April 2024 Obituaries


Craig S. Morley, 67, of Madison, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois. He was born December 22, 1956, in Granite City, Illinois to Jimmie L. and Arlene R. (Bridick) Morley.

A man of the outdoors, Craig’s passion for hunting was unmatched. His expertise spanned the forests and skies, as he pursued game with fur and feathers. A proud member of Ducks Unlimited and the Winchester Club, he found solace and joy in nature’s embrace. Craig’s love for fishing was a thread woven through the tapestry of his life. 

The serene waters of Bull Shoals Lake welcomed him each spring, while Norfolk Lake awaited his return in the fall. His annual pilgrimage to Crane Lake, at the edge of Minnesota and Canada, was a tradition spanning over two decades—a testament to his dedication to the rod and reel. On the field, Craig was known as “Mo” among his softball team, “The Crazy’s.” His playful spirit earned him the affectionate nickname of “Spanky,” a name that echoed his jovial nature. His presence was a force of nature; he didn’t just enter a room—he made an entrance with a strut that announced his arrival. Craig’s laughter was a melody that resonated with a warmth that could light up any gathering. His humor drew people together, making his laughter a shared language of joy. As a son, he was caring; as a father, steadfast; as a grandfather, tender; and as a brother, unwavering. His absence leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, but his spirit remains an indelible mark on the lives he touched.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his parents, Jim and Arlene Morley, of Collinsville, Illinois; his son, Jay M. Morley, of Edwardsville, Illinois; his grandchildren, Sophia Yvonne Morley and Lucas Dylan Morley; his sister, Cheryl (Donald) Einsporn; the mother of his son, Cindy Wells; the mother of his grandchildren, Lindsay Hargrave; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to Craig’s grandchildren’s sports teams, the O’Fallon Bombers Organization, 12U Flores baseball team or the Edwardsville Field Hockey Program. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Rd., Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, Illinois. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.


Leslie Lynn Mikaelian, age 66, of Glen Carbon, IL, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, at her home with her loving family by her side. Leslie was born on March 31, 1958, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Louis and Alice (Hagopian) Saucier.

On July 12, 2013, Leslie married Karo Mikaelian at St. Gregory Armenian Church in Granite City, IL. Leslie was also a lifelong member of St. Gregory Armenian Church, where she served as a board member, Ladies Guild member and ARS Roubina Chapter Executive. Leslie was a huge St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan and she also enjoyed watching professional tennis. She loved to travel, bake and cook delicious meals for her family. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a dear friend. Leslie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her husband, Leslie is survived by her children, Alison (Joe) Kirwen of Ankeny, IA and Alex Lovett of Glen Carbon, IL; grandson, Patrick Kirwen of Ankeny, IA; stepsons, Raffi, Aram and Sarkis Mikaelian all of Glen Carbon, IL; siblings, Patricia (Garry) Javizian of Royal Oak, MI, Pamela (Richard) Asadorian of Town & Country, MO, Lori Saucier of Maryville, IL and Joseph (Caren) Saucier of Granite City, IL; mother-in-law, Verkine Mikaelian of Montreal, Canada; brothers-in-law, Raffi (Salpi) Mikaelian of Montreal, Canada and Vatche (Jesse) of Beirut, Lebanon; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Taniel Manjikian officiating. Private family interment will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Gregory Armenian Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Mary Ann Goode, 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 5:12 a.m. Wed. Apr. 10, 2024 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

She was born Jul. 28, 1943 in Granite City to the late Floyd & Agnes (Eveland) McGowan.

Mary Ann retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a flat sorter operator after more than 30 years of service.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Denise & Ron Daily; a son: Robert Goode of Granite City; a granddaughter: Brittany (Phillip) Reader of Glen Carbon, IL; 2 great-grandsons: Camden and Beckett Reader; and a sister-in-law: Rosa McGowan of Granite City.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Patrick McGowan Sr. and Thomas McGowan; a niece and nephew; and her beloved dog “Buddy”.


Carol S. Kindle, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

She was born July 25, 1940, in Highland, Illinois, a daughter of the late Howard W. and Bonnie (Kleinman) Whitten.

She married Eugene L. “Monty” Kindle on December 21, 1956, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City and he survives.

She enjoyed her years working at Anderson Hospital in Maryville as a CNA and EMT and working towards being an LPN. Carol was always there to care for others throughout her life. She was a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Unity Baptist Church in Granite City. 

She enjoyed making jewerly and more recently enjoyed painting pictures. Known as Nana to her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, 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 three children and their spouses, Cheryl and Robert Duncan of Troy, Illinois, Dawn and David Boone of Granite City and Richard and Daphne Kindle of Daphne, Alabama; ten grandchildren, Bonnie, Jodi, Amanda, Cori, Richard, Lyndy, Tim, Erik, Alyssa and Sophia; seventeen great grandchildren; three siblings and spouses, Rosemary and Bill Puhse of Granite City, Linda and Manfred Driesner of Highland, Illinois and Lane Whitten of Nashville, Illinois; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sioux and Rick Young of Bismarck, Missouri; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robin and Anne Kindle of Bismarck, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Duncan.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Sharon Kay (Clark) Fedora, 76, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2024, peacefully at home. She was born December 19, 1947, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Samuel E. and Kathryn A. “Katie” (Topal) Clark.

Sharon worked for the Federal Government as a product analyst. Then worked at Children’s Home & Aid Society. She also owned her own business, Sunshine Decorating. Her wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, chapel and reception decorations were absolutely beautiful.

A proud member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie No. 1126 Ladies Auxiliary. 

She loved her days of shopping with her mother, going country line dancing, cooking for everyone and attending and participating in many crafts fairs throughout the years. Known as “Babe” to some family and friends, she was the glue that brought and kept our family and extended family together, always organizing a family get together or a festive holiday celebration.

Sharon’s life enriched us all, leaving a legacy of love and cherished memories. She was a remarkable mother, a treasured sister, and a beloved aunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Katie (Topal) Clark, and her sister-in-law, Christi Clark.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her beloved son, Steven Fedora, of Granite City, Illinois; her brother, Ronald Clark, of Granite City, Illinois; her nephew, Kevin Clark, of Bethalto, Illinois; her niece, Misty (Dan) Glon, of St. Louis, Missouri; a special cousin, JoAnn Vaughn, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Granite City APA. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois and from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the funeral home.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m., April 11, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois, with Pastor Larry Ridenour officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Larry Gene Finn, 81, fell asleep in Christ on April 8, 2024, surrounded by those who love him and the music he loved. He was the son of Etta (nee Freese) and Guy Whitson and Eugene Finn, brother of Suzanne (Bill) Schaefer and Uncle Toots to his niece and nephews.

Larry was very proud of his service in the Army’s 101st Airbourne Division, the Screaming Eagles. Larry was a lifelong resident of Granite City. He was a millwright at U.S. Steel (formerly Granite City Steel) for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2009.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughters, Michelle Robertson and Dawn Finn.

Surviving is his wife, Lola and the children of their blended family, Michael (Margaret) Klein, Marianne (Christopher) Crane, Elizabeth (Mark) Bossi and Christopher Finn.

“Hilarious G. Finn” was a much-loved Papa to Andrew (Mandi), Kahle, Christian, Danielle (Chase), Emily (Chad), Bennett (Camryn), Thomas, Ian (Grace), Colin, Kylie and Jameson and great grandchildren, Andrew, Jr., Aidyn, Amira, Apollo, Elijah, Elena, Elliot, Lorelei, Lila and Millie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to Camp Hope U.S.A. (a retreat for military veterans who served and were wounded in the war on terror), Post Office Box 52, Farmington, MO 63640. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd. Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the funeral home with Pastor Trevor Freudenburg officiating. Interment will be held privately in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


Jeanette E. “Jan” Bone, 74, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:22 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born February 10, 1950, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Fritz and Agnes (Sucich) Barunica.

She married Danny M. Bone on February 10, 1965, in Granite City and he passed away on August 19, 2020.

Jan had worked several years as a realtor with Prudential Realty. She had also worked as a switchboard operator at Gateway Regional Medical Center and as a clerk at Nemo’s Pet Store in Pontoon Beach. She was a member of the Glenview Assembly of God Church in Granite City and at the Calvary Family Church in Collinsville. She enjoyed her days of supporting the Angel Tree Ministries, gardening and knitting. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Sheri Bone of Granite City and Trevor and Dawn Bone; five grandchildren, Danielle Bone, Danny (Brittney Wheeler) Bone III, Rachael Clements, Martin Clements and Maddeline Brummitt; a great grandson, Hudson Bone; four siblings, Shirley Barunica-Lassen, Scott Barunica, Linda Odom and Tina Stefanoff; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Oriel Bone and Kyle Bone; a grandson, Roger Clements; a brother, Frank Barunica and a sister, Diane Margherio.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 12:00 noon until time of a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Dan Duff officiating.

A graveside service will be held at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2024.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Nancy A. Gray was called to Heaven on Saturday, April 6, 2024. She passed away peacefully at the age of 78 with her family at her side by her home.

Born February 12, 1946, in Venice, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Gus and Angeline (Mangiaricino) Scaturro.

Nancy married the love of her life, Jimmy J. Gray on May 3, 1969, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice, Illinois and he passed away on June 20, 2011.

Nancy had retired from Wal-Mart in Granite City after many years of dedicated service in Accounting and as the Craft Department manager. She had also worked at the Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City and loved her days working at the St. Elizabeth School cafeteria.

Nancy was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Elizabeth Parish and was a devout prayer warrior for all. She had a love for crocheting and sewing, was known for her baking and cooking and enjoyed scrapbooking. She was a true example of a matriarch of the family and cherished her two beloved grandchildren. Nancy, known for her kind heart, generous spirit and joyful presence, lived a full life as a strong devoted Christian and loyal mother, nana, wife and friend.

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Jeff Fischer of Glen Carbon and JoAnn and Jason Wilson of Granite City; two grandchildren, Michael Adams and Makayla Adams; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Sitton of Granite City; three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Bob Fechte of Granite City, Ed and Marie Gray of Granite City and Larry Gray of Granite City; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved husband of 42 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Billy Adams; her siblings and their spouses, Mary and Tony Bellue, Leo and Delores Scaturro, Irene and Herb Wein, Dom and Elnora Scaturro, Dolores Fechte and Louie and Deloris Scaturro; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Dorothy (Downs) Gray; brother-in-law, Paul Sitton and sister-in-law, Sheron Gray.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.   Visitation will continue at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to Masses and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.

True to her nature, Nancy was a beautiful soul, full of joy and love for her family and friends, up through her final days. 


Evelyn Marie Thompson, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born September 20, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Edwin and Stella (Copeland) Miller.

She married Donald Eugene Thompson on June 24, 1961, in South Roxana and he survives.

She retired from the government working at the Melvin Price Support Center after many years of service as a secretary. She later worked seven years as a pharmacy courier at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Evelyn was a lifelong faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City where she had taught Sunday school through the years. She enjoyed her days of fishing, cooking, shopping, decorating and tending to her yard. She cherished her family, friends and church family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with them.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Beth Jones of Moro; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Chris Hillmer of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Chris Morgan, Jason Morgan, Rachel (Jeffrey) Woodson, Leah (Jon) Sanchez, Eric Jones, Lauren (Kyle) Ulaszek and Lindsey Hillmer; several great grandchildren; a great-great grandson; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Morgan and a grandson, Brian Morgan.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Daniel Wilson officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Lisa Lorraine Walker, 58, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:52 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born January 24, 1966, in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late Ronald and Norma (Young) Angle.

She married James Walker on April 23, 1999, in Granite City, Illinois and he passed away on July 14, 2013.

Lisa cherished her grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with all of her family. She enjoyed her days of sewing, cooking, watching her soap operas and was a fan of Scooby Doo.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Jake Taylor of Glen Carbon, Illinois; a son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Kara Angle of St. Louis, Missouri; three grandchildren, Skyler Whitlock, Gavin Whitlock and Jackson Taylor; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Cindy and Buck Bazzell of Centralia, Illinois, Sandra Adams of Granite City, Illinois and Dana Mead of Benld, Illinois; the McCall sisters and their families; the K.P. family; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Pastor David Denton officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Larry Wiegand, 69 of Granite City passed away April 5, 2024 at Christian Hospital Northeast with his beloved wife by his side.


Born November 17, 1954 in Wood River, he was the son of the late Oscar A and Betty Lou (Evans) Wiegand.


Larry graduated East Alton-Wood River High School in 1972, where he enjoyed playing in the band and wrestling. Larry had served 15 years as the Assistant Vice-President at 1st Granite City National Bank in charge of operations. 

He then went on to work at St. Elizabeth’s Church office, Home Depot and Office Max. He had served as a Scout Master for Troop 13 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Granite City and for the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Scout leader in the 1980s and 90s. He was a huge Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues fan. He enjoyed music of all kinds, going to the theatre, and watching old movies. First and foremost, Larry loved his family.


On October 16, 1976 at St. Joseph Church in Granite City, he married Donna Kromraj.


Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Lary A., Jr. (Kathleen) Wiegand of Bethalto; daughter, Gretchen Marie (Lance) Critchley of O’Fallon, IL; four beloved grandchildren, Mary and Patrick Wiegand, Eleanor and Augustus Critchley; three brothers, Steven (Cathy) Wiegand and Dustin (Kim) Wiegand all of Wood River, David Wiegand of O’Fallon, MO; sister, Donita (David) Crockett of Alton; father-in-law, Matthew Kromraj; sister-in-law, Mary (Ken) Marti; brother-in-law, Steve Kromraj; and many loving nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 10 am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 12 pm, Wednesday, April 10 at Holy Angels Parish Church in Wood River. Father Donald Wolford will officiate. Interment will follow cremation rites in Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana. Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Masses.


Arlene Joyce Laub, age 94, of Lebanon, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the Addington Place of Edwardsville.

She was born in Granite City, Illinois on October 15, 1929, a daughter of the late Harry Hornberger and the late Ellen (Whittenborn) Sherlock.

On August 7, 1948, in Granite City, Illinois, Arlene married Edward C. Laub, the love of her life and he passed away on August 26, 2020.

Arlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Minerva Woman’s Club for many years. She enjoyed working with crafts, sewing, socializing and tending to her yard and flowers. 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 sons and daughters-in-law, William and Jena Laub of Maryville, Illinois, Steven and Cathy Laub of Granite City, Illinois and Matthew and Linda Laub of Lebanon, Illinois; six grandchildren and spouses, Brittney and Sean Barnes of Granite City, Lauren Laub of New York, Kelli and Ian Wheat of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kimberly Laub of London, England, Mitchell Laub of Kansas City, Missouri and Stuart (Madison Noeltner) Laub of Highland, Illinois; two great grandchildren, Logan Barnes and Quinn Laub; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of seventy-two years and parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Gladys Black, Betty Williams, Anita Crabtree and Shirley Brown and a brother-in-law, Robert Laub.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024 at College Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of one’s choice. 


Mark Alan Simpson, 67, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at his home.

He was born on February 11, 1957 in Granite City, IL to J.D. and Leona (Smith) Simpson.

Mark married Susan Prince in St. Louis, MO on September 24, 1975.

The loving husband and father was a U.S. Army veteran.

Besides his wife and mother, Mark is survived by a daughter, Jessica (Nathan) Stewart of Granite City; a son, Jason (Deana) Mothershead of Granite City and 2 grandchildren:  Athena and Asteria.

Mark is preceded in death by his father and 3 brothers:  Joseph Simpson, Richard Simpson and Robert Simpson.

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


Cecil Stacy, 89, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Stillwater Senior Living Center in Edwardsville, Ill., after battling cancer for several months.

He was born March 21, 1935, near Hallidayboro, Ill., to Walter Edwin Stacy and Carrie (Holliday) Stacy.

He married Alma Louise Cuppett on July 20, 1957, at First Church of the Nazarene in Granite City, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 15, 2019.

Cecil is survived by his three children and their spouses, Kathleen A. (Steven) Hoover of Edwardsville, Lori A. (Kenneth) Moats of Edwardsville, and David A. (Angel) Stacy of Granite City. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Shaun K. Moats of Edwardsville, Kenna A. (Corey) West of Worden, Marissa A. (Alex) Foley of Granite City, and Dylan T. Stacy of Granite City; two step-grandchildren, Alan (Jordyn) Foley of Phlugerville, Tex., and Alex (Marissa) Foley of Granite City; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Trevor West of Worden; and one step-great-grandchild, Jaden Foley of Phlugerville, Tex.

He is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Ferguson of Ely, Nev., and Sandra Foster of Elkville, Ill., as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma L. (Cuppett) Stacy; his parents, Walter and Carrie Stacy; one brother, Kenneth Stacy; and five sisters, Roberta Stacy, Alberta Stacy, Lavetta (Benjamin) Grise, Ruby Ilene Stacy, and Lena Stacy.

Cecil was a laborer in the Cold Strip at Granite City Steel from 1955 until his retirement in 1994. He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and was very proud of his many hunting trophies. He was a member of Glenview Church of the Nazarene in Glen Carbon, Ill. He was also an avid Civil War buff and enjoyed reading about and traveling to historical sites.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL, with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Johnson Road General Baptist Church, Granite City, IL, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Edward Frank Lenzi, 84, of Shiloh, Illinois, passed away on April 3, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois. Ed was a long time resident of Granite City and had recently moved to the Shiloh, Illinois area.

He was born July 22, 1939 in Pittsfield, Illinois the son of Edward and Natalie (nee Bybee) Lenzi. Ed married Beverly Ann Perry on August 27, 1960 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Ed knew Bev was the woman he wanted to marry the night they met, and they enjoyed over 67 years together.

Ed is survived by his wife Bev; daughters Cheryl (David) Breeden of Belleville, Illinois, Gina (Rodney) Holloway of Alton, Illinois, and Adrienne (Charles) Chastain of Berryville, Arkansas; 6 grandchildren, David Breeden, Jr, of Swansea, Illinois, Kellye (Aaron) Parker of Fairview Heights, Illinois, Samuel Chastain and Matthew Chastain of Springfield, Missouri, and Natalie Holloway and Cameron Holloway of Alton, Illinois; and 1 great grandchild, Corbin Breeden of Swansea, Illinois; 2 sisters, Annetta Lamb and Barbara Schroeder and 1 brother, Alan (Sharon) Lenzi; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed retired in 1993 from the Granite City School District, having taught high school math for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1098 for more than 67 years and was a member of the Fourth Degree.

Ed and Bev loved to travel to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone as often as they could. Instilling a love of the West into their family.

In addition to his parents Ed was preceded in death by his baby sister Patricia; 3 brothers-in-law, Ted Schroeder, Larry (Donna) Perry, and Jim Lamb.

Visitation will be held at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, 2205 Pontoon Road, Granite City from 5:00-8:00 pm on April 10. A memorial mass will be held at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Ave, Granite City, on Thursday, April 11 at 10:30am. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Good Samaritan House or masses to Holy Family Catholic Church, both in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Peggy Mae Gieselman, 91, of Troy, IL passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on January 24, 1933 in Warren, AR to Arthur Parker and Iva (Simms) Benson.

Peggy married James Gieselman in Granite City, IL on January 30, 1988. The loving wife, mother and grandmother was a member of the Wood River Missionary Baptist Church.  She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and camping.

Besides her husband, Peggy is survived by 3 daughters:  Judith (Sam) Greco of Granite City, Linda Catoe of Paisley, FL and Annette (Chris) Keith of Axson, GA; 2 sons:  Willie Finazzo of Granite City and Frank Finazzo of Pontoon Beach; 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and 2 stepchildren:  Larry (Linda) Gieselman of St. Jacob, IL and Terri (Chris) Cook of St. John, MO.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents;  2 sons:  Ed Finazzo and Fred Finazzo and a grandson, Jason Greco.

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

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Carol Joyce Gendron, age 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at La Bella of Edwardsville, IL. Carol was born on November 8, 1932, in Harrisburg, IL, a daughter of the late Charles McClendon and Beulah (Caldwell) McClendon.

On December 25, 1955, Carol McClendon married Paul E. Gendron, and he preceded in her death on April 5, 2019. Carol was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL. She retired as a schoolteacher in 1987 after twenty-four years of dedicated service with Granite City School District #9. 

 Carol enjoyed cross stitching, reading, and playing cards with her family and friends. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Carol will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and a dear friend.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carol was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert McClendon and Thomas McClendon; and by a son-in-law, Dave Prengel.

Carol is survived by her loving daughters, Lisa (Mike) Kelly of Orange Park, FL, Lori (Tom) Messina of Maryville, IL, Paula (Dave) Kwiatkowski of Granite City, IL and Penny Prengel of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Ian Kelly, Alison (Caleb) Hancock, Natalie Messina, Leslie (Dave) Anderson, Alex (Ashlee) Kwiatkowski, Kimberly (Sam) Saucier, Scott (Liz) Prengel and Daniel Prengel; proud great-grandmother to Claire Kwiatkowski, Ted Kwiatkowski, Theodora Prengel, Thomasin Prengel, Tobias Prengel, Forrest Hancock and Boyd Hancock; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Darla Ann Kratzer officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

The family would like to thank the staff at Vitas Hospice for their care and compassion to our mother over the last year. They were truly a blessing at a difficult time.

Memorial donations may be given to Parkinson’s Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com


Gary Charles Lofink, 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:06 a.m. Wed. Apr. 3, 2024 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born Feb. 14, 1962 in Redbud, IL to the late Charles & Romana (Maes) Lofink.

On Feb. 15, 1985 he and Connie Marie Campbell were married in Granite City.  She survives.

Gary was a sheet metal worker, serving with Local #36.  He was a member of the Granite City Moose.  He loved to swim, watch The Price is Right and go fishing and was known for telling jokes and stories but his favorite love was to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 children: Charles Lee (Zona) Lofink of Japan, Gregory Thomas Lofink, Cassandra (Stan) Wania and Carlie Lofink all of Granite City; 4 grandchildren: Rowan, Hazel, Brock and Cadence; and 4 brothers: Benjamin (Leslie) Lofink of Granite City, Timothy (Cathy) Lofink of Union, MO, David (Denise) Lofink and James (Kathryn) Lofink of Granite City.

Besides his parents, was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Dorothy Agoain and Kathryn Cuvar.  

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held by the family at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Granite City Moose Lodge.


Douglas “Doug” M. Sawyer, age 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. Doug was born on January 16, 1955, in Springfield, IL, a son of the late Clyde M. Sawyer and Berniece K. (Oldenettel) Sawyer. Doug married Jayne Metzger on May 22, 1975 in Moberly, MO. He was employed at Gateway Regional Medical Center as a Medical Technologist and retired in 2020 after 38 years.

He enjoyed woodworking and specialized in making custom ukuleles, which he gifted to many friends and family members. Doug was also an avid reader on several topics and especially enjoyed materials on WW II history, mysteries, and tales of the Old West. He was a fan of bluegrass music and 70’s rock-and-roll…. which we all know was the best era for rock music! With every new year, he looked forward to Spring and the opening of another St. Louis Cardinals baseball season. Doug will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Jayne Sawyer of Granite City, IL; loving children, Rory Sawyer of Granite City, IL and Angie (David) Bagwill of Godfrey, IL; siblings, Thomas (Carol) Sawyer of California, MO and Brenda (Steve) Umphress of Colorado Springs, CO; proud grandfather to Summer, Braxton, Deacon and Daisy; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jay and Cindy Metzger of Ashdown, AR; sister-in-law, Judy Argabright of Calhoun, GA; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Doug’s wishes were to be cremated and to have no formal services.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


David Joseph Mott, 48, of St. Ann, MO, formerly of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away Tues. Apr. 2, 2024 at his home.

He was born Feb. 27, 1976 in Chicago, IL.

David loved riding his bike on the nature trail, watching wrestling and had a special love of reptiles.

He is survived by his mother: Deloris L. (Harvey) Mott of Pontoon Beach; 2 brothers: Jerry Lee Mott Jr. of Pontoon Beach and Samuel Mott of Afton, MO; and 3 sisters: Angela (Roger) Porter of Pontoon Beach, Jaclyn (Jason) Mott-Scott of Belleville, IL and Pamela (Robert) Jellen of Marion, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Lee Mott Sr.

The family will hold a service at a later date.

Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found online at www.wojstrom.com.


Amy Elaine Beatty, 46, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at her home on Monday, April 1, 2024.

She was born May 10, 1977, in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Charlotte Mae (Hallows) Boyles.

Amy had served many dedicated years in banking and had worked for First Mid, Scott and GCS Credit Unions in the area. She had also worked as a nail tech and enjoyed her spa days getting her hair and nails taken care of. She had a love for shopping and enjoyed days of motorcycle riding. She cherished being with her friends and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her boys. She also loved her dogs, Monkey and Braxton and her late, Muffin.

She is survived and will dearly be missed by her sons, Ethan Clayton Beatty and Isaac Mathew Beatty, both of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Clayton Benton Beatty.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue and can be accepted online at www.ilenglishbulldogrescue.org or accepted at the funeral chapel.


Francis Elbert “Brian” Kelley, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:52 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024, at his home.

He was born March 20, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Francis Elbert and Veronica (Ponsett) Kelley.

Brian retired from the Terminal Railroad after over 20 years of dedicated service as a switchman.He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Tri-Cities Council #1098 in Granite City.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing and hunting and was a gun enthusiast.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lola Anna (Cory) Crowder and has enjoyed 30 years together. He is also survived by a sister, Donna; three step-children and their spouses, Charles and Donna Crowder of Springfield, Missouri, Dawn and John Fisher of Granite City and Tina and Brent Tiffany of Florissant, Missouri; several step-great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Kelley.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.