Udell Zoe Myers, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:44 a.m. Mon. Jan. 14, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis,
MO.

She was born Mar. 8, 1937 in Centralia, IL to the later Edward Paul & Edith (Clow) Monroe.

On Apr. 17, 1959, she and Donald Earl Myers Sr. were married in Pontoon Beach, IL. He preceded her in death Jan. 6, 2015.

Mrs. Myers was a member of Word of Life Tabernacle and the Granite City Senior Social Club. She loved to play Bingo, going out to eat with friends, shopping
and yard sales.

She is survived by a son: Donald (Sandy) Myers Jr. of Pierron, IL, 6 grandchildren: Penny (Tom) Windsor, Donald Earl Rudolph, Amanda (Kevin) Reynolds,
Brock Myers , John John Ishum and Kennedy Wells; 2 step-grandchildren: Marie Tudor and Michael (Samantha) Tudor; 4 great-grandchildren: Michael,
Maddi, Cailyn and Alaina; a brother: Gene Monroe of Granite City; 2 sisters: Judy Pickles and Glenda Ozbun of Granite City; and a very special niece who was
like a daughter: Tammy Ishum.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Edward Paul Rudolph; 5 brothers: John, James, Donald, Daniel and Junior Monroe;
and 4 sisters: Mitzie Goff, Ada Conklin, Sue Miller and Catherine Monroe.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 17, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be at 11:00 a.m. Fri. Jan. 18,
2019 with Rev. Henry Crippen officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City Senior Social Club.
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Robert F. (Bob) Pare of Granite City, Illinois passed away on January 14, 2019.

Bob was born on April 20, 1937 in Granite City, Illinois to Frank and Anne Pare. He graduated from Granite City High School and attended University of
Missouri - Rolla and also served in the Army Reserves. Bob retired from Granite City Steel after 35 dedicated years as a Utilities Dispatcher.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus #1098, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Honor Guard
Assembly #225, St. Stanislaus Lodge #1004 (Polish Hall), Eagles #1126, Amvets Post #204 and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.

Bob was known for his “Special Polish Sausage.” He enjoyed listening to Polka music, gardening, travel, weekly breakfast with the guys and volunteering at
functions of the groups he loved serving. He will always be remembered for his love and devotion to his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann (Kaleta) Pare, of 56 years, whom he married May 7, 1960 in Madison, Illinois. He is also survived by two sons Greg
(Christie) Pare of Lubbock Texas, Jeff Pare of East Alton, Illinois and sister Betty J. Duft of Richland Hills, Texas along with his extended family members and
friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel Funeral Home at 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Illinois. A
funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City followed by internment at Calvary Catholic
Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials are suggested to Masses, Holy Family Catholic Church or Holy Family School.
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Edward Lee Jelf Sr., 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at The Fountains of
Granite City.

He was born December 18, 1928 in Granite City, a son of the late Paul Jelf and Stella Louise (Street) Pinon.

He married Mary (Fair) Jelf in 1962 in Granite City and she passed away on August 28, 1999.

Ed’s life filled with his music began at an early age, entertaining folks at the age of 5 as “Little Eddie” on a radio show and at the age of 16 made his debut on
the Grand Ole Opry. His talent with the rhythm guitar and banjo was known throughout the music industry. Throughout the years, he played with the Eddikets,
Ed and Friends, Memories of Minnie Pearl and recently was playing with The Western Band with SWIC Senior Volunteer Program. Working many years
throughout the Granite City and surrounding area, he provided special entertainment to others for many events.

He was a member of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge and the Musicians Local.

He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Nancy and Mike Chosich of Chatham, Illinois, Linda and Paul Shane of Granite City, Edward and
Jeanette Jelf Jr. of Granite City and Liz and Dan Miller Hillsboro, Missouri; six grandchildren and their spouses, Christy Chosich of Moberly, Missouri, Paula
and Dominic Torimino of Granite City, Steve Chosich of St. Louis, Missouri, Laura and Steve Broska of Granite City, David and Amy Barzoff of Charlotte, North
Carolina and Sara and Alex Lakin of St. Louis, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; stepson-in-law, V.E. Walthes of Marion,
Illinois; stepgranddaughter and her husband, Heather and Larry Snodgrass of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; special friends, Marietta and Jim Chapman; other
extended family and many friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce; stepdaughter, Diane Walthes; stepgranddaughter, Lydia Renn; a
stepgreat-grandson and special friend, Candy.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until
service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sherman Smith officiating.

A procession will leave Irwin Chapel on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. for burial at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to the Kramer and Hand Community Garden in Hillsboro, Missouri and may be accepted at the
funeral home.
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Sandra S. Willey, 76 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at her home.

Sandra was born on December 14, 1942 in Madison, Illinois; the daughter of the late Robert and Marie McDaid.

Sandra was a case worker for the Illinois Department of Human Services and in her free time she enjoyed being outside working in her yard. Her greatest joy
was spending time with her family.

Sandra is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Sarah Powell of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Payton Powell and Lucas Powell. In addition to
her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her infant daughter; Christian Lynn Maxville.

Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.  Services are private.
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Kathaleen "Dee" Andrews, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Gateway
Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born June 19, 1935 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Virgil Austin and Lorhee (Milton) Carr.

She had worked previously as a nurse in a care facility and was a dedicated and faithful member of Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City. She
enjoyed her daily walks and cherished writing inspirational cards and letters to those she loved in her life.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Tony Turner of Granite City and Gregory Andrews of Florida; daughter-in-law, Janice McGlasson of
Granite City; four grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Eugena Huerta, Michelle and Alan Wallace, Gregory and Sarah Andrews and Jessica and Wayne
Felix; seven great grandchildren, Danielle, Curtis, Felicia, Chelsea, Tori, Joshua and Liam;
six great-great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and June Carr of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Williams, Shirley Kent and Francis “Blondie” Kretzer and an infant brother, Virgil
Carr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
where funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Minister Mike Allen officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
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Ruben Ybarra, age 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home.

Ruben was born on December 19, 1955 in Granite City, IL, a son of Concepsion (Gonzalez) Ybarra of Granite City, IL and the late Cornelio Ybarra.

Ruben was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. Ruben enjoyed playing soccer in his younger years. He played on the 1972 Granite
City High School Warriors soccer team that won the first state championship. Ruben retired from the maintenance department at American Steel in Granite
City, IL, after many years of dedicated service. Ruben 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.

In addition to his father, Ruben was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Mendoza.

In addition to his dear mother, Ruben is survived by his loving siblings, Jaime (Julie) Ybarra of Granite City, IL, David Ybarra of Granite City, IL, Connie
(Janice) Ybarra of Troy, IL, Antonio Gonzalez of Mexico, Lucy (Kenny) Dixon of Ladue, MO and Lisa (Juan) Villasenor of Granite City, IL; many nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 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 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with
Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given in the form of masses. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Thomas B. Jateff, 69, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at his home and
he was surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

He was born September 4, 1949 in Pontoon Beach, a son of the late Boris “Barry” and Ethel Marie (Werner) Jateff.

He married Catherine Ann “Cathy” (Bartels) Jateff on June 16, 2001 in Pontoon Beach and she survives.

He had worked for T.W.A. for 17 years prior to 21 years of dedicated service as a truck driver, retiring from Siemens of Granite City at age 60. He was a
member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 and the Granite City Moose Lodge #272.

From an early age he worked alongside his family whom owned and operated 15 Acres Restaurant and Bar for 49 years. This instilled his hard and
dedicated work ethic into his life. He had also worked as an auctioneer and partner with Family Estate Sales LLC. The love of his family was the utmost
priority in his life and he cherished family gatherings. He was a very loving Husband, Father, Grand-Father, Brother and Friend. He was a talented carpenter,
loved gardening, traveling, working puzzles and had a special love for animals.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Valerie Jateff of Panama City, Florida; three daughters and two
sons-in-law, Stacia Williams of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Terri and Mark Spink of Edwardsville and Jamie and Richard Rausch of Edwardsville; six
grandchildren, Ashley, Dylan, Cody, Caitlin, Jordan and Julieanna; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Pete Jateff of Pontoon Beach, Barry and Jill Jateff
of Wildwood, Missouri and Bruce and Jana Jateff of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; two sisters, Nancy Jateff and Sandy LaMantia of Edwardsville and Tami and
Mark Shaw of St. Peter’s, Missouri; loving caregiver, Sandy Earp; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Jateff.

In celebration of his life, the family is having a “Celebration of Life” gathering on Saturday, January 26th from 4:00 - 8:00pm at the Villa Marie Winery. 6633
East Main Street, Maryville, IL 62062.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to SSM Hospice, 20 Junction Drive West, Suite 4, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034 or to the Granite City APA,
5000 Old Alton Road, Granite City, Illinois 62040.
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Joyce “Gayle” Carr, 82, longtime resident of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 from
complications of pneumonia at Arlington Memorial Hospital while visiting in Arlington, Texas.


Gayle was born on May 27, 1936 in Vanduser, Missouri to Flora Bell (Parliman) and Charles Perry.

She was the youngest of eight children, who all preceded her in death, Charles Perry, Jesse Perry, Glen Perry, Ruby Hesselrode, Velma Presley and three
siblings who died in infancy.

Gayle was the valedictorian of her high school class. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and GREAT grandmother. She worked as a secretary,
office manager and homemaker. She made numerous good friends through her participation in St. Elizabeth’s parish, Red Hats, TOPS, bible study, book
club and Our Healthy Circle.

Gayle married Bill Carr on June 1, 1957 and he preceded her in death on November 7, 1991.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Debbie and Mark Ryan, Bill Carr, Steve and Ruth Carr and Julie and Alan Girton; nine grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Zachary Edgar as
celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City or the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Beatrice C. Dirickson, 77, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

She was born on February 7, 1941 in Corning, AR to Bee A. Froman and Myrtel nee:  Arnold Hayes.

Beatrice married Thomas Dirickson on March 11, 1991 in Paragould, AR.

The loving wife was a department manager at K-Mart in Granite City for 17 years.  She was also a member of the AMVETS Post 51 Ladies Auxiliary in Granite
City, IL.  Also an avid Nascar lover.

Besides her husband, Beatrice is survived by a daughter, Pattie (Larry) Burgan of Granite City, IL; a son, Kenneth Dunham of Granite City, IL; two
grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, Robert (Lori) Froman of AK and 2 sisters:  Brenda (Dan) Gillian of AK and Shirley
Thompson of AK.

Beatrice is preceded in death by parents and 2 brothers:  William Froman and Gary Froman.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m., on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite
City, IL with Rev. Charles West Officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Online guestbook and obituary available
at www.wojstrom.com
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Jean Alan Williams. 85, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Stearns Nursing & Rehab Center in
Granite City, IL.

He was born on November 10, 1933 in Eau Claire, WI to Albert Evan and Mary Frances nee: McRaith Williams.

The U.S. Army veteran was a mail carrier for the United Postal Service. He was a member of the men’s club at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City
and a member of the Knights of Columbus. The loving father and grandfather was a huge Green Bay Packers fan who enjoyed Cardinal Baseball, bike riding
and fishing.

Jean is survived by 2 daughters: Connie (Barry) Watson of Glen Carbon, IL and Carol Henderson (fiancé, Philip Harris) of Mexico, MO; former wife and friend,
Judith Brown and 2 grandchildren: Kaci Williams and Sara Henderson.

Besides his parents, Jean is preceded in death by his brother and sister in law, Thomas and Marge Williams.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Carole Joyce “CeeJay” Ridenhour, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:08 p.m. Tues. Jan. 8, 2019 at St. Louis University
Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born Dec. 21, 1937 in Hillsboro, IL to the late James Russell & Carrie Alberta (Alexander) Roberts.

On June 8, 1962, she and Keith L. “Mick” Ridenhour were married in St. Louis. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Mrs. Ridenhour was an R.N., serving with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and several area nursing homes. She was an avid reader and bird watcher.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Daniel “Dan” & Rebecca Ridenhour of Granite City; and a grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: James Roberts; and a sister: Gail Shakespeare.

No services are scheduled.
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Inez Antoinette Bixler 63, of Granite City passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Saint Louis University with her loving
family by her side.

She was born March 7, 1955 in Detroit.

Inez worked as a Medical Esthetician; she enjoyed helping people feel and look beautiful. In her free time she enjoyed antiquing, shopping and gardening.
However, Inez true love was her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her significant other, Randy Bone of Collinsville; daughter, Shannon Bixler of Granite City, grandchildren, Skylar and Braden Dippel; son,
Greg (Heather) Bixler of Granite City; grandchildren, Marissa and Kenneth Casey; great granddaughter, Ava Belsky and two sisters, Alicia Berrios of Granite
City and Delia (Mike) Roth of O’Fallon, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gregory Leon and Barbara Lou (nee: Metz) Lopez.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, where services will be held at 11 a.m.
Thursday. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.
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Jerry Lane Hill, 56, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City,
IL.

He was born on October 19, 1962 in Portsmouth, VA to Lawrence Hill, Jr and Jeanette nee: Whetstone MacDonald.

Jerry is survived by his father and a sister, Carol Hill of South Roxana, IL.

Besides his mother, Jerry is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Perry Duane Hill and Lawrence Reid Hill III and a sister, Cheryl Jeanine Hill.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Mary F. Stevenson, 83, of Granite City died on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, IL.

She was born on July 19, 1935 in Granite City, IL to the late Joseph and Clara nee: Hunt Tayon.

Mary married Thomas Martin Stevenson, Jr. on September 17, 1955 and he preceded her in death in 2003.

The loving mother and grandmother attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Granite City High School. She enjoyed softball, bowling, Cardinal baseball and
she collected antique glassware for 25 years. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed listening to music and editing literary works. She was a great
listener and even better friend. She was extremely generous, caring, loving and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Michelle (Dave) DeRousse of Granite City, IL and 3 sons: Thomas Martin (Ursula) Stevenson III of Newark, DE, Timothy
(Leigh) Stevenson of Hughes Springs, TX and Theodore Stevenson and his partner, Rick Roberts of Fenton, MO. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Natalie
Stevenson, Nicole Stevenson, Savanah Stevenson, Kimberly McGuire, Alison Luehmann, Taylor Stevenson, Ashlee Lowry, Carla Gunn, Katherine Harris and
Christopher Waller; 18 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents and eight siblings.

Memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Mary Jo Stratton, 81, of Granite City died on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:18 a.m. at Gateway Regional Medical Center
in Granite City, IL.

She was born on October 3, 1937 in Granite City, IL to Charles David and Ruby Thomason.

Mary Jo married Raymond Stratton, Sr on April 21, 1954. He preceded her in death in 1998.

The loving mother and grandmother owned and operated Maverick Tax & Bookkeeping Service for 30 years. She most recently worked in the fabric
department at the Glen Carbon Walmart and she was a member of the TOPS organization in Granite City.

Mary Jo is survived by 2 daughters: Gwen (Bob) Watson of Deland, FL and Jo Bell of Granite City, IL; 3 sons: Raymond (Linda R.) Stratton, Jr of Belleville, IL,
Gregory Stratton of Granite City, IL and Mathew Stratton of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, a sister, Georgia of Deland, FL; brother
and sister in law, Donald (Mary) Lowe of Granite City, IL and two special friends: Karen (Eddie) Trim and Robert (Joyce) Kitchell.

Besides her husband and parents, Mary Jo is preceded in death by 5 brothers: James, Melvin Wayne, Kenneth Dale and Chuck and by 3 sisters: Betty, Janie
and Leean.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. Burial will
be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2018 at Doniphan Cemetery in Doniphan, MO.
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Jeffrey Allen Epperson, of Granite City, Illinois passed into eternal rest on Friday, January 4, 2019 at his home.

He was born October 29, 1966 in Granite City, a son of Thomas H. Epperson Jr. of Troy and the late Catherine (Foiles) Greenman.

He married Hollie E. (Hooker) Epperson on March 14, 1998 in Granite City and she survives.

He had worked in utility and maintenance and did side work in home remodeling projects.

He had a love of music and enjoyed playing the guitar and also loved nature and his days fishing.

His spirit continues and will be carried on in the amazing smiles, brilliant blue eyes and warm, huge hearts of his children and granddaughter who he
absolutely cherished and adored. He loved his children and grandbaby with all that he had.

In addition to his beloved wife and father, he is survived by his stepmother, Carol Epperson of Troy; three children, Cadi Epperson of Granite City, Emily
Epperson of Granite City and Jacob Epperson of Granite City; his granddaughter, Aubrey Epperson; three sisters, Jenna Epperson of Troy, Jennifer (Eddie)
Adams of Troy and Jessica Epperson of Collinsville; grandparents, Mary and Franklin Hinckle of Troy; two aunts, Chris Waxelman of St. Louis and Mary Jean
Shands of Troy; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Thomas “Pa” and Juanita “Ma” Epperson Sr.

The profound sadness and grief in the loss of the invariably unique, exceptionally funny and immensely warmhearted soul that our father, papa, husband,
son and brother has always been is unbearable. Our lives and hearts will never be the same. We will love and miss you forever.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until
time of service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Charles West.

Memorials may be made to the Epperson family or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Arthur Ernest Laswell, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:22 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Stearns Nursing
and Rehabilitation in Granite City.

He was born January 28, 1932 in Iberia, Missouri, a son of the late Eugene and Viva (Martin) Laswell.

He married Ruth Elenora (Mefford) Laswell on June 17, 1951 in Granite City and she passed away on August 3, 2017.

He retired from Granite City Steel after many years of service as a millwright. He was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and was a collector of
many things. He loved nature and wildlife and was a fan of John Deere. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and
friends.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Jane Laswell of St. Charles, Illinois; three daughters, Jeanette Liguori of Carmel, California, Donna
Laswell of Granite City and Laura Laswell of Granite City; six grandchildren and their spouses, Kristen Laswell, Natalie and Antonio Morales, Kelly Laswell,
Jana and Gabe Kaster, Matthew Liguori and Caitlin Liguori; four great grandchildren, Siena, Zachary, Josiah and Bianca; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary
Sue and Charles Connor; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Vince Liguori and a sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Jerry Newman.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at
11:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Calvary Life Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Judith Ann Wood, 76, of Madison, Illinois passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, January3, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center
in Edwardsville.

She was born July 19, 1942 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Edna (Cockran) Wood.

She had worked in housekeeping at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City with nine years of service. She was a faithful member of Word of Life Church in
Granite City. She was a talented woodworker and made many Christmas decorations displayed throughout Granite City.

She is survived and will dearly be missed by her lifelong companion, Sandra Goodman of Madison; her sister, Shirley Rozonca of San Lorinzo, California;
many niece; nephews; cousins, beloved co-workers and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Gene, Norman, Bill and David Wood and a sister, Betty Ebling.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where
funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Henry Crippen officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
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It is with immense sadness that the family of James Lawrence “Jim” Schwager of Granite City, Illinois announces his
passing on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the age of 69.

Jim was a proud Air Force Veteran and loyally served his country in the Vietnam War. After serving his country, Jim spent his entire career owning and
operating, Schwager Heating and Cooling, which will be forever remembered for its iconic answering machine message. James spent a majority of his early
years raising his children, singlehandedly creating a walking trail around Worthen Park and supporting Anheuser Busch at local taverns in Granite City. His
later life was filled by spoiling his five grandsons, wearing the brightest orange golf clothes on courses all over the metro area and finally seeing his beloved
Cubs win the World Series.

Jim will be forever remembered by his four children, Nick Schwager, Jenny (Ed) Walch, Keri Schwager and Sara (Angie) Schwager. Jim “Papa” will be deeply
missed by his grandchildren, Nolan, Hagen, Elliott, Xavier and Graeme and his five siblings, John, Thomas, Robert, Sally and Cindy. James was met at the
Pearly Gates by his mother and father, Harold and Betty and his “fifth” child, Sara Hoffstot.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. where
funeral services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Charles West officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight Network to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Lois J. Beckmann, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Fountain View Manor, Granite
City, IL. Lois was born on June 22, 1929 in Edwardsville, IL, a daughter of the late William and Katherine Borchwardt.

Lois was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. On March 1, 1952, Lois married Ralph Beckmann, the love of her life, at St. John
United Church of Christ. Lois retired from Stix Baer & Fuller, where she worked in the jewelry department for many years. Lois was a true farmer’s wife; she
drove the grain truck to the grain elevator in East St. Louis during harvest time. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Her greatest joy was spending time with
her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lois is survived by her loving husband, Ralph Beckmann of Granite City, IL; dear sister-in-law, Merle Rose of Granite City, IL; extended family and many
friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Karla Frost officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen
Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Walter L. Whitaker, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Christian
Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.


He was born in Granite City on July 18, 1933, a son of the late Walter C. and Rose M. (Norden) Whitaker.

He married Judith Jo (Georgeff) Whitaker on December 2, 1961 in Granite City and she survives.

He began his wrestling career at Granite City High School where he was a two-time sectional champ and state qualifier. After graduating from Granite City
High School, he attended Arkansas State College, for two years, where he wrestled for Harold Nicholls who later went to Iowa State. He joined the Air Force
during the Korean War and served for four years. After being discharged he started school at SIU Carbondale, where he wrestled for the late Hall of Famer,
Jim Wilkinson. He then finished his degree at SIU Edwardsville. Walt began his wrestling coaching career at Cahokia in 1960. He had some good teams at
Cahokia and had one state place winner, Marvin Jackson. In 1963, he became the assistant coach at Granite City High School under Bill Schmitt, a position
he held for 10 years. When Granite City North opened in 1973, Walt became their head coach for the next 10 years, until the high schools merged back
together. During his time at North, his teams went 217-34-4, had 44 state qualifiers, six place winners, and one state champion, Khris Whelan. As a team,
they won three regionals and one sectional. He then continued his coaching career for two years at the collegiate level at Belleville Area College, which is
now SWIC. During his time at BAC, he coached three All-Americans. Throughout his coaching career, Walt has worked with numerous teams and
committees with the sport. In 1978, he helped coach the Freestyle National Team. He was also the NCAA Executive Committee Vice President for High
Schools for four years. During his time at Granite City, Walt was also involved in his community, working with the Granite City Park District and various other
youth programs. For his achievements, he has received numerous awards on both the national and local levels. He has been awarded the 25-Year
Membership Award by the NWCOA and has been named an Honorary Life Member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. In 1990, he was inducted
into the Granite City Hall of Fame and in 1992, was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame. For his time at Granite City, he
also has a JV tournament named in his honor. Walt retired as principal in the Granite City School District in 1993. He then served as a Granite City School
board member for the next 20 years.

In addition to his beautiful wife, Judy, he is survived by his son, Mark Whitaker of Granite City; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristy J. and Paul Bassler of St.
Jacob, Illinois; two grandchildren, Hunter and Samantha Bassler; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sam and Georganne Georgeff of Granite City; niece,
Bethany Georgeff; nephew, Michael Georgeff; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy and a sister, Beverly.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral
service at 1:00 p.m. with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets in Troy or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis and may be accepted at the funeral home.


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