February Obituaries 2024


February 2024 Obituaries


Maxine Roberta Perrine, 65, of Granite City, IL passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in her home. She was born to the late Llyod and Glenda (Dacus) Stubblefield on March 25, 1958 in Granite City, IL.

Maxine is survived by 2 sons: Dean Justus and Scott Pierson: a grandchild: Julie Zacharko; 2 great grandchildren: Glenda and Levi Zacharko; 2 brothers: Jerry Stubblefield and Earl Stubblefield and a sister: Dallas Lindsey.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory


Kenneth Lee Ebersohl, 62, of Granite City, IL passed away Thursday, February 29, 2024 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, MO.

He was born to the late Ronald E. Ebersohl and Sandra (Castleberry) Adams on December 19, 1961 in Spokane, Washington.

Kenneth loved to spend time with his family. He was a hardworking man and will be greatly missed.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 21 years: Donna Perigo; 3 sons: Richard (Danielle Campbell) Perigo. Jr, Thomas Ebersohl, Kenneth Ebersol, Jr,; Brothers: Keith (Jennifer) Ebersohl, Derek Ebersohl; 2 Sisters: Crystal Ebersohl, Amber (Cody) Ford; Grandchildren: Gabriella Landry and Jayde Perigo; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Kenneth is preceded in death by his stepfather: Frank Adams; Sister: Nora Ebersohl and a son: Robert Perigo.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Clifford “Robbie” Robertson, 86, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, Illinois. He was born September 28, 1937, in East St. Louis, Illinois to the late Melvin P. and Lily M. (Leonard) Robertson.

Clifford’s zest for life and love for sports were evident from his youth. A multi-sport athlete, he left an indelible mark at DeSoto Senior High School in Missouri, lettering in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. His dedication to his faith and community shone brightly through his involvement with St. John United Church of Christ. 

His melodious voice added harmony to the choir, and his leadership on the Church Council guided many. His professional life was marked by over three decades of commitment to the Monsanto Company, where he honed his skills as a Mechanic of Electrical and Instrumentation. Beyond the workplace, his athletic prowess continued to amaze, achieving two perfect games in bowling and the rare feat of a hole-in-one in golf. His talents extended beyond sports; he was also a gifted singer and a generous soul who contributed to Habitat for Humanity. Most of all, “Robbie”, as he was affectionately called by his wife, Marilyn, was a devoted husband, sharing countless dances and moments of joy. His legacy as a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather endures, leaving a void in the hearts of those he touched. Clifford’s life was a testament to living fully, giving generously, and loving deeply. He will be profoundly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Lily Robertson; and his six brothers and four sisters.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 66 years, Marilyn Joyce (Schuerman) Robertson, of Granite City, Illinois; his children, Robin Lynn (Steven) Totten and Derek Todd (Kathleen) Robertson, both of Granite City, Illinois; his grandchildren, Lydia K. (Michele Yates) Totten, Sarah E. Totten, and Chelsea L. (Nicholas) Aiello; his precious great granddaughter, Dhani Rose Huff, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to St. John UCC or to the American Heart Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois and from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024, at St. John UCC, Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024, at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Rd., Granite City, Illinois with Pastor Karla Frost officiating. If unable to attend the service, please contact the church office to obtain online viewing access.  Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City, Illinois.


Robert Elmer Macke, 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL on February 27, 2024.

He was born to the late Clarence and Patricia (Laroche) Macke on November 26, 1956 in St. Louis, MO. Robert loved to work on bikes.

Robert is survived by his son: Robert Macke and his grandson: Kage Macke.


Anastasia Louise Fears, 55, of Troy, Illinois, born February 13, 1969, in Olney, Illinois, passed away February 21, 2024, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by family.

Anastasia was a devoted Catholic and parishioner of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, Illinois. She earned two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and had a successful career as a paralegal for 25 years with Hepler Broom Law Offices. She was a kind, generous, and compassionate person who always put others before herself. She had a passion for traveling, gardening, and cooking, and she shared her joy and talents with everyone she met. She also had a wonderful sense of humor and her personality lit up the room whenever she entered. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Fears; her biological mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Roland Laue Weidman; her biological father, Gerald “Jerry” L. Dunn and stepmother, Ruby Joan Dunn; her aunt, Linda (Fears) Butler; and two uncles, Michael Fears and Steven Fears.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her aunts and uncles, Gary Fears, Keith Fears, Jim (Joyce) Weidman, Gayle Robbins and Lorrie (Robert) Stoppkotte,; her cousins, Victor Fears, Katrina Butler, Samantha (Michael) Vanesler, Brandon Butler, Dakota Fears, Joey Lowery, Jenny Powell, and Jill Grimme; her God-children and second cousins, Serina Vanesler and Gage Vanesler; her second cousins, Nicholas Fears and Alex Butler; she was also blessed to connect with her biological siblings, Gerald P. “Jerry” (Nanette) Dunn, Larry (Heather) Dunn, Martin (Melissa) Dunn, Margaret (Mike) Hahn, and Brian (Laura) Dunn; her dear friends, Jud Ankrom, Danielle Milby, and John and Jessica Yard; and many other relatives, close friends, and colleagues.

Floral tributes may be delivered directly to St. Boniface Catholic Church, prior to the visitation time. Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Partners for Pets. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2024, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 128 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2024, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 128 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, Illinois with the Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner officiating.


Shirley A. Costillo, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at her home. Shirley was born on October 31, 1933, in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Lois McBride and John White.

On December 17, 1953, Shirley married David J. Costillo, the love of her life, and David passed away on April 16, 1994. Shirley retired from the billing department as a clerk from Leeway Motor Freight in St. Louis, MO, after many years of dedicated service.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Granite City, IL. 

She enjoyed crocheting, bowling, and playing cards with her friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Shirley will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and a dear friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Holly Jo Beavin; sister, Norma Carter; two brothers-in-law, Orville Carter and Gene Wright; and by her special friend, Lee Choat.

She is survived by her loving children, David Costillo of Granite City, IL, Michael (Angela) Costillo of Granite City, IL, Andrew (Paula) Costillo of Granite City, IL and Catherine Davis of Springfield, IL; dear sister, Patsy Wright of Cape Fair, MO; proud grandmother to Christy (Ricky) Roberts, Michael (Katie) Costillo, Michelle Costillo, Jessica Costillo, Nicholas (Ali) Costillo, Emily Costillo and Fiance Mark McCarrell, Hannah Costillo and Samantha Jo Beavin; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 1:00 p.m.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Shirley’s caregiver, Gina Hatchett, for the wonderful care given to Shirley.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.


Anne Stokes, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at her home.

She was born August 6, 1933, in Gillespie, Illinois, a daughter of the late John and Florence Vlahon.

Anne had worked many years at National Graphics in St. Louis and later as a clerk at Mrs. Seibold’s Bakery in Granite City.  

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

She is survived by two sons, Keith Stokes of Collinsville and Randy (Linda) Stokes of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Crystal Stokes, Justin Stokes and Victoria Stokes; two great grandchildren, Makensie Budnicki and Makayla Hays; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Wilbur “Bud” Stokes and twelve brothers and sisters.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenenrieth officiating. 

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Vitas Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Herbert Ulysses Reisinger, 90, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:21 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024, at his home.

He and his wife have joined in Heaven holding one another’s hand.

He was born April 18, 1933, in Granite City, Illinois, a son of the late George and Genevieve (Lovvorn) Reisinger.

He married the love of his life, Shirley Helen (Haselhorst) Reisinger on December 27, 1952, at the Epiphany Church in St. Louis and she survived at his date of death.

Herbert retired in 1994 from Granite City Steel after 42 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a faithful member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville and a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City.

 He served as a Eucharistic Minister, was a Knights of Columbus member and taught Bible studies. He and his wife enjoyed working with the DeColores Ministries and was the founder of the United Congregation of Metro East. From his early childhood, he worked hard, self-taught and learned to care for his family. He enjoyed reading, studying history and always searching family genealogy. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

His beloved and cherished wife that held his hand through 72 wonderful years of marriage passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Hwai Yang of Frontenac, Missouri and Judy and Gerald Jackson of Troy, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin Deason, Kimberly Terry, Kelly and Randy Christy, Leonard and Nan Fuchs, Jason Fuchs, Kristen and Blake Witzman, Rob Kaiser, Dr. Cameron and Christie Yang, Madison Yang, Gerald and Cindy Jackson Jr., Dr. Ryan and Valerie Jackson, Joseph Jackson and Courtney Jackson; many great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Hinds and Geri Dillard and four siblings, Ruth Bunker, Marion Reisinger, George Reisinger and Donna Leonard.

In celebration of their life, visitation for Mr. & Mrs. Reisinger will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange Street in Maryville on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. with Father Rob Johnson as celebrant.

Burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Catholic Church in Edwardsville and he will be laid to rest alongside his wife.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Masses to Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church may also be accepted. 


Shirley Helen (Haselhorst) Reisinger, 90, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She and her husband have joined in Heaven holding one another’s hand.

She was born December 7, 1933, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Peter and Marie (Guelker) Haselhorst.

She married the love of her life, Herbert Ulysses Reisinger on December 27, 1952, at the Epiphany Church in St. Louis and he passed away on February 23, 2024.

Shirley was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who was named after the beloved Shirley Temple. She had a love for music, played the piano beautifully by ear and enjoyed listening to her favorite artist, Andy Williams. 

She and her brother loved playing the accordion and entertaining at many family gatherings. She lived for a great cup of coffee and always enjoyed sharing a cup and conversation with her Aunt Gloria, dad or anyone she could find. She was a faithful member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville and a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. She and her husband enjoyed working with the DeColores Ministries and was a founder of the United Congregation of Metro East. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Hwai Yang of Frontenac, Missouri and Judy and Gerald Jackson of Troy, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin Deason, Kimberly Terry, Kelly and Randy Christy, Leonard and Nan Fuchs, Jason Fuchs, Kristen and Blake Witzman, Rob Kaiser, Dr. Cameron and Christie Yang, Madison Yang, Gerald and Cindy Jackson Jr., Dr. Ryan and Valerie Jackson, Joseph Jackson and Courtney Jackson; many great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved and devoted husband that held her hand through 72 years of marriage and her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Hinds and Geri Dillard and three siblings, Lester Haselhorst, Virginia Mosblech and Ray Haselhorst.

In celebration of their life, visitation for Mr. & Mrs. Reisinger will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. A Funeral Mass will be held at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange Street in Maryville on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. with Father Rob Johnson as celebrant. 

She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Calvary Catholic Church in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Masses to Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church may also be accepted.


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Kellenberger) Ramey, 93, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on February 26, 2024, at home surrounded by family.

She was born September 19, 1930, in Litchfield, Illinois to the late Francis A. “Frank” and Marie (Rill) Kellenberger. Betty was a faithful and active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois, where she served as a volunteer for the Ladies Club and the funeral luncheon groups.

She had a talent for crocheting, sewing, and other crafts and often made beautiful gifts for her loved ones. She loved to travel with a Seniors group, and one of her favorite destinations was the Black Hills in South Dakota. 

She also enjoyed visiting the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton Ohio, with her husband, Dale, who served in the Army Air Corp. Betty was a kind and generous wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who always put her family first. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Dale C. Ramey, whom she married October 16, 1948, in Litchfield, Illinois; two grandchildren, Morgan Bivens and Margaret Eleanor Ramey; and her siblings, Walter Kellenberger, Francis A. Kellenberger, Jr., Allie Kellenberger, and Raymond Kellenberger.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Gale (John) Bivens, of Granite City, Illinois, Suzi (Alan) Legate, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois, Michael (Mindy) Ramey, of Edwardsville, Illinois, Paul (Cathy) Ramey, of Ferguson, Missouri, David (Cindy) Ramey, of Granite City, Illinois, Gary (Susan) Ramey, of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Phillip (Shelle) Ramey, of Granite City, Illinois; her 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois and from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2024, at the funeral home.

Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2024, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave., Granite City, Illinois with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Inurnment will be held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.


Kenneth B. Paterson, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:42 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2024, at his home.

He was born January 26, 1933, in Granite City, Illinois, a son of the late Robert and Esher (Greathouse) Paterson.

He married Doris M. (Witthaus) Paterson on September 5, 1953, in Madison, Illinois and she passed away on March 17, 2018.

Kenneth retired in 1993 from Granite City Steel after 38 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. He enjoyed his days of gardening, playing golf, fishing and theatre with his wife. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin Paterson and partner, Scott Eisbrenner of St. Louis, Missouri and Kenneth and wife, Connie Paterson of Collinsville; two granddaughters, Courtney and husband, Nick Spegal of Windfield, Missouri and Kendell and husband, Nick Frerichs of Maryville, Illinois; a great grandson Noah Spegal and one great grandson, Oliver John Frerichs on the way; a brother, Richard Paterson; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Burial with military honors 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 chapel.


Barbara Kaleta 87, of Granite City, Illinois, born March 23, 1936 in Granite City, Illinois, passed away on February 24, 2024 at her home surround by family and friends.

Barbara loved flowers every Mother’s Day she and Susan would go to Creekside nursery to get her favorite flowers. She loved to dance and spend time at the senior citizen hall with her friends. She loved animals and often volunteered to help rescue them. Her home was a sanctuary. She was independent, fierce and ever so loving, you always left her house with something she would give you. She always had a sense of humor and had the best jokes. She was quite the firecracker.

Barbara was proceeded in death by her mother Bernice Easley, son Barry Kaleta, as well as her brother Ben Apponey.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Kaleta- Meyer (Dave Meyer) of Granite City IL. Grandchildren: Alicia Kaleta, Kelsey Kaleta, Ashton Mouser, and Great Grandchild, Nora Mathis. Daughter in- law Shelly (David) Mouser. Cousins Judy Browning- Pool, Holly Diedrich, Darla Maples, Vicki (Greg) Nighohossian and many more.

Visitation: Friends and family may visit from 1 pm to 3pm Sunday, March 3, 2024 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City, Illinois. Memorial service at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to:

Renee’s Rescue Sanctuary
Care of Gail Mueller
80 Shirlwin Drive
Granite City IL 62040


Rhonda May Lewis, 60, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on October 14, 1963 in Granite City, IL to Alvin Lewis and Joyce Biggs.

Rhonda worked for several years for Help at Home.  She enjoyed watching television and helping her family when needed.

Besides her mother, Rhonda is survived by 3 sons:  Josh Lewis of Granite City, Dylan Lewis of Granite City and Dayton Lewis of Granite City and 2 sisters:  Darla Lewis of Granite City and Melinda (Rob) Gerber of Granite City.

Rhonda is preceded in death by her father and 2 brothers:  Calvin Lewis and Curtis Lewis.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Marilyn M. Coulson, nee, Lombardi, age 83 of Granite City, Illinois, born December 2, 1940, in Granite City, Illinois, died 25th day, February 2024 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois.

Marilyn Coulson was a lifelong resident of Granite City, Illinois and a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois. Mrs. Coulson was a cheerleader, May Queen and a graduate of the class of 1958 of Granite City Senior High School. She also was employed by Lybarger Material Company of Granite City, Illinois for twenty-four years where she retired in 1982. She married the love of her life C. Edward Coulson on May 7, 1982, at the Presbyterian Church in Collinsville, Illinois.

Marilyn Coulson was an outstanding dancer and singer. Her friends knew her by her pleasant and warm personality and smile. She never knew a stranger. She was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. She like to dine out and meet people. Her favorite enjoyment was going to mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Saturday night and then dining out at Bella Milano’s restaurant in Edwardsville, Illinois. She loved all the workers and owners of Bella Milano’s. She also loved her high heel shoes, jewelry and loved to shop.

Marilyn Coulson, along with her husband, C. Edward Coulson, brother-in-law, George R. Barker, Sr. and sister, Carolyn A. (nee Lombardi) Barker formed the operation called Coulson/Barker Oldsmobile-Cadillac-GMC Trucks, Ltd. 3550 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Illinois on May 7, 1991. Marilyn Coulson was the secretary of Coulson/Barker for 13 years until it closed on April 30, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arcolino A. “Yock” Lombardi and her mother, Hilda V. (nee, Turck) Lombardi, a sister Carolyn A. (nee, Lombardi) Barker, a brother-in-law, George R. Barker, Sr., a son, Mark E. Price and a son-in-law, William “Billy” Hasty, Jr.

Surviving are her husband, C. Edward Coulson, a daughter Becki (William O. “Billy”, Jr.) Hasty, and a daughter-in-law, Janet (Mark) Price of Granite City, Illinois. Three grandchildren, Brittani Lee (George Andrew “Drew”) Craft, Granite City, Illinois Kyle Edward Price and Kacie Lynn Price of Granite City, Illinois and four great granddaughters, Layla May Craft of Granite City, Illinois, Madisyn Ann Jaycox, Jordyn Lynn Jaycox, and Emersyn June Jaycox of Granite City, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church is Granite City, Illinois.

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Irwin Chapel on Maryville Rd, in Granite City, Illinois. A 10:00 a.m. funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel on Friday, March 1, 2024, with Marsha Chomko officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.


Mikla Kathleen Economy, 48, of Granite City, IL passed away on February 23, 2024 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. surrounded by loved ones. Mikla fought a long and brave battle against colon cancer that metastasized to her liver for the last 5 years.

Mikla was born to the late Michael and Tina (Waggoner) Economy Jr, on January 8, 1976 in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Granite City High School in 1994; and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at McKendree University. One of her greatest passions was soccer. She started playing as a goalie at a young age and continued playing throughout high school and college. Mikla made several lifelong friends while playing the sport she loved, even after college, in several local soccer leagues and tournaments.

For the last 20 plus years, Mikla worked for Republic Services where many of her coworkers became family to her.

Mikla enjoyed traveling, spending time with her friends, family and spoiling her niece and two great nephews. Most recently, Mikla was able to travel to San Juan, Grand Turk, The Dominican Republic, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida with her family, including her two great nephews.

Before Mikla’s diagnosis, she belonged to a local CrossFit gym, where she met a group of women that would later be known as “the misfits.” These women were her rock and always held her accountable.

On any given day of the week, Mikla would pack up and head to the campgrounds to spend her time relaxing and having fun with her friends.

Mikla is survived by two sisters: Mellina Economy and Michelle (Steven) Dailey; a niece: Stephanie (Christian) Barnes; and two great nephews: Easton and Everett. Who were the light of her life and her reason for fighting so hard.

Besides her parents, Mikla is preceded in death by her grandparents: Michael and Delores (White) Economy Sr., and Lewis and Irene Waggoner.

The family would like to say a special Thank You to everyone who visited with her while she was in the hospital. Mikla was an extremely loved person who will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 6, 2024 at St. Stephen’s Church Meeting Room, Located at 901 S. Main Street, Caseyville, IL 62236 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We will have food and beverages as well. We look forward to visiting and sharing memories with everyone there.


Ruth Helen Apponey, 85, of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away Sunday, February 25, 2024 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born to the late John and Berth (Wade) Woods on April 8, 1938 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Ruth was an avid sports fan. Her favorite teams were the Cardinals, the Steelers and the Pirates.

Ruth is survived by 5 daughters: Kathleen (Douglas) Horton, Tina Apponey- Stanley, Cynthia Apponey, Lydia Apponey and Victoria Apponey –Cruise; a son: Samuel (Bettina Brown) Apponey Jr.; 9 grandchildren: Samuel Apponey III, Amanda McManamy, Angela Apponey, Douglas Horton Jr., Lauren Horton, Jason Stanley, Nicholas Stanley, Melissa Peach, Kristen Apponey; 14 great grandchildren: Kirsten Brenner, Brandon Apponey, Jessalyn Lamb, Jessica McManamy, Hailey Horton, Emily Horton, Tyler Stanley, Audrey Stanley, Bastain Stanley, Santino Stanley, Ryan Peach, Savannah Peach, Caroline Hammack, Elanore Martin; 6 great-great great grandchildren: Oliva, Jayce, Tucker, Atlas, Nor and Maximus; 4 sisters: Betty Quick, Jean Hummel, Jackie Woods and Delores Silverstein.

Besides her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by a grandchild: Jessica Apponey and a sister: Thelma Smith.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00pm pm on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com  


Bonnie “Geraldine” Graham, 90, of Pontoon Beach passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Alhambra Care Center.  

She was born April 5, 1933 in Granite City to Wilbur and Mildred (Beyer) Bryant.  She married Fred Travis Recer November 2, 1951; he preceded her in death in 1995.  

She married James Graham in September of 2001; he preceded her in death in 2011. 

Geraldine attended Calvary Baptist Church until her health no longer permitted her.  She enjoyed watching the Cardinals, singing in the Sweet Adaline Choir, shopping and dining out.

She is survived by her son Todd (Annie) Recer of St, Charles, MO; daughter in law:, Barbara Recer and Sherri Recer and nine grandchildren and their spouses; Travis (Tess) Recer, Amy (David) Petrillo, Will (Shelby) Recer, B.J. (Suzanne) Recer, Stacey (Joel) Klotz, Patrick (Ann) Recer, Anna (Jake) Banas, Codi Siegel and Shane (Lisa) Recer; 29 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by two daughters, Tammy and Connie Recer; sons, Rudy and Mark Recer; brother, Wayne Bryant and sister, Donna Marris.

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


Otis Brown, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on February 22, 2024. He was born July 2nd 1937 in Indianola, Mississippi, a son of late Poe and Bertie Lou Brown.

He married Annie Mildred Brown in Greenville, Mississippi. He retired from National Maintenance after 30+ years.

He was a dedicated loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage working on lawn mowers or anything he thought he could fix. He was always trying to help anyone and everyone around him. 

He never met a stranger, if he did they were great friends by the end of their conversation. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his honary, mischievous sense of humor that always made you laugh. No one could ever get something over him, if you did you were his next target.

He is survived by a son Ricky and Sherry Brown of Granite City, a daughter Freda Brown of Granite City: seven grand children Richie (Shanna) French, Lee Brown, Crissy (Josh) Schenck, Amber (John) Vasiloff, Matt (Bridget) Brown, Joshua Brown and Alissa Howard; sixteen great grandchildren Nicholas French, Keirsten (Braden) Shrum, Madison Vasiloff, Ethan Shrum, Mikala Brown, Austin French, Colton Schenck, Colton Brown, Mia Brown, Lucas French, Carter Brown, John Vasiloff, Mackenzie Brown, Jayde Schenck, Mylah Jo, and Corbin Brown; two great great grandchildren Iris and Wren. 
Many brothers, brother in laws, sisters and sister in laws, many neices nephews and extended family and friends.

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


John Edward Wagner, 85, of Madison, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois, surrounded by family.

Born on November 25, 1938, in Groveland Township, Tazewell County, Illinois, he was the son of the late David and Edith (née Simons) Wagner.

John’s life was marked by service and dedication. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, spending 1 year of foreign service in Korea before being honorably discharged on September 30, 1960. 

His commitment extended to his work as an operator at Spectrulite in Madison, where he contributed until his retirement in 2002.

Beyond his professional life, John cherished his family and friends. He found joy in their company and shared a deep love for them. Along with his parents and siblings, he owned, trained, and raced horses for many years. His passion for sports was unwavering, with a particular enthusiasm for horse racing, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Fighting Illini Basketball. He also enjoyed working outdoors in his yard and relaxing with the St. Louis Post Dispatch in hand, reading the sports page. As a true competitor, he relished games of cards and trivia, showcasing his sharp mind and wonderful sense of humor.

John’s absence leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy lives on through the memories he created and the impact he had on those around him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donna (neé Veteto) Wagner; his daughter, Barbara Wagner; and his sister, Barbara Breaux.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his partner of 18 years, Linda Hickam, of Troy, Illinois; his children, Johnny (Cammie) Wagner, of New Market, Virginia, Jodi (Mike) Nevills, of Staunton, Illinois, Sheila Gergen and Dean Gergen, both of Madison, Illinois; a brother, David Wagner, of Waterloo, Illinois; his 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Cardinals Care Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, with Pastor Daniel Wilson officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


Janet Lee Metcalf, 58, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on February 13, 1966 in St. Louis, MO to Harold Valentine and Mary Lou (Farrar) Genna.

The loving mother enjoyed camping, shopping and flowers in her yard.  She was an avid animal lover.

Janet is survived by a son, Christopher Bryant of Potosi, MO; her significant other, Richard Bryant of Granite City, IL; 3 brothers:  Jack (Audrey) Genna of Salem, MO, Steve Genna of St. Louis, MO and Harold (Marcilin) Genna of Rogers, AR and a sister, Shirley Keane of St. Charles, MO.

Besides her parents, Janet is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Michael Genna and Tony Genna and a sister, Roxanne Genna.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


John P. Irwin, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town and Country, Missouri.

John was born August 15, 1954, in Granite City, the youngest son of Richard E. and LaVesta Faye (Russell) Irwin.

For nearly 40 years, John served many families as an office assistant at Irwin Chapel. Prior to working at Irwin Chapel he was an operator with Olin Brass in East Alton.

He had a passion for 1960 and 1970’s rock music and enjoyed his collection of guitars. John enjoyed history, trivia, going to the movies and had a love for animals and cherished his pugs through the years. John devoted many years caring for his mother and enjoyed special times shared with his family. 

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Randall A. and Linda Irwin of Granite City; his special friend, Patty York of Granite City; special cousins and friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, with Pastor Derrell Brame officiating.

Memorials may be made to Renee’s Rescue Animal Sanctuary and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Richard Leon Ballew, 71, of Madison, Illinois passed away at 9:14 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born August 22, 1952, in Granite City, a son of the late Lee Roy Ballew and the late Shirley “Jean” (Smock) Elders.

He married his beloved angel, Paula Sue (Broadway) Ballew on June 3, 1972, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

Richard retired after 16 years of dedicated service to his community as a police officer with the City of Madison. He was currently working as a security supervisor with Cerro Copper in Sauget with Garda Security. He proudly served his country with the United States National Guard. He was a lifetime member of the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association, the Illinois Police Association and the Madison County Sheriff’s Association. He was also a member of the Masonic East Lodge #504 in Fairview Heights and St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church. Richard was also a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Crisis Center, served as a commissioner of Camp Sunnen Boy Scout Camp in Potosi, Missouri, served on the Board of Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville and had worked for the church at the fellowship hall. Richard lived a full life, very active in his community, loved his days of fishing or riding his motorcycle, enjoyed his years of playing music and playing the drums, tending to his yard and was always wanting to care for his wife. He cherished his children and grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his cherished wife of 51 years, he is survived by his stepmother, Christine Ballew of Maryville; five children, Krista Ballew and fiancé, Kyle Mueller of Brighton, Amber Knight and husband, Phil Knight of Granite City, Tiffany Crain and husband, Ed Crain of Godfrey, Brittany Biver and husband, Skyler Biver of Granite City and Phillip Ballew of St. Louis; eleven grandchildren, Trevor Lucas, Mackenzie Lucas, Phineas Knight, Lucille Knight, Mason Crain, Morgan Crain, Jonathan Callahan, Declan Biver, Tobi Ballew, Westley Ballew and Rory Ballew; sister, Robyn Hermann and husband, Mark Hermann of Maryville; brother-in-law, James “Jim” Broadway and wife, Missy Broadway of Glen Carbon; sister-in-law, Brenda Broadway of Texas; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Loren M. Elders and his brother, Roy E. Ballew.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. and a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. 

Visitation will continue at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center in Town and Country, Missouri or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and may be accepted at the funeral chapel. 


Ronald Peter “Pete” Stieb, age 84, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2024 in metro Atlanta, where he moved a year earlier to be closer to family.

He was born November 19, 1939, in Granite City, IL to the late Peter H. and June (Wohrle) Stieb, and is survived by his sister, Sally Ann (Stieb) Brueggemann, of St. Louis, MO.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University in June 1963, Pete accepted a position at aerospace manufacturer McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. He demonstrated great interpersonal skills and a knack for sales, which led him next to Broyhill Furniture Industries – a move that ultimately led to a long-term, dedicated career in the furniture industry. He was quickly promoted to a management position, and he and his family relocated to Broyhill’s home office in Lenoir, NC. Pete next accepted a position as Vice President of Trogdon Furniture Industries in Toccoa, GA, before taking over as President of Athens Furniture Industries in Athens, TN. He had a second career later in life as an Investment Advisor with Edward Jones in Navarre, FL, and enjoyed watching the stock market for many years even after retirement.

Pete loved people and making them laugh, and even kept a folder in his desk drawer titled “Jokes”. He was candid, and his friends and family knew they could count on him for real and honest advice. He was a man of taste who enjoyed nice things – including fine dining, beautiful beaches, home décor, and his wardrobe. He was a sharp dresser and maintained his dignity throughout the last years of his life.

He is survived by his children: Michael Stieb and his wife, Theresa; Anne (Stieb) Thompson and her husband, Reid; and Susan (Stieb) Kirksey and her husband, Tracy.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Nicholas Thompson, Hannah Thompson, Tara O’Leary-Stieb, Aisling O’Leary-Stieb, Sean O’Leary-Stieb, Alyssa Kirksey, and Britianie Pace Stieb, and his great-granddaughter, Aubrie Gilleland.

In celebration of his life, a mass will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:30 am at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL, followed by interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL. He will be laid to rest next to his mother, father, and paternal grandparents.


Marjorie A. Schmidt, 87, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born February 22, 1936, in Highland, Illinois, a daughter of the late Richard and Viola (Warnecke) Iberg. She married Edward W. Schmidt on May 5, 1956, in Highland and he passed away on October 17, 2013.

Marjorie retired from the Granite City School District after over 25 years of dedicated service as an elementary school teacher. She was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and enjoyed tending to her home, gardening and days of traveling with her husband. She cherished her granddaughter and her great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Edward W. Schmidt, Richard Schmidt and Alan Schmidt, all of Granite City; a granddaughter and her husband, Hannah and Juan Fernandez of Granite City; three great grandchildren, Victoria, Eleanor and Juan Edward Fernandez; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a sister, Ethel Rich.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, with Reverend Karla Frost and Pastor Juan Fernandez officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


William A. “Bill” Russell II, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:33 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at his home.

He was born January 1, 1944, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a son of the late William A. and Wilma Russell.

He married the love of his life, Judith Lee (Range) Russell on June 12, 1965 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and she survives.

Bill retired from McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in St. Louis after 44 years of dedicated service with McDonnell Douglas as an engineer.

He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 where he had served as a Past Exalted Ruler and secretary. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.


In addition to his beloved wife of 58 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Matt Sheridan of Granite City; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Candace Russell III of St. Louis and Matthew and Heather Russell of Edwardsville; nine grandchildren and spouses, Elijah Russell, Olivia and Isaac Maue, Madeline Sheridan, Lydia Sheridan, Phoebe and Tanner Pieri, Benjamin Russell, Liam Russell, Alec Sheridan and Nicholas Russell; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Bob Shaw of New Port Richey, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Donna Arnold of Granite City and Doris Range of Edwardsville; many nieces; nephews; cousins; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Michael Range.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue in Granite City on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson and Father Jeff Holtman as celebrants.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family School or to Masses and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Barbara Ann “Barb” Borage, 66, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:41 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at her home.

She was born January 15, 1958, in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late Michael and Winifred (Edrington) Sasyk.

She married David A. Borage on March 26, 1994, at their home in Granite City and he survives.

Barb retired as a records clerk from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department after 37 years of dedicated service.

She enjoyed her days of fishing, cherished her grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jamie Caple of Granite City; her stepson, David P. Borage of Granite City; five grandchildren, Mackenzie Caple, Devin Doty, Paige Allison, Lexi Allison and Jesalin Caple; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ramon and Maryann Borage of Affton, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Caple; a brother, Terry Sasyk and a sister, Karen Davis.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Memorials may be made to benefit her great-great grandnephew on his gofundme page at Supporting Eli Pratt’s Brain Cancer Journey or may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Henry “Vic” Victor Kahn, 80, formally of Granite City, IL passed away in his home on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

He was born to the late Victor and Jamil (David) Kahn on March 9, 1943 in Cairo, IL. Vic served in the U. S Army during the Vietnam War where he was a helicopter mechanic and gunner.

He met Linda Stewart and they were married in Pontoon Beach, IL on February 14, 1989.

 Vic spent his time traveling, riding his motorcycle and weight lifting, but his favorite thing to do was play golf. He was also a 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus in Granite City.

Vic is survived by his wife: Linda Kahn, 3 daughters: Kimberly (DJ) Kahn, Robin (Johnny) Foster, Nicole (Dale) Cochran; a son: Joshua Kahn; 7 grandchildren: Autumn Kahn, Ashton Kahn, Jason (Sheena Tugwell) Voegele, Jayson Henry, Nicole Shrage, Troy Shrage and David Meyer; 3 great grandchildren: and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents; Vic is preceded in death by a brother: Raymond Kahn.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.


Janice Lynn Smutny, 69, of Granite City, IL passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024 at St. Louis University Hospital.

She was born to the late Frank and Alvina (Rosemary) (Rohr) Smutny on July 1, 1954 in East St. Louis, IL. Janice graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She worked for the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services for nearly 40 years before retiring.

 In her free time, she enjoyed shopping, seeing plays at The Fabulous Fox Theater, and loved to collect anything relating to Disney, Mickey or Minnie Mouse. What Janice really loved was spending time with her family, friends and fur babies.

Janice is survived by many loving cousins and good friends and her furry children; Shorty, Sadie and Vivian.

The family is asking for donations to be made in Janice’s name to Pound Pets Rescue.

Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com


Robert “Bob” Dale Kirksey Jr., 57, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri at 11:44 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

He was born June 24, 1966, in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Robert Dale Kirksey Sr. and Peggy Margaret (Browning) Wallace.

Bob was the owner and operator of Jacobsmeyer’s Bar & Grill in Granite City with over 20 years of memories of good memories with the community. He loved giving to others in helping with many fundraisers and community services.

 He had also worked in his earlier years in construction, banking, selling steel piping and various others endeavors. He was a talented musician, playing the guitar and other instruments and enjoyed his years in the Flat Wheel Band. He was a 1984 graduate of Granite City High School and later attended Illinois State University. He found peace in being outdoors and loved his days of hunting and fishing. Bob had friends everywhere, cherished special times shared with his family and friends and had a love for animals.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a girlfriend, Bridgette Kittle; aunts and uncles, Robert and Sandra May, Tim and Tammy Kirksey, Sandy Kirksey, Kathy Weinkein, Donna Green and Nancy Portell; many cousins; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Kathy Kirksey; stepfather, B.W. Wallace; sister, Molly Kirksey; grandparents, Oliver and Sallie Kirksey and Bob and Ruth Browning; aunt, Roberta Browning and two uncles, Tim Browning and Don Kirksey.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 with Reverend Steve Gray officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Down Syndrome Association, American Cancer Society or to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Patricia L. Vaughn, 76, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, MO.

She was born on April 21, 1947 in Herrin, IL to Charlie and Doris Lee Foster.

Patricia married Phillip Vaughn in West Frankfort, IL on December 27, 1963.

The loving wife, mother and grandmother took great pride in raising her family.  Taking care of her family was her greatest joy.

Besides her husband, Patricia is survived by a daughter, Kristine Vaughn of Ina, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Tyler, Tara, Destiny, Michael and D.J.; a great grandson, Dallas and a great-great grandson, Chance and a sister, Donna Taylor of Belleville, IL.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Gayla Vaughn; a brother, Bobby Mosley and a sister, Caroline “Gidget” Mosley.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Michael William “Mike” Skinner, 60, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 7:56 a.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at his home.

He was born February 28, 1963, in Granite City. He was the owner and operator of Hamilos Brothers Inspected Meats in Madison with over 30 years of dedicated service.

Mike loved the outdoors and his days of boating and camping. He enjoyed remote control airplanes and cars and riding motorcycles. He loved family times together and cherished his children and grandchildren.

He married Bette A. (Pfaff) Skinner on February 14, 1986, in Granite City and she survives. In addition to his beloved wife of 38 years, he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Georgianne and John Obucina of Granite City; three children, Katy (Cody) Lance of Collinsville, Kory (Hayley Parker) Skinner of Madison and Krissy Skinner of Glen Carbon; two grandchildren, Willow and Drake; three sisters, Susan (Glenn) Jost of Valley Glen, California, Anne (Neil) Trent of Columbia, Missouri and Paula (Darrell) Elmore of Troy; a brother, Gregory (Christa) Obucina of Troy; mother-in-law, Kathy Pfaff of Granite City; sister-in-law, Susan (Randy) Presswood of Granite City; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Gene Skinner; a brother, Jeffrey William Skinner; sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Skinner and father-in-law, Don Pfaff.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Fred James “Jamie” Giffin III, 49, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born September 13, 1974, in Granite City, a son of Donald Lee Giffin of Granite City and the late Nancy Louise (Buskirk) Giffin.

He enjoyed his days of playing pool and fishing. He cherished his family and loved spending time with his nieces.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a sister, Jenna Ferguson and her boyfriend, Colen Tucker; nieces, Lailah Ferguson, Kenlee Tucker and Hanna Tucker; nephews, Zachary Tucker and Braxton Tucker; aunts, Sandra Wilson, Bonnie Stockton and Patricia Giffin; cousins; other extended family and friends. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred Giffin and Betty Pulley and an aunt, Barbara Gorman.

In celebration of his life a private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Katie Nell (Yates) Baugher, 77, of Litchfield, Illinois, formerly of Granite City, Illinois, passed away, Wednesday, February 14, 2024, peacefully at home. Katie was born August 8, 1946, in Graves County, Kentucky, to the late Howard and Jeffie (Turnbow) Yates.

Katie was a faithful member of the Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City, Illinois, where she dedicated much time and service, including working with The Baby Bank, teaching Sunday School, and helping with the children’s bus program. She loved traveling to Branson and seeing the shows with her husband, Evart. She was thoughtful and timely, always sending a Christmas, birthday, or special occasion card. Katie’s most cherished times were spent with her family, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Jeffie (Turnbow) Yates and her brother and sister-in-law, Frederick “Fred” and Mary Yates.

Surviving to cherish her memory, are her loving husband, Evart Baugher, Litchfield, Illinois; her children, Jane (Kent) Poiter, of Glen Carbon, Illinois and Kim (Angus, Sr.) McVeigh, of Punta Gorda, Florida; her grandchildren, Callista Poiter, Ciara (Michael) Sampson, Angus “A.J.” (Noelle) McVeigh, and Tristen McVeigh; her great grandchildren, Hayden and Blaire Sampson; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City, Illinois. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 PM, Monday, February 19, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois and from 9 to 10 AM, Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Clark Avenue Church of Christ, Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Clark Avenue Church of Christ at 2130 Clark Avenue, Granite City, Illinois. Interment will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery in Graves County, Kentucky.


Rosemary (Mann) Wilson-Weiss passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024, after a long illness. In her last days, she was surrounded by family and friends, a testament to the life she spent caring for others. Rosemary was born in Columbus, Georgia on April 12, 1939, to Virginia (Bussey) and William Mann. She told wonderful stories about fishing with her father and her mother’s beauty shop. She married Emory Wilson in October 1955 and moved to Granite City, Illinois a few years later, but in her heart, Georgia was always home. She had five children, and she devoted herself to raising them, and to her church family at Calvary Baptist in Granite City and later Maryville Baptist in Maryville, Illinois. She was a surrogate mother to every child in the neighborhood and at church, and later, simply “Nana” to her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and each and every one of their friends and spouses.

As her children grew up, she embarked on successful careers selling Avon and real estate. She was woman who could always be counted on when needed, a devoted Christian who cared for the sick and the poor. She was a dynamo, a social butterfly, and most of all, a woman whose support and unconditional love made the world a safer, better place for her friends, children, grandchildren, and everyone she ever met.

In addition to her beloved husband of 55 years, Emory Wilson; her second husband William Weiss and her parents, she was preceded in death by her children Emory Wilson Jr. and MaryEmily (Wilson) Slate; her grandson Robert Wilson Jr.; brothers James Frederick (Tina) Mann and William (Elaine) Mann and sister Virginia (Joseph) Stadnick. She is survived by her children Carolyn (Bill) Janssen, Robert (Linda) Wilson, and Eric (Cheryl) Wilson; son-in-law Robert “Bob” Slate; 14 grandchildren Erin (Mark) Salfen, Nathan (Francine) Slate, Ryan (Gina) Niebur, Chris (Meaghen) Slate, Lauren (Mark) Schaefer, Becca (Steve Hartnett) Slate, Heather (Cody) Sassman, Gerica (Dan) Bean, Stephen Inchingolo, Austin (Xena Chavez) Wilson, Leah (Nathan) Goodsell, Samantha (Seth Yoswig) Thompson, Mallarie (Derek) Williamson and Tess Wilson; 15 great grandchildren Nathaniel, Amyiah, Anna, McKenzie, Landon, Brooklyn, Jonathan, Georgiana, Emerson, Everett, Jameson, Callum, Luella, Gia and Mason; 1 great-great granddaughter Aspen; her adored maltese Rascal; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Tom Hufty officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Bussey Family Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the 1p36Deletion support and awareness and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Scott Daniel Beasley, 61, of Greenville, IL, passed away unexpectedly Tues. Feb. 13, 2024 in Monticello, IN.

He was born Mar. 9, 1962 in Granite City, a son of the late Carolyn Helen (Papp) Sanders and Paul Dean Beasley.

Scott served in the Missouri Army National Guard.  He worked in construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator with Local #520 and was currently working for Keeley Companies.  He enjoyed fishing in his spare time but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Anna Willis and Lexi Young; a step-daughter: Calee Harl; 2 step-sons: Bryant Harl and Justin Strohl; many grandchildren, including: McKenzi Wallace, Peyton Willis, Lucas Willis, Nahdia Young and Royce Young; brothers: David (Carole) Beasley, Phillip Beasley, Dennis (Karen) Beasley, Clifford (Elizabeth) Sanders, Walter Sanders and Matthew Sanders; sisters: Charlene (Brad) Back and Shelly Henry; and his longtime loving companion: Tammy Hopkins.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father: Charles Edward Sanders; and 2 sisters: Beverly Bridgeman and Robin Wallace.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 24, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund.


Reginald Irwin Mennerick, 89 of Granite City, IL, born December 16, 1934, in Denison, Iowa, passed away on February 13, 2024 at Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center in Lebanon, IL. 

Reginald was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who cherished taking care of his family.

Reginald graduated from Wood River High School, Wood River, IL.

Reginald was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, and part of the Marriage Encounter Family and Koinonia Fellowship. He also served as lector for parish Masses and later as a church youth group leader.

Reginald was a career Produce Buyer. He began his career in the grocery industry with Tri City Grocery Company in Granite City, IL and later worked for Martin & Bayley, Carmi, IL and then as a Senior Produce Buyer for Fleming in Sikeston, MO.

Reginald served in the United States Navy Reserves from 1953 to 1961. He specialized in electronics and Morse code telecommunications.

Reginald had a passion for working with youth and served as the local Scout Master for Troop 35. He also served as a leader for the Cahokia Mound Council and Boy Scout Camp Sunnen. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, and was honored with the St. George Award from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Reginald once organized an area wide contingent of local Boy Scouts and traveled with them to Philmont Scout Ranch for a week of backpacking in the mountains of New Mexico.

Reginald loved camping in Missouri State Parks in his earlier days and continued his love of trout fishing as long as he could.

Reginald cherished the precious time he could spend with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reginald was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Mennerick of 63 years, whom he married February 12, 1955, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Alton, IL.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Frieda nee Riessen, Mennerick; brothers John (Mildred O’Berry) Mennerick and Donald Kunze, sisters Unabelle (Art) Buller, Lavera (Gerald) Davis, brothers-in-law, William O’Brien, James (Shirley) O’Brien, Edward J. O’Brien Sr. and sister-in-law Catherine Gibson.

Surviving are his three children,

Regina (Prem) Hinduja of Tracy, CA, Michael (Cheryl) Mennerick of O’Fallon, IL, and Rita (Woody) Halbrook of Granite City, IL; six grandchildren, Deacon Michael (Suzanne) Halbrook, Sara (Michael) Ahlvers, Sean (Ashley) Halbrook, Greg (Ashley) Mennerick, Jennifer Mennerick, and Doug (Sarah) Mennerick;

Thirteen great-grandchildren, Thomas, Matthew, Joseph, and Andrew Halbrook, Mira and Evelynn Ahlvers and Hunter Halbrook,

Madison, Mallory, Molly, James Mennerick, Colin and Alice Mennerick,

brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul (Toni) O’Brien, and brothers Charles (Linda) Mennerick, Rev. Dr. James (Ruth) Mennerick and Dr. Lewis (Mehrangiz) Mennerick; cousins; nieces and nephews; friends; and his beloved dog, Buddy.

Memorials may be made for Masses to St. Elizabeth Church Granite City, IL, Holy Family Church Granite City, IL or St. Clare Church, O’Fallon, IL.

Visitation: Friends and family may visit from 10 am to 11 am Friday, February 16th, at St Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL.

Funeral: Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am Friday, February 16th at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating, with interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

THOMAS SAKSA FUNERAL HOME, Granite City, IL


Shirley “Jean” Hampton, 86, of Granite City, Illinois and formerly of Doe Run, Missouri passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at her home. 

She was born July 26, 1937, in Flat River, Missouri, a daughter of the late Ralph Ernest Denver and Eva I. (Drummonds) Jacobs.

She married Donald L. Hampton on April 9, 1955, in Granite City, Illinois and he passed away on March 9, 2018.

Jean retired from the State of Missouri after 11 years of dedicated service as an income tax auditor. She had a passion for collecting, loved antiques and was the owner and operator of The Attic in Doe Run for several years. She was a member of the Church of God in Doe Run and everyone loved her hot and fresh biscuits.

Jean is survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, William “Bill” and Gail Jacobs of Granite City, Charles Jacobs of Granite City, Larry and Pat Jacobs of Granite City and Michael and Sandy Jacobs of Glen Carbon; a brother-in-law, Lonzo Patterson of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her four children, Gary Hampton, Thomas “TW” Hampton, Donna Hampton and Chris Hampton; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patsy Patterson and Janet and Rev. Jeff Smith and a sister-in-law, Ginger Jacobs.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a family service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place on the family farm in Doe Run. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


James LeRoy Unger, 75 of Granite City passed away in his home on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

He was born to the late James and Maxine (Dortch) Unger on November 2, 1948 in Stewart County, Tennessee.   He met Myra Penrod and they were married at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in Granite City in 1967.

James and Myra owned Unger’s Market and had several locations throughout the area.

 James loved to fish and he was always joking around. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren, he was the best grandfather.

James is survived by his wife, Myra Unger; a son; James (Darla) Unger; 2 grandchildren; Brandon (Ashley) Unger, Kyle Unger; a great grandson: Waylon Unger; a brother : Donald Unger; and a sister: Joann Fields

Besides his parents, James is preceded in death by a grandson; James Unger.

Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com

Cremations services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Ramona Lynn Phillips, 65, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 9, 2024. She was the beloved daughter of the late Jerry and Myrtle (Knutsonhaydahl) Phillips.

Ramona was a proud veteran of the United States Army, where she served with honor and dedication. She had a passion for travel and adventure and enjoyed exploring the world on cruises and camping trips. She loved the sun and the sand, especially at her favorite beach in Destin, Florida. She also liked to have fun in Las Vegas, where she played the slots and watched the shows. She was a loyal friend and a card shark, who never missed a chance to play cards with “the girls”. She had an amazing sense of humor and a radiant smile that brightened every room she entered. She cherished every moment with her grandchildren, who were the joy of her life. Ramona was a kind, generous, and compassionate person, who touched many lives, she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gary Williams; her son, Sgt. Steven Mennemeyer, U.S. Army; and her brother, David Phillips.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sarah (Zachary) White, of Granite City, Illinois; her chosen daughter, Ginny Akins, of St. Robert, Missouri; her grandchildren, Andrew Mennemeyer, Conner White, Abby White, Elise White, Dylan Harsh, and Colin Akins; her siblings, Shirley Kay Wagner (Barry DeShazo) and Pamela Jill Collee (Doug Dickson); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Illinois Center for Autism. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends and family may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois and from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, Illinois with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois.


Hayden Ray Sipes, 17, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024. He was born September 19, 2006, in Belleville, Illinois, to Andrew Robert Sipes and Sarah Lynn Kniker.

Hayden was a junior at Granite City High School, where he excelled academically and socially. He had a wide circle of friends who shared his enthusiasm for cars, racing, music, and nature. Since childhood, he collected Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, and later developed a keen interest in antique and muscle cars. He loved to watch the races, as well as play racing video games. He also enjoyed the outdoors, while camping and fishing with his family. He had a passion for music and played the guitar. Hayden was a bright and kind young man who made a positive impact on everyone he met. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts of all who knew him, and his memory will be cherished by his family and friends as a loving son, grandson, brother, and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Dannie R. Sipes, Sr.

Surviving are his parents, Andrew Robert Sipes and Sarah Lynn Kniker of Granite City, Illinois; his adoring big sister, Hailey (Jacob Moore) Sipes, of Granite City, Illinois; his paternal grandparents, Janet (Edward) Schenk, of Madison, Illinois; his maternal grandparents, Mary Lynn (John, Jr.) Kniker, of Belleville, Illinois; his aunts and uncles, Dannie R. (Angel Penrod) Sipes, Jr.; Darron (Karen) Sipes, Rebecca (Issac) May, John (Emily) Kniker, III, and Alex (Alexis) Kniker; and many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association or to the donor’s charity of choice. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends and family may visit from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2024, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois. Inurnment will be held privately in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Cora Lee (Dameron) Yaeger, born in Granite City, May 18, 1930. passed away February 7, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Interment: 1:00 p.m., 2-17-2024, Pinetree Cemetery, Patterson, Green County, IL



Thomas Dale Case, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on October 31, 1957 in St. Louis, MO to Veryl and Mary (Northrup) Case.

Thomas married Frances “Renee” Wallace in Edwardsville, IL on October 5, 2007.

The loving husband, father and grandfather enjoyed fishing and baseball.  He was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Thomas built and raced racecars.  He loved dirt track racing.

Besides his wife, Thomas is survived by 7 children:  Justin (Kristy) Case of O’Fallon, Danny Case of Swansea, Nathan (Alicia) Case of Highland, Autumn Mauer of St. Louis, Mykayla Wallace of Granite City, Mara Wallace of New Baden and Peyton Wallace of Granite City; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 4 brothers:  Ed Case of KS, Mike Case of S.C., Troy Case of Freeburg and Mikey Case of Smithton and a sister, Cherry Hustedde of Maryville.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents.

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

Professional services provided by Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Tim Joseph Zarlingo, 64, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. louis, MO.

He was born on November 4, 1959 in East St. Louis, IL to Paul and Kathleen (Voegele) Zarlingo.

Tim married Peggy Hornbeak-Townley in Long beach, CA on May 6, 1984.

The loving husband and son was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL.  Tim enjoyed playing chess and tennis and he won trophies in both events.  

He was also a past champion of the Madison County High School  Chess tournament.  Tim’s greatest joy was working in the computer technology field.

Survivors include his wife, father, 3 brothers:  Thomas Zarlingo of Perryville, MO, Tony Zarlingo of Longmont, CA and Terry Zarlingo of St. Charles, MO and 2 sisters:  Connie Koenig of Granite City and Cathy (Steve) Marceau of Surprise, AZ.

Tim is preceded in death by his mother.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Glen Carbon, IL at a later date.

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


Alice J. Reber-Moore, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Tues. Feb. 6, 2024 at her home with her loving family around her.

She was born Dec. 9, 1942 in Granite City to the late Lloyd & Alvera Belcher. Her marriage to William Joseph Moore took place in Dover, TN in 2000.  He survives in Granite City.

Alice was an avid artist and loved to paint.  She also loved being outdoors and used to hunt and fish. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother; 2 sisters; and her beloved dog, Mr. Jingles.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter: Cherie Dotson; 2 sons: Tom Pop and Jeff Reber; and a step-son: Billy Moore.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.


Pauline D. Squires, 94, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Liberty Village in Maryville.

She was born August 20, 1929, in Carlinville, Illinois, a daughter of the late Paul and Alma (Lehmann) Klaus.

She married Stanley Squires on September 25, 1948, in Arkansas and he passed away March 6, 2019.

Pauline was a devoted member of Dewey Avenue Methodist Church and enjoyed her days of working with ceramics and crafts. She was a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Nancy Squires; a son-in-law, Randy Werner; five grandchildren, Angela Sneed, Kerri Yount, Randy Werner Jr., Matthew Werner and William Werner; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Werner; two brothers, Howard Klaus and Raymond Klaus and two sisters, Martha Wyzard and Marjorie Foret.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Susan Harrison officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorials 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 funeral chapel.


Juanita Harrington, 90, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, formerly of Granite City, Illinois. In loving memory of a remarkable woman, who touched the lives of many. Our dear sister/mother/grandmother/great grandmother and friend. Juanita Edith Martinez Harrington – Born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, February 12th, 1933. Peacefully departed our world February 3rd, 2024.

She leaves an indelible mark on all those that knew her.

Her journey, marked by cultural richness and shared experiences will be remembered fondly. Juanita stood as a pillar of support for her family.

Preceded in death by her beloved spouse of 61 years, Thomas Harrington, together, they created a legacy of enduring love and commitment. Throughout her life she embodied strength, resilience, grace, and support. Her memory will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to be a part of her life.

Juanita had a deep connection to her roots and the rich cultural tapestry of her birthplace. This combined with the heritage of her husband added a layer of significance to her journey and is reflected in the values and traditions she passed on.

As we bid farewell, let us celebrate the love and warmth she brought to all our lives. May that spirit live on in each of us.

To our beloved Juanita-

Pictures of you are still on our minds. You had a smile that could light up the world. Both sadness and joy are in our hearts as we must let you go. But now heaven has your heart, and back into the arms of your beloved Thomas, you will forever be…

Juanita is survived by her brother Carl Gomez and wife Frannie as well her children: David & Debbie Harrington, Katherine Seaman, Thomas (Michael) & Diane Harrington, Patricia & Tom Williamson, Timothy & Dianne Harrington. Many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Please share your thoughts, prayers and condolences with the family during this time of grieving loss and celebration of life.

Funeral services will be held at Irwin Chapel Funeral Home: 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois, 62040 on February 8th, 2024 @ 2:00 p.m. Public visitation will start @ 12:00 p.m. and Burial will be @ 3:00 p.m. at Wanda Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please instead plant a perennial flower in her name, so each year it blooms, you can be reminded of a life you cherished or a fond memory.


Garland J. Horn, age 83, passed from this life into a better one on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 12:15 a.m. at Select Specialty Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Garland was born June 8, 1940, in Menfro, Missouri, the son of the late Edwin and Bessie Horn. Garland is survived by Eva, his loving wife of 63 years, by his daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia L. and Joseph Hall of Granite City and Kathleen A. and Joseph Barron of Maryville; his sister and brother-in-law, Myrna and Don Johnson of Granite City; his two grandsons, Joseph J. Hall and Jacob W. Hall; his three great-grandchildren, Maverick, Amelia and Merrick Hall; his many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, Garland was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Horn.

Garland was retired from National Steel as a Maintenance Repair Technician after more than 43 years of employment. He was active in sports his entire life from age 16 to age 77, when he at last hung up his ball glove. He played both fast pitch and slow pitch softball, (He was a fast pitch pitcher and usually played left field or shortstop in slow pitch) culminating in a 3rd place trophy in the National Senior Olympics held in Florida, with participants from all 50 states. He was also active in co-ed softball and co-ed volleyball with his wife, both daughters, both sons-in-law and both grandsons. He also served as a softball umpire for 25 years.

Garland was very active in church, teaching an adult Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, as well as singing solos, a member of praise teams and choirs. He was a member of the Master’s Voice Choir in Granite City, which consisted of members from approximately 25 churches in the area. Previously he served as a board member of the Mitchell Water Board and as a board member of Processors Credit Unions, which is now Midwest Members Credit Union. He also serves as an election judge in both local and national elections. Garland’s life was truly a life well-lived and he will be missed very much by countless family members and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Wesley Hahn officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Gladys Lorene (Hastings) Burgan, 92, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on February 2, 2024, in Edwardsville, Illinois. Gladys was born April 16, 193 to Elmer and Elva (Seabaugh) Hastings in Crystal City, Missouri.

Gladys enjoyed times spent traveling throughout the United States with a senior group and friends. She also loved to crochet and watch “her soaps”. Her personality was a light that lit up the room and she always enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great and great-great grandmother, whose absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Everett Lee Burgan; her parents, Elmer and Elva Hastings; her two great granddaughters, Vicktoria and Cameron; two brothers, Robert and William Hastings; and two sisters, Marie Hastings and Shirley Burgan.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Larry (Pattie) Burgan, of Granite City, Illinois, Gladys (Jim) Crowe, of Caseyville, Illinois, and Michelle Agrawal, of Creve Coeur, Missouri; her grandchildren, Jeremy (Cassie) Dunham, Jessica (Brad) Lutz, Jeanette (Ronnie) Goetter, Susan (Jason) Quinton, Ryan Laird, Ronan Agrawal, and Garon Agrawal; her great grandchildren, Justin, Hannah, Emmah, Myah, Allison, Jackson, Katie (Austin), Abbey, Emily, and Everleigh; her great-great grandchildren, Tessa, Parker, Waylon, and Ronnie; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at the funeral home with Rev. Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, in St. Louis, Missouri.


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