July Obituaries 2022


Audrey L. Fithen, 90, of Granite City, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 surrounded by her family.

She was born on November 13, 1931 in Sault St. Marie, MI to William and Alice (Merchant) McLaughlin.

For 38 years, Audrey worked for William BeDell where she was the transportation supervisor and enjoyed her time with the children there.

She loved traveling and participating in day trips, as well as playing BINGO and going to the casino. Audrey will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Hayes, Patricia Fithen, William Fithen, Kathleen (Daniel) Crockett and Robert (Terry Weatherford) Fithen; grandchildren, Jonathan Hayes, Tyler (Amelia) Fithen, Rebakah Fithen, Daniel (Kristen) Crockett and Katelyn Crockett and great-grandchild, Rileigh Hayes. Preceded in death by her parents; husband of 44 years, William Fithen; son, Thomas Fithen; sisters, Shirley LaTour, Thelma Vance and Nadine McCormick.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1:00pm in Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 with visitation from 11:00am until time of service. Interment to follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to William BeDell Achievement and Resource Center.


Fritz Nemsky, 65, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on July 31, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.


Fritz was born August 9, 1956 in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Thomas O. and Edna “Lou” (Burrow) Nemsky. He and Karen Sykes were married on May 21, 1988 and celebrated 34 years of marriage.


He retired from the Madison County Sewer Department as a Supervisor after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Venice Social Club and the Granite City Moose Lodge. 

During his high school days, Fritz was active in football, basketball and wrestling. In 1974, he was the State Heavy Weight Champion. He also played softball for many years. Fritz was a good man who knew everyone. He was known for his gift of gab. He enjoyed watching his kids play sports and rooting them on in their endeavors. Family and friends were most important to him.


Survivors include his wife, Karen Nemsky of Granite City, Illinois; son, Brian Nemsky and wife Brooke of Granite City, along with his expected granddaughter, Becca; brothers: Tom Nemsky and wife Darla of Marine, Illinois, Mike Nemsky of Troy, Illinois, Ted Nemsky and wife Angie of Maryville, Illinois, and Danny Nemsky and wife Rhonda of Glen Carbon, Illinois; brother-in-law, Kevin Sykes and wife Pam of Edwardsville, Illinois; as well as several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Nemsky; parents, Thomas and Lou Nemsky; mother and father in-law, Shirley and Kaye Sykes; and sister-in-law, Kathy Nemsky.


A visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel with Pastor Eddie Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Austin Noe Ramirez, 23, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on July 30, 2022.
Austin was born October 3, 1998 in Wood River, Illinois, to Noe Ramirez Compean and Shantel (Jones) Wallace.

He worked at Altered Grounds Landscaping as a landscaper for the last two years.


He enjoyed playing PlayStation 4, baseball, and spending time with his dog, Daisy. Austin was a hard worker and loved to work. He also enjoyed riding in his car listening to his beats.

Survivors include his mother, Shantel Wallace and husband Chris of Granite City, Illinois; father, Noe Ramirez Compean of Punta Gordo, Florida; uncle, Dale Risinger and wife Chrissy of Granite City, Illinois; brother, Connor Jones Pruitt of Granite City, Illinois; sister, Liberty Wallace of Granite City, Illinois; Ma and Pa, Tina and Tim Jones of Granite City, Illinois; great grandmother, Alma Risinger of Granite City, Illinois; fiancé, Lauren Birks of Granite City, Illinois; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his great grandfathers: Glen Wayne Risinger and Bob Jones; and great grandmother, Norma Harris.


A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 12:00 p.m. at the Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle Church, 4400 State Route 162, Granite City, Illinois. Burial will follow at St. Johns Cemetery, 2550 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois, under the direction of Irwin Chapel.
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Sandra “Sandy” Brown, 81, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on July 30, 2022.
Sandy was born January 29, 1941, to Lester and Vera (Thompson) Cowsert in West Frankfort, Illinois.

She and Charles Brown were married in 1967 in Benton, Illinois. They spent 42 years together before he passed away in 2010. She spent her career at Gateway Regional Medical Center as an LPN and Unit Secretary for 38 years before retiring in 2008.


She was fond of watching her favorite television shows, but she loved to play poker and dice. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing.

Sandy is survived by her daughter, Lisa Tolbert and husband Warren of Granite City, Illinois; sister, Joyce Fann of Benton, Illinois; grandson, Jacob Tolbert of Granite City, Illinois; great grandchildren: Cameron Tolbert, Kaytlin Tolbert and Geri Tolbert all of Granite City, Illinois. She was preceded by her parents; husband, Charles Brown, and grandson, Jeremiah Tolbert.


A visitation will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospital.
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William “Scott” Seago, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Bria of Cahokia Care Center in Cahokia, IL.

He was born on September 13, 1955 in Granite City, IL to William Seago and Margo Huff.

Scott enjoyed riding his motorcycle.  His family was the most important thing to him.  In recent years, Scott started attending church and he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mitchell in Mitchell, IL.

Survivors include a son, Kyrell Anderson;  a nephew, Tyler (Karli) Seago; a niece, Tori Seago; 4 great nephews and many cousins.

Besides his parents, Scott is preceded in death by a brother, Mark Seago.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell, IL

Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022 at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd in Granite City, IL

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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


Rev. William “Bill” F. Davison, 71, of Granite City passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, MO. 

He was born February 15, 1951 in Granite City to Richard F. and Malinda Mae (Lieurance) Davison.  He married Cecilia Melton April 6, 1973.

Bill served in the United Sates Army from February of 1969 until December of 1971.  He spent 1970 to 1971 in Vietnam with the 1st Aviation Brigade at the Bien Hoa Airbase.

He was a member of Word of Life Tabernacle for 45 years.  Bill served as an Associate Pastor to Rev. Henry Crippen and Co-hosted Listen Up St. Louis, a radio ministry show.   Bill also Pastored at Jesus Place Mission in Granite City.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cecilia Davison of Granite City; sons, Robert (Kitty) Davison of Godfrey, Corby (Gina) Davison of Granite City and Timothy Davison (fiancé, Donna Williams) of Granite City; grandchildren, Allissa, Eli, Abby, Sophie, Lainey, Draven and Sydney; brother, Donald R. (Jane) Davison) of Madison and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Richard D. Davison, John Edward Davison and Russell Lee Davison.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, where services will be held 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.  Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com  Memorials can be made to Word of Life Tabernacle.


Anna May Connor, 55 of Granite City passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born June 9, 1967 in Granite City to John Edward and Rosemary (Godfrey) Kampmann Sr. 

Anna worked as a welder and loved her family and enjoyed being around the water.  Her grandchildren were her life.

She is survived by two daughters, Crystal (Robert) Schone of Granite City and Jennifer (Jonathon) Hardwick of Granite City; son, William (Tiffany) Fisk Jr of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Chasity Schone (fiancé, Steven Davis) Bobbie Schone, Lillyana Schone, Joel Hernandez, Jurnee Hardwick, ReAnna Fisk, Taylor Lindsay and Shae Lindsay; brothers, Larry (Linda) Wilkinson of Carlinville and Paul Kampman of New Douglas; sister, Billie (Robert) Wolff of Benld, IL along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Edward Kampman Jr. and two sisters, Rose Clark and Barbara Grant.


Joyce Elaine Fuller Bodi, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born July 4, 1936 in Omaha, Illinois, a daughter of the late William Dale and Opal Maggie (Hall) Murphy.

Joyce married Paul L. Fuller on March 28, 1953 in Granite City and he passed away on December 21, 1976. She later married Joseph John Bodi on June 5, 1993 in Granite City and he passed away on October 22, 2017.

Throughout the years she had worked for Colonial Bank and for St. Elizabeth Hospital. She had also worked many years as a Home Interiors sales consultant prior to her retirements.

 She was a longtime faithful member of City Temple in Granite City where she had been active in the choir and Bible Study, served as a Sunday School teacher and a Vacation Bible School worker. She cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula Brown of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Linda Fuller of Hazelwood, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amanda and Frans VanVoorst, Jared Brown, Jason Fuller and Amy Fuller; three great grandchildren, Dustin, Damon and Danielle VanVoorst; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William C. and Sam Murphy of Mulberry, Florida and Mark and Lori Murphy of Eldorado, Illinois; several step-children; step-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to both husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Brown; a brother and sister-in-law, Denny and Barb Murphy and a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Bud Barker.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Sam Hart officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to City Temple and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Sandra A. “Sandy” Strannigan, 81 of Glen Carbon, Illinois and formerly of Granite City passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Sandra was born on Wednesday, December 11, 1940 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Michael and Frances (Raddikowski) Skubish. Sandra was an English Teacher for over 32 years at the Granite City High School District #9. In her free time Sandra enjoyed her days of traveling the world with her husband and was a master at solving crossword puzzles and was always ready to read a good book. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Sandra is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; Jerry N. Strannigan, whom she married on October 10, 1987; her children, Alicia and David Hayek of Chesterfield, MO, Christy and Paul Hoosier of Jacksonville, NC, Kevin and Anita Strannigan of Crestview, FL; grandchildren, Christopher and Tina Hoosier, Kyle and Chantel Hoosier, Shannon and Chad Polidore, Kelsey and Nick Gladden, Ella Hayek, Ava Hayek; great-grandchildren, Raven Polodore, Orion Hoosier, Levi Gladden, Leo Hoosier and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her sister; Charleen Ann Sanders.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Sandra’s life, funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, Mercy Ships or to the charity of one’s choice.


“Sweet JoAnn.” She was called that so often in her last years it seemed “sweet” was JoAnn’s first name. It should have been. A devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, dedicated Christian and talented painter, JoAnn Humphreys Terrell, died at 9:06 a.m., on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the age of 88.

Married to Bill Terrell for 68 years, JoAnn said of their marriage, “It hasn’t been long enough.”

JoAnn gave birth to three children, Rob, Tamra and Greg. When asked about death, JoAnn said she looked forward to being reunited with Tamra who died tragically in 2011.

Sweet JoAnn was the youngest of four children, born in Herrin, Illinois. She was raised by her parents, Lois and Lexe, on a large farm with siblings, Margrite, Jim and Anita.

She met Bill at Murray State University in Kentucky while earning a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art and a Master’s Degree in Education Supervision.

JoAnn and Bill moved to Granite City to accept teaching jobs at Coolidge Junior High. When Greg and Tamra started school, JoAnn obtained an SIUE specialist degree in counseling and returned to Coolidge as a counselor.

A few years later, she left education to do what she did so well—paint. Using her beloved oils, JoAnn captured the life and spirit of one scene after another—from pheasants in a North Dakota farm field and the life on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the pyramids of Egypt and the spires of Red Square in Moscow.

JoAnn was also a longtime member of Minerva Woman’s Club in Granite City as well a member in successive years of First Baptist and Suburban Baptist Churches in Granite City and Maryville Baptist Church in Maryville. In each, she served in various capacities, living out a faith in Jesus that she and Bill so vibrantly shared.

In 1995, JoAnn and Bill moved to Glen Carbon into a home JoAnn designed. Just one year ago, they moved to a suburb of Indianapolis, Fishers, Indiana to be near their three full-of-life, young grandsons–Noah, Connor and Logan, who have brought much joy and laughter these past years, sons of Rob and Sonia Terrell.
JoAnn was also blessed with three granddaughters–Stephanie, Stacie and Mackenzie, a great grandchild, Caylin, and four step grandchildren—Ben, Kelly, Amy and Elle, the children of Nancy and Greg. She leaves them all, along with many beloved nieces and nephews and the man she loved for a lifetime, 93-year-old Bill.

The visitation and funeral for JoAnn will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon this Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Dr. Tom Hufty officiating. Entombment will follow at the Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Mausoleum in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Maryville and may be accepted at the funeral home.

If unable to attend and you would like to watch the funeral service, you may join the livestream on her obituary page at www.irwinchapel.com.

JoAnn is gone, but for her family and friends, her sweetness remains.


Laura M. Brotherton, 51 of Troy, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois.

Laura was born on Friday, October 23, 1970 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Robert William Rongey I and Marilyn (Francis) Rongey of Granite City. Laura was a medical records specialist for Paszkiewicz Law Offices in Glen Carbon and was a well know St. Louis Cardinals fan. She enjoyed her days of watching her son’s baseball team, the St. Louis Bears. Most of all Laura loved spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Laura is survived by and will be missed by her husband; William Scott Brotherton, whom she married on August 14, 2004; children, Rachel Parker of Glen Carbon, IL, Andrew William Parker of Boston, MA, Kirsten Brotherton of Troy, MO, William Scott Brotherton of Troy, IL; grandchildren, Alexander Smith of Glen Carbon, IL, Aurora Nunnelly of Troy, MO, Phoenix Nunnelly of Troy, MO; brothers, Robert Rongey II, Walter and Cindy Rongey; sisters, Angela Epperson, Debra Epperson and Neil Podoba; numerous, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her dad, Laura was preceded in death by her brother-in-law; Fitz Lee.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of Laura’s life, visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. at Lifepoint Church, 1701 St. Louis Road in Collinsville with Pastor Eddie Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to her son’s college fund, William Scott Brotherton or to Lifepoint Church.


Alonzo “Lonnie” Leo DeRuntz, 84, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 11:15 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born on September 5, 1937, in Granite City, to the late Helen (Tobinka) and Joseph DeRuntz.

Following his graduation from Assumption High School in 1956, he worked at the National Container Corporation in Madison IL. He joined the US Army in 1960 and was first stationed in Goose Bay Labrador as a longshoreman, and then in Saunderstrom, Greenland, refueling B47s and B52s that flew the Arctic Circle preparing to attack/defend against Russia.

On May 1, 1971, he married Betty (Gleason) DeRuntz. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City.

He retired in 1999 after having been a member of Teamsters Local 600 with General Cable Corporation and Consolidated Freightways. As an OTR driver, he visited all 48 contiguous states, earning multiple Million Mile Awards for his safe driving.

He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1098 that he joined in 1966. He was also a long-time member of the American Legion, Post IL 307.

He will be remembered for his deep love of family (both two- and four-legged), his devout faith, his many books and fascination with history, his barbecue pork steaks, family road trips, and his never-ending curiosity.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his two daughters, Christine (DeRuntz) and Joe Williams of Chicago IL, and Laura DeRuntz and Patrick Cushna of Cornwall NY; five grandchildren, Katherine Williams and Nicholas Williams of Chicago IL; and Olivia Cushna, Grace Cushna, and Leona Cushna of Cornwall NY; a sister, Kevyn (DeRuntz) Lutton, of San Francisco CA; a sister-in-law Kathy (Gleason) Pfaff; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Helen (DeRuntz) Messmer, Mae (DeRuntz) Windisch, Gene DeRuntz, Joseph DeRuntz, James DeRuntz, Robert DeRuntz, and Barbara DeRuntz.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, 2205 Pontoon Road in Granite City. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City. Private interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis MO.

Donations can be made in his memory to the Granite City APA.


Thomas Richard George 75 of Mesa Arizona and formerly of Madison passed July 8, 2022 in Mesa. He was born October 12, 1946 son of the late Richard and Connie (Graville) George. 

Survived by his sons Thomas George II and Christopher George, sister Phyliss(Rich) Wilbur of Granite City, brothers Richard”Dick” (Mary Ann) George of Madison and Gary George of Little Rock Arkansas.. Many nieces and nephews.

Proceeded by his sister Valerie Grzywacy.

Employed at Shell Oil as an operator for many years

Private family service with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City


Jimmie Dale Stockton, 75, of Licking, MO, formally of Mitchell, IL , passed away at 5:06 p.m. Tues. July 26, 2022 at Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Licking, MO.

He was born Aug. 17, 1946 in Pemiscot County, MO to the late Helen L. (Oliver) Barbeau and Jess L. Stockton.

On Mar. 2, 1965, he and Karen S. Ridge were married in TX.  She preceded him in death Jan. 13, 1981.  He then married Sheila B. Tucker May 5, 1995 in Granite City, IL.  She preceded him in death Dec. 21, 2021.

Jimmie retired from National Steel after over 25  years of service.  He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting and taking great pride in caring for his lawn. He was a great dancer and told a story like no other.

He is survived by 3 children: Michelle (Jason) Yates of Caseyville, Tyler J. Stockton of Ava, IL and Renee Horvath of Licking, MO; 5 grandchildren: Amber Miller, Allison Yates, Cameron Stockton, Marcella Horvath and Akira Horvath; a great-grandson: Drayden Love; and a brother: Larry Stockton of Granite City.

In addition to his spouses and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Erma Nell Bishop.

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

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


Keith Edward Hoedebeck, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:32 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born June 1, 1953 in Granite City, a son of the late Gerald and LaVerne (Gatlin) Hoedebeck.

Keith had worked at Tara Corp with 19 years of service as a supervisor and later worked several years with Prairie Farms as a forklift operator. He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corp. He enjoyed his days of fishing and barbequeing. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Brian Hoedebeck of Hartford; two daughters and a son-in-law, Christine and Landon Newman of Navarre, Florida and Julie Hoedebeck of Granite City; three grandchildren, Jaylyn Harris, Lilian Hoedebeck and Bexley Culver; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Anita and Larry Frazier of St. Charles, Missouri and Marti and David Poertner of Brentwood, Tennessee; a brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Gale Hoedebeck of Howell, Michigan; his loving pet companions and best friends, Charlie and Zeus; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, August 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:30 p.m.

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

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Nora Jean Ebersohl, 58, of Granite City, Illinois passed at 2:27 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2022 at her home.

She was born January 9, 1964 in Centreville, a daughter of the late Ronald and Sandra (Castlebury) Ebersohl.

She worked many years in housekeeping and laundry services with Super 8 hotels and at Stearns Nursing and Rehab. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Brad (Molly) Ebersohl of Belleville, Ashley Duley of Granite City and Terry Duley of Granite City; five grandchildren, Jared Pieper, Tyler Andrews, Zaidyn Duley, Kaylynn Duley and Ryileigh Duley; two brothers, Keith (Jennifer) Ebersohl of East Alton and Kenny (Donna) Ebersohl of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Ron McGrew officiating.

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


Zaki A. Sheikh, M.D. of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:23 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 84. He was born September 11, 1937 in Delhi, India. Dr. Sheikh had resided in Granite City since 1967. He grew up in Karachi, Pakistan after leaving Dehli in 1945.

Upon completing medical school at the age of 21, he moved permanently to the United States and worked as a cardiovascular surgeon. He worked at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Granite City, Oliver Anderson Hospital in Maryville and Wood River Township Hospital in Wood River for many years.

 He remained active throughout his retirements, enjoying golf, poker and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Zaki is survived by his six children and spouses, David A. (Gillian) Sheikh of Webster Groves, Missouri, Lisa S. (John) Lewis of Ashburn, Virginia, Dawn C. (Herb Heaton) Sheikh of Edwardsville, Illinois, Dean R. (Rene) Sheikh of Englewood, Colorado, Shawn C. Sheikh of Granite City, Illinois and Maureen V. (Conner) Martin of San Diego, California; five grandchildren, Penny Martin, Cameron Sheikh, Ethan Sheikh, Radek Sheikh and Jean Louise Sheikh; a brother and sister, Sultan and Firdaus of Karachi, Pakistan; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded by his parents; several brothers and sisters and his wife, Colleen A. (Byrnes) Sheikh, whom he married on June 8, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri and she passed away on August 4, 2014.

Visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Father Steve Thompson officiating. Private burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. 


Ruth Ann Weckman, 74, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on April 10, 1948 in Granite City, IL to Elvis and Florence (Dehn) Doolin.

The loving mother and grandmother was an artist.  She enjoyed painting and owned her own business, Crafts & More in Edwardsville, IL in the early 1980’s.  Ruth worked for several trucking companies as a billing clerk.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Channa (Ryan) Hankins of Granite City; a grandson, Ayden Hankins; a brother, Kenneth (Marilyn) Doolin of HI; 2 sisters:  Kay Hinnen of Mt. Olive, IL and Diane (Jerry) Clark of Edwardsville, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Jimmy Doolin and Ray Doolin.

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


Amanda Christine Canada and affectionately called Mandy or Chris by some, of Granite City and formerly of Collinsville, Illinois passed away at 4:29 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022 at her home.

She was born September 22, 1992 in Maryville, a daughter of David E. and Melisa A. (Maddalino) Canada of Granite City.

She married Kayse Michelle (Madden) Canada on May 17, 2019 in Edwardsville and she survives.

Amanda was a corrections officer with the St. Louis Release Center and had a lifelong dream of serving as a police officer. She enjoyed playing pool, gaming, shopping and a good day of barbequing. 

She had a love of her animals, cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved wife and parents, she is survived by four children, Brantley Frank, Julia Rill, Riley Rill and Mason Rill; two sisters, Jennifer (Ruben) Parra of Granite City and Amber Canada of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Draven, Nayeli, Mariana, Keiden and Trinity; grandmother, Gloria Maddaline (Keith) Beckman of Collinsville; mother-in-law, Dana Madden of High Ridge, Missouri; other extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald P. Maddalino and Edna and Harold Canada.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville.

Memorials may be made to the family and may be accepted at the funeral home or online at https://gofund.me/1e7ebd4c.


Gertrude E. Ashford, 103 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Gertrude was born on Sunday, March 30, 1919 in Virden, Illinois; the daughter of the late Jess and Anna (Lechner) Holloway.

Gertrude was a sales representative for Avon for over 52 years and worked with children at the Kitty Castle Nursery School in Madison. In her early years she was a member of the Madison Junior Service Club and was recognized for her excellence by being awarded the American Legion Award. 

She later went on to join and supported the Granite City Business Club, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Avon Collectors Club. Gertrude was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City and was especially fond of spending time with her family and her many friends. Gertrude will be remembered for a life well lived and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Gertrude is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Paul and Janice Ashford of Collinsville, Illinois, Dennis and Linda Ashford of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Nola Ashford of Conroy, Texas; grandchildren, Kristen and Stan Pierson, Erin and Scott Voss, Jonathan Ashford, Timothy and Elena Ashford, Tony and Colleen Ashford, Amy Page; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Gertrude was preceded in death by her loving husband; William Ashford, whom she married on March 22, 1937; her son, Bill Ashford and her 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Gertrude’s life, visitation will continue on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street in Granite City with Pastor Daniel Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Grace Baptist chuch.


Cathy C. Miles, 69 years old, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at her home in Granite City.

She was born November 25, 1952 in Alton to John N. and Opal E. (Tavernier) Hellrung.

Cathy worked for over 20 years at Miller’s Mutual in Alton and most recently as a cashier at Lowe’s in Granite City.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, Craig Harris. Surviving are two daughters, Amy Bladdick (Jeff) of Granite City, and Tina Harris of Godfrey, one son, John Miles (Brandi) of Bunker Hill, seven grandchildren, Dustin Harris, Aschley Smith, Johnathan Moylan, Christine Gaither, Evan Miles, Aiden Miles, and Ethan Miles, eight great grandchildren, and a brother, Robert Hellrung of Alton and two nieces.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. 


Betty Lee James, 78, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:39 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at her home. She was born February 29, 1944 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Adrian and Norma (House) Rains.

She married Donald Lynn James on June 4, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City and he survives. She retired in 2009 from Bank of America after 15 years of service in administration.

Betty attended Second Baptist Church throughout the years, was a fast-food connoisseur and enjoyed her days of bowling. She cherished her grandchildren and 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 two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and William Nation of Granite City and Carolyn and James Andrews of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Michael James Franko, Jared James Winn, Miranda Fitchett, James Andrews, Carrigan Andrews, Lukas Nation, Beau Nation and Sean Nation; a great grandchild, Rhys Kerlin; two brothers and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Lori Rains of Granite City and Donald Rains of Carlyle; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Rains of Granite City and Juanita James of Glen Carbon; several nieces; nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Adrian Rains Jr. and John Rains and a nephew, John Michael Rains.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022 with Reverend Chris Sedabres officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Everett Lee Hutson Sr., 91 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Granite Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

Everett was born on Monday, May 4, 1931 in Paducah, KY; the son of the late Frank Taylor and Rosa Lee (Townzen) Hutson. Everett was a delivery driver for Handy Man Hardware Store in Florissant, MO, retiring in 2011.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army and in his free time enjoyed all his days of spending time with his family. Everett will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Everett is survived by and will be missed by his children; Jason Hutson of Granite City, Cindy and Barry Nault of Granite City, Joetta Erickson of Paducah, KY, James Tyler, Brad Tyler, Terry Tyler, Frank Hutson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Everett was preceded in death by his wife; Loretta (York) Hutson whom he married on April 14, 1967 in Metroplis, IL; his sons, Larry Tyler, Jeff Tyler, Everett Hutson, Chris Hutson; brother, Howard Paul Hutson; sister, Dorothy Hutson.

In celebration of Everett’s life, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Cemetery Chapel, 2550 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow in the cemetery grounds at St. John. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for children.


Rosa A. Stroud, 71, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born September 22, 1950 in Albany, Georgia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Exie (Martin) McKeal.

She married Jerry T. Stroud on April 14, 1972 in Granite City and he passed away on October 3, 2013.

She had worked for various banking institutions throughout the area as a teller 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, Jason and Jacqueline Stroud of Collinsville; two grandsons, Drew and Owen Stroud of Collinsville; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Clarence and Marie McKeal Jr. of Troy and David McKeal of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Paulette and Jody Gray of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by twin sisters, Betty and Betsy McKeal.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Dr. Tom Hufty officiating. Private burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Judy M. Reeves, 70, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born January 29, 1952 in East St. Louis, a daughter of the late John and Edith (Howell) Hendrix.

Judy was a devout Christian, loved studying the Bible and loved singing and playing the guitar through the years. She enjoyed attending Alpha Omega Church in Collinsville, crocheting, had a love of elephants and all things red. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Debra (Greg) Elliott of Witt, Illinois, Carla (Kim) Terry of Collinsville and Joyce (James) Hollen of Granite City; a son, Anthony Reeves of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Gregory Elliott, Kassandra Beel, Jeremy Terry, Jessy Hollen, Haley Mason and Emily Hollen; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters, Delena (Hank) Kofron of Doe Run, Missouri and Anna Charlene Akridge of Missouri; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Reeves; a grandson, David Elliott; two sisters, Shirley Shaefer and Wanda Fay Hendrix and a brother, John Hendrix Jr.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Connect Church, 1417 Herbert Street in South Roxana on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Dan Smith officiating. A time of food and fellowship will follow services in the fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Connect Church. 


Linda L. Whaley, 78, of Granite City, Illinois and formerly of Cape Girardeau, Missouri passed away at 8:22 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at her home.

She was born July 9, 1944 in Cape Girardeau, a daughter of the late Ernest and Beatrice “Bea (Price) Foster.

She married Robert C. “Bob” Whaley on April 4, 1971 in Cape Girardeau and he survives.

She was a devoted and loving homemaker and had also worked many years as an x-ray technician in Cape Girardeau.
Linda will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 51 years, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Leslie Whaley of Linn Creek, Missouri; a daughter and son-in-law, Dena and Dennis Yarbrough of Kirkwood, Missouri; four grandchildren, Madison Pitts, Megan Whaley, Luke Whaley and Lucas Yarbrough; a sister, Tricia Brown of Lake Ozark, Missouri; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life and in accordance to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.


Victor C. Buehler, 77, of Worden, IL passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 28, 1944 in Granite City, IL to Carl Victor Buehler and Angela (Portell) Buehler.

Victor married Carol Shockley in Granite City, IL on December 29, 1974.

The loving husband and father was an educator who worked at several school districts including Staunton, West Plains, MO and Kentucky .  He was a teacher and school administrator for 20 years with the Granite City School District. 

 Victor was a member of the Eagles and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and St Louis Blues fan.  He was inducted into the IHSA Referee Hall of fame.  He officiated several different sports at the high school level and for the Granite City Park District.

Besides his wife, Victor is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Scott) Yarbrough of Granite City; 2 sons:  Gregory (Eleanor) Lilley of Chicago, IL and Victor II (Kaycia) Buehler of Staunton, IL; 8 grandchildren:  Megan, Sarah, Brandon, Victor III, Owen, Kaliana, Suncelia and Samantha;  a great grandchild, Luna and a sister, Kathryn (Buehler) Diak of Granite City.

Victor is preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters:  Elizabeth Bette Van Kirk and Mary Ellen Buehler.

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

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


Eddie Linhart, 75, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on February 23, 1947 in East Prairie, MO to Bevley  and Mary (Fowler) Linhart. Eddie married Betty  Woodworth in East Prairie, MO on July 17, 1965.

Eddie was a loving and devoted pastor, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was pastor of Faith in the Word Church in Mitchell, IL.  His First Love was Jesus Christ, and he loved to share the Gospel.  Hundreds of people have been led to Christ because of his love and ministry. 

 Because of him, pastors and evangelists were mentored.  In his ministry he pioneered eight churches.  Eddie loved deer hunting and the St. Louis Cardinals, but what he loved most of all was big family get-togethers. His second love is his wife Betty.  He loved her whole heartedly and raised 5 children with her.

The loving husband and father is survived by his wife of 57 years; 4 daughters:  Rhonda (Jeff) Faulkner of Mitchell, IL, Mary (John) Floyd of O’Fallon, IL, Peggy (Dave) Atchison of Granite City, IL and Sharon (Dave) Garriott of Crossville, TN; a son, Edward G. (Crissy) Linhart of Palmyra, IL; 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 4 brothers:   Charles  Linhart, Earnie Linhart, Alvin Linhart and Danny Linhart and 2 sisters:  Kathy Hanna and Chryl Carter.

Besides his parents, Eddie is preceded in death by a great grandson, Griffin Parker; 2 brothers: Jerry Linhart and Norvel Dean Linhart and 4 sisters:  Gerlean Parker, Peggy Johnson,  Anita Johnson and Edna Hendrix.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Rd in Granite City, IL with Rev. Charles Linhart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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


David James Pyles, 52, of Collinsville, IL died on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born on March 14, 1970 in Belleville, IL to Delbert, Jr and Lynda (Mitchell) Pyles.

David enjoyed spending time with his children.  He was an outdoors type of person who liked to cook, fish and tend to his vegetable garden.

Besides his parents, David is survived by a daughter, Chelsea Pyles of Granite City, IL; 2 sons:  Cyle Pyles and David Pyles II both of Granite City; a grandchild, Mercy Pyles; a brother, Terry Pyles of Bloomington, IL and a sister, Stacy (Gregory) Marti of Edwardsville, IL.

David is preceded in death by a son, Michael Pyles.

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


Donald Oliver Niemeyer, 85, of Patoka, IL passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Weldon Springs, MO surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 26, 1937 in St. Louis, MO to Clarence and Florence (Capstick) Niemeyer.

Donald married Sandra Grant in Granite City, IL on March 6, 1970.

The U.S. Navy veteran, retired from the St. Louis County Highway Dept after 26 years of service.  Donald was a member of the Freedom Worship Center in Granite City, IL.  He was a very active person who enjoyed snow skiing, ski jumping, bowling, horseback riding, baseball and playing chess.  Donald also was a race car driver and he had his pilot’s license.

But through it all, roller skating was his passion and he taught his daughter, grandchildren , great grandchildren and anyone else who wanted to learn.  He enjoyed travelling all over the country going to different skating rinks.

When Donald was 17 years old, he tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals but was told to come back the following year but he decided to serve his country so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a boilerman on the USS Sumner County, LST 1148.

The loving husband and father is survived by his wife; a daughter, Rene’ (Jon) Stewart of Weldon Springs, MO; 3 grandchildren:  Jessica Papp, Heather (Colin) Haggerty, Andrew (Megan) Papp and their father, Ed Papp; 6 great grandchildren:  Nevaeh, Aubrey, Jackson, Karter, Avery and Abel and a sister, Joan McDuffey of Carlyle, IL.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Niemeyer.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Freedom Worship Center in Granite City, IL with Pastor Gary Cook officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Worship Center or to the charity of one’s choice.

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


Jason Neil Miles, 39, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on July 15, 2022, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.


Jason was born September 29, 1982, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leland Neil and Carrie (Nolan) Miles.


He worked for Cohen Foods as a warehouse supervisor. Jason was a caring man who loved his children. He enjoyed shooting pool in his spare time.

Jason is survived by his children: Emily Miles of Granite City, Illinois, Jersey Miles of Port Royal, South Carolina, and Vincent Miles of Granite City, Illinois; brothers: Erik Boone and wife Sonia of Lakewood, California, and Aaron Miles and wife Jen of Port Charlotte, Florida; aunts: Cammy Meyer and husband Kent of Sioux City, Iowa, and Deanice Dollar and husband Dan of Glenwood, Arkansas; uncle, Gaylon Miles of Glenwood, Arkansas; as well as nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents: Leland Neil Miles and Carrie Miles.A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Cremation will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. theactionalliance.org


William “Cliff” Jones Jr., 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:51 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022 at his home.

He was born January 24, 1936 in Granite City, a son of the late William and Edna Frances (Ahlers) Jones Sr.

He married Rose Marie (Hammond) Jones on November 22, 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

He had retired in 2000 from General Steel and Buckeye Industries after over 50 years of service as a draftsman. Cliff had a love for trains and had designed and worked with locomotive undercarriages and had his name associated with many train truck patents throughout the years.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church where he was active with the Men’s group and had been a former longtime member of Holy Family and Sacred Heart Parishes. He was also a member of the Tri-Cities Council 1098 Knights of Columbus in Granite City and the V.F.W. Post #9473 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The United States Army veteran was an avid woodworker and enjoyed candlemaking and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 63 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Russell Mitzel of Goreville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Barbara Jones of Columbus, Ohio, Douglas and Sandy Jones of Glen Carbon, Thomas and Krystal Jones of Brighton and Paul and Tammy Jones of Orlando, Florida; special family friend, Theresa Sparks of Granite City; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel “Red” Jones; a granddaughter, Courtney Sherfy Jones and a brother, Leonard Jones.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Keith Arthur Mathenia Sr. of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022 at his home at the age of 79.

He was born August 2, 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Arthur and Elsie (Vaughn) Mathenia.

He married the love of his life, JoAnn (Spurlock) Mathenia on April 13, 1963 in Granite City and she survives.

He had worked at M&M Machine Shop with over 25 years of service as a machinist, later working at U.S. Steel for 8 years and retiring from Arnett Pattern Shop in Granite City after several years of service.

He was a faithful member of Tri-City Assembly of God Church in Granite City where he enjoyed playing the guitar and coaching the men’s softball team. Keith enjoyed his days of hunting and fishing and trap shooting and was a .410 state champion skeet shooter. He had a love for music, enjoyed stock and sprint car racing, sports and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He was a devoted and loving husband, dad and grandpa and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Kenneth Wilson of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Lisa Mathenia Jr. of Alton; three grandchildren and spouses, Jacob and Heather Mathenia of Granite City, Conor Mathenia of Alton and Brock and Brittany Wilson of Des Moines, Iowa; two great grandchildren, Iris Dove Mathenia and Bodie Alan Mathenia; a nephew and his wife, Drew and Angel Johnson of Granite City; other extended family and many cherished friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Reidyth “Reedi” Daech.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Tri-City Assembly of God Church, 3400 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Barry Shepherd officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Tri-City Assembly of God Church. 


Lucille I. Werner, 95, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:04 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Addington Place of Edwardsville.

She was born January 7, 1927 in Staunton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Oscar and Verna (Mascher) Moehle.

She married Raymond Henry Werner on November 11, 1944 in Edwardsville and he passed away on November 21, 2021.

Lucille was a faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City where she was active with the Social Ministry and a member of the Altar Guild, served as a Sunday School teacher and active with the quilters. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Wood River, Mid-Day 8 Neighborhood Social Club, Chouteau Township Seniors and was an accomplished bowler. 

She enjoyed her days of camping, sewing, playing horseshoes and following the family tradition of making apple butter. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lela and Thomas Voigt of Highland; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randolph Werner of Marine and Bill and Dona Werner of Blue Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren and spouses, Thomas M. and Dora Voigt, Michelle Olley, Randolph and Angie Werner Jr., Matthew and Sara Werner and William and Michelle Werner; twelve great grandchildren, David, Alex, Daniel, Maggie, Wesley, Jacob, Mason, Katie, Ethan, Ella, Matthew Jr., Alexis and Chance; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 77 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Werner; a sister, Wilma Courtney and two brothers, Marvin and Ralph Moehle.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Avenue in Granite City on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church.


Roger Lee Matyas, 68, of O’Fallon, IL died on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on February 16, 1954 in Granite City, IL to Thomas and Carol (Ringer) Matyas.

Roger married Jewel Martin in Granite City, IL on July 21, 1979.

The loving husband and father retired from Forward Air at St. Louis Lambert International Airport after 12 years of service.  Roger was a U.S. Army veteran.

Besides his wife, Roger is survived by 3 daughters:  Danielle (Allen) Stewart of Pontoon Beach, IL, Christina Matyas and her husband, Marvin Parker from O’Fallon, IL and Stephanie (Jason) Hileman of O’Fallon. IL; 3 sons:  Thomas Matyas of Granite City, IL, Michael Matyas of Granite City, IL and Jason Matyas of Granite City, IL; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are a daughter in law, Christine Sellers Matyas of Troy, IL and 2 brothers:  Andrew Matyas of Mulberry Grove, IL and Scott Matyas of Belleville, IL.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Uhls Matyas and 3 brothers:  Shayne Matyas, James Matyas and Larry Matyas,

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com.

Burial will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo at a later date.


Heather Kristen Danielle Thompson, 35, of West Frankfort, IL passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 16, 1986 in Granite City, IL to David and Juanita (Dockery) Ryan.

Heather married Charles Thompson in Granite City, IL on July 17, 2004.

The loving wife and mother worked at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, IL prior to her illness.

Besides her husband and parents, Heather is survived by 2 daughters:  Ryanna Thompson and Bristol Thompson, both of West Frankfort; 2 sons:  Liam Thompson and Brody Thompson, both of West Frankfort; a brother, David Jr (Tara) Ryan of Granite City, IL and a special friend, Seth Bradley of West Frankfort, IL. Heather will be greatly missed by several aunts, uncles cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  The funeral service will be at 11 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.


Alice L. Robinson, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at her home.

She was born October 22, 1932 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Amos Jarrett and Elsie (Seebold) Jarrett Willis.

She married Donald R. “Robbie” Robinson on January 28, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri and he passed away on November 21, 2005.

Alice enjoyed her years of working with Weight Watchers. Her love in life was being with her husband. They enjoyed many years of restoring and collecting antique cars. They were members of the Metro East Antique Auto Club and attended many car shows and were the recipients of many awards and trophies throughout the years. She loved being a member and going to the Irwin Chapel’s H.O.P.E. luncheons from the very beginning. She never knew a stranger and was glad to share her knowledge and pictures of the antique cars.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jeff Kovalik of St. Charles, Missouri; a grandson, Jacob Kovalik of St. Charles, Missouri; adopted daughter, Sharon (Larry) Huffine of Granite City; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Beverlee Worley of Fairview Heights and Linda and Ed Wingo of Wentzville, Missouri; special friend, Jason Denton; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband “My Valerie”, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Melvin Eberhart and brother, Earl “Fuzzy” Jarrett.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022 with Greg Stafford, Chaplain officiating.

She will be laid to rest with her husband at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, VITAS Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Gloria M. Geiger, 96, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022 at her home.

She was born October 5, 1925 in Granite City, a daughter of the late James and Stella (Burns) Barkley.

She married John W. Geiger on September 11, 1948 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City, Illinois and he passed away on June 7, 1994.

She was a faithful member of Concordia Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. She had served on the board with the Granite City AARP, volunteered with the Friends of the Library and was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and Senior Circle. Gloria enjoyed her days of gardening, playing bingo, line dancing and taking many bus trips. She cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and David Matoesian of Granite City and Alice Geiger of Belleville; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Merlyn Geiger of Carterville, Illinois; five grandchildren, Phillip and wife, Kristel Matoesian, Stephen and wife, Gemma Matoesian, Patrick and wife, Erin Fyalka, Michael Fyalka and fiancé, Catherine Perez and Brian Geiger; two great grandchildren, Claire Fyalka and August Matoesian; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Barkley, Louis Barkley and David Barkley and four sisters, Ruth Ruecker, Hilda Dorris Niepert, Grace Bauer and Evelyn Barkley.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2305 Grand Avenue in Granite City on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Brian Feicho officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Roger Dale Flanigan, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:53 p.m. Fri. July 8, 2022 at home in Granite City with his family by his side.

He was born Sept. 17, 1964 in Granite City to Lavern & Ann (Merrell) Flanigan of Granite City.

On Aug. 18, 1982, he and Rachel Lynn Bilderback were married in Granite City.  She survives.

Roger had worked in construction.  He loved all things outdoors, especially fishing, camping and mushroom hunting.  He played all kinds of guitars and had been in an amateur band or two.  He was always ready to help a friend or neighbor with a problem of any sort.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son: Christopher (Andrea) Flanigan of Ballwin, MO; 2 granddogs; a sister: Rebecca (Mark) Thomas of Livingston, TX; and 2 uncles, numerous cousins and so many friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Philbert Flanigan; grandparents: J.E. & Lucile Flanigan and Frank & Thelma Merrell; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

He seized life with joy.  He gave to life generously.  He leaves a legacy of love and laughter.

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


Donna L. Lakin 56 of Granite City passed July 6, 2022 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis. Missouri. 

She was born June 10. 1966 in England daughter of the late Donald and June (Crawford) Goodyear, She was married to the late Robbie Lakin on January 19. 1984.

Survived by daughters, Kathleen (Warren) Winkle of Granite City and Kimberly Lakin of Granite City. Also, surviving are brothers and sisters David Goodyear, DoDomie and Debra Goodyear, Jimmy and Layra Goodyear, Terry and Phil Grudorf .grandchildren Liam Winkle, Vera Winkle, Kyng Lakin and Mckenna Reynolds. In laws Ricky (Jennifer Harrison) Lakin, and Vicki (Robert) Bruhn, nieces nephews and extended family and friends,

Preceded by sister Patty, brothers Bobby, Mike, and Robert  in laws Stanley and Mildred (Payne) Lakin.

Donna loved to sit in her chair watching soap operas and especially spending time with grandchildren and family,

There will be a double memorial visitation for Donna and Robbie on July 11. 2022  at 5:30 pm till service time of 7 pm  at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd. Granite City.


Brett A. Stedman born March 20, 1983 at Anderson hospital in Maryville 39 of Granite City passed away Tuesday July 6, 2022 in the Emergency Room of Gateway Hospital.

He is proceeded in death by father Mark H. Stedman.

Survivors are his mother Christine P. Stedman nee (Atnip) and partner Michael Gracey of Godfrey, sister Amy B. and Kenneth Day of Granite City, niece Brooke C. Nicolosi and Mark A. Cline of Lebanon, nephews Logan M. Chance and wife Danielle Chance of Granite City, Lucas M. Chance of Caseyville, great nieces Kassidy C. Cline and Aspyn Chance and great nephew Kolton J. Duckworth.

Brett loved taking his niece Kassidy fishing and playing with his great nephew any chance he got. He was really a big kid at heart and got his most enjoyment out of being around his great nieces and nephews. They always brought a smile to his face and he always did as they wanted. He also enjoyed cooking and making meals. He always loved being in the kitchen and coming up with new food ideas. He was the type of person who would truly give his shirt off his back.

Visitation will be held Wednesday July 13, 2022 from 4pm – 7pm service at 7pm

Funeral Services at Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City, Il 62040.

In Lue of flowers donations can be made in care of the family


Edward “Big Worm” Hoover 56 of Granite City passed 7:25am July 7, 2022 University Manor in Edwardsville. 

Retired 911 dispatcher in Madison County after 20 year service. Captain Madison Volunteer Fire Dept. 30 years’ service.

Survived by daughter Erin Hoover (Alex Sanka) of Summit IL  son Tyler (Michaela) Hoover of Granite City and grandson Mason. Sister Judy (Richard) Thomas of Granite City

Visitation Sunday July 10, 2022 from 2-6 pm 

Funeral Monday July 11, 2022 10 is Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City.

Burial Calvary Catholic Cemetery Edwardsville next to his beloved wife Gloria.   


Carol Sue Coghlan Saufnauer (Amisch)
Partner. Sister. Mother. Aunt. Cousin. Friend
Her favorite title, Granny.

Carol, age 67 of Edwardsville, Illinois, formerly of Madison, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 27th from cancer.

Carol was a 1972 graduate of Madison High school where she played the clarinet in the band, was the Yearbook photographer, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Carol is survived by her lifelong companion of 44 years, Sam Amisch of Edwardsville, Illinois. Her children; Son, Teagus Saufnauer, who preceded her in death. Daughter, Charisma Henzie, husband Dan of Madison, Alabama. Stepson Boris Twillman of Clearwater, Florida. Bonus child, Jael Knoll of Newtown, Missouri. She had six grandchildren; Luke Laster, Caitlyn and Carissa Henzie, Zeke Saufnauer, Forrest and Sarah Twillman.

Carol is survived by her sister, Cindy Sciotto, husband Dave of Phoenix, Arizona, brother Bill Coghlan partner Sandy Higdon (preceded in death) of Wood River, Illinois, sister-in-law Lorette Miller of Granite City, Illinois, sister-in-law Catherine Gaumer of Granite City, Illinois, brother-in-law George Amisch Jr. of Granite City, Illinois and Stepmother, Mary Ann Coghlan of High Hill, Missouri.

Carol had numerous nieces and nephews; Steven and Jayne Gaumer (Michael & Elizabeth), Megan Coghlan, partner Derek Tidwell (Kaydence & Loralie), Marley and Dale Walls (Presley & Gracie), Emily and Joe Branco (Tate), Josh and Amanda Sciotto (Rocco, Nixon & Presley), John and Rachele (Mackinnon), Anne and Aleks (Nikola).

Carol had many people in her life that she considered family that she was very close to including; The Amisch Family, The Dutko Family, The Pinnell Family, The Altman Family and The Knoll family.

Carol was predeceased by her parents Bill and Emily Coghlan of Madison, Illinois, nephew Adam Sciotto of Phoenix, Arizona and son Teagus, mentioned above.

Carol was one of those rare breeds of human beings known for her creativeness, compassion, care and consideration. She was someone you’d meet out in public and wonder “Do I know you from somewhere?” And if it was your first-time meeting, you’ll never forget her!

Early in her life, 1988, she survived brain cancer. She was an avid 2nd base softball player, Girl Scout leader, and Boy Scout supporter. She was an amazing mom in taking care of Teagus in all his needs after his car accident in 2001 that left him an incomplete quadriplegic. She traveled the world to visit and support Charisma as she served in the Army in various countries. She had no enemies. She was a free spirit and didn’t let anyone judge her or her kids’ style of anything. She loved the beach, especially Panama City Beach, Florida where she vacationed several times. Her love for flamingos and lavender are apparent when you visited her home. She was late to EVERYTHING. She made just about everyone laugh. For some of us, pulled our hair out.

She remembered everyone’s birthday, anniversary or milestone and made sure she called or texted to tell you she was thinking of you! Most would be sent as multiple paragraphs with a gazillion emojis that somehow everyone understood.

She was every single color of the rainbow plus sparkly bling!

She over shared crazy, funny, stupid videos on Facebook, and commented on every single picture that a friend or family member would post.

She loved a game of scrabble at any moment, then became the best partner in a game of words with friends when scrabble turned digital as an app.

She loved her little junk and couldn’t ever part with anything because everything she owned had a story. We all loved her for her child spirit and energetic personality. She cussed and enjoyed adult humor that sometimes even made the majority of us blush.

She loved Tina Turner, Lover Boy, Pink Floyd and every other kind of music that moved her soul. She loved every kind of creature, especially ones she had taken in and cared for. She was the craftiest and most creative person known for giving handmade gifts for birthdays, weddings and babies. She liked her margarita’s paired with a Coors light.

She loved Sam, her kids, her grandkids, her nieces and nephews, and all those that called her Aunt Carol and those she called Babydoll. She gave her love freely and didn’t expect anything in return.

Bottom line, she was incredible. And those that had the privilege of knowing her, will feel the loss of her for the rest of their life.

A reception celebrating Carol will be held on Friday, July 29th; stop by anytime from 3-6pm.
Bella Milano, 1063 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL.

Please wear casual bright colors as Carol was a colorful soul.


 Patricia Ann Oller, 78, passed away June 21, 2022 at her residence. Born August 1, 1943 in Childress, TX, she was the daughter of Ray, Jr. and Marjorie (Portwood) Anderson. She had worked as a hostess and waitress throughout her years, most recently for Argosy Gaming at The Alton Belle Casino.

She married Jackie Oller. He survives as well as a son, Terry Emge of O’Fallon, MO.
Her parents and sister, Rebecca Wein preceded in death. Cremation rites were accorded. Marks Mortuary in Wood River was in charge of arrangements.


Sheila Ann Lawson, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at her home.

She was born on December 22, 1955 in St. Louis, MO to Garth Harmon Lawson and Charlene (Walley) Miller.

Sheila worked for many years as a custodian for the Parkway School District in St. Louis County, MO.

Survivors include her best friend, Deb Maples of St. Louis, MO; a brother, Garth (Veronica) Lawson of Ellsinore, MO; 4 sisters: Tracy Miller of Cahokia, IL, Reagan (Bruce) Joplin of Ellsinore, MO, April Summers of Staunton, IL and Nancy (Mike)Meyers of Granite City, IL and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides her parents, Sheila is preceded in death by her step mother, Delores Lawson; step father, Jerome Miller and 4 sisters: Faye Alexander, Barbie LaPlant, Gloria Essman and Susan Summers.

A Celebration of Life will be held by the family 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


Debra Denise Barrell nee: Agers, 63, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 in her home surrounded by family.  

She is survived, and will be deeply missed, by her son: Billy Wilson of Alton; future daughter-in-law: Leah Spratley of Alton; her mother: Anna Jewel Agers (Jolly) of Granite City; 5 sisters: Carol (David) Krull of Jackson, Missouri, Vicki Townsend of Granite City, Wanda Schrader (Ken Thurmond)  of Blackwell, Missouri, Betty (Garry) Sanders of Madison, and Ruth Ann DeRosa of Granite City; 3 brothers: Robert Rayburn (Janice Null) of Granite City, David Lee Agers (Kristie Mathis) of Granite City, and Ken (Carol) Agers of Glen Carbon; her significant other: Rodger Eller of Granite City; life-long best friend: Sherrie Est of Granite City; and many nieces and nephews and her large, extended family.

She was also anxiously anticipating meeting her first grandchild, Oakleigh Reign Wilson, in December.  She was preceded in death by her father, William Nelson Agers.  The family will hold a memorial at a later date.  

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


Ronald W. “Ronnie” Young, 58 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Ronnie was born on January 14, 1964 in Granite City, the son of the late Bobby and Nora (Wisehart) Young.

Ronnie worked as a painter at Gene’s Auto Body and also worked as a skilled carpenter with R & W Homes. He proudly served his country in the United States Army where he served in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division earning an expert M-16 Rifle, expert Hand Grenade Badge, an Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

 Ronnie was a hard working family man who will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Ronnie is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Diana (Lewis) Young, whom he married on May 24, 1986; Daughter, Ashley Franklin, Son, Dustin and Carlie Young; Brother, Craig and Gail Young; Daughter, Jackie Wofford; Grandchildren, Nora Young, Kameryn Emmerich, Westyn Wofford and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Ronnie’s life, visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Word of Life Tabernacle with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating.

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

Memorial donations are suggested to Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040 or to Ronnie’s family.


Rev. William M. Mullis, retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born June 2, 1932 in Rockingham, North Carolina, a son of the late William and Fannie (Campbell) Mullis.

He married Barbara Kay (Helton) Mullis on March 10, 1955 in Chesterfield, South Carolina and she passed away on October 22, 2021.

He loved serving the Lord, was of the Southern Baptist faith and was pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Granite City for many years. He enjoyed his days of playing golf and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by his son, Richard W. Mullis I. of Mitchell; three grandsons, Richard W. Mullis II, Jaron Mullis and Joshua (JoAnna) Mullis; great grandchildren, Austin Mullis, Brady Mullis, Gemma Mullis, Kylie Mullis, Harleigh Mullis and Bryleigh Mullis; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 66 years, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Dean Mullis and siblings.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Matthew S. Roustio, 41, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born June 20, 1981 in Granite City, a son of Randy and Elaine (Dowdy) Roustio of Granite City.

He was employed with American Bottoms Water Treatment Plant with eleven years of service as a maintenance mechanic.

He was baptized at Grace Baptist Church in Granite City. Matthew was the owner of Al’s 520 Club in Madison. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by Mandy Roustio; two daughters, Brianca Roustio and Hailey Broyles; sister, Kristin Roustio; niece, Camryn Roustio; grandmother, Bonnie Dowdy, all of Granite City; other extended family and many dear friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

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


Carroll James “Jim” Choat, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:54 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

He was born December 15, 1939 in Malden, Missouri, a son of the late Harlon and Dora (Chandler) Choat. He married the love of his life, Nancy L. (Naughton) Choat on February 4, 1967 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River and she survives.

James retired from Union Pacific Railroad Technologies in December 1999 after 40 years of dedicated service as a systems analyst. He proudly served his country with the United States Army and was a 30 year dedicated member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 where he had served as Chaplain for nine years and awarded Elk of the Year for two years.

 He was also a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River and was a loyal season ticket holder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams. He enjoyed his days of gardening, cooking, working word puzzles, traveling and watching sports. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 55 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James “Brad” and Stacey Choat of Granite City; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Eric Johnson of Granite City; four grandchildren, Dustin and Sydney Choat and Alex and Ben Johnson; a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ronnie Smith of Granite City; a sister-in-law, Anita Williams of Godfrey; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger Choat and Lee Roy Choat and two sisters, Wilma Choat and Viola Choat.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with an Elks Service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Irwin Chapel on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mike Rayson officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Norma Lorine Roney, 91, of St. Charles, Missouri and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022 at her home.

She was born August 7, 1930 in Edwardsville, a daughter of the late William Ray and Arizona (Stephens) Hollis. She married Morris Lee Roney on March 12, 1949 at the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City and he passed away on February 12, 2008.

Norma was a devoted and loving homemaker whom cherished her family. She had also worked as a substitute teacher through the years and had worked as an administrative assistant with the Granite City school board. She was a longtime member of GC First Assembly in Granite City and enjoyed her years of ministry in singing and puppet ministry. 

She was a talented seamstress and loved her days of entertaining others with her great cooking and ability to host wonderful get togethers with family and friends. She enjoyed collecting her Precious Moments and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by four children, Maurene Tobey of Decatur, Janine Roney of Columbia, Morris Lee Roney Jr. of St. Charles and Deborah Kay (William) Meade of St. Charles; five grandchildren, Janine Cavanaugh, Ronald Lee (Michelle) Cooper Jr., Jennifer (Patrick) Hahn, Amber Criswell and Alicia (Joseph) Parent; five great grandchildren, Brittany, Brianna, Hayli, Nathaniel and Allison; two sisters, Naomi Thomas of Pontoon Beach and Joyce (Larry) Fencel of Missouri; two brothers, Paul (Diane) Hollis of Granite City and David Hollis of Granite City; sister-in-law, Lora Hollis of Granite City; numerous nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Roberson and Sylvia (Hans) Seemiller; a brother, Glen Hollis and brother-in-law, Eugene Thomas.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022 with Reverend Byron Wampler officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to MOSAIC Pregnancy and Health Services in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Patricia M. Kurilla, 75, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

She was born August 13, 1946 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a daughter of the late Carl and Gertrude Mayer. She married Robert A. Kurilla on May 11, 1973 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Caseyville and he survives.

Patricia had worked as a legal secretary and office administration for many years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and enjoyed reading and years of taking roadtrips with her husband.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a sister, Michelle Mayer of Swansea; two nephews, Mike Elliff and partner, Whaley Winborne and Tom and wife, Lee Elliff and their children, Morgan and Mitchell Elliff, all of Belleville; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private graveside service will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

Memorials may be made to Masses or to Siteman Cancer Center.

June 2022 Obituaries