April 2021 Obituaries

Ricky Edward Zeugin, 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Thurs. Apr. 29, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Apr. 21, 1959 in Granite City to Mary Jacquline “Jackie” (Gaeng) Kirkover of Granite City and the late Donald E. Zeugin.

Ricky was a member of Great Creations church and loved to fish.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son: Donald; a brother: Rob (Amy) Kirkover; 2 sisters: Donna Shuppert and Tammy (Steve) Bodkins all of Granite City; 2 nieces: Jackie (Ryan) Sedej and Kendra Kirkover; 2 nephews: Justin (Chantel) Bodkins and Brandon Wood; 2 great-nieces: Hayleigh Bodkins and Katelynne Sedej; and a great-nephew: Cody Bodkins.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his step-father: Bobby Kirkover; his longtime companion of 35 years: Pamela Enyart; brother-in-law: Keith Shuppert; and an nephew: Keith Shuppert Jr.

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

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Virginia Mary Hamilton, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Virginia was born on October 29, 1930 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Anthony Fecurka Sr. and Mary (Kovis) Fecurka.

Virginia was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a friend to many. She was a proud homemaker who loved spending time with her family and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Virginia also enjoyed fishing, playing bingo, card games and cooking wonderful meals for her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her siblings, Anthony Fecurka Jr., and Dorothy Brewer.

She is survived by her loving children, Jeff (Laura) Hamilton and Patti Laird both of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Amy, Beth, Rachel, Scott and Joe; proud great-grandmother to Zachary, Jayla, Tyler, Noelle, Piper and Ivy; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private graveside service will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL, at a later date.

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William “Bill” E. Baugh, age 86, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021 at his home. Bill was born on October 23, 1934 in Birds Point, MO, a son of the late Frank Baugh and Ruth (Francis) Baugh.

On December 31, 1954, Bill married Kathryn L. Kidd, the love of his life in Mississippi and Kathryn passed away on March 18, 2001. He was a faithful member of West 22nd Street Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Bill started working on the river at thirteen years old and became the youngest riverboat Captain at 19 years old. After many years on the river, he went to work for Granite City Steel in 1955, retiring as a yard maintenance foreman. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and hunting, but his passion was golf and he loved playing a few rounds with his family and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Bill loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. Bill will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur, Tom, Charlie and Lawrence Baugh; and by a sister, Hallie Sichling.

He is survived by his loving children, William “Andy” (Melanie) Baugh of Edwardsville, IL, Mark (Debby) Baugh of Granite City, IL, Rusty (Sallie) Baugh Sr., of Granite City, IL and Connie (David) Noel of Edwardsville, IL; dear sister, Lucy Noisworthy of Charleston, MO; proud grandfather to Kristi Aljets, Clinton Baugh, Bobby (Bonnie) Scott, Julie (Adam) Doll, Cody Baugh, Rusty (Megan) Baugh Jr., Christopher (Tabi) Baugh, Amy (Doug) Sims, Blake Noel, Nicholas Noel, Sarah (Mike) Raschen, Eric (Emily) Smith and Arianna (Christopher) Green; proud great-grandfather to twenty-seven great-grandchildren and proud great-great-grandfather to one great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Keith Braddock officiating.

Bill will be laid to rest next to Kathryn at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to West 22nd Street Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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Jo Anne Taff, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Jo Anne was born in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Stanley Barylske and Margaret (Mathenia) Graham.

Jo Anne worked for S.M. Wilson & Company as the assistant controller until she retired 21 years ago in 2000. She enjoyed spending time in Mississippi where they had a summer home close to the ocean. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Jo Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents Jo Anne was preceded by her beloved husband, Tom, her two sons William Taff, and Scott Taff.

She is survived by her loving sisters, Joyce and Anna and brothers Stanley and Ben. Her loving children Kim, (Dr. Charles) King Jr. of Granite City, IL and Daniel Taff of Highridge, MO; proud grandmother to Amy, Emily, Josh, Maggie, Chris, Matt, Will, Charlie, Tom and Zachary; proud great-grandmother to Ahran, Carly, Aiden, Layne, Keeley, Chris Jr., Collette, Ava and Peyton; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with a private memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daren Carstens officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Enjoy Church, 3303 Homer M. Adams Parkway, Alton, IL 62002. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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Deane James Politte (Papa) aged 97, passed peacefully at home on April 25, 2021 with his loving daughters by his side.

Preceded in death by his wife Alice his high school sweetheart and devoted loving wife for 74 years.

Deane was born December 11, 1923 during the depression in Stotesbury MO to Howard and Hildred Politte. He was one of 6 children, he’s survived by his baby sister, Margie. He grew up in a happy, hard working French family. They literally lived off the land. He learned early “what really matters in life” and it shaped him and stayed with him all his 97 years.

He married his high school sweetheart Alice Spencer and they had a daughter Judi . He spent the first 3 years of married life in Europe during WW2 serving his country in the Army Air Corps in England, France and Germany. Upon returning he reunited with his family and they settled in Granite City, IL where soon after their daughter Jayne was born. Deane worked multiple jobs to support his family before going to work for LaClede Steel as a craneman, where he worked for over 30 years.

Papa was loved and cherished by his daughters Judi (Danny Sullivan) of Naples, FL and Jayne (Joe Costanzo)of Glen Carbon, IL, Grandchildren, Jennifer Martinez (Paul) of Dallas, TX, Scott Finkle (Karen)of Spokane, WA, and Brad Costanzo(Kenia)of San Diego, CA, Great Grandchildren Michael Martinez(Morgan), Emma, Henry and Alice Finkle, sister Margie Klontz (Leonard), nieces and nephews Steve Spurgeon (Helen), Darwin, Troy and Kyla (Klonz family) Amy, Linda, Kerry and Mary Alice (Spencer family) Great nieces and nephews, Angela, Kristin, Spencer, Annie, Kane, Ivy, KynLee, Kendrick, Winston and Linden. Special neighbors and friends Sharrie & Rick Boyles, Dave and Teresa Mooshegian (Rebecca, Michelle and David, Henry and Christopher) Deb and Marc Wernli, Gus and SieSie Trujillo and special family friends Donna Docter and Ken Noll.

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Ruth Morris, 95 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation in Granite City.

Ruth was born on October 22, 1925 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Ralph and Leona (Werth) Corbey. Ruth was a bookkeeper for over 24 years at Purcell Tire in Granite City. She was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge Ladies Auxiliary and in her free time Ruth enjoyed her days of crocheting and spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ruth is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Gail and Michael Williams of Granite City; son, John Morris and Susan Ahl of Creve Coeur, MO; grandchildren, Brian and Lisa Williams of Bridgeton, MO, David Williams of Granite City; great-grandchildren, Breanna Williams and Jaxon Williams.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; Vernon Morris, whom she married on July 17, 1948 and her sister, Jean Edwards.

In celebration of Ruth’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ron McGrew officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City Moose Lodge, 2521 Maryville Road in Granite City.

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Donald E. Cook, 78, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:52 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home.

He was born September 22, 1942 in Sycamore, Illinois, a son of the late Rollie and Eleanor (Zimmer) Cook.

He married Earline May (Joyce) Cook on November 11, 1960 in Granite City and she passed away on December 20, 2008. He later married Barbara (Allan) Cook on January 26, 2019 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville and she survives.

He retired as a brakeman after 20 years of dedicated service with the Railroad and had worked with Norfolk & Western. He had also owned and operated Bears Carpet Care.

Donald was always giving and helping others and enjoyed his years of volunteering with Catholic Charities and the Good Samaritan House in Granite City and the Queen of Peace Center in St. Louis. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam era with the United States Army.

He was an antique car enthusiast, enjoyed rehabbing his home, was a talented woodworker and loved his days of camping and fishing. He cherished his granddaughter and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sheryl Cook of Edwardsville; a granddaughter, Jessica Donaldson of Edwardsville; two grandchildren, Jada and Kaydon Donaldson; two sisters, Jo Marie Boyd of Edwardsville and Nancy Cook of Edwardsville; special friend, Paul Cann of Alhambra; 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 Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. with Reverend Dale Skeesick officiating.

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

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

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Samuel A. Brawley, 70, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:52 a.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born November 3, 1950 in Granite City, a son of the late Floyd Eugene and Rita Rose (Brazier) Brawley Sr.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing and camping. He was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed going to auctions. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Mike) Riggs of Granite City and Bonnie Brawley of Granite City; a brother, John (Kirsten) Brawley of Granite City; sister-in-law, Sandy Brawley of Granite City; best friend, Randy Ingram of Granite City; special cousin, Gregory Brawley; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Danny (Julia) Brawley, Kenneth Brawley, Jim Brawley, Richard Brawley, Floyd Eugene Brawley Jr. and Craig Brawley.

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

Memorials may be made to the William M. DeBell Achievement and Resource Center in Wood River.

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Jesse James Cole, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born July 26, 1941 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a son of the late Troy and Edith (Wise) Cole.

He married Ella Mae (Dunaway) Cole on December 10, 1975 in Granite City and she passed away on March 29, 2003.

He retired from Hussman Refrigeration in Bridgeton, Missouri after many years of dedicated service as a sheet metal worker.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed his days of hunting and fishing and enjoyed reading and working puzzles. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Corey Cole of Granite City and Terry Harris of Belleville; three daughters, Theresa Harris of Alton, Bonnie Payla of Maryville and Kathy Failla of Arnold, Missouri; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Jamie Harris and Charlie Pollard and six sisters, Mary Cox, Ruby Cole, Georgia Cox, Betty Nance, Mary Cox and Loretta Pulley.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m.

Burial with full military honors will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

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

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Roy Michael Burke, 49, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on September 8, 1971 in Granite City, IL to George Burke and Linda (Whitehead) Burke.

Roy attended City Temple church in Granite City, IL.  He enjoyed drag racing, working on cars and spending time with his grandchildren.

The loving father and son is survived by his mother; 4 sons:  Brett Ryan of Desoto, MO, Kyle (Chelsea) Stevenson of Granite City, IL, Kelan Stevenson of Granite City, IL and Kameron King of Granite City, IL; 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Duwayne (Jacqueline) Burke of Granite City, IL and Timothy (Michelle) Burke of Granite City, IL and a sister, Bernadette (Bub) Winnie of Arcadia, MO.

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

A memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at City Temple church in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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William F. “Bill” Klock, 63 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Bill was born on December 5, 1957 in St. Louis; the son of the late John J. and Dorothy (Maddox) Klock. Bill was a security guard and proudly served his country in the United States Army and in his free time Bill enjoyed his days of spending time with his family and friends.
Bill is survived by and will be missed by his sisters; Norma Meier of Moscow Mills, MO, Betty Klock of Wood River, IL; nephews, Jim McMillan of Granite City, Derrick McMillan of South Roxana, IL; 4 great-nieces and nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters; Patricia McMillan and Theresa Klock.

In celebration of Bill’s life, a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Gatewood Garden Cemetery, 7133 Gravois Ave. in St. Louis.

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James E. “Jim” Woodson Sr. 78 of Granite City passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Jim was born on May 6, 1942 in DeSoto, MO; the son of the late William F. and Hazel (McAtee) Woodson. Jim was a copier technician for Danka in St. Louis and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Jim was a member of City Temple in Granite City where he served as a deacon and volunteered his time to the food pantry and was known for singing specials at the church. Jim’s greatest joy was his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Jim is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Sharon (Arnold) Woodson, whom he married on June 24, 1961; sons, James E. and Mitzi Woodson of Benld, IL, Mark Woodson and fiancé Erin Geringer of Livingston, IL, Kevin and Keisha Woodson of Sorento, IL; grandchildren, Alicia, James D., Amber, Matthew, Patrick, Kristine, Michaela, Travis, Austin, Hayle, Aidan, Ian; great-grandchildren, Kane, Aria, Levi; brothers, David, Butch, Nick; sisters, Mary, Lora, Vicky.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his grandson, Billy and his brothers, George and Leroy.

In celebration of Jim’s life, a procession will gather on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City at 11:30 a.m. to proceed to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for a 12:30 p.m. graveside service with full military rites. Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

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Robert E. Fleming, 71, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. 2021 at his home.

He was born December 23, 1949 in Granite City, a son of the late John E. Fleming and Bernice (Hirtz) Marsh.

He married Linda D. (Jones) Fleming on June 5, 1998 in Edwardsville and she survives.

He had worked at Holy Family School after 15 years of dedicated service in maintenance.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army. He loved the outdoors and cherished the special times spent at Carlyle Lake. He enjoyed his days of fishing, camping and bowling and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter, Brandy and her four children; a daughter and son-in-law, Rae and Josh Hetley and their two children; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Donna Fleming of Granite City, Russ and Sandy Fleming of Granite City and Gary and Debbie Marsh of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a private memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until time of a private memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Ron McGrew officiating. Military rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Daniel E. Juedemann, 68, of Granite City passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at his home. 

He was born November 11, 1952 in Richmond Heights, MO to Alvin and Christine (nee: Werner) Juedemann.  He married Charlene Pflueger March 4, 1971.  In his free time he enjoyed fishing and shooting.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlene Juedemann of Granite City; two daughters, Christine (Daniel) Banks of Granite City and Cheryl (Jason) Moerlien of Granite City and son, Daniel L. (Dena Mayes) Juedemann of Glen Carbon; thirteen grandchildren, Aaron, Nicholas, Deven, Braden, Abigail, Arianna, Ava, Jayden, Cameron, Samantha, Brandon, Jason and Mackenzie; four great grandchildren and a sister, Barbara J. Biggs (Benny Clark).

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David and Dale Juedemann.

A memorial visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. COVID 19 protocols will be in effect.  Masks are required.   

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Darrell Wayne Sullivan, 57, of Granite City, IL., born July 15, 1963 in Granite City, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at Kindred Hospital, North Lake IL.

Darrell was a driver for Manheim Auto Transports. He was a proud member of the Southern Illinois Camaro Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester Bernhardt and Thelma Pearl, nee Shirley) Sullivan; his brother Alan R. Sullivan.

Surviving are his sisters, Shirley (Mark) Johnson of The Colony, TX., Linda Sullivan of Granite City, IL. And Brenda (Denny) Beiter of Triadelphia, WV.; his brother Dwayne (Joyce) Sullivan of Collinsville, IL.; also surviving are his 12 nieces and nephews, 16 great nieces and nephews and 2 great-great nieces and nephews; close friend and neighbor Karen Harris of Granite City, IL.
Private family services will be under the direction of Lake View Funeral Home.

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Barbara Jean Watson, 60 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Barbara was born on September 6, 1960 in St. Louis, MO; the daughter of the late Carlos Eugene Bishop. Barbara was a loving homemaker, mom, grandma and great-grandma who enjoyed her days of playing video games, crocheting and shopping at the local Goodwill. She had a special love for her doggie Duke and just loved spending time with her family. Barbara will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Barbara is survived by and will be missed by her son; Travis Bishop of Granite City; daughters, Michelle Bishop and fiancé Benjamin Wagner of House Springs, MO, Tanya and David Hohenadel of Pearl, MS; her companion, Kenny Staggs; grandchildren, Eli Hammons, Liam Hammons, Peyton Wagner, Marsha Grossie, Aaron Grossie, Christopher Grossie; great-grandchildren, Kyson and Jameson.

In celebration of Barbara’s life, a memorial gathering is being planned for Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Phoenix Crisis Center or Granite City A.P.A.

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Glenda Rae Moore, 81, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:06 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born September 27, 1939 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Ray Martin and Marie (Huffstutler) Moore.

She retired in May of 1999 as an Occupational Nurse and supervisor at Veeder Health Clinic at Granite City Steel after many years of dedicated service. Prior to working at Granite City Steel, she had worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital as an Emergency Room Nurse for several years as well as RN Department Head.

Glenda was a 1957 graduate of Granite City High School. She then attended and graduated from Barnes Jewish School of Nursing in 1960. She was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Collinsville since 2011 and had been active with several civic organizations throughout the years.

She loved traveling and was fortunate to travel the world, making four of the seven continents and all 50 states. Glenda appreciated sharing the history, culture, food and architecture of all the places she visited.

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

Glenda is survived by three nephews and one niece and their spouses, Richard and Tracey Moore of Granite City, Troy and Barbara Moore of Englewood, Florida, Peter and Karen Moore of Granite City, Angela and Mark Succarotte of Granite City; eight great-nieces and great-nephews, Hannah, Richie, Natalie, Amanda, John, Emily, Elijah and Sophia; six great-great nieces and great-great nephews, Kenzie, Nolan, Garrett, Berkley, Lawson and Tatum; a sister-in-law, Joyce Moore of Collinsville; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard M. “Rich” Moore.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at St. John United Church of Christ, 307 West Clay Street in Collinsville on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Jennifer Glover officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Michael A. “Mick” Suess Sr. of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the age of 78.

He was born September 25, 1942 in Granite City, Illinois, a son of the late Michael and Molly (Verba) Suess.

He married Patricia (Rozycke) Suess on February 8, 1964 in Granite City and she passed away on January 8, 1968.

Michael retired from Granite City Steel in 2002 after 42 years of dedicated service as a bricklayer.

He enjoyed his decades of coaching many teams through the Granite City Youth Sports programs. He coached flag football from 1959 until 1996 and was always proud of his “Little Rams”. He loved sports throughout his life and enjoyed his years of exploring caves. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving significant other of 30 years, Donna Swanson; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael A. Suess Jr. and Lee of Granite City; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Bradfield and Matthew of Austin, Texas; son, Douglas Suess of Denver, Colorado; eleven grandchildren, Kate, Patty, Abigail, Olivia, Thomas, Molly, Kyle, Sean, Jaydi, Julian and Landon; brother and sister-in-law, David Suess and Kathleen of Granite City; sister, Marilyn A. Perline of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

A private visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

A private funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel at 10:00 a.m. officiated by family and friends. You may watch the service livestream on his tribute wall on the chapels website.

Friends and family may join at Calvary Catholic Cemetery for a graveside service at 11:00 a.m.

Friends and family are asked to join at the Elks Lodge, 4801 Maryville Road in Granite City at 12:00 noon for a Celebration of Mick’s life.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Granite City Park District and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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Jasper “Don” Hasty, age 92, of East Alton, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home.

Don was born on January 28, 1929 in Sugarloaf Township, IL, a son of the late Drury Hasty and Melvina (Kirk) Hasty.

Don was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On February 11, 1950, Don married Donna Cline, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Don retired from General Motors after thirty-five years of dedicated service. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. Don was also a jack of all trades who could fix or build anything he put his mind to. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Don loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Hasty and by his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his devoted wife of seventy-one years, Donna Hasty of East Alton, IL; loving sons, Don (Barbara) Hasty of Maryville, IL, Darrell (Deborah) Hasty of Bushnell, FL and Darrin (Darla) Hasty of Edwardsville, IL; proud grandfather to nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Private visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a private funeral services will follow at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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On Thursday, April 16th, Jerry Lee Adams, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 84.

Jerry was born near Erin, Tennessee, grew up near Tennessee Ridge, and moved to Granite City, Illinois when he was 12. On October 17, 1953, he married Marcella Reed, and together they raised three children— Phyllis (Chris) Stewart, Janet (Jeff) Rainford and Mark Adams. Like his father, Jerry dedicated his life’s work to Granite City Steel, where he went to work at age 18, and stayed until he retired at age 62. Jerry was well respected by his co-workers, getting elected to serve in various capacities for Local 30 of the United Steel Workers of America.

Jerry had a passion for music. He loved great country artists like Glen Campbell, almost never missed an episode of the Grand Ol’ Opry, and himself played guitar in numerous bands, including the Country Music Machine. Jerry never missed a chance to play at family events, especially on Christmas Eve, where he was accompanied by his daughters on piano, and various relatives and in-laws on vocals. Jerry also gave up his time for other local musicians, serving as the recording secretary of the American Federation of Musicians local #520 for 31 years, up to his death.

Never one to sit still, Jerry ran his own landscaping business, Jerry L. Adams Grading and Landscaping. It was common for people in and near Granite City to see him riding a tractor, grading and seeding lots and cutting grass, until just a few weeks before his death.

Jerry also loved dogs. Over the years he had many different breeds of dogs and especially loved his black lab, Molly.

He also gave back to his community in myriad ways: as a Democratic committeeman, serving on the Nameoki Board of Trustees, was a member of the local Masonic Lodge #835 and Shrine Temple.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother Sally and his father Glenn Adams. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by five grandchildren, Ryan (Brooke) Senior, Jason (Alyssa) Stewart, Kyle Schmidt, Chrissy Nolan and Claire Rainford, two great grandchildren, Hayden and Alayna Senior, his brother and sister-in-law, Aaron and Anita Adams and his sister, Dorothy Thurston.

Private visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a private funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

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Wayne V. Bryant, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:34 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 6, 1935 in Granite City, a son of the late Wilbur and Mildred Bryant.

He married Donna Lee (Wickam) Bryant on August 29, 1964 in Granite City and she passed away on October 30, 2000.

He later married Carol (Jones) Beyer Bryant on May 23, 2007 in Granite City and she survives.

Wayne retired from the Engineering Department at Ameren after 35 years of dedicated service with Illinois Power.

He was a devoted and loving husband, dad, grandpa, stepfather, brother, uncle and friend and will greatly be missed by all.

To his co-workers and many others he was known as Wayno and to his good friend he was known as Buddy.

He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City where he was active with the choir. He had served his country with the National Guard. Wayne was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals fan for all 162 games unless they went to playoffs, then there were more games and he watched them all. His passion for bowling is undeniable. He loved it and all of the many friends he bowled with over the years and he kept the Pepsi people in business. Wayne was also a member of the Rt. 66 Club and had a passion for antique cars and trucks and enjoyed restoration and buying and selling throughout the years.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a son, Michael (Amy) Bryant of Granite City, three stepsons, Tony (Julie) Beyer of Granite City, Phillip (Donna) Beyer of Bunker Hill and Jim (Joanna) Beyer of Cahokia; eight grandchildren, Kacie Elizabeth Bryant and Brock Ryne Bryant, Justin, Bryan, Lindsey, Keri, Nathan and Josh Beyer; a great granddaughter, Marie Lily Beyer; a sister, Geraldine Recer Graham of Litchfield; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna (Gene) Maris.

In celebration of his life, a private visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 10 a.m. until time of private funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Richard Newcom officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the Kacie Bryant Benefit Fund or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Jim Beyer and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Carie G. Dickey, 49 of Granite City passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her home with her family by her side.

Carie was born on June 5, 1971 in Granite City and was an Administrative Assistant for EGA America in St. Louis. Carie enjoyed attending Calvary Life Church in Granite City and always put the needs of her children before her own. She will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Carie is survived by and will be missed by her children; Justine Grote and David Humphreys of St. Louis, MO, Colton Grote of Arnold, MO; her mom, Joyce (Shipp) Dickey; her dad, Gilbert Dickey; brother, Steven Dickey and a special niece, Gabby Graham.

In celebration of Carie’s life, a visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Evelyn’s House, 1000 N. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

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Gary Eugene Grieve, 74, of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on January 9, 1947 in Madison, IL to Albert Grieve and Marcella (Cave) Grieve.

Gary married Darlene Nelson in St. Louis, MO on November 27, 1970. He celebrated fifty years of marriage with the love of his life, Darlene, on November 27, 2020.

The U.S. Army veteran served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He retired from the Alton & Southern Railway after 37 years of service as a Carmen.  Gary enjoyed watching Cardinal baseball, woodturning, working on cars and fishing.  He also enjoyed reading Westerns, knitting and spending time with his family.

The loving husband and father is survived by his wife; 2 daughters:  Robyn (Thomas) Milos of Granite City, IL and Casey (Bradly) Sipes of Granite City, IL; 4 grandsons:  Tylor, Connor, Seth and Oliver; 2 great grandsons:  Grayson and Ash and a brother, Raymond (Diane) Grieve of Collinsville, IL.

 Gary is preceded in death by his son, Jason Grieve and his parents.

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

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Mattie V. Campbell, 91, of Madison, IL died on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Stearns Nursing & Rehab Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born on October 4, 1929 in Cullman, AL to Brock Allen and Maude (Parker) Brown.

Mattie married Charles Campbell and he preceded her in death.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed going to casinos,  travelling to Alabama to see her family, baking, gardening and taking care of her plants..

Mattie is survived by a son, Gary (Pamela) Campbell of Madison, IL; 4 grandchildren:  Gary Anthony Campbell, Tina Swalley, Tonya Campbell and Angie O’Malley; 4 great grandchildren:  Zachary Campbell, Kristen Fulton, Maurie Campbell and Charles Swalley; 7 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Joel Brown of Alabama and 2 sisters:  Shellby Jean Davis of Cullman, AL and Jimmenal Yates of Irondale, AL.

Besides her husband and parents, Mattie is preceded in death by 2 daughters:  Judy O’Malley and Janice Campbell; a grandson, Michael Midkiff; 2 brothers:  Buel Brown and Walter Allen Brown and a sister, Vonda Lee Atkins.

Services are private.

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

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Shirley Arlene Wilkinson, age 86, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Des Moines, IA, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at her home.

Shirley was born on September 11, 1934 in Des Moines, IA, a daughter of the late Vern Carter and Lois (Kinney) Carter.

On April 7, 1967, Shirley married Ronald L. Wilkinson in Des Moines, IA and Ronald passed away on January 5, 2008. Shirley had worked at Farm Fresh in Granite City, IL, then after moving to Des Moines, IA, she worked at Menards. She enjoyed going shopping with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was being a mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma. She was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family whom she loved dearly. Shirley will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Robert “Bobby” Ramirez; daughter, Delores “Lori” Tester; sister, Patricia Dunlap; and by her brothers, Don Faber, Glen Carter, Tom Carter and John Carter.

She is survived by her loving children, Debbie Grimm of Collinsville, IL, Lydia (Butch) Sipes of Granite City, IL, Denise (Randy) Tellor of Granite City, IL, Ray (Jill) Ramirez of Des Moines, IA, Rhonda (Dan) Abel of Pontoon Beach, IL and Gene (Connie) Wilkinson of Granite City, IL; sisters, Sandra Emery of Des Moines, IA and Pam (Bob) Dingman of Altoona, IA; proud grandmother to twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Private memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a private memorial service will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Vitas Hospice or to the family.

Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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George Raymond Davidson, age 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side.

George was born on August 19, 1942 in Piedmont, MO, a son of the late George Marion Davidson and Rachel Louise (Martin) Byers.

George was a United States Air Force veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On March 3, 1962, George married Phyllis Maxine Bunch, the love of his life in St. John, MO. George retired as a project manager from Spann Building Maintenance in St. Louis, MO. He was an active member of City Temple Church and City Temple Food Pantry in Granite City, IL. George was a people person who never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. George was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a friend to many. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. George will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Vanderbol; and by two brothers, Jimmy and Joe Davidson.

He is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Phyllis Davidson of Granite City, IL; loving daughter, Darlene (Jody) Pearman of Mitchell, IL, dear siblings, Judy Hankins of Mt. Zion, IL, Betty Baldwin of New Concord, KY, Jerry Davidson of Almo, KY, Ronnie Davidson of Granite City, IL and Chester (Marilyn) Seals of St. Louis, MO; proud grandfather to Kristen (Steven) Rippee of Mitchell, IL, Chase (Nicole) Taylor of Granite City, IL, Caleb Taylor of Mitchell, IL, Jonathan Pearman of Pontoon Beach, IL, Lauren Pearman of Granite City, IL and Isaiah Pearman of Mitchell, IL; proud great-grandfather to Seth, Ryder, Kayla, Rylee, Eden and Lorelai; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at City Temple Church, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at City Temple Church, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Sam Hart officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Memorial donations may be given to City Temple Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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

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Richard L. Stone Sr. 66 of Granite City passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Richard was born on July 17, 1954 in Carrolton, IL; the son of the late LaVerne and Betty (Buck) Stone. Richard was a forklift driver who was a huge Chicago Cubs fan and in his free time he enjoyed his days of doing yard work or decorating his home for any holiday. He had a special love for his doggie Jane and loved to spend time with his family. He will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Richard is survived by his wife; Judith (Moore) Hudson; son, Richard L. and Mandi Stone Jr. of Roxana, IL; daughters, Michelle and Vincent Kolb of East Alton, IL, Danielle Coates of East Alton, IL; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Leo and Kristine Stone; sister, Melody and Gary Foutch and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his former wife; Luven Stone; brothers, Lloyd Stone, Bill Buck; sister, Bert Ontis.

In celebration of Richard’s life, a family and friends burial will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.

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Donald “Don” Lynn Dermott, age 56, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Don was born on April 23, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL, a son of the late Orlo Dermott and Mary Sue (Riddle) Dermott.

On December 4, 2009, Don married Cynthia Cripps, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Don retired from the grounds maintenance department at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL, after many years of dedicated service. He enjoyed being outdoors boating and swimming. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, whom he loved dearly. Don especially loved the time he spent with his precious granddaughter. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and a friend to many. Don will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Dermott.

Don is survived by his devoted wife, Cynthia Dermott of Granite City, IL; loving daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Mark Piechoinski of Granite, IL; dear brother, Richard Dermott of Granite City, IL; proud grandpa to Madyson Piechoinski; many nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.

Private visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a private funeral service will follow at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral chapel with Pastor Mike Rayson officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to Pound Pets or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

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Catherine E. “Cathi” Gitchoff, 66, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:31 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021.

She was born January 27, 1955 in Granite City, a daughter of Shirley (Morgan) Batson of Rosewood Heights and the late James Batson.

She married Drew Gitchoff on September 24, 1983 in Granite City and he survives.

She was a clerk with the Madison County States Attorney’s office with over 35 years of dedicated service. She served as the President of AFSCME Local #799 and was and true advocate for the people.

She cherished her children and grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. Cathi was a fierce advocate for her friends and was always doing for others throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening in her spare time.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Tim Manibusan of Edwardsville and a son, Jon “Alex” Gitchoff of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Noah and Ben Manibusan; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Wendy Batson of Staunton and Christopher and Cindy Batson of Alton; a sister, Becky Hayes of Rosewood Heights; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Milo and Cara Gitchoff of Maine; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many cherished friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Tim and Andy Batson.

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

Memorials may be made to Children’s Home and Aid, 2133 Johnson Road, Suite 104, Granite City, IL 62040.

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Harriet N. Hull, 71 of Granite City passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in St. Louis.

Harriet was born on March 31, 1950 in Murphysboro, IL; the daughter of the late Harry and Verley (Robinson) Lindsey. Harriet was a custodian at The Fountains in Granite City and a member of the red hat society. In her free time, Harriet enjoyed her days of watching her birds and playing with her grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Harriet is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Terry Hull of Granite City, John Hull of Granite City; grandchildren, Logan Hull , Noah Hull and Connor Hull all of Granite City; her brothers, Bob and Ernie; sisters, Doris and Carol.

In addition to her parents, Harriet was preceded in death by her husband; Gerald Logan Hull, whom she married on May 31, 1972; her sisters, Marian and Tina; brothers, Rex and Paul.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Sam Hart officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Yvonne M. Adelsberger, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:28 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Liberty Village of Maryville.

She was born January 26, 1936 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Basil and Etta (Reading) Wilson.

She had worked as a motel desk clerk in Granite City for many years.

She attended Glenview Assembly of God Church in Granite City and loved playing Bingo. She cherished her family and friends and will be remembered for the love and special times she shared.

She is survived by a son, William Adelsberger of Granite City; grandchildren, Joelle Adelsberger, Payge Adelsberger, Emma Adelsberger, Tricia Adelsberger and Camilla Rogers; many great grandchildren; five siblings and their spouses, Evelyn and Dan Holmes of Granite City, Richard and Loretta Wilson of Granite City, Flora Graham of Ohio, David and Joyce Wilson of Granite City and Patricia and Bob Parks of Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, William Adelsberger; two sisters, Wanda Baumberger and Edna Gean and a brother, Charles Wilson.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

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

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Dolores Jean Milton, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL.

Dolores was born on November 8, 1930 in St. James, MO, a daughter of the late Frank Davis and Emma (Burke) Davis.

On November 7, 1952, Dolores Davis married Odell Milton, the love of her life at First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL, and Odell passed away on June 11, 1982. Dolores was a faithful member of First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL. Dolores retired as a clerk from the government after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed gardening, solving crossword puzzles and was an avid coin collector. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Dolores was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dolores was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Davis.

She is survived by her loving children, Alan (Cynthia) Milton of Grafton, IL, David (Marianne) Milton of Granite City, IL and Paul (Lisa) Milton of Moro, IL; proud grandmother to Michele (Michael) Kupke, Melissa Milton, Jennifer (Drew) Rose, Jacqueline (Jake) Forys, Michael (Emily) Milton and Bradley Milton; proud-great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Private visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a private funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser officiating.

Dolores will be laid to rest next to Odell at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

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Marcella A. “Pickle” Barnes, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:34 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born August 25, 1938 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Martin and Ann (Robertson) Schubert.

She married Alvin T. “Skeets” Barnes III on January 26, 1957 in Granite City and he passed away on January 31, 2021.

Marcella retired from Granite City Steel after many years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of Central Christian Church in Granite City and will forever be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She enjoyed her days of playing cards, cross-stitching, golfing and entertaining. She had a love for all holidays and put her heart and soul into making each one special with unique gifts for all and hosting the holiday get togethers. She loved shopping and her family and friends always enjoyed the “Marathon Shopping Day”.

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy (Gary) Warren of Edwardsville, Debby (David) Lovett of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Kathy (Steve) Wehling of Edwardsville and Becky (Phillip) Thebeau of Edwardsville; nine grandchildren and spouses, Jessie (Andrew) Cawvey, Jackie (Travis) Roth, Jeff Gwinnup, Lisa Gwinnup, J.J. Gwinnup, Allison (Josh) Ferry, Emily (James) Washburn, Casey (Kayla) Thebeau and Carly Thebeau; eight great grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Thomas of Granite City; a sister-in-law, Pat Schubert of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 64 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Schubert and a brother-in-law, Vernon Thomas.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be held at Central Christian Church in Granite City on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Derrell Brame officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Barnes family would like to thank the staff of Meridian Village for the years of love and care given to our parents.

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Robert L. “Bob” Churchwell, 88, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon.

He was born September 10, 1932 in Bridgeport, Illinois, a son of the late Sam and Mary Elizabeth (Bock) Churchwell.

He married Joyce J. (Heil) Churchwell on October 1, 1960 at the Third Baptist Church in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from Ingersoll-Rand in 1997 after over 20 years of dedicated service as a mechanic.

The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War and was grateful to have participated with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight last year.

He was a member of the Holiday Shores Baptist Church in Edwardsville and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. He enjoyed his days of traveling, reading and playing cards and games. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Mark and Jennifer Churchwell of Maryville, Lora and Ken Fuller of Granite City, Cheri and David McCaslin of Kansas City, Missouri and Stacy and Stephen Morrissey of Coronado, California; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Alisa and Stephen Moyer, Derek and Aurora Churchwell, Lyndsay Fuller, Kylie Fuller, Tegan McCaslin, Duncan and Emily McCaslin, Josie Morrissey and Mallory Morrissey; four great grandchildren, Norah, Joshua, Micah and Caleb Moyer; two sisters, Donna Bick of Tennessee and JoAnn Yonan of South Carolina; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jon and Debra Heil of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene Churchwell and Donnie Churchwell and a sister, Ramona Biggs.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Bethel Baptist Church, 7775 Collinsville Road in Troy, Illinois on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Robert Lemon officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice or to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

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Madeleine M. King, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Cedarhurst of Granite City.

She was born February 7, 1930 in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Blum) Stalder.

Madeleine loved to play Bingo and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. King and a brother, Fermand Stalder and sister, Germaine Hallard

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Michelle King of High Ridge, Missouri; a daughter and son-in-law, Madeleine and Robert Benton of Magnolia, Delaware; grandchildren, Christy King and Charles E. King; other grandchildren; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; extended family and friends.

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

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

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Donna Faye Harper, 76, of Granite City died on Monday, April 5, 2021 at her home.

She was born on December 16, 1944 in Granite City, IL to Raymond and Ruby Harper.

Donna married Michael Shields in Granite City, IL.

The loving wife and mother was a member of SEIU and she enjoyed photography and cake decorating.

Donna is survived by her husband; 2 sons:  John (Angela) Snyder of Boiling Springs, SC and James (Holly) Snyder of  San Diego, CA; a step-daughter, Carol Snyder of Granite City, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Tiffany Miner, Kailey Snyder, Hannah Snyder, Dillon Snyder and Josh Snyder; 3 great grandchildren:  Ian, Garrett and Logan and a nephew, Michel Irwin of Granite City, IL.

Besides her parents, Donna is preceded in death by a brother, Charles Irwin.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  COVID 19 protocols will be in effect.  Masks are required.

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Mary R. Ritchie, 87 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

Mary was born on February 12, 1934 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Louie and Vita (Drelea) Cionko. Mary was a Real Estate Agent for many years, working for various agencies throughout the metro area. She was a member of Abundant Life Church in Alton and a person who loved all people, especially her family. She enjoyed her days of water volleyball and spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Mary is survived by and will be missed by her sons; John and Kathleen Ritchie of Granite City, Harold and Lynne Ritchie Jr. of St. Peters, MO; grandchildren, Jennifer and Matt Lenze, John Ritchie Jr. and Lauren Pearman, Nicholas Scarbourough, Jessica and Mike Killion, Harold Ritchie III, Sam Ritchie; great-grandchildren, Ada Rose Lenze, Elle Killion, Nora Killion; sister, Helen Lindsay and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded by her husband; Harold Lee Ritchie, whom she married on November 27, 1954; her daughter, Diane Lynn Ritchie; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In celebration of Mary’s life, visitation will be on Monday, April, 12, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Beverly Farms, 6301 Humbert Road in Godfrey.

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Gary Raymond Jenkins, 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Fri. Apr. 2, 2021 at Stearns Nursing & Rehab in Granite City.

He was born June 3, 1940 in Metropolis, IL to the late Guy & Vivian (Slankard) Jenkins.

On Sept. 19, 1959, he and Billie D. Gentry were married in Madison, IL.  She survives in Granite City.

Gary had been a police officer with SIU – Edwardsville and later worked security in Florida.  He loved golf and listening to music.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons: Scott (Judi) Jenkins and Sean Jenkins of Granite City; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Guy Jenkins.

Graveside services with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks.

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Robert Anthony Bronnbauer, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:44 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 1, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born Jan. 20, 1964 in Granite City to Barbara (Wagner) Bronnbauer of Granite City and the late Heinz Bronnbauer.


On July 21, 2009, he and Jinnifer Pollard were married in Granite City.  She preceded him in death Oct. 3, 2015.

Robert worked was an operator for Geodis.  He was a member of the Marine Sportsman’s Club and loved to fish.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister: Susan (Randy) Hall; and a brother: Dan Bronnbauer all of Granite City.

Services will be private.  Burial will be at Wanda Cemetery.

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Keith Talley, age 74, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side.

Keith was born on May 4, 1946 in Henderson, KY, a son of the late James A. Talley and Mildred H. (Harris) Talley.

Keith was a United States Coast Guard veteran who proudly served with honor. On June 1, 1974, Keith married Elizabeth Harris, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. He was a faithful member of Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. He retired as Fire Chief from Granite City, after many years of dedicated service. Keith never met a stranger and he was always willing lend a helping hand. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Keith was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a dear friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Keith was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica Jordan; and by a sister-in-law, Donna Talley.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Talley of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Jan Jordan of Granite City, IL and Jill (James) Brennan of Alton, IL; dear brothers, Don Talley of Winter Garden, FL and twin brother, Kenneth Talley of Gastonia, NC; proud grandfather to Drew Jordan of Granite City, IL; nephew, Ramon Talley of Livermoor, CA; beloved Shih Tzu, Sadie; extended family and many wonderful friends.

In celebration of his life, a private visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with a private funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Pastor Mike Allen officiating.

Keith will be laid to rest at Glen Carbon City Cemetery with honors conducted by the United States Coast Guard.

Memorial donations may be given to Clark Avenue Church of Christ or Granite City A.P.A.

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

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Karen S. Messick, 70 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Karen was born on October 4, 1950 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Nichols) Lurton.

Karen gave 35 years as a teacher for the Granite City School District and in her free time she enjoyed her days of traveling and reading. Most of all Karen loved spending time with her family and friends and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Karen is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Jean Messick, whom she married on October 2, 1993; daughters, Katie Cooper of Granite City, Mary Beth and Chris Alexander of Owensboro, KY; grandchildren, Andrew Alexander of Owensboro, KY, Patrick Alexander of Owensboro, KY; sister, Connie and Gary Zimmer of Florida and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Karen’s life, a private memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the ALS Association.

March 2021 Obituaries