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2013 Obituaries

In Loving Memory Of
Nathan John Diehl

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Nathan John Diehl,  of Millstadt, Ill., born December 27, 1991, in Belleville, Ill.; died Sunday, December 29, 2013, as the result of a traffic accident having reached the age of 22 years and 2 days.

Nathan was a 2010 graduate of Belleville Township High School-West, a meatpacker employed at Schubert's Packing Company, Millstadt; Illinois, and a member of St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tracy nee Podhrasky, Diehl, his paternal grandparents, Albert and Edna Mae, nee Edwards, Diehl, and an uncle, Joseph Podhrasky.

Surviving are his father, John Diehl, of Millstadt, Illinois, a sister, Natalie (Adam) Diehl-Swearingen, of Libertyville, Illinois.; a brother, Nicholas Diehl, of Atlanta, Georgia.; maternal grandparents, Frank and Anita, nee Perry, Podhrasky, of Millstadt, Illinois; aunts and uncles, Albert (Mary) Diehl, Clark Diehl, Cindy (Tom) Frierdich, all of Columbia, Illinois Dennis (Jeanne) Diehl, of St. Petersburg, Florida. Fran (Allen) Wittenborn, of Ellis Grove, Illinois Rose Nelson, of Millstadt, Illinois, and Edward (Melissa) Podhrasky, of Belleville, Illinois; a niece Mattie Swearingen and a nephew Parker Swearingen, both of Libertyville, Illinois, cousins, and many friends.

Memorials may be made to St. James Church and will be received at the funeral home.

Visitation: Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Creason Funeral Home.

Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the funeral home with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. 

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In Loving Memory Of
Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Wessel

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Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Wessel, nee Wagner, 82 years, 2 months, and 5 days, of Millstadt, Illinois, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation, Columbia, Illinois. Dottie was born on October 6, 1931, in Red Bud, Illinois, the daughter of Leroy and Margaret, nee Madden, Wagner.

Mrs. Wessel was a retired retail clerk and homemaker, a former member of the St. James Sodality, and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leroy and Margaret, nee Madden, Wagner; her husband, Maurice Wessel, whom she married on November 25, 1948, and who died October. 2, 2010; a brother, Robert Wagner; and a grandson, David Wessel.

Surviving are her children, Karen Corwin, of Ellisville, Missouri., Glen (Gwen) Wessel, of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Christopher (Trisha) Wessel), of Millstadt, Illinois; a sister, Joann (Carl) Oller, of Belleville, Illinois; brothers, Donald Wagner of Belleville, Illinois., and Ronald Wagner of Marion, Illinois; grandchildren, Tyler Trenary, of Rock Hill, Missouri. Nathan Campbell of Ballwin, Missouri. Jordan (Rachel Roseberry) Corwin of South Bend, Indiana, Danny (Amy) Wessel and Craig Wessel of St. Louis, Missouri. Drake Wessel, Dallas Wessel, Courtney Orange, Mercedes Orange, and Doug Orange all of Millstadt, Il; great-grandchildren, James Tyler Trenary and Paige Marie Trenary of Rock Hill, Missouri. Makailyn Danielle Summers of Troy, Illinois. and Noah Schlaefer and Charly Wessel both of St. Louis, Missouri.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Memorials may be made to Lymphoma Society and will be received at the funeral home.

Visitation: Friends may call from 3-8 P.M. Friday, December. 13, 2013 and 9-9:45 A.M. Saturday, December. 14, 2013, at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A. M. Saturday, December. 14, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, Ill. with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow in Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

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In Loving Memory Of
Robert Vincent Galle

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Robert Vincent Galle of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois, having attained the age of 48 years and 14 days.

Born on November 10, 1965 in Belleville, Illinois, he was the son of Steve and Mary Lou Galle, nee Drennan.

Mr. Galle was a machinist for T. J. Gundlach for 16 years and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois.

Preceding him in death were his father, Steven Galle and his brother, Steve Galle.

Surviving are his mother, Mary Lou Galle of Millstadt, Illinois; his daughter, Megan Galle of Millstadt, Illinois; his brother, David Galle of Millstadt, Illinois; his sisters, Lynn (Joel) Mueth and Kim (Rick) Johnston, both of Millstadt, Illinois, nieces, nephews, cousins, his best friend, Bobby Pfershy and many other friends.

Friends may call on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 4:00 PM. to 9:00 P.M. and on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Deacon Ron Karcher officiating.  Interment will follow in Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, Illinois.

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In Loving Memory Of
Rose Cecelia Carron

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Rose Cecelia Carron, nee Capell, of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, Illinois, having attained the age of 96 years, 1 month and 3 days.

Born on October 8, 1917 in East St. Louis, Illinois, she was the daughter of Theodore and Ann Capell, nee Ficker.  She was united in marriage to Theodore Carron on August 21, 1937 and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1977.

Rose was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois, a meat cutter for Hunter Packing Company for 20 years and the owner of the Village Inn Restaurant in Millstadt.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, Theodore Carron, were her parents, her sister, Ann Mose and her brothers, Theodore Capell, Henry Capell, John Capell, Robert Capell and Joe Capell.

Surviving are her brother-in-law, Chris Carron; her sister-in-law, Margaret Capell of Virginia Beach, Virginia; nieces, nephews, special friends, Edna Kalbfleisch of Millstadt, Illinois, Delores Wienhoff of Millstadt, Illinois and Ann Creason of Millstadt, Illinois and many other friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Patricia Christie

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Patricia Christie of Columbia, Illinois entered eternal rest on Monday, November 11, 2013 at her home, having attained the age of 83 years, 8 months and 10 days.

Born in Cahokia, Illinois on March 1, 1930, she was the daughter of Edward and Florence Chartrand, nee Reynolds.  She was united in marriage to Carl Edward Christie on September 8, 1951 in Mitchell, Illinois and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1988.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, Carl Christie, were her parents; her son, Steven Christie and her brothers, Joseph Chartrand and Lawrence Chartrand.

Surviving are her daughter, Theresa Christie of Columbia, Illinois; her sisters, Rita (Norb) Dickman of Seneca, South Carolina, Mary Witt of Glen Carbon, Illinois and Carol (Don) Lange of Collinsville, Illinois; her brothers, Edward (Phyllis) Chartrand, Maryville, Illinois, James (Joan) Chartrand of Troy, Illinois and William (Linda) Chartrand of Livingston, Illinois; her grandchildren, Nicholas Christie and Ciara Christie, both of Columbia, Illinois; her sister-in-law, Treva Chartrand of Alhambra, Illinois, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to the family and will be received at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Interment will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Geraldine Winona Turnbull

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Geraldine Winona Turnbull of Mascoutah, Illinois entered eternal rest on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois having attained the age of 78 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Born on March 17, 1935 in Washburn, Maine, she was the daughter of William and Elizabeth White, nee Doherty.  She was united in marriage to Louis Turnbull on May 1. 1953 in Washburn, Maine and he survives her passing.

Mrs. Turnbull was a childcare provider and an avid square and round dancer.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her brothers, Eugene, Maurice, Malcolm, Alden and Milford, her sisters, Gwendolyn and Phyllis and her grandson, Nathan Turnbull.

Surviving are her husband, Louis Turnbull of Mascoutah, Illinois; her childrren, Louis (Arlene) Turnbull, Jr., Cynthia (Dave Burmester) Minder, both of Mascoutah, Illinois and William (Janice) Turnbull of Dunedin, Florida; her brothers, William (Carol) White of Washburn, Maine and Bernard (Barbara) White of Mars Hill, Maine; her sister, Shirley Brown of Caribou, Maine; her grandchildren, Christina, Sarah, Jennifer, Alexander, Emily, Jamie and Tritan; her great-grandchildren, Angel, Dakota, Cheyenne and Jacob, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

All services will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Wesley Posey

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Wesley "Butch" Posey, of Waterloo, Illinois, departed this life on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Red Bud Regional Care Center, Red Bud, Illinois having attained the age of 65 years, 10 months and 13 days.

Wesley was the son of John "Buck" and Susie, nee, Pounders, Posey.

He was an auto body repairman by profession, a member of the Baptist faith, and a veteran of the United States Army.

Besides his parents, Wesley was preceded in death by his sisters, Ernestine (Howard) Myhan, and Glynda (Tom) Byrd; and brothers, John Freeman Posey, and Leamon Posey.

Wesley is survived by his son, Michael Posey, of Cahokia, Illinois; his daughters Jennifer (Adam) Voelker, of Waterloo, Illinois, and Rebecka Posey, of Cahokia, Illinois; brothers and sisters, Dessie (Shelton) Prince and Ilene (Eddie) Vandiver, of Alabama, Bill (Janet) Posey, of Florida, Truman Posey, of St. Louis, Missouri, Ray (Barb) Posey, Numan "Pete" (Alma) Posey, and Joyce Guebert, all of Waterloo, Illinois, and Linda Wayland, of Valmeyer, Illinois; sister-in-law, Pat (David) Senf, of Waterloo, Illinois, grandchilren, Reagan Posey, Kennedy Voelker, Colt Kinnie, and Alex Posey, nieces, nephews and many friends.

For those wishing to give memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Family and friends will depart, in procession, from the Creason Funeral Home at 9:15 A. M. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, for a 10:00 A.M. graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted. 

In Loving Memory Of
Lori Ann Taylor

Lori Ann Taylor of Waterloo, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois having attained the age of 51 years, 3 months and 10 days.

Born on July 15, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois, she was the daughter of Elmo and Minnie Taylor, nee Shirley.  

Lori was a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois for 20 years.
Preceding her in death were her parents.

Surviving are her sisters and brothers, Sandy Davidson of Valmeyer, Illinois, Elmo Taylor of Waterloo, Illinois and Deborah Taylor of Valmeyer, Illinois; her nieces and nephews, Lisa Head of St. Louis, Missouri, Traumyla Gamn of Waterloo, Illinois, Michael Taylor of Kennett, Missouri, Joshua Davidson of Valmeyer, Illinois and Zachary Head of Waterloo, Illinois; her great-nieces, Morgan Taylor, Holly Taylor and Haydee Taylor, all of Kennett, Missouri and many friends.

All services will be private.  

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
George Louis Leitensdorfer

George Louis Leitensdorfer of St. Louis, Missouri entered eternal rest on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center in Columbia, Illinois having attained the age of 88 years, 5 months and 12 days.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23, 1925, he was the son of John Eugene and Maude Leitensdorfer, nee Gaumache.  

Mr. Leitensdorfer was a plant foreman at Anheuser-Busch for 41 years, was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served during World War II, a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Brewers and Malters Union.

Preceding him in death were his parents and twelve brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his children, Kim (Scott) Schmidt of St. Louis, Missouri, Lisa Steffen of Highland, Illinois, George (Laura Jane) Leitensdorfer, Jr. of Festus, Missouri, Brenda Lee Moore of Bloomsdale, Missouri and Gail Raven of Belle, Missouri; his grandchildren, Kayla Jackson, Spencer Schmidt, both of St. Louis, Missouri, Marc Leitensdorfer of Alhambra, Illinois, Sydney Steffen of Highland, Illinois, Ann Marie Leitensdorfer of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Bradley Moore of Bloomsdale, Missouri; a special nephew, Joseph Dixon of Arnold, Missouri; his son-in-law, Douglas Steffen of Sheridan, Wyoming, nieces, nephews and many friends.

All services will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Walter Archie Volkmar

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Walter Archie Volkmar of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite City, Illinois having reached the age of 87 years, 9 months and 21 days.

Born in Bond County, Illinois on December 13, 1925 he was the son of August Henry and Rachel Volkmar, nee Turpin.  He was united in marriage to Nina Clayton on February 17, 1951 in Carbondale, Illinois and she survives.

Mr. Volkmar was a custodian at Granite City School District #9, a member of St. Peter Evangelical United Church of Christ in Granite City and Odd Fellows Lodge # 1031 in Madison, Illinois.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brothers, Ray Louis Volkmar, Forest William Volkmar, Karl Marion Volkmar, Edward Elwood Volkmar, Fred Harwood Volkmar, Burl Kenneth Volkmar and Vernon Dealhart Volkmar.

Surviving are his wife, Nina Volkmar of Granite City, Illinois; his children, Carol Ann (Gary) Sturdivant of Granite City, Illinois and Forrest Alan "Butch" Volkmar of Worden, Illinois; his sister, Hillary; two grandchildren, Chris (Holly) Sturdivant and Greg Sturdivant; three great-grandchildren, Emma Sturdivant, Will Sturdivant and Evelyn Sturdivant, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2101 Cleveland Boulevard, Granite City, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to Gateway Regional Home Health and Hospice or the Animal Protection Association.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Rev. Aaron Ban officiating.  All other services will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Flossie M. Hepler

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Flossie M. Hepler of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Festus Manor Nursing Center, having attained the age of 92 years, 10 months and 13 days.

Born on November 21, 1920 in California, Missouri, she was the daughter of Samuel and Bettie Sanders, nee Shipley.  She was united in marriage to Charles Louis Campbell and he preceded her in death.  On August 6, 1945 she was united in marriage to William H. Hepler and he preceded her in death on July 17, 2010.

Mrs. Hepler was a homemaker and a member of Jewel Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, Charles Louis Campbell; her second husband, William H. Hepler; one brother; three sisters and one grandchild.

Surviving are her children, Charlotte Buhmann of DeSoto, Missouri, Harold Hepler of St. Louis, Missouri, Louis (Carol) Campbell of Weldon Spring, Missouri and Aileen (Ronald) Moore of St. Louis, Missouri; eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews; her best friend, Dorothy Pierce and many other friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Chulick Funeral Home, 5611 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri.  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Herman Hargett officiating.  Interment will follow in Lakewood Park Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
    
The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 

In Loving Memory Of
James Michael "Mike" Chitty

James Michael "Mike" Chitty of Bethalto, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home having reached the age of 60 years and 25 days.

Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on September 19, 1953, he was the son of Henry Allen and Lillie Belle Chitty, nee Lattie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are his children, Brandi (Kent) Sheppard of Spring, Texas, James Chitty, Jr. and Nichole Coad, both of Bethalto, Illinois; his brother and sisters, Hank (Glenda) Chitty of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Casey (Angie) Chitty of Gore, Oklahoma, Alana Casteel, Sherida (Thomas) Bear, both of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Lance (Becky) Chitty of Savanna, Oklahoma and Terry (Charles) Tudor of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; his grandchildren, Logan Williams of Bethalto, Illinois, Trevor Sheppard, Tanner Sheppard and Kendyl Sheppard, all of Spring, Texas, nieces, nephews, special friend, Pam Coad of Bethalto, Illinois and many other friends.

All services will be private.  

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Michael William Hauser

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Michael William Hauser of Millstadt, Illinois passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident on Sunday, September 1, 2013, having attained the age of 35 years, 3 months and 16 days.

Born in Belleville, Illinois on May 26, 1978, he was the son of Karen (Randy) Helfrich, nee Menn, and Mark Hauser.

Mike was an amazing young man who touched the heart of everyone who knew him.  He was the best son, brother, father and friend anyone could ever ask for. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.  He was an avid bowler and loved playing golf with his buddies.  He enjoyed volleyball and loved the outdoors.  He especially liked camping, floating and fishing with his lifetime "soul" brothers.

Mike’s passion was grilling and entering cookoffs.  You hardly ever saw him without a grill or smoker next to him or talking about recipes and preparing Bacon Explosions, beer butt chickens and making chili.  He was very active with the Boy Scout Troop 622 and was always caring and passionate to these young boys and their families.

He was employed at Custom Marble in Millstadt, Illinois.

Mike was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William J. and Sandra, Menn, nee Schmidt and his paternal grandparents, William C. and Norma Hauser, nee Pea.

Surviving are his mother, Karen (Randy) Helfrich, nee Menn, of Millstadt, Illinois; his father, Mark Hauser; his children, Gage Racine and Ashtin Hauser (with their mother, Trisha Pearson) of Millstadt, Illinois; his brother, Brandon Hauser of Millstadt, Illinois; his sisters, Kassie and Nicki Helfrich of Millstadt, Illinois and Kelsey and Chelsea Hauser of Wood River, Illinois; his grandparents, Al and Rosie Helfrich of Millstadt, Illinois; his special friend, Renee Simonds Famula and her son, Austin; many aunts, uncles, cousins and all of his close friends whom he considered family.

Michael unselfishly wished to be an organ donor so that with his death he could give the gift of life to several others.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the family for the benefit of Gage Racine and Ashtin Hauser and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, September 16, 2013 at St. James Parish Center in Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the
St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois with Pastor Sam Hand officiating.  Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

In Loving Memory Of
Ida Mae Morris

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Ida Mae Morris of Cahokia, Illinois, formerly of East St. Louis, Illinois, entered eternal rest on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Atrium Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cahokia, Illinois, having attained the age of 98 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Born on October 4, 1914 in Montrose, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Leon  and Viola Marie Morris, nee Harding.  Mrs. Morris was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Illinois; the Eastern Star; Household Ruth and  Mount Zion Seniors Club.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Surviving are her daughter, Gloria Green of East St. Louis, Illinois; her grandchildren, Stephanie (Michael) Duncan of Camdentown, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Rhonda Benjamin of East St. Louis, Illinois, Joel Anderson; great-great-grandchildren, DeMonte Benjamin of East St. Louis Illinois and Tequera Anderson of Belleville, Illinois; cousins and many friends.

Friends may call on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11:00 A.M to 12:30 P.M. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:30 P.M. at the church. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens of Memory in Millstadt, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. 

In Loving Memory Of
Ellen Ashley Christian Burden

Ellen Ashley Christian Burden of Edwardsville, Illinois entered eternal rest on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab Center in Edwardsville, Illinois having attained the age of 49 years, 7 months and 12 days.  

Born in Fort Watchuka, Arizona on January 19, 1964, she was the daughter of William Leroy  and Nancy Jane Mayhall,nee Dunston.

Ms.  Burden was a member of Glad Tidings of Pentecostal Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Preceding her in death was her father, William Leroy Mayhall.

Surviving are her mother, Nancy Jane Smith of Edwardsville, Illinois; her children, Eric Lee (Annamarie) Halstead of Kansas City, Missouri,  Henry Burden of Missouri, Michael Burden and Ashley Christopher (Chad) Wilson, both of Louisiana; her brothers, David William Mayhall of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kenneth Albert Edward Smith of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren Phineas Halstead of Kansas City, Missouri, Tristen Wilson of Louisiana and Wyatt Wilson of Louisiana.

All services will be private.   The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. 

In Loving Memory Of
Melba Emma Elba Linnemann

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Melba Emma Elba Linnemann of Columbia, Illinois, formerly of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center in Columbia, Illinois having attained the age of 86 years and 26 days.

Born on July 29, 1927 in Belleville, Illinois, she was the daughter of Elmer G. and Elsa M. Hettenhausen, Sr., nee Weichbrod.  She was united in marriage to Vernon Linnemann on April 20, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2008.  
Mrs. Linnemann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, V.F.W. Post 7980 Auxiliary in Millstadt, Illinois and the Ladies Aid of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, Vernon Linnemann were her parents and her brother, Melvin Hettenhausen.

Surviving are her children, Stephen (Peggy) Linnemann of Bonner Springs, Kansas, John (Joyce) Linnemann and Mark (Letitia) Linnemann, both of Millstadt, Illinois; her sister, Marie Keck of Millstadt, Illinois; her brother, Elmer "Butch" (Sharon) Hettenhausen, Jr. of Millstadt, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be received at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating.  Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Irma E. Popovsky

Irma E. Popovsky of Webster Groves, Missouri entered eternal rest on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri having attained the age of 86 years and 5 months.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 1927, she was the daughter of Vasiliof and Margaret Amoratis, nee Streiff.  She was united in marriage to John Popovsky in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 1958 and he survives her passing.

Mrs. Popovsky was a structural engineer in the design business.

Preceding her in death besides her parents were two sons, Kurt J. Popovsky and John William Popovsky.

Suriviving are her husband, John Popovsky of Webster Groves, Missouri; her children, Carl (Kathleen) Popovsky of Chicago, Illinois and Mary Popovsky of Webster Groves, Missouri; two grandchildren, Liam Popovsky and Owen Popovsky, both of Chicago, Illinois and many friends.

Private interment will be on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Ouida Bardina Scott

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Ouida Bardina Scott of St. Louis, Missouri entered eternal rest on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Mary, Queen and Mother Center in Webster Groves, Missouri having attained the age of 93 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Born on November 24, 1919, in Braggadocio, Missouri, she was the daughter of Brookland and Ethel Davis, Nee Woodside.  She was united in marriage to Other M. "Jiggs" Scott in 1935 and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1995.

Mrs. Scott was a clerk in retail sales.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, Other M. "Jiggs" Scott were her parents; her daughter, Lolita Sue Scott and her brothers and sisters, Wendell Davis, Nova Alton, Claudine Davis, Laverne McCormick, Robert Davis and Iona Etheredge.

Surviving are her children, Bonita (Henry) Winslow of St. Louis, Missouri, Bettye Tutterow of Piedmont, Missouri and James (Sharon) Scott of Macon, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brian Tutterow. Brenda Tutterow, Randy Winslow, Kevin Winslow, Kerri McKay and Crystal Winslow; six great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Kyle, David and Robert and ten great-great-grandchildren, Chloe, Mason, Kayla, Andrea, Laramie, Ashland, Jacob, Tabitha, Veronica and Elana, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 P.M. at the Fey Funeral Home, 4100 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Kathleen Stock officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Christine Marie Torres

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Christine Marie Torres of Belleville, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Red Bud Nursing Home in Red Bud, Illinois having attained the age of 56 years, 10 months and 9 days.
Born in East St. Louis, Illinois on September 27, 1956, she was the daughter of Melvin and Jacqueline Carnahan, nee Kistler.
 
Preceding her in death were her father, Melvin Carnahan and two brother, William Carnahan and John Carnahan.

Surviving are her mother, Jacqueline (William) Hagarty of Belleville, Illinois; her children, Stephanie Katheryn Morton of Belleville, Illinois and William Christian Torres of Festus, Missouri; her brother, Charles Carnahan of Fairview Heights, Illinois; her grandchildren, Mariah Morton, Serena Morton, J. D. Morton and Christopher Torres, nieces, nephews, cousins; her best friend, Judy Chandler of Denver, Colorado and many other friends.

All services will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Tracy Maria Diehl

Tracy Maria Diehl, of Millstadt, Illinois, departed this life on  Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family having attained the age of 48 years, 4 months, and two days.

Tracy was born on March 28, 1965,the daughter of Frank and Anita, nee Perry, Podhrasky. She married John Diehl on February 2, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a  full time wife and mother, and a member of St. James Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph who died in infancy.

In addition to her husband and parents, Tracy is survived by her children, Nathan John Diehl, of Millstadt, Illiinois, Natalie (Adam) Diehl-Swearingin of Libertyville, Illinois, and Nicholas Christian Diehl of Atlanta, Georgia, her sister, Rose Nelson of Millstadt, Illinois, her brother, Edward (Melissa) Podhrasky of Belleville, Illinois, grandchildren Parker Swearingin and Mattie Swearingin both of Libertyville, Illinois, nieces, "her many other children" and many friends.

The family requests that any donations or memorials be made to the Nathan John Diehl Trust Fund and may left with the funeral home.

Visitation: Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church with the Reverend Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating.

The Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Sonya K. Tordsen

Sonya K. Tordsen of O’Fallon, Illinois passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois having reached the age of 67 years, 6 months and 18 days.

She was born in Korea on December 17, 1945 and was a seamstress.

Surviving are her son, Thomas (Sarah) Tordsen of Frisco, Texas, two brothers in Korea and two grandchildren, Gavin Tordsen and Harper Tordsen, both of Frisco, Texas.

All services will be private.  

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Doris A. Cunningham

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Doris A. Cunningham, born May 31, 1931, in East Saint Louis, Illinois, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Daemert Geriatric Center in Belleville, Illinois, having attained the age of 82 years and one month.

Doris was the daughter of Hugh and Pearl, nee Louvier, Waldron. She was married to jack Cunningham at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, East Saint Louis, Illinois, on October 6, 1956.

She was a full time wife and mother, member of Saint James Catholic Church, Millstadt, Illinois, the St. James Conference of Catholic Women, and the Over 50 Club.

Besides her parents Doris was preceded in death by her brother Don Waldron and brother-in-law Ed Belz.

In addition to her husband Doris is survived by her three children, Patricia (Larry) Kenetski, of Millstadt, Illinois, Kathy (Tom Boland) Cunningham, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Geri (Joe) Cunningham-Scurto, of Redondo Beach, California; A sister, Norma Belz, of Belleville, Illinois, a sister-in-law, Ruth Waldron, O'Fallon, Illinois; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Memorials may be made to St. James School and Hospice of Southern Illinois, and may be left with the funeral Home.

In honor of her wished Doris has donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.

A visitation for all who loved and knew her will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Saint James Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating.

In Loving Memory Of
Lotina June Karcher

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Lotina June Karcher, nee Vannoy, of Millstadt, Illinois, was born on August 5, 1975, in Marietta, Ohio, and departed this life at the age of 37 years, 10 months, and 21 days on June 26, 2013, at the DePaul Medical Center, Bridgeton, Missouri.

Lotina was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Millstadt Civic Club, and was employed as a receptionist for the Salvation Army.

Lotina is the daughter of Donald and Linda, nee Foster, Vannoy Jr., of Belleville, Illinois. She married Ronald Karcher Jr. On October 11, 1997, at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Donald Vannoy Sr. and Oliver Foster.

Surviving besides her parents and husband, is her brother, Donald Vannoy III of Belleville, Illinois, and a sister, Lro Vannoy of Shiloh, Illinois; her grandmothers, Charlotte Vannoy, of Mariettra, Ohio, and Lois Foster, of Reno, Ohio; Niecwes, Mela Karcher of San Diego, California, Maya Karcher, of San Diego, California, and Ellen Martin, of Shiloh, Illinois; a nephew, Alexander Martin, of Granite City, Illinois, and many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital and to the Salvation Army and will be received at the funeral home.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M. Sunday, June 30, 2013, and from 9-10:15 A.M. on Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral: A Mass ofChristian Burial will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois, with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Interment will follow in Mt Evergreen Cemetery, in Millstadt, Illinois.

In Loving Memory Of
Lucille Amelia "Lou" Eckert

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Lucille Amelia "Lou" Eckert of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest on Friday, June 21, 2013 at her home, having attained the age of 85 years and 3 days.

Born in Paderborn, Illinois on June 18, 1928, she was the daughter of Alois and Mathilda, nee Schoenborn, Reinhardt, Jr.  She was united in marriage to Lee Eckert in 1950 in Millstadt, Illinois and he preceded her in death in 2003.

Mrs. Eckert was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, Lee Eckert, were her parents and her brothers and sisters, Virgil Reinhardt, Helen Cebulske, Mildred Jakes, Victor Reinhardt, Jerome Reinhardt and one sister in infancy.

Surviving are her children, Trudy (Ray) Famula of Millstadt, Illinois, Lana (John) Layton of O'Fallon, Missouri, Kelly (Mike) O'Donnell of Millstadt, Illinois and Toby (Amy) Eckert of Alexandria, Virginia; her brothers, Felix (Darlene) Reinhardt of Millstadt, Illinois, Vincent Reinhardt of Eureka, Missouri; her sister-in-law, Ruth Reinhardt of Millstadt, Illinois; her grandchildren, Corey Famula, Jeni (Scott) Sanchez, Chad (Jessica) Zipfel, Nicholas O'Donnell, Page O'Donnell and Lily Eckert; her great-grandson, Austin Famula; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois or to the Millstadt Senior Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Sharon Thompson

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Sharon Thompson of O'Fallon, Illinois passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at her home having attained the age of 61 years, 4 months and 24 days.

Born in O'Fallon, Illinois on January 19, 1952, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary Mabel Sonsoucie, nee Missey.  She was united in marriage to Jackie Thompson on January 24, 1970 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Summerfield, Illinois and he survives her passing.

Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Dickey Sonsoucie and Ronald Sonsoucie and one grandchild.

Surviving are her husband, Jackie Thompson of Summerfield, Illinois; her children, Clifford (Lori) Thompson of New Baden, Illinois, Amy (William) Dryden of O'Fallon, Illinois, Lori (Daniel) Pendegraft of O'Fallon, Illinois, Amanda (Dustin) Knerrer of Lebanon, Illinois, Cassie (Brad) Thompson of Shiloh, Illinois and Megan (Bruce) Rakers of O'Fallon, Illinois; her brothers, Robert (Karen) Sonsoucie of Mascoutah, Illinois, Randy (Vicki) Sonsoucie of Summerfield, Illinois, Jimmy (Tina) Sonsoucie of Belleville, Illinois and David (Sharon) Sonsoucie of Summerfield, Illinois; her sisters, Mary Ellen McKinley of Caseyville, Illinois, Sheila Kingsley of Knob Noster, Missouri, Rebecca (Rick) Bates of Fredericktown, Missouri, Peggy Frisby of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Diana (Scott) King of Smithton, Illinois; 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, her best friend, Diana Connary and many other friends.

A special thanks to Ann of Hospice of Southern Illinois for her loving care.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at 935 Caroline Drive in O'Fallon, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Edna G. Moore

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Edna G. Moore of Belleville, Illinois, formerly of Collinsville, Illinois, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, having attained the age of 96 years, 7 months and 15 days.

Born on October 19, 1916 in Hamel Township, Illinois, she was the daughter of William J. and Alma Grainey, nee Vollrath.  She was united in marriage to John Malcolm Moore on June 15, 1957 in East St. Louis, Illinois and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Moore was a teacher in District 189 for 37 years, having taught at the Wilson, Manner and Clark Junior High Schools, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Illinois, received the 10 year service award from the St. Louis Post Dispatch sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Science Fair, was past President of the St. Clair Woman’s Club, was active in Chaper ML of the PEO Sisterhood, past President of the Altar and Rosary Society of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary Council #592, Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Collinsville BPW since 1968, active in Church Women United, chaired the 1989 State Assembly, past President of Collinsville Woman’s Club, past President of the American Association of University Women and honored in 1989 with their recognition award of "Women Who Care".  Mrs. Moore, directly or indirectly, has guided women through her teaching and community involvement to further the interests of all women.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, John Malcolm Moore were her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Levi Ducharme, her maternal grandparents, Jacob and Ottilie (Hoberg) Vollrath and her paternal grandparents, Michael and Mary A. (Mannion) Grainey.

Surviving are her cousins, Jeanne Giese of Florissant, Missouri, Nancy Thomas of Palo Alto, California, Martha Lindsay of St. Petersburg, Florida, Linda Kalai of Sunnyvale, California, Patricia Proctor of Los Altos, California, Geoffrey Hopwood of Haslett, Michigan, Beth Reed of Mendocino, California, Winifred Mollman of Columbus, Indiana and Mary Beth Decker of Ballwin, Missouri and her sister-in-law, Helen Moore of Friendship Village in St. Louis, Missouri.

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the Chapel of the Apartment Community of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.  Memorials may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Illinois.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11:15 A.M. at the Chapel of the Apartment Community with Father Tom Hayes officiating.  Interment will follow on Monday afternoon in the Marine City Cemetery in Marine, Illinois.  

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.  

In Loving Memory Of
Melba Louise Pruitt

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Melba Louise Pruitt of Millstadt, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Atrium Healthcare in Cahokia, Illinois, having attained the age of 85 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Born in Eldorado, Kansas on April 27, 1928, she was the daughter of Russell Neville and Ella Florence White, Nee Vore.  She was united in marriage to Charles Dewey Pruitt on December 20, 1947 in Carbondale, Illinois and he preceded her in death on November 24, 2009.

Mrs. Pruitt was an educator at Florissant Valley Community College and Belleville Junior College.
She was preceded  in death by her husband, Charles, her parents, four sisters and one brother.
Surviving are her children, Charles Dean (Natalya) Pruitt of Millstadt, Illinois, Rebecca Jo (Sandy) Breadbenner of Holmdel, New Jersey and Douglas Eric (Pamela) Pruitt of Belleville, Illinois; her grandchildren, Charles Adrian Pruitt, Dewey Vladimir Pruitt, Yekatrina Louise Pruitt, Michael Harry Smalls, John Smalls and Cassandra Breadbrenner, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8:00 P.M,. at the funeral home with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating.  The funeral procession will depart from the funeral home on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. for an 11:15 A.M. interment in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Alfred "Al" Dean Stern

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Alfred "Al" Dean Stern of Marissa, Illinois passed away at this home on Saturday, May 11, 2013 having attained the age of 62 years and 6 days.  

Born in Sparta, Illinois on May 5, 1951, he was the son of Alfred Lawrence and Betty Deanna Stern, Nee Frieman.

Mr. Stern worked in the construction industry.

Preceding him in death were his father, Alfred Lawrence Stern; his grandparents; his brother, Anthony Stern and his sisters, Diana Bausch and Glenda Close.

Surviving are his mother, Betty Bissell; his children, Jesse James Stern, Daniel Michael (Dawn Simmons) Stern and Tracy Lynn Winters, all of Belleville, Illinois; his sisters and brothers, Starla (Roger) Anderson of Belleville, Illinois, Gary Steven Stern of Oakdale, Illinois, Ramona (Nick) Hubatchek of Marissa, Illinois, Roger Dale Stern of Oakdale, Illinois, Vincent Paul (Sarah) Stern of Red Bud, Illinois, Rita (Randy) Miller of Red Bud, Illinois, Monica (Bob) Stafford of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Tonya (David Sory) Stern of O’Fallon, Illinois and Margie (Marty) Boling of Oakdale, Illinois; six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends, Johnny and Lorraine Coke and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Joseph John Leos, Jr.

Joseph John Leos, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri,  passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Kindred  Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by his family and  having attained the age of 72 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Born on August 14, 1940 in Austin, Texas, he was the son of Joseph John and Treasa (Delgado) Leos, Sr.

Mr. Leos was carpenter having worked in many areas of construction and a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons Mitchell who died in childhood, and Marcus who died in infancy; and a brother Manuel Leos.

Surviving are is his wife, Maureen Leos, (Farrell) whom he married on August 28, 1969; his children, Michael Leos, Martin (Teresa) Leos, and Melanie (Joel) Bradley all of St. Louis, son, Matthew Leos of Las Vegfa, Nevada, and Marshall (Cece) Leos of Round Rock, Texas; sisters, Mary Fischer, Catherine Evans, Tina Bell, and Terry (Brock Toon) Taylor; six grandchildren, and brother and sister-in-laws, John (Lana) Farrell, and Kathleen Cammarata, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A Memorial mass will be held at a date yet to be determined.

In Loving Memory Of
Rose Marie Scharf Vogt

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Rose Marie Scharf Vogt of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest with her daughter and her sons by her side, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Memorial Care Center in Belleville, Illinois, having attained the age of 85 years, 5 months and 3 days.

Born in St. Clair County, Illinois on November 18, 1927, she was the daughter of Gustave and Irene Klein, nee Kuehner.  She was united in marriage to Harold Scharf on June 23, 1951 in Centreville, Illinois and to this union four children were born.  He preceded her in death on July 20, 1971.  She was united in marriage to Ralph Vogt on June 4, 1983 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centreville, Illinois and he survives her passing.

Rose was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois, the Immaculate Conception Quilters, Concordia United Church of Christ Quilters, Millstadt Senior Center Quilters and St. James Sodality.

When you think of Rose always remember her beautiful smile, loving heart, gentle ways and willingness to help anyone anytime.  She was without a doubt an angel among us.  She is at peace and reunited with her Marty.

Preceding her in death besides her first husband, Harold Scharf, were her parents and her son, Martin Scharf.

Surviving are her husband, Ralph Vogt of Belleville, Illinois; her children, Daniel Scharf of Millstadt, Illinois, Victoria Brennan of Millstadt, Illinois, Mark Scharf of Millstadt, Illinois and Kathy Scharf of Smithton, Illinois; her step-children, Sharon (Edgar) Stallman of Millstadt, Illinois, Dennis (Bonnie) Vogt of Belleville, Illinois, Roger (Joy) Vogt of Millstadt, Illinois, Allen (Friend, Tammy) Vogt of Belleville, Illinois and Dale (Sherry) Vogt of Waterloo, Illinois; her sister, Jacqueline Wagner of Florida; her grandchildren, Keith and Jennifer Brennan of Millstadt, Illinois, Eric and Alessa Brennan of Glenarm, Illinois, Stephanie and Tim Diekemper of Smithton, Illinois and Stacy Scharf and friend, Zachary of Millstadt, Illinois; her step-grandchildren, Lisa Stallman, Dale Stallman, Dean Stallman, Todd Vogt, Ashley Vogt, Megan Vogt and Derrick Vogt; her great-grandchildren who she truly believed "Hung The Moon" Keri Rose, Zachary Martin and Aaron Joseph, nephews and many friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois and on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois.  The family requests no flowers please and that all memorials be made to the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Illinois with Monsignor Marvin Volk and Pastor David Krueger officiating.  Interment will follow in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Millstadt, Illinois.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Alan Kenneth Lavalee

Alan Kenneth Lavalee of Cahokia, Illinois passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his home having attained the age of 51 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Born in Long Beach, California on March 18, 1962, he was the son of Robert K. and Lorraine, nee Neiser, Lavalee.

Mr. Lavalee was a sou chef.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Lorraine Lavalee and his brother, Brian Robert Lavalee on November 1, 2011.

Surviving are his father, Robert K. Lavalee of Cahokia, Illinois, his children, Charlie Lavalee, Sam Lavalee and Mary Lavalee all of the state of Washington; his brothers, Wayne Lavalee of California and John (Kari) Lavalee of Ohio; his nieces and nephews, Maggie Lavalee, Tony Lavalee and Erica Lavalee.

All services will be private.  The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Richard Nicholas "Nick" Sommers

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Richard Nicholas "Nick" Sommers of Swansea, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois having attained the age of 59 years, 8 months and 15 days.

Born in Belleville, Illinois on July 12, 1953, he was the son of Henry and Nell Sommers, nee Williams.
Mr. Sommers was an auto mechanic and was a member of the South Side Improvement Association.  Nick loved NASCAR, fishing and having a good time with friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother, Dan Sommers and his sisters, Jeannie Sommers and Kathy Sommers

Surviving are his children, Jeremy Sommers and Josh (Tia) Sommers, both of Belleville, Illinois; his brothers and sisters, James (Kathy) Sommers of Millstadt, Illinois, Christine (Joel) Welmsmeyer of Riverside, California, Anita (Bart) Hyde of Boulder City, Nevada, Jay Sommers of Belleville, Illinois and Rebecca (Larry) Zelechowski of Fairview Heights, Illinois; two grandsons, Jakob Sommers and Josh Sommers, Jr., both of Belleville, Illinois, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the South Side Improvement Association.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Robert Donald Lovelace

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Robert Donald Lovelace Sr. of St. Louis, Missouri entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, comforted by his family at his side.  Bob attained the age of 80 years, 10 months and 13 days.
 
Bob was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27, 1932 as the son of William and Dorothy Lovelace (Ackcel).  He lived in South St. Louis his entire civilian life.
 
After graduating from Cleveland high school in 1952, Bob entered the service and served as a Military Policeman for eight years of active, guard & reserve duty and attained the rank of staff sergeant.  By all accounts, he was a “Soldier’s Soldier” and was truly loyal to his duty and proud of his county.
 
He was united in marriage to the love of his life Betty Rego on July 19, 1958 in St. Louis.  Betty and their children Bob (Jr.) and Michael, and his grandchildren Matthew & Katie were the pride of his life.  Family time and the joy & comfort of his family were his priorities.
 
Bob served as a scout leader for his sons and served as the president of the board of education at his sons’ school.
 
He worked as an electrician for his early career and then became involved in appliance repair & sales later on and retired from Johnstone Appliance parts in 1997.  In his retirement, the “Silverfox” enjoyed the outdoors very much so; nature walks with his wife, camping and fishing with his children, and backyard squirrel hunting.  He also enjoyed gardening and always maintained a beautiful yard.  He once won the “Largest Tomato” contest at a local nursery.
 
Bob enjoyed fixing things and was an excellent craftsman; building several useful gadgets around the house and creating many Rube Goldberg’s as well, including the basement door opening and spilling a bucket of water on the dog contraption.
 
God made Bob very special.  Considered funny and having a great sense of humor, he was known well everywhere he ventured.  Bob will be missed by many.
 
Preceding him in death were his parents.  Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Betty Lovelace of St. Louis, Missouri; his sons, Robert D. (Norah) Lovelace of Affton, Missouri and Michael J. Lovelace of Shrewsbury, Missouri; his brother, William (Zelda) Lovelace of Affton, Missouri; his sister, Shirlee Hrica of California; his grandchildren, Matthew Lovelace of Affton, Missouri and Katherine Lovelace of St. Charles, Missouri; his nephew, William (Dee) Lovelace of St. Louis, Missouri; his niece, Mallory (Boyd) Bassham of Dallas, Texas, cousins and many friends.
 
Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri with Rev. Christopher Peterson officiating.
 
There will be a time of remembrance and wake at his son Bob’s house for family, friends and acquaintances commencing at 4pm on Friday.  Mourners and supporters are welcome anytime that evening.
 
The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Donations may be made in Bob’s name to National Military Family Association.

In Loving Memory Of
Nellie Lee Loving

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Nellie Lee Loving of Imperial, Missouri entered eternal rest on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri having attained the age of 92 years, 1 month and 27 days.

Born on January 5, 1921 in Brunot, Missouri, she was the daughter of Salonas and Tabitha Collier, Nee Kemp.  She was united in marriage to William E. Loving on May 12, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Loving was a member of Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William E. Loving and her brothers and sisters, Rayma, Nathaniel (Nay) Collier, Paul Collier, Myrtle, Clara Dean, Clarence John (Johnny) Collier, Avis Winkle and Sylvia Sikes and a grandson, Wyatt Loving.

Surviving are her sons, James W. (Joyce) Loving of Maryland Heights, Missouri, Dennis R. (Sue) Loving of Houston, Texas and William E. (Cyndi) Loving, Jr. of Barnhart, Missouri; her step-daughter, Marilynn Wilson of Bridgeton, Missouri; her sister-in-law, Dottie Collier of Fredericktown, Missouri; her grandchildren, Christopher (Makiko) Loving of Bellevue, Washington, Jill (Carlos) Coronado of Cartagena, Colombia, Ray (Fiancé, Alexis Shiber) Loving of Houston, Texas, Kelly Loving of Euless, Texas, Maggi Loving, Molli (P. J.) Gunby, Mayci Loving, Mysti Loving, Merri Loving, Woody Loving, Willy Loving, Menzi Loving, all of Barnhart, Missouri; her step-grandchildren, Todd (Lisa) Wilson of St. Charles, Missouri, Jodi (Rich) Musterman of Hawk Point, Missouri and Scott (Suzan) Wilson of St. Peters, Missouri; her great-grandchildren, Tyler Loving, Aren Loving, both of Bellevue, Washington, Sophie Coronado, Rafa Coronado, both of Cartagena, Colombia, Penelope Gunby, Titus Gunby and Legacy Gunby, all of Barnhart, Missouri, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and her beloved companion, Yogi.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri. Memorials may be made to Rockport Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the church with Rev. Scott Lee officiating. Interment will follow in Shepherd Hills Cemetery in Barnhart, Missouri.
The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Theresa Ann Jones

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Theresa Ann Jones of Cahokia, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois having reached the age of 61 years, 8 months and 15 days.

Born in on April 12, 1951 in East St. Louis, Illinois, she was the daughter of Fred B. And Amanda Jones, Nee Dashney.

Theresa was a nurse’s aide and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings who died at birth.

Surviving are her sister, Sharon Boyer of Cahokia, Illinois and her brothers, Frederick (Caroline) "Toby" Jones of Cahokia, Illinois, Edward (Sandra) Jones of DesMoines, Iowa and Roger (Santa) Jones of Crosby, Texas; special nephews, James and Michael Boyer of Phoenix, Arizona, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Friends may call on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia, Illinois.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia, Illinois with Father Paul R. Wienhoff officiating.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Elsie Gilbertetta Croy

Elsie Gilbertetta Croy, 88, of Belleville, Illinois departed this life on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

Elsie was born in Painton, Missouri on September 16, 1924, the daughter of Gilbert and Dena Croy, nee Sander. She married Charles L. Croy in Piggott, Arkansas on December 14, 1944.

Elsie was a full-time wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Collinsville, Illinois.

Besides her parents and her husband, Elsie was preceded in death by a son, Charles "Joe" Croy; brothers and sisters, Lloyd Hart, Idella Hart, and Rosemary Hart; son-in-law, David Weber, and cousin, Michael Hart.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Weber, Belleville, IL; a daughter-in-law, Debbie (Kent) Croy-Mennemeyer, Caseyville, IL; grandchildren, Rachel Croy-Moore, Collinsville, IL and Aaron (Danielle) Croy, Woodriver, IL; great-grandchildren Tristan Croy,  Livingston,  IL., and Anna Croy, Woodriver, IL; sister-in-law Esther Hart, Alberqerque, NM; "special’ niece and nephew, Linda and Rick Lopez; many other nieces nephews, cousins and many friends.

All services for Elsie will be private.

In Loving Memory Of
Stacy Lyle Stevens

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Stacy Lyle Stevens of Cahokia, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at his home having attained the age of 47 years, 11 months and 19 days.

Born in Florida on February 17, 1965, he was the son of Lyle Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was a constructions laborer.

Preceding him in death were his father and a brother, Stephen "Scott" Stevens.

Surviving are his children, Amber Kimball of Cahokia, Illinois, Chance Stevens of Sparta, Illinois and Terry Stevens; his brother, Tracy (Lori) Stevens of Staunton, Illinois; his sister, Jennifer (Donald) Goforth of Cahokia, Illinois; his grandchildren, Mandonn Armstrong and Adrianna Johnson, both of Cahokia, Illinois; nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and his best friend, Raymond Leslie of Cahokia, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at She N I Bar in Cahokia, Illinois.  All other services will be private.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Aleta D. Morgan

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Aleta D., nee Sarkesian, Morgan of Millstadt, Illinois entered eternal rest on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Memorial Convalescent Center in Belleville,Illinois having attained the age of 87 years, 3 months and 3 days.

Born in East St. Louis, Illinois on November 1, 1925, she was the daughter of Walter A. and Ruby Sarkesian, nee Irwin.  She was united in marriage to James Morgan in Kentucky in 1962 and he preceded her in death in September, 1971.

Mrs. Morgan was an administrative assistant at Monsanto.

Preceding her in death besides her husband, James Morgan, were her parents, two brothers, Lawrence Orin Wilson and Walter Sarkesian, Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Ted Helmkamp and Jim Kane and a nephew, Tim Sarkesian.

Surviving are her sisters, Jane Kane of Millstadt, Illinois and Vernelia Helmkamp of Swansea, Illinois; her nieces and nephews, Deatra (Daryl) Harris of Bethalto, Illinois, Scott Sarkesian of St. Louis, Missouri, Lisa (Kevin) Bowman, Dana (Larry) Toenjes, both of Millstadt, Illinois and Michael (Stacie) Kane of Sunset Hills, Missouri; great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and many friends.

All services will be private.  The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Thomas A. Dillon

Thomas A. Dillon of Spanish Lake, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Green Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, having reached the age of 84 years, 7 months and 22 days.

Mr. Dillon was born in Brown County, Indiana on June 1, 1928.  He was united in marriage to Sarah Robison in October of 1950 and she preceded him in death on June 9, 2011.

He was a music teacher and a veteran of the United States Army.

Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Rodney and Theresa Robison of Millington, Tennessee and a nephew, William A. Robison also of Millington, Tennessee.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri with military honors accorded at the graveside.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.



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