Gabriel Shane Tomlin Sr., 41, of Granite City, IL passed away at 1:34 a.m. Thurs. Mar. 21, 2019 at his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1977 in St. Louis, MO to Cecil Tomlin Sr. of Fayetteville, AR and the late Sandra (Smith) Tomlin.

Shane was a carpenter for Alexander Investments.  He loved being outdoors, barbecuing  and playing practical jokes on his friends.

In addition to his father, he is survived by 7 children: Katie Tomlin of Wood River, IL, Taylor McCallister of Granite City, Gabriel Shane Tomlin Jr. of Wood River,
Dilan “Freedom” Tomlin of Elk, OK, Mathew Tomlin of Granite City, Caysun Tomlin of Granite City and Kaylee Tomlin of Granite City; his companion: Amanda
Fenton of Granite City; 4 step-children: Jacob Fenton of Edwardsville, IL, Madison Fenton of Pontoon Beach, IL, Ashley Fenton of Edwardsville and Brittany
Fenton of Edwardsville; 4 grandchildren: Isaiah & Cassady Johnson, Estlynn McCallister & Christopher Pyles Jr.; 2 sisters: Dawn (Kelly) Yeager of
Fayetteville, AR and Tonya (Chris Moerlien)Tomlin Wallace of Granite City; 2 brothers: Cecily (Mary) Tomlin Jr. of Granite City and D’Ryan Tomlin of
Fayetteville; aunts and uncles: Connie & Butch Chronister of Granite City, Kay Stallions of Granite City and Karen Ruth Wallace of Cadiz, KY; and many
cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother: Joshua Tomlin; grandparents: Wilma & Leslie Smith and Norma & Leon Tomlin; uncles:
Harold Gene Wallace and James Stallions; and a nephew: Cecil Tomlin III.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services at 7:00 p.m. Tues. 3/26/2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Teri Davis officiating.  
Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wed. 3/27/2019 at Dry Fork Cemetery in Salem, MO.
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Debra Ulinda (Thick) Homyer, 60, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:50 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at St. Louis
University Hospital.

She was born February 15, 1959 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Harold J. and Elaine E. (Tooley) Thick.

She married Russell E. Homyer on September 26, 1987 at the Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City and he survives.

She had served as the director of Community Care Center in Granite City for eight years and previously worked for AT&T with thirty years of dedicated service
as a manager.

She was a dedicated and faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City, sang with the Master’s Choir for many years and enjoyed working with
various choir and theatre groups. She was very involved in her community, always volunteering her time with fundraising and many other outreaches. She
had a special love of music and enjoyed reading and embroidery work. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and
friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Sheryl and Greg Henke of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Linda Thick of
Michigan; sister-in-law, Peggy Jackson of Granite City, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Greg and Donna Homyer of Granite City and Jeffrey Homyer of
Granite City; nieces and nephews, Geoffrey Henke of Houston, Texas, Cynthia and Mark Row of Michigan, Darryl Thick and Jaime Fossum of Iowa, Heather
and James Wix of Kentucky and Angela and Brian Donohue of Granite City; many great nieces and great nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold David Thick and a niece, Tiffany Nicole Thick.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where
funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Mildred M. Stengel, 93 of Granite City, IL passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City.

Mildred was born on February 3, 1926 in Kanuga, West Virginia; the daughter of the late John and Nanny (Allen) Keel. Mildred was a dispatcher for
Consolidating Forwarding Trucking and a member of Love Fellowship Outreach Mission Church, formerly Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in
Granite City. Mildred enjoyed her days going to church and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored. She will be
remembered for the example she set for her family and all the special times they shared together.

Mildred is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Carol McCoy of Granite City; son, Jon (Karen) Stengel of Greenville, IL; grandchildren, Scott McCoy,
Kim Morris, Ronnie “Dutch” McCoy, Lisa Wojcik, John “J.R.” McCoy, Robert Stengel, Aaron Stengel, Karissa Stengel, Gabrielle Stengel; 17 great-
grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Tester, Hattie Beacham, Dorothy Bailey; brother, Ronnie Perigen; aunt, Vernie Chalffin.
In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband; Erwin S. Stengel; son-in-law, Ronnie McCoy; sister, Bernice and her brother,
Lonnie.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Mildred’s life,
services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matthew Ware and Pastor Ed Saunders officiating. Burial will
follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to the family or the American Cancer Society.
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Robert “Jeff” Huebner, 63, of Madison, Illinois passed away at 4:05 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born March 5, 1956 in Granite City, a son of the late Robert L. and Sophie F. (Cionko) Huebner.

He had worked at Huebner Hardware in Granite City and later was a self employed contractor for several years.

He had a love for scuba diving and enjoyed his years of assisting with water search and rescues.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Vita “Denise” and Robert Crews of Granite City; a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis L. and Nancy Huebner of
Connecticut; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.
until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Rich Smallie officiating.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Lula Juanita Messina of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at her home at the
age of 100.

She was born December 20, 1918 in Norris City, Illinois, a daughter of the late Edward Earl and Montie Alma (Hanks) Cornick.

She married Jess Jasper Messina on June 12, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri and he passed away on March 20, 2010.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and enjoyed her days of sewing. She cherished her family and enjoyed the special times
shared with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lori Messina of Maryville; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Doris and Mike Dannenbrink of
Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Shirley Messina-Powell of Kirkwood, Missouri, Janet and Ed Biggs of Overland, Missouri and Catherine and Joe Ashbaugh of
Columbia, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Messina of Valley Park, Missouri; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild;
other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Messina and three sisters, Irene Simone, Dorothy Williams
and Alma Ottinger.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 with Father Zachary Edgar as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Andrew “Andy” McGovern, 59, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home.

He was born November 20, 1959 in Granite City, a son of the late Joe and Theresa M. (Biggs) McGovern.

Andy had a love for music, was an avid reader, enjoyed watching sports and cherished spending time with his family. He loved his dog Wylie and granddogs,
Taco and Eily.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Smith of California; his son, Andrew J. “Drew” McGovern of Granite City; sister and
brother-in-law, Elrena and Scott Carter of Edwardsville; nephews and niece, Adam M. and Lavasha Thompson of Maryland Heights, Missouri and Daniel
Robert Thompson of Belleville; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved mother and father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joe McGovern.

In celebration of his life, a gathering will be held at Al’s 520 Club in Madison from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Roustios tacos will
be available along with appetizers. Feel free to bring a dish of your choice.

Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or to the Madison County Humane Foundation.
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Glenn H. Dickey, 76 of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at his home.

Glenn was born on December 6, 1942 in Granite City; the son of the late Estes and Golda (Cochran) Dickey. After graduation of the January 1962 class Glenn
went on to work for General Steel Industries (the old Commonwealth Plant) where he worked until the plant closed. He later went on to work for Olin Brass,
retiring in October 2008 after 30 years of service. After Glenn’s retirement he became an avid motorcyclist, riding his “Bobber” or Harley daily. Glenn’s greatest
love was “piddling” in his spare time. Glenn enjoyed cutting, chopping, slamming or just changing Hot Wheels and Matchbox Cars and usually had one in his
pocket.

Glenn is survived by and will be missed by his children; Tina Lynne (Alan) Fisher, Kimberly E. (Dr. David) Diak, Nathan G. (Jessica) Dickey, Shantel M. Fortier;
like a son, Kyle Maverick Vegas; grandchildren, Natalie, Nicholas, Paige, David II, Zackery, Caleb, Jordan; great-grandchild, Landen, Bentleigh, Aubree,
Zackery; sisters, Imogene (Ronald) Rea, Hazel Marie May; brothers, Leon Estes, Dale E. Dickey, Gilbert S. Dickey; sisters-in-law, Janice Dickey, Betty Dickey,
Mauri Dickey, Joyce Dickey; brother-in-law, Ronald Rea; special friends James Cark, Brian Peyla, Catherine “Kitty” Chapline; nieces and nephews, Rhonda
Anderson, Ann May, Tracy Dickey, Mary Dickey, Carrie Ritchie, Michael Rea, Sanford Dickey, Jeffrey Dickey, Todd Dickey, Jason Dickey, Chad Dickey, Darryl
May, Darren Dickey, Brad Dickey, Steven Dickey.
In addition to his parents, Glenn was preceded in death by his brother, Russell Dean Dickey and brother-in-law, Terry Dean May.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Glenn’s life,
service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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George P. Friedel, 77, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City.

He was born on March 6, 1942 in Hardin, IL, the son of George E. and Anna (Keim) Friedel. He married Agnes Bussen on June 11, 1966 at St. Joseph’s
Church in Meppen, IL, and she survives. George was a graduate of the Hardin High School class of 1960 (Class Valedictorian), worked on the family farm,
and worked in St. Louis before being drafted into military service. He was a Viet Nam veteran, serving in the US Army from 1964 through 1966. George
supported himself and his family through nearly 30 years of hard work at Granite City Steel, retiring in 1991. He then worked in semi-retirement for some time
at St. Elizabeth’s Church and School in Granite City performing maintenance and custodial work.

As an active member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, he sang in the church choir, was a member of the pastoral council, held the office of
President of the Men’s Club for many years, and volunteered countless hours of his time to the church and grade school. George was also a devoted
member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1098 and Assembly 0224 located in Granite City. He served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, 5th Degree
Captain, Bingo Team Captain, was elected on to the Columbus Home Board of Directors, and was inducted into the K of C Hall of Fame.

George enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, following the St. Louis Cardinals, working with his hands, spending time with his family, and was an avid card
player.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years; children James Friedel of Glen Carbon, Carolyn Blackmore of Noblesville, IN, Stephen Friedel of Neoga, and
Christina Friedel of Granite City; grandchildren Christopher, Sarah, Andrew, and Katelyn Friedel and Ryan Blackmore. Also surviving are two brothers, Joseph
(Juanita) Friedel of Hardin, Patrick (Sharon) Friedel of Batchtown; one sister, Sister Mary Gabriel Friedel of Alton; and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Paul, Charles, Aloysius, Edward, Gabriel, and Brother Norbert; two sisters, Ethel Lehr and Rita Klaas; and son-
in-law Kurt Blackmore.

Visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel on Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 4pm-8pm. There will be a chalice service at 6:30
pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., with Father Zachary Edgar officiating. Burial will
be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Meppen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the George Friedel Memorial Fund, proceeds of which will
be used for a project benefiting St. Elizabeth Church or School. Donations will be accepted a t the funeral chapel.

George was widely known for his integrity, honesty, work ethic, good nature, commitment to his family and church community, and he will be greatly missed
by all that knew and loved him.
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Calandina “Calley” Antoinette Hayes, 90, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at her home.

She was born on October 9, 1928 in St. Louis, MO to Armondo and Ellenora nee: Rossomano Laratta.

Calley married Jake Hayes and he preceded her in death on July 2, 2001.

The loving mother and grandmother was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in St. Louis, MO for 15 years then she became a homemaker. She was
of the Baptist faith and attended Calvary Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church.

Calley is survived by 2 daughters: Sheila (Gil) Hippey of Glen Carbon, IL and Barbara (Donald, Sr) Cooper of Pontoon Beach, IL; 2 sons: Lawrence Dalton, Sr
of AR and Daniel Dalton, Sr of Pontoon Beach, IL; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren and a sister, Elvera Hale of CA.

Besides her husband and parents, Calley is preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Dalton; several brothers and sisters and a daughter in law, Kay Dalton.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City, IL.
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Carolina Sue Goodman, age 66, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical
Center, Granite City, IL,

Sue was born on March 30, 1952 in Hickory, NC, a daughter of the late Leroy Walker and Mildred (Powers) Walker.

On July 2, 1968, Sue Walker married Thomas Glenwood Goodman, the love her life. Thomas passed away on August 6, 2003. Sue was a faithful member of
Calvary Life Church in Granite City, IL. She was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. Sue enjoyed gardening, traveling and going to the
casinos. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Sue loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed
by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Alayah.

She is survived by her loving children, Thomas G. (Elizabeth) Goodman Jr., of Livingston, IL, Rachel (David) Royer of New Douglas, IL, Charles (Lesa)
Goodman of St. Peters, MO and John (Leigh) Goodman of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Charles Nichols, Mildred Buskirk and Sharon McWilliams; proud
grandmother to Elizabeth, Thomas, Brandy Jo, Christopher, Brooke, Nora, Samantha, Kylie, Clark and Harrison; proud great-grandmother to Robert Glen,
Bella, Sam, Mia and Thomas IV; special friend, Mel Perkins; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Visitation will continue
from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at the church with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Sue will be laid to rest next to
Thomas at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Diabetes Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Elsie Lorine Clark, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Gateway Regional Medical
Center, Granite City, IL. Elsie was born on February 20, 1930 in New Wells, MO.

On August 26, 1948, Elsie Schuessler married Donald Clark, the love of her life in Arkansas. Elsie was a proud homemaker who loved cooking and taking
care of her family. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Elsie loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she
loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Schuessler, Norma (Bodenschatz) Schuessler and Esther Schuessler; and by four siblings.

She is survived by her devoted husband of seventy years, Rev. Donald Clark of Granite City, IL; loving children, Dennis Clark of Granite City, IL, Norma (Terry)
Johnson of Hazelwood, MO, David (Karen) Clark of Owasso, OK and Timothy (Debbie) Clark of Granite City, IL; brother, Cletus (Sandy); sisters, Verna (Jerry),
Marilyn and Shirley; proud grandmother to ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church, 2827 Mockingbird Lane, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the church on Sunday, with Rev. Steven Gray officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:
00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Corinth Cemetery in Lowndes, MO.

Memorial donations may be given to Mt. Zion General Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the church.
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Wendell Jerome Yount, 85 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in
Richmond Heights, MO.

Wendell was born on December 4, 1933 in Kennett, MO; the son of the late Ernest and Dolly Mae (Davis) Yount. Wendell worked in maintenance for over 40
years at Connector Casting in St. Louis and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Granite City
V.F.W. and in his free time enjoyed his days of sitting in his back yard reading the newspaper. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and will be
remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Wendell is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Bessie J. (Rutledge) Yount, whom he married on September 9, 1994; step-son, Charles Douglas
(Joanna) Tucker Jr. of Searcy, AR; step-daughter, Charlotte Marie Tucker of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Jeannie Kay, Mary Jane, Jessica, William, Michelle,
Brandi, Kelly, Stephanie; 10 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by his son; Wendell Curtis Yount; step-daughter, Pamela R. Street; brother, Kenneth R. (Linda)
Yount; sister, Helen Box.

In celebration of Wendell’s life, visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Henry
Crippen officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with full military rites on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to the Salvation Army or to Honor Flight.
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Ada Mae Martin, age 86, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her residence. Ada was born on
June 30, 1932, a daughter of the late Melbern E. Rhodes Sr. and Emma (Lasater) Rhodes.

On August 16, 1952, Ada Rhodes married Ralph K. Martin, the love of her life in Piggott, Arkansas. Ralph passed away on April 28, 2018. Ada was a devoted
Christian and was of the general baptist faith. Ada was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She also enjoyed gardening and planting
flowers. Ada loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Ada was preceded in death by four sisters, June Rhodes, Christine Rhodes, Nadine Rhodes and Dale Rhodes, and
by two brothers, Melbern E. Rhodes Jr. and Carl Rhodes.

She is survived by her loving children, Debra M. Jones of Granite City, IL, Joyce E. (Thomas) Jones of Granite City, IL and Ralph K. (Alison) Martin Jr., of Alton,
IL; dear sisters, Doris Rhodes and Norma Jean Rhodes both of St. Louis, MO; proud grandmother to Sharon Brace, Crystal Matthews, Thomas Jones, Justin
Martin and Chad Martin; proud great-grandmother to Ethan, Emmaline, Logan, Aralyn, Gabriel, Kaitlin, Adaline, Justin Jr., Jamison, Khegan and Kylee; many
nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral chapel with Reverend Cecil Cook officiating. Ada will be laid to rest
next to Ralph at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the Disabled American Veterans, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Donation will be
accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Wilma Ruth Cooper, 94 of Granite City Illinois passed at her home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 with her family at her side.

Daughter of late George Trubey and Dorothy (Burris) Trubey.

Survived by her children Thomas R. Foote Jr. of Hurst Texas, Rebecca l. Cooper of Granite City Illinois, and David E. Cooper and his wife Glenda Flowers of
Granite City Illinois. With 3 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.

Preceded by her first husband Thomas Foote Sr.  Married September 19, 1947 and passed December 23, 1959. Her second husband Marvin E. Cooper.  
Married December 5, 1961 and passed April 21, 1999. Along with bothers Earl Dennis and Harvey Dennis.

In keeping with Wilma’s wishes she will be gifting her body to Washington University School of Medicine.

Special thanks to Heartland Hospice and Veterans Care Organization.

Memorials can be made out to Heartland Hospice.
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Mary Ellen Scarsdale, 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully at 12:08 a.m. Mon. Mar. 11, 2019 at University
Nursing & Rehab in Edwardsville with her family by her side.

She was born July 12, 1929, in Decatur, IL, to the late Leo Leslie & Lena Susan (Hamilton) Kalips.

She and Harvey Franklin Scarsdale were married Dec. 26, 1959, in Edwardsville, IL.  He preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2018.

Mary had been a self-employed hairdresser for almost 50 years.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church as well as Amvets #204, holding all
offices except for sergeant at arms. She was also a member of DAV Auxiliary #53 where she served in every office including State Commander. She also led
the Talking Flag Program for the Granite City schools.

Mary’s loves were her faith, her family, and her veterans. Both Mary and Frank dedicated their lives to veteran and service groups in the Granite City area as
well as in the state of Illinois.  They spent countless hours organizing the Flag Day parade, working DAVA bingo, leading charity events, and instilling a love of
service to all.  Many current officers and leaders of local service groups were influenced by the example of Mary and Frank Scarsdale.

Mary is survived by 6 children: Mary Susan (Wayne) Ball of Lexington, SC, Nedwin “Jim” (Mary) Tapp Jr. of Granite City, Bobby (Patti) Scarsdale of St. Clair, MO,
Trudi (Brad) Campbell of West Plains, MO, Dennis (Cindy) Scarsdale of Livingston, IL and Frank Scarsdale of Granite City, IL; several grandchildren: Joe
(Michelle) Reed, Garrick (Shanda) Ball, Mandy (Irving) Domenech, Amelia Tapp, Anna Tapp, James (Lindsey) Tapp, A.J. (Angel) Pinson, Angela Richardson,
Jimmy (April) Seley, Sierra Campbell, Darrell (Katy) Campbell, Austin Scarsdale and Amanda (Weston) Voirol; 14 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great-
grandchild.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband: Nedwin Tapp Sr.; a daughter-in-law: Tina (Sedabres) Scarsdale; 4
grandchildren; a sister: Patricia Tapp; and 2 brothers: Leo Kalips II and Frank Kalips.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or any Veterans Association of choice.

Memorial visitation will be Thurs. Mar. 14, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory from 11:00 a.m. until a procession leaves the funeral home at 12:45
p.m. for Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.  Fr. Zachary Edgar will be Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic
Cemetery.
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Thelma Charlene Rushing, 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Sat. Mar. 9, 2019 at Granite Nursing & Rehab
in Granite City.

She was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Stewart County, TN to the late John & Ellen (Taylor) Dowdy.

On June 12, 1948 she and Lacy Rushing were married in Elkton, KY.  He preceded her in death Jan. 9, 2004.

Thelma worked in the cafeteria for Granite City School District Unit 9.  She also volunteered at Gateway Regional Medical Center and was a member of
Calvary Life Church.  She loved to sing and was a member of the Masters Voice Choir.

Survivors include 3 daughters: Brenda (Gerald) Stearns and Pamela (Robert) Mink of Granite City and Patricia (Kerry) Ervay of Pontoon Beach, IL; a son: Steve
Rushing of Granite city; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends at Gateway
Regional Medical Center.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Mary Rushing; a sister: Louis Outland; and 5 brothers: Edward,
Lathan, James, Ellis and Billy Dowdy.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tues. 3/12/19 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wed. 3/13/19 at Calvary
Life Church with Rev. Mark Maynard officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd.
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Lenora Elvina Vaughn, 90, of Granite City, IL passed away at her home at 7:30 a.m. Sat. Mar. 9, 2019 surrounded by her
family.

She was born Sept. 2, 1928 in Hawk Point, MO to the late Frank & Alice Lorraine (Mueth) Baker.

On July 1, 1950, she and Charles E. Vaughn were married in Ashburn, MO. He survives in Granite City.

In addition to her husband of almost 69 years, she is survived by 5 children: Delores Vaughn of Granite City, Anita (Ray) Emerson of Highland, IL, Mary (Mike)
Brenner of O’Fallon, MO, Joyce (Jim) Conway of Collinsville, IL and Ray (Lynette) Vaughn of Granite City; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother:
Richard Baker of St. Louis, MO and 2 sisters: Alice Throckmorton and Eileen Wade of Salem, AR.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Vaughn and 6 brothers and sisters.

The family will hold a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Thurs. 3/14/19 at Granite First Assembly of God, 2317 Madison Ave., Granite City, IL.
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Freddie L. Webb, 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Sat. Mar. 9, 2019 at his home while under hospice care
surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 4, 1938 in Poplar Bluff, MO to the late Noah & Nokie (Wilson) Webb.

On Oct. 8, 1959, he and Kathryn Louise Ragsdale were married in Poplar Bluff, MO.  She preceded him in death Feb. 26, 2018.

Freddie retired from Curtis Toledo after more than 30 years of service.  He loved to fish, garden, build things and was known to his family as an excellent
baker and candy maker.

Survivors include 3 daughters: Merna Thompson Brenda (Dennis) Heiman and Sherry (Mark) Hall all of Granite City; 5 grandchildren: Rachel (Jeremy)
Crawford, Jennifer Thompson, Alexander Heiman, Ashley Heiman and Shelby Hall; 2 sisters: Juanita Shroud of Searcy, AR and Lola Talley of Peoria, IL; and
he was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 6 brothers.

Services are private.
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James Thomas “Tom” Dudley, 99 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Stearns Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

James was born on March 3, 1920 in Montpelier, KY; the son of the late Jan Vetter and Eliza Margaret (Haynes) Dudley.

James was a welder and owner and operator of Dudley Radiator and Welding for over 35 years in Madison. He was a member of Pontoon Beach Christian
Church where he served as an elder, a member of the Masonic Lodge and served as a volunteer on the Long Lake Fire Department. Most of all James loved
to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

James is survived by and will be missed by his children; Rebecca “Becky” Darr of Dolan Springs, AZ, Timothy J. “Tim” Dudley of Kenner, LA; grandchildren,
Michael Edwards, Christopher Edwards, Lucas Edwards, John Dudley, Luke Dudley; great-grandchildren, Kiersen Edwards, Luke Edwards; niece, Barbara
Ann Andrew; great-nephew, Billy Dean Andrew.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Turner) Dudley whom he married in September, 1941.

Friends may call on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor David Noble officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960
Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Taking the Word of God
to Haiti, Attention: Bruce Graff, 124 Main Street, West Alexander, PA 15376.
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Raymond E. “Ray” Fields, 67 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Ray was born on October 21, 1951 in Granite City; the son of the late George and Frances (McDuffee) Fields.

Ray worked in production for Raskas Dairy in St. Louis and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Ray was known as an outdoorsman who
loved to fish and deer hunt, especially the cabin in Wyoming and was always scouting places to hunt. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and
will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ray is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Gayle (Morgan) Fields, whom he married on May 29, 1998; children, Jeff (Janel) Fields of Belleville, IL,
Andrea Fields of Belleville, IL, Travis Clark of East Alton, IL, Shelley (Travis) Isreal of Granite City, IL; step mom, Helen Carden of Sullivan, MO; grandchildren,
Trinity Fields, Luke Clark, Chloe Clark, Faith Clark, Cameron Clark, Harrison Isreal, Parker Isreal; sister, Rita Fields; brothers, Steve Fields, Burt (JoAnne)
Fields.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Ray’s life,
services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with full military rites. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are
suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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Robert “Bob” Eugene Pfeiffer, age 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Bob was born July 25, 1937 in Terre Haute, IN, a son of the late Eugene Joseph Pfeiffer and Bernadette (Dicklemeir) Pfeiffer.

Bob was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, who proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. On November 14, 1964, Bob married Merlene
Jean Leslie, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. He was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Bob Retired as an electrician from
Olin Corporation after many years of dedicated service. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Bob 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.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-four years, Merlene Pfeiffer of Granite City, IL; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Robert Fouts of Granite
City, IL and Debbie and Joe Henke of Panama, IL; dear sister, Rosemary Bosserman of Terre Haute, IN; proud grandfather to Frank (Amy) Henke, Mark Smith
and Mike (Jarica) Henke all of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather to Evan O’Brian, Leah Henke, Brooke Henke, Owyn Henke and Kellan Henke all of
Granite City, IL; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL
.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full military honors.

Memorial donations may be given to Second Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel and church.
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Gertrude “Jane” Kaucher, age 93, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Anderson Hospital,
Maryville, IL.

Jane was born on January 26, 1926 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Earl Voss Sr. and Ruby (Riggs) Voss.

On November 25, 1948, Jane Voss married Frederick R. Kaucher Jr., the love of her life in St. Louis, MO. Jane retired from the records department of the 5th
Army in St. Louis, MO, after many years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL. Jane enjoyed tracing
down family history. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was preceded in death by her two sisters, Effie Lou Humphreys and Barbara Schwertmann; and by three
brothers, Bethel “Bud” Voss, Earl Voss Jr., and Larry Voss.

She is survived by her loving son, Fred Kaucher of St. Charles, MO; dear siblings, Bill Voss of Granite City, IL and Donna (Larry) McIlvoy of Granite City, IL;
sister-in-law, Phyllis Voss of Granite City, IL; brother-in-law, Frank Schwertmann of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Crystal Ann Kaucher of Hazelwood,
MO and Cheryl Lynn (Jared) Hughes of Warrenton, MO; proud great-grandmother to Jonathon Kaucher, RJ Caldwell, Zachary Hughes, Emily Hughes and
Matthew Hughes; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Bill Hale
officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Vitas Hospice. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Beverly Lemp, 63, of Granite City died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at St. Mary’s Health Care Center in Richmond Heights,
MO.

She was born on February 23, 1956 in Springfield, Missouri to Roy Eugene and Betty Ruth (nee: Owens) Bellman.

Beverly Bellman married James “Mike” Michael Lemp on February 23, 1974 in Granite City, IL.

She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Pontoon Beach, IL where she was active in the Young at Heart, and also a member of the Better Breathers
Club at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Besides her husband, Beverly is survived by 3 sons: Michael (Cassandra) Lemp of Pontoon Beach, Christopher (Jody) Lemp of Granite City and Timothy
Lemp of Granite City; 10 grandchildren: Katlin Michelon, Patrick Lemp, Charles Lemp, Xavior Lemp, Mikayla Lemp, Gabriel Westfall-McKenzie, Jayden Lemp,
Andrea Lemp, Morrigan Lemp and Savanna Lemp and 1 great grandchild, Jacob Michelon. Also surviving are two brothers: Terry Bellman and Donald (Linda)
Bellman both of Granite City, IL.

She is preceded in death by her husband, both parents, brother: James Owens and sister: Carolyn Reed.

Memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Central Baptist Church in Pontoon Beach,
IL, with Rev. Wayne Musatics and Rev. Michael Palmani officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Young at Heart with Central Baptist Church in Pontoon Beach, IL.
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David J. Grindstaff, 71, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 2, 1947 in Granite City, a son of the late Kit Carson and Goldie Noami (Bomar) Grindstaff.

David was a very talented person, excelling in many areas. He was an exquisite artist whom created many unique and personal cherished painting and
drawings. He was detailed woodworker, intelligent computer repaireman, detailed woodworker and had a keen eye for his love of photography. He will be
remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Christina “Tina” and Brad Karoll of Troy, Illinois; sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Phil Carter of Pontoon
Beach; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Darrell Grindstaff of Honolulu, Hawaii and Jonathan and Kit Grindstaff of New Hope, Pennsylvania; niece and her
husband, Sascha and Bill Rodgers of Maryville; great niece and great nephew, Tessa and Tyler Rodgers; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Broc Carter and his loving companion of many years, Rita Blum.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral
service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Steven Gray officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Stanley S. Squires, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Liberty Village, Maryville, IL.

Stanley was born on October 8, 1928 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Robert Squires and Lottie (Rainwater) Squires.

On September 25, 1948, Stanley married Pauline Klaus, the love of his life. Stanley was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Navy.
Stanley worked as an aviation mechanic for Scott Air Force Base and later retired from AVSCOM, where he wrote manuals for helicopters. He was a faithful
member of Dewey Avenue Methodist Church in Granite City, IL. He was also a member of American Legion Post #199 in Edwardsville, IL. Stanley 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 parents, Stanley was preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Ann Werner; and by a sister, Louise Potillo.

He is survived by devoted wife, Pauline Squires of Granite City, IL; loving son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Nancy Squires of Granite City, IL; dear sister,
Geneva Felker of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Angela (David) Sneed of Sweeny, TX, Randy (Angela) Werner of Chester, IL, Matthew (Sara) Werner of
Glen Carbon, IL, Kerri Squires-Yount of Granite City, IL and William (Michelle) Werner of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather and great-great grandfather
to twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with family arriving at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite
City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Sunset Hill
Memorial Estates with full military honors.

Memorial donations may be given to Dewey Avenue Methodist Church or to the family. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Gale E. Cuvar, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in
Maryville.

He was born May 24, 1934 in Granite City, a son of the late John and Dorothy (Davis) Cuvar.

He married Sandra F. (Past) Cuvar on April 12, 1958 at the Dewey Avenue Methodist Church in Granite City and she survives.

He had worked for over 30 years as a pattern maker with Arnette Pattern Company in Granite City and retired from Bodine Aluminum in St. Louis after many
years of dedicated service.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army. Gale loved his days boating, watersports and enjoyed the many family outings throughout the
years at their lakehouse on Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake. He loved traveling and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with
his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Farrell Whitaker of Granite City and Nancy and George Diak of
Troy; five grandchildren, Daniel and Amanda Whitaker, David Whitaker, Emilee and Tommy Beck, Kailee and Alex Hubbs, George Diak and Katie Terziovski;
four great grandchildren, Wyatt and Abigail Whitaker and Kolten and Ellie Beck; sister-in-law, Judy and Jake Hinterser of Granite City; brother-in-law, Sonny
and Judy Past of Glen Carbon; three nephews; Jake, Chris and Todd Hinterser; his cherished granddogs, Sally, Allie and Lilly; other extended family and
many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lee Cuvar.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where
funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019 with Reverend Charles West officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Demetre Nitez Hollingsworth, 20, of Granite City died on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Granite City, IL.

He was born on July 20, 1998 in Granite City, IL to Demetre Cortez Hollingsworth, Sr and Nicole nee: Jacks Godspower.

Demetre liked studying different languages and learning about the healing powers of herbs. He was an avid reader, wrote poetry and considered himself a
freelance writer. He modeled part time and loved spending time with his many nieces and nephews. Demetre attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah
Witnesses in his youth.

Besides his parents, Demetre is survived by 2 sisters: Ryann Samuels of Granite City, IL and Bryan-Nicole Samuels of Granite City, IL; 4 brothers: Nicolis
Samuels of Granite City, IL, Byran (Latresha) Samuels of East St. Louis, IL, Maurice N. Hollingsworth of Kansas City, KS and Demetre Hollingsworth, Jr of
Kansas City, KS; paternal grandfather, Carlin Macon of Kansas City, KS; an aunt, Ruth (Felicia) Jacks of Dallas, TX and an uncle, Eric (Lisa) Jacks of Granite
City, IL.

Demetre is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Sandra Hollingsworth and his maternal grandparents: Therica and Helen Jacks. Also preceding
Demetre in death are two uncles: David Jacks and Maurice S. Hollingsworth.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Pearl Wright, age 91, of Carlsbad, CA, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Carlsbad, CA.

Pearl was born on December 29, 1927 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Cyreole and Margaret Cook.

Pearl is survived by her loving daughters, Laurie Haberman of Carlsbad, CA and Leslie Banahan of Oxford, MS; dear siblings, Betty Cook of Granite City, IL,
Robert Cook of Troy, IL and Rose (Gene) Mikes of Edwardsville, IL; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Chapel on the grounds of Calvary Catholic Cemetery,
Edwardsville, IL, with the interment to follow at the cemetery.
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Patricia Ann Morris, age 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at her home.

Patricia was born on August 29, 1955 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Lyman L. Morris and Doris R. (Allen) Morris.

Patricia worked in the healthcare industry as an L.P.N. for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her devoted and faithful companion, Maggie. Patricia
will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving children, Joshua Patrick (Stacy) Hildebrand of Kirkwood, MO, Jordan Michael (Rebecca) Hildebrand of Chesterfield, MO and
Laura Beth (Anthony) Columbatto of Lee Summit, MO; sister, Phyllis Mulford of Chesterfield, MO; proud grandmother to seven grandchildren and one great-
grandchild; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial gathering will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road,
Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Agnes P. Fryntzko, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:38 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Evelyn’s House in
Creve Coeur, Missouri.

She was born May 7, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late William W. and Pelagia (Nikolotsky) Popovchak.

She married Vladimir “Val” Fryntzko on July 19, 1953 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in St. Louis and he passed away on December 1, 2006.

She had graduated from Harris Teacher’s College and later received her Master’s Degree in Education from Washington University in St. Louis. Agnes was
an educator, first teaching in the St. Louis area. She began her career in the Granite City School District teaching first grade at Frohardt Elementary School,
becoming the first principal at Parkview Elementary School and retiring in 1986 after many years of dedicated years. She was proud to be the first woman
principal in the Granite City School District and has a yearly scholarship awarded to a student in her honor.

She was a faithful and active member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in St. Louis where she loved volunteering for many church functions and
cherished her years teaching Sunday school. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s sorority and enjoyed her many years of traveling
throughout her life.

In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Popovchak and three sisters, JoAnn Parisi, Mary Fryntzko and Ann
Butchko.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Clara Popovchak of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; great-great nieces; great-great
nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox, 4967 Forest Park Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri 63141 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. with Father Douglas Papulis officiating.

Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church or to Faith in Action.
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Catherine Louise Ponce, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Catherine was born on January 21, 1929 in East St. Louis, IL, a daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Hotto) Maurer.

On September 11, 1948, Catherine Maurer married Roy Ponce, the love of her life at St. Marks Catholic Church in Venice, IL. Catherine was a proud
homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. Catherine enjoyed volunteering
at the church. She was involved in many facets at the church, including helping with the funeral luncheons. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan,
and she enjoyed quilting and playing bridge. Catherine was past president of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Granite City, IL. Her greatest joy
was spending time with her family, whom she adored. Catherine loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed
by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother, Jay Daniel Maurer.

She is survived by her devoted husband of seventy years, Roy Ponce of Granite City, IL; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Rosalie and Michael Christopher of
Blue Springs, MO and Susan and William Temple of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Natasha Ponce and Tabatha Herzing; proud great-grandmother to
Taytum Cook, Riddli Riggins, Aurora Howland and Nova Howland; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father
Zachary Edgar officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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William H. “Bill” Albers, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:54 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at his home.

He was born June 9, 1928 in Granite City, a son of the late William Henry Albers and Lethia (Cline) Gitchoff.He married Joyce E. (Brown) Albers on June 24,
1950 in Granite City and she passed away on August 20, 2010.

He retired in 1985 from the Granite City School District #9 with 36 years of service as a world history teacher.

He was a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge where he had served as a trustee and was awarded Elk of the Year in the past. He was a former member of
Niedringhaus United Methodist Church and was an avid reader and golfer. He enjoyed his many travels in life, playing cards and bridge, going to the horse
races and cherished the special times shared with his family.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Larry Diak of Granite City and Joanne and Robert Conaway of Granite City; grandchildren and
spouses, Jack and Julie Carmody of Troy, Brian Melson of Granite City, Jennifer Burton and Josh Karius of Granite City, Laura Conaway of Granite City,
Kimberly Tarasovich of Washington, Illinois and James and Megan Conaway of Granite City; great grandchildren, Jocelynn Carmody, Jilliann Carmody, Brynn
Flannery-Melson, Liam Melson, Tanner Burton, Tyler Burton, Landen Karius, Kryslynn Karius, Elijah Conaway, Jordan Hall, Avery Tarasovich, Piper Conaway
and Cameron Conaway; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard “Dick” and Jackie Brown of Granite City; sister-in-law, Judy Werths of Granite City; many
nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, James P. Gitchoff; brother, Paul Gitchoff and brother-in-law, Ray
Werths.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of
memorial service at 12:00 noon with Theresa Alexander officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Mary M. White, 77, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite
City, IL.

She was born on December 31, 1941 in Olney, IL to Ray and Ann nee: Miller Ensor.

Mary married John White and he preceded her in death in 2008.

The loving mother and grandmother was a homemaker who enjoyed riding her bicycle, shopping at Wal-Mart, watching Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right
and comedy shows. She also enjoyed riding around in the car and liked the music of Elvis Presley.

Mary is survived by 3 daughters: Melinda (Stephen) Rains of Granite City, IL, Becky Wagenknecht of Sanford, FL and Marti White of Granite City, IL; 3 sons:
Shannon (Jenny) White of Granite City, IL, Lester White and fiancé, Kim Speece of Granite City, IL and Erron (Renee) White of Granite City, IL; 8 grandchildren
and 12 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Gary (Cindy) Ensor of Dupo, IL and 3 sisters: Katherine (Lester) West of Quincy, IL, Georgia (Charlie)
Sattgast Harris of New Berlin, IL and Susie (Don) Mangiaracino of Fontana, CA and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Mary is preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church’s Friendship Room in Granite
City, IL.
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Michael Joseph Thomas, 66, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at John
Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born August 31, 1952 in St. Louis, a son of the late Ralph Eugene and Genieve Ruth (Fann) Thomas Sr.

He married Marilyn Kaye (Mundy) Thomas on December 30, 1970 in Granite City and she survives.

He had worked with Big Rivers Zinc in Sauget with 30 years in mechanical maintenance. He retired in 2018 from Spectrum Brands in St. Louis after 10 years
of dedicated service.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was a member of City Temple Assembly of God Church in Granite
City. He loved fishing and hunting and was a member of the Eagle Bass Club. Michael loved and cherished his family and was very devoted to his wife,
daughters and grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Michelle Renee Odom of Hillsboro, Missouri, Jennifer Nicole and Mark
Seagle of St. Louis, Missouri and Donna Kaye and Jason Wernsman of Granite City; four grandchildren, Randy Odom Jr., Faith Nicole Miller, Tristan Michael
Brooks and Jadon Cole Brooks; three great grandchildren, Remy Levi, Jude Levi and Laysen Anthony; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ralph and Liz
Thomas of Tennessee and Steven Thomas of Mascoutah; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilynn “Denise” and Mark Townzend of Madison; mother-in-law,
LaDonna Mundy of Granite City; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vicki and Ken Rayborn of Mt. Carmel; brother-in-law, David Mundy of Edwardsville; many
nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at City Temple Assembly of God Church, 4751 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 4:
00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where visitation will continue on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m.

Burial with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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William Sherman Roberts, 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away Sun. Feb. 24, 2019 at SSM DePaul Health Center in
Bridgeton, MO.

He was born Jan. 10, 1940 in Murphysboro, IL to the late William Franklin & Lucille (Mitchell) Roberts.
William had been a butcher for Hunter Packing Company for 28 years.

He is survived by a son: Michael John Roberts of East St. Louis, IL; 5 siblings: Betty Hackney of Pontoon Beach, IL, Brenda Broska of Granite City, Virginia
Butery of St. Jacob, IL, Keith (Sue) Roberts of Brighton, IL and Marcie (Jim) Luckshis of Granite City; and his former spouse: Louise Roberts of East St. Louis.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: William Joseph Roberts; a sister: Fronia Mathenia; and a brother: Paul Robert.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING
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Rosalie “Rose” Miller, age 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Liberty Village, Maryville, IL.

Rose was born on June 9, 1942 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Michael and Ruby (Witt) Lengyel.

Rose worked as a cashier at Kresge Dime Store, and she also worked as a security guard for many years. Rose enjoyed dancing, playing all kinds of games
with her family and friends; she especially enjoyed gambling at the casino and playing bingo. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family. Rose loved life,
she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husbands, George French and Robert Miller; brother, Charles Stief Witt; and by her sister,
Janet Dixon.

Rose is survived by her loving children, Michael John (Shelly) French of Algonquin, IL, Trudy Lin (Steve Kiefer) Baxter of Belleville, IL and Karen Sue (Mike)
Thomas of St. Genevieve, MO; dear sisters, Marie (Dave) Martin of Granite City, IL, Joan Snodgrass of Salem, AR and Micky (Bruce) Davenport of Hopkinsville,
KY; fiancé, Charles “Chuck” Dary of St. Louis, MO; proud grandmother to nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite
City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Diabetes Association or Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois. Donations will be accepted at the
funeral chapel.
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Anita Ruth Bakos, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 5:43 p.m. Sun. Feb. 24, 2019 in Granite City.

She was born Oct. 5, 1945 in Arlington, KY to the late Marion Euen Farrow and Velma (Hoskins) Scheely.

She and Joseph Bakos were married in St. Louis, MO in 1970 and he preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1996.

Anita was a lifelong waitress and retired from Holiday Inn in downtown St. Louis after 37 years of service.  She loved going to the casino and playing bingo

She is survived by a son: Chris (Theresa) Bakos of Granite City; and a brother: Marion Gene (Madonna) Farrow of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jerone Taveggia.

Services are private.
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John Phillip Moore, 53, of East Alton, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away Thurs. Feb. 21, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s
Hospital in Springfield, IL.

He was born June 5, 1965 in Fort Dix, New Jersey to Leonard ‘Leon” and Darlene (nee: Hardas) Moore.

John was most at home when he was in his hunting stand.

He and Bonita Rose McCall were married Apr. 7, 2000 in Granite City, IL.  She survives in East Alton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Summer Moore; 2 step-daughters: Tiffany (Tommy) Hoskins and Donna Schlake all of Granite City; a step-
son: Richard (Racheal) Schlake of Christopher, IL; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and good friend Kimberly Long.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Jaxon McCall.

Per his wishes he was cremated.
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Ruth E. McGahan, age 100, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical
Center, Granite City, IL.

Ruth was born on November 18, 1918 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Clarence McGahan Sr. and Ella (Klund) McGahan.

She retired from the St. Louis Post Dispatch purchasing department after many years of dedicated service. Ruth was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed
spending time with her family and friends. Ruth loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew
and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her siblings, Agnes McGahan and Clarence McGahan Jr.; and by a niece, Ellen Fronabarger.

She is survived by a great-nephew, John (Bridget) Fronabarger of Fenton, MO; great-niece, Lisa Fronabarger of Sandoval, IL; great-great nieces, Lily Breese,
Amber Fronabarger and Anna Fronabarger; great-great nephew, Nickolas Devine; extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery,
Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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George Marion Gordon, age 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

George was born on December 21, 1942 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Thomas S. Gordon Sr. and Aline (McCord) Gordon.

On September 12, 1992, George married Sharon (Matheny) Wallace in Granite City, IL. He retired from MAPCO after many years of dedicated service. George
was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball games. He also enjoyed watching the Game Show Network
and playing games of chance. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he adored. George will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved
him.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his first wife, Paulette (Williams) Gordon; sister, Phyllis Boone; and by a grandson.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Sharon Gordon; loving children, Mike (Laura) Gordon, Gina (Corby) Davison, Dennis (Tonya) Wallace, Stacie (Tony)
Sandella and Jeffrey Wallace all of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Thomas S. (Elsie) Gordon of Collinsville, IL, Carolyn (Steven) Battles of Marine, IL and Sandy
(Russell) Fleming of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and
friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating.
Interment will be in Buck Road Cemetery, Maryville, IL
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Richard R. Opel, 72 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center
in Granite City.

Richard was born on September 30, 1946 in Alton, Illinois; the son of the late Arthur and Lorraine (Bauer) Opel.

Richard was a laborer and a crane operator at US Steel for 46 years and a member of the United Steel Workers Union. Richard loved to be outdoors where
he enjoyed his days of hunting and fishing and was a well known for his antique collecting. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially
his grandchildren. Richard will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times he shared.

Richard is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Mecca (Boudreaux) Opel, whom he married on January 8, 2000; children, Tracey (Mike) Lindsey of
Hartsburg, IL, Brian Opel of Mason City, IL, Scott (Melissa) Stamps of St. Clair, MO, Melissa Stamps of Granite City, IL, Zachary (Ashley) Opel of Granite City,
IL; grandchildren, Zayne Knudsen, Gage Stamps, Tyson Opel, Skyler Stamps, Aleeza Rau, Brenna Stamps, Alizabeth Rau, Taylor Opel, Jameson Opel,
Jackson Opel, Alivia Sanders; great-grandchildren, Julian Obenauer, Millie Stamps; sisters, Cheryl Bednar, Teri Opel.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his granddaughter; Madelyn Sanders and his brother, Gary Opel.

In celebration of Richard’s life, visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry
Lacefield officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation or the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation.
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Kasandra “Kassie” (Hillmer) Clark, age 28, of Springfield, MO, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Cox Medical
Center, Springfield, MO. Kassie was born on September 14, 1990 in Granite City, IL.

On September 5, 2013, Kassie married James Edward “Eddie” Clark Jr., the love of her life in Port Orchard, WA. Kassie worked as a judges clerk at the
Greene County Courthouse in Springfield, MO. She enjoyed spending time with her family and keeping in contact with her many dear friends on Facebook.
Kassie never met a stranger, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She even told her family that if anything ever happened to
her that she wanted to be an organ donor. By her gracious gift three individual lives were saved, including a little girl from St. Louis. Kassie loved life, she
loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kassie was preceded in death by her grandfather, John Hillmer.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Eddie Clark of Springfield, MO; dear son, Henry Jameson Clark; parents, Keith Hillmer of Ozark, MO and Sharon
(Wells) Hillmer of Jerseyville, IL; father-in-law, James Clark Sr. of Collinsville, IL; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Beth and Gerald Fischer of Godfrey, IL;
grandmother, Norma Hillmer of Granite City, IL; brothers, Keith, Jonathan, Jayce and Reece Hillmer; brothers-in-law, Gary Clark and Brogan Fischer;
extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL. Interment will be in
Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the family to start a trust fund for Henry.
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Ida Fay Shafer, 72, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at her home.

She was born May 14, 1946 in McKinnon, Tennessee, a daughter of the late Walter Riley and Mary Edna (Watkins) Mathis.

She had worked at Busy Bea Beauty Shop in Granite City and had been a beautician with over 50 years of dedicated service.

She cherished her family and loved sharing her life with those she loved and adored.

She is survived by five children, Ronda Shafer-West of Granite City, Veronica (Don) Dinges of Festus, Missouri, Edward Shafer of Granite City, Heather (Don)
Groetecke of Granite City and Holly Taft of Granite City; nine grandchildren, Sara, Kasey, Cody, Donald, Anthony, Carter, Hannah, Miranda and David; three
great grandchildren, Kali, Wyatt and Amos Moses; three sisters, Martha Howard of Alton, Betty “Tootsie” Turner of Hartford and Ruby Jane Avallone of
Kentucky; two brothers, Robert “Pete” Mathis and Larry Mathis of Kentucky; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nettie Mae Meyer and Linda Fay Osborn Miller; a brother, Charles Mathis and in-laws,
Bea and Ed Shafer.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until time of
funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Bob Marsh officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Shafer family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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James Robert Simpson, Jr , 81, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his home.

He was born on June 13, 1937 in Martinsburg, MO to James, Sr and Georgia (Hoover) Simpson.

James married Janet Knox in Granite City, IL on October 6, 1961.

The U.S. Army veteran worked at Nestle as a lab technician prior to his retirement then he worked for Super Wash in Pontoon Beach after his retirement. He
attended First Christian Church of Granite City, IL.

Besides his wife, James is survived by 4 daughters: Robin (John) Walton of Lake Havasu City AZ, Wendy (Danny) Barulli  of Southaven MS, Jodi (Frank) Byrd
of Lawson MO and Jennifer (Michael) Schmiz of Cahokia, IL; 11 grandchildren:  Stephen (Alisa) Walton, Michelle Walton,  Michael (Heather) Walton,  James
Barulli, Hannah Barulli, Esther Barulli, Benjamin Barulli, Frankie (Emily) Byrd, Mikaela Byrd, Kaitlynn Schmiz and Abigail Schmiz; 11 great grandchildren:  
Elisha, Silas, Andrew, Selah, Judah, Asher, Izayah, Bentley, Ryker, Robert and AnnaLynn.  Also surviving are a brother, Joe (Marty) Simpson of PA and a
sister, Veneta Renner of SC.

Besides his parents, James is preceded in death by 3 brothers: Rollie Simpson, John Simpson and William Simpson and by 3 sisters:  Pauline Waller,
Elizabeth Frazee and Lucy Hinton.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City, IL. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City with burial to follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Kontakt Mission USA
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Mark Aron Cox, 49, of Granite City, IL, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite
City, IL.

He was born November 29, 1969 in Granite City, IL to John R. and Connie (ne: Ollar) Cox.

Mark had worked for Hermann Oak Leather Company in St. Louis, MO.

He is survived by his daughter: Samantha (Seeram “Josh”) Garney of Grovetown, GA; son: Justin Smith of Mt. Vernon, IL; five grandchildren: Trenton Gisy,
Tristan Cox, Cameron Garney, Haley Smith and Bentley Smith; two sisters: Angela Sweckard of Mackinaw, IL and Connie Renee (Kevin Conn) Cox of
Cameron, N.C.; five brothers: Glen (Tammy) Cox of Seattle, WA, Timothy Cox of TN, Bryan Cox of Granite City, IL, Kirk Daniel Cox of Granite City, IL and John
David Cox of Granite City, IL.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother: Michael Cox.

The family will have a celebration of life service from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Ken’s Lounge, 1539 20th St., Granite City, IL.

Professional services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Elizabeth A. “Betty” Paschedag, 76 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at her home.

Elizabeth was born on March 7, 1942 in Portageville, Missouri and raised in St. Louis by her parents, Jacob H. and Esther (Wigington) Johnson.

Elizabeth was a legal secretary for Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd Law Firm in St. Louis.

Elizabeth enjoyed her days as a member of the Chouteau Township Senior Citizens and was known for “bench coaching” her favorite team, the St. Louis
Cardinals. Elizabeth loved to stay active by bowling, gardening, cooking and especially baking, as she was well known for her chocolate chip cookies. She
loved the many family pets throughout the years and adored watching and feeding her numerous hummingbirds. Most of all Elizabeth loved her family,
particularly her grandchildren, and the many extended friend/family members her children brought into her life. Elizabeth will be remembered for the love of
her family and all the special times they shared together.

Elizabeth is survived by and will be missed by her children; Darren W. (Dr. Rochelle Henderson) of Edwardsville, Illinois, Melanie Moss (Justin Chamness) of
Glen Carbon, Illinois; grandsons, Blake Moss, Brett Moss, Jack Chamness; sister, Shirley Cook; brother, Ron Johnson; nieces, Joyce (David) Coates, Janet
(Todd) Ralston, Caroline (Corey) Murphy; nephew, Shawn Johnson and many, many loved and cherished members of the Paschedag family.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband; Donald W. Paschedag, whom she married on June 19, 1965.

In celebration of Elizabeth’s life, friends may call on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 6:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960
Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Siteman Cancer Center or Hospice of Southern Illinois, but of course, Betty would
love to have lots of yellow flowers as well.
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Robert Joseph “Bob” Shipley, 62, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 5:13 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at
Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Bob was born May 23, 1956 in Granite City, a son of the late Robert C. Shipley and Patricia A. (Ryan) Shipley.

He married Margaret A. (Schnefke) Shipley, the love of his life at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and she survives.

Bob currently serves as the Granite City Township Supervisor with over 20 years of dedicated service and is also serving on the Americas Port District Board
of Commissioners. He had worked for the Metro East Sanitary District as the executive director for ten years, Secretary of State Department of Motor Vehicles
in Granite City and with Metallico TaraCorp for several years.

He had served his community as a Granite City Alderman, Precinct Committeeman, Madison County Board Member, Phoenix Crisis Center Board Member
and had served on the Southwestern Illinois Flood Protection District Council. He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a
member of the Knights of Columbus #1098 and Fraternal Order of the Eagles aerie #1126 in Granite City.

Bob enjoyed fishing, eating sweets, playing and coaching football, softball and various other sports and achieved a multi-sport National Championship of his
own. He also enjoyed creating art, painting, drawing, crafts, everything Disney, watching musicals and decorating for his favorite holiday time of Christmas.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren, whom he adored.

Bob loved going on adventures and thought nothing of driving hours for dinner at one of his many favorite places. He was a joker and loved making people
laugh and had the gift of making everyone feel like they were special. Bob was a extraordinary person with a big heart and will sadly be missed by all who had
the opportunity to know and love him.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Lauren Shipley of Granite City; daughters, Beth Shipley and Kari Shipley
of Granite City, grandchildren, Peyton and Conner Shipley; mother-in-law, Irene Schnefke of Granite City; brother-in-law, Bill Schnefke of St. Louis; sister-in-
law and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Pat Davis of Granite City; aunts and uncle, Sandy and Larry Richey and Nadine Ryan of Granite City; other extended
family and many wonderful friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Michael Shipley and an uncle, Thomas Ryan.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21,
2019.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church with
Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic School and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Madean King, age 97, of Granite City, IL, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Madean was born on October 2, 1921 in Fremont, MO, a daughter of the late Elton Grindstaff and Laura (Bristol) Grindstaff.

Madean was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of Bridgeway Assembly of God in Shell Knob, IL. Madean
was a talented seamstress who enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting and cooking for her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom
she adored. Madean will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Madean was preceded in death by her husband, William A. King Jr.; two sons-in-law, Donald Palovchik and Monroe Hefner; sisters,
Anna Maxine Griffin and Norma Jean Grindstaff; and by a brother, Gaylord Grindstaff.

Madean is survived by her loving daughters, Darlene Palovchik of Granite City, IL and Lelan Hefner of Edwardsville, IL; brother, Kenneth E. Grindstaff of
Sikeston, MO; grandchildren, Robin Bainter, Romona Hefner, Rebecca Anderson, Brady Hefner and Tammy Houser; three great-grandchildren and six great-
great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in
Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Unity Hospice. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Gary Michael Holtkamp, 70, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Select
Specialty Hospital in Town and Country, Missouri.

He was born March 18, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Demona (Elkins) Holtkamp of Glen Carbon and the late Jesse Frank Holtkamp.
He married Connie S. (Casleton) Holtkamp on March 16, 1968 at the Third Baptist Church in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 2011 from Boeing after over 45 years of dedicated service as a logistics engineer.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed photography, working on computers and home remodeling.
Throughout the years he had coached softball, had a love of music and cherished his grandchildren. He will be remembered for the love and special times
shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Keri and Tony Proffitt of Granite City and Cheryl Holtkamp of
Glen Carbon; six grandchildren, Brooke and Cole Proffitt, McKenna, Morgan, Mallory and Megan Knobeloch; a sister, Barbara Sowell of Granite City; brother,
Jon Holtkamp of Ballwin, Missouri; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Child Life or Costa Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Geneva J. “June” Wienhoff, 78 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her home.

Geneva was born on June 18, 1940 in Puxico, Missouri; the daughter of the late Elmer and Viola (Crabb) Willis. Geneva was a tax preparer for H & R Block for
over 30 years and in her free time she enjoyed her days of reading, crafts and making quilts. Her greatest love was her family and she will be remembered
for all the special times they shared together.

Geneva is survived by and will be missed by her children; Rebecca (Lonnie) Lancaster of Granite City, Illinois, Jeffrey (Pamela) Wienhoff of Huntsville,
Alabama, Elaine (Barry) Reynolds of Pinckneyville, Illinois, David (Barbara) Wienhoff of Edwardsville, Illinois, Julia (James) Isaak of Nobel, Illinois; brother,
Lloyd (Diane) Willis; sister-in-law, Dorothy Willis; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents,

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband; Louis Allen “Lou” Wienhoff, whom she married on July 3, 1956 and who passed away on December 2, 2018;
brothers, Francis Willis and Neil Willis.

In celebration of Geneva’s life, friends may call on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Steven Gray
officiating at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church, 2827 Mockingbird Lane in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Irwin
Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.
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Larry D. Miller, 77, of Glen Carbon, passed away peacefully on Thurs., Feb. 14 with his family by his side.

He was born in Granite City, IL, June 21, 1941 to Henry and Lois Miller.

He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 59 years, Georgia K. Gangluff; a son, Thomas D. Miller and his wife, Shelley; daughter Debby (Miller)
Arseneau and husband Jeff and daughter Nancy (Miller) Schwartz and husband Eric. He is also survived by 3 grandsons, Kalin Loftus, Jeff Arseneau, and
Nolan Schwartz as well as 4 granddaughters, Megan and Lauren Arseneau, Elise and Noel Schwartz and one great-granddaughter, Alannah Loftus.

Larry was a great husband, father, and grandfather who worked tirelessly, and even though he was dealt some tough medical blows, he never complained
once. He loved his wife Georgia with all his heart and they had many travel adventures together. He was a great role model to his kids and grandkids and
loved going to their many activities. He was a quiet giant of a man.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February, 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, IL.

A funeral mass will be at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 155 North Main Street in Glen Carbon at 12:00 p.m. Saturday followed immediately by a luncheon. The
family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful support services and care given by the staff at Anderson Hospital as well as Vitas Healthcare. In lieu
of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Cecilia’s Parish Elevator Fund or Vitas Hospice Healthcare.
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Norma Jean Stroder, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Delmar
Gardens North in Florissant, Missouri.

She was born March 29, 1932 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a daughter of the late Brian and Bessie (Craft) Johnson.

She married John L. Stroder in December 1948 in Arkansas and he passed away on April 7, 2018.

She had worked many years as a daycare teacher as First Assembly of God Church in Granite City and was a dedicated and loving homemaker.

She enjoyed her days of gardening and tending to her yard. She was a member of Granite City Church of God and will be remembered for the love and
special times shared with her family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura Smith of Granite City and Faye Stroder of Chicago; son-in-law, Raymond Cloninger of Granite City; four
grandchildren, Christopher Stroder, Travis Stroder, John Paul Smith and Sam Smith; two great grandchildren, Kaylen Waterman and Adaya Stroder; a great-
great grandson, Matthew Waterman; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Cloninger; a son, Roger Stroder; two grandchildren,
Melissa Cloninger and Jeremy Cloninger; two sisters, Virgie Reynolds and Virginia McCullough and a brother, Emery Johnson.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral
service at 1:00 p.m.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Linda L. Chapman, 75 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Linda was born on August 22, 1943 in Leavenworth, Kansas; the daughter of the late Mike and Juanita (Hart) Vesci.

Linda was a supervisor in customer service at CPI Corporation in St. Louis. In her free time Linda enjoyed her days of making ceramics and watching sports,
especially the St. Louis Blues. Her greatest joy was her family. Linda will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared
together.

Linda is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Ralph Chapman, whom she married on March 17, 1962; her sons, Randy (Heather) Chapman of
Glen Carbon, Illinois, Rob (Susan) Chapman of Godfrey, Illinois, Michael Chapman (Bridgit Johnson) of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Lindsey (Andrew)
Langendorf of Edwardsville, Illinois, Hannah Chapman of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Maxwell Chapman of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Jillian Chapman of Troy, Illinois.

Friends may call on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in
Granite City. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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Deborah “Debbie” Stuart, age 56, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Evelyn’s House in
Creve Coeur, MO.

Debbie was born on June 11, 1962 in Alton, IL, a daughter of the late Jack Podner and Bettye (West) Podner.

On September 12, 1981, Debbie married Ray Stuart, the love of her life in Norman, OK. Ray passed away on December 23, 2015. Debbie worked at Totall
Metal Recycling in Granite City IL, as the shipping and receiving coordinator. She was a dedicated and faithful employee for seventeen years. Debbie was an
all around sports fan. She enjoyed going to games with her friends and watching her favorite teams play on tv. Debbie never met a stranger and she was
always willing to lend a helping hand. She loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family and friends. Debbie will be sadly missed by all
who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Stuart of Granite City, IL; brothers, Michael (Judy) Podner of Bossier City, LA, James Podner of Granite City, IL and
John Podner of Volant, PA; proud grandmother to Lyla Lance, Edward Lance Jr. and Benjamin Lance; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful
friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel with Rev. Charles West officiating. Debbie will be laid to
rest next to her parents at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana, IL, at a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Jeanie L. Brooks, 70 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical
Center in Granite City.

Jeanie was born on August 20, 1948 in Roseburg, Oregon; the daughter of the late Charles E. and Betty (Spangler) Bates.

Jeanie was a homemaker and mom who attended Second Baptist Church in Granite City. Her greatest joy was her family and she will be remembered for all
the special times they shared together.

Jeanie is survived by and will be missed by her children; Wilford Brooks, Barry Brooks, David Brooks, Tammy Brooks, Trish Dotson; special friend, Alan
Shoptaw; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jeanie was preceded in death by her husband; Wilbur Brooks; brother, Omar Bates; sister, Mary Jane Combs.

In celebration of Jeanie’s life, friends may call on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Clint
Wisdom officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.
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Louella S. Brown, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:00 a.m. on Friday, February 1,
2019 at her home.

She was born August 19, 1927 in Pikeville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late David and Cora (Davidson) Renfro.

She married Curtis Oney Brown on September 17, 1948 in Betsy Lane, Kentucky and he passed away on December 19, 2013.

She was a member of the former Crossroads Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers, word puzzles and her days of traveling
with her husband and family. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will forever be cherished.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Steve Janco of Dubuque, Iowa; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Regina Brown of Godfrey,
Illinois; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Brown of Granite City; six grandchildren and spouses, Chad Janco, Dane Brown, Kiersten and Alden Schumacher, Blake
and Katie Brown, Holly Brown and Brandon and Jennie Brown; ten great grandchildren, Adria Schumacher, Patrick Schumacher, Alexis Brown, Elizabeth
Harris, Morgan Brown, Ella Brown, Alex Brown, Katherine Schumacher, Morgan Borwn and Julius Brown; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis and Chris Brown and five brothers and three sisters.

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

Visitation will continue at the Johnson Road General Baptist Church, 2033 Johnson Road in Granite City on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.
until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Larry Blankley officiating.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Rita Edna Pellazari, 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:24 a.m. Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional Medical Center
in Granite City.

She was born Nov. 14, 1940 in Carlyle, IL to the late Oren Elmer and Edna A. (Gaffner) Childerson.

Rita had worked for Bussman Fuse and St. Louis Card Co. as well as being a caregiver for many years.  She had been a member of the Moose and was a
member of Freedom Worship Center.  She loved to spend time with family and friends and especially her grandkids.  She liked to garden, swim and be
outdoors and was always keeping busy.

Survivors include 3 sons: John Lee (Ann) Pellazari, Marvin (Marsha) Pellazari and Mark (Catherine Hutchinson) Pellazari of Granite City; 8 grandchildren:
Austin Pellazari, Aubrie Pellazari, Kay (Bob) Porter, Katherine Gerber, Johnny Baker, Darrell Pellazari, Judy Jenkins and Lisa Warren; numerous great and
great-great-grandchildren; twin sisters: Jane Childerson of Greenville, IL and June Childerson of Pocahontas, IL; sister-in-law: Caroline Childerson of
Highland, IL; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband: John Otto Pellazari; a daughter: Rita Marlene Pellazari; 4 brothers: Veryl, Elmer, Elvin and Kenneth Childerson;
and 3 sisters: Betty Koch, Donna Boaz and Shirley Childerson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at Noon, Mon. Feb. 11, 2019 at Freedom Worship Center.  Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.
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Judy E. Bridick, 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 at her home.

She was born June 24, 1940 in Thayer, MO to the late James & Ruby (Williams) Johnson.

She had worked at the former St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City.

Survivors include a daughter: Nancy Welle of Collinsville, IL; 2 grandchildren: Sara Puent and Adam Welle; 3 great-grandchildren: Avery Puent, Adler Puent
and Gavin Welle; a brother: Don (Millie) Johnson of Edwardsville, IL; and 2 sisters: Shirley Barton of Alton, MO and Sherry (Steve) Ferguson of Oklahoma City,
OK.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter: Dianna McCracken; a son: Craig McCracken; and her companion: Gary McCoy.

Services are private.
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John Robert Cleary Patterson, 43, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Collinsville Nursing & Rehab in
Collinsville, IL.

He was born on November 29, 1975 in Wood River, IL to Robert Edward Patterson and Meredith nee: Cleary Roseman.

John was a member of New Witness Fellowship Church in Meadowbrook, IL and he loved to fish.

Besides his mother, John is survived by a brother, Justin (Melinda) Patterson of Holiday Shores, IL; 2 sisters: Jessica (Barry) Ballinger of Boston, MA and
Jamison Guithues of Granite City, IL and his step father, Dickey Joe Roseman. John will be missed by his nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his father.

Cremation services provided by Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to OSF Health Care, Saint Anthony’s Health Center Hospice of Alton, IL.
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Kodi Thomas Van Voorst  25, Passed January 27 2019 in Granite City.

Born in Wood River March 21, 1993
Son of Nina Van Voorst of Granite City.

Also survived by grandparents Margaret Fletcher of Granite City,
Frans Van Voorst IV of Glen Carbon, Susan Vinton of Granite City,
Step father Mark Begando of Highland. Daughter Kadance Van Voorst,
Sister Izabelle Sweazey of Pontoon Beach, brothers Nolan Begando of Highland and Kameron Gunther of Pontoon Beach, many aunts, uncles, nieces and
nephews. Preceded by his father Timothy Brim

Visitation: 9:00 am till service Monday, February 4, 2019 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City, Illinois.

Service: 10:45 am Monday, February 4, 2019 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City, Illinois. Presided by Pastor Steven Gray

Burial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm with full military honors for the decorated Kuwait Army veteran.

Memorial: To the Family care of the funeral home.
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Nancy Roberta Wickham, 76, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:29 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at
St. Louis University Hospital.

She was born March 28, 1942 in Alton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Louis and Ellen Grace (Morgan) Hoffman.

She married Tennyson “Brice” Wickham on September 3, 1960 and he passed away on December 5, 2007.

She had retired from Siebold Bakery in Granite City after over 15 years of dedicated service.

She was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Granite City and was a member of Church Women United. She enjoyed
volunteering for many church events and other organizations throughout the area and was very active with the Community Care Center in Granite City. She
enjoyed her years of working with the Girl Scouts, attending the H.O.P.E. widow luncheons and working with TOPS where she had served many years as
secretary. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and always giving a loving hug.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen D. Wickham of Granite City; a son, Kevin D. Wickham of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Cody Wickham of Houston,
Texas and Sheena (Jason) Brubaker of Anna, Texas; four sisters, Lois (Lewis) Glasgow of Troy, Elizabeth (Louis) Rohlfing of Granite City, Ruth Yager of
Edwardsville and Patricia McBride of Troy; sister-in-law, Candace Hoffman of Edwardsville; many nieces; nephews; lifelong family friend, Roseanne Holst of
Glen Carbon; other extended family and many dear friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Hoffman; brother-in-law, Ronald McBride and a nephew,
Mark James.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 2167 Grand Avenue in Granite City on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until time of
Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. with Bishop Anthony Clavier as celebrant and assisted by Father Scott Hoogerhyde and Father Eugene Stormer.

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

Memorials may be made to Community Care Center or to St. Bartholomew Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Wanda J. Chandler, 63, of Granite City, IL passed away at 9:25 p.m. Sat. Jan. 26, 2019 in Swansea, IL.

She was born Feb. 24, 1955 in Granite City to Norma J. (Gearhart) Frost of Granite City and the late Billy W. Frost.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Nicole & Charles Kessler; 4 grandchildren: Miaya, Dylan, Mikah and Easton, all of
Granite City; and a sister: Marsha Martinez of TX.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael R. Chandler.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
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Gilbert Roscoe Wallace, age 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Gilbert was born on July 7, 1946 in Dover, TN, a son of the late Dillon Wallace and Ruth Laydell (Warnick) Wallace.

Gilbert was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served with the 101st Airborne Division in the United States Army. During his tour of duty he was awarded the
Bronze Star. On August 13, 1970, Gilbert married Brenda Joyce Knight, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Gilbert retired from Metro East Industries in
Alorton, IL, as a supervisor. His greatest joy was hunting and spending time on his property in Grassy, MO. Gilbert was a loving husband, father, grandfather
and a friend to many. He 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 parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his brother, Herald Gene Wallace.

He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-eight years, Brenda Wallace of Granite City, IL; loving children, Laura (Mike) Gordon and Jeff (Lisa Staggs) Wallace,
both of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Emily, Katelyn and Bo; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

Gilbert will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full military honors conducted by the Unites States Army.

Memorial donations may be given to D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans). Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Dorothy Emma (Grah) Sabo, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 27, 2019
at 6:25 a.m. with her family at her side.

She was born October 11, 1927 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Raymond H. Grah and the late Emma E. (Ede) Grah Toth.

She married Theodore H. “Ted” Sabo on April 7, 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Granite City and he passed away on July 20, 2008.

Dorothy was a graduate of Granite City High School class of 1946. She worked several years at F.W. Woolworth in the record department and also at Bob’s
Sandwich Shop as a waitress. After her marriage to Ted, she diligently cared for her family for the remainder of her life.

She was a proud and faithful member of Third Baptist Church in Granite City since 1938 and is a member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City. Dorothy was
an avid bowler and played in a senior bowling league at Bowland until she was 86 years old. She also walked five miles a day well into her eighties.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Marie and Michael Perry of St. Charles, Missouri; a granddaughter and her husband, Danielle and
Douglas Standish of Wentzville; five great grandchildren, Steffan, Noah, Madison, Aidan and Rylie; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of sixty years and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond H. Grah Jr. and a sister, Marjorie Martinko.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
where funeral services will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church or to SSM Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Cynthia J. Colp, 70 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville
surrounded by her family.

Cynthia was born on February 4, 1948 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Milton R. and Ginger (Newberry) Slattery Warren.

Cynthia was a loving wife, mom and grandma who attended Calvary Life Church in Granite City. She was a well known talented artist who enjoyed crafts and
was considered a master builder of pinewood soap box derby cars. Cynthia loved giving to her family by making Halloween costumes for her children and
baking a variety of “goodies” for the whole family. She loved the outdoors where she could tend to her garden and flowers. Cynthia loved all animals but she
had a special for cats. Most of all she loved her family and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Cynthia is survived by and will be missed by her husband; James W. Colp, whom she married on March 18, 1966; her children, James (Darla) Colp of Troy,
Illinois, Aaron Colp of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Jessica Colp (Nick Osborn) of Maryville, Illinois, Justin Colp of Caseyville, Illinois; sister, Melodye
(Truman) Crispell of Edwardsville, Illinois; brothers, Gerald (Patricia) Slattery of St. James, Missouri, Robert Slattery of St. Louis, Missouri, Keith (Pam)
Slattery of Marble Hill, Missouri and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of
Cynthia’s life, services will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Lake
View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Granite City A.P.A.
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Rosalie Griffey, 78 of Collinsville, Illinois formerly of Granite City, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at
Cedarhurst of Collinsville.

Rosalie was born on March 14, 1940 in Litchfield, Illinois; the daughter of the late George and Hazel (Currie) Thing.

Rosalie was a computer operator at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Granite City and a member of Solid Rock Free Methodist Church.

Her greatest love was her family and she was a dedicated grandma spending time with her children and grandchildren. Rosalie will be remembered for the
love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Rosalie is survived by and will be missed by her daughters; Angela (David) Bigham of Collinsville, Lisa Gamble of Maryville; grandchildren, Brad (Rachel)
Bigham, Michael (Lindsey) Bigham, Shelby (Nate) Rozycki, Jacob Gamble; great-grandchild, Hendrix David Bigham; brother, Richard (Ellen) Thing; sister,
Georgia Odorizzi, and all her Cedarhurst family.

In addition to her parents, Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband; James W. “Bill” Griffey, whom she married on October 18, 1958; her son, James
Scott Griffey; sisters, Susan Best, Hazel Daley.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of her life,
services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Revisky officiating. Burial will follow at Union Miners
Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Heartland Hospice.
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James Edward Pope, 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:49 a.m. Fri. Jan. 25, 2019 at Gateway
Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Feb. 14, 1951 in Jonesboro, AR.

He and Sharon A. Martin were married Apr. 10, 1992 in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

James had been a steel mill worker and for the last 11 years was a groundskeeper at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Tina.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Pope Jr. and a brother.

Services are private.
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Linda Sue Ashby, 72, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at BJC Evelyn’s House in Creve Couer, MO.

She was born on June 24, 1946 in Wheeling, WV to William and Virginia (Fuller) Schehl.

The loving mother worked as a Long Haul Truck Driver with her Husband and helped design the Thunderbird logo. She also worked for N. O. Nelson
Elementary School in Edwardsville, IL where her sons attended, and the Animal House pet store in Pontoon Beach, IL. She enjoyed caring for animals, and
collecting American Indian jewelry. She was very creative and made many children happy with the blankets and stuffed animals she knitted.

Linda is survived by two sons: Lane Ashby and Wife Karen of Palm Coast, FL and David Ashby of Granite City, IL; a daughter, Marie Whited and Husband
Jake of Granite City, IL; a brother, William Schehl, Jr of Granite City, IL and a sister, Sandra Buford and Husband Charles of Granite City, IL.

Besides her parents, Linda is preceded in death by her husband Robert Ashby, and a brother Michael Schehl.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Andrew “Andy” Marczak, 68 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at John Cochran Veterans
Hospital.

Andrew was born on July 5, 1950 in Edwardsville, Illinois; the son of the late John and Julia “Julie”(Kondrich) Marczak.

Andrew was a janitor at Edwardsville High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Andrew will be remembered for his kind heart
and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Andrew is survived by and will be missed by his son; Shane Marczak and (Megan Bloodworth) of Granite City; grandchildren, Michael Ellingwood, Mathew
Ellingwood, Madalynn Ellingwood; brother, John Marczak; sister-in-law, Nancy Marczak.

In addition to his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his wife; Debra (Bridges) Marczak; his brother Bob and sisters, Rosemary and Helen.

In celebration of Andrew’s life, visitation will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel,
3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Clint Wisdom officiating. Burial will follow with military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
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Linda Sue Ashby, 72, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at BJC Evelyn’s House in Creve Couer, MO.

She was born on June 24, 1946 in Wheeling, W.V. to William and Virginia nee: Fuller Schehl.

The loving mother worked for Animal House pet store in Pontoon Beach, IL. She enjoyed caring for animals.

Linda is survived by a daughter, Marie (Jake) Whited of Granite City, IL; 2 sons: Lane (Karen) Ashby of Palm Coast, FL and David Ashby of Granite City, IL; a
brother, William Schehl, Jr of Granite City, IL and a sister, Sandra (Charles) Buford of Granite City, IL.

Besides her parents, Linda is preceded in death by a brother, Michael Schehl and her former husband, Robert Ashby.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Frances M. Shea, 89, of Granite City, IL passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Gateway
Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born on August 21, 1929 in Madison, IL to Samuel and Anna nee: Bunsich Krpan.

Frances married Charles H. Shea in St. Louis, MO in 1948.

The loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was a housewife who enjoyed cooking, cleaning and spending time with
her family. She also enjoyed cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Frances is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sandra R. (Larry) Nowicki of Granite City, IL; a son, Charles (Marsha) Shea of
Godfrey, IL; 3 grandchildren: Candice Hill, Larry Nowicki, Jr and David C. Nowicki and 2 great grandchildren: Ryleigh C. Fears and
Kenley M. Hill.

Besides her parents, Frances is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Samuel Krpan, Jr and George Krpan and 2 sisters: Emma Kudelka
and Helen White.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Annie Knapp, Rose McCall Moore, Cheryl McKInney and Donna Schlage for the care that
they gave Frances.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
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Lillian Mae Bemis 79, formerly of Granite City passed away Monday, January 14, 2018 at Caseyville Nursing Rehab.

She was born January 24, 1939 in DuBois, IL to Sylvester and Lillie (nee: Kemntz) Dudek. She married Mark Anthony Bemis September 8, 1962; he preceded
her in death May 15, 2018.  Lillian was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Jeffrey Mark and Dana Bemis of Collinsville and a brother, Kenneth and his wife Cecelia Duddek of DuBois, IL

Also preceding her death were her parents; three brothers, Lawrence Dudek, Clarence Dudek and Raymond Dudek and two sisters, Loretta Shroder and
Rita Lisk.

The family will greet friends and family from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral procession leaves for the graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019
at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. in Chapel at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville with Father Jeffry Holtman
as Celebrant.
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Jack Lee Paschedag, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:49 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 at his home.

He was born September 1, 1929 in Granite City, a son of the late William and Ora (Goade) Paschedag.

He retired from Granite City Steel after 35 years of dedicated service as a foreman. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his days of fishing and hunting.
He enjoyed working puzzles and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 65 years, Bonnie Lou (Heideman) Paschedag he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and MiSuk
Paschedag of San Antonio, Texas and Randy and Tina Paschedag of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Jackie, Alexis, Meagan, Joshua, Michelle, Jennifer,
Mike and Christina; four great grandchildren, Drew, Ava, Abby and Carter; a brother, Charles Paschedag of Holiday Shores; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Paschedag; a grandson, William Paschedag; two brothers and four sisters, Donnie,
William “Bill”, Frances, Betty, Marian and Maggie.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Salvation Army and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Cecil E. Barnes Jr., 44, of Granite City and formerly of Chicago, Illinois passed away at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 17,
2019 at his home.

He was born June 10, 1974 in Granite City, a son of Sandra Jan (Hearn) Barnes of Mississippi and Cecil E. Barnes Sr. of Granite City.

He had worked with Scheck Mechanical Corp in Countryside, Illinois with 19 years of service as a project manager in the Cost Specialist Department.

He was a 1992 graduate of Rich Central High School in Matteson, Illinois and has kept in contact with many of his graduating class friends. He had a love of
sports, played soccer in his earlier years and was an extreme fan of the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed watching the games with his
family through the years. In the past years, he enjoyed learning property management and construction and renovations on several ventures. Cecil loved the
outdoors and enjoyed his days of camping, hunting, fishing and traveling.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by his wife, Maria Laticia “Lety” (Perez) Barnes of Chicago; a son, Dakota Edward Barnes of Granite City;
daughter, Karla Michelle “Mitchie” Perez of Chicago; sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Mark Moss of Mississippi; many aunts; uncles; cousins; other
extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Edward Barnes and his grandparents, Elmer L. and Virginia L. Hearn and Edward S. and Edna M. Barnes.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until time of
funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend David Denton officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

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