health and public safety directives, the funeral arrangements for Mr. Leatherman will be private.
Expression of sympathy may be made to Knights of Columbus, Council #1055, 3028 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 42003.
Arrangements made by Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah, KY.
During this difficult time of private services, you may show your support by joining the “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support. Go to www.milnerandorr.com.
Larry C. James, age 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL. Larry was born on December 21, 1949 in Gideon, MO, a son of the late Cecil James and Velma (Newton) James.
Larry was a graduate of Venice High School in 1969.
On September 16, 1977, Larry married Paula “Penny” Planitz, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Larry retired as a custodian from Six Mile Regional Library District, Granite City, IL, in 2018 after many years of dedicated service. He loved spending time with his family, watching westerns and sports, taking care of his yard and walking his dog, Wilson. Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Larry is survived by his devoted wife of forty-two years, Penny James of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Patsy (Howard) Black and Bryan James; proud uncle to Tim (Rebekah) Black, Jason (Kirsten) Black, Ryan Black and Brittany (Chris) Kilmer; proud great-uncle to Miles, Asher, Jaedyn, Judah, Jordyn, Abel, Arrow, Emily and Scott; extended family and many dear friends.
Our dear husband, brother and uncle, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private visitation and funeral will be held. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
Melvin Ray Leslie, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away at his home on Friday, March 20, 2020. Melvin was born on April 13, 1930 in Venice, IL, a son of the late Paris John Leslie and Trula Mae (Weaver) Leslie.
Melvin was a Korean War veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy. On May 10, 1958, Melvin married Dorothy “Sue” Roofe, the love of his life in Madison, IL. Melvin retired from St. Louis Terminal Railroad as a track supervisor after many years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Melvin never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Melvin will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Pfeiffer; and by a sister-in-law, Doris Leslie.
He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-one years, Sue Leslie of Granite City, IL; loving children, Pamela Leslie of Granite City, IL, John Leslie of Festus, MO and Linda (John) Thomas of Fenton, MO; dear siblings, James Leslie and Merlene Pfeiffer; proud grandfather to Anna Leslie, Ashley Thomas and Jessica Thomas; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Our dear husband and father, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private family visitation and funeral will be held at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Forever Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to BJC Hospice. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.
Concetta “Connie” M. (Finazzo) Broyles Wheeler, age 94 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side. Connie was born on November 26, 1925 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late Faro and Rosalia Finazzo.
Connie was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL. Connie never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed going to church and playing bingo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Connie will be remembered for the special times shared with family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward E. Broyles; two daughters, Denise Miller and Rosalie Atwater; three sisters, Frances Greco, Rosie Torimino and Suzie Dabrowski; and by her brother, Frank Finazzo.
She is survived by her devoted husband, James H. Wheeler of Granite City, IL; loving children, Edward L. Broyles of Granite City, IL, Patricia Headrick of Hudson, IL, Pamela (Harold “Junior”) Pool of Granite City, IL, Tony (Tina) Broyles of Bunker Hill, IL and Walter (Diane) Wheeler of Maryville, IL; sisters, Mary Jane Johnson of Granite City, IL and Phyllis Syzdek of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to 108 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to Wounded Warrior Project, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to masses. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel or church.
Margaret Rose Seibert, nee Shambro, 101, of Maryville, IL, born on July 7, 1918 in Venice, IL. Passed away Friday, February 28, 2020 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL.
Margaret was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL. Her interest was Canasta, Young-At-Heart, Casinos, Venice Jr. Service Club, shopping and entertaining her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Seibert, whom she married on August 17, 1940 in East St. Louis, IL; parents, Tony and Alice Shambro; sisters, Anne Butler and Rose Rios and son-in-law, Larry Hoffman.
Surviving are her two daughters, Jacqueline Hoffman of Maryville, IL and Linda (Dennis) Almos of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Margaret (Steve) Eichen of Plainview, IL, Kim Heintz of Troy, IL, Valorie (Robert) Snyder of West Hills, CA and Rodney (Kathy) Almos of Edwardsville, IL; great grandchildren, Andrew Hartman, Sarah (Darien) Bohnenstiehl, Faith Snyder, Dylan Snyder, Hannah Almos, Claire Almos, Thomas Almos and John Almos; great great-grandson, William Bohnenstiehl; two sisters, Marie (Ed) Whaley of Edwardsville, IL and Josie Johnisee of Edwardsville,IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Plenty of friends residing at Meridian Village, Glen Carbon, IL.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Meridian Village for the love and care given to our mother in the Assisted and Acute Care Units. Thank you to Vista Hospice for their support and care for Margaret.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, IL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Fr. Jeff Holtman celebrant.
Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, Benevolent of Meridian Village or to donor’s choice.
Sheron K. Gray, 76, of Granite City, born March 10, 1943, in Carlinville, IL, to the late William and Melva (nee Weller) Pitman, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020, in St. Louis, MO.
Sheron retired after a 20-year nursing career. She was an avid Cardinals fan and the founder of Crafting Ma’s, an online crafting community. She enjoyed playing Words with Friends but her greatest passion was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory including her loving husband, Larry Gray (VHS Class of 1961); children, Timothy (Shanon) Gray; Tamela (Dennis) Blacharczyk; Tracy (Corey) Henry; grandchildren, Timothy Gray Jr.; Nathan (Mariah) Gray; Rebecca (Bill) Maggart; Brandon Hanks; Jeron (Kia-Dre) Henry; Bethany (Seth) Applegarth; Derrick Henry; Kayleigh Henry; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donna (Dennis) Jackson; Kathleen (John) Zeller; William Pitman; dog, Carly; as well as many friends and distant relatives.
Service: A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, IL with Pastor Steve Gray officiating.
Sheron will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Cemetery after a private service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Pound Pets Inc. 2900 Missouri Ave. Granite City, IL 62040 or Disabled American Veterans, 3400 Centaury Dr. Granite City, IL 62040.
Kenneth Francis Ritz died peacefully at his home on February 19, 2020 surrounded by his children (at least those he knew of) and closest friends. After a lifetime of near misses from fox hunting accidents, polo accidents, car accidents and ex-girlfriends, he went out as he wished, at his stately home -with as many lights turned off as possible.
Ken lived an extraordinary life. Born in Venice, IL near East St. Louis on April 1, 1935 to Rose and Frank Ritz. "Kenny" graduated from St. Mark School with the class of 1949.
He was well-known for his athletic prowess, especially on the football field. Nicknamed “The Phantom,” he was a star running back who went to college on a scholarship. After graduating from the University of Toledo, he received his J.D. from the University of Illinois.
After active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry (he cited his service frequently for Veteran’s Day discounts at restaurants), he moved to Rockford to begin his esteemed career in law. He began practicing in 1960 and retired in 2015. He refused to go to the bar association dinner to receive his 50 -year plaque, lest anyone think he was old.
His love of polo defined him. He was fond of referencing a Wall Street Journal feature which stated “The game is as close to pure unstepped-on macho as you’re going to find in America. You must be able to ride like Geronimo, have the hand-eye coordination of Jimmy Connors and the disposition of Atilla the Hun.”
Ken was an exceptional player who participated in tournaments all over the United States. He kept a stable of horses for most of his adult life. He introduced his family (assorted wives, children and girlfriends) to all things equestrian. He was the Master of Hounds for the Oak Brook Hunt Club during the 1970’s. In spite of his expertise, his hobbies landed him in the hospital no less than a dozen times.
He insisted on returning to polo after one accident which left him unconscious for 11 days and significantly damaged his peripheral vision. Soon after, a horse had “a damned heart attack and dropped dead” underneath him and exacerbated all previous injuries. Nonetheless, he continued driving, using the broken white lines to center himself betwixt the two lanes.
Ken was a voracious reader. His shelves included works by Flannery O’Connor, Euripides, Jane Austen, P.J. O’Rourke and Joseph Heller (CATCH 22 was his favorite). He was a gifted writer, deftly able to balance self-deprecating wit with keen human observation. As such, he published a book which chronicled his life in romance and sport entitled NAZI HILLBILLY – A TALE OF SEX (*hardly any) and VIOLENCE (*too much). He also wrote “Chapter 11: Bankruptcy for Rich People – a practical guide for Creditors and Debtors” which was not intended to be a companion piece, but served as such nonetheless.
He was an accomplished amateur magician performing shows at for birthday parties, retirement homes and local political fundraisers. He loved music of all kinds, but particularly country music. He was most happy driving a pick-up truck. He loved flat diet soda, which required him to shake cans and release carbonation in a manner that no other human has been able to duplicate. He played both the guitar and piano extremely well.
His children did not grow up on nursery rhymes but instead knew every word to Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.”
After decades of participation in adrenaline-driven sports, he focused his attention on his golf game. He was a frequent disruptor of Ladies Day at the Rockford Country Club where he teed-off from any hole of his choosing until reprimanded.
Anyone who knew him knew of his legendary wit, his eccentricities and his flamboyance. He loved to entertain at his home whether it was his annual Christmas soiree or hosting meals for his close inner circle of friends. What is not as well-known was that he led a life of quiet generosity towards those who were having a difficult time. As much as he enjoyed regaling friends and family with tales of various accomplishments, he was more low-key in terms of “doing right” by those less fortunate. Unless of course, you could not understand his “Sunrise Biscuits” order at the drive-thru.
He is survived by his children Jay Michael Ritz (Shreveport, LA), Stephanie Ritz (Los Angeles) and Charles Ritz (Chicago). He is predeceased by his daughter Allison Ritz.
ALIGN=JUSTIFY> The family wishes to thank all of the people who took such good care of him during his last chapter.
ALIGN=JUSTIFY> A memorial will be held in the Spring.
William Robert Smith, 81, of Collinsville, IL, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Tues. Feb. 11, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.
He was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Granite City, IL to the late William George & Blanche (Robertson) Smith.
He and Carolyn Mercer were married Mar. 21, 1959 in Granite City. She preceded him in death Jan. 17, 200
Mr. Smith had been a loan officer and bank vice-president for area banks for many years. He was a test administrator at SWIC during his retirement. He was a member of St. John EUCC in Granite City and was a movie buff.
He is survived by a daughter: Cindy Smith of Graham, NC; a brother: Philip (Janet) Smith of Colllinsville; a sister: Phyllis Smith of Collinsville; and many friends and cousins.
Services are private through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. There will be no viewing as per his request.
Barbara Joan (Chalfin) Sandler, 78, died on February 1, 2020.
She was born in Granite City, IL, on Nov. 16, 1941, the second daughter of Dr. Jacob Chalfin, MD, and his lovely wife Ione Pearl (Madison) Chalfin, RN, both formerly of Venice and both of whom preceded her in death as did her sister, Judy.
She married Stanley Jerry Sandler in 1958. He, too, prceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Michael and Divid in addition to two daughters-in-law, Karen and Sandy, and her two grandchildren, Nathan and Tiffany.
There will be a celebration of life luncheon following the graveside service at 10 a.m.on Sunday, Feb. 9, in Sun City, AZ. Sunland Memorial Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
To read a wonderful eulogy written by her son, David, and to leave condolences for the family online, click HERE.
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Mary (Alexander) Ebersoldt
Mary (Alexander) Ebersoldt age 95, of Festus, Missouri, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020 at Ste. Genevieve Care Center in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was born March 12, 1924 in Venice, Ilinois, the daughter of the late Mary Myrtle (nee Thomas) and Ovil T. Alexander.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Ralph Thomas Ebersoldt.
Mary was a 1942 graduate of Venice High School.
She is survived by a daughter Meleena Kem (Clyde) Byram of Kaufman, Texas; son Gary Ralph (Catherine "Kitty") Ebersoldt of Festus; grandchildren Lori R. (Mitch) Bergsma, Tracy L. (Steven) Anderson, and Vincent W. (Margaret "Meg") Ebersoldt; and great-grandchildren Catheryn Elizabeth Anderson, Campbell Stretton Ebersoldt, Stella Rose Anderson, and Levi Stretton Ebersoldt.
Visitation from 10:00 A.M. until the time of funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Interment in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City, Missouri.
Memorials in her memory are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.
Dolores A. Fechte, 87, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Venice, passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at her home.
She was born February 26, 1932 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Gus and Angeline (Mangiaricino) Scaturro.
She married Robert E. “Bob” Fechte on February 6, 1954 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and he survives. Both Dolores and her husband were Venice High School graduates, she in 1949 and he in 1950.
She retired from the Granite City Army Depot with over 20 years of dedicated service as a clerk.
Dolores was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She loved life and her greatest joy in life was her family and she cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She enjoyed tending to her yard and growing her flowers. She also enjoyed decorative painting and working with ceramics.
In addition to her beloved husband of 66 years, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Lauran Fechte of Stone Mountain, Georgia and Dan and Sharon Fechte of Troy, Illinois; three grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Mallory Fechte of Ballwin, Missouri, Brett and Katie Fechte of Troy, Illinois and Tyler Fechte of Troy, Illinois; a great grandson, Peter Fechte; a sister, Nancy Gray of Granite City; sister-in-law, Donna Lee Ponce of Troy; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, Louie and Donald Scaturro; two sisters, Mary Bellue and Irene Wein; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dorothy and Alvin “Boots” Fechte and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Fechte.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association or as masses in her memory and may be accepted at the funeral home.
John D. Wallace, 61, formerly from Venice, was reportedly found dead on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
No other details are known.
His mother, Betty Billick, also formerly of Venice, and his father Ray Wallace both preceded him in death.
When arrangements become available, they will be posted.
Beverly (Mulnik) Bargiel
Beverly Kathleen Bargiel, 64, of Maryville, Illinois passed away at 1:19 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born May 7, 1955 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Sigmund August and Hattie Bernice (Turski) Mulnik.
Beverly was raised in Venice, Illinois and attended St. Mark’s elementary school and Venice High School. She was a graduate of St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley in St. Louis.
She married Robert “Bob” Bargiel on August 30, 1975 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and he survives.
She retired from her career with the United States government after 38 years of dedicated service.
She was an experienced hiker and camper. She loved antiquing, Cardinal baseball, creating art for her home and spending time with family. Her character was of the highest caliber. She was a true and loyal friend to many throughout her life. She was a devoted member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville. Beverly generously gave her time and energy to the St. Stanislaus Lodge in Madison, Illinois.
In addition to her beloved husband of 44 years, she is survived by a son, Kristopher Bargiel; six siblings and their spouses, Sr. Barbara Mulnik, Mary and Michael Leatherman, Henry Mulnik, Betty Greer, John Mulnik and Sigmund J. Mulnik; mother-in-law, Loretta (Bargiel) Arnotti, step father-in-law, Dominick Arnotti, sister-in-law, Chris Wiesemann; brother-in-law, Kenny Weisemann; ten nieces and nephews; four great nephews; other extended family and many friends.
In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Stanley Bargiel; sister-in-law, Kate Mulnik and a brother-in-law, Jay Greer.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Visitation will continue at Irwin Chapel on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be held at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville at 11:00 a.m. with Father Paul Bonk as celebrant.
Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis or to the University Pittsburgh Medical Cancer Center and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Karen Rumpf, 64, of Granite City, IL passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:41 p.m. She was born April 9, 1955 in Taylorville, IL and grew up in Madison, IL.
She married Terry L. Rumpf July 27, 1974 at the Venice Methodist Church in Venice, IL. Karen worked as a lunch aid for Grigsby Junior High School. She also worked retail at Kmart for many years.
She is survived by two sons: Jason (Kelly Tyson) Rumpf of Belleville, IL and Justin Rumpf of Granite City, IL; grandson: Gavin Rumpf; special friend, Don Dean of Granite City and a sister, Renee Jackson of Granite City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years who passed away on July 15, 2019; parents, Della Arnetta (nee; Miller) and Edward Jackson; brothers, Randolph Vancil, Gregory Vancil, Michael Jackson, Bruce Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Phillip Jackson and Jeffrey Jackson and a sister, Rhonda Sue Johnson.
Karen loved dancing, karaoke and spending time with family and friends. She loved life.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday December 30, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City.
Barbara Ann Ingram, 82, of Granite City, IL died on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at her home.
She was born on May 16, 1937 in Venice, IL to Marion Ted and Cora (Hoover) Barr.
The loving mother and grandmother helped with the TWIG program in Granite City. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Barbara was a person who loved being in the sun and the pool. She retired from Anderson Hospital after 40 years of service as the unit secretary in the emergency room department.
Barbara is survived by a daughter, Lesa (Steve) Nolan of Granite City, IL; a daughter in law, Betsy Ingram; 4 grandchildren: Dakota Ingram, Kenny Ingram, Kim Eddleman and Char Wheeler; 2 step daughters: Connie Pritchard and Carol Doniff; 2 step sons: Randy and Rick Ingram; several step-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren and several step-great great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mary Lou Tonsick of St. Charles, MO; 3 nieces: Kim Warner, Joy Krieger and Pam Gauldin and a nephew, Val “Sonny” Stark. Barbara will be missed by Teri Gonterman and Elrena Carter, who took care of Barbara and many cousins, friends and extended family members.
Besides her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her former husband, Earl Ingram, Sr ; a son, Earl Ingram, Jr; a brother, Ted “Bobby” Barr and a step son, Ronnie Ingram.
A memorial visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
Helen Michelle Weller Asbury, 58, of Campbell, MO, formerly of Venice, passed away December 6, 2019, at the Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, AR.
She was born on March 25, 1961, in Granite City, IL, and was the daughter of John and Pearl (Blair) Weller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry Weller, Sr., and Pearl Junella Weller; step great-granddaughter, Hadley Patty; sisters, Wanda Jean Brassfield, Cleta Eckert, and Verlie Mae Phillips; and brothers, James L. Weller and John H. Weller.
Survivors include her children, Junella Kay-Ann Kyle of Campbell, MO, William Earl Kyle, Jr. (Cheryl Vandusen) of Deering, MO, Carolyn Elizabeth Hope (Jimmie) Hoggard of Piggott, AR, and Randell Keith Simmons, Jr. of Paragould, AR; grandchildren, Mason Sanchez, Maddison Kyle, Peyton Walker, Braydon Kyle, Sapphire Hoggard, and Shylar McCloud; step grandchildren, Jordann (Ramaine) Vandusen, Krysta (fiancée Chance Rushing) Haywood, Kaleigh Vandusen, and Larry Robertson, Jr.; great granddaughters, Stella Rushing and Violet Rushing; step great-grandchildren, Hazel Marie Jerrolds, Jamiah Ebanks, Bryleigh Lucas, Nyannah Skyy Ebanks; sisters, Carrie Ann Machon of Greenway, AR, Marion Joyce Tanner of Wappapello, MO, and Emma Dean Weller of Campbell, MO; brother, John Benjamin Weller; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with funeral service following at 7:00 p.m. at Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, AR.
Donations are appreciated by the family to help with funeral expenses.
Ralph “Bud” Alan Koelker, age 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL. Bud was born on October 21, 1947, in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Ralph C. Koelker and Grace M. (Grimes) Koelker.
Bud was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army. On March 14, 1970, Bud married Terri Ann Frith, the love of his life in St. Louis, MO. Terri passed away on October 3, 2017. Bud attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. He retired as a dispatcher from Terminal Railroad after twenty five years of dedicated service. Bud had a sense of humor and he always had a good story to tell. He enjoyed watching sports and having company over at his home. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Bud will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He graduated from Venice High School in 1965 and was a Lifetime Member of the Venice History Committee.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bud was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherrie Baker; sisters, Marce Manning and Barb Hahn; brother, David Koelker; granddaughter, Johnna; and by a great-grandson, Brody.
Bud is survived by his loving daughters, Sara (Chris) Delatte of Imperial, MO and Cassie (Mike) Redden of Granite City, IL; son-in-law, Johnny Baker of Granite City, IL; proud grandpa to Sara Kate, Zachary, Jacob, Nick, Rylie, Jordan, Julie, Jack and Josephine and eight great-grandchildren; special friend, Barb Hoercher of Shiloh, IL; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Bud will be laid to rest next to Terri at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to Disabled American Veterans. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Emily Bone, age 81, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Venice, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Southeast Health Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO. Emily was born on May 12, 1938 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late Fred Lanham and Daisey (Randall) Lanham.
On June 18, 1955, Emily Lanham married Harley Bone, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Harley passed away on July 24, 2001. Emily was a former member of Tri-City Assembly of God in Granite City, IL.
She had worked in the cafeteria as a cook for Mitchell School in Granite City, IL, for many years. Emily loved cleaning, and her home was always spotless. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she always held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emily 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 and husband, Emily was preceded in death by her sisters, Doris, Zelma, Freida and Vivian; and by a great-granddaughter, Kylie Powell.
Emily is survived by her loving sons, Harlan (Donna) Bone of Granite City, IL and Michael (Linda) Bone of Poplar Bluff, MO; dear brother, William Lanham of Clearwater, FL; proud grandmother to Michael B. Bone of Poplar Bluff, MO and Cassidy (Paul) Powell of Van Buren, MO; proud great-grandmother to Madison, Bryden and Addiley Powell; step-grandchildren, Monica, Derek, Marissa, Darren and Mallory; nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Shepherd officiating. Emily will be laid to rest next to Harley at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.
Charles E. “Skip” Smith Jr., 71 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Skip was born on April 28, 1948 in Granite City; the son of the late Charles E. and Deloris (Broyles) Smith Sr. Skip was a carpenter for Granite City Carpenters Union 633. He was a member of the Granite City American Legion and a lifetime member of Granite City D.A.V. Skip proudly served his country, volunteering for service in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Vietnam War. Skip enjoyed his days of watching the news and spending time with his family. Skip will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.
Skip is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Linda (Ballhorn) Smith, whom he married on July 20, 1968; son, Jason (Stacie) Smith of Granite City; grandchildren, Josh Niles, Jacob Niles-Smith, Patricia Niles-Smith, Nathaniel Niles-Smith; nieces, Stacy Kneedler, Christine Collins, Julie Dean; nephew, Clayton Nowicki and many other nieces, nephews and other close family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by his son; John C. Smith; brother, William Smith; sister, Sue Nowicki.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Skip’s life, services will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Henry Crippen officiating.
Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the family.
Harold L. Wiesehan, 89, of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
The St. Louis native was born February 5, 1930, son of the late Edward and Lillian (nee Eugea) Wiesehan. He married the former Gladys C. Gray on April 7, 1956, in St. Louis who survives in Granite City.
He retired in 1995 from Spectrulite Consortium after 44 years of dedicated service as a quality control manager. He served in the Korea Era as Sgt. in the Air Force. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City.
In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by his children, Linda (Steven) Gray of Wildwood, MO, Kenneth (Jacklyn) Wiesehan of Glen Carbon and Mark (Pam) Wiesehan of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Lauren (Zach) Solomon, Colleen Gray, Breanne (Adam) Leach, Becca Wiesehan, Rachel Wiesehan, Noelle (Jake) Cottrell, Brett Wiesehan, and Carlie (Dustin) Young; five great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald (Nell) Wiesehan and David Wiesehan.
In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Alicia Gray and Bryan Wiesehan as well as brother, Edward Wiesehan.
Memorials may be made to Foundation of Infant Resources (S.I.D.S.), 1120 South Sixth, St. Louis, MO or to Susan G. Komen Foundation (komen.org) and may be accepted at the funeral home.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, 2205 Pontoon Road, Granite City on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Ave., in Granite City with Fr. Jeff Holtman officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon.
Gerald Oliver "Jerry" Mann, passed away on Wesnesday, Aug. 28, 2019. He was 77.
Jerry was born February 13, 1942 in Antlers, Oklahoma. He had been a resident of Ben Wheeler since 2012, formerly living in Winnsboro and Grand Prairie.
He worked in communications as a computer technician for many years, and belonged to American Legion 340 in Winnsboro. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years, receiving numerous awards and medals. He was a talented musician, playing the bass guitar since the age of 13.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Ethel (Sugg) Mann, and brothers, Roger Mann and Leroy Mann.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Opal (Hyden) Mann of Ben Wheeler; four children and their spouses, Victoria & Mike Downs of Rockwall, Frank & Nancy Parker of Missouri, Stephanie & Brian Hutchison of North Carolina, and James Mann of Florida; three brothers, Travis Mann, Clifford Mann and wife, Hazel, and Charlie Mann and wife, Karen; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Taylor, Matthew, Jessica, Haylee, Kyle, Tory, and Jack; and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Adalyn.
Jerry's wife, Opal, was a 1961 graduate of Venice High School.
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Patricia “Patty” (Duboise) Paskus, 64 of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at her home.
Patty was born on December 8, 1954 in St. Louis, MO; the daughter of the late Luther and Maddie (Clubb) White.
She was a homemaker, mom and grandma who adored her family, especially her grandchildren, who she loved to babysit. Patty will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.
Patty is survived by and will be missed by her children; Stacy Pruett (Gary Gabbard) of Granite City, Melanie Salmon (Robert Greco) of Granite City, Vince Paskus (Cara Paoli) of Granite City; grandchildren, Austin, Makayla, Garret, Eastin, Emberly; great-granddaughter, Loni Mae; special sister, Margaret; brothers, Eddie, Curt, Tony, Bob and Charles; sisters, Donna, Catherine, Liz, Debra, Barbara, Judy, Connie and Sandy in addition to many nieces, nephews and close family members and friends.
In celebration of Patty’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the family.