Jesse Junior Martin, 85, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Sun. May 31, 2020 at his home while under hospice
care.

He was born Dec. 11, 1934 in Granite City to the late Jesse E. & Cora (Sykes) Martin.

On Jan. 16, 1954, he and Joan F. Courtney were married in Granite City.  She preceded him in death July 4, 2003.

Jesse retired from Laclede Steel after more than 30 years of service.  He enjoyed carpentry in his free time.

Survivors include 6 children: Tony (Deb) Martin of Troy, IL, Terry Brawley of Gillespie, IL, Billy Martin of Granite City, Marion Martin of St. Louis, MO, Richard
(Lisa) Martin of Granite City and Tonya Martin of Granite City; 11 grandchildren, two of which were very special because they were raised like his own
children, Tabitha Yates and Sam Brawley; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Gloria Buckingham of West Frankfort, IL.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sons: Jesse Martin Jr. and Bobby Martin; a son-in-law: Kerry Brawley; 2 grandchildren:
Johnathan and Jessica Brawley; 3 brothers; and 7 sisters.

Services will be held at a later date with burial at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki.
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Lee Collins Harlan III, 77, of Madison, IL, passed away on May 28, 2020 at his home.

Lee was born on March 18, 1943 to Lee Collins, Jr. and Beatrice (Fechtel) Harlan in Granite City, IL
and was a lifelong resident of Madison County.

Lee was a small business owner, having owned and operated a local waterproofing business.
He was known by his customers for his honesty and kind business manner.

Lee is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Harlan (Rodney) Vaught;
his two sons, Lee Collins Harlan IV and Robert Kyle Harlan; a granddaughter, Lindsay Leverett;
and one niece, Lisbeth Lyons.

A private family burial will be held at Sunset Hill Cemetery and officiated by Father Dennis Meyer,
a cousin of the deceased.

Lee had a passion for animal welfare. In his later years, he provided a welcome haven in his backyard for neighborhood cats. Memorials in Lee’s honor
are suggested to an animal shelter of your choice.
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Pamela Elizabeth Jones, 54, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:57 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Barnes Hospital
in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born November 8, 1965 in Granite City, a daughter of Franklin D. Hays of Granite City and the late Patsy L. (Jones) Hays.

She married Brian K. Jones on June 7, 1997 at Wilson Park in Granite City and he survives.

Pam enjoyed her girl’s night playing Aggravation, gardening and chilling by the pool. She was a talented crafter and enjoyed making wreaths and other
creative pieces. She loved her collection of Rae Dunn products and cherished her dachshund, Charlie and grandcat, Hairy. She will be remembered for the
love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and father, she is survived by two daughters, Samantha Givens of Pacific, Missouri and Brooke Lynn Jones of Granite
City; granddaughter, Olyvia Abel of Pacific, Missouri; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Karen Bunton of DuQuoin, Illinois and Vicki and Gregory Meister of
Mascoutah; mother-in-law, Shirley Jones of Granite City; her BFF, Ella Rooks of Mascoutah; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

Pamela deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on Friday,
May 29, 2020 with Reverend Henry Crippen officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Twigs food outreach for children in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Dauphlin “Dee Dee” Wakeford, 70 of Granite City passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on
Friday, May 29, 2020.

Dee Dee was born on March 18, 1950 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Calvin Preston and Norma Jean (Lupardus) Tolbert. Dee Dee was a LPN
retiring from St. Louis University Hospital. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Granite City and enjoyed her days of fishing, riding horses and
going on motorcycle rides. Dee Dee was always eager for playing Bingo or taking trips to the boat. Most of all Dee Dee loved her family and enjoyed all the
special times they shared together.

Dee Dee is survived by and will be missed by her children; Jeff and P.J. Wakeford of Granite City, Jason and Brandi Wakeford of Granite City, Jamie
Wakeford White and James Hines of Granite City; grandchildren, Jessica Wakeford, Cody and Haley Wakeford, Justin Wakeford, JD White, Jenah White;
former husband, Sonny Wakeford; brothers, Robert and Lanell Tolbert, Warren and Lisa Tolbert and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many other
close family members and friends.
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In celebration of Dee Dee’s life a family memorial gathering is being planned for a later date.

Marlene E. Nonn, 69 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Jerseyville Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center.

Marlene was born on July 7, 1950 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Buell and Modena (Todd) Mann. Marlene was the Nameoki Township Deputy
Assessor giving 5 years of service and giving 3 years to the Madison County Assessor’s office. Craig and Marlene loved fishing trips together to Las Vegas
and Marlene was always happy and had a positive attitude for life. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandson Tyler and she will be
remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Marlene is survived by and will be missed by her son; Scott and Stacy Nonn of Granite City; grandson, Tyler A. Nonn of Granite City; brother, Gary and Mary
Mann; brother-in-law, Stephen and Sue Nonn; several nieces, nephews and many other dear friends and relatives.
In addition to her parents, Marlene was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life who passed away on October 30, 2015; Craig A. Nonn,
whom she married on February 13, 1971.

Marlene deserves a beautiful tribute for a life well lived, during these uncertain times a private family service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at
Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to The
BackStoppers, 10411Clayton Road #203, St. Louis, MO 63131.
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Vickie L. Pruitt, 55, of Hartford, Illinois passed away at 10:19 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at her home.

She was born December 2, 1964 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Clay and Thresia (Richardson) Gray.

She was a dietary aide with Eden Village in Glen Carbon and formerly at Foxes Grove in Wood River.

Vickie enjoyed her days of sewing and her many travels back to Tennessee to visit family. She cherished her children and grandchildren and will be
remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Ashley Pruitt of Hartford; her son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Sara Pruitt of Roxana; her cherished grandchildren,
Carter and Claire Pruitt; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Karen Gray of Moro; sister, Denise Gray of Hartford; nieces and nephews, Greg Smay,
Amanda Smay, Claydon Cathorall, Zac Cathorall, Adam and Kelly Lile, Paul and Shelby Lile and Daniel Gray; longtime friend, Leo Tomerlin; special cousin,
Rhonda Anderson; lifelong friends, The Zagar family; other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by a
infant son, Stephen Lee Pruitt.

Vickie deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in
Granite City on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. You may view this service livestream at www.irwinchapel.com.

Memorials may be made to the family and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Beverly W.F. Hopper, 60, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at her home.

She was born on September 7, 1959 in Cairo, IL to Walter Ray and Mary Francis nee: Pollard Morgan.
Beverly married Gerald Hopper in Edwardsville, IL.

The loving wife, mother and grandmother was a trustee for the City of Pontoon Beach, IL for 8 years and also a member of the Pontoon Beach Water Board.
She was also a precinct committeeman for Madison County and was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL.

Besides her husband, Beverly is survived by 3 daughters: Lisa (Kenneth) Sloan of Collinsville, IL, Kendra (Brandon Williams) White of Granite City, IL and
Brittany (Mark) Gibbear of Granite City, IL; a step daughter, Amber Hopper of Granite City, IL; a step son, Justin (Amy) Hopper of Mitchell, IL; 10
grandchildren: Dreyke, Anthony, Blaze, Zoeylynn, Hayden, Nathan, Bentley, Landon, Ellie and Sebastian; a brother, Jerry Morgan of IL; 2 sisters: Mary Belle
Morgan and Pamela Morgan and a half - brother, Gerald Morgan.

Beverly is preceded in death by her parents and a half-brother, Scott Morgan
Beverly deserved a beautiful tribute but due to the COVID 19 restrictions, services are private. A memorial will be held at a later date.
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Dennis Wayne Kent, 49, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

He was born on April 2, 1971 in Granite City, IL to Dennis William and Sherry nee: Stearns Kent.
The U.S. Navy veteran was self-employed as a barber. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the VFW Post 1300.
Besides his mother, Dennis is survived by his paternal grandfather, William “Bill” Kent of Granite City, IL; his maternal grandmother, Betty Stearns of
Granite City, IL and a half- brother, Danny Miller of Granite City, IL.
Dennis is preceded in death by his father; paternal grandmother, Helen Kathleen Kent and maternal grandfather, George Stearns.
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Ricky L. Ingram, 65 of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City,
IL.
He was born on March 22, 1955 in Richmond Heights, MO to Merlin Earl Ingram, Sr and Lauraelise Marie nee: Papin Serrano.

Ricky worked as a roofer for many years then worked as a maintenance worker at Gateway Regional Medical Center for the past 3 yrs. He attended Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in Granite City, IL and he enjoyed sports, especially fishing, baseball (St. Louis Cardinals fan), football and wrestling.

Ricky is survived by 2 brothers, Randy Ingram of Granite City, IL and Frank Serrano, Jr of Granite City, IL; 6 sisters: Carol (Wes) Doniff of Edwardsville, IL,
Connie Pritchard of Edwardsville, IL, Lesa (Steve) Nolan of Granite City, IL, Carla Hitt of Flint, TX, Ramona Serrano of Granite City, IL and Tanya Serrano of
Festus, MO; a sister in law, Betsy Ingram of Granite City, IL; a family friend, Sam Brawley of Granite City, IL and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ricky is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Ronald Ingram and Earl Ingram, Jr; 2 sisters: Toni Jones and Kim Reich; his maternal
grandparents, Anna G and Leo Papin; his paternal grandmother, Nola Grieder; his step mother, Barbara Ingram and his step father, Frank Serrano, Sr.
Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to TWIGS of Granite City.
Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com.
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William “Bill” Chrusciel, 89 of Granite City passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Bill was born on July 12, 1930 in Madison, IL; the son of the late Carl and Lucille (Pertoka) Chrusciel.

Bill was a mail carrier and was known by his nick name “Fruit Jar” in the Granite City area for 30 years and proudly served his country in the United
States Army in the Korean War. Bill was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the VFW Post 1300 in Granite City. He was a
known “Gear Head” who loved to work on Volkswagens and bought his first car when he was just 15 years old. He loved his boys and sponsored
them while they competed in motocross and was always ready to go fishing at Coffeen Lake. Most of all Bill loved to spend time with his family and
will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Bill is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 38 years, Beverly (Jones) Chrusciel; children,Nancy "Pat" Spalding, Billy Chrusciel, David
Chrusciel, Robin (Pam) Nunn, Alan Nunn, Dallas Nunn, Thomas Nunn; grandchildren, Christopher (Jenny) Allen, Amy Spalding, Matthew Stamps, Mark
Stamps, Brianna Lang, Nikki Bernaix; great-grandchildren, Gavyn Chrusciel, Grant Chrusciel, Talon Quinn.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his 1st wife; Joyce (Risner) Chrusciel; daughter; Sharon Kay Chrusciel; granddaughter, Alyssa
Chrusciel; brothers, Charlie and John; sisters, Dorothy and Dunny.

Although Bill deserves a beautiful tribute, during these uncertain times a private family service is being planned for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 with
Pastor Jarad Corzine officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.

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

Memorials may be made to the Granite City VFW Post and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Dakota Ryan Chrismer, 23, of Granite City, IL, passed away Sat. May 16, 2020 in Granite City.

He was born June 6, 1996 in Granite City to Larissa Mullen of Granite City.

Dakota worked at CFW Warehouse.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his step-father: Timothy Mullen of Granite City; a brother: Shaun Mullen of Granite City; 2 sisters: Courtney
(David) Jenkins of Carlinville, IL and Chelsea Mullen of Alton, IL; twin nephews: Mitchell & Michael Jenkins; grandparents: Harrison & Jeanne Mullen of
Granite City; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date when crowd restrictions have been lifted.
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Sherry Ruth (Miller) Swiecicki, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away
peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Sherry was an Operations Manager at Bank of America for 20 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all who
knew and loved her.

Ms. Swiecicki was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Martha, nee Andrews, Miller; and her brothers, Harold and Richard Miller.

She is survived by her three sons, Stanley (Judy) Swiecicki of Mooresville, IN, Keith (Sherri) Swiecicki of Granite City, IL and Christopher (Carol Ann)
Swiecicki of Chesterfield, MO; Seven grandchildren, Scott (Carole) Swiecicki, Rachel Goldman, Courtney (Morgan) Wecker, Nicolle (Gavin) Bennett,
Christopher, Cooper and Cullen Swiecicki; Sisters-in-law, Virginia and Judy Miller, plus nephews, David (Laura) Miller and Steven (Trish) Miller.

She will be laid to rest at Sunset Hills Cemetery. In celebration of Sherry’s life, a private family memorial gathering is being planned for a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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JoAnn Thornton, 67, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Evelyn’s House in
Creve Coeur, Missouri.

She was born October 28, 1952 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Jack and Lorena (Anderson) Thornton.

She had retired as a lab technician after 27 years of dedicated service with the office of Dr. Roscan in Belleville.

She was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and enjoyed quilting with her friends. She cherished her children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by five children, Jim Lewis of Troy, Steve Lewis of Madison, Carmon Lewis of St. Louis, Dawn Berry of Cape Fair, Missouri and Julie
(Craig) Knight of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Chase, Abby, Dylan, Corey, Emily, Brittany and Sara; six great grandchildren, Jayla, Chandler,
Triston, Scarlett, Landon and Mya; four brothers, Jim (Sharon) Thornton of Aurora, Missouri, Gerald Thornton of Aurora, Missouri, Chester Nicholls of
Aurora, Missouri and Butch Thornton of California; two sisters, Pam Nicholls of Aurora, Missouri and Sue Thornton of Alton; many nieces; nephews;
other extended family and friends.

JoAnn deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times a private service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City at 11:30 a.m. on
Friday, May 22, 2020 with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. This service can be watched through livestream on her tribute page on www.
irwinchapel.com.

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

Memorials may be made to Calvary Life Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Charles Thomas Tinsley, 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:49 a.m. Sun. May 17, 2020 at Fountain View Manor in
Granite City.

He was born July 9, 1928 in Leachville, AR to the late John Thomas & Ona Tinsley.


On Dec. 2, 1950, he and Conception Serrano were married in Granite City.  She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2003.

Charles was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and worked at Laclede Steel, retiring as a steam operator after 40 years.  He loved to fish and camp.

He is survived by a daughter: Deborah (Randy) Bettorf; a son: Jeffery (Kim) Tinsley, all of Granite City; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 1
great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Antoinette Short; 3 brothers: Pat, J.D. and Roy; and a half-sister: Louise.

Services are private due to the current COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
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Lavern R. Mull, 93, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:33 a.m. Sat. May 16, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City.

She was born Apr. 8, 1927 in Granite City to the late Michael & Cecilia (Tobbin) Perkins.

Lavern had been a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was a member and Past President of VFW Post 1300 Ladies Auxiliary.  She was an
avid crafter, seamstress and loved to crochet.

She is survived by 2 sons: Donald (Sue) Mull and Dan (Tammy) Mull of Granite City; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters-in-law:
Louise Mull and Barbara Perkins.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: William Robert Mull; 2 sons: Robert and Michael Mull; a great-granddaughter; and 4
brothers and sisters.

Services are private due to the current COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
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Tammy Laverne Naler, 49, of Cahokia, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away Fri. May 15, 2020.

She was born Jan. 7, 1971 in Granite City to the late Bobby Carneal & Patricia Ann (Marlette) Naler.

Tammy is survived by 3 sons: Lonnie Clayton and Bobby Clayton of Edwardsville, IL and Brett Clayton of Granite City; 2 grandchildren: Jensen &
Gracyn Clayton; 3 brothers: Monty Naler of Granite City, Steve Naler of CO and Tommy Naler of AZ; 2 sisters: Teresa Naler of Granite City and Laura
Jackson of TN; and her fiancée: James Holt of Cahokia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Services are private.
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Verna M. Joslin, 92 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation
Center in Granite City.

Verna was born on February 28, 1928 in Shrewsbury, MA; the daughter of the late Wilmer and Florence Pelkey. Verna had worked for Dapol Plastics
for many years and just loved to spend time with her family. Verna will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared
together.

Verna is survived by and will be missed by her children; Nancy and Roy Howell of Granite City, Francis Joslin of Falmouth, MA; grandchildren, Sharon
and (Paulos) Berghman, Tina and (Brian) Galloway, George and (B.J.) Schofield, John and (Lisa) Schofield, Tara Murphy, Jaime Bothelo, Jessica
Joslin, Robert Joslin; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Heather, Alahna, Brenna, Cailyn, Daleigh, Kayla, Dennis Jr., Patrick, Britany, Taylor, Charlie, Devon,
Briar, Cyrus; great-great-grandchildren, Matthew and 2 other little ones; and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Verna was preceded in death by her husband; Francis J. Joslin, whom she married in 1946; sons, William P. Joslin, Michael
J. Joslin; granddaughter, Courtney Joslin; brothers, Lester Pelkey, Howard Pelkey, Richard Pelkey, Elmer Pelkey; sisters, Lucille Christanko, Theda
Bush.

In celebration of Verna’s life a family memorial service is being planned for a later date. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving
the family.
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Norman H. Kinder III, 55, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri at 12:45 a.m. on
Monday, May 18, 2020.

He was born July 29, 1964 in Springfield, Illinois, a son of Norma J. (Kester) Kinder of The Villas of Holly Brook of Bethalto and the late Norman H.
Kinder Jr.

Norman was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Granite City. He was a proud member of Granite City Masonic Lodge #835 and
had grown up with the Boy Scouts of America. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and loved attending many games throughout the years.
Norm was known by everyone throughout Granite City, always greeted you with a big smile and wanted to know how you were doing. He never knew
a stranger and was always ready to have a conversation with anyone. Norm also enjoyed singing karaoke.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by cousins, Kelly Pinnell of Phoenix, Arizona, Cindy Altman of Scottsdale, Arizona and Becky Dutko of
Mesa, Arizona; other extended family and his many friends in the community.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter G. and Pearl J. Kester and Norman H. Kinder Sr. and Ruth Kinder;
aunts, Carolyn S. “Cookie” Kester and Sara Dutko and cousins, Frank S. Dutko and Robin Newman.

Norman deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a drive through visitation will be at Irwin Chapel from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00
p.m. Private services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Lisa Guilliams and Reverend John Walter officiating. This service will be available
livestream through www.irwinchapel.com.

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

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to TWIGS or Trinity United Methodist Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Sharon Kay Yates, 76, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in
Maryville, Illinois.

She was born July 31, 1943 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Robbie and Rose (Eagle) Robinson.

She retired from the Mitchell Public Water Department after 20 years of dedicated service as an office manager.

She was a member of Lovejoy Presbyterian Church in Wood River where she had served as a deacon. She enjoyed her days of traveling and
cherished her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by her twin sons, Jon Yates of Granite City and Jason (Michelle) Yates of Caseyville; three granddaughters, Amber Miller, Allison Yates
and Emily Yates; a great grandson, Drayden Love; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bobbie Bailey.

Sharon deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a memorial service will be held at a later time.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Betty J. Lewis, 90, of Granite City passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 12, 1930 in Granite City, IL to John and Laura Gerline (Odom) Wyatt.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah "Debbie" (Vincent) Wiehardt of Granite City and Robin (Richard) Madison of North Port, FL; three
grandsons, Christopher and Jeffery Wiehardt and Leslie Whittington; two great granddaughters, Neeley and Ellie Wiehardt; great grandson, Jorden
Whittington and a sister, Shirley Nolan of St. Peters, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Francis Rossi and Maxine Rutter.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Christopher Michael Wallace, 46, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at his home.

He was born on April 9, 1974 in Memphis, TN to Ronald and Wilma nee: O’Neal Wallace.

The loving father and son was a member of the Eagles 1126 in Granite City, IL. He enjoyed attending and watching stock car races.

Besides his parents, Christopher is survived by 2 daughters: Christina Wallace of Belleville, IL and Hannah Wallace of Warrenton, MO; a son,
Christopher C. Wallace of Granite City IL and a grandson, Elijah Prater. Also surviving are 2 brothers: George (Jamie) Wallace of Granite City, IL and
Ronald (Carrie) Wallace of Granite City, IL; his paternal grandmother, Eithel Wallace of Granite City, IL and his girlfriend, Sarah Hall of Granite City, IL.

Christopher is preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Troy “Charlie” Epps and his paternal grandfather, George E. Wallace.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com
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Dwayne “Tex” S. Rogers, 85, of Madison, IL died on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 14, 1934 in Waxahachie, TX to Thad Loveless Rogers and Thelma (Cobb) Lawrence.

Tex married Theresa Kraus in Dallas, TX on April 15, 1961. They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
The U.S. Army veteran was a life member of AMVETS Post 204 in Madison, IL and an active member of St. Mary’s/ St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the
Boosters in Madison, IL.  He was a life member and past Worshipful Master of the Masonic East Lodge 504 in Fairview Heights, IL, a past member of
Scottish Rite of Valley of Southern Illinois and a past member of the Ained Shrine Temple.  Tex enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the
Loma Alta Trap & Skeet Club of Brownsville, TX where he won an event with 25 out of 25 shots.  He was especially proud placing 3rd place in the
Boone & Crockett Record Book with a 23 pt non typical deer with a score of 197 3/8.

Tex had a very special CNA, his granddaughter, Kaylyn along with the wonderful Heartland Hospice staff. The family would like to thank the nurses on
the 5th floor of Gateway Regional Medical Center and Sister Jacquline of St. Mary’s for their compassionate care.

The loving husband, father and grandfather is survived by his wife; 2 daughters: Karyn (Mickey) Topal of Granite City, IL and Jahnne Kae (Paul)
Blattner of Waterloo, IL; a son, Dwayne Rogers II of Madison, IL; 3 grandchildren:  Bryan Topal, Kaylyn (Travis) Cage and Ashley (Trey) Burris and 5
great grandchildren:  Carleigh Topal, Brayden Topal, Zachary Cage, Lily Burris and Daisy Burris.  Also surviving are a brother, Dennis (Linda) Rogers of
Mesquite, TX and a sister, Janet Harris of Lancaster, TX.

Besides his parents, Tex is preceded in death by a brother, Darwyn Rogers; a sister, Donna Gail Mc Ferran and a sister in law, Marsia Tebbe.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory of Granite City, IL.
Services are private.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners and the American Heart Association.
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Judith “Judy” T. Boyer, 76, of Granite City passed away May 5, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born December 27, 1943 in St. Louis, MO to Clifford and Florence (nee: Saufnauer) Bertel.

Judy was retired from the Granite City School District where she worked in the kitchen and as a matron for 25 years. She
was also a member of the AMVETS Post 204 Auxiliary.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Wohldmann of Overland, MO and Sandra (Larry) Travis Granite City, IL; son,
William “Bill” (Debbie) Diak Jr. of Granite City; six grandchildren, Jamie Johnson, Jessica Diak, Brandon Jako, Steven
Wohldmann, Benjamin Travis and Heather Travis; eight great grandchildren; one brother, Ronald(Bev) Bertel of O’
Fallon, MO and two sisters, Kathleen Rechtin of St. Louis, MO and Barbara and (Toni) Canovi of Columbus, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William Diak Sr. and second husband, Philip Boyer.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City. Due to Covid 19 restrictions private burial will be held at Calvary
Cemetery in Glen Carbon. The celebration of her life will be held by the family when restrictions are eased. Online guest book available at www.
wojstrom.com.
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Judith C. Miller, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:49 p.m. Sun. May 3, 2020 at her home.

She was born Mar. 1, 1947 in Camden, TN to the late Kenneth Wayne & Ethelene (Cooley) Holland.

She married Dale Miller in St. Louis, MO in 1988.  He preceded her in death Feb. 2006.

Judith had been a lab tech for 30 years.  She loved to play the piano.

She is survived by a daughter: Sherri (Julie Long) Runnels; a grandson: Chad (Kim) Runnels; a great-granddaughter: Rowen Runnels all of Granite City;
and a sister: Janice Holland of Camden, TN.

The family will hold a memorial celebration of her life at a later date.

Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Carl E. “Gene” Ebling, 92, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:00 p.m. Sat. May, 2020 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon, IL.

He was born May 16, 1927 in Hopkinsville, KY to the late Eris & Laura Anne (Sullivan) Ebling.

On Sept. 21, 1947, he and May Louise Ebling were married in Piggott, AR.  She preceded him in death Feb. 4, 10214.

Gene had been a janitor for the Granite City School District.  He was also a TV repairman for State Radio in Granite City.

He is survived by a step-daughter: Jean Wulf of Colorado Springs, CO; a son-in-law: Gary Swift Sr. of Granite City; 5
grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Diane Louise Swift; a son: Danny Eugene Ebling;
and 3 brothers: Oland, Frank and Harvey Ebling.

Services are private.
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Thelma I. Hoxey, 85 of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 25, 1935 in Tampa, FL to James Edwards and Florence nee: Bryant Shaver.

Thelma married Dwayn Hoxsey who preceded her in death.

The loving mother and grandmother was a member of Bethel Chapel Pentecostal Church in Granite City, IL where she sang in the church choir.

Thelma is survived by a son, Charles (Lisa) Hoxsey of Granite City, IL; 4 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Don Shaver of Dover, TN and a
sister, Loretta (Rev Ray) Lewis of Benton, KY.

Besides her husband and parents, Thelma is preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Burgess and a sister, Helen Chronister.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, services are private.
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Robert “Bob” Abraham Meszaros Sr., age 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his home.

Bob was born on January 29, 1948 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Virgil Kambarian, John Meszaros and Anna Mae
(Martin) Meszaros.

Bob was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member and past
Exalted Ruler of the Granite City Elks
Lodge. He was also a founding member of the Granite City D.A.R.E. Program and the Red Ribbon
Cambie (Mark) Humphreys and John (Christy) Meszaros; proud grandfather to Mikaela, Max and Leni; special cousin, Eddie (Norma) Asadorian; many
nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Bob deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private visitation and funeral will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Irwin Chapel,
3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Karla Frost officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Illinois Elks Children’s Care or charity of choice. Donations may be mailed to the funeral
home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Joseph A. Eckert, 41 of Granite City passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at his home.

Joe was born on July 19, 1978 in Granite City; he is the son of the late Lester Kyle Sr. and Mary Eckert. Joe had a loving
heart for his family and he will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Joe is survived by and will be missed by his life companion Tiffany; his children, Dylan Sumpter, Steven Sumpter,
Jessanna Eckert, Malaki Eckert; his siblings, Tabatha Hardester, Eli Eckert, Jane Toland, Leslie Trivett, Lester Kyle Jr.
and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Joe’s wishes were to be cremated and to have no formal services.
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Barry "Big Johnny" A. Barrett, born January 14, 1950, of Lansing, Ill, passed peacefully in his home in Granite City,
Illinois, on Friday, May 1, 2020, with his devoted and loving wife Karen faithfully by his side.

Barry and Karen were married on June 12, 1982, and had just shy of 40 years of love they shared, and have a large
blended family with many children and grandchildren.

Barry brought to their marriage two daughters from a previous marriage, Dawn, and Lisa Patton, who has a son Logan,
of Highland, In.  Karen brought to their marriage Douglas Keeney, of Alton, Ill, who is married to Amber, and has Mariah
Lingl (married), Ricky Rodriguez, and Sophie Rodriquez, as his stepchildren.

Together, Barry and Karen had two children, the oldest of which is Simon Barrett, married to Amelia, of Michigan.
Together, they have four children, Steven, Johanna, Carly, and Natalie.
Their youngest and last child to be added to the family is Sarah Southards, of St Louis, Mo, married to Brenden Sr. They
have two children, Genevieve and Brenden Jr., as well as they are expecting their third child May 19th.

Barry is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Genevieve Barrett, and survived by his only sibling, Perry "Little
Bro" Barrett, of Jamestown, Tn.

Barry was a devoted husband, loving father, doting and proud grandfather, and a man of faith who knows and believes
in his Saviour.

He was a part of the Local #597 Chicago Illinois pipefitters union and owned Barrett Millwork and Trim. He was a skilled
trim carpenter by trade and had many homes on the Quad Cities parade of homes that showcased his talent and artistry.
Barry enjoyed fishing, spending time on the lake, being surrounded by family, and had a knack for humor.
Memorial service arrangements will be held at First Baptist Church of Oakville, Oakville, Missouri, and will be
announced at a future date, pending family decision.

Memorial gifts can be made in Barry's honor to First Baptist Church of Oakville, and all flowers, other arrangements, or
gifts can be sent to the family.
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John Dale Kipp, 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:12 p.m. Fri. May 1, 2020 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St.
Louis, MO.

He was born Mar. 7, 1940 in Chester, IL to the late Frieda Ella (Wingerter) Garber and John Henry Kipp.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran and a meat cutter for 22 years and then retired from Granite City High School as a
custodian for 15 years.  He was Lutheran, a member of the Eagles and loved to play softball and horseshoes.

He is survived by 2 children: Mandie (Bryan) Schulte of Edwardsville, IL and Curtis Walker of Granite City; 5
grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Joyce Giebert of Worden, IL.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Etta Fay Hawk.

Services are private.
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Michelle Renee Lomax, age 48, of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at
her home. Michelle was born on February 5, 1971 in Granite City, IL.

On November 13, 2015, Michelle married David Lomax in Edwardsville, IL. She worked for Air Temp as an office worker.
Michelle was very talented and she enjoyed drawing and making crafts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her
family and friends. Michelle 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.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer Wilson.

Michelle is survived by her devoted husband, David Lomax; loving parents, Shirley (Lungwitz) Wilson and Arthur Miller Jr.; proud mother to Matthew
Lungwitz, Amanda Haymaker and T.J. Haymaker; dear siblings, Lindsay Miller, Arthur Miller III and Keli Miller; faithful companion, Foster; extended
family and many friends.

Michelle deserves a beautiful tribute. However in this unknown a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Joe Walter Smith, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:36 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at his home.

He was born June 4, 1930 in Moore County, Tennessee, a son of the late Buan B. “B.B.” and Marjorie Lee (Hill) Smith.

He married Delores Jean (McDermott) Smith on May 15, 1954 at the First Baptist Church in Collinsville and she passed
away on February 17, 2012.

He retired from Bell Telephone after many years of dedicated service as an installer and repairman.

The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War and was a recipient of the Navy
Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, Navy Occupational Service Medal and other recognitions.

Joe was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City where he had served as a Deacon, Trustee, Senior
Adult Sunday school teacher and enjoyed being active with the orchestra and choir. He enjoyed attending his Navy ship
reunions and attending the H.O.P.E. Luncheons. He also enjoyed photography and traveling and always telling a joke.
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, Nancy and Kevin Myers of Granite City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Yonnie Smith of
Collinsville and Brian and Margo Smith of Blue Springs, Missouri; two granddaughters, Rachel Smith of Collinsville and Jill Smith of Lees Summit,
Missouri; a sister, Emma Reed of Houston, Texas; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Smith; a son, David Smith; a brother, Buan Smith Jr. and a
sister, Mary Gilbert.

Joe deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates
on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church Building Fund and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Helen “Nena” Valencia, age 96, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at her home. Helen was born on
August 23, 1923 in Sidney, NE, a daughter of the late Otillio Valencia Sr. and Juana (Belman) Valencia.

Helen was of the Catholic faith. She retired from the garment district in St. Louis, MO, as a seamstress after many years
of dedicated service. Helen was very creative, she enjoyed Halloween and making her own costumes. She always won
first place at the township hall. She was also the number one piñata maker for all of the family functions and the local
fiestas. She was a life member of the Mexican Honorary Commission in Granite City, IL. Helen was very adventurous and
she lived in New York City, Los Angeles, CA and Mexico for several years at each location. Helen never had any of her
own children. But she considered her nieces and nephews as her own children. She helped raise and babysit most of
her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was always considered the fun babysitter. Helen 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, Helen was preceded in death by four brothers, Otillio “Leehee” Valencia Jr., Faustino “Kelly”
Valencia, Abel Valencia and Anthony “Tony” Valencia.

She is survived by her loving sisters and brother, Dolores Broyles, Lupe Valencia and John B. Valencia all of Granite City, IL; many dear nieces,
nephews, extended family and friends.

Helen deserves a beautiful tribute. However in this unknown time a private visitation and funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Irwin
Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Anna O. Little passed away peacefully on May 2, 2020 at Stearns Nursing Home, Granite City, IL at the age of 94.She was
a resident of Granite City for 54 years.

She was born in Sudetenland, Germany; the daughter of the late Emil and Hermine (Schwanse) Fischer. Anna
immigrated to the U.S. in 1958 where she married Harmon Little, her husband of 49 years.

Anna is survived by her daughter Trudy (Paul) Schmitt of California, grandsons Curtis Schmitt of California, Lt. Col. John
Schmitt (Sarah) of Alabama and great grandchildren Avery, Miles and Zachary all of whom she loved dearly.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband Harmon D. Little, brother Gerhart Fischer and her great granddaughter, Anna Schmitt.

She was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cooking German meals and especially baking. Her greatest joy was spending
time with her family and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Anna will be laid to rest with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City is
serving the family.

Anna will be greatly missed by her family, extended family and friends.

The family requests that any donation/gift/flowers be given directly to a charity of the giver’s choice.
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Maureese M. Nickell, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Maureese was born on November 18, 1930 in McCracken County, KY, a daughter of the late Bedford Gannon Massey
and Nina Elizabeth (Timmons) Massey.

On May 2, 1949, Maureese married Delmos G. Nickell, the love of her life and Delmos passed away on August 16, 1989.
She was a faithful member of Bethel Pentecostal Church in East Alton, IL, and she enjoyed having church services at
the nursing home with Pastor Roy. Maureese worked as a C.N.A. at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL, for many
years. Maureese was outgoing and she never met a stranger. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone
in need. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Maureese 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, Maureese was preceded in death by her brothers, Sherwin Willis Massey and
Robert Andrew Massey.

She is survived by her loving children, David (Pat) Nickell of Granite City, IL, Paul Nickell of Granite City, IL and Freda “Gail” (Mike) Weatherly of
Maryville, IL; proud grandmother to Jason Nickell, Brian (Dawn) Weatherly, Jennifer (Jason) Buckner, Gannon (Sheri) Nickell and Elizabeth (Chris)
Zimmer; proud great-grandmother to eleven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Maureese deserves a beautiful tribute. However in this unknown time a private visitation funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Irwin Chapel,
3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Royce Roy officiating. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Bethel Pentecostal Church. Please mail donations to the church at 480 East Airline Dr. East Alton, IL 62024.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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John Pistone, 93 of Des Peres, MO, formerly of Granite City, IL passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Mason
Manor in Creve Coeur, MO. The family would like express their eternal gratitude to Debbie Warren and the Mason
Manor care partners, as well as to Karen Lynn, Cape Albeon.

John was born on September 11, 1926 in Boston, MA; the son of the late Vincent and Gaetana (Deleo) Pistone. John was
a structural engineer for Stupp
Brothers Bridge & Iron in St. Louis and proudly served his country in the Army Air Corp during WW II. His
greatest joy was the love of his family and all the special times they shared together. He was a devoted husband and son, and best Dad ever.

John is survived by, and will be forever missed, by his daughter, Ellen Pistone of Des Peres, MO; special daughter, Kay Broschat of St. Louis, MO;
sister, Fran Leeser of Phoenix, AZ and by numerous nieces and nephews who treasured their Uncle Johnny.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Schneider) Pistone, whom he married in 1963; his sisters, Aida, Marian,
Dolores and his beloved dog, Sheltie.

In celebration of John’s life, a private graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are
suggested to the Granite City A.P.A. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.
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Marilyn Sue Burdzilauskas, age 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Marilyn was born on October 16, 1947 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Earl Harrison and Clara (Woltz) Harrison.

On August 9, 1991, Marilyn married Darwin L. Burdzilauskas Sr., and Darwin passed away on December 23, 2002. Marilyn retired as a line foreman
and union steward from Nestle Corporation in Granite City, IL, after many years of dedicated service. She loved Elvis, Tom Jones and eating her
favorite candy. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Marilyn never met a stranger and
she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She will be remembered for the love and special times she shared with her family
and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Marilyn was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosie Ensor and Betty Crone; and by one brother, Ralph
Harrison.

She is survived by her loving children, Larry “Chopper” Crews and Darrin Crews both of Granite City, IL, step-children, Darwin Burdzilauskas Jr., Kevin
Burdzilauskas and Willie Burdzilauskas; siblings, Donald Harrison, Esther Wagner, Barbara (Bernt) Pettersson, Carol Jean Garber, Ruth Harrison,
Patricia (Patrick) Jeske, Richard Harrison and Linda Tennant; sister-in-law, Debbie Harrison; proud grandmother to Cody Crews, Heather Crews,
Antonio Barron, Jessica Barron and Jacqueline Barron; faithful companions, Tony and Bruno; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Marilyn deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private visitation and funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Irwin
Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL. A celebration of life and memorial
service will be held at a later date for her extended family and friends.

Memorial donations may be given to the family. Donations may be mailed to the funeral home.
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Romona “Jean” Edwards, 87 of Madison, IL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Care Center at
Center Grove in Edwardsville, IL.

Romona was born on October 27, 1932 in Mound City, IL; the daughter of the late Ambrose and Beula (Jones) Tapley. Romona was a homemaker and
mom who enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader and a good shopping trip. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she will be remembered
for all the special times they shared together.

Romona is survived by and will be missed by her children; Jeri Willcut of Granite City, IL, Connie Worley of Glen Carbon, IL, Tammy and Mike Foley of
Granite City, IL; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Romona was preceded in death by her husband; Alvin Willis Edwards whom were married on October 29, 1949; sons-in-
law, Tom Willcut and Eric Worley; brother, Leroy Tapley. Romona’s wishes that she would be cremated and no services are being planned at this
time. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.
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Gary A. Stubenrouch, 64, of St. Louis, MO. blessed this world with his presence on July 16, 1955 and sadly lost his battle
to Pancreatic Cancer on April 29, 2020.

Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, road trips with his daughters, camping, cooking, hanging out with his
friends and as of late, spending time with his new granddaughter. His final days were spent playing and telling her
stories. Gary is known for his heart of gold, his wonderful sense of humor and his
wise cracking jokes. He was the most amazing
father.

Gary is survived by daughters, Jennifer (Bill) Holland of Granite City, IL and Amy Stubenrouch (Jason McKinney) of Manchester, MO; dear friend, Ene
Stubenrouch of St. Louis, MO; his precious granddaughter, Emma Audrey Holland; sister, Katy Kagan of DeBary, FL; nieces & nephews and many
friends.

“Love people for who they are & always be yourself.”

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Barbara Harvey Thornburg, age 54, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Barbara was born on June 29, 1965 in East St. Louis, IL, a daughter of the late Fanish Douglas Harvey and Beatrice Juanita (Milan) Harvey.

Barbara was a former member of Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City, IL. She enjoyed making crafts, shopping and decorating. Her greatest joy
was spending time with her family and her pride and joy were her three grandchildren. Barbara 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, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Harvey Sr.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Megan (Erik) Becerril of Edwardsville, IL and Lauren (Joseph) West of Troy, IL; dear sister, Debbie (Michael)
Catalino of Chesterfield, MO; proud grandmother to Aria Becerril, Cruz Becerril and Rhett West; nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear
friends.

Barbara deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a memorial service will be held at a later date at Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870
Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Word of Life Tabernacle. Donations may be mailed to the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Albert William McKinnon 82, of Granite City passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.  

He was born March 3, 1938 in Irondale, MO to General and Lena Maude (nee: Wilson) McKinnon.  

He married Marva Runkel January 17, 1959 in Honolulu, HI.  Albert served his country for eight years in the Marine Corps.  He was retired from
Georgia Pacific in Mt. Olive, where he worked for 31 years.  In his free time he enjoyed many hobbies; playing the drums, photography and reading
and writing.  He loved his grandchildren.  He was a lifetime member of AMVETS Post 204 in Madison.

He is survived by his wife, Mava McKinnon of Granite city; two daughters, Dawn McKinnon-Brewer and Shawn Brewer of Granite City; son, Bill (Tina)
McKinnon of Granite City; four grandchildren, Tasha, Steffane, Kasey and Paige; great grandchildren, London, Ava, Sophie, Ophelia, Vivienne and a
sister, Beverly Brown of St. Louis.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Judith Smith and Marilyn Planter.
Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Kenneth Wayne Deveau, 47, of Granite City, IL, passed away Fri. Apr. 17, 2020 in Greenville, IL.

He was born Apr. 9, 1973 in Chelsea, MA to the late James & Janet (Boyes) Barrett.

On Oct. 14, 2017, he and Amy Annette Webster were married in St. Louis, MO.  She survives in Granite City.

Kenneth was a U.S. Army veteran and owned KW Contracting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 step-children: Joseph Bonvicino of Collinsville, IL and Madison Stevenson of Edwardsville, IL; a grandson:
Finley: 3 brothers: Thomas (Connie) Deveau, James (Andrea) Barrett and Shawn Barrett all of Mt. Vernon, IL; a sister: Danielle (Wayne) Barrett of
Lynn, MA; 3 sisters-in-law: Nicole Geiler, Jerri Frost and Tara Baugus; and many nieces and nephews.

Services are private through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Lorraine (Mundy) Groves 86, of Granite City passed away Friday, April 24, 2020.

She was the daughter of Walter and Anna (nee: Scherer) Mundy, born October 5, 1933 in Edwardsville.

She married Delmar E. Groves November 23, 1963; he preceded her in death May 7, 1996.

She was a former member of the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary. Lorraine was home maker who loved reading, bingo and cross word
puzzles.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Terry) Dover of Granite City; two grandchildren, Jessica Dover and Joshua Dover both of Granite City; two
great grandchildren, Riley Dover and Mason Roth and two sisters, Jewel Kezele and Kate Mundy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Walter Mundy Jr. and Thomas Mundy and a sister, Ruth Day.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Online
guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Shirley J. Roberts, 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 23, 2020 at Stearns Nursing & Rehab
Center in Granite City.

She was born Oct. 18, 1939 in Lodi, MO to the late Joseph Benjamin & Lora (Young) Matthews.

On Dec. 26, 1956, she and Thomas William Roberts were married in Granite City.  He preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2015.

Shirley was a homemaker and attended Nameoki United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son: Lee Roberts of Granite city; a granddaughter: Amanda Gibson; and a sister: Patrick (Robert)
Blick of Arnold, MO.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: “Junior” Benjamin Matthews; and 4 sisters: Freida Lutes, Wilma
Smith, Marie Shelton and Nancy Honnoll.

Services are private.
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Robert Christopher Bell, 49, of Granite City, IL passed away Mon. Apr. 20, 2020 in Granite City.

He was born Sept. 8, 1970 in Granite City to Patricia (Smith) Bell of Granite City and the late Robert Bell.

He and Trisha R. Wright were married Apr. 3, 1996 in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Robert was a yard laborer for Insurance Auto Auctions.  He loved to fish and ride his Harley.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 3 children: Zackary (Cheyanne) Bell, Dustin Bell and Mackenzie Bell; a grandson: Tyler Bell;
mother-in-law and father-in-law: Janis & Dave Wolfe; father-in-law: Gary Wright; brother-in-law: Michael Wolfe, all of Granite City; sister-in-law: Tracy
(Mike) Welling and their children: Cohen, Liam and Miles of Fairview Heights, IL; and his beloved dog: Venus.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by a grandmother, Margie Smith.

Services are private
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Kimberly Ann (Miller) Levart, 56, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Barnes
Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born November 13, 1963 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, a daughter of Clyde and Faye (Wilson) Miller.

She retired from Physical Therapy Department at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City after 25 years of dedicated service as a secretary.

She was a member of Freedom Worship Center in Granite City. Kim enjoyed the convertible top down and taking a road trip usually up the river road
to Grafton or just out for a good day of shopping. She cherished her grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with
her family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Amanda (Josh Lapin) Patton of Rosebud, Missouri, Ashley (Scott) Schardan of Granite City and Brittany (Tim)
Christ of Granite City; a son, Corey (Heather Shapiro) Levart of Highland; four grandchildren, Matti, Scarlett, Charlie, Sebastian; father and stepmother,
Clyde and Sharon Miller of Mitchell; significant other, Randy Long of Granite City; a sister, Marsha (Marvin) Pellazari of Granite City; two brothers,
Dwayne (Teresa) Miller of St. Louis and Todd (Remy) Miller of Bethalto; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

Kim deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain times a private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial
Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Dennis “Brad” Boone, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:56 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1934 in Granite City, a son of the late Daniel F. and Stella D. (Dennis) Boone.

He married Nettie L. (Murray) Boone on July 11, 1952 in Edwardsville and she survives.

He retired in July 1996 from Granite City Steel after many years of dedicated service as a steelworker.

Dennis was a founding member of Harvest Community Church in Pontoon Beach and had attended Glenview Assembly of God Church and Community
Heights Assembly of God through the years. Dennis enjoyed his days of camping, traveling, gardening and antiques. He cherished his grandchildren
and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special time shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife of nearly 68 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley Alan and Mary Boone of Mitchell and Michael
Dennis and Dianne Boone of Granite City; six grandchildren and their spouses, Rev. Kenneth and Christa Boone, Kelly and Rev. Jamey Bridges, Kathy
and Timothy Moran, Rebekah and Rev. Eddie Bradley, Bradley Boone and Alan Boone; great grandchildren, Hunter and Paige, Jaedyn, Judah, Jake,
Karson, Libby, Lylah, Ethan, Elijah, Zion, Zia, Tuff, Timo, Owen, Evan and Ian; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Olive Short of Griffith, Indiana and
Rosalee and Douglas Berning of Caseyville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Barbara Ann Warren, Leatha McDuffy and infant, Marion Boone and four
brothers, Daniel, Harvey, James and Richard Boone.

Dennis deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain days a private family service will be held at Harvest Community Church in
Granite City. Private burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City. You may join the service on Facebook at Harvest
Community Church-Pontoon Beach.

Memorials may be made to Harvest Community Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Rosella Ann Poarch, 65, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born March 13, 1955 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Robert and Anna Mae (White) Poarch.

Rosella enjoyed her years working as a bartender and cherished the people she knew from working at Elgato Tavern in
Granite City. She had also worked in apartment building maintenance through the years.

She loved playing bingo and was known for always being a star at karaoke. She will be remembered for the love and
special times shared with her family and many friends.

She is survived by her former husband, Bill Wigner of Granite City; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary and Susan
Thompson Jr. of Granite City and Jessie Thompson of Fulton, Missouri; a daughter, Tammy Poarch of Granite City; nine
grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a sister, Mickie Poarch of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary Thompson Sr. whom passed away on
December 27, 2002; a brother, Robert Poarch and two sisters, Betty Mae Singer and Becky Thompson.

Rosella deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain times, a private family service will be held at
Irwin Chapel in Granite City. A private burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the family or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Milford Maurice Hinckley, age 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home. Milford was
born in DuQuoin, IL, a son of the late Maurice Marion Hinckley and Katherine A. (Thimmig) Hinckley.

Milford retired from the HVAC department at Boeing Corporation in St. Louis, MO, after many years of dedicated service.
Milford 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, Milford was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Howard Johnson.

He is survived by his grandson, Richard (Michelle Marquis) Glaspie of Granite City, IL; sisters, Kathy (George) Gregus
and Janice Johnson; several great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Private family graveside services will be held at Tamaroa City Cemetery in Tamaroa, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Michael David Wolfe, 35, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on Monday, April 20, 2020.

He was born December 13, 1984 in Granite City, a son of David S. and Janis F. (Warren) Wolfe.

Michael proudly served his country with the United States Air Force. The Iraqi War veteran served in medical
operations from December 6, 2005 until December 5, 2009. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he had worked at
the John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis for several years as a medic.

He had a love for music throughout his life and enjoyed playing the guitar. He also enjoyed cooking and cherished his
dog, Chewy.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by sister, Trisha Bell of Granite City; nephews; Zachary (Cheyanne) and Dustin; niece, Mackenzie;
great nephew, Tyler Levi; sister and brother-in-law, Tracy and Mike Welling of Fairview Heights; nephews, Cohen, Liam and Miles; loving aunts and
uncles; many special cousins; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Bell; grandparents, Lowell and Marguerite Warren and George and Juanita Wolfe; an uncle,
Mike Warren and a cousin, Jared Warren.

Michael deserves a beautiful tribute. However during these uncertain times, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date followed by burial with
full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Area Food Bank or to National Alliance on Mental Illness and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral
home.
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Maryjo Utz, née Breese, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on April 18, 2020 at the age of 74.

She was a dedicated mom and wife, and an A+ grandma. Maryjo was preceded in death by her beloved parents and
namesakes Mary and Joe Breese, her granddaughter Grace Pearl Utz, and her dear friend Beverly Widel Bennett--all
with whom we know she is now rejoicing. She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, John Howard “Jack” Utz;
her three children: James Joseph “Jim” Utz (Robin), John Todd Utz (Marnie), and Amanda Lynn Utz; her
granddaughters:
Hannah Carolyn Utz and Ruby Zawadi Utz; her brother Patrick Breese (Cindy); her aunt Donna Schilling; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law for the
last half a century who became her own sisters and brothers: Doris and Ken Barks, Cindy Bueschel Breese, Mary Kay and Mike McPherson, Carmen
and Bill Utz, and Rose and Richard (deceased) Utz; her son, daughter, and grandsons of the heart: Andy, Kindel, Joey, and Danny McPherson; dozens
of Barks, Breese, Kanter, McPherson, Schilling, and Utz cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews who regarded her as an “extra
grandma”; best friend through the ages Ellen Senderling-Steen; and numerous other folks--young and old--who Maryjo cared for deeply and
considered part of her “framily.”

Maryjo was one of a kind--she touched so many lives and will be sorely missed. She was an enthusiastically positive, supportive person who always
came from a place of “yes,” and she made room for anyone that wanted to be a part of her life. She would do anything for you and go anywhere with
you. Maryjo loved parties, music, plays, the ocean, basset hounds, and spending time with the people she cared about. She ached to travel and take
“grand adventures.”

Maryjo was born on November 11, 1945 at Jefferson Barracks then moved to Bremerhaven, Germany, where her father was based with the U.S.
Army. After spending several years overseas, the family returned to Illinois where Maryjo graduated with the Granite City High School Class of 1963.
She came of age in St. Louis during the heyday of Rock and Roll -- her first concert was Herman’s Hermits and The Who at the Kiel Opera House in
the summer of 1967. Maryjo listened and danced to music often, encouraging her children to do the same. She loved The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger,
and Cher, but her favorite band Aerosmith made famous a lyric that framed Maryjo’s philosophy of life: “Dream until your dreams come true.”

Maryjo wished to be cremated and, fittingly, her ashes scattered across the ocean. A celebration of life will be held this summer after COVID-19
pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity close to Maryjo’s heart, the Guardian Angel
Basset Rescue. Donations can be made in Maryjo’s honor via the Facebook page or website bassetrescue.org, or by mailing a check with her name
on the memo line to 108 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 288, Dwight, IL 60420.
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Robert Christopher Bell, 49, of Granite City, IL passed away Mon. Apr. 20, 2020 in Granite City.

He was born Sept. 8, 1970 in Granite City to Patricia (Smith) Bell of Granite City and the late Robert Bell.

He and Trisha R. Wright were married Apr. 3, 1996 in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Robert was a yard laborer for Insurance Auto Auctions.  He loved to fish and ride his Harley.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 3 children: Zackary (Cheyanne) Bell, Dustin Bell and Mackenzie Bell;
a grandson: Tyler Bell; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Janis & Dave Wolfe; father-in-law: Gary Wright; brother-in-law:
Michael Wolfe, all of Granite City; sister-in-law: Tracy (Mike) Welling and their children: Cohen, Liam and Miles of
Fairview Heights, IL; and his beloved dog: Venus.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by a grandmother, Margie Smith.

Services are private.
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Jon H. Null Sr. 76 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Jon was born on December 23, 1943 in Granite City; he is the son of the late William Earl Null II and Evelyn Faye (Harper)
Null-Durant. Jon had worked for the Granite City Park District for 20 years and retired as maintenance supervisor. Jon
was a well known outdoorsman who enjoyed his days of fishing and hunting and an occasional good round of golf. His
greatest love was spending time with his family and he will be remembered for all the special times they shared
together.

Jon is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 57 years; Elinor L. (Begemann) Null; his children, Alicia Null and
companion Chip Apponey of Granite City, Jon H. and Melinda Null Jr. of Maryville; grandchildren, Eric and Katie
Whitehead, Jason Whitehead, Ryan Null, Gavin Null, Caroline Null; great-grandchildren, Christian Whitehead and Easton
Whitehead; brothers, William Earl Null III and Robert Lee Null and many nieces, nephews and many other close family
members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jon was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Aiden Whitehead.

Although Jon deserves a beautiful life celebration, during these trying times there will be a private family gathering on
Friday, April 24, 2020 from 10:30 until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Maynard 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 Calvary life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City.
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Mary L. Herzing, 67 of Granite City passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Evelyns House in Creve Coeur, MO.

Mary was born on August 21, 1952 in Gideon, MO; the daughter of the late Robert H. and Drewsella (Hawkins) Coleman. Mary was water treatment
operator for Precoat Metals in Granite City. Mary was known for her interior decorating talents and always enjoyed a good puzzle. In her free time she
enjoyed her days of spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Mary is survived by and will be missed by her children; Janet Carroll of Bethalto, IL, Scott and Danielle Carroll of Columbia, IL, Ricky and Dawn Herzing
of Granite City, IL, Tamara Cooper of Bethalto, IL; grandchildren, Brooke Brown, Shayne Carroll, Ashley Whitford, Brandy Whitford, Jason Herzing,
Alyssa Herzing; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Coleman, Bobby Ray Coleman; sisters, Patricia and Jeff Washington, Sherrie and Troy
Chaney and many nieces, nephews and other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Edward Herzing, whom she married on July 9, 1979 and her grandson,
Laine Cooper.

In celebration of Mary’s life, private family visitation will be on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the private family service at 1:
00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to BJC Evelyns House.
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Eugene A. Hagler Jr., 77, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020 in the emergency
room at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born March 5, 1943 in Granite City, the son of the late Eugene A. Hagler Sr. and late Margaret (Ellis) Jolly.

He married Janelle (Cox) Hagler on August 17, 1961 in Murphysboro, Illinois, who still survives.

Gene was employed at Snelson Collision Repair as an auto body repair man in Granite City, where he spent 18 years doing what he loved.

He was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge and the Granite City Eagles aerie #1126. He enjoyed his days of bowling and always working and
tinkering with cars. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. Gene
was loved by so many people.

In addition to his beloved wife Janelle of 58 years, he was accompanied by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bob Brandt, a son, David “Bud”
Hagler, three grandchildren, Jessie Brandt, Ayron Hagler, and Chance Hagler and many good friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepfather, Bob Jolly.

Eugene deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain times, a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City.

A private burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Cornelio “Connie” Ybarra Jr., age 73, of Troy, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at his home.

Connie was born on February 24, 1947 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Cornelio Ybarra Sr. and Mary (Roach) Marshall.

Connie was a Sgt. under two years and a decorated Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He received three
Purple Hearts. After his honorable discharge, Connie came back to Granite City and started working at American Steel. After working there for ten
years, Connie went to work and retired from the US Postal Service in St. Louis, MO as a letter carrier after many years of dedicated service. On
September 15, 1973, Connie married Janice A. Clifford, the love of his life at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. Connie was an exceptional
athlete. He loved boxing and was a state champion golden glove boxer in Illinois and Missouri. Connie also enjoyed playing baseball and coaching
boxing, baseball and softball. His greatest joy was coaching his daughter’s softball teams and coaching his son’s baseball teams. Connie 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.

Connie is survived by his devoted wife of forty-six years, Janice Ybarra of Troy, IL; loving children, Tina M. Ybarra of Granite City, IL, Bret S. Ybarra of
Troy, IL and Ninya A. (Kayla) Ybarra of Littleton, CO; dear siblings, Shirley (Fred) Keowen of French Settlement, LA, Jaime (Julie) Ybarra of Granite City,
IL and David Ybarra of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Cierra, Annabelle, Chancellor and Ollivander; nieces, nephews, extended family and many
wonderful friends.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with military honors conducted by the United
States Marines.

Memorial donations may be given to D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans). Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen
Carbon, IL 62034.
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Lupie Rita Hayes, 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away Thurs. Apr. 16, 2020 at her home.

She was born May 21, 1950 in Granite City to the late Arthur Truman & Josephine (Camacho) Hogue.

On Feb. 23, 1993, she and William C. Hayes III were married in Miami, FL.  He survives in Granite City.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter: Mary Bowles of Granite City; 2 sons: Ezekiel Hogue of HI and Jonathon Hogue of Granite City;
2 grandchildren: Josie Hogue and Brooke Bowles; 3 brothers: Arthur Hogue of OH, Jacob Hogue of Las Vegas, NV and Richard Hogue of Granite City; 4
sisters: Natalie Mangiaracino of Maryville, IL, Vivian Groves and Stephanie Harlan both of Granite City and Theresa Smith of HI.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Tommy and Paul Hogue; and a sister: Georgia Burris.

Services are private.

Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com
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Helen Ruth Cook, age 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at her home with her loving
family by her side.

Helen was born on September 1, 1931 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Henry Leslie Barnett and Lena Mae
(West) Barnett.

In March of 1952, Helen Barnett married Bobby Dean Peterson, and Bobby passed away in 1962. On November 29, 1975,
Helen married George Cook at Suburban Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Helen was a faithful member of Unity Baptist
Church in Granite City, IL. She taught the Esther Sunday school class at the church for many years. She retired from
Granite City School District as a high school English teacher after many years of dedicated service. Helen was also a
member of P.E.O. and she enjoyed traveling with George. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Helen
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 first husband; Helen was preceded in death by her siblings, Thelma Peterson and Durrell
“Blackie” Barnett.

She is survived by her devoted husband, George Cook of Granite City, IL; loving children, Deana Peterson of Rock Hill, SC, Donna (Bradford) Kopitsky
of Rock Hill, SC, Dan (Jan) Cook of Glen Carbon, IL, Carrie (George) Lyons of Murray, KY, and Darrell Cook of Ringgold, GA; proud grandmother of six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Helen deserves beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon,
IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Unity Baptist Church; Donations may be mailed to Unity Baptist Church, 2500 St. Clair Avenue, Granite City, IL
62040.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Cathie E. Bobb, 73, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:28 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Barnes Hospital in St.
Louis, Missouri.

She was born February 18, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri.

She married Richard F. Bobb on May 6, 1972 in Granite City and he passed away on July 11, 2007.

She worked at Wal-Mart in Granite City with several years of dedicated service.

She was a member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie 1126 and enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball. She
cherished her grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by her father, Richard Reinhardt of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Martin L. “Marty” and Patti
Bobb of Glen Carbon; two daughters
and a son-in-law, Christine “Chris” and Dave Sipes of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Amy Bobb of
Granite City; four grandsons, Clinton Sipes, Bryan Sipes, Austin Bobb and Ryan Bobb; a granddaughter, Mindy Woodruff; three great grandchildren,
Madilyn, Jonah and Elizabeth; three sisters, Dianna Chouinard, Kim Grace and Patty Forys-Baker; three brothers, Charles “Rick” Tanksley, Robert
Benner and Ricky Reinhardt; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 35 years, she was preceded in death by her mother, Margie (Parker) Reinhardt.

Cathie deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain times a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City.

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

A celebration of her life will be held when we can gather together.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Phillip F. Szymarek, 93, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Stearns Nursing and
Rehabilitation in Granite City.

He was born May 31, 1926 in Hunter, Missouri, a son of the late Ernest and Thelma (Oren) Szymarek.

He married Jacqueline “Jackie” (Montague) Szymarek on April 12, 1952 in East St. Louis and she passed away on February 15, 2014.

He was the owner and operator of P&S Amusement with over 50 years of service as a coin operator, electronics repairman and clock technician.

The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Tri-cities Council
#1013, Eagles Aerie #1126, V.F.W. Post, Moose Lodge and Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. He was an avid aviation enthusiast and was a
private pilot and ham operator and enjoyed playing bingo.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Pritchet of Granite City; grandchildren, Ryan Szymarek, Gabe Szymarek and Jackie Wofford; great grandchildren,
Tyler Szymarek, Matthew Browning, Hunter McReynolds, Kameryn Emmerich and Westyn Wofford; sisters-in-law, Susan Blackshere of Granite City
and Sandra Coleman of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Phillip A. Szymarek and a daughter, Patricia Szymarek.

Phillip deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain days, a private family service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a
later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Granite City APA or to Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Krystal Lynn Wimbish, age 35, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her home with her loving family
by her side.

Krystal was born on February 19, 1985 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of Steven Ray Wimbish Sr. and step mom Victoria
Lynn (Schaefer) Wimbish and Diana Lynn (Ray) Wimbish and step dad Michael David Frieden of Granite City, IL. She was
a proud and dedicated mom who loved spending time with her boys. Krystal worked as a clerk at Jethro’s in Granite
City, IL, for many years. She was a social butterfly who never met a stranger, and she was always willing to lend a
helping hand to anyone. Krystal also loved dressing up for the holiday’s they were always special times she shared with
her family. Krystal 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, Krystal is survived by her loving sons, Riley and Lucas Boone of Granite City, IL; dear
brother, Steven Wimbish Jr. of Granite City, IL; aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many dear friends.

Our dear mother, daughter and sister, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a memorial service
will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to National Cervical Cancer Coalition. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Charles Kenneth Milton Jr., 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:55 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2020 at Touchette Regional
Hospital, Centreville, IL.

He was born September 8, 1947 in Granite City, IL to Charles Kenneth Sr. and Nola (nee: Walker) Milton.
Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked for many years as an electrician.
He is survived by his daughter: Andrea (Don) Stidd of Cedar City, Utah; three grandchildren: Serella, Jonah and Azalea;
sister: Paula Myint of AR.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by: two sisters: Carol and Barbara.
Professional services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory, Granite City, IL. Online information and
guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Frederick Gordon Mueller, 78, of Granite City, Illinois passed away 10:20 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Fountain View
Manor in Granite City, Illinois.

He was born May 18, 1941 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Frederick G. Mueller and Gladys A. (Warning)
Mueller.

He married Gail E. (Hamilos) Mueller on June 10, 1972 and she survives. Gordon retired from the Granite City School
District #9 after many years of service as a speech and English teacher.

He had attended New Bethel United Methodist Church in Glen Carbon. He was a member of the National Forensic League and the International
Thespians Association and enjoyed helping students throughout the years. He was also a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the
American Federation of Teachers.

In addition to his beloved wife of nearly 48 years, he is survived by several cousins; other extended family and many dear friends. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Duke H. Mueller.

Gordon deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain days, a private family service will be held. A celebration of life will be held later
when we all can come together once again.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to New Bethel United Methodist Church, Renee’s Rescue or to the Lahr-Well Christian Academy and
may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Jeanette M. “Jean” Shane, 78, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away at 3:29 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Alton
Memorial Hospital in Alton, Illinois.

She was born May 22, 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Dominick Joseph and Eleanor (Ford) Gagliardi.

She married Jerry L. Shane on September 1, 1962 in Monterey, California and he survives.

Jean was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a proud fighter and survivor of breast cancer.
She love watching her favorite television shows, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, American Idol and Lifetime movie
and her soap operas. 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 daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Donny Courtney of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-
law, Jerry L. and Lisa Shane Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana; four grandchildren, Drew, Jake, Cierra and Austin; a great granddaughter, Kennedy; three
brothers and two sisters-in-law, Joseph and Shannon Gagliardi of Waterloo, Illinois, Dominick and Cindy Gagliardi of St. Charles, Missouri and Tony
Gagliardi of St. Charles, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Smith of Missouri and David Coco of Missouri; a sister-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Sannes of
Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters; a twin infant sister, Janice Gagliardi and Deanna Coco and Theresa Smith.

Jean deserves a beautiful tribute. However, during these uncertain days, a celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all come
together.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Regina M. Burris, 92, of Granite City, Illinois and formerly of Springfield, Illinois, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday,
April 8, 2020 at Four Fountains Convalescent Center in Belleville.

She was born March 28, 1928 in East St. Louis.

She enjoyed 55 years of marriage to Douglas I. Burris. They were married on November 24, 1951 in St. Louis and he
passed away on November 14, 2007.

She retired in 1981 from the State of Illinois after many years of dedicated service as a secretary.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis and enjoyed attending St. Elizabeth
Catholic Church in Granite City.

She was a member of Gateway Silent Seniors, enjoyed her days of shopping and watching sports. She was a lifelong avid Chicago Cubs fan and had
a love for all animals and cherished her cats. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

Regina is survived by two daughters, Diana L. (Dusty Richardson) Burris of Collinsville and Carol A. (Stephen) Jungers of Granite City; two
grandchildren, Brittany A. (Dan) Campbell of Collinsville and Ashley N. Wallace of Massachusetts; three great grandchildren, Adia Frazer, Cameron
Compton and Rory Campbell; other extended family and friends.

Regina deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this uncertain time a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City. Private burial
will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to support your local animal shelter and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Gloria Helen Falbe, 74, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her home.

She was born May 2, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Herman and Helen (Dolanich) Munier.

She enjoyed fifty years of marriage to Lorraine Joseph “Larry” Falbe. They were married on October 16, 1965 in St. Louis and he passed away on July
5, 2016.

She retired from Holy Family Grade School after 22 years of dedicated service as a second grade teacher. She had previously taught at St. Anthony of
Padua in St. Louis for several years.

Gloria was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City where she enjoyed singing with the choir. She was also a member of the
Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed taking walks through the park, knitting, sewing, crocheting and playing the piano. She will be
remembered for the love and special times she shared with her family, friends and students throughout the years.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, William Falbe of Granite City, Steven and Dawn Falbe of Tucson, Arizona and Joseph and
Pam Falbe of Granite City; a daughter, Debra Falbe of Alton; six grandchildren, Andrea, Zachary, Maxwell, Jamie, Brandon and Bryan; a great
grandchild, Kaden; other extended family and friends.

Gloria deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this uncertain time a private graveside service will be held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview
Heights. A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City at a later date when we can all join together to celebrate her life.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family School and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Tiffany Marie Dunnavant, 29, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Sat. Mar. 21, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

She was born Mar. 4, 1991 in Centreville, IL to Dennis James Dunnavant of South Roxana, IL and the late Cynthia “Cindy” Darlene (Perfetto) Dunnavnat.

Tiffany attended Calvary Life Church.  She loved spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her fiancée: Steven Alan Pilger Jr.; 5 sisters: Denise Dunnavant, Sylena Sergerson, B.J. (Robert Elmore)
Perfetto, Destany Watkins and Christina Moore all of Granite City; nieces: Jasmine Nolen, Alicia Gray, Olivia Copeland and Cassidy Swafford; and
nephews: Michael Perfetto, Richard Dunnavant, Eugene Swafford, Ryan Stiles, Jason Stiles, Lyric Watkins, Kyngston Watkins and Torrey Sergerson.

Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by her daughter: Cynthia Marie Dunnavant.

Services are private due to the current COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
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Deborah K. Reeves, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on October 17, 1953 in Granite City, IL to Roby and Mary nee: Gordon Selph.

Deborah married Ron Reeves in Granite City, IL on November 14, 1970.

The loving wife and mother was a special education teacher’s aid at Coolidge Jr. High School in Granite City, IL for over
20 years. Following her retirement, she also was a school bus driver for the Granite City School District. Deborah
enjoyed going to the casinos, going to Las Vegas with her sisters, watching her grandchildren play sports and spending
time with her beloved dogs: Buddy, Ruby and Rio.

Besides her husband, Deborah is survived by 2 sons: Ryan (Marcie) Reeves of Granite City, IL and Aaron (Jennifer) Reeves of Granite City, IL; 4
grandchildren: Payton Reeves, Abigail Reeves, Chase Reeves and Drake Reeves; 4 sisters: Judie Cor of CA, Kathy Robins of Granite City, IL, Jackie
Ortiz of Caseyville, IL and Sally Strong of Caseyville, IL and 3 brothers: John Selph of Granite City, IL, Craig Selph of Hagerstown, MD and Danny Selph
of Granite City, IL.  Also surviving is her life-long friend, Cheryl McCrea and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Besides her parents, Deborah is preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Selph.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Regina M. Burris, 92, of Granite City, Illinois and formerly of Springfield, Illinois, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday,
April 8, 2020 at Four Fountains Convalescent Center in Belleville.

She was born March 28, 1928 in East St. Louis.

She enjoyed 55 years of marriage to Douglas I. Burris. They were married on November 24, 1951 in St. Louis and he
passed away on November 14, 2007.

She retired in 1981 from the State of Illinois after many years of dedicated service as a secretary.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis and enjoyed attending St. Elizabeth
Catholic Church in Granite City.

She was a member of Gateway Silent Seniors, enjoyed her days of shopping and watching sports. She was a lifelong
avid Chicago Cubs fan and had a love for all animals and cherished her cats. She will be remembered for the love and
special times shared with her family and friends.

Regina is survived by two daughters, Diana L. (Dusty Richardson) Burris of Collinsville and Carol A. (Stephen) Jungers of Granite City; two
grandchildren, Brittany A. (Dan) Campbell of Collinsville and Ashley N. Wallace of Massachusetts; three great grandchildren, Adia Frazer, Cameron
Compton and Rory Campbell; other extended family and friends.

Regina deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this uncertain time a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City. Private burial
will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to support your local animal shelter and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Gloria Helen Falbe, 74, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her home.

She was born May 2, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Herman and Helen (Dolanich) Munier.

She enjoyed fifty years of marriage to Lorraine Joseph “Larry” Falbe. They were married on October 16, 1965 in St. Louis
and he passed away on July 5, 2016.

She retired from Holy Family Grade School after 22 years of dedicated service as a second grade teacher. She had
previously taught at St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis for several years.

Gloria was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City where she enjoyed singing with the choir. She was also a member of the
Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed taking walks through the park, knitting, sewing, crocheting and playing the piano. She will be
remembered for the love and special times she shared with her family, friends and students throughout the years.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, William Falbe of Granite City, Steven and Dawn Falbe of Tucson, Arizona and Joseph and
Pam Falbe of Granite City; a daughter, Debra Falbe of Alton; six grandchildren, Andrea, Zachary, Maxwell, Jamie, Brandon and Bryan; a great
grandchild, Kaden; other extended family and friends.

Gloria deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this uncertain time a private graveside service will be held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview
Heights. A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City at a later date when we can all join together to celebrate her life.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family School and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Carol Elaine Gauen, 66, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:16 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at her home.

She was born June 6, 1953 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Wallace R. and Iris J. (Rogers) Gauen.

Carol retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis after many years of dedicated service.

She enjoyed spending time with her close friend and companion, Dale Mosely, her sisters, nieces and nephews. Carol enjoyed life, vacations, family
gatherings, holidays and spending time with those she loved. She was a longtime and faithful member of Third Baptist Church (now Unity Baptist
Church) in Granite City. Carol was a very loving, caring person and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her dear friend, Dale, she is survived by two loving sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Denny Cline of Granite City and Janet and Earl
Drennan of Granite City. She was a proud aunt to Andrea Cline, Alison Priest, Wallace and Kathryn Drennan, Lauren and Ryan Beck and great aunt to
Liam Priest, Lukas Trombly, Mason Beekman, Aubrey Beck, Kennedy Beck, Evan Drennan and Owen Drennan; other extended family and many
friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all gather together.

Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church in Granite City and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Sharon G. Rhodes, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born October 30, 1950 in Tiline, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Henry and Ivey Bell (Kirby) Haney.

She married Orville A. Rhodes on December 17, 1993 in Granite City and he survives.

She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

Sharon also loved her flowers and flower gardens.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Matt Miller of
Granite City and Kristen and Nathan Luzader of West Virginia; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Noth and
Henrietta Peters of Kentucky; other extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the Irwin Chapel funeral home.
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Donald Jolly, 53, of Granite City, IL, passed away, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Gateway Reginal Medical Center, Granite
City, IL.

He was born March 24, 1967 in Hinton, West Virginia.
Donald and Tamara “Tami” Bollinger married on March 9, 2001 in Edwardsville, IL.
He loved being with his family, going fishing, and being with his friends.
He is survived by his wife: Tamara “Tami” (nee: Bollinger) Jolly; mother: Brenda (nee: Jolly) Howie; two daughters: Tiffany Bollinger-Jolly and Emma
Jolly; son: Joshua Jolly and his fiancée Samantha Meyer; four grandchildren: Kaylee Marie, Robert Kenneth, Journey Kathleen, Asher Dean and
another grandson on the way; brother: Terry Jolly, and niece and nephews, all of Granite City, IL.
The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date due to the current COVID-19.
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Sierra Marie Smart, age 24, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020. Sierra was born on May 19, 1995 in
Granite City, IL, a daughter of Teresa (Miller) Smart and Frank Smart Sr.

Sierra was a proud mom who loved taking care of her children. She was a talented artist who enjoyed drawing and
making crafts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Sierra 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.

Sierra was preceded in death by her little angel; maternal grandfather, Larry Miller Sr.; and by her paternal
grandparents, William and Betty Smart.

In addition to her parents, Sierra is survived by her loving children, Kali, Dean and Kyle Worthen; father of the children,
Kyle Worthen Sr; grandmother, Regina Carllile; siblings, Frank Smart Jr., Destiny Smart and David Smart; aunt and uncle,
Kathy and Fred Schafer; extended family and many friends.

Our dear mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a
private visitation and funeral will be held at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on
Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the family. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite
City, IL 62040.

“Soon it will all make perfect since for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, keep reminding yourself
everything happens for a reason.” Sierra Smart.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Elmer Lee Wortham, age 71, of Edwardsville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on March 29, 2020.

Elmer was born on August 22, 1948 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Everett Wortham and Daisy (Joyce) Wortham.

Elmer grew up with his three brothers, often traveling to Dover, TN to visit family where they played basketball and
helped on family farms. Elmer played high school basketball in Granite City. He attended Milliken University where he
met his first wife (Janis). They met in college and shortly moved to Granite City for Elmer to start a career in the banking
industry at First National Bank. He loved his job and worked there for 38 years, retiring from Regions Bank on May 1,
2006 where he served as Vice President and Operations Coordinator. Elmer gave back to the community by being
heavily involved in United Way and the Lions Club. He loved antique hunting and shopping for new decorating ideas for
his house.

Elmer lived in Granite City for most of his life. He moved to Florida with his second wife (Sheila). Sheila and Elmer loved
to travel to new places with his brothers and their wives. They travelled to New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Vail, and
Washington DC. Elmer took his first train ride with Sheila and his brothers on a trip to Mount Vernon and Colonial
Williamsburg. He did not shy away from any trips, even if just a few hours away like Marco Island, FL Most of the travel
included spending much time shopping.

Elmer was a major sports lover: Little League Baseball, youth softball, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, St. Louis Blues
Hockey, Mizzou Football, and Mizzou Basketball. Anything regarding college basketball. Conversations occurred with
his brothers, his son, his friends and anyone—about anything sports. Elmer travelled to watch college basketball and
college basketball tournaments. His life would become one big world of basketball during March Madness.

Elmer just loved food. He was an excellent cook and likely could have been a professional chef. His cornbread
mimicked his mothers and he made the best pork steaks. Elmer was brave to try cooking new foods, even if he had
never even eaten it, like cornbread casserole and Polenta. Still going with his love of food, Elmer likely visited most
restaurants on this side of St. Louis. His favorite meal was breakfast. Many of his friends would enjoy going out for
breakfast with Elmer. Super funny, Elmer may hold the record for almost burning down two kitchens in his family while cooking.

Elmer also enjoyed playing technology games with his Brian (his son) and grandkids, including Clash of Clans, Subway Surfer, and skee ball games.
During the holidays, moving and noise producing decorations were something that Elmer loved. He was adventurous with his children and
grandchildren, going with them to rock and country concerts, out in the field collecting crabs, random sports events, arcades to play Terminator
“shoot-em-up” games, and to zoos.

Elmer loved pets, especially dogs. He would spend hours with Sheila’s dog Shaggy and would often babysit all of Jennifer’s (his daughter) pets,
including her cats. When she decided to go on a long international trip, Elmer took over care of her cat Samual James and would send daily “cat
updates” to her through text. He was a great “pet” reader and accompanied Jennifer when she was looking for a new pet and was present at all their
adoptions.

Mostly, Elmer loved people and he was all-about “family”. He really had a heartfelt fondness for all his co-workers at First National Bank in Granite
City, his friends living near Boyle (a street in Granite City), and fellow sun-lovers at Paddlers Swim Club. Elmer loved spending time with anyone in the
family, from nieces and nephews to even his second nieces and nephews. He made friends wherever he went, including any restaurant, visits to
college campuses, and random trips to small festivals in Florida. It did not matter what you called him: Elmer, dad, brother, husband, papa, grandpa,
step-dad, uncle. He was fun-loving and good to be around; his friends and family have numerous memories with Elmer to always make them smile.

Elmer is survived by his former wife and dear friend Sheila Wortham, daughter Jennifer Wortham, step-daughter Lauren McCauley, grandchildren
Ryan Neal, Chase and Chloe Wortham; brothers Carl, Larry, and Rodney Wortham, sisters-in-law Elaine, Vickie, and Carol Wortham, brother-in-law
Bryce Knorr, son-in-law Rob Haughey, many nieces and nephews, extended family, and numerous close friends and co-workers.

Elmer was preceded in death by his mother and father, wife Janis (Knorr) Wortham, and sons Brian Wortham and Kevin Wortham.

Private burial will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial visitation will be held in the future at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Irwin Chapel will post the date of the memorial
service when family and friends are allowed to gather in high numbers to celebrate all their memories of Elmer. The date will also be posted on social
media platforms and accounts.

Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society for Lymphoma Research or Hepatic Research. Other donations could be made to
the American Diabetes Association or the Lions Club International. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.
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Donald Lee Edwards, age 64, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at his home with his loving
family by his side.

Don was born on October 27, 1955 in East St. Louis, IL, a son of the late Westley Lee Edwards and Florence (Bladda)
Edwards.

Don proudly served his country in the United States Marines. On July 30, 1983, Don married Louise Marie Birkenmeyer,
the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Don was a jack of all trades and he could fix or build anything he put his mind to.
He never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. Don was also an outdoorsman who
loved camping and traveling. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Don loved life, he loved to laugh, but
most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife of thirty-six years, Louise Edwards of Granite City, IL; loving children, Robert
(Jennifer) Birkenmeyer of Edwardsville, IL, Elijah (Angela) Edwards of Arcadia, MO, Carolanne Edwards of Granite City, IL
and Jacob (Ashley) Edwards of Arnold, MO; dear siblings, Phil (Gerri) Edwards of Warrensburg, IL, Paul (Jeannie)
Edwards of Springfield, IL and Dr. Glenn Edwards of St. Louis, MO; proud grandfather to Emma, Chloe, Jack, Brenden,
Kendra, Kiley, Westley and six additional grandchildren; proud great-grandfather to Renee, Laura, Lexie, Gavin and
Ricardo; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Our dear husband, father, brother and grandfather, deserves a beautiful tribute. However in this unknown time a
celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to Siteman Cancer Center. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville
Road, Granite City, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Rosemarie “Rosie” Pinkston, 77, of Granite City, IL, born August 3, 1942 in Granite City, IL, passed away, Saturday March
28, 2020, Eden Village, Glen Carbon, IL.

Rosie worked as a manager for Grants, Firestone Tire and P & S Tire. She was also an active member of the PTA at
Emerson Elementary. As an active
member of Harvest Assembly Church in Granite City she devoted her time serving in many capacities at
church. Rosie lead by example. Her Christ-like love for all that knew her was expressed by the kind words and tireless service for those in need. She
loved all people, and taught that to her family.

Rosie was an enthusiastic sports fan. She enjoyed cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears. Mike Ditka didn’t have a bigger fan.
She was even more enthusiastic when it came to cheering for loved ones coming through sports in the Granite City School District. Music was a big
part of who she was. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. Her love of music crossed many genres from Peter Frampton (his picture was on
the fridge), Ted Nugent, Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass and of course all music praising Jesus.

Grand Kids, nephews and nieces were always excited to go over to Grandma Rosies so she could measure their height on the kitchen wall. That wall
was very important to her and competition among the grandkids. Congrats Nick!
Rosie was a mother of three, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of Max. Quotes from her grandkids describing their grandma were:
Supportive/Proud- anytime I had an accomplishment I would want to tell her first. Caring, God-Fearing, Sacrificial, Loving, fun to be around and made a
mean Palacinke.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life husband, Franklin “Johnny” Pinkston; her parents, Joseph Stajduhar and Amelia Makek Stajduhar;
her twin brother, Larry Stajduhar and brother-in-law, Mike Nesbit.

Surviving are her loving children, Larry (Carla) Pinkston of Granite City, IL, Ronnie (Karen) Pinkston of Rockwall, TX and Angela (Mike) Votoupal of
Maryville, IL; brother, Joseph (Linda) Stajduhar of Colchester, CT; sister, Charlotte Nesbit of Surprise, AZ; brother, Stanley (Nancy) Stajduhar of
Waddell, AZ; sister-in-law, Donetta Stajduhar of Marine, IL; proud grandmother of Dr. Dana (Nick) Rozell, Trevor (Katie) Pinkston, Scott (Katie)
Pinkston, Tyler Pinkston, Mathew Votoupal, Alec Votoupal and Abby ROSE Pinkston and proud great-grandmother of MAX Rozell; and extended family
and friends.

Rosemarie deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this uncertain time a private family service will be held with Pastor Roy Boyer officiating.

Private burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be mailed to Harvest Assembly Church at 4651 State Route 162 Granite City, IL 62040 and may also
be accepted at the funeral home.
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Charles Luther Lovell, 90, of Mitchell, IL, passed away at 6:23 a.m. Thurs. Mar. 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his
family while under hospice care.

He was born Mar. 13, 1930 in East St. Louis, IL to the late Hugh & Clare (Mabry) Lovell.

Charles was a US Marine Corps veteran and retired from American Water Co. as a machine operator after 40 years.  He was a member of the Alton
Eagles #254 and loved spending time with his family.

He and Helen Ann Kovar were married June 16, 1972.  She preceded him in death July 20, 2019.

He is survived by a daughter: Laurie Lovell; a step-son: John Ashburn; 3 grandchildren: Julie Nighohossian, J.J. Bruger and John Ashburn Jr.; and 3
great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife of 47 years and his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter: Teresa (nee: Ashburn) Glass; a granddaughter: Johnelle
Ashburn; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Services are private.
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Glenn Lackey 64, of Granite City passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.  

He was born December 5, 1955 in Anchorage, Alaska to Larry and Urslula (nee; Armstroff ) Lackey.

He is survived by two daughters, Sarah (Henry) Thompson of Granite City and Jessica Lackey of Telluride, CO; five grandchildren, Branden
Henderson, Kyle Thompson, Peyton Lackey, Logan Lackey and Tyler Thompson; two brothers, Gerald and Matthew Lackey both of Granite City and a
sister, Janice Goonan of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Glenn James Lackey.

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Clay Alan Ellis, 61, of Granite City, Il died on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at BJC Hospice Evelyn’s House in Creve Couer,
MO.

He was born on May 8, 1958 in Granite City, IL to Harry E. and C. Yvonne nee: Champion Ellis.

Clay worked for Illinois Central School Bus Service driving the Granite City School district’s route. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in
Granite City, IL and he loved to work on cars and enjoyed going to car shows and trains. He loved his family and would help anyone who needed his
help.
Clay died from cancer and will be missed by his family and friends.

The loving son and brother is survived by his mother; a sister, Julia L. Ellis of Granite City; a nephew and a great nephew.

Besides his father, Clay is preceded in death by a sister, Susan Elaine Valentine.

Services are private due to the COVID 19 crowd restrictions.
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Patricia Sue Terry, 63, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite
City, IL.

She was born on December 13, 1956 in St. Louis, MO to William Otis and Carmen nee: Smothers Moody.

Patricia married Jody Terry in Granite City, IL in 1990 and he preceded her in death in 2015.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed playing pool and travelling with her friends on mini vacations. She was an avid St. Louis sports fan and
supported the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues.

Patricia is survived by a daughter, Amie Watson of Washington, MO and 5 grandchildren: Alaina, Alexandria (Alex), Ayanna, Chloe and Ashlynne; 1
great grandson and 2 great granddaughters. Also surviving are 3 sisters: Charlotte Tolan of Desoto, MO, Rebecca Moody of Idaho and Carol Harris of
Idaho. She will be greatly missed by her special friends, John and Linda Hatzel.
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Besides her husband, Patricia is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bill Moody and a sister, Lena.

Karen O’Gara, 55, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:53 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 peacefully in her home.

She was born April 10, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL to Hugh J. Sr. and Charlotte (nee: Solt) O’Gara.
Karen had a unique ability to fill a room with her laughter. It was loud and distinctive and typically accompanied by
hilarious banter revolving around ridiculous scenarios and outlandish ideas. Very few have the ability to carry on a
conversation the way that she could, she was far more emotionally intelligent than most. The world will not be the same
without her in it, she will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her companion: Ben “Gunner” Browning of Granite City, IL; one son: Jim (December Belasco) Cook
of Glen Carbon, IL; daughter: Amy (Nathan Conrad) O’Gara of Lasalle, IL; six grandchildren: Sagan Belasco-Cook, Lela
Eichen, Sidney Eichen, Nolen Conrad, Florence O’Conner and Seth O’Conner; four brothers: Patrick O’Gara of
Edwardsville, Hugh J. (Barbara) O’Gara Jr. of Pocahontas, IL, Joseph (Karen) O’Gara of Collinsville, IL, and Brett
(Brenda) O’Gara of Edwardsville, IL; and sister: Cathy (David S.) O’Gara of Defiance, MO.
She was preceded in death by both parents.
Memorial to be held at a later date, contact the family for details.
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Andrew C. Besserman, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at 2:50 a.m. on
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home.

He was born September 20, 1928 in Madison, a son of the late Paul and Dorothy (Adams) Besserman Sr.

He married Irene (Jenders) Besserman on February 18, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

Andy retired from Union Electric after 20 years of dedicated service as a Senior Switch Board Operator.

He was a faithful member of St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church, helping as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and served as an usher for
many years. Andy was a past president of St. Mary’s Booster Club, a past trustee of Nameoki Township and a member of Polish Hall – St. Stanislaus
Lodge 1004 and the Metro-East Polka Club. He enjoyed traveling, dancing and visiting the casino with his wife.

One of his most enjoyable and memorable endeavors was forming one of the first girls’ softball teams in the Tri-City area, the St. Mary’s girl’s softball
team. He was the manager of the team and to this day he is still fondly referred to by the women who played on the team as “Coach” and he still
holds a special place in their hearts for the wonderful memories created each summer on the ballfield.

In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, Andy is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Sprenger of Edwardsville and Marilyn and Mark
Naylor of St. Jacob; grandson, Todd (Trang) Huckla; granddaughter, Bethann Reichert; great granddaughter, Lydia Reichert; great grandsons, Andrew
Huckla (Andy’s namesake) and Nate Huckla; step grandson, Brian Naylor; step great granddaughters, Emily and Allison Naylor; step great grandsons,
Austin Naylor, Corbin Shabany and Abelardo Lopez Jr.; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Besserman Jr.; four brothers, Joseph Besserman, Paul Besserman Jr., John
Besserman and Michael Besserman; a sister, Leona Voloski and step granddaughter, Michelle (Naylor) Lopez.

Andy deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time, a private family visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Mary-St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church or to VITAS Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral
home.
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Robert Lee Hayes Sr., 88, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born June 26, 1931 in Granite City, a son of the late Christopher Columbus and Stella (Dixon) Hayes.

He married Betty Fay (Barnhart) Hayes on February 18, 1950 in Pocahontas and she survives.

He had retired from Alton & Southern Railroad after 15 years of dedicated service. He later retired in 1996 from Washington University after 13 years
of service as a painter.

Robert was a faithful member of City Temple Assembly of God Church in Granite City and cherished the special times shared with his family and
friends. He enjoyed his days of camping, fishing and hunting and always enjoyed tending to his yard.

In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Mike Hamm of Collinsville, Brenda and Mike
Otte of Edwardsville; a son, Robert L. Hayes Jr. of Michael; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Hayes of Granite City
and Larry Hayes of Jerseyville; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Bill Hayes.

Robert deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private family service will be held at his church. Private burial will follow at
Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to Colon Cancer Research and can be accepted at the funeral
home.
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Frances Gallauer, age 100, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Liberty Village in Maryville,
IL. Frances was born on March 9, 1920 in Madison, IL, a daughter of the late Joseph Belobrajdich and Yosepha (Manco)
Belobrajdich.

On July 29, 1944, Frances married Steve Gallauer, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Steve passed away in 1977.
Frances was of the Catholic Faith and a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. She enjoyed
needlepoint and fishing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Frances 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, Frances was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Bradich.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Janet (Robert) LeGrand of Chesterfield, MO, Linda Ponath of Chesterfield, MO
and Marjorie (James) Baiter of Godfrey, IL; proud grandmother to five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren;
extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private family service will be held. Frances will be laid to rest next to Steve at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund or to Alzheimer’s Association. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960
Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Joseph Clifford Ramsey, 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Sat. Mar. 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his
family while under hospice care.

He was born Aug. 23, 1941 in East St. Louis, IL to the late Clifford Everett & Mary Emily (Pope) Ramsey.

On Dec. 28, 2002, he and Phyllis Ann Hawkins were married in Alton, IL.  She survives in Granite City.

Joseph had been a machine operator for Obearnester Glass Co and a miner for Peabody Coal.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Cathy Major of Yuma, AZ; 2 step-daughters: Shari (Mike Lee) Petty
of Granite City and Angela (Randy) Pilch of Granite City; a step-son: Michael (Jennifer Waters) Campbell of Collinsville,
IL; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 3 brothers: John
Ramsey of O’fallon, IL, Steve Ramsey of Lafayette, IN and Paul
Ramsey of Belleville, IL.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Deborah Steele; and 2 sisters, Pat Johnson and Mary Louise Steele.

Services are private.

Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Betty Jane Barnhart, 81, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Russell, AR, passed away at 12:03 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 19, 2020 at
Evelyn’s Hospice House in Creve Coeur, MO.

She was born Mar. 21, 1938 in Alton, IL to the late John & Jennie (Woods) Seehausen.

Betty was a CNA and had worked at Wood River Hospital and the nursing home in Greenville, IL.  She was a member of
Word of Life Tabernacle.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and her little dog, Sadie.

She is survived by a daughter: Cecilia (Rev. Bill) Davison of Granite City; 3 grandsons: Robert (Kitty) Davison, Corby
(Gina) Davison, Timmy (Donna) Davison; and 9 great-grandchildren: Allissa, Eli, Abby, Sophie and Lainey Davison, Tyler
and Xander Cox, Draven Crain and Sydney Davison.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands: Robert Melton and Clarence Barnhart; a daughter:
Tina Sisk; a granddaughter: Stephanie Cox; and a brother: Paul Seehausen.

Services are private due to the current COVID-19 crowd restrictions.

Online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Madge Elaine Talley, age 96, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab, Granite City, IL.

Madge was born on December 14, 1923 in Bismarck, ND, a daughter of the late Gene Webster and Lucreta Mae (George)
Webster. After the death of her father, Madge was raised by Mrs. and Major Woodgate.

On August 16, 1948, Madge married Darold Ellis Talley, the love of her life at the Salvation Army in Granite City, IL. Darold
passed away on March 19, 2017, after sixty-nine years of marriage. Madge was a faithful member of Trinity United
Methodist Church in Granite City, IL. She was also a member of the Women’s Club at the church. Madge was a former
Salvation Army officer. She worked for the Salvation Army for eight years, starting in 1941. Madge retired as a floral
designer from Bob’s Flowers in 1980 after fifteen years of dedicated service. Her greatest joy was spending time with
her family. Madge 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, Madge was preceded in death by four brothers, Willard, Jim, Merle and Larry
Webster; and by three sisters, Norma Webster, Joan Webster and Ruth Riedlinger.

She is survived by her loving children, Rick (Phyllis) Talley of Granite City, IL and Sherry (Jim) Hentzel of Ormond Beach,
FL; dear siblings, Glen Webster of Portland, OR and Jeanie Kramer of Bellingham, WA; proud grandmother to Matt (Alma)
Hentzel, Jason (Jessica) Talley, Katie (Reggie Peters) Hentzel and Rebecca (Matt) Talley Stearns; proud great-
grandmother to Egypt Peters, Ryan Hentzel, Kayleigh Peters, Arianna Hentzel, Ayden Hentzel, Sienna Talley,
Colton Stearns,
Cameron Stearns and Emma Talley; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Our dear mother and grandmother, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a memorial visitation and service will be held at a
later date.

Memorial donations may be given to the Salvation Army. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Larry C. James, age 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center,
Granite City, IL.

Larry was born on December 21, 1949 in Gideon, MO, a son of the late Cecil James and Velma (Newton) James.

On September 16, 1977, Larry married Paula “Penny” Planitz, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Larry retired as a custodian from Six Mile Regional
Library District, Granite City, IL, in 2018 after many years of dedicated service. He loved spending time with his family, watching westerns and sports,
taking care of his yard and walking his dog, Wilson. Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Larry is survived by his devoted wife of forty-two years, Penny James of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Patsy (Howard) Black and Bryan James; proud
uncle to Tim (Rebekah) Black, Jason (Kirsten) Black, Ryan Black and Brittany (Chris) Kilmer; proud great-uncle to Miles, Asher, Jaedyn, Judah,
Jordyn, Abel, Arrow, Emily and Scott; extended family and many dear friends.

Our dear husband, brother and uncle, deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time a private visitation and funeral will be held.
Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. Donations may be mailed to Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
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Chris Allen Brandt, 60, of Collinsville, IL and formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away at 12:40 a.m., Thursday, March 19,
2020 at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab, Caseyville, IL.

He was born October 23, 1959 in Granite City, IL to Iris Grable and Harry Brandt.
Chris was an avid short-track speedskater and lover of the sport. He competed nationally with the St. Louis Metro Speedskating Club and cherished
the friends he made along the way. He enjoyed seeing live music, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and going to the movies with his daughter.
He is survived by his daughter: Madelyn Brandt of St. Charles, MO; mother: Iris Grable of Collinsville, IL; half-brother: Mark Brandt of granite City, IL;
half-sister: Rachel (Justin) Waligorski of Collinsville, IL and two nieces: Sophia and Kennedi.
He was preceded in death by his father: Harry Brandt.
The family will have a Celebration of Life service at a later date.
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Steve P. Karels Sr., 64 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home.

Steve was born on November 5, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois; the son of the late John and Opal Karels Sr. Steve was a truck
driver for McKenzie Trucking in Granite City, an aviation mechanic and served as a police officer for Forsyth County,
North Carolina. He proudly served his country in the United States Air
Force and was a member of the National Rifle Association. In
his free time, Steve enjoyed his days of fishing and spending time with his family. Steve will be remembered for his “Jokester” personality and all the
special times he shared with his family and friends.

Steve is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Juanita (Spence) Karels, whom he married on April 7, 2001; children, Steve P. Karels Jr. of
Tabaccoville, NC, Laura and Mark Moore of Marthasville, MO, Sarah and Scott Carney of Troy, IL; grandchildren, Jordan Groves, Kassidy Groves, Kylee
Hopping, Brent Moore, Bryan Moore, Dylan Carney, Claire Carney; sister-in-law, Linda Spence and his doggie, Sher.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters.

In celebration of Steve’s life, a private family visitation will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960
Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon with full military rites.
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Valerie A. Anderson, 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Tues. Mar. 17, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

She was born Oct. 7, 1952 in Granite City to the late William A. Bone and Elaine J. (Rapsis) Estes.

On Feb. 27, 1970, she and Gary Anderson were married in Collinsville, IL.  He survives in Granite City.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter: Sonja Elizabeth (Darrin Filla) Anderson of Valley Park, MO; a son: Christopher William
(Stacey) Anderson of Cameron, MO; 5 grandchildren: Christopher James Anderson, Austin James Anderson, Kylie Elaine Anderson, Benjamin Roger
Smithson and Cody William Anderson; a brother: William A. (Sondra) Bone II of Granite City; and 2 sisters: April Elaine (Gordon Pierson) Bone of
Granite City and Shelby (Randall) Hearne of Holts Summit, MO.

Services are private due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
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Gladys N. Ray 91, passed away March 17, 2020 at her home in Granite City.

She was born September 24, 1928 in Allison, Iowa to Ralph and Carrie Poppen. She married Everett Leroy Ray
September 4, 1954 in Waverly, Iowa.

She is survived by her two daughters, Diane Ray of Granite City and Debra (Matthew) Jackson of Decatur, IL; son, Daniel
Lee Ray of Granite City; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and seven brothers and five sisters.

Cremation services were entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.
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John Lee Seger, 60, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:41 p.m. Tues. Mar. 17, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center
in Granite City.

He was born Jan. 14, 1960 in Granite City to the late Paul & Roseatta (Robinson) Seger.

On July 4, 1995 he and Deanna Lynn Whitehead were married in Bernie, MO.  She survives in Granite City.

John loved being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, camping, fishing and shooting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 children: Tonya Seger, Josh Barnes, Ashley Judd and Amanda Tappel all of Granite City; 9 grandchildren;
and 5 sisters: Louise (Jr) Motteler of Dell, IN, Mary (Albert) Walliser of Granite City, Jean (Carol) Dean of Bernie, MO, Joyce (Radar) Dean of Bernie, MO
and Sue (Darrell) Batson of Vienna, IL.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Seger.

Services will be private due to the current COVID-19 crowd restrictions.

Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com
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Doris K. Leibold, 76, of Granite City, IL passed away at 2:42 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in
Maryville, IL.

She was born March 23, 1943 in Granite City, IL to Charles Carl and Katherine (nee: Nation) Clutts.
Doris and Robert “Bob” W. Leibold married on February 16, 2007 in Lawrenceburg, AR.
Doris worked for many years as a CNA in home health care and at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL. She was a member of Word of Life
Tabernacle Church in Granite City, IL
She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” W. Leibold of Granite City, IL; two daughters: Janalea (Robert) Sobiech of Ft. Worth, TX and Leandria
(Justin Penelton) Sodini of Granite City, IL; two sons: Thomas Duke of Cincinnati, OH and David (Traci) Duke of Biloxi, MS; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-
grandchildren; brother: Michael (Kay) Clutts of Mooresville, IN; and sister: Mary (John) Vasques of Granite City, IL.
Besides her parent she is preceded in death by a son: Charles Duke; twin great-grandchildren; brother: Thomas Clutts and a sister: Junelda Clutts.
There will be a celebration of her life at a later date. Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City entrusted with professional services. Online
guestbook and information may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Billy Eugene Gobel 78, of Mitchell passed away Friday March 13, 2020 at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis.  

He was born December 13, 1941 in Eldorado, IL to Robert and Madeline (nee: Davis) Gobel; they preceded him in death.  
He married Barbara Jean Markiewicz December 4, 1993 in Edwardsville.  He served his Country in the Army during the
Vietnam War.  Billy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mitchell, a past Master and  a lifetime Member of the
Granite City Masonic Lodge, as well as the York Rite, Knights Templar and Scottish Right.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gobel of Mitchell; four daughters, Billie Jean, Georgia, Amanda and Lindsay; three
step children, Roger (Kathy), Russell (Ann) and Kimberly (Tony); twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two
brothers, Robert and Donald; two sisters, Brenda and Wanda and many nieces, nephews friends and acquaintances.  He
will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him.

The family will hold a memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell.  Services will start with a
Masonic service at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service with Pastor Richard Harmon officiating.  Private inturnment will take place at Mausoleum in
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Wojstrom Funeral & Crematory entrusted with professional services.
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Harley Lee Allmendinger, 13, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City, IL.

He was born on January 11, 2007 in St. Louis, MO to James Allemendinger and Natasha nee:  Mullin Cullen.

Harley enjoyed movies, music, playing on his tablet and food.  He attended Restoration Church in Granite City, IL where
he enjoyed attending.

Besides his parents, Harley is survived a brother, Ryider Allmendinger and a sister, Ryilee Allemdinger;  paternal
grandmother, Maureen Allmendinger of MI; step-father, Chris Cullen of Granite City, IL; 2 uncles and aunts:  Jamie and
Pam Mullin and William and Kristine Allmendinger and a cousin, Riley
Mullin.  Harley will be missed by his extended family members
and friends.

Harley is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Allmendinger and his maternal grandparents:  Gary and Kristy Mullin.

Cremation services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Alvin Alfred Pflueger 91, of Granite City passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at his home with family by his side.

He was born December 22, 1928 in Waterloo to Harvey and Minnie (nee: Fauss) Pflueger. Alvin served in the Army during the Korean War. He married
Hazel Bolton November 26, 1955; she preceded him in death in 2003.  He was a long time member of the Caseyville VFW.

He is survived by two daughters, Charlene (Daniel) Juedemann of Granite City and Margaret (Ricky) Clark of IN; two sons, Thomas (Toni) Pflueger of
Fairmont City and Frank Pflueger of Collinsville; ten grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Also, proceeding in death were his parents, son, John Pflueger two grandchild, two great grandchildren and five siblings, Levi, Gene, Arnold, Arlene
and Doris.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.
Memorials can be made to the funeral home in care of the family.
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Michael Alan Donohue, 52, of Granite City, IL passed away at 6:22 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St, Louis University
Hospital, St. Louis, IL with the love of his fiancé Shannon and many of his motorcycle club family with him.

He was born June 8, 1967 in Marion, IL to Ruby (nee Garris) Odum and Norman Donohue.
Michael was a member of the Free Spirit MC.
He is survived by his fiancé Shannon Haas of Granite City, IL; mother and step-father: Ruby (nee: Garris) and Dennis
Odum of Benton, IL; three brothers: Johnny (Melody) Donohue of Sterling, IL, Frankie Colp of Benton, IL, Ricky (Karen)
Spiller of Johnson City, IL; three sisters: Crystal (Roby) Creek of Johnson
City, IL, Tina (Joe) Rieger of Johnson, IL and Susan Spiller
of Benton, IL; many beloved aunts, uncles and Roy Spiller who raised him as his own along with Nick.
He was preceded in death by his father: Norman Donohue and his grandmother: Emma Garris.
Memorial service will be at a later date.
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Lillian Mae Wright, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Granite Nursing and Rehab
Center, Granite City, IL.

Lillian was born on June 12, 1940 in Murphysboro, IL, a daughter of the late Shirley Eugene Barton and Lillian Mae
(Drennan) Barton.

On August 29, 1959, Lillian married Harold Wright, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Lillian worked as a tax preparer at H&R Block in Granite City,
IL, for twenty-two years. She also worked as a librarian at Maryville School for six years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Lillian
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, Lillian was preceded in death by her brother, William Barton.

She is survived by her devoted husband of sixty years, Harold Wright of Granite City, IL; loving sons, Michael (Yang) Wright of Granite City, IL, James
(Debra) Wright of Buford, SC and David (Cheryl) Wright of Granite City, IL; dear brother, Shirley Gene Barton of Champaign, IL; proud grandmother to
six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Lillian requested to be cremated and to have no formal services.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Chester Leroy Hodge, Jr., 55, of Madison, IL, passed away at 9:50 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2020, in East St. Louis, IL.

He was born November 04, 1964 in Granite City, IL to Chester Leroy and Peggy (nee: Mitchel) Hodge.
He is survived by two daughters: Chelsea Hodge and tiffany Starks; two sons: Tyler (Lana) Hodge and William Hodge;
twelve grandchildren: Julius Exavior, Robyn Rene’, Wesley Eugene, Zoey Shay, Dakota Nicole, Rylee Lynn, Iris Rene’,
Noah Eugene, Karlee Rae, Kyler Lee Eugene, Dylan Joe, and Ronnie Lee; and two sisters: Barbara (Forrest) Mifflin and
Laura Hodge all of Granite City, IL.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother: William “Billy” Hodge.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date.
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Reverend Clifton E. Galiher, 85 of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday,
March 8, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Clifton was born on September 6, 1934 in Fairfield, Illinois; the son of the late Clarence A. and Florence A. (Yoho)
Galiher. Clifton spent his entire life as a pastor in service to others. He started his career as a young minister in
Fairfield, Illinois where he founded and was the pastor of North Side Pentecostal Church. Then the Lord led him to
Bethel Chapel in Granite City where he served as Pastor from 1972 to 1985, then serving in Jonesboro, Illinois. He was
an active Evangelist for 7 years before he took over as pastor in Taylor Mill, Kentucky in 2001. He and his wife moved
back home to the local area in 2013 where he was very involved in many local ministries. He was a member of Bethel
Chapel in Granite City and in his free time he enjoyed his days of yard sales, buying and selling things, being outside
fishing or playing board games with his grandchildren. Clifton was known for his unique “Jokester” personality, the
love of the Lord and his family. Clifton will be remembered for the many lives he touched through his ministry, the love
of the Lord and his family and all the special times they shared together.

Clifton is survived by and will be missed by his wife of nearly 61 years; Bessie M. (Mayberry) Galiher; his children, Dwain
and Brenda Galiher of West Plains, Missouri, Stephen Galiher of Nashville, Tennessee, Ruth and Pastor David Brimm of
Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Amber Galiher, Aaron and Shelby Galiher, Autumn Galiher, Adrianne Galiher all of
West Plains, Missouri, Stephen A. and Shandi Galiher, Daris and Taffi Galiher of Nashville, Tennessee, Kayla and Joshua
Thomas, Nathaniel and Angela Brimm of Granite City, Illinois; 13 great-grandchildren and many other close family
members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Clifton was preceded in death by his brothers; Weldon Galiher and Loren Wayne Galiher.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bethel Chapel, 2445 Ohio Ave, in Granite City.
In celebration of Clifton’s life, services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Chapel with Pastor
David Brimm officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are
suggested to Bethel Chapel Christian School. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.
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Gary L. Ingrham Sr., age 75, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Evelyn’s House, Creve Coeur,
MO.

Gary was born on June 8, 1944 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late John Ingrham and Eulah (Rose) Simmons.

Gary worked as a switchman for Terminal Railroad and Chicago North Eastern Railroad in his younger years. He was a proud member of Masonic
Triple Lodge #835 in Granite City, IL, Scottish Rite of Belleville, IL and a Shriner with Ainad Temple in East St. Louis, IL. He was also a former member
of I.O.O.F. and the Moose Lodge. Gary never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was known as a
jokester and he had a personality that drew people to him. During the summer Gary loved eating fried green tomatoes. His family wants you to fry
some green tomatoes up this summer in memory of Gary. His greatest joy was spending time with family. Gary 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, Gary was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette Ingrham; his sisters, Bernadine Hagnauer, Eunice Porter and Nelda
Reed; and by a brother, John Ingrham.

He is survived by his loving children, Tina (Bill) McKinnon of Granite City, IL, Gary (Michelle) Ingrham Jr. of Ocala, FL, Laura (Jocko) Ferguson of Granite
City, IL, Cynthia (Jim Foster) Schuler of Wentzville, MO and William (Jodie) Ingrham of Webster Groves, MO; dear brother, Danny Cobb of Granite City,
IL; proud grandfather to fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, with a
Masonic service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in
Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Marion Gene Farrow, 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Sat. Mar. 7, 2020 at his home while under hospice
care.

He was born Aug. 27, 1950 in Arlington, KY to the late Velma (Hoskins) Sheeley and Marion Charles Farrow.

Mr. Farrow had been a medical lab technologist and was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He was an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and trap and was an NRA
mentor.

He is survived by his wife: Madonna (Repple) Farrow; 2 sons: Charles Marion Farrow and Patrick Farrow all of Granite City; a step-brother: Jake
Sheeley of Barnhart, MO; and a step-sister: Cindy Sheeley-Szymanski of St. Louis, MO.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Anita Bakos and Jerone Farrow; and a step-sister: Tammy Sheeley.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 12, 2020 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m.
Fri. Mar. 13, 2020 at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, KY.
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David Robert Ropac, 58, of Pontoon Beach, IL, died unexpectedly Fri. Mar. 6, 2020 in Pontoon Beach.

He was born Feb. 1, 1962 in Belleville, IL to Pauline Ida (Porter) Sumowski of Pontoon Beach and the late Carl Joseph
Ropac Jr.

David was employed at American Steel and was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He loved working on bicycles and lawnmowers.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother: Carl Ropac III of Pontoon Beach; and his beloved cat: “Peaches”.

Services are private.
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Paul Wheeler Madewell, 72, of Madison, IL, passed away Wed. Mar. 4, 2020 at his home.

He was born Apr. 5, 1947 in Muskogee, OK to the late Pete Madewell and Alma (Loftis) Adams.

The U.S. Army veteran retired as a self-employed flooring contractor.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Paula (Mark) Leckrone of Centralia, IL, Goldie (Scott) Young of Erie, PA and Shelia
(Michael Mandeville) Madewell of Caseyville, IL; a son: Charles Madewell of Cahokia, IL; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-
grandchildren; 5 sisters: Sharold Yount of St. Louis, MO (formerly of Granite City, IL), Retha Richmond of Alton, IL,
Kimberly Applegate of Litchfield, IL, Tina Gancheff of Granite City, IL and Jacqueline Wasson of Dallas, TX; and his former
spouse: Robin Hart of Cahokia, IL.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Bobby Madewell; and his companion: Nadene Hannel.

A funeral procession will leave Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory at Noon Fri. 3/13/2020 for graveside services with
military honors at 1:00 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
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Pastor Thomas Nixon Fea Jr., age 68, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at his home. Tom was born on February 9, 1952 in
Granite City, IL, a son of the late Thomas N. Fea Sr. and Cleo A. (Henderson) Fea.

Tom was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country. On June 11, 1970, Tom married Catherine Ann Etzkorn, his high school
sweetheart in Madison, IL. Tom retired as a pastor from Forest Home First Baptist Church. He was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in
Granite City, IL. Tom was a talented artist and he could draw or paint anything he puts his mind to. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, woodworking
and being outdoors. His greatest joy was going to church to serve the Lord and spending time with his family. Tom 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, Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Carole Barnes.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Catherine Ann Fea of Granite City, IL; loving sons, Col. Michael Joseph (Tracia) Fea of Seoul, South Korea and
Matthew Thomas (Danielle) Fea of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Cory Fea of Granite City, IL and Micha Fea of Fort Sill, OK; sister, Joyce (John)
Juhasz of Dillon, CO; mother-in-law, Patricia Ann Etzkorn of Piasa, IL; sisters-in-law, Beverly (Val) Sumonia of Godfrey, IL and Patti (Bruce) Evans of
Granite City, IL; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel, with Pastor Jarad Corzin officiating. Interment
will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Unity Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Concetta “Connie” M. (Finazzo) Broyles Wheeler, age 94 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at her
home with her loving family by her side.

Connie was born on November 26, 1925 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late Faro and Rosalia Finazzo.

Connie was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL.
Connie never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed going to church and playing bingo. Her
greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Connie will be remembered for the special times shared with family and
friends.

In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward E. Broyles; two daughters, Denise Miller and Rosalie Atwater;
three sisters, Frances Greco, Rosie Torimino and Suzie Dabrowski; and by her brother, Frank Finazzo.

She is survived by her devoted husband, James H. Wheeler of Granite City, IL; loving children, Edward L. Broyles of Granite City, IL, Patricia Headrick
of Hudson, IL, Pamela (Harold “Junior”) Pool of Granite City, IL, Tony (Tina) Broyles of Bunker Hill, IL and Walter (Diane) Wheeler of Maryville, IL;
sisters, Mary Jane Johnson of Granite City, IL and Phyllis Syzdek of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to 108 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with
Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Wounded Warrior Project, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to masses. Donations will be accepted at the funeral
chapel or church.
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Tony Marvin Johnson, age 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at his home. Tony was born on
January 3, 1959 in Granite City, IL.

On October 21, 1994, Tony married Sheryl Reeves, the love of his life in Edwardsville, IL. Tony worked as an EMT for
Campbell Ambulance Service for many years. He had previously owned and operated Broken Feather Plaster Crafts in
Granite City, IL. Tony was a talented artist who could draw or paint anything he put his mind to. He was also a car
enthusiast who loved driving and working on hot rod cars. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Tony
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.

Tony was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine (Lindsay) Johnson; brother, Alan Johnson; and by a brother-in-
law, Ronnie Smith.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Sheryl Johnson of Granite City, IL; dear father and step-mother, Alfred and Juanita
Johnson of Glen Carbon, IL; loving children, Maggie (Nathan) McCrary of Granite City, IL, Matthew A. Reeves of Granite
City, IL, Tony C. Johnson of Cahokia, IL and Matthew R. (Jena) Bogard of Fairview Heights, IL; proud grandfather to Rylee
McCrary and several other grandchildren; brother, Mike (Charlotte) Johnson of FL; sister, Deborah Kent-Smith of
Springfield MO; sister-in-law, Gina Smith of TX; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Mt. Zion Church, 2827
Mockingbird Lane, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Steven Gray officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to Mt. Zion Church. Donations will be accepted at the church.
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Virginia “Ginger” Burris, 93 of Madison, Illinois passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Granite Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

Ginger was born on April 19, 1926 in Stewartsville, Missouri; the daughter of the late Horace and Betty (Carson) Groom.
Ginger was a cook at Roderick’s Restaurant in Granite City and a faithful member of Calvary Life Church. She was a
member of the Rebekah Lodge in Madison and in her free time Ginger enjoyed her days of quilting and cooking for her
family and friends. Ginger will be remembered for her loving heart and all the special times she shared with her family
and friends.

Ginger is survived by and will be missed by her children; Sandra and Tom Reinert of Ballwin, Missouri, Marcia and Fred
Koller of Walshville, Illinois, Jeff Gall of Madison, Illinois; grandchildren, Dawn Wallace of Ballwin, Missouri, Stefanie
Wallace of Fenton, Missouri, Amy and Jim Fitzwater of Benld, Illinois, Ben and Shelly Barker of Benld, Illinois; 6 great-
grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Lowell Grimm; sister, Eileen Oyler; dear step-mom; many nieces,
nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ginger was preceded in death by her husband; Lloyd V. Burris, whom she married on August
31, 1973; her son, Warren Gall; sister, Deanie Baker; brothers, Bill Grimm and George “Pete” Grimm.

In celebration of Ginger’s life, visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the
service at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Maynard 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 Calvary Life Church, 4650
Maryville Road in Granite City.
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Char Lee Baldwin, age 74, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Rosewood Care Center, Edwardsville, IL,

Char was born on March 5, 1945 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Charles A. Parmley and Wilma Lee (Lambert) Parmley.

On February 20, 1965, Char married John Phillip Baldwin, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. John passed away on July 5, 2004. Char retired from
the industrial control center as a secretary from South Western Illinois College in Granite City, IL. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and she
enjoyed teaching advanced life saving techniques to the girls. Char was also a member of the Lions Club in Edwardsville, IL. She loved being outdoors
canoeing and swimming. Her greatest joy was spending time with her with family. Char 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.

Char is survived by her loving children, Deborah (Scott) Becker of Staunton, IL; William Baldwin of Granite City, IL and Kimberly Baldwin of Granite City,
IL; dear siblings, Charles “Skip” (Brenda) Parmley of Pontoon Beach, IL and Beverly Partney of Collinsville, IL; proud grandmother to Stephanie
Becker, Steven Becker, Madelein (Nick) Bowerman, Jaden Baldwin, Chakotay Baldwin and John Thrane; nieces, nephews, extended family and
friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the funeral chapel, with Rev. Karla Frost officiating.

Private interment will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.
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Memorial donations may be given to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

LaVerne Hoedebeck, 97 of O’Fallon, Missouri and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully on Monday,
March 2, 2020 at Delmar Gardens in O’Fallon.

LaVerne was born on May 29, 1922 in Granite City, Illinois; the daughter of the late David and Verda (Miles) Gatlin.
Before LaVerne started her family, she began her working career at The Commonwealth and later on at Famous Barr’s
Bridal Registry. LaVerne was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City and a lifelong mom who
adored taking care of her family. LaVerne will be remembered for her giving heart and all the special times she shared
with her family and friends.

LaVerne is survived by and will be missed by her children; Anita and Larry Frazier of St. Charles, MO, Marti and David
Poertner of Brentwood, TN, Keith Hoedebeck of Granite City, IL, Kevin and Gail Hoedebeck of Howell, MI; grandchildren,
Patrick and Natalie Frazier, Lauren and Shawn Schnetzler, Joshua Poertner and Bobbi Byrne, Brian Hoedebeck,
Christine Harris, Julie Hoedebeck, Lanelle and Jere Heuer, Renae and Larry Voight, Ryan Hoedebeck; 12 great-
grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Hoedebeck.

In celebration of LaVerne’s life, visitation will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:30 p.m. at Irwin
Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Mike Rayson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. In lieu
of flowers memorial donations are suggested to First United Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar Ave. in Granite City.
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Charles Leo Speece, 60, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City, IL.

He was born on December 22, 1959 in St. Louis, MO to Tommy H. and Geraldine A. (Grill) Speece.

Charles was a Teamster for Local 600, a member of the Moose Lodge 272 in Granite City, IL and was a member of the
National Guard. He worked for several years as a florist for Willis Flowers in Granite City and Shermer’s Garden Shop in
Madison, IL.

The loving father and grandfather is survived by a daughter, Casey (Jason) Tindall of Granite City, IL; 2 sons: Derek
(Victoria) Speece of Collinsville, IL and Charlie Speece of Granite City, IL; 3 grandchildren: Nicholas Speece, Anna
Speece and Kaylee Burgess; a brother, Tommy (Carol) Speece of Glen Carbon, IL and a sister, Irene (David) Schwierjohn
of Granite City, IL.

Besides his parents, Charles is preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Speece.

Cremation services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Debra K. “Debby” Kelley, 65 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Rosewood Care
Center in Edwardsville.

Debby was born on August 31, 1954 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Benjamin O. and Charlene Ann (Skubish)
Sanders. Debby worked for the United States Army in Social Services and handled tuition and bookkeeping for Holy
Family Parish where she was a member. She was the past president of Holy Family PSA , a member of the Knights of
Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. In her free time Debby enjoyed her days of cooking
and working crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Michael.
Debby will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Debby is survived by and will be missed by her husband of 45 years; Brian Kelley; daughters, Amanda and Ken Atkins of
Granite City, Libby and Brad Lucas of St. Louis; grandson, Michael Atkins of Granite City; brother, Benjamin and Diane
Sanders of Gurnee, IL; niece Jocelyn Sanders of Gurnee, IL and many other close family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite
City. In celebration of Debby’s life, services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family
Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary
Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial contributions are suggested to Debby’s grandson, Michael for his college
tuition.
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Michael Stephen Barry, age 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at his home. Mike was born
on July 9, 1952 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Michael H. Barry and Ann H. (Topal) Barry.

Mike was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army with honor. On May 9, 1991, Mike
married Janette Wallis, the love of his life in Harrison, AR. He was a faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite
City, IL. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a cable repair technician after thirty years of
dedicated service. Mike was a skilled woodworker who could build anything he put his mind to. He also enjoyed fishing,
golfing and was an avid St. Louis Blues Hockey fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Mike 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, Mike was preceded in death by a sister, Geri Alexander; and by his father-in-law and mother-
in-law, William and Catherine Wallis.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Janette Barry of Granite City, IL; loving daughter, Monica Beth (Matthew) Wilson of
Sandy, UT; dear siblings, Joseph (Mary) Barry of Florissant, MO and Joann Vaughn of Glen Carbon, IL; proud grandfather
to Conan Michael Hunsaker, Alexander John Hunsaker and Jacob Matthew Wilson; many nieces, nephews, cousins,
extended family and friends.

Private graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to Hope Lutheran Church or Wounded Warrior Project.

Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Edward Gene Massey, 84 of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City.

Edward was born on February 2, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri; the son of the late James and Edna (Wright) Massey Cherry.
Edward was a truck driver for Yellow Freight and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He loved his
church and was a devoted member of Bethel Chapel in Granite City where he was active in the bus ministry, driving a
bus for the children getting them to church. In his free time, Edward loved to camp and spend time with his family. Most
of all he loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Edward is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Shirley (Kays) Massey, whom he married on November 8, 1958; his
children, Linda and Bob Brimm of Granite City, Pam and Brian Schuelke of Granite City, Brenda and Jeff Johnson of
Goshen, IN, Melanie and Thad Wheeler of Mountain View, MO; grandchildren, Matthew Brimm, Joshua Brimm, John
Schuelke, Michelle Schuelke, Lauren Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Alexis Johnson, Ruger Wheeler, Remington Wheeler;
great-grandchildren, Eberle Brimm, Boston Brimm, Wisteria Brimm, Siena Brimm, Arrigo Brimm, Wren Schuelke, Malina
Westbrook and several brothers and sisters.

In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Massey.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite
City. In celebration of Edward’s life, visitation will continue on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of
the service at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Chapel Pentecostal Church, 2445 Ohio Avenue in Granite City with Pastor David
Brimm officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to
Sunset Hill Campground.
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Jason Ray Cundiff, age 41, of Pontoon Beach, IL, went to be with his mom on Thursday, February 27, 2020. He passed away at St. Louis University
Hospital from a brain aneurysm.

Jason was born on October 18, 1978 in Granite City, IL, a son of Johnnie Ray Cundiff and the late Deborah Lee
(McGovern) Cundiff.

Jason worked at Cresent Park Corp as a inventory coordinator in Pontoon Beach, IL. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis
Blues, Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins. Jason enjoyed playing darts and was a great bowler with twenty perfect games
of three hundred. He loved going to the casino with his mom and trying to beat his dad at pool. Jason was an organ
donor and in his passing gave life to many people. He was blessed to have lived with his best friends Travis and Misty
Papp. Jason is a great young man who was loved by all. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his mother, Jason was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gifford “Big Mac” and Joann
McGovern and by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Vivian Cundiff.

He is survived by his loving father, Johnnie Cundiff of Pontoon Beach, IL; many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family
and wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road,
Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial donations may be given to Disabled American Veterans. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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William David Robertson, 74, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Tues. Feb. 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by
his family and friends.

He was born June 23, 1945 in Fulton, KY to the late William Anderson Robertson and Mary Dorothy (Latham) Robertson
Scribner.

On July 17, 1965, he and Barbara Ann Kalips were married in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Mr. Robertson retired from Schnucks as a trailer mechanic.  He loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the NRA,
Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.  He was The Champion Fish Catcher at Kinkaid Lake.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters: Felicia (David) Miller of Mitchell, IL and Wendy (Charles) Mosby of
Edwardsville, IL; 6 grandchildren: Steven, Eric, Apiffany, Melanie, Nicholas and Cheyenne; a brother: Jerry Michael
(Candi) Scribner; a sister: Carolyn Jane (Jeff) Johnson of Collinsville, IL; his longtime childhood friend: Harry (Diane)
LaPointe of New Athens, IL; his “girlfriend”: Lisa Ann Kalips of Pontoon Beach, IL; and his beloved dog: Fisher.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: William David Robertson Jr.; and a brother: Charles Robertson.

He made a gift of his organs and tissues through Mid-America Transplant to help others.

The family will hold a service at a later date.
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Karen Sue Gray, 76 of Greenville, Illinois formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully surrounded by her
family on Monday, February 24, 2020 at Greenville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Greenville, Illinois.

Karen was born on August 8, 1943 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Stanley and Alma (Hedrick) Walk. Karen was a
homemaker and mom who was a former member of Central Christian Church in Granite City. Karen enjoyed her days of
sewing, knitting and crocheting or being outside fishing. Her greatest love was spending time with her family and she
will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Karen is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Thomas T. Gray, whom she married on April 19, 1958; her
children, Coleen and Pat Olson of Edwardsville, IL, T.J. and Cheryl Gray of Edwardsville, IL; grandchildren, Kera Olson,
Brittani Riggins; special sister, Cathiann Barker Pace and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her daughter; Sharon Riggins.

In celebration of Karen’s life, visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor
Derrell Brame officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates. Memorial donations are
suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.
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James Lee Bronnbauer, 52, of Granite City, IL, passed away Fri. Feb. 21, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in
Granite City.

He was born Aug. 14, 1967 in Granite City to Bonnie (Wilson) Bronnbauer of Granite City and the late Richard
Bronnbauer.

On May 13, 2006, he and Kimberly Renee Robinson were married in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

James was employed at Schnucks and had been with them for the last 33 years.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 2 daughters: Danielle (Anthony) Angleitner and Leasia (Richard)
Swink; 2 granddaughters: Noella Angleitner and Veronica Swink and was anxiously expecting a new grandchild; 5
siblings: Joey Bronnbauer, Mike Bronnbauer, Johnny (Lori) Bronnbauer, Rose Carney and his twin brother, Tim
Bronnbauer; and his in-laws: Don and Darlene, all of Granite City.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
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Eunice Roberta Wilkerson, age 93, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Granite Nursing and
Rehab.

Eunice was born on May 17, 1926 in Tyronza, AR, one of nine children to Dudley Gilford Hicks and Myrtis Leona Merrill
Hicks. As a girl she worked in the cotton fields and helped with chores. She graduated as salutatorian at Dyess High
School in 1944.

After graduation Eunice moved north to work at Union Electric Company in St. Louis. She met Leslie Wilkerson at First
Presbyterian Church in Madison, IL, where they would be married on November 22, 1947. After apartment living in
Madison and Granite City, they began building a new home in Pontoon Beach, IL where she lived until 2014.

Eunice was active with the ladies Auxiliary of Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department where Les was a fireman. She was
involved with church groups and choir at the Presbyterian Church and later with the Sunday School class at Meadow
Heights Baptist Church.

Eunice worked at General American Life Insurance Company in Medicare claims and later became a pharmacy
technician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Granite City. Eunice also worked in Tupperware sales and later was involved
with various independent sales organizations.
Mom was often praying for others and singing old hymns with perfect memory. She even remembered several recitations from her childhood such
as “The Circuit Rider” and “Pa’s New Mitchell Car”.

An avid gardener and seamstress, she also enjoyed cooking delicious food including her famous date pinwheel cookies. She will be remembered for
keeping a positive attitude, seldom complaining, and sharing her bright smile. She loved her children, their spouses, the many grandkids and great
grand children, and all the many friends she met.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eunice was preceded in death by her siblings, Lillie Louise Lucas, Dorothy “Ruth” McDonald, Grace Mae
Singleton, Martha “Ann” Hicks, Helen Elizabeth Holland, Thomas Roy “Buck” Hicks, Benjamin Wallace Hicks and Herbert Daniel “Dan” Hicks.

She is survived by her loving children, George (Judy) Wilkerson of Bunker Hill, IL, Margaret (Victor) Gehling of Granite City, IL, and Thomas (Sarah)
Wilkerson of Collinsville, IL; proud grandmother to eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and with one on the way; many nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL. Visitation will
continue from 9:00 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia St. Collinsville, IL 62234.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Meadows Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL, with Pastor Jim
Robinson and Pastor Robert Strong officiating. Eunice will be laid to rest next to Leslie at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia St. Collinsville, IL 62234. Donations will be accepted at the
funeral chapel and church.
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Scott R. Hillmer, 63 of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Scott was born on August 2, 1956 in Granite City, Illinois. He was a Master Technician for Ameren Missouri and a member
of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 148. Scott was a member of First Baptist Church Maryville. In his
free time Scott enjoyed his days of buying and selling real estate so he could rehab homes for resale. Scott loved
fishing and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Scott is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Sandra (Batey) Hillmer, whom he married on June 21, 1980; children,
Clayton and Dana Hillmer of Holts Summit, Missouri, Jason Hillmer of Granite City, Illinois, Emily and T.J. Gaylord of
Maryville, Illinois; grandchildren, Eva Hillmer, Violet Gaylord, Sawyer Gaylord, Lawson Gaylord; his mom, Sharon (Lentz)
Hillmer of Granite City, Illinois; brother, Chris and Lisa Hillmer of Granite City, Illinois and numerous other close family
members and friends.

Visitation for Scott will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing
Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of Scott’s life services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the
funeral home with Pastor Tom Hufty officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial
donations are suggested to Vision of Hope or Maryville Christian School.
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Gus Economy Jr., age 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, February 20,
2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Gus was born in Granite City, IL, on July 3, 1943, a son of the late Gus Ekonomou and Mary (Markovich) Ekonomou.

On August 29, 1961, Gus married Jolene Kleb, the love of his life in Greenville, IL. He retired from Olin Corporation as a tool and die maker after many
years of dedicated service. Gus never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He enjoyed woodcarving, fishing,
camping, cooking and playing a round of golf. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Gus 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, Gus was preceded in death by four siblings, Michael Economy, Julie Barnes, Mary Ann Moore and Sam Economy.

Gus is survived by his devoted wife, Jolene Economy of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Christine (Gary) Cosby of Granite City, IL and Babette (Don)
Cox of Collinsville, IL; dear brother, Andrew (Debi) Economy of Madison, IL; proud grandfather to Derrick and Dylan Cox, Dustin (Amanda) Murphy of
Troy, IL, Ashley (Ken) Storck of Okawville, IL, Tara (Chris) Glynn of Collinsville, IL and Rachel (Austin) Henry of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather
to Haley, Hannah, Beckett and Addison Murphy, Aaron and Tyler Storck, Kynzi, Elaina and Elizabeth Glynn; proud great-great-grandfather to Carter and
Sirus Murphy; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Mike Rayson officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Roberta Ann Barham, 76, of Granite City, IL passed away at 2:44 a.m., Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born August 29, 1943 in Granite City, IL to Bernard Joseph and Cecelia Rose (nee: Hagnauer) Mateyka.

Roberta was the owner of Jack & Jill’s Furniture Store in Granite City, IL for many years.

She is survived by her husband: John Phillip “Phil” Barham of Granite City, IL, daughter: Melanye (Matt) (nee:Robbins)
Weinhoffer of Granite City, IL, son: William “Buddy” (Michele) Robbins of Belleville, IL, four grandchildren: Brittany
Weinhoffer, Tanner Weinhoffer, Kennedy Largent and Alex Robbins.

She was preceded in death by both parents.

Professional services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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James R. Grooms, 69, of Granite City, IL ended his walk of life on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at his home with his
significant other and close friends.

He was born on September 1, 1950 in Cadiz, KY to James Grooms and Rosa (Kirby) Watkins.

James served in the United States Army for a short period where he was stationed at Ft. Knox Kentucky after the
completion of his service to the Armed Forces. He had multiple employment opportunities where he saved his earnings
in pursuant of his lifelong dream of becoming a small business owner. He employed multiple family members and
friends spreading his wealth and vast amounts of business knowledge over a 14 year time span. As James health
started to decline he was unable to maintain the pristine service that he was providing to multiple Ruth Chris steak
house locations he therefore he sold his business and looked at a slower pace job as a Securitas Security employee.
James enjoyed model cars and classic car shows and the occasional beer while relaxing with his family and friends. He
loved his quiet evenings catching up on basketball and simply watching the news.

The loving father is survived by his significant other, JoAnn Moser of Granite City, IL; 1 daughter Angel J Grooms of St.
Louis MO, 7 sons: Eric Grooms of Ft. Campbell, KY, Timothy Pepper of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin Grooms of Orlando, FL,
Orlando Glover of Indianapolis, IN, James N. Grooms of Indianapolis, IN, Shawn Hopkins of OH and James R. Moser of
Granite City, IL and a sister, Ora Leavell of Hopkinsville, KY, and Brothers George Grooms, Milton Norman, Steve
Grooms all of Evansville IN.

James has an extensive blood line that extends to his grandchildren and great grandchildren starting with his oldest
son

Timothy D. Pepper Sr. and Tasha Pepper and the following children and 7 grandchildren Timothy D. Pepper Jr, (Big Jun)
Timothy D. Pepper Jr. Antonio Pepper, Markus Pepper, Sade Hyde Pepper, Lashay Pence, Alisa Pence and 3 great
grandchildren from this branch of James Grooms

Mark Joaquine Grooms Sr. and his extension of James Grooms starts with 3 Grandchildren Mark J. Grooms Jr.,
LaQuesha Lewis Grooms, Marcarea Diles
Grooms and 1 great grandchild

Kevin Grooms Sr. has extended his branch of James with the 5 grandchildren Kevin Grooms Jr., Kevbresha, Grooms, Kamecia Grooms, Pimala
Grooms, Kyzer Grooms and 7 great grandchildren

James N. Grooms has extended his branch of James with 3 grandchildren Dyjanae Bowen, Dyshanique Grooms, Jaliyah N. Grooms

Eric C. Grooms and wife Meyah A. Grooms has extended their branch of James with 3 grandchildren Kamari R Smith Grooms, Erica A. Smith Grooms,
Prince-Eric C. Grooms and 1 great grandchild

James R. Moser has extended his branch of James with 2 grandchildren Isaiah Moser and Elijah Moser

Angel J. Grooms has extended her branch of James with the 3 grandchildren Allen Z. Grooms, Imani Marie Holland, and Chrissy S. Cooper

Shawn Hopkins has extended his branch of James with 1 grandchild

Orlando Glover has not extended his branch of James currently but has plans to do so in the future.

James has received a warm welcome to his afterlife by his Mother Rosa Kirby Watkins, Father James Robert Grooms, Brother Henry Williams his
son Mark J. Grooms Sr. and grandson Timothy D. Pepper Jr (Big JUN)
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Troy A. Glendening, age 87, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Delmar Gardens on the
Green, Chesterfield, MO. Troy was born on March 18, 1932 in Caraway, AR, a son of the late John Glendening and Dora
(Bell) Glendening.

Troy was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country. In 1956, Troy married Margaret Saggio, the love
of his life in St. Louis, MO. Margaret passed away on September 11, 1988. Troy retired from American Steel as a
pipefitter after many years of dedicated service. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed going fishing. His greatest joy
was spending time with his family. Troy 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, Troy was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his loving children, Terri (George) Miller, Sharon (Terry) Decker and Timothy (Michele) Glendening, all
of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Tom (Janine) Glendening of Tulsa, OK, Peggy Lane of Pontiac, MI and Barbara Boyd of
Cape Girardeau, MO; proud grandfather to Jessica, Kelley, Joshua, Michelle, Shane, Shelby and Troy; proud great-
grandfather to eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 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 24, 2020 at Irwin Chapel,
Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full military honors
conducted by the United States Army.

Memorial donations may be given to D.A.V. “Disabled American Veterans”. Donation will be accepted at the funeral
chapel.
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Beverly Mae Thompson, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:27 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Anderson
Hospital in Maryville.

She was born September 1, 1930 in Cook County, Illinois, a daughter of the late George and Mabel (Peterson) Drabandt.

She married Ollie Thompson in April 1964 and he passed away in March 1983.

She retired from Schnucks Markets in 1997 after 25 years of dedicated service as a bookkeeper.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed her days of bowling, camping and fishing. She cherished her Yorkie Poo, Toby and will be
remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Norma Hunter and life partner, Francine Finn of San Diego, California and Donna Earhart of Madison; three sons,
Roy and wife, Laura Hunter of Granite City, Bob and wife, Betty Hunter of Springfield, Missouri and Gary Thompson and fiancé, Sandy Hargrave of
Granite City; two stepdaughters, Jill and husband, Mike Kitta of St. Charles, Missouri and Lynn and husband, Dennis Ochs of St. Charles, Missouri;
sister-in-law, Betty Jane Dunaway of Willow Springs, Missouri; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother, Don and wife, Lois Drabandt
of Westport, Oregon; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Norma Drabandt; son, Gene Hunter; stepson, Donald
Thompson; two brothers, George Drabandt and Fred Drabandt and a sister, Shirley Strickland.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 3:00 p.
m.
until time of service at 5:00 p.m. with Bishop James E. Lattin Sr. officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Marie K. Wedic, 92, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab Center in Granite
City, IL.

She was born on April 25, 1927 in Granite City, IL to Joseph and Franciska nee:  Balazy Wedic.

Marie was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL and worked at K-Mart in Granite City, IL until her
retirement.

The loving aunt is survived by 4 nephews:  Frank Kittel of Granite City, IL, Michael Kittel of Waterloo, IL Frank Kirskey of Hot Springs, AR and Mike
Kirskey of Waterloo, IL; 2 nieces:  Linda Lee of Chattanooga, TN and Patricia Pugh of Barkley, TN and several half-nephews and half-nieces.

Besides her parents, Marie is preceded in death by a brother, Edward Wedic; 2 sisters:  Virginia Kitttel and Genevieve Kirskey; 2  half- brothers:  
Walter Gawronski and Charlie Gawronski and a half-sister, Annie Stenitzer.
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Mary Frances Martin, 63, of Collinsville, IL, formally of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Tues. Feb. 11, 2020 at her
home.

She was born May 27, 1956 in Krakow, MO.

Mary is survived by a son: Joshua James Martin; 6 grandchildren: Nautica, Sierra, Joshua, Jeremiah, Armad and Camille;
2 brothers: Henry (Diane) Martin of Collinsville and Schley Martin of Sidney, IL; and 3 sisters:  Nancy (Mitch) Garcia of
Fairmont City, IL, Dorothy (Keith) Schively of Emporia, KS and Shelly Kelley of Hartford, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Schley & Hazel (Sherfy) Martin.

The family will hold a memorial service at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Cottonwood Family Church, 180 Cottonwood Road, Glen Carbon,
IL.
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David Lee Clutts, 84, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 31, 1935 in Granite City, IL to Clifford Lee and Clara nee: Powell Clutts.

David married Dorothy Wilson in Granite City, IL on June 8, 1957.

The U.S. Army veteran was a machinist for Granite City Steel for 42 years until his retirement. David enjoyed lawn
gardening and working in his yard.

Besides his wife, David is survived by a son, Darin Clutts of Pontoon Beach, IL, a grandson, Eric Deal and a sister, Carol
Alvarez of Hollister, MO. Also surviving are many nephews and other extended family members.

David is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Laura Clutts and a son, David Clutts II.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City, IL.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Sunset Hill
Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL
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C. Russell Fetter, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Christian
Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born March 25, 1934 in Granite City, a son of the late Charles Jacob and Genevieve (Robinson) Fetter.

He married Annadella (Bywater) Fetter on May 7, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City and she passed away
on March 31, 2017.

He retired in 1996 from Sears after 27 years of dedicated service as a mechanic.

He had a love of motorcycles and enjoyed his many miles on the road with his Harleys. In his early years, he had owned and operated Fetter Harley
Davidson in Madison, was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and was a former road captain with the V-Twins Motorcycle Club. He
also enjoyed flying and had built an airplane. Russ was a simple man whom enjoyed sitting on his front porch and a day of fishing. He will be
remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by five children and their spouses, Chester and Helen Fetter of Maryville, Gail and Bobby Hoelscher of Warrenton, Missouri, Verna and
John Danneker of Godfrey, John and Kristi Fetter of Granite City and Karl and Mary Fetter of Maryland Heights, Missouri; eleven grandchildren and
their spouses, Eric and Stephanie, Tara and Ryan, Chet and Stephanie, Chelsea and Gary, Seth, Taylor, Kayln, Gary, John, Ethan and Hannah; seven
great-grandchildren, Trenten, Keegan, Olivia, Lucas, Braden, Brynn and A.J.; a sister, Melissa Perrigan of Murphysboro, Illinois; other extended family
and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelley Ann; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Rose
Fetter and a brother-in-law, Bud Perrigan.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at
11:00 a.m. with his son, Karl Fetter officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Dorothy M. Hamilos, 94, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Meridian
Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born December 9, 1925 in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late Michael and Viola (Nickoloff) Gancheff.

She married William E. Hamilos on June 29, 1946 in Granite City and he passed away on October 27, 2007.

She retired in 1985 from Granite City School District #9 after 15 years of dedicated service as a secretary.

Dorothy was a faithful member of New Bethel United Methodist Church in Glen Carbon and former member of St. John
Evangelical United Church of Christ in Collinsville where she had been a member of the Evening Circle. She also
enjoyed dancing and was active many years with the Granite City Tap
Dancing Group and the Becky Kern Silver Bells and Beau
Dancers in Belleville. She also was a member of the District #9 Secretary Group and the Couples Club at St. John United Church of Christ in Granite
City, enjoyed working with the theater group at Meridian Village and loved attending the H.O.P.E. Widows luncheons. Dorothy will be remembered for
her sweet and loving nature, beautiful smile and her love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Frederick “Gordon” Mueller of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Lance Allen and
Suzanne Hamilos of Georgetown, Texas; two grandchildren and spouses, Monica and A.J. Thomas of Georgetown, Texas and Aaron and Victoria
Hamilos of Austin, Texas; four great grandchildren, Naomie, Chloie, Sophie and Zebbie Thomas; a brother, John Gancheff of Granite City; sister-in-law,
Katherine Butkovich of Granite City; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Jimmy Gancheff.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at the Meridian Village Chapel in Glen Carbon on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until time of
funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Penny Barber officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Benevolent Fund at Meridian Village, Renee’s Rescues, New Bethel United Methodist Church or the Lahr-Well Christian
Academy. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon in charge of arrangements.
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Josephine “Josie” Matthews, 93 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Gateway Regional
Medical Center in Granite City.

Josie was born on July 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri; the daughter of the late Reverend Luther and Ethel (Johnson)
Hampton. Josie was a printer and packager for CPI Photography for Sears and a member of Clark Avenue Church of
Christ in Granite City. Josie enjoyed her days of going to church and spending time with her family and will be
remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Josie is survived by and will be missed by her son; Terry Matthews of Granite City; grandchildren, Crystal Cooper of
Bakersfield, California, Melinda Matthews of Bone Cave, Tennessee and numerous other close family members and
friends.

In addition to her parents, Josie was preceded in death by her husband; William C. Matthews; son, Lee A. “Skip” Cooper Jr.; brother, William “Ted”
Hampton; sister, Alma Hampton.

In celebration of Josie’s life, visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor
Mike Allen officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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Samuel “Sam” Joe Sartin, 61, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away Sat. Feb. 8,2020 at his home.

He was born Nov. 6, 1958 in Granite City to the late Samuel David & Jane Elizabeth (Barnes) Sartin.

Sam retired as a steel manufacturing foreman.   He loved spending time with family, fishing, camping, boating and
bowling.

He is survived by 3 sisters: Linda (Rodney) Carter and Mary Sartin of Nashville, TN and Pamela (Frank) Hartman of
Pontoon Beach, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.
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Steven J. Kovach, age 71, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St.
Louis, MO.

Steve was born on November 20, 1948 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late William F. Kovach Sr. and Annie M. (Petras)
Kovach.

Steve was a Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee. On August 7, 1971,
Steve married Carol Walker, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Steve owned and operated Steve’s Auto Body &
Repair in Granite City, IL for many years. He was a member and Post
Commander of V.F.W. Post 1300. He was also a member of
Eagles Lodge 1126. Steve was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping and taking road trips with Carol. His greatest joy was spending time
with his family. Steve 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, Steve was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Julie Kovach.
He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-eight years, Carol Kovach of Granite City, IL; loving children, Angie Kovach of Granite City, IL and Mark
(Whitney Sauerhage) Kovach of Granite City, IL; dear brothers, Jerry Kovach of San Diego, CA, John (Donna) Kovach of Granite City, IL and William
(Beth) Kovach Jr. of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Kylie Shipman; proud great-grandfather to Aiden Chamness; beloved aunt, Margaret
Lochmann of Folsom, CA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 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 Friday, February 14, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Charles West
officiating.

Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with military honors conducted by the United States Navy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to V.F.W. Post 1300, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children. Donations will
be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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David W. Drury, 65 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

David was born on September 20, 1954 in Berwyn, Illinois; the son of the late James and Kathryn (Wilson) Drury
Barnhart. David was a truck driver for CSI Concrete in Troy, Illinois and proudly served his country in the United States
Marine Corps. David was a known outdoorsman who enjoyed his days of hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was the
love of his family and all the special times they shared together. David will be missed by his loving family and all who
knew him.

David is survived by his wife; Marlene (Starnes) Drury, whom he married on August 2, 1986; daughter, Ashley Drury of
Granite City; brothers, James Drury of Missouri, Mark Drury of Washington, Bob and Carol Drury of House Springs, MO,
Joe Barnhart of Belleville, IL and numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close family members and friends.

In addition to David’s parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law; Arthur Starnes; grandparents, Mae Luckreth, James Drury.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. David will
be laid to rest with full military rites on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial
donations are suggested to the family.
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Darren Coty Pointer, 25, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:23 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2020 in Mt Vernon, IL.

He was born on February 7, 1995 in Granite City, IL to Robert Darren Pointer and Julie (nee: Hoffman) Thrasher.

Darren is survived by his mother: Julie (nee: Hoffman) Thrasher of Granite IL; father: Robert Darren Pointer of Granite
City, IL; sister: Toni Marie (Lucas) Thrasher-Bectol of Bryan, OH; grandmother: Winnie Pointer of Granite City, IL and
grandfather: Darrel Thomas Skinner of Leasburg, MO.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother: Donnie Marie Brockman and grandfather: Kenneth Pointer.

A memorial visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Wojstrom Funeral Home &
Crematory in Granite City, IL. Online guestbook and information may be found at www.wojstrom.com.
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Mr. Jack Wesley Calve’, Sr., age 97, of Granite City, IL died at 2:28 p.m. on February 4, 2020 at his home surrounded by
his family.  Mr. Calve’ spent his childhood in Edwardsville, IL in LeClaire Village.

Mr Calve’ enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in September 1942 and served as a crewmember aboard the Tacoma-class
frigate USS Orange PF-43 until discharged in 1946.  The USS Orange received two battle stars in the Pacific Theatre of
Operations in World War II.

He served as a Department of the Army Civilian for 31 years until retiring from the U.S. Army Troop Support Command in April 1978 as the Chief of
Manpower Management.  He attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Louis University and the U.S. Army Management Engineering
College.

Preceding him in death were his beloved parents: Calvin “Cal” and Bridget “Bridgie” Ann Calve’, nee Murphy; his loving wife of 46 years: Juanita
“Johnnye” Calve”, nee Shastid; his daughter: Lesa Ann Calve’; and his in-laws: Betty Ebling, Marion “Francie” Hudson and William Shastid.

Surviving him is son Jack Wesley Calve’ II of Granite City.  Also surviving are his in –laws Barbara “Bobbye” and Stanley Barnes of Edwardsville and
Richard and Phyllis Ficker of Granite City.

Mr. Calve’ was a Frigate Reunion Association member until it disbanded in 2005.  He was a Holy Family Catholic Church parishioner.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Calve’ enjoyed hunting and fishing.  A sporting dog fancier, his favorite dog was a Vizsla named Gyp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon Sat. Feb. 8, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City with Fr. Jeff Holtman O.F.S. as
celebrant.  Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
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Beverly Ann Lee, 76, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at her home.

She was born on September 7, 1943 in Granite City, IL to Carroll and Ruby nee: Gaddie Hall

Beverly married Donald Lee on August 24, 1963 in Granite City, IL. He preceded her in death in 2011.

The loving mother was a homemaker.

Beverly is survived by a son, Kevin (Wendy Waugh) Lee of Granite City, IL, 4 grandchildren: Ashley Watson, Sarah Watson, Kyle Watson and Alex Lee;
3 great grandchildren; a brother, Les Hall of Mulberry Grove, IL and 2 sisters: Carolyn Kay Hall of Greenville, IL and Cindy Zeitler of Granite City, IL.

Besides her husband and parents, Beverly is preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Watson and a brother, Timothy Hall.

A memorial visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in
Granite City, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Paul W. Solomon, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis,
MO.

He was born on March 19, 1953 in East St. Louis, IL to Robert and Mary nee: Stroump Solomon.

Paul married Debra Kite in Granite City, IL on July 17, 1999.

He was a security guard for Securitas for 20 years. Paul enjoyed fishing, watching the Fox News Channel and he was an avid Donald Trump
supporter. He was a dedicated friend and finally found the fountain of youth that he was always looking for.

Besides his wife, Paul is survived by 3 daughters: Krystal Solomon of MO, Jennifer Martin and Tonya Cowan; 6 sons: Paul Solomon, Jr of Granite City,
IL, Daniel Solomon of Granite City, IL, Robert Rodney of Brighton, IL, Richard Solomon of MO, Michael Solomon of AK and Aaron Solomon of Granite
City, IL, Many grandchildren and a great grandchild. Also surviving are 2 brothers and a sister.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Granite City Church of God.
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Gerald L. Ambruso, 81, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the John Cochrane VA Medical Center in St.
Louis, MO.

He was born on March 10, 1938 in Chicago, IL.

Gerald married Catherine Mikolaszuk in Granite City, IL on March 16, 2013.

The U.S. Army veteran was a member of AMVETS Post 51 in Granite City, IL. He was a trailer mechanic for 40 years. Gerald enjoyed crappie fishing, oil
painting and watching sports.

Besides his wife, Gerald is survived by a daughter, Traci (Brian) Theissen of Gasconade, MO; 4 sons: Bradley (Susan) Ambruso of Valparasio, IN,
Bryan (Teri) Ambruso of Brighton, IL, Lance (Cherylle) Ambruso of Granite City, IL and Derek Mikolaszuk of Granite City, IL; 12 grandchildren and 13
great grandchildren.

Gerald is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth (Halley) Mapson.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Lynn “Nick” Nichols, 93, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:24 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Stearns
Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City.

He was born July 7, 1926 in Steele, Missouri, a son of the late Fred C. and Nora Lee (Simpson) Nichols.

He married Mary Jane (LaRue) Nichols on May 22, 1946 in Steele, Missouri and she survives.

He retired from Complete Auto Transit after many years of service as a truck hauler.
The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He was faithful member of City Temple
Assembly of God Church in Granite City.

Nick loved music, enjoyed singing with the church quartet and was a member of the Gospel Messengers Quartet. He 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 a son, Robert Nichols of Granite City; three grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Drahos, Brianna Alexis
Nichols and Ryan David Nichols; a sister, Jeanette Hinze of Jackson, Missouri; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Nichols; a brother, Leroy Nichols and two sisters, Irene Howe and Willie Bee
Jones.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at City Temple Assembly of God Church, 4751 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, February 8, 2020
from 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Sam Hart officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Alma F. Buente, age 83, of Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Alma was
born on September 8, 1936 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Jack LeMaster and Jewel (Sykes) LeMaster.

On February 1, 1958, Alma LeMaster married Chuck Buente, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Alma was a faithful
member of St. John United Church of Christ in Collinsville, IL. She worked in the cafeteria for Granite City School District
#9 for many years. Alma enjoyed dancing and traveling with Chuck. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Alma 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, Alma was preceded in death by her sisters, Erma Curtis (twin), Geneva Woodward and Nadine Frith; brothers, Leon
LeMaster, Harold LeMaster, Howard LeMaster and Gene LeMaster.

She is survived by her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Chuck Buente of Granite City, IL; loving children, Suzan (Corey) Adams of Glen Carbon, IL
and Cindy (Jim) Paino of Lake Oswego, OR; proud grandmother to Christine Paino, Nicholas (Gabby) Paino and Michael Paino; many nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February, 7, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Katie Jo
Bielke officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ, Collinsville, IL. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Wilma Lorene Fox, nee Tucker, 90 of Patterson, Missouri passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at her home.

She was born on January 6, 1930 to John Willard and Rachel Elizabeth (Williams) Tucker.

Lorene is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joseph Perry Fox. Joe and Lorene resided in Granite City, Illinois prior
to their move to Patterson 35 years ago.

Lorene had a full life and was loved by so many.

As a young woman, she worked at International Shoe Company in St. Louis as a secretary where she would often be
asked to model the shoes. She worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City as a medical transcriptionist for many
years and pioneered working from home so that she could also care for her school-aged children. After moving to
Patterson, Lorene was the secretary at Greeneville Elementary School and also at Patterson Baptist Church. She was a
beloved Sunday school teacher at Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, First Baptist Church
in Piedmont and then at Patterson Baptist Church. Music was very important to Lorene who served as church pianist at
First Baptist Church and then at Patterson Baptist Church
where she enjoyed singing duets with Joe. She also played piano for events at the Patterson Community Center.
Lorene was accomplished at knitting, crocheting, and sewing and enjoyed making dolls and blankets to share with
family and friends. Lorene was a woman of faith who raised her family with
Christian values, and she would often quote scripture to
help in times of stress. She loved to cook for her family and friends and would take particular joy in watching her grandchildren and great-
grandchildren play.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rachel Tucker, a brother, David Tucker and two sisters, Thela Faulkner and Virginia Trebing.

Along with her husband, Lorene is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Barbara (James “Chip”) Mersinger of Granite City, IL; Deborah
(Lonnie E.) Dye, Jr. of Serena, IL; and Janet (Mike) Matchett of Montville, NJ. She also has five grandchildren: April (Brent) Nelson, Laura (Ian) Sateikis,
Lonnie E. (Quinn) Dye, III, Kaley and Kyle Matchett. She and Joe also have four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She will also
be missed by a sister, Doris Fox, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, Missouri on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 12:00 noon until time of
funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jule Maskrod and Rev. Gary Aubuchon officiating.

Burial will follow at the Rowland Woods Cemetery in Patterson, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to Patterson Baptist Church in Patterson, Missouri or to the Safe Harbor Hospice in Fredericktown, Missouri.
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Timothy James Johnson, 62, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020 at his home.

He was born October 19, 1957 in Granite City, a son of Mable (Dodd) Johnson of Fairview Heights and the late Nathan
Johnson.

He married Mary (DeGonia) Johnson on June 18, 1976 in East St. Louis and she survives.

He worked at Kraft Heinz with six years of dedicated service as a machine operator.

He was a member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126. Tim enjoyed his days of playing golf, fishing, cooking and was the master of barbeque. 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 sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Amy Johnson of Belleville and Robert and
Jamie Johnson of Granite City; five grandsons, Evan, Jordan, Logan, Tegan and Landen Johnson; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan and Carol
Johnson of Granite City, Donald and Ina Johnson of Granite City, Herb and Margie Johnson of Hartford, Johnny and Mary Johnson of Branson,
Missouri and Jeff and Becky Johnson of St. Louis; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Connie and James Embrey of Granite City, Brenda Gail Smith of
Granite City and Yvonda Issak of Fairview Heights; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00
p.m. where funeral services will be on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 12:00 noon with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Rhonda Louise Aubuschon, 60, of Collinsville, IL died on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at St. Louis University Hospital in St.
Louis, MO.

She was born on June 7, 1959 in East St. Louis, IL to the late George and Geraldine (Lawrence) Wylie.

Rhonda enjoyed life and loved her animals.

The loving mother is survived by a daughter, Mary (Matt Forehand) Aubuschon of Alhambra, IL; 3 grandchildren: Beca
Knarr, Alicia Forehand and Savanah Forehand; 2 brothers: Rich (Sandy) Wylie of Granite City, IL and Darron (Andrea)
Wylie of Granite City, IL; a sister, Debbie Wylie of Collinsville, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.
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Nadine Papp, 94, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:09 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020.

She was born May 21, 1925 in East End, Missouri, a daughter of the late Roger Elmer and Ona Lee (Martin) Edgar.

She married Thomas Papp Sr. on April 29, 1949 at St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City and he passed away on March
21, 2010.

She retired from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City after many years of dedicated service as a receptionist in the x-ray
department.

She was an Avon representative for over 50 years and a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church for over 63 years. She enjoyed her years of
bowling and had been an instructor at Tri-Mor Bowl for several years. She was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed her days of
traveling, fishing and relaxing at the family summer home at Goose Creek Lake in French Village, Missouri.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Sandie Papp of Granite City, Tom and Bonnie Papp of Pontoon Beach and Bruce
Papp of Hamel; a daughter, Cheryl Dickinson of Mitchell; ten grandchildren and their spouses, Craig Dickinson, Travis and Misty Papp, Wendy Matyas,
twins, Christy and Jeff Boyles and Penny and Joe Raburn, Mark and Stacey Papp Jr., Aaron and Stephanie Papp, Tiffany and Rance Walters, Crystal
and Shane Kamp and Desirea Papp; fourteen 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 granddaughter, Melissa Ann Dickinson; two great grandsons, Alex
Papp and Tyler Bierschwal; two sisters, Virgina and Helen; two brothers, Edmond and Wallace and an infant brother and sister.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.
m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Bill Hale officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, St. John Lutheran Church or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Jacqueline “Jackie” Ruth Woods, age 96, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Gateway
Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Jackie was born on April 3, 1923 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Homer Lupardus Sr. and Nellie (Champion) Lupardus.

In 1941, Jackie married Joseph L. Woods, the love of her life. Joseph passed away on August 18, 1997. Jackie worked in the housekeeping
department at Granite City Y.M.C.A. for many years. Jackie was the life of the party, she loved telling jokes and she never met a stranger. She enjoyed
eating breakfast with her friends at Appletree Restaurant in Granite City, IL. They were known as the Breakfast Club. Her greatest joy was spending
time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Jackie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jackie was preceded in death by five sisters, Wanda Hubbell, Vivian Dine, Lucille Daniels, Norma Tolbert and
Lenese Kallenbach; three brothers, Homer Lupardus Jr., Charles Lupardus and Archie Lupardus; and by a grandson, Shanon Gilleland.

Jackie is survived by her loving children, Barbara Jo (John) Schwentker of Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Juan (Pat) Woods of Godfrey, IL and Lynn (Frank)
Wilkinson of Collinsville, IL; dear sister, Loretta Purdy of Petersburg, IL; proud grandmother to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces,
nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral chapel. Jackie will be laid to rest with Joseph at Lake View
Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Dolores A. Fechte, 87, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at her home.

She was born February 26, 1932 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Gus and Angeline (Mangiaricino) Scaturro.

She married Robert E. “Bob” Fechte on February 6, 1954 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and he survives.

She retired from the Granite City Army Depot with over 20 years of dedicated service as a clerk.

Dolores was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She loved life
and her greatest joy in life was her family and she cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She enjoyed tending to her yard and
growing her flowers. She also enjoyed decorative painting and working with ceramics.

In addition to her beloved husband of 66 years, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Lauran Fechte of Stone Mountain,
Georgia and Dan and Sharon Fechte of Troy, Illinois; three grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Mallory Fechte of Ballwin, Missouri, Brett and
Katie Fechte of Troy, Illinois and Tyler Fechte of Troy, Illinois; a great grandson, Peter Fechte; a sister, Nancy Gray of Granite City; sister-in-law, Donna
Lee Ponce of Troy; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, Louie and Donald Scaturro; two sisters, Mary Bellue and Irene Wein;
mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dorothy and Alvin “Boots” Fechte and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Fechte.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.
m. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman as
celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association or as masses in her memory and may be accepted at the
funeral home.
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Jesús Soto Muro, age 76, of Mitchell, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St.
Louis, MO.

Jesús was born on March 31, 1943 in Sain Alto, Zacatecas, Mexico, a son of the late Martin Soto and Socorro (Muro) Soto.

On September 7, 1968, Jesús married Juana “Lupe” Valdez, the love of his life. Jesús was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite
City, IL. He worked at Hamlin Casting as a machinist for many years. After retiring, he spent his spare time as a vendor working at the Fairmont flea
market selling Latino movies and music. Jesús was a talented artist who enjoyed oil painting. He also loved drinking ice cold Coca Cola, traveling and
taking yearly roads trips to Mexico with his wife and children to visit his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Jesús 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, Jesús was preceded in death by a brother, Javier; and by a sister, Carmen.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Lupe Soto of Mitchell, IL; loving children, Jesús (Tonya) Soto of Pontoon Beach, IL, Carlos (Carmen) Soto of Ballwin,
MO, Patty (Jason) Vallet of Granite City, IL and Yolanda (Michael) Cooper of St. Jacob, IL; dear siblings, Carmen, Esperanza, Jose, Gloria, Bertha and
Mariana; proud grandfather to Katelin, Abigail, Benjamin, Jacob, Josie, Jonathan, Jacob, Jordan and Ashley (Luke); and one great-grandson on the
way; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 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 Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Father Jeff
Holtman officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Edna Lee “MoMo” Stagner, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:35 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Stearns
Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City.

She was born June 25, 1929 in Christian County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Marion and Thelma Elizabeth (Hayes)
Shanklin.

She married Roger C. Stagner on June 24, 1950 in Fairview, Kentucky and he passed away on March 5, 2010.

Edna was a devoted and loving homemaker and enjoyed her days of sewing, working with crafts and cooking for her family. She was a faithful
member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City for many years. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and
friends.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Marilyn Chrusciel of Granite City and Marsha and Chris Dowd of Overland Park, Kansas; two sons
and daughters-in-law, Roger and Tricia Stagner of Sarasota, Florida and Ron and Carol Stagner of Lenexa, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Erik, Jason,
Jeremy, Brianna, Lauren, Alyssa, David, Ryan and Lukas; thirteen great grandchildren, Gavyn, Talyn, Grant, Shelby, Josh, Crystal, Dakota, Emmalyn,
Collette, Autumn, Caleb, Henry and Keegan; a sister, Lucille Russell of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; a brother, Howard Shanklin of Hopkinsville, Kentucky;
many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle; four brothers, Clarence, Roy, Ralph and Randolph
Shanklin and a sister, Dorothy Voyles.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 3000 Washington Avenue in Granite City on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 8:00
a.m. until time of funeral service at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Jesse Tedder officiating.

Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to the Carmi Children’s Home in Carmi, Illinois and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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Isabel M. Anderson, 89 of Granite City passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical
Center in Granite City.

Isabel was born on March 24, 1930 in Charleston, Missouri; the daughter of the late William and Lou (Scheffer) Hart.
Isabel was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a homemaker and mom who loved to take care
of her family. In her free time Isabel enjoyed her days of traveling with her husband when he served in the United
States Army and was always ready to cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Isabel will be remembered for the love of her
family and all the special times they shared together.

Isabel is survived by and will be missed by her husband: Robert E. Anderson, whom she married on January 15, 1952;
her children, Charles E. and Kathy Anderson of Troy, IL, Donald and Sue Anderson of Worden, IL, Lisa and Mark Janco of
Peoria, IL; grandchildren, Ian Anderson, Caitlin Anderson, Eric Adams, Jonathon Gancheff, Travis Janco, Lindsey Janco.

In addition to her parents, Isabel was preceded in death by her daughter; Sheila M. Gancheff; and her 12 brothers and
sisters.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in
Granite City. In celebration of Isabel’s life, funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy
Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Jeff Holtman officiating. Burial will follow at
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to Holy Family Catholic Church.
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Darwin Everett Roach, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his home.

Darwin was born on August 22, 1940 in Mt. Vernon, IL, a son of the late Clarence M. Roach and Mildred (Allan) Roach.

On August 22, 1959, Darwin married Carolyn Jean Page, the love of his life in Mt. Vernon, IL. Darwin retired as a maintenance welder from Granite City
Steel after thirty-five years of dedicated service. Darwin was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a pilot and an avid racer;
he raced sprint, midget and stock cars throughout his life. Darwin was very handy and he could build or fix anything he put his mind to. He built
remote control airplanes, and he even built an airplane he could pilot himself. Darwin never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a
helping hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Darwin will be sadly missed by all who
knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Darwin was preceded in death by his siblings, Ross Roach and Eldamae Miller; and by a granddaughter, Lyvia Page Roach.

Darwin is survived by his devoted wife, Carolyn Roach; loving children, Angela (John) Turcott, Lori Ann (Scott) Ferrara and Tad Alan (Casey) Roach;
proud grandfather to Alex Nuell, Erik Turcott, Carter Roach and Allyson Ferrara; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020 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, February 3, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Jerry
Darden officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Alzheimer’s Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
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Cynthia Diane Cutright, 50, of Granite City, IL died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at St. Louis University Hospital in St.
Louis, MO.

She was born on August 23, 1969 in Granite City, IL to the late Edward and Sandra nee: Cathey Harris.

Cynthia worked as a dispatcher for Checker Cab Company in Granite City, IL for 30 years.

Cynthia is survived by a sister, Tammy Robinson of Granite City, IL; a brother, Rod (Lorinda) Harris of Granite City, IL; her former husband, Roy Cutright
of Granite City, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com
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Debra Sue Harlan, 64, of Granite City passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Christian North East Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born March 17, 1955 in East St. Louis. Debra enjoyed playing computer games, fishing and yard sales.

She is survived by her sister, Connie Holmes of Granite City; five brothers, Mike Harlan of Granite City, Ray (Connie)
Harlan of FL, George (Judy) Harlan of Granite City, Robert Harlan of Cahokia and Jim (Debbie) Harlan of Arkansas;
significant other, Lee Shrader of Granite City; two sisters in law, Donna Harlan of Massachusetts and Florence Bryson of
Pontoon Beach and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray Harlan; mother, Opal (Lee) Harlan and three brothers, Ronnie Harlan, Gary
Harlan and Earl Bryson.

The family will greet friends and family from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave, Granite City.
Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Online guest book available at www.wojstrom.com.
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Mildred Ann Martinez, 87, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:16 a.m. Sun. Jan. 26, 2020 at Rosewood Care Center in
Edwardsville, IL.

She was born Nov. 25, 1932 in Brilliant, AL to the late Pearl C. & Julia (Kimbrell) Stockman.

Mildred retired from White Rodgers Emerson Electric after many years of service.  She loved spending time with her
family and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include 2 sons: Vincent (Cathie) Martinez and Raymond Martinez of Granite City; 4 grandchildren: Ashley (Jim)
Dunn, Annessa (Jarod) Skouby, Vincent (Brooke) Martinez and Cole (Nahely) Martinez; 5 great-grandchildren: Annaliese
Skouby, Lillian Skouby, Eric Skouby, Diego Dunn and Celia Martinez; and a sister: Gwen Freeman of Granite City.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former spouse: Joseph Martinez; 4 sisters: Gay Scissom,
Corrine McFadden, Jean Stockman and Anna Stockman; and 4 brothers: James Cagle and Terry, Ray and Leo Stockman.

Services are private.
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Norma Mae Diak, 92 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Christian North East Hospital in St. Louis.

Norma was born on November 13, 1927 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Orval L. and Olive (Danforth) Crawford.
Norma was a secretary for Jennison-Wright in Granite City and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, a member of
the AmVets Ladies Auxiliary and Gateway Regional Medical Center Senior Circle. She was known for volunteering her
time for many local organizations and especially enjoyed giving her time to help children with Autism. In her free time
Norma enjoyed her days of gardening and planting flowers, being a talented seamstress or putting on a good meal for
her family and friends. Most of all Norma loved to spend time with her family and will be remembered for all the special
times they shared together.

Norma is survived by and will be missed by her daughters; Donna Diak and (Arlette Woodward) of Penrose, CO, Jeannie
Diak of Granite City; grandchildren, Maya and (David) Santel, Taylor Lantrip and (Jonathen Redstone); great-
grandchildren, Brayden Lantrip, Talon Lantrip; brother, Donell and (Cheryl) Crawford; sister, Pat Bernaix.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her husband; Leonard R. Diak, whom she married on
October 7, 1950; daughter, Dorothy “Dottie” Diak; step-mom, Frieda B. (Pritchett) Crawford; sisters, Dorothy Barbieri,
Betty and (Joe) Tester; brothers, Herchal and (Ruth) Crawford, Wayne Crawford; brother-in-law, James Bernaix.

In celebration of Norma’s life, visitation will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor
Charles West officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.
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Edward H. “Buzz” Zenik, 95 of Granite City passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at his home.

Buzz was born on October 15, 1924 in Granite City; the son of the late Frank and Florence (Harris) Zenik. Buzz was a
foreman on the blast furnace at Granite City Steel and proudly served his country in the United States Army in WW II. He
was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and in his free time Buzz enjoyed his days of going to the
Lake of the Ozarks where he loved to boat and fish. Buzz will be remembered for the love of his family and all the
special times they shared together. The family would like to say a special thank you to Buzz’s caregivers, Geogia, Cece
and Coleen.

Buzz is survived by and will be missed by his children; Christie and Sidney Tucker of St. Louis, Cathy Reimers of
Freeport, FL, Timothy and Sharon Zenik of Collinsville; grandchildren, Nicole McChristian, Megan Hayden, Timothy Zenik
Jr., Heather and Paul Sabo, Joshua Reimers; great-grandchildren, Sam McChristian, Carter Hayden, Bennett Hayden,
Kinsleigh Sabo, Lainey Sabo, Brody Sabo.

In addition to his parents, Buzz was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years; Norma (Pitzer) Zenik, whom he married on
July 31, 1947; sister, Mary Lois Kraus; brother, Jack Zenik.

In celebration of Buzz’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Irwin Chapel,
3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606
Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Jeff Holtman officiating. Burial will follow with military rites at Sunset Hill
Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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Karen Gay Graham, age 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in St.
Charles, MO.

Karen was born on July 3, 1958 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Franklin E. Hoover and Mary A. (Azari) Hoover.

On August 26, 1977, Karen Hoover married Randall Graham, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Karen was a proud
homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed watching standup comedy on Netflix. Her greatest joy was
spending time with Randall and her family. Karen 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, Karen was preceded in death by her siblings, Marlene Painter, Roger, Richard and Ronald
Hoover.

Karen is survived by her devoted husband, Randall Graham of Granite City, IL; special friend, Linda Wolf; beloved dogs,
Winston and Monty; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 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 Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Irwin Chapel,
Granite City, IL, with Rev. Charles West officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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Robert W. “Bob” Blackwell, 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at his home. He was
born April 23, 1958 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert R. Blackwell and Audrey (Reed) Talley and a brother, Leo Talley.

He is survived by a sister, Scheryl Perdue of Granite City; two brothers, Scott Blackwell of Missouri and Rodney Talley of Granite City; a niece, Angela
and Chad Whittenberg of St. Louis; a great nephew, Jaxson Whittenberg; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2:00 p.m.
until time of memorial service at 5:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans of Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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