March Obituaries 2024

March 2024 Obituaries


Vernice Johnson of Vernice was born August 23, 1924 in Venice, Illinois. She was 99 years old. Vernice transitioned from this life to her heavenly home on Monday, March 25, 2024 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, Illinois.

Vernice was a lifelong resident of Madison, Illinois. She was previously employed by the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center and Madison School District #12 as a secretary and teacher’s aide.

Vernice loved helping others, she was a kind, gentle and loving soul. Loved by many, she was often called “second mom and nana”. Her passion was spending time with family and friends.

Vernice was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Elvers Johnson, son, Elvers, Jr., daughter Clarice Lanton, son-in-law, Wilbur Newby, Jr., parents and siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Harelyn Johnson, Marsha Johnson, Charlsie Wilson and Kathleen Newby; grandchildren, numerous relatives and friends.

The visitation will be on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 9:30am to 10:20am at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 10:30am. Burial will be held on Thursday, April 4, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery


John Michael Carbone, 67, of Lebanon, IL, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 28, 2024 at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

John was born Jan. 2, 1957 in Pekin, IL to the late John J. & Alice C. (Williams) Carbone.

On Oct. 15, 1994, he and Mary M. Hamlin were married in Granite City, IL.  She survives.

John was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  After his military service he was a truck driver for Climate Express and retired after 25 years.  He enjoyed woodworking and painting and being outdoors shooting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 children: Ricky Hamlin of Lebanon, Diane (Ethan) Hubatchek of Pontoon Beach, IL, Katie Carbone of Shiloh, IL and John (Alonna Nelson) Carbone also of Shiloh; 6 grandchildren: Tessa, Alakaid, Everett, Alice, Alexander and Emmett; a brother: Peter Carbone of Pontoon Beach; and 2 sisters: Alice (Mike) Gernigin of Godfrey, IL and Jane (Gary) North of Pontoon Beach.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at 10:45 a.m. Mon. Apr. 8, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.   Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Granite City ASPCA, Madison County Humane Society or Wounded Warriors.

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


Darrell Ray “Bob” Weible, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:32 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born March 20, 1940, in St. Francis County, Missouri, a son of the late Eugene Gentry and Iva Margaret (Pierce) Weible.

Bob retired in 2004, from the Missouri Department of Corrections after 5 years of service as a correctional officer. He had also worked as a salesman for Sue’s Coffee Shop in Bonne Terre, Missouri from 1990 until 1998 and had also worked as a salesman in the insurance industry from 1960 until 1990.

He was a former member of the Granite City Jaycee’s and the Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and the St. Louis Blues hockey. He also enjoyed horse races, fishing and playing cards and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his former wife and friend, Janis Kathleen (Easter) Weible of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Kathy Weible of Granite City, Illinois; son, Kenneth Weible of Illinois; former daughter-in-law, Judy Tudor of Collinsville, Illinois; five grandchildren and their spouses, Krystal and Jarod McMillian of Troy, Illinois, Bryan and Stephanie Parker of Granite City, Illinois, Brittany and Brett Becherer of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Debra and Derek Rhoads of Springfield, Illinois and Robert Weible of Collinsville, Illinois; seven great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Emma, Elliott, Cooper, Lucas, Phoenix and Callen; five siblings and their spouses, Ed and Mary Lee Weible of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Cheryl Weible of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Sam and Jeannie Weible of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Patti and Tom O’Connor of St. Louis, Missouri and Vicki and Duane Byington of Bonne Terre, Missouri; sister-in-law, Linda Ann Weible of Pennsylvania; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Anthony “Tony” Weible; two brothers, Ken Weible and Billy Lee Weible and two dear friends, Stella Stirnaman and Becky Huddleston.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

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


Carol Ann McGee, 74, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City.

She was born September 27, 1949, in Wood River, Illinois, a daughter of the late Charles and Eunice (Keilbach) Link.

She married Daniel John McGee on March 9, 1973, at the Religious Center at S.I.U.E. in Edwardsville, Illinois and he survives.

Carol retired as an accounting clerk in 2012 after fifteen years of dedicated service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She had a love of nature and enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

In addition to her beloved husband of 51 years, she is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Judie Link of Silex, Missouri; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Eric Schlatthauer of Rancho Cucamonga, California; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ken and Marianne McGee of O’Fallon, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life a graveside service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024, 2024. A procession to the cemetery will leave Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City at 1:15 p.m. if you wish to attend.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


William “Bill” O. Jackson was born on September 11, 1947, in Epperson, TN, to Robert O. and Ina (Witt) Jackson.

Bill married Valera Elise “Lee” Schiller on January 17, 1970, in Collinsville, IL.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Bill is survived by his son, Christopher Jackson, godson, Bradley Williams, in-laws, Sonny and Mary Schiller, Judy Williams and Norm Schiller, all his special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great-nephews; his dear friends, Joe Becker, Mike Becker, Gary Butkovich, Marvin Dixon, Bill Kent, Mike Rochus, Kenny Tipler and Darrell Williams.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, Emil and Valera Schiller, sister, Vivian Grantham and brother-in-law, Robert, sister, Geane Ayers, twin sister, Willene (Jim) Gregory, brother, Robert O. Jackson, brother-in-law, Ron Williams, nephews, Buddy Schiller and Michael Grantham.

He graduated from Granite City High School and enlisted in the Army in May 1969 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was Commander of VFW Post 1300 in Granite City for eight years and served one year as a National Aide-de-Camp. He retired as a track supervisor from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Bill was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL. He loved to hunt, fish and trap, but mostly loved to spend time in his pole barn with his friends.

Memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Anderw Packer officiating. Interment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with military conducted by the United States Army.

Memorial donations may be given to Jefferson Barracks Hospice to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Linda Ruth Nichols, age 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Linda was born on January 14, 1943, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Daniel A. Gaddie and Thelma (Edwards) Gaddie.

On June 24, 1960, Linda Gaddie married Terrell “Terry” E. Nichols, in Granite City, IL., and Terry passed away on August 7, 2007. Linda was a faithful member of Heritage Church in Pontoon Beach, IL. She retired as an administrative clerk from the emergency room department at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL, after over three decades of dedicated service. 

 Linda enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, and listening to 70’s & 80’s classic rock. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and a dear friend to many. She never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Linda will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Gaddie, sister, Judy Miller, and by a grandson, Casey Nichols.

She is survived by her loving children, Naomi (Rich) Siedhoff of Granite City, IL, Danny (Linda Bryant) Nichols of Eldon, MO, Jason (Angie Chism) Nichols of Granite City, IL and David (Andrea) Nichols of McKinney, TX; siblings, Dana (Bill) McGee of Glen Carbon, IL and Brian Gaddie of Granite City, IL; sister-in-law, Rose Gaddie of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Meghan (Brian) Soop of Cookeville, TN, Kara (Eric) Engblom of Rochester Hills, MI, A.J (Heather) Siedhoff of Columbia, MO, Michael (Lexi) Nichols of Collinsville, IL, Hannah (Seth) Brendel of Granite City, IL, Hailey (Andrew Holman) Nichols of Granite City, IL, Hollie Nichols of Granite City, IL, Cristian Biddenstadt of McKinney, TX, Yzzy Nichols and Piper Nichols, both of McKinney, TX; proud great-grandmother to Jacob, Nicklaus, Easton, Beckett, Jaylyn, Nolan, Deandre, Zayden, Kylie, Bentley, Mila, Averie, Aura, Adonis and Aksel; nine nieces and nephews; all the families fur babies; long-time family friend, T.J. Hull, loving care-taker, Iva Butler, and extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, with the family’s long time family friend and Pastor Greg Dickerman officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Robert James Henson, April 8 1992, February 12 2024

(A family gathering will be held on April 6, 2024 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home form 12 noon -2pm.)

Robert James Henson 31 years old of Madison Illinois passed away on February 12, 2024 at 4:22 p.m. at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Robert loved to go fishing and being around family anytime he got a chance too. He loved cooking out with his brothers and mother, Robert enjoyed chatting online with family and friends about anything and everything.

 He had a huge heart of gold and always will. He was there for anyone who needed a helping hand day or night no questions asked. He would try to help you solve any of your problems or had a shoulder for you to cry on anytime you needed it. He will forever be missed but never forgotten. We love you Robert now always and forever.

He is survived by his mother Patsy A. Minix of Madison Illinois Two brothers, Ronald W. Henson of Woodriver Illinois Russell L. Henson of Madison Illinois.

 He is preceded in death by his father Howard Ronnie Minix, grandparents Judith Kaye Medlock, George G. Elkins, and grandparents Howard and Irene Minix, cousin Joshua Medlock and other family members.

It is profound sadness that we mark the passing of Robert Henson, a beacon of kindness, caring, and laughter, on February 12th 2024 at 4:22pm at the tender age of 31. Robert’s sudden departure has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him, a testament to the depth of his warmth and the brightness of his spirit.

In his life, Robert was a source of joy, a mediator of peace, and a wellspring of compassion. His ability to bring light into the lives of others, to share a laugh in just the right moment, and to offer support with a gentle, understanding heart made him a cherished presence to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

 The strength and kindness Robert exhibited were reflections of the love and guidance he received from his family, especially his mother, from whom he inherited his kind spirit. To his brothers, who have lost not just a sibling but a true friend, and to his mother who has given so much love and nurturance, the community stands with you in your time of grief.

As we remember Robert, let us hold onto the lessons of love, the moments of laughter, and the peace he shared with us. May we honor his memory by embracing the qualities he embodied-kindness, thoughtfulness, and relentless pursuit of harmony.

Robert’s legacy is one of love and light, and though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit continues to inspire and guide us. In these difficult times, may we find solace in the memories we carry and love that never fades.

With heartfelt condolences, and all the support you need.

A family gathering will be held on April 6, 2024 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home form 12 noon -2pm.


James Robert Papp, 86, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away, Monday, March 25, 2024, at Memorial East Hospital in Shiloh, Illinois. He was born July 30, 1937, in Granite City, Illinois to the late Michael and Julia (Gonsey) Papp. He married the love of his life, Jane Louella (Brown) Papp, on February 23, 1963, at Sacred Heart Church in Granite City, Illinois.

James proudly served his country in the United States Navy with honor and distinction. His dedication to service continued post-military, as he embarked on a 30-year tenure with the US Postal Service. After graduating from SIUE with a Bachelor of Accounting degree in 1972, he started a second career with H&R Block as a tax preparer, retiring after 25 additional years of service. 

 James was a parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church, where his faith was as steadfast as his service. His passions were many and varied, from the meticulous collection of stamps and coins to the joyous creation of model train landscapes. His civic spirit shone through his role as an Election Judge, contributing to the democratic tapestry of our community. Above all, James was a people-person, a beacon of warmth and conversation, always seeking the company of family and friends. His departure creates an irreplaceable void, yet his legacy of love and community service will continue to inspire. He will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Julia Papp; his beloved wife, Jane L. (Brown) Papp; and his siblings, Rosemary Tax, Eleanor Petrick, Barbara Kramer, Carolyn Sanders, and Kathy Dehn.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Julianne (John) Papp, of Brandon, Florida, Christine (Gail) Stickferd, of Granite City, Illinois, Harold (Kathy) McIntyre, of Belgrade, Montana, Edwin Papp, of Granite City, Illinois, and Paul (Tracy) Papp, of Nashville, Illinois; his 12 grandchildren; his 13 great grandchildren; his 2 great-great grandchildren; his siblings, Mildred Noeth, of Granite City, Illinois, and Michael Papp, of Nalcrest, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois.


Amy Michelle Rogers, 52, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois. She was born July 19, 1971, in Carmel, California, daughter of Bobbie and Mary (Cawthon) Rogers.

With a spirit as vibrant as the California sunsets of her birthplace, Amy’s presence was a beacon of joy and strength. Her unconquerable spirit was matched only by her fierce love for her family.

A proud mother and doting grandmother, Amy’s greatest joy was found in the smiles and laughter of her children and grandchildren. Her pride in her family was immense, and her love, immeasurable.

Amy’s journey through life was marked by her tenacious battle with cancer; a battle she faced with unwavering courage and grace. Even in the face of adversity, her humor and resilience shone through, inspiring all who had the privilege of knowing her. She fought valiantly, until she found tranquility and rest from her struggles. Her legacy is one of love, laughter, and perseverance. Amy’s memory will continue to illuminate the lives of her beloved family and friends, just as her smile once brightened every room she entered. As a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister, Amy’s absence leaves a void that can never be filled, but her memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration. As we honor her life, we take solace in knowing that she rests in peace, free from pain, in a place where her spirit can soar without bounds.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary C. (Cawthon) Rogers and her daughter, Sydney Steinberg.

Surviving to cherish her memory are father, Bobbie Rogers, of Clovis, New Mexico, her children, Shelby Steinberg, of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Brady Steinberg, of Dover, Delaware; her grandchildren, Aiden Park and Keira Park; her siblings, Bobby (Jamie) Rogers, Billy (Christel) Rogers, and Tracy (Leonard) Riley; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Per Amy’s request cremation services are to be held and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Eva Jean (Monk) Crochrell, 83, of Madison, Illinois, passed away, Sunday, March 24, 2024, peacefully at home surrounded by family. She was born December 23, 1940, in Rison, Arkansas, to the late Floyd and Pearl (Lindsey) Monk.

A proud alumnus of Lincoln High School in Venice, Illinois, Eva dedicated over two decades of her life to the noble calling of social work with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Her compassion and empathy touched countless lives, leaving an indelible mark on the community she served. She found joy in the spin of the slot machines, the shuffle of cards, and the thrill of a well-found bargain, while out shopping.

Her sense of style was impeccable, and her smile was a radiant force that brightened every room. Family was the cornerstone of Eva’s world. Sundays were sacred, reserved for the loving preparation of family feasts that will be remembered for generations. Music was the essence of Eva’s soul, she often stated that she loved the oldies but goodies, because this was a time, “when music was music,” a sentiment that spoke volumes of her appreciation for the classics. As the sun sets, it paints the sky with colors of reflection and promise. Eva’s life, much like a sunset, was a masterpiece of moments and memories. Though her journey has ended, the beauty she imparted remains, a lasting twilight that will continue to inspire and comfort all who had the privilege to love her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Pearl Monk; her beloved husband of 55 years, Andy Henderson Crochrell; her daughter, DeLisa Crochrell; her siblings, Gladys (Clarence) Roshell, Helen Monk, Margie Monk, Leon Monk, Charles Monk, Venoil “Pete” Monk, Harvey Monk; and her brother-in-law, Willie-T Corbin.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Dewanda Crochrell, Sharon “Renee” Reed, DeRodney Crochrell, DeLarry (Emeral) Crochrell, DeLanders (Yolanda) Crochrell, and De Marque Crochrell; her grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Corbin, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A graveside service and inurnment will follow in Sunset Garden of Memory Cemetery in Millstadt, Illinois.


Brenda Joyce (Knight) Wallace, 75, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away, Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois. She was born November 11, 1948, in Bertrand, Missouri, to the late Morris and Melba (Francis) Knight.

Brenda’s was a member of West 22nd Street Baptist Church. She also served with the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 1300. Brenda enjoyed nature and spending time with her husband, Roscoe, in the country at their family property in Grassy, Missouri.

Her enthusiasm for nature was matched by her love for watching eagles, a hobby that brought her peace and happiness.

A masterful shopper, Brenda delighted in finding the perfect gifts for her grandchildren and family, a joy that was only surpassed by the love and laughter she shared with them. Her bond with her mother was profound, a connection that she lovingly nurtured and passed down through the generations. Brenda’s wit was as sharp as it was endearing, leaving a legacy of laughter with her memorable one-liners. Her warmth, humor, and kindness touched the lives of many, making her a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister. We celebrate the light she brought into our lives and the enduring impact she made on those around her. Her memory will forever be treasured by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Gilbert “Roscoe” Wallace; and her brother-in-law, Harold “Gene” Wallace.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Laura (Mike) Gordon, of Granite City, Illinois and Jeff (Lisa Staggs) Wallace, of Granite City, Illinois; her grandchildren, Emily Gordon, Katelyn Gordon, and Bo Gordon; her sisters, Debbie (Paul) Zimmerman, Sherrie (Harold) Miller, and Karen Deak, all of Granite City, Illinois; her sister-in-law, Ruth Wallace, of Cadiz, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to Calvary Life Church in Granite City, Illinois. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Irwin Chapel with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


James Broshow, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:46 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, with his family by his side at Keystone Place at Magnolia Commons in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

He was born July 9, 1934, in Alhambra, Illinois, a son of the late Louis K. and Helen (Kardasheff) Broshow.

James retired December 31, 1996, after 30 years of dedicated service as a plumber and pipefitter in the General Services Administration with the Federal Government.

He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corp. He was a graduate of Edwardsville High School and was a longtime member of the Holy Trinity Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Madison, Illinois.

James was a true handyman and could fix anything, build anything including their family home, was always there to help his children and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved attending his children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events throughout the years. He had a great sense of humor and always made everyone laugh.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and Rick Harrington of Troy, Illinois and Jill and Rick Horner of Gilbert, Arizona; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad Broshow of Granite City and Brent and Lyn Broshow of Evans, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Jake and wife, Kate, Jeremy, Trevor, Blake and fiance, Savannah, Bryce, Clayton and Claire; a great granddaughter, Layla James Harrington; his former wife and friend, Judy Broshow; a sister, Connie Stewart of Chesterfield, Missouri; two nieces, Lori and Sandy; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2024, with Reverend Dan Perry officiating.

Burial with military honors 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 chapel.


Russell Alan Wintemberg, 68, of Madison passed away Friday, March22, 2024 at his home.  He was born January 8, 1956 in Detroit, MI to Walter Maurice and Wilhelmina (Cooke) Wintemberg.

Russell enjoyed NASCAR Racing, fixing automobiles and doing home improvements.

He is survived by four brothers, Harold (Nancy) Wintemberg of Virginia Beach, VA, Glenn (Brenda) Wintemberg of St. Charles, MO, Carl Wintemberg of St. Louis, MO and Danny (Barb) Wintemberg of St. Louis, MO; sister, Barbara Wintemberg of St. Louis, MO; cousins, Ellen (Dale) Maynard and Mike (Jan) Armbruster and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

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


Joan Eileen Falkenhein, 81, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with the Lord at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024, at her home with her family by her side.

She was born December 28, 1942, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Joseph Edwin and Elsie Jane (Jones) Reeves.

She married Norris Riley “Bud” Falkenhein on May 3, 1980, and he passed away on October 17, 2009.

Joan worked many years of dedicated service as a clerk and bookkeeper for the federal government at Edwards Air Force Base in California and the Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City. She also worked six years with Hudson Jewelers in Granite City and retired in 1980 from the United States Postal Service in Granite City.

She served as the treasurer and an editor for the Last Commission Ministries. Joan’s life was dedicated to serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, being a devout prayer warrior, and intercessor. She was always praying for others and loved studying, reading, and researching scripture and the Bible. One of her favorite scriptures was Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Natalie and Nathan Kessler of Edwardsville and Ginger and Roger Sitzes of Evansville, Indiana; five grandchildren, Nicolas and Brianna Kessler, Natasha Kessler, Nicole Kessler, Sophie Sitzes and Lilly Sitzes; a great grandson, Ronan Kessler; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lowanda Reeves and four brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Rita Reeves, Rev. Kenneth and Norma Reeves, Charles and Betty Reeves and Gerald and Virginia Reeves.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Christ the King Apostolic Church, 6920 Old Collinsville Road in O’Fallon, Illinois on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Andrew Romine officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to The Last Commission Ministries.


Daniel L Mercer, 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away on March 20th, 2024, surrounded by loving family at Gateway Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 2, 1947 to Harold Mercer and Harriett (Robinson) Mercer. 
 

Dan led a life filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments, even though he complained about most of it.

He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him as Jellybean, given to him by a former coworker who said he was “just as sweet as a jellybean”, or Animal, due to his tenaciousness and competitive spirit. 

He was a devoted husband to his late wife Mary (Seay) Mercer and a loving father to three children: daughter Dianna (Phillip) Mifflin of Granite City, IL, and sons Chris (Jen) Mercer of Glen Carbon, IL, and Danny (Laurie) Mercer of Maryville, IL. Dan was a Goofy Grandpa to 8 grandchildren: Brandon, Jordan, Courtney, Alex, Collin, Harriet, Olivia, and Madelyn. He is also survived by a brother, Edward (Diane) Mercer of AZ, and a sister, Phyllis (Michael) Logel of SC.

Dan was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He retired from US Steel after 24 years of service, and was a long-time bowler who passed his love of the game onto his youngest son. 

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25th, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. The burial will be at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL. Those wishing to go in procession to the cemetery can meet at Wojstrom Funeral Home at 11:00 am sharp on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 and will leave promptly at 11:15 a.m. 
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Pound Pets in memory of Dan Mercer.  Checks can be sent directly to Pound Pets at 2700 Edwards St. Granite City, IL 62040, or Venmo@poundpets.


Christine Renae (Mangiracino) Romero, 54, of Granite City, Il. passed away on Saturday, March 16,2024. Christine was born on November 5, 1969 in Granite City, Il. Daughter of the late Donald Lee Mangiracino and Linda Marie Nemeth.

Chris worked in housekeeping and childcare. She was baptized at St. Mary Church in Madison, Il.  Christine was preceded in death by her Father, Donald Lee Mangiracino and Grandparents Alec Nemeth and Marie (Barylske) Nemeth and cousins David Marcum and Darrell Marcum.  She is survived by her loving mother Linda Atkinson of Granite City, Il., daughter Annie Marcum Winkler of Sorento, Il., and son Kevin Dickerson Jr. of Granite City, Il.

Christine enjoyed flowers (roses) and also her pets.  She also loved shopping, swimming and fishing.  In celebration of her life a visitation will be held on Monday, March 25, 2024.


Shirley Diane Holman, age, 83, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL. Shirley was born on August 17, 1940, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Calvin W. Elmore and Rosalee (Warmack) Elmore.

On February 3, 1960, Shirley Elmore married William “Bill” Richard Holman, the love of her life in Edwardsville, IL, and Bill passed away on September 8, 2018. Shirley retired from Reese Drug Store in Granite City, IL, after 20 plus years of dedicated service. She was a member of Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 Ladies Auxiliary. Shirley enjoyed her days with Bill traveling and camping with the Renegades. She was also a huge Elvis fan, and she enjoyed playing solitaire on her phone, computer or with a deck of cards. 

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. Shirley loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin L. Elmore; and by a grandson, Chris.

She is survived by her loving children, David (Linda) Holman of Granite City, IL, Connie (Jerry) Snider Flora of Granite City, IL, Kathy (Tom) Miles of Granite City, IL, Sharon (Chip) Lewis of Highland, IL, Richard (Elaine) Holman of Santee, CA and Terri Lynn (Darrell) Lund of Klmath Falls, OR; proud grandmother to Christina, April, William, Holly, Cody, Jessica, Shawn, Meghen, Patrick, Rachel, Craig, Eva, Darlene, Tina, Tonya and Tasha; many great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The memorial service will follow on Friday at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, American Diabetes Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


John R. Roberson, 97 of Granite city, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

John was born March, 15, 1927 to Thomas and Chloe Roberson from Hayden, Missouri. John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and worked for the United States government in logistics. John lived to see five generations in his family and will always be remembered as a loving, caring, humorous man who was always full of life.

John is survived by his daughter Elaine (James) Fay of St. Louis; grandchildren, Tracie (Tim) Hylla, Ryan Wilkinson; great – grandchildren, Brennan (Lily) Hylla, Mason Hylla, Sophia Hylla; great-great- grandchildren, Lorelei and Katerina Hylla; and close family friend, Rose Wilkinson. John was preceded in death by his loving son Gregory Roberson, special friend Pauline Roberson and brother Clay. In keeping with John’s wishes, his remains will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.  

Join us for a “Celebration of John’s Life” on Friday, April 19, 2024 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home 1-4:00 p.m. You may wear casual attire.


Lucile Anne (Konzen) Friederich, 96, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Illinois. She was born July 26, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter to the late Dr. Leo H. and Edith (White) Konzen.

Lucile’s unwavering faith was evident through her service as a Eucharistic minister and choir member at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. Her academic pursuits led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, followed by an associate degree in nursing from Belleville Area College, now known as SWIC. 

Her passion for teaching shone brightly as she guided young minds in both the Granite City Public School system and St. Elizabeth grade school. Lucile’s nurturing spirit helped countless children discover their potential and navigate the complexities of life; she was the embodiment of compassion and dedication. She was an avid quilter and member of the St. Elizabeth Parish Ladies’ Quilting group. Additionally, Lucile had a deep love for sewing, crocheting and needlework. These creative pursuits were woven into the fabric of her life, reflecting her nurturing spirit and dedication to both her craft and the people around her. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling, her adventures taking her to Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, and Australia. Her patience and humble nature were a source of inspiration to all who knew her. As we bid farewell to Lucile, we celebrate the indelible mark she left on this world. Her memory will continue to guide and uplift us, a testament to a life well-lived and a spirit that will forever resonate in the hearts of those she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Leo H. and Edith (White) Konzen; her beloved husband of nearly 72 years, Leonard J. Friederich; her son, Dr. Mark S. Friederich; and her sisters, Jeanne Lynch and Carmelita Friederich.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Susan (Dr. Randall) Bell, of Goreville, Illinois, Michael (Janet) Friederich, of Omaha, Nebraska, Jane (Thomas) Reis, of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Diane (Michael) Tyson, of Fairdale, West Virginia; her grandchildren, Katherine (Shannon) Watson, Amy (Seth) Schuchman, Keith (Julie) Friederich, Stephen (Christin) Friederich, Andria (Morgan) Schram, David Friederich, Aaron Reis, and Brooke (Trevor) Becherer; her 17 great grandchildren; her brother, Leo H. Konzen, her daughter-in-law, Kay Friederich and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Friday April 5, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 12 Noon, Friday, April 5, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Inurnment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, in Edwardsville, Illinois.


Rose Marie (Wortham) Price, beloved mother, grandmother and nurse, passed away peacefully on March 19, at the age of 93. She left behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, and remarkable achievements.

Born on February 26, 1931, in Saint Louis, Missouri, Rose was the daughter of Robert & Edna (Adams) Wortham.

A dedicated nurse, she retired from St. Elizabeth’s in Granite City. She continued her legacy of always being the caregiver and came out of retirement working in nursing homes and at St. Anthony’s hospital in Alton until just before her 80th birthday.

Rose loved spending time in her yard and showing off her plentiful flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed sewing beautiful dresses for her granddaughters, and cooking many a delicious meal for her family, lest no one forget her homemade bread.


Frank Alexander “Frenchie” Stevens, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary on January 23, 1939, a son of the late Irme and Irene Stevens.

Frank proudly became a citizen of the United States and served his country with the United States Army as an equipment operator.

He was a truck driver throughout the years working for Riechmann, P.I.I. and Stockman Transport and retired in 1984. He was an avid pool player and acquired many trophies through the years. He enjoyed his days of fishing and cherished the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Uzunoff; a son, Frank Stevens; a granddaughter, Madelyne Podraza, all of Granite City; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Sally Ann Flowers.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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


Dale Alan Clifton, 62, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Monday, March 18, 2024 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born on July 16, 1961 in St. Louis, MO to Floyd and Jean (Gaehle) Clifton.

Dale married Deanna Stafford on November 16, 2012 in Edwardsville, IL.

The loving husband was a self- employed contractor.  He enjoyed working on lawn mowers.  Dale loved to help people and would go out of his way to do so.  He talked to everyone and never knew a stranger.

Besides his wife, Dale is survived by a daughter, Trisha Williams of Belleville, IL; a son, Gary Williams of Fairview Heights, IL; 2 grandchildren:  Jacob Cates and Josh Cates and a great grandchild, Everleigh Cates.  Also surviving are 2 brothers:  David (Becky) Clifton of Dallas, TX and Darin (Renee) Clifton of Webster Groves, MO; 3 sisters:  Diane (Mike) Obannon of Wildwood, MO, Donna (Jack) Gardner of Eureka, MO and Dana (Pat) Clark of Eureka, MO; a nephew, many nieces and many extended family members.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on March 27, 2024 at Bethel Cemetery in Wildwood, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Metro East Humane Society.


Louise G. “Lou” (Craft) Cable, 96, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the Mercy Hospice South – de Graaff Hospice House in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born March 16, 1928, in Conway, Arkansas to the late Oscar D. and Vera (Clements) Craft.

A devout member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Louise’s unwavering faith was the cornerstone of her life. Her commitment to service was evident through her nearly four decades of volunteer work at Gateway Regional Medical Center, where she touched countless lives with her generosity and kindness. Louise’s zest for life shone brightly, whether she was striking down pins at the bowling alley or sharing laughter with her family and friends.

Her vibrant, outgoing spirit was a beacon of joy that uplifted all who had the pleasure of her company. Her memory will continue to inspire us, and she will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she enriched.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Oscar and Vera Craft; her loving husband, Charles “Bud” Cable; her brother, Lillard Craft; and her sisters, Fern Hendricks, and Mavis Craft.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her nephew, Jerry (Tammy) Craft, of Hillsboro, Missouri, her great nieces and nephews, Ryan (Ciara) Craft, Logan (Loren) Craft, Darian (Blake) Kruse, and Angelique Tindall; a great-great nephew, Hudson Craft; her sister-in-law, Margaret Craft; her brother-in-law, Phil (Terry) Cable; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Friday, March 22, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, 3690 Maryville Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 12 Noon, Friday, March 22, 2024, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Mark Timothy Arnold, 66, of Wood River and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:29 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri

 He was born April 4, 1957, in Sikeston, Missouri, a son of the late Charles and Melba Jean (Roberts) Arnold.

Mark worked as a manager at the Wal-Mart in Wood River and Godfrey locations with over 15 years of service.

He had also served over 30 years of dedicated service at the K-mart in Granite City and had also dabbled with real estate for a few years.

He loved his beloved dogs, Corky and Buddy and loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing. Mark loved lighthouses and had a vast collection, he also loved Tweety Bird and was a huge fan of Cher and Lady Gaga. He loved life and cherished the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by three sons, Brad (Tabitha) Arnold of Granite City, Jeff (Amy) Arnold of Chicago and Biran Price of Moncks Corne, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Alexus, Ashten and Madelyn; three siblings, Steve (Carol Barnett) Arnold of Granite City, Sherrie (Rick Jenkins) Williams of Mt. Olive and Brian Arnold of Washington; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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


Ernest J. {Ernie} Martinez, Jr. (53)
Fortified with sacraments of Holy Mother Church
Passed away March 17, 2024 Surrounded by family

Beloved father of Stephen (Emily) and the late Jacob. Cherished son of Ernest J. Sr. & Esperanza (nee Gonzalez) Martinez. Beloved brother of Monica (Alejo), Julia (Rodrigo), and Andrea (Scott). Dearest grandfather of Lily & Ellie. Most loved uncle of Tony, Leticia, Anna, Gigo, Nic (Jazmin), Briana, Sebastian, Julie, Jacob, and Jasper. Great uncle of Isabella, Sophia, Arianna, Kylie, Leila, Damien, Isiah, Kai, Josiah, Jeremiah, and Grace. Dear nephew, great nephew, godfather, cousin, and friend.

After leaving the US Marine Corps, Ernie was in the casino business for 30 plus years, he started as a security guard when the Casino Queen opened and worked his way up to a Slot Manager at the Argosy casino. Everyone knew that Ernie would show up to family functions for at least 5 minutes in his casino uniform with his Tupperware for his to-go lunch. Nothing can match the love and joy he had for his family except his love for the Dallas Cowboys, he also enjoyed playing pool and darts.

Visitation Friday March 22, 2024 4pm-8pm 

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd. Granite City, IL 62040

Service Saturday March 23, 2024 11am at Saksa Funeral Home

Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery Belleville, IL 62223


Evelyn Louis Moehle, 92, of Granite City, IL passed away in her home on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

Evelyn was born on October 28, 1931 in Granite City, IL to Macedonian Immigrant parents, Luka and Vasilka (Savoff) Lovacheff.

She was a vital part of the ethnic neighborhood, opening up a grocery story; Louie’s Market, with her father in 1949.

Her sister Virginia was in nursing school, brother William was in the service and younger sister Shirley, was young so it was left up to Evelyn and her father to open the family business. In later years she worked at Grand Cleaners, B.A.C and Bee Hat Co. Evelyn loved to do needlework and knitting. She was known for her traditional Macedonian hankeys and headscarf making. Above all, she was loving and generous.

She married Marvin Moehle at Hope Lutheran Church on April 25, 1954. Marvin Sr. preceded her in death in August of 2002. Together they had three children Marvene Doty, Marvin Moehle Jr, and Marilyn (Michael) Weissman.

Besides her children, she is survived by two grandchildren, Peyton Weissman and Jared (Megan) Doty; 3 great grandchildren: and a sister, Shirley Perlman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Marvin Moehle Sr; a brother William Lovacheff and a sister Virginia Calbos.

Even in her declining years, she remained kind and loving until the end. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Evelyn’s wishes were to have a private family burial and no services.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to an organization of your choice in Evelyn’s name.


Catherine M. Hand, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:50 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Cedarhurst in Granite City.

She was born March 28, 1944, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Emil and Edna (Gerkin) Klug. She married Clarence E. Hand on June 5, 1969, in Granite City and he passed away on July 16, 2023.

She retired as a purchasing agent from the Melvin M. Price Support Center after many years of dedicated federal government service.

Catherine cherished time with her family, adored her grandchildren and enjoyed her days of fishing and gambling.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Donna Hand of Pontoon Beach; three grandchildren, Katherine Hand, Lauren Hand and Nathan Hand, all of Pontoon Beach; a brother and sister-in-law, Emil and Carol Klug of Granite City; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, March 28, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10429 Old Olive Street Road #300, St. Louis, MO 63141 and may be accepted at the funeral chapel or online at www.nationalmssociety.org.


Janette Golden, age 101, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2024, at her home. Janette was born on August 2, 1922, in Hayword, MO, a daughter of the late Jefferson H. Fields and Beatrice Mae (Reedy) Fields.

On February 8, 1939, Janette Fields married Bill Golden, the love of her life in Portageville, MO., and Bill passed away on December 31, 2007. Janette was a faithful member of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, IL.

She retired from the payroll department at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL, after many years of dedicated service.

Janette was an avid sports fan, and she enjoyed watching baseball and football games. She also enjoyed fishing with Bill at Table Rock Lake and after she retired, she taught herself how to paint and became a talented artist.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Janette will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Janette was preceded in death by a son, Gary Golden; and by her seven sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by her loving children, Mary Whitsell of Granite City, IL, Pat (Bob) Grunden of Harrisburg, PA and Steve (Bev) Golden of Granite City, IL; eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be given to Siteman Cancer Center. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Glendon Ray Mathis, age 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024. Glendon was born on August 13, 1935, in Dover, TN, a son of the late James Walter Mathis Jr. and Cynthia Ray (Taylor) Mathis.

Glendon was a United States Army veteran who proudly served as a paratrooper and medic with the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles”. On March 26, 1960, Glendon married Betty Jean Hendricks, the love of his life in Madison, IL, and Betty passed away on January 4, 2009.

He was a faithful member of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, IL. Glendon retired from Granite City Steel, BOF department after thirty-eight years of dedicated service.

He was the owner of Mathis Construction in Granite City, IL. Over the years Glendon and his sons built many homes throughout the area. Glendon was a self-taught contractor who could build, fix, or repair anything he put his mind to. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Glendon will be remembered as a hard-working family man who never met a stranger. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Glendon will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Glendon was preceded in death by two grandchildren; sister, Annie Yarbrough; and by two brothers, J.W. Mathis and Luther Mathis.

He is survived by his loving children, Debra (Gary) Shrum, David Mathis and Richard Mathis all of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Ollie Bryant, Larry (Marie) Mathis, and Roland (Sandy) Mathis all of Dover, TN; sister-in-law, Jean Mathis of Dover, TN; proud grandfather to five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, with Pastor Susan Harrison officiating. Glendon will be laid to rest next to Betty at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Nameoki United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Reverend Tony J. Rodgers, 63, of Madison, IL, passed away Sun. Mar. 17, 2024 at his home.  

He was born Feb. 15, 1961 in Armorel, AR to the late Sam & Josephine (Conley) Rodgers Jr.

Tony had worked as a heavy equipment operator for Clark Industries in St. Louis, MO and was a pastor of Israelite Spiritual Temple in East St. Louis.

He and Dorothy Lee Flora were married Apr. 15, 2011 in Madison and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Amber (Jacob) Cathers; a son: Antwane (Latanya) Givens Sr.; grandchildren: Lucas Alexander Radford, Trinity Kathleen Campbell, Khadijah Sykes, Antwane Givens Jr., Orianna Givens, Sashay Givens and Lavondia Givens; great-grandson: Brandon; a brother: John Earl Rodgers; and a sister: Rosa Wofford.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: James, Arthur, Eddie, C.F. and David Rodgers; and sisters: Lena Williams and Gloria Shurn.

Services are private.

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


Andrea Kaye (Miles) Rhoads, 66, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. She was born September 7, 1957, in Panama City, Florida to Charles Lee Miles and Betty June Miles-Smith.

A devout member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Andrea’s faith was as unwavering as her commitment to her community.

She was a beacon of entrepreneurial spirit; her journey led her to establish AMR Publishing and Promotion Company, where she nurtured the dreams and talents of countless authors.

Her guidance was a catalyst for many writing careers, and her charismatic essence inspired all those fortunate enough to cross her path. Andrea’s legacy is one of kindness, mentorship, and an unyielding desire to uplift others. She was a treasured daughter, a devoted mother, and an adored grandmother. Her departure leaves an indelible void, but her memory will continue to guide and comfort us like the pages of a well-loved book. Her life was a testament to the power of faith, the strength of family bonds, and the impact one individual can have on the lives of many. Andrea’s story may have reached its conclusion, but the chapters she wrote in the hearts of those she touched will be revisited time and again.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Lee Miles; her son in infancy, Cameron Michael Rhoads; her brother, Randal Lee Miles; her maternal grandparents, James Hubert and Effel Alean (Hildreth) Adams; and her paternal grandparents, Thomas Druey and Margaret E. (Beasley) Miles.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her mother, Betty June Miles-Smith, of Granite City, Illinois; her sons, Chase Aaron Rhoads, of Granite City, Illinois and Lain Thomas (Samantha) Rhoads, of Allen Park, Michigan; her grandchildren, MaggieMay Louise Rhoads, Maddox Aaron Rhoads, and Kolton Thomas Rhoads; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the family.  Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  


Daniel Raymond Erion III, age, 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Highland Healthcare in Highland, IL.

Daniel was born on April 9, 1956, in Mariemont, OH, a son of the late Daniel Raymond Erion II and Clara Belle (Nesbitt) Emmons.

Daniel was a United States Navy veteran who proudly served his country with honor. He served on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier and was awarded the Navy expeditionary medal for Operation Eagle Claw.

He retired from Olin Corporation in East Alton, IL, as a foreman after many years of dedicated service. Daniel was a master cook of the grill. Barbequing was his specialty and exchanging spice packages with his family from the various states they lived in was a must. He was also an avid sports fan, and he loved listening to classic rock. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Daniel loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Hermann.

He is survived by his sons, Daniel Erion IV and Patrick Erion; siblings, Dale (Cereita) Erion of Eaton Rapids, MI, David Erion of Bellefontaine, OH, Patricia Kotsaris of Columbus, OH and Dora Branham of Bellefontaine, OH; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; extended family and friends.

He attended Johnson Road General Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Daniel believed in Christ and was a born again Christian.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at wwwirwinchapel.com.


Cheryl Jean Baker-Huelsman, 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:38 p.m. at her home with her family by her side.

She was born Aug. 17, 1962 in Granite City to the late James Franklin & Doris Jean (Riddle) Baker.

Cheryl is survived by a son: Alexander Wade (Ashley Pruitt) Huelsman of Granite City; 3 grandchildren: Isiah Baker, Landon Pruitt and Kyler Pruitt; 2 brothers: James Baker II of Collinsville, IL and Kenneth Baker of Madison, IL; and a sister: Deborah Finnazza of Collinsville.

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

Online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory available at www.wojstrom.com.


Stevie Joe Taylor, 61, of Granite City, IL passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born to the late Albert and Ola May (Bridges) Taylor on September 30, 1962 in St. Louis, MO.

Stevie owned his own siding business and like his bother Red, referred to himself as an “Eccentric Collector” of many things.

He is survived by 2 sons: Michael Piper, Stevie Joe Piper; a brother: Jimmy (Pyllea) Taylor of Staunton, IL; 2 sisters: Josie (Ricky) Leonard of Jonesboro, AR and Linda Hill of Granite City, IL.

Besides his parents, Stevie is preceded in death by a son: Robert A. Taylor and 2 brothers: Larry “Red” Taylor and William “Blimp” Taylor.


Joseph John “Joe” Krypciak, Jr., 76, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Christian Hospital in Florissant, Missouri. He was born December 1, 1947, in East St. Louis, Illinois to the late Joseph John and Mary Krypciak, Sr.

A patriot at heart, Joe served in the United States Army with pride and distinction. His unwavering commitment to service was evident in his active involvement with the VFW Post 1300 and American Legion Post 113 in Granite City.

Joe’s passion for life was paralleled by his love for the outdoors, often found relishing in the tranquility of fishing. A devoted sports enthusiast, he ardently supported the St. Louis Cardinals and held a deep affection for the Rams during their tenure in St. Louis. 

Joe was a man of few words but profound impact, maintaining a close-knit circle of friends and family. To be part of this circle was to experience a bond of immeasurable worth. His departure leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Joe’s legacy of honor, loyalty, and gentle spirit will forever resonate in the hearts of his loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. and Mary Krypciak, Sr. and his brother, Richard Krypciak.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his significant other, Barbara Gac, of Granite City, Illinois, his fellow members of the VFW and American Legion, extended family and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Veterans Organization of your choice or to the No-Kill Animal Shelter of your choice. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Per Joe’s wishes, cremation services are to be held with inurnment in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.


Joseph “Joe” Frank Henke Sr., age 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at his home, with his loving family by his side. Joe was born on October 2, 1956, in Hillsboro, IL, a son of Frances (McGee) Henke of St. Charles, MO, and the late James Henke.

Joe was a United States Navy veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On February 20, 1982, Joe married Debbie Pfeiffer, the love of his life at Second Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Joe retired from Henkel Corporation in St. Louis, MO, as a processor after many years of dedicated service. Joe loved being outdoors camping, boating, and riding his Honda scooter with Debbie riding her scooter on the back country roads. 

 His greatest joy was spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Joe will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a dear friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, James Henke; and by his furbaby, Chewy.

In addition to his mother, Joe is survived by his devoted wife of forty-two, years, Debbie Henke of Granite City, IL; loving sons, Joseph Henke II of Granite City, IL and Mike (Jarica) Henke of Pontoon Beach, IL; dear siblings, Jerry Henke of Granite City, IL, Rhonda (Chris) Andersen of Pontoon Beach, IL and Joni (Mike) Gordon of St. Charles, MO; second mother, Merlene Pfeiffer of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Leah Henke, Owyn Henke, Kellan Henke and Brooke Henke; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Avenue, Granite City, IL. The memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with Pastor Chris Sedabres officiating.

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

Memorial donations may be given to the family or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Ralph Milton Vest, 76, of Pontoon Beach passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  He was born August 31, 1947 in Floyd, VA to Milton B. And June (nee: Barbara) Vest.  

He married Betty Ann York March 19, 2005 in Killeen, TX; she preceded him in death.   Ralph worked as a combat engineer and was retired from the US Army after 20 years of service; he was a Vietnam Veteran.

He is survived by his daughter, Raquel Marie (Luke) Greene of White City, Oregon; close friend, Donna Prestito of Hillsboro, MO; grandchildren, Alex, Hunter, Tanner and Brittney, great grandchild, Liv; and brothers, Melvin Vest of Floyd, VA and Elvin Vest of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; brothers, Larry, Cecil and Robert Vest and sisters, Mary Conroy and Ruth Vest.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 pm. until the time of services at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Pontoon Beach.  A private burial will be the following day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.


The devout handmaiden of God Eleanor Popovsky reposed in the Lord, strengthened by the Holy Sacraments, on Friday, March 8th at Cedarhurst Assisted Living Center in Granite City, Illinois.

When Eleanor was born in Madison Illinois on December 19th, 1934, her grandfather, a Macedonian immigrant, could not pronounce her name and called her “Noni” instead, a nickname that stayed with her all her life.

Noni was the valedictorian of her high school class, going on to earn her degree from the University of Illinois and work as a speech therapist and special education teacher in the Madison school district for forty-three years. 

She was preceded in death by her dear father Christo Naum Popovsky and her dear mother Latsa (Pirovsky) Popovsky, along with her dear brother Lazar (Louis) Popovsky, known as “Lazhee” or by his stage name, Lou Kristofer.

Though a lifelong resident of Madison and Granite City, she often spent summers in New York City, where she developed a love for Broadway shows and their movie adaptations, especially musicals, coming to count Carol Burnett and Bernadette Peters among her many friends. Noni was a founding and faithful member of Sts. Cyril and Methody Orthodox Church, which she attended until failing health made it no longer possible.

Visitation will be from 4-8PM Wednesday, March 13th, at Irwin Chapel 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Illinois with a Panakhida service at 7PM. The funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10AM Thursday, March 14th, at Sts. Cyril and Methody Orthodox Church, 4770 Maryville Rd in Granite City, Illinois followed by internment at St. John Cemetery, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City, Illinois, and a memorial luncheon at the church.

Your prayers for her repose are requested. Memorials are suggested to Sts. Cyril and Methody Orthodox Church, or a charity of your choice.


June E [Davis] LeGate of Maryville, IL [formerly of Granite City, IL] passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL at the age of 89. June was born on April 23, 1934 in Granite City, IL.

In September of 1951, June met the love of her life on a blind date. June and Virgil E LeGate eloped to Pocahontas, AR on October 2, 1951 to be married. June was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, daughter, sister, aunt and a dear friend to everyone she met.

June loved to sing. She would always sing “You Are My Sunshine” to all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 Her voice was so loving and calm to hear. In addition to spending time with her family, she loved to spend time working jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles and playing bingo.

Her husband of sixty-nine years, Virgil preceded her in death on December 12, 2020. Her parents, John Edward and Dora “Alma” [Gosnell] Davis and siblings, Thelma Pryor, Jolene Hessling, Louise Hughes and Robert Dale Davis [in infancy] also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her devoted loving children, Maureen (Daniel) Schnefke, Carolyn (Dean) Brown, Keith (Sheila) LeGate, David LeGate and Ken (Sheila) LeGate; and siblings, Darrell Davis and Ron Davis, proud grandmother to eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL, with Pastor Tom Hufty officiating. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be sent to charity of the donor’s choice.


Janet Louella Watson, 69, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on March 4, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. Janet was preceded in death by her parents Everett E. and Dortha W. Watson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Metro East Humane Society: developmentmgr@mehs.org


Gino Bertusi, age 93, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Gino was born on September 9, 1930, in Montese Monena, Italy, a son of the late Ippolito Bertusi and Giovinni (Borri) Bertusi.

Gino was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL, he was also an usher every Sunday for about 50 years before the pandemic changed things.

He was a talented carpenter and a master craftsman. He had an eye for detail and was a jack of all trades. Gino could fix, build, or repair anything he put his mind to. 

He never met a stranger, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Gino will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Gino was preceded in death by his sister, Cleonice Gina Bertusi.

He is survived by many dear cousins, extended family, very close friend Sonya Taylor and many wonderful friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

Memorial donations may be given in the form of masses at Holy Family Catholic Church.


Richard T. Phipps, 99, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on February 15, 1925 in Trumann, AR to Paul Phipps and Annie (Broom) Walker.  Richard married Mary Pace in Trumann, AR on November 1, 1946.  She preceded him in death on December 6, 2004.

The loving father and grandfather served in the Arkansas National Guard.  He was a furnace technician for Pro Gas, Cal Gas and Amerigas propane for over 20 years.   Richard was an avid bowler for over 50 years and he also enjoyed golf and spending time with his family. 

Richard is survived by 4 daughters:  Carol (Bruce) Daily-Pope of Granite City, Margaret (Rick) Kachuba of Virginia Beach, VA, Janet (Mark) Smiddy of Granite City and Mary Juhas of Trumann, AR; 9 grandchildren:  Tina (Mike) Burris, Pam James, Rick (Meghan) Daily, Ron (Denise) Daily, Ricky Kachuba, Billy (Rhonda) Kachuba, Jeff (Crystal) Kachuba, Stephanie (Jonathan) Burnett and Jennifer (Shawn) O’Dell; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild on the way.

Besides his wife and parents, Richard is preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Daily; a son, Gary Phipps; a son in law, Elmond Daily and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.


Randy James Hotz, 70, of Madison, IL died on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, IL.

He was born on October 23, 1953 in Alton, IL to James Eugene Hotz, Sr and Dolores (Besaw) Hotz

The U. S. Army veteran was member of the Amvets Post 51 in Pontoon Beach, IL.  He enjoyed fishing, football and spending time with his family.

Randy is survived by a daughter, Amanda Hotz; a sister, Susan Briggs of Granite City and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Randy is preceded in death by 3 brothers:  Ricky Hotz, Jimmy Hotz, Jr and Eddie Hotz and a sister, Brenda Stephens.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Louie Albert Vaughn 90, of Maryville, Illinois passed away peacefully at home March 3, 2024. He was born in Burnt Prairie, Illinois on September 22, 1933, a son of the late Paul and Polly (Schmidt) Vaughn.

He was a graduate of Madison High School Class of 1951. He started working as a kid, working anywhere from a bakery, flower shop, delivering newspapers and eventually started a career as a carpenter.

Louie left the carpenter hall and went on to become a switchman for Nickel Plate Railroad, which merged into Norfolk and Western Railroad Company, retiring after 42 years of service.


He married the love of his life Shirley (Purdes) Vaughn on January 17, 1953 and she survives.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He would tell anyone who would listen that his family was his biggest accomplishment. He was a cherished friend to all who knew him. His smile and crystal blue eyes will always be remembered. Louie was an excellent bowler, billiard player, and avid reader. He was a jack of all trades. He could fix, build, paint, bake, cook, sew, among many other things. His patience to help his family was immeasurable. We always knew we could depend on him for anything.

In addition to his beloved wife of 71 years, he is survived by five children. Two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Janet Vaughn of Edwardsville, Joe and Janet Vaughn of Troy, three daughters; Cheri Vaughn-Reno of O’Fallon, Michelle Hawthorne of St. Jacob and Melissa Vaughn (Dave Hatscher) of Granite City; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Natalie (Johnathon) Hadley, Jamie Vaughn, Jason (Nichole) Vaughn, Jennifer (Chad) Miller, Justin (Kim) Reno, Jonathan Vaughn, Taylor Reno, Jacob Hawthorne and Polly Hawthorne. Papa Louie also had 13 great grandchildren Emma, Lyla, Lydia, Josephine, Alexandra, Reno, Bryce, Ava, Grant, Cooper, Bodin, Little Louie. He is also survived by two nieces Cindy Brumhardt and Debbie Gudac, cousins Donna Laws, Rena Boyer, Janice Wilson, Trudy Mayo and other extended family members. In addition to his parents and two brothers Bob and Ed, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law Marvin Reno, granddaughter Emily Vaughn and niece Tina Mode.

We would like to extend a special thank you and appreciation for all of Louie’s doctors, hospital staff at Anderson Hospital and Hospice care staff. Also want to mention Jude Hopper, a special friend of the family.


Penelope Faith “Penny” (Meyer) Slaughter, 82, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on March 2, 2024, in Edwardsville, Illinois. She was born March 31, 1941, in East St. Louis, Illinois to the late Dorothy (McLester) Meyer and Merle Edgar Thrash.

Penny’s life was a tapestry of service, faith, and love. As a Case Manager/Homemaker with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, she wove threads of hope and guidance for young mothers in need.

She attached her heart to the First United Pentecostal Church of Granite City, where she worshipped for three decades under the direction of Rev. Kenneth Reeves. 

 She later found a new spiritual home at the Truth Tabernacle Church, also in Granite City. Penny expressed her creativity and joy through crocheting, needle point, art, and drawing. She immersed herself in the Word of God and shared its wisdom and beauty with others. She was a woman of keen intellect and gentle compassion who treasured her family above all. Her absence will truly be felt by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Gene L. Meyer, John “Sonny” Meyer, and Donald V. Meyer; her sisters, Joyce Palsenberger, Mary Jane Hayden, Janet Orrell and Gwendolyn “Tiny” Gnaegy.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Allen “Troy” (Tammy) Walker, of Granite City, Illinois, Forrest (Barb) Mifflin, of Edwardsville, Illinois, Mike (Kathy) Mifflin, of Collinsville, Illinois, Bobby (Deanna) Mifflin, of Granite City, Illinois, Kristine Rivera, of Granite City, Illinois, and Christopher Rivera, of Youngstown, Ohio; her 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Truth Tabernacle Church or to the family. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday March 9, 2024, at Truth Tabernacle, 1120 W Pontoon Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Truth Tabernacle, 1120 W. Pontoon Rd, Granite City, Illinois with Pastor John Wilson III officiating. Interment will be held privately at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois


Mark Christian Hudson, 41, of Granite City, IL passed away on March 1, 2024 at Gateway Reginal Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born to the late Vivian (Favier) Hudson and Gene Hudson on October 24, 1982 in Granite City, IL. Mark met Leta Schmidt and they were married on June 15, 2019 in Granite City, IL. He loved to hang out with his friends, shoot pool and sing karaoke. He was a great person and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Leta Hudson; Father: Gene Husdon: mother and father –in- law: Cynthia and David Schmidt: brother-in-law: Dustin Schmidt; aunts and uncles: Linda and Pat Widel, Danny and Ginger Favier and Stacy and Joe Harrington: and cousins: Jarrett Harrington, Amy Ritchie, Tammy Widel, Stevn Widel and David Widel,

Besides his mother, Mark is preceded in death by his grandparents: Carole and Dave Favier and Mildred and Carroll Hudson.

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

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

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


February 2024 Obituaries