Susan Elaine Valentine, 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:04 p.m. Sun. May 20, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in
She was born Nov. 7, 1954 in Granite City to C. Yvonne (Champion) Ellis of Granite City and the late Harry E. Ellis who died in 2002.
Susan worked at several libraries in the area, including Granite City, SWIC, Cahokia and was the Director at Smithton. She loved to draw, paint and remodel
her home and loved to travel.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son: Christopher E. Ellis of Granite City; a grandson: Christopher E. Ellis Jr. of Wright City, MO; a brother: Clay
A. Ellis of Granite City; and a sister: Julia L. Elllis of Granite City. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Besides her father she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Gladys D. McAmish.
Services are private.
John Peter Harizal Jr., age 64, of Granite City, IL, passed away on February 21, 2018 at his home. John was born on June
27, 1953 in Granite City, IL.
John was preceded in death by his father, John Peter Harizal Sr.; one brother, Christopher Harizal and by his sister, Anne Harizal.
John is survived by his loving mother, Dolores Harizal of Granite City, IL; dear brothers, Phillip (Laurie) Harizal of Owasso, OK and Matt (Tracy) Harizal of
Pleasanton, CA; extended family and many friends.
In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Villa Marie Winery, 5463 E. Main Street, Maryville, IL.
Wilma M. Willaredt, 95, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Collinsville and Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:00 a.m. on
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
She was born June 1, 1922 in Sand Prairie, Illinois, a daughter of the late William and Alvina (Strackeljahn) Bruns.
She married Harley Otto Willaredt on November 30, 1944 in Collinsville and he passed away on November 19, 2003.
She was a faithful and loving farm wife and cherished the love and special times shared with her entire family. She was a dedicated member of St. John
United Church of Christ in Granite City where she was a part of the Evening Guild.
She was a member of the Madison County Farm Bureau, The Farm Bureau Prime Timers, Horseradish Growers of Madison County, Women’s Auxiliary of
the Tri-County Vegetable Growers and the Glen Carbon Senior Citizens. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, dancing and attending grandchildren
sporting events through the years. She was very social and loved being with her friends and enjoyed playing cards and pinochle.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Karen Willaredt of Collinsville; a son-in-law, James Sagovac of Troy; three grandchildren and their
spouses, Christopher and Betty Sagovac of Collinsville, Alyson and Mike Soden of St. Jacob and David Willaredt of Collinsville; two sisters-in-law, Shirley
Bruns of Collinsville and Doris Keller of Maryville; two brothers-in-law, George Willaredt of Edwardsville and Jospeh Schroeder of Columbia, Missouri; loving
caregiver, Linnea Vesley; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanne Sagovac and a brother, Homer Bruns.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Visitation will continue at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral
service at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Karla Frost officiating.
Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville.
David Earl Jackson, 81, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Clinton, KY, passed away at 4:57 p.m. Thurs. May 17, 2018 at his
home surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 22, 1936 in Clinton, KY to the late David & Olen (Cooper) Jackson.
He married his high school sweetheart, Monnie L. Moran in Clinton, KY in Oct. 1957. She survives in Granite City.
He served honorably in the United States Air Force and was a U.S. Postal letter carrier for 30 years. He enjoyed his life fishing, boating and hunting, along
with spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Jackson was a member of First Baptist Church of Madison for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons: Michael (Patty) Jackson of Granite City and Gregory (Suzanne) Jackson of Collinsville, IL; a daughter:
Michelle (Charles) Dawson of Freeburg, IL; grandchildren: Joseph (Michelle) Jackson of Mitchell, IL, Steven Forester of Collinsville, IL, Ryan Dawson of
Edwardsville, IL, Ryleigh Dawson and Reygan Dawson of Freeburg, IL; great-grandchildren: Justin Robert, Mackenzie, Lillian and Olivia; brother: Raymond
(Sue) Jackson of Clinton, KY; a sister-in-law: Ethel Jackson of Clinton, KY; and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed and loved by all.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson: Tyler Dawson; brothers: Willis (Alice) Jackson, Melvin (Alice) Jackson and Denzil Jackson;
and sisters: Dollie (Willis) Chapman, Audrey (Bill) Kirby and Donie (Bud) Jackson.
Memorial visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at 3:00 p.m. Mon. May 21, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.
Timothy Arthur Briggs, age 58, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home. Timothy was born
on July 16, 1959 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Harold E. “Gene” Briggs Sr. and Elizabeth A. (Phillips) Briggs.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Mausoleum, Glen Carbon, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Mausoleum on Saturday.
Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates/
Cody Wayne Wallace, 23 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Granite City.
Cody was born on August 8, 1994 in Wood River, IL. Cody was a marble and granite installer for Eastside Marble and Granite in Granite City, IL. He was a
graduate of Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Champaign, IL and in his free time Cody enjoyed his days of listening to music, hiking, fishing and being
outside, especially spending time at the beach. Most of all Cody loved to spend time with his family. Cody will be remembered for the love of his family and
all the special times they shared together.
Cody is survived by and will be missed by his dad; Kipp Wallace of Granite City, IL; his mom, Tammy (Littlejohn) Wallace of Troy, MO; grandparents, Charles
and Kathleen Littlejohn of Granite City, IL, grandma, Martha McGee of Granite City, IL; sister, Bobbie Wallace of Granite City, IL; brother, Brandon Wallace of
Granite City, IL and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many other close family members and friends.
Cody was preceded in death by his grandpa, Rick Wallace.
In celebration of Cody’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Brian
Crippen officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations may be made in Cody’s memory to the family.
Betty Jean Freeman, 87 of Madison, Illinois passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur,
Betty was born on September 25, 1930 in New Madrid, MO; the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Oller) Mowery. Betty was a homemaker and a mom
who dedicated her life to raising her family. She enjoyed her days tinkering in her yard with her flowers and watching hummingbirds. Betty will be
remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.
Betty is survived by and will be missed by her children; Darrell L. (Joan) Freeman, Kevin A. (Mary) Freeman, Linda J. Freeman, Michelle D. Freeman; uncle,
Kenneth (Bev) Oller; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Freeman; her sons, Donald R. Freeman, Larry M. Freeman; her daughter,
Judith A. (Freeman) Legate; son-in-law, Jerry L. Legate; brother, Johnnie Mowery; sister, Margie Villa.
In celebration of Betty’s life, graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Cemetery, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite
Dale James Dotzauer, 51, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Village
Center Care Community in Wentzville, Missouri.
He was born August 26, 1966 in Granite City, Illinois, a son of Earl G. Dotzauer of Granite City and the late Marie (Manguso) Dotzauer.
He had worked as a courier and had a love of movies and playing video games.
In addition to his father, he is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jessica and Stephan Grimm of Hazelwood, Missouri, Laura Dotzauer of
Granite City and Meagan and Jacob Williams of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Georgia Dotzauer of Granite City; seven
grandchildren; a brother, Donald G. Dotzauer of Key West, Florida; other extended family and friends.
In celebration of his life, cremation rites will be accorded and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Elks
Mark Anthony Bemis, 87, formerly of Granite City, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab in
He was born June 20, 1930 in Tripler, WI. Charles and Lena (nee: Ruscinski) Bemis. He married Lillian Mae Dudek, September 8, 1962 in Dubois, IL. Mark
was retired from Laclede Steel in Alton; he served his country in the United States Airforce and was a member of the American Legion Post 0113 in Granite
He is survived by his wife, Lilian Mae Bemis; son and daughter in law, Jeffrey Mark and Dana Bemis of Collinsville; two brothers, Martin and Jerome Bemis
both of Ironton, MI; four sisters, Ellen Jane Bemis of Milwaukee, WI, Kathleen Bemis of Ironton River, MI, Peggy Dosch of Milwaukee, WI and Susan Swift of
Kernerville, NC and a granddog, Lacie Marie
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles “Pat”, Jim and Allen “Muggs” Bemis and a sister, Mary Marlene Bemis.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:
30 a.m. Friday, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City with Father Jeffry Holtman as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon.
Gregory “Greg” Allen Miller, 54, of Granite City passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born December 18, 1963 in Granite City to Hubbard and Dee Anna (Cralley) Miller. Greg worked as an IT Specialist for ICC Engineering in St. Louis.
He is survived by his mother, Dee Anna Miller of Granite City; fiancé, the love of his life, Tracy Romeo of Granite City; brother, Dr. A. Todd Miller of Louisiana,
MO; sister, Kristi Patrick of St. Clair Shores, MI; two aunts, Judy Broshow and Carol Nelson and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Tami Braun.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of services at 7 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.
Patrick Glenn Gibson, 41, of Granite City, IL, passed away on May 10, 2018.
Patrick was a loving husband of Skye Amber Gibson and father to Malina Skye, Trenton Glenn, Windy Skye and Kara Sue. Patrick is also survived by his
mother, Barbara Ann Gibson, his sister, Gretchen Ann Morris (Ernie, and family) and his brother, Peter Joseph Gibson (and family). Preceding in death were
his father, Glenn Joseph Gibson, his infant brother, David Glenn Gibson, and his grandparents, Herbert Henry and Florence Henrietta Wilper, Alonzo Glenn
Gibson, Ruth Francis and Hubert Payton McClintic.
Patrick was born on May 9, 1977 and as a child, he excelled as an avid member of the St. Elizabeth’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. In recognition of
his extraordinary scout skills and his long voluntary service to the community, Patrick received the distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1993. Patrick
graduated Granite City High School in 1995 and began shortly thereafter serving his apprenticeship in Chicago, IL, to become a journeyman union glazier. In
2000, Patrick transferred to the Glaziers, Architectural Metals and Glass Worker’s Local Union 513, in St. Louis, Mo, where he is still a current member.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Patrick was also known well for his artistic ability and for his skills in wood working and wood carving.
Visitation & Funeral: In celebration of Patrick’s life, visitation will be held by the family from 9 AM to 11 AM, on May 14, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
in Granite City, IL. At 11 AM, a funeral Mass will be said by the celebrant, Father Zachery Edgar, followed by the burial services at Sunset Hill Memorial
Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.
These are difficult times, therefore, donations in lieu of flowers would be much more appreciated by Patrick’s surviving wife and children.
Bobby Wayne Whitford, 47, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 3:14 a.m. Fri. May 11, 2018 in Salem, MO.
He was born Dec. 5, 1970 in Granite City.
Bobby had been a member of West 22nd St. Baptist Church in Granite City. He loved being with his family and friends, race cars, Harley Davidson
motorcycles, mud bog racing and had raised cattle.
He is survived by a sister: Wanda Allen of Granite City; nieces and nephews: Angela (Arron) Underwood, Taylor Allen and Joshua Allen of Granite City,
Chrissie (Mike) Sherman of Steelville, MO, “Little Larry” (Jessica) Whitford of Cuba, MO, Trevor Bernaix of Granite City and Tonya Palmer of FL; many other
special cousins and dear friends: Jennifer & Bryan White of Granite City; and his beloved dogs: Dixie, Scooter, Bullet and Brindy.
He was preceded in death by his father: Gordon Whitford; and a sister: Tammy Darlene Bernaix.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services at 7:00 p.m. Tues. May 15, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home. Burial will be at Noon Wed. May 16, 2018
at Corinth Cemetery in Dover, TN.
Memorials may be made to the family
Elizabeth Eleanor Anderton, 71, of Granite City died on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home.
She was born on April 7, 1947 in St. Louis, MO to Earl J. and Gertrude E. nee: Massey Benefield.
Elizabeth married Steven Anderton on October 24, 1968 in Long Beach, CA.
The loving wife and mother enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening.
Besides her husband of 49 years, Elizabeth is survived by a daughter, Janet (David) Cary of Bonduel. WI; 5 sons: Michael Anderton of Mitchell, IL, Robert
(Megan) Anderton of Alton, IL, Frank (Agnieszka) Anderton of St. Louis, MO, Gene (Majken) Anderton of Lake St. Louis, MO and Brian (Samantha) Anderton of
Deloge, MO; 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Services are private.
Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
William David Gaddy, 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:58 a.m. Thurs. May 10, 2018 at Gateway Regional Medical
Center in Granite City.
He was born Sept. 16, 1950 in Granite City to the late Russell & Helen (Partyka) Gaddy.
He and Felicia A. Trindle were married in 1973 in St. Louis, MO. She preceded him in death Feb. 15, 2018.
Mr. Gaddy was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran having served two tours of duty. He retired as an auto body repairman and had worked at Meyer
Oldsmobile and Wagner Buick. He loved to hunt and fish when he was younger.
Survivors include 2 daughters: Laura (Ron) Wright and Karen Bauman of Granite City; a son: Robert Gaddy of Branson, MO; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-
grandchildren; 2 brothers: Russell and Vincent Gaddy; and a sister: Phyllis Smith of Granite City.
Besides his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Gaddy and a grandson, Blake Bauman.
Per his wishes he will be cremated.
Raymond Edward “Butsie” Meyer Sr., 83 of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at
University Nursing and Rehabilitation in Edwardsville.
He was born December 12, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late John and Julia (Breier) Meyer.
Raymond was born in St. Louis and grew up there. He spent the majority of his working years at Stout Industries as a Foreman with 35 years of service in
outdoor sign manufacturing. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed the outdoors and his days of fishing and loved to barbeque. He will be
remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Raymond and Tina Meyer Jr. of Patterson, Missouri, Julia and Michael Ruble of Annapolis, Missouri,
Ronald and Martha Meyer of Piedmont, Missouri, Walter and Beverly Meyer of Jackson, Missouri, Donald and Diane Meyer of Patterson, Missouri, Brian and
Amanda Meyer of Granite City, Illinois and Melissa and Freddie Layne of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter Meyer of
Saint Charles, Missouri, Arnold Meyer of Granite City, Illinois, David Meyer of St. Louis, Missouri and John Meyer of St. Charles, Missouri, sisters, Mary Jane
Hebblethwaite of St. Louis, Missouri, Dorothy Ochoa of South Roxana, Illinois and Shirley Diehl of Indiana; his beloved friends and former wives, Loretta
Lundy of Patterson, Missouri and Marianne Meyer of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Meyer.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until time of funeral
service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Clint Wisdom officiating.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Floyd J. Burlingame, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Evergreen Nursing
and Rehabilitation in Effingham, Illinois.
He was born September 10, 1927 in Jefferson City, Missouri, a son of the late Ivy and Viola (Roark) Burlingame.
He married Zelma “Ruth” (Walker) Burlingame on January 17, 1946 and she passed away on December 25, 2013.
He had owned and operated Burlingame Construction for many years and proudly served his country with the United States Army. He was a dedicated
member of the Pontoon Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. He enjoyed woodworking and will be remembered for the love and special times
shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Carol Burlingame of Mulberry Grove and David and Davia Burlingame of Pennsylvania; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Jerry Marshall of Florida and Sue and Richard McCarrell of Michigan; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren;
five great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Glen and Donald Burlingame; a sister, Shirley Brown; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Weeks and two brothers, Warren and Jimmy Burlingame.
In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at the Pontoon Baptist Church in Pontoon Beach at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 with
Reverend Rich McCarrell officiating.
Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
Mark Christopher DeGonia, age 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Granite Nursing and
Rehab Center, Granite City, IL. Mark was born on July 19, 1960 in Granite City, IL, a son of David DeGonia and Janet
(Heaton) DeGonia of Granite City, IL.
Mark was a Union Plumber for Local 360 in East St. Louis, IL, for many years. He enjoyed playing pool, golfing and having good times with his friends. His
greatest joy was spending time with his family, and especially taking his grandchildren to the zoo. Mark loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved
his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by a son, Marshall Reed Rutter.
In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his loving children, Miriam (Delshon) Matkins of Granite City, IL, Lt. Matthew (Lt. Virginia) DeGonia of Cape
Girardeau, MO, Mason DeGonia of Granite City, IL, Morgan DeGonia of Canton, OH and Marc DeGonia of Granite City, IL; brothers, Michael (Rhonda)
DeGonia of Granite City, IL, Donald DeGonia of Glen Carbon, IL and David (Erica) DeGonia of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to six grandchildren and one
on the way; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, at Irwin Chapel, with Lt. Matthew DeGonia officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL. Family and friends are asked to
meet directly at the cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to the DeGonia family. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Mark Steven Bowles, 51, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:28 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Gateway Regional
He was born December 29, 1966 in Granite City.
He had worked as a manager at Triad Manufacturing in St. Louis with over 27 years of service in information technology.
He was a Master diver and instructor, traveling the world and experiencing many remarkable dives throughout the years. He was also a member of the
Bubblemasters Underwater Recovery Team was a certified E.M.T.
Mark was very technology savvy and had many advanced computer training courses and certifications.
He had received an Associate Degree in Science and in Arts from the Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
He also had a love for hockey and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Diana L. (Cox) Bowles of Granite City; his father, Donald W. Bowles of Edwardsville; a half-brother, John Meszaros of Chatham;
aunt, Tammy Bowles of Granite City; great aunt, Terry Rea of Granite City; many cousins; other extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death
by his grandparents, Clarence W. and Ruth Jean Cox Jr. and Isabelle and Walter Bowles and a brother, John Michael Meszaros.
In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m.
until time of service at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Epilepsy Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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