Obituaries April 2023

April 2023 Obituaries

Kara Lynn (Feeney) Smith, 59, of Granite City, Illinois, left this world on Friday, April 21, 2023. Kara was born on March 8, 1964, in Granite City, Illinois to parents, George and Mary Margaret (Tudy) (nee Williams) Feeney.

Kara Lynn was a nurse for 20 years, a profession she was very proud of.  She loved everything sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and St. Louis Blues fan.  She was very proud of the fact that she was the first girl to play baseball in the Granite City Park District Program.

 In her early adult years, she could often be found playing softball, soccer, volleyball, or pool.  Kara Lynn was a Trekkie!  She loved everything Star Trek, was curious about space and her most recent passion was Star Trek Picard.  She was also a history buff and shared her love of history with her son, Andrew.  Her all-time favorite TV series was Supernatural.  She always had a fascination for the occult.  Her greatest pride and joy were her children, Mariah and Andrew and her granddaughter Hadley Gude.  

Kara was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents Babe and Job Williams and her parents, George and Mary Margaret Feeney.

Survivors include her son, Andrew and Chloe (Compton) Feeney; daughter, Mariah (Brett Gude) Wampler; granddaughter, Hadley Gude; sister, Leigh Ann Pilcher; and brothers, Brent and Colin Feeney.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, 50 Fountain Drive, Glen Carbon, Illinois. A Celebration of Life Service will take place immediately following the visitation at the funeral home.

Cremation has been accorded by Sunset Hill Cemetery & Cremation Services, Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Kara Lynn was blessed with a double lung transplant on September 2, 2021.  The family is forever grateful for the loving care the Lung Transplant Team (really more like family) showered on her.   It was Kara Lynn’s wish and passion for donations to be given to the Lung Transplant Patient Care Fund.  
The family request In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be made to:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and in the memo state Lung Txp Patient Care Fund
Send to:
Rebecca Bathon
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Mailstop 90-75-597
4590 Nash Way, Suite 5300
St. Louis MO 63110
Phone 314-362-6127


Christie Lynn Evans, 72, formerly of Granite City, IL passed away Wed. Apr. 26, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Services are private.


Lorri Lee Buck, 58, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on June 4, 1964 in Parsons, KS to Philip and Judith (Hannon) Clark.

The loving mother and grandmother worked at Shotzys in Granite City, IL.  She enjoyed playing Yatzee and spending time with her family.

Lorri is survived by 2 sons:  Isaac Rose of Granite City and Bruce Rose of Granite City; 7 grandchildren:  Rocky, Isabella, Temperance, Skyleigh, Jurnee, Nick and Austin and 3 sisters:  Jerri (Mike) Brewer of Junction City, KS, Traci Clark of Granite City and Patti Addison of Junction City, KS.

Besides her parents, Lorri is preceded in death by her late husband, Philip Buck; dear friend, William “Bill” Cotton and a sister, Tammi Clark.

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


Virgil Allen Parrott, 57, of Wood River, Illinois passed away at 5:06 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City. He was born June 6, 1965, in Lemay, Missouri, a son of the late Richard Allen and Mary Ellen Parrott.

He married Elizabeth Ann (Aldridge) Parrott on February 3, 1990, in St. Louis, Missouri and she survives. Virgil was a mechanic throughout the years and enjoyed model cars and trains.

He was a volunteer with the Mitchell Fire Department and proudly served his country with the United States Army. He 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 four children, Matthew Allen of Granite City, James Best of Granite City, Mark Udell of Springfield and Jonathan Fahrner of Granite City; grandchildren, Timothy, Serenity, Lily, Emma and several others.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Sue Parrott.

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


Larry Wayne Sorenson, 65, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Tues. Apr. 25, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born June 18, 1957 in Granite City to the late Clarence & (Betty) Rowden Sorenson.

Larry had been a freelance tree trimmer for over 40 years.

He is survived by 5 grandchildren: Shana Naeve, Alyssa Naeve, Laura Gabbard, Daniel Sorenson and Devin Sorenson; 2 great-grandchildren: Rowen Sorenson and Khloe Fry; 2 brothers: Gary and David; and 3 sisters: Linda, Brenda and Glenda.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: Larry Wayne Sorenson Jr.; and a sister: Phyllis.

The family will hold a Celebration of Larry’s life at a later date.


Shirley VanGorkom, age 83, of Madison, IL, formerly of St. Louis, MO, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. Shirley was born on September 16, 1939 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Joseph LaBouyer and Virginia Robbers.

Shirley retired from Des Peres Hospital as a LPN and unit secretary after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed bowling and collecting angel figurines. 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, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Frans VanGorkom; sister, Patricia Davis; and by her stepfathers, Leonard Harper and Milton Robbers.

She is survived by her loving sons, Charles Coerver of Wentzville, MO, Jerry (Penny) Coerver of Sedalia, MO and Jeff Coerver of Sedalia, MO; dear siblings, Leonard (Gloria) Harper, Candace Chamberlain, Michael (Jocelyn) Harper and Richard (Mary Beth) Harper all of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Matthew (Suzi) Coerver, Eric (Danica) Coerver, Dustin Johnson and Erica Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Private interment will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, St. Louis, MO at a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to American Diabetes Association and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Kenneth Dale Stogsdill, 47, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:36 a.m. Sat. Apr. 29, 2023 at his home.

He was born Oct. 17, 1975 in Granite City to the late Jeanne Marie (Baker) Caudill and James Ronald Stogsdill. On Feb. 14, 2006, he and Amanda Jones were married in Belleville, IL.  She survives in Granite City.

Ken had worked at Total Metal Recycling as a shell burner.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters: Kaylie and Kylie Stogsdill; a son Kenneth Ryder; and 2 grandchildren: Kamren and Kayden all of Granite City.

Services are pending.


Gervis L. Kincy, 90 of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 28, 2023

Gervis was born on November 12, 1932 in Dexter, Missouri; the son of the late Earl and Hazel (Garner) Kincy. Gervis was an analyst for Granite City Steel retiring after 42 years of faithful service.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving in the 196th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Richardson Alaska where he earned a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He was an active member of Peace Church in Granite City and was well known for his gardening, especially his delicious tomatoes. 

Gervis was a talented woodworker who could make anything and was always ready for a good day of fishing. He was an avid and life-long runner who could often be seen running on Maryville Road in Granite City and had a special love of all of his family, especially his grandsons, Jack and Charlie. Gervis will be remembered by his family and friends as a gentle man that had a sweet and warm heart and always had a kind word for everyone.

Gervis is survived by and will be missed by his son and daughter-in-law; Stephen L. and Erin Kincy of Collinsville, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Lea Ann and Eric Oller of Troy, Illinois; grandsons, Jack Oller of Troy, Illinois, Charlie Oller of Troy, Illinois; sisters, Mynra Fields of Dexter, Missouri, Brenda Kincy of Sikeston, Missouri; brother, Autrey Kincy of Malden, Missouri; his care giver, Angela Pedigo and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gervis was preceded in death by his loving wife; Ann C. (Heflin) Kincy whom he married on September 15, 1956 in Granite City; brothers, Lendal L. Kincy, Leon Kincy; sisters, Lurlyne Snider, Jovada Kincy, Patsy Kincy.

In celebration of Gervis’s life, private family services will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Cory Penn officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans.


John Fred Knipping, age 92, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Edwardsville Care Center in Edwardsville, IL. John was born on August 22, 1930 in Evansville, IN, a son of the late Fred Knipping and Clara Knipping.

John was a Korean War veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army. On June 18, 1955, John married Geraldine Virginia Beasley, the love of his life and Geraldine passed away on April 28, 2016. John was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL. He was also a member of Egyptian Radio Club and a Ham Radio operator. 

 John was a self taught carpenter who built two of his own homes and a talented musician who loved playing the trumpet. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a dear friend. John will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving children, Kevin (Kelly) Knipping of Maryville, IL, Barb (Mike) Williams of Granite City, IL and Kathie (Curt) Burkett of Kingston, TN; proud grandfather to Elizabeth, Janice, Josh, Caleb, Alexandra, Luke and Lindsey; ten great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a private family interment will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Foundation for the Blind.

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


Patricia C. (Teetor) Spray, 72 of Caseyville, IL and formerly of Granite City, IL passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Highland Health Care Center surrounded by family.

Patricia was born on October 6, 1950 in Granite City; the daughter of the late John Orville Teetor. Patricia was an administrative assistant who enjoyed her days of crafting, traveling and bird watching, especially hummingbirds. Patricia was known by her family and friends as a person who had a heart of gold and always put others needs above her own. 

She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Patricia is survived by and will be missed by her mom, Evelyn (Mangrum) Teetor of Caseyville, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Gary Jr. and Gena Spray of O’Fallon, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Ryan Hawthorne of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Baylie Borth and Mark Edwards, Lynnzie Borth, Shelbie Borth, Payten Hawthorne, Madsion Spray; great-grandson, Aiden Edwards; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Rosie Teetor and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Patricia’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Greg Dickerman officiating at Heritage General Baptist Church, 3700 Ruth Drive in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the family for funeral expenses. Online condolences can be given at www.irwinchapel.com.


Gerald Ray Connor,66, of Granite City, IL passed away at 12:18 pm on April  27, 2023 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born to Albert and Helen (Simms) Connor on June 19, 1956 in Granite City, IL. Gerald met Ruth Kofron and they were married in St. Louis on March 12, 1983. Gerald was an outdoors man. He loved to hunt, fish and search for mushrooms. He was a jokester but would go out of his way to help anybody.  Gerald loved spending time with his family and tinkering around the property.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Connor, 2 daughters: Crystal (David) Miskelley, Kelly (Megan) Connor; 3 grandchildren: Alexis, Matthew and Jaxon Miskelley: 4 sisters: Dorothy Waggoner, Darlene Odom, Shelly Bettorf and Debra Sowash; a brother: Charles Connor; and his beloved dog: Layla.

Besides his parents is he preceded in death by 6 brothers; Joey Connor, Timothy Connor, Troy Connor, Ross Connor, Roy Connor and Ralph Connor, and his first family dog, Shadow.

Donations may be made in Gerald’s name to Autism Speaks or given directly to the family.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Mary Elizabeth Jackson Henson, 86, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born March 3, 1937, in Elsinore, Missouri, a daughter of the late Claude and Hattie (Dunlap) Epperson.

She married Neal Arnold Jackson in 1955 and he passed away in September 1986. She later married Dale Harold Henson on December 30, 2000, at Calvary Life Church in Granite City and he survives.

Mary had served as a custodian of Calvary Life Church with 30 years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of Calvary Life Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and bus driver and worker. She had also served as an Avon and Home Interiors representative for many years and enjoyed working as a volunteer during elections.  She was known for her great cooking, loved her days of gardening, canning and taking care of her home and family. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friends to many.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sandy and Rondel Lance of Hamilton, Ohio and Cathie Ottinger of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Laura B. Jackson of Brighton, Tennessee; a step-daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Lance Reynolds of New Douglas; a step-son, Kenny Henson of Collinsville; nine grandchildren, Rebecca, Jason, Josh, Cindy, David, Ben, Jessica, Nick and Matthew; eleven great grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her first husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Terry Ottinger and five brothers, Glen, Eugene, Howard, Harold and Jim Epperson.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Calvary Life Church.


Russell Eugene Sneed Jones, 78 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at his home.

Russell was born on October 26, 1944 in East St. Louis, Illinois; the son of the late Walter H. and Marjorie E. (Bishop) Jones Sr. Russell was a retired machinist that had worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis and Wiedland Rolled Products in East Alton. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Union 660 and in his free time Russell enjoyed his days spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Russell is survived by and will be missed by his son; Darrell and Samantha Jones of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Michelle and Jim Gruenewald of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Jarrod Gruenewald, Regina Michael Gruenewald, Conor Jones, Lyndsay Jones; brother, Walter H. Jones Jr.; sister, Wallene R. and John Frazier; life companion, Christie “Chrissy” Evans and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his sister, Marsha A. Weinert.

In celebration of Russell’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.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 the Epilepsy Foundation www.epilepsy.com or NAMI www.namistl.org.


Donna Earlene Smith, 79, of Marine and formerly of Madison passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  

She was born July 6, 1943 to William Fredrick and Zelda Mae (Snow) Laswell in Oakland City, IN.  She married Charles Edward “Ed” Smith October 28, 1961 in Granite City.  Donna worked for Dolly Madison as a cashier for over 25 years and the Collinsville Walmart as a greeter for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; five children and their spouses, Donna Christine (Paul) Nash of Marine, Keith Edward Smith (Mona Carter) of Granite City, Charles Andrew (Vickie) Smith of Chipley, FL. Jennifer Earlene (Don) Rick of Pocahontas and Connie Edwina Poston and (Chris Noud) of Pontoon Beach; twelve grandchildren, Jeremy (Jaci) Nash of Collinsville, Jason (Jamie) Nash of Highland, Jeffrey (Emily) Nash of Marine, Jared Nash (Reagan Holley) of Marine, Todd Smith and Brian Smith of Troy, Andrew Smith of Chipley, FL, Sarah Smith of Panama Beach, FL, Michael (Megan) Antonovich of St. Jacob, Kyle Antonovich of Highland, Jaime (Kyle) Poston-Kriz of St. Louis, MO and Ryan Poston of Belleville; thirteen great grandchildren; sister, Wanda Lee Stavely of Pontoon Beach and a brother, William Fredrick Laswell II of Marine

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Darlene Sue Livingston, Zelda Lorene Pierson and Kathy Elaine Parker.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 1-7 p.m. at the Marine Community Center, 406 East Division St, Marine, Illinois.  Cremation services were entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com


Kurtis Lane “Kurt” Kimbro, 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born July 11, 1954, in Granite City, a son of the late Carroll and Joyce M. (Blythe) Kimbro.

He married Sandy (Rozell) Kimbro on February 25, 1984, in Granite City and she survives.

Kurt retired as a foreman in May 2014 from American Steel after 21 years of dedicated service.

He was a dedicated member of the Eagles Aerie #1126 in Granite City where he had served five years as a trustee. He was a knowledgeable trivia player, enjoyed his days of playing softball and throwing horseshoes and was an avid dart and pool player. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 39 years, he is survived by four children, Lanelle (Jere) Heuer of Wood River, Kurtis Kimbro of Granite City, Dane Kimbro of O’Fallon and Sarah (Felipe Osorio) Kimbro of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Meagan Murphy, Holly Hendon, MacKenna Kimbro, Easton Osorio, Benjamin Kimbro, Lane Kimbro and Hayden Osorio; six great grandchildren; a sister, Lydia Wright of Granite City; a brother-in-law, George-O Free of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, with Chaplain Jim Chism officiating.

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

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


Ramona F. Burnett, 94, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:21 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Liberty Village in Maryville. 

She was born September 14, 1928, in Crossville, Illinois, a daughter of the late Harold and Lucille S. (Ballard) Crisel.

She married William A. “Bill” Burnett on May 28, 1966, in Alton, Illinois and he passed away on April 14, 2008.

Ramona retired from Granite City Steel after many years of dedicated service in Human Resources. She enjoyed music and was a member of Sweet Adelines for many years. She was also a member of the Granite City Business and Professionals Women and the Gateway Regional Medical Centers Healthy Circle group and enjoyed attending H.O.P.E. and L.I.F.T. widow’s luncheons. Ramona served as a volunteer at Gateway Regional Medical Center, working in the gift shop, had served as a former chairwoman, a buyer and helped with many other events to support the auxiliary. She knew that she wanted to volunteer after her retirement in Human Resources and always enjoyed involving her time and efforts in each task and had accumulated 10,927 hours of volunteering with the auxiliary. Her love, kindness and devotion to others will not be forgotten. Throughout her life, she was a generous person, loved keeping her house in tip top shape and displayed much courage, strength and great sense of humor in her life.

Ramona is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tammy Norris of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Larry Weaver of Granite City; two grandchildren, Nathan and wife, Laura Weaver of St. Louis and Erin Weaver of Ignacio, Colorado; a great grandson, Austin Weaver of Granite City; a sister, Marsha Horton of Pasadena, Texas; a sister-in-law, Donna Crisel of Decatur, Illinois; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 42 years and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Don Crisel, Gerald Orrick and Joe Sobczak.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorials Estates in Glen Carbon.

As an expression of sympathy and if you so desire, memorials may be made to the Fisher House, P.O. Box 998, Fenton, MO 63026, BJC Hospice, 2220 South State Rt. 157, Glen Carbon, IL 62034 or to a charity close to you heart and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Helen R. Meredith, 88, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with her Lord and Savior at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born July 18, 1934, in Trigg County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Wil Foster and Cora B (Bivens) Stack.

She married Albert O. Meredith on July 21, 1951, in Corinth, Mississippi and he passed away on December 20, 1987.

Helen retired from K-Mart in Granite City after 12 years of dedicated service as a department worker and salesperson.

She was a faithful member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Granite City. She devoted over 60 years of ministry to the church and the church family throughout the years and will be remembered for her cooking and always organizing luncheons. Her integrity in life, true love and compassion to help others will always be remembered.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Cindy Meredith of Granite City and Richard and Christy Meredith of Granite City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Randy Gerdt of Granite City and Margaret and Gaylon Harris of Granite City; eleven grandchildren and spouses, Don and Laura Ellis of New Douglas, Steve and Melody Ellis of Grant Fork, David and Jennifer Ellis of Highland, Amanda and Tim Shelton of Troy, Josh and Megan Harris of Pocohontas, Patrick and Tammy Meredith of Hoboken, New Jersey, Ian and Andy Meredith of Caseyville, Travis Gerdt of Godfrey, Amy and David Green of Maryland Heights, Missouri, Samantha and Kyle Parker of Phoenix, Arizona and C.J. Penrod of Granite City; many great grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Eleanor Sowell, Louie Sowell, Bessie Knight Dennis, Mae Pace and Evelyn Pace and three brothers, Wil N. Stack, Henry F. Stack and Lawrence Stack.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Bethesda Baptist Church, 3035 Nameoki Drive in Granite City on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with her beloved pastor and friend, Reverend David Denton officiating. 

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

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


Thomas Craig Stephens, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:40 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at his home.

He was born January 15, 1954, in Granite City, a son of the late Thomas D. and Dixie A. (Grove) Stephens.

He married Claudia R. (Corey) Stephens in 1981 at the Presbyterian Church in Mitchell and she passed away on February 1, 2015.

Craig retired in 2016 from AT&T after 25 years of dedicated service with information technology.

He was a member of the Granite City Eagles aerie #1126 and enjoyed games with family and on the computer. He was an avid history buff, was very knowledgeable and intrigues with the Civil War and made numerous visits to many Civil War sites throughout the United States with family. He was a collector of historical war artifacts, replicas and miniature models and also enjoyed taking in scenery on a nice drive. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Bryant of Granite City; a son, Thomas Christopher Stephens of Granite City; two grandchildren, Kacie Bryant and Brock Bryant; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jamie and Dave Morris of Crystal Lake, Amy and Scott Paterson of Granite City and Stacy and Phillip Rongey of Perryville, Missouri; seven nieces and nephews, Matt Paterson, Melissa Steitz, Shane Bourbon, Jordan Bourbon, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Pat Morris and Nick Morris; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Memorials may be made to Partner’s for Pets in Troy or to the Kacie Bryant Benefit Fund at any GCS Credit Union and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Juanita Opal Hutchison, age 102, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL. Juanita was born on December 18, 1920 in Dover, TN, a daughter of the late James Alexander Clinard and Hettie E. (Wallace) Clinard.

On October 5, 1940, Juanita married Theron Lester Hutchison, the love of her life in Trigg County, Kentucky and Theron passed away on May 17, 2009. She was a faithful member of Dewey Avenue United Methodist Church in Granite City, IL. She enjoyed being outdoors working in her garden and planting flowers.

 Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Juanita 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, Juanita was preceded in death by a son, Danny Hutchison; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Carlene Hutchison; and by her siblings, Max Clinard, Margaret Townzen, Jeanette Knott, Audrey Mills, Mildred Nicholls, Luther Clinard and Claude “Shorty” Ryder.

She is survived by her loving son, Larry (Cheryl) Hutchison of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Brian (Stephanie) Hutchison, Jeffrey (Kristi) Hutchison, Dr. Tim (fiancé Jennifer Brakebill) Hutchison and Todd Hutchison; 13 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jack Swank officiating. Juanita will be laid to rest next to Theron at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Southern Illinois and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Clara D. nee Plezynski, Hudzik, 97, of Granite City (formerly of Madison) IL, born on February 6, 1926 in Madison, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at home in Granite City, IL

Clara was a gentle, kind, generous, and loving wife, mother and homemaker. She spent most of her life caring for her children and grandchildren. Early in her life, she worked in the office at Stix Baer and Fuller.  Clara was a member of St Mary and St. Mark Parish, PRCU Lodge 1004 and Madison Amvets Post 204 Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and loved to dance the polka, read, do crossword puzzles, and play the slot machines.

She was preceded in death in 2017 by her husband Stanley Hudzik whom she married on June 19, 1948 at St. Mary’s Madison; her parents, Anthony Plezynski and Mary. nee Javorowski, Murawski; her stepfather Joseph Murawski; and her bothers and sisters: Helen Forys, John Lapinski, Leona Bamper, Joseph Lapinski, Alex Lapinski, and Cecilia Mance.

Surviving her are her children: Joan (Raymond) Anderson of Granite City, Albert (Diane) Hudzik of Columbia, IL, Rose Ann (Ron) Jones of Granite City, Sandra Hudzik of Madison, and Anthony Hudzik of Madison; grandchildren, James and Jeffrey Watson, Elizabeth Heermance, Matthew Hudzik, Darren and Trent Jones, Andrea Clutts and Jaclyn Hudzik; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Edwin Hudzik; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary and St Mark’s Parish or Promedica Hospice.

Visitation and Funeral Services: Visitation from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at St Mary and St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Madison, IL, with a mass to follow at 11:00, with Fr. Steve Thompson officiating. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL


Joyce Fay Pertee, 76, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, IL.

She was born on May 4, 1946 in Clarksville, TN to Odine Riggs and Elizabeth (Faxton) Cook.

Joyce married Wayne Howland who preceded her in death then she remarried Grayell Slusher who also preceded her in death.

The loving mother and grandmother loved to sing and dance.  She enjoyed karaoke and she also enjoyed decorating.

Joyce is survived by a daughter, Tammy Howland of Granite City; a son, Steve Howland of Edwardsville, IL;  10 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; 3 brothers:  Jimmy Riggs of TN, Willard Riggs of TN and Ricky Gilbert of Granite City and a sister, Pat Securka of Cuba, MO.  Also surviving is a special granddaughter, Elizabeth Williams of Granite City.

Besides her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by a daughter, Melinda Howland; 2 sons:  Michael “Big Mike” Howland and Grayell Slusher, Jr; 2 brothers, Virgil Riggs and Charles Gilbert; 2 sisters, Gladys Johnson and Regina Gilbert and her companion, Robert “Bob” Preston.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd in Granite City.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Thomas Lawrence “Larry” Morrison, 78, of Granite City and Alton, Illinois and formerly of Bethany, Illinois passed away at 12:02 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born March 22, 1945, in Decatur, Illinois, a son of the late Virgil and Imelda (Reedy) Morrison.

Thomas was a farmer throughout his life and was a lifelong member of Saint Isidore Catholic Church in Bethany, Illinois.

He is survived by a son, Mick Morrison of St. Charles, Missouri; a daughter and son-in-law, Brisyn and Randy Ritchie of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Logan Hupp, Heston Morrison, Jaxsyn Ritchie and Evyn Ritchie; a great granddaughter, Oaklyn Hupp; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margie and Jim Spencer of Plainfield, Indiana and Mary Ann and Eddie Coyle of Chesterfield, Missouri; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Courtney Morrison; a sister, Jane Mundy and a brother, Timothy Morrison. In celebration of his life, services will be held at a later date.

Burial will be at the Saint Isidore Catholic Cemetery in Bethany, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the Saint Isidore Catholic Church,364 County Road, 2000 North, Bethany, IL 61914 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9370 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132.


Jimmy Dean “Jim” Hancock, 67, of East Alton and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:43 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jim was born December 15, 1955, in Hartford, Illinois, a son of the late James Monroe Hancock and the late Rebecca Louis (Stinnet) Manning.

He married the love of his life, Esther Kathleen “Kathy” (Hutchins) Hancock on November 24, 1978, at Calvary Life Church in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 1998 from Laclede Steel in Alton after 25 years of dedicated service as a steelworker.

He was a faithful and dedicated member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City where he has served as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, bus driver, Royal Ranger leader, usher and greeter. He had a love for his Lord and Savior, his church and his church family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. He enjoyed his many trips to Silver Dollar City in Branson and loved listening to Southern gospel music. He also enjoyed his car rides up the River Road, watching the eagles and cooking and was known for his tasty chili.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, James Dean Hancock of East Alton and John Matthew Hancock of East Alton; a son-in-law, Daniel David Morrell of Alton; a grandson, David Keith Morrell of Alton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Ken Dodd of Neosho, Missouri and Suzan and Phillip Waldrop of Neosho, Missouri; a brother, Timothy Hancock of Kansas City, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three daughters, Amanda Grace Hancock and Rebecca Kathleen Hancock and Amy Ruth Morrell and one brother, Daniel Hancock.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. A private burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Hancock family to assist with funeral expenses and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Jared Austin Petty, 29 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Jared was born on July 27, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri and was a talented vocalist and piano player. Jared had a heart of a pastor and truly cared for people. He served as Worship Pastor at Woodward Avenue Church of God in Athens, Tennessee for over 3 years. Jared knew from a young age that he wanted to attend Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee. 

After high school graduation in 2011, Jared enrolled at Lee University where he was a member of Campus Choir throughout his college career and served as Student Director for a year. Jared was a former member of Twin Rivers Church in St. Louis and a former member of Friendship Assembly of God in St. Louis. Jared loved to sing and play the piano and was well known for his “larger than life” personality and his contagious laugh. Jared had a unique personality and a heart of gold. He never met a stranger and was always ready to enjoy a game night with his family and friends. Most of all Jared loved the Lord, his family and friends and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Jared is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Nicole (Lewallen) Petty, whom he married on November 19, 2016; his parents, Steve and Rebecca (Matthews) Petty of Granite City, Illinois; siblings; Chysawndra (Petty) and Steven Schultz of Dripping Springs, Texas, Nathan and Mandi Petty of Imperial, Missouri, Rachel Petty and Whitney Petty of Granite City, Illinois; nephews and nieces, Ethan Petty, Owen Petty, Delaynie Petty, Chandler Schultz, Everett Schultz, Wendy Schultz; grandma, Alma Matthews; father and mother-in-law, Brian and Dana Lewis; father-in-law, Glenn Lewallen; brother-in-law, Joel Lewallen; aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends.

Jared was preceded in death by his grandparents; Jimmy “Grandpa” Matthews, U.L. “Pa” and Patsy “Granny” Petty.

In celebration of Jared’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023 at12:00 p.m. at Twin Rivers Church, 10575 Tesson Ferry Road in St. Louis. The family will receive visitors from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Woodward Avenue Church of God, 507 Woodward Ave. Athens, TN 37303. On line condolences may be given at www.irwinchapel.com.


Elaine (Zotti) DeShasier, 76, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:22 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Select Hospital at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born March 19, 1947, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Leonard “Lenny” and Emmadella E. (Schmidt) Zotti.

Elaine retired in 2012 from Bank of America after 25 years of dedicated service in banking. She had also worked many years at Mrs. Seibold’s Bakery in Granite City.

She was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Granite City. Elaine had a passion for the wildlife in her yard and loved watching and feeding her birds and possums and many other critters that would join. She loved family gatherings and was always ready to go out to eat.

She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda DeShasier of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Roselyn and Andy Snodgrass of Belleville; a niece, Jaime Snodgrass; a nephew, Justin and Abbey Snodgrass; two great nieces, Ashlyn Rose Mueller and Remy Snodgrass; many cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne Marie Zotti and Carolyn Zotti.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the Treehouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road, Dow, IL 62022 and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Sharon Lynn Norton, 68, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Sun. Apr. 16, 2023 at her home.

She was born Jan. 11, 1955 in Granite City to the late Joyce (Love) Denson and Omer Bridges.

Sharon loved to watch the Cardinal games and to play Bingo at the Township and VFW.

She is survived by a daughter: Lisa K. Boyer; a son: Ray Norton; 2 grandchildren: Bradley and Taylor; 6 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters: Kathy (Mark) Hornsey, Kay Bopp and Elaine Denson; and Sharon’s longtime companion: Brian Garrison, all of Granite City.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Tom Bridges and Danny Huebner; and 2 sisters: Debbie Copeland and Janet Denson.

Services are private.


Richard Jay Dooley, 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:54 a.m. Sun. Apr. 16, 2023 at his home.

He was born Dec. 5, 1950 in Chicago, IL to the late Thomas Jay and Ethel (Lyerla) Dooley.

On Jan. 23, 1971, he and Brenda J. Jones were married in East St. Louis, IL.  She survives in Granite City.

Richard owned and operated Rich’s Autobody for 35 years before his retirement.  He loved to golf and bowl.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Lisa (Michael) Crawford of Wood River, IL; a son: Richard Edward (Anna Marie Garrity) Dooley of Granite City; 4 grandchildren: Colton Crawford, Keelan Crawford, Chase Heidemann and Andria Hileman; a great-grandson: Zachery Hileman; and 2 brothers: Tom (Pat) Dooley and Gary (Rhonda) Dooley of Edwardsville, IL.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Thelma Slayton.

SERVICES ARE PENDING

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


Charles Ray Cooper, 72, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:15 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023, at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born November 15, 1950, in Granite City, a son of the late James and Rose (Ceresero) Cooper.

Charles retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Marines Corp. Charles enjoyed his days of playing golf and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth and Katie; a sister, Roseann Koelker; a brother, Terry Cooper; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and he will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. 

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.


Donald Wayne Mull, 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Fri. Apr. 14, 2023 at OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, IL.

He was born Mar. 27, 1951 in Granite City to the late William Robert & Lavern R. (Perkins) Mull.

On June 5, 1971, he and the former Betty Sue Nipper were married in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Don had worked for Tarliss Meat Co. and then for Laclede Steel.  After his 2nd retirement he then worked for Copp Trucking.  Don was a funny and witty man who loved to be with his family.  He loved to be outdoors fishing and hunting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Tina (Brian) Tieman of Granite City and Anthony W. Mull of Greenville, IL; 5 grandchildren: Ciara (Nick) Zambino, Daisy Sue Tieman, Shayne Tieman, Charlotte Mull and Tony Mull; and a brother: Dan (Tammy) Mull of Granite City.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Robert and Michael Mull.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at Noon Fri. Apr. 21, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center.

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


June Lee Carr, 87, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:48 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 13, 2023 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL.

She was born Dec. 29, 1935 in East St. Louis, IL to the late Leslie & Irene (Palmer) Lobsinger.

On Feb. 5, 1955, she married Kenneth Douglas Carr in Maplewood, IL.  He preceded her in death Aug. 5, 2021.

June is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: William & Lynnea Carr of Granite City and Robert & Laura Carr of Staunton, IL; 4 grandchildren: Brian (Angel) Carr, Amie Clemens, Dustin (Diane) Rieger and Stacy (David) Parrish; 5 great-grandchildren: Reese Rieger, Jaeden Rieger, Addyson Clemens, Elliott Carr and Emerson Carr; and 2 brothers: Kenney and Donnie Lobsinger.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: Ronnie Lobsinger; and 4 sisters: Jackie Doss, Linda Atkins, Carol Lane and Pat Lieb.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wed. Apr. 19, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thurs. Apr. 20, 2023.  She will be laid to rest with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


James Ronell “Roe” Hildreth, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Stearns Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born November 24, 1940, in Stewart County, Tennessee, a son of the late Joseph Ollie and Mary Christine (Rainwater) Hildreth.

He married the love of his life, Janice Elaine (Townsend) Hildreth on December 16, 1960, in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from the Federal Government after many years of dedicated service in HVAC. James proudly served his country with the United States Navy and served as a parachute rigger. He was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and had served as a Royal Ranger leader for many years and enjoyed the many camping trips and the Ranger Rendezvous outings. He had served as a college Bible teacher, a member of the Men’s Breakfast group, served as an Election Judge, was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., participated with the Navy Sea Cadets and enjoyed working with classmates on his class reunions. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and was an avid gun collector and enjoyed attending Bluegrass festivals throughout the years.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cassy-Lynn Hildreth of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Ian Ronell and Becky Hildreth of Buckner, Illinois; three grandchildren, Candice “Candi” Hildreth, Matthew (Ashlyn Dierkes) Barton and Rachael (Michael) Guthrie; a great grandson, Holland Oliver Guthrie; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Michael Hildreth; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Fred Reed and many other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, April 17, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard and Reverend Eddy Brown officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Susan Alexis (Prokopich) Montgomery, 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

She was born October 31, 1961, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of Carolyn A. (Cook) Prokopich Cole of Springfield, Illinois and the late Alexander A. Prokopich.

Susan worked at Southwestern Illinois College in Granite City with over 20 years of dedicated service in Student Support Services.

She was a faithful member of Johnson Road Baptist Church. She had a love for music, theater, writing, reading and journaling. She had a passion for all animals, enjoyed visiting St. Louis and always enjoyed her trips to the zoo.

In addition to her beloved mother, she is survived by a daughter, Rachel Alexis Montgomery and fiancé, Zachary Luthy of Maryville; a son, Benjamin M. Montgomery of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Kerry and Joseph Ruggeri of Petersburg, Illinois; a brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Lorraine Prokopich of Elsah, Illinois; many special nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Mark A. Prokopich.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 15, 2023, with Reverend Larry Blankley officiating. 

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

Memorials may be made to Johnson Road Baptist Church or to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home.


John Ray Williams, 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:27 p.m. Tues. Apr. 11, 2023 at Granite Nursing & Rehab in Granite City.

He was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Caraway, AR to the late Josie (Vines) Cameron and John M. Williams.

On Nov. 26, 1954, he and Evelyn Sue Conner were married in Osceola, AR.  She survives.

John was a U.S. Airforce Korea war veteran.  He then worked for Bi-State Transportation and retired as a mechanic.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters: Llena Rene’ Williams of Granite City and Burlie Johnnette (Jay Tucker) Williams of Madison, WI; 2 sons: Steven D. (Tammy) Williams and James Lloyd (Danielle) Williams of Granite City; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 5 siblings: Joe Donald Williams, Clayton Williams, Grady Williams, Delia Faye Clements and Shirley M. Andrews.

There will be a private memorial service for the immediate family.


Albert Dean Blaylock, 89 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, April 7, 2023 at BJC Christian Hospital NE in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lovingly known as Al (the Coke man), he was born on December 1, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Timothy Earl and Stella Mae (Murray) Blaylock. Al worked over 35 years as a truck driver salesman for Coca Cola and retired at the age of 55.

He was a member of House of Victory Church in Rosewood Heights, IL where he enjoyed attending and spending time with his pastor and friends. In his free time, Al enjoyed tinkering in his garage, talking cars with anyone, working on someone’s vehicle, or just going for a drive. He also loved spending time with his family, talking on the phone with friends near and far, and will be remembered for his love and acceptance of others, always ready to lend a helping hand. He lived by the saying, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.”

Albert is survived by and will be missed by his children: Deanna (Brian) Chastain of Granite City, IL, Cynthia (Rodger) Doherty of Florissant, MO; son, Jonathan (Gina) Blaylock of Granite City, IL; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Burgess of Okmulgee, OK and other close family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his loving wife; Betty Joann (McKeown) Blaylock, whom he married on December 13, 1956; grandson, Andrew Doherty; brothers, Earl T. Blaylock, Robert Blaylock; and sister, Gay Naslund.

In celebration of Albert’s life, a memorial gathering is being held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor Tim Naylor officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the House of Victory Church in Rosewood Heights, IL.


Sandra A. “Sandy” Dickerman, 70 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, April 10, 2023 at her home surrounded by the love of her family.

Sandy was born on July 21, 1952 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Gordon and Dolores (Vaughn) Failoni. Sandy was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Granite City and was well known for her love of scrapbooking. Sandy was a loving wife, mom and grandma who adored her family and was always putting others needs above her own. She will be remembered for the love of the Lord and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Sandy is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; Gregory Dickerman, whom she married on July 31, 1971; son and daughter-in-law, Gregory Michael and Laura Dickerman of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Christina “Christy” Moore of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Abby Dickerman , Benjamin Moore, Zachary Clifford all of Granite City, Illinois; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Dana Failoni of Edwardsville, Illinois, Gordon “Jody” and Rhonda Failoni of Columbia, South Carolina; sisters and brothers-in-law, Toni and Brad Hiles of Chesterfield, Missouri, Nina Logas of Edwardsville, Illinois, Londa Horvath of O’Fallon, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation for Sandy will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Sandy’s life, funeral services will follow on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Gregory Dickerman officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Baptist Church, 3716 Ruth Drive, Granite City, IL 62040.


Kathleen A. (Kathy) Tinervia nee Werner 67, of Granite City, passed peacefully on April 6, 2023, in her home. Born October 15, 1955 in Granite City Il. Daughter of Gerald and Janet (Fecurka) Werner. She married her loving Thomas Tinervia on May 26, 1984. Together they have two sons Adam and Nicolas.

Kathy loved her career as R.N. where she worked for forty years between St. Elizabeth Hospital of Granite City, and Children’s Hospital of St. Louis. Where she meet many people and gained many friends.

Upon retirement  February 2019 she became the family nurse caring for all the nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and the the most recently a grand baby, that she was ecstatic about. Kathy spent her past as hockey fan she spent time playing and watching with her sons Adam and Nicholas. Her favorite team was St. Louis Blues. Kathy loved to do crafts. Kathy also loved shopping many places especially Kohls. The spring time was her favorite time of the year where she would get outside plant flowers in her many gardens around her home. When she felt the need to getaway Carnival Cruise was the escape for some peace.

Survived by loving mother Janet Werner of Madison. Caring husband Thomas of Granite City, son Adam Tinervia (Brittanii Genovese) of Pontoon Beach, Nicolas Tinervia of Granite City. Her brothers Gerald Jr. (Patty) Werner of Catonsville, MD, Keith (Lisa Bevill) Werner of Madison, IL, Kevin (Cathy) Werner of Harrisburg, IL.  Her sweet granddaughter Stella Tinervia and bother Dom Chon-Genovese both of Pontoon Beach. Numerous nieces and nephews Scott (Nikki) Werner of Anna, IL, Jeffrey (Ashley Roseman) of Florence, OR, Brian (Erin) Werner of Granite City, IL, Matthew (Tiffany) Werner of Granite City, IL. Many great nieces and nephews Gabrielle Graham, Drew Werner, Tucker Werner Bradley Werner, Olivia Werner, Lizzie Werner, Cam Werner, and Hunter Werner. 

Proceed by Gerald (Jerry) R. Werner, grandparents Pete and Margaret & Pete Fecurka and Charles & Myrtle Werner. Sister-in-law Janet L. Werner.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St Mary St Mark Catholic Church.

A visitation will be held 4 pm to 8pm April 12 2023, at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City Illinois.

Funeral Mass at 11 am April 13, 2023 at St Mary St Mark Catholic Church, Madison Illinois.

Burial Calvary Catholic Cemetery Edwardsville Illinois.


Perma C. Boyer Lane, 95, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:51 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2023, at the home of her grandson in O’Fallon, Illinois.

She was born February 6, 1928, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Wilburn and Ola (Allen) Warren.

Perma married Dean E. Boyer on September 9, 1950, and he passed away on October 23, 1987.  She later married George Robert Lane on June 14, 1997, and he passed away on October 13, 2006.

She retired as a secretary and had worked for Granite City Steel and the Law Offices of Dick Allen. 

She was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City, was a member of Church Women United and enjoyed her years of attending H.O.P.E. Luncheons for widows. She had a love for shopping, enjoyed her days of bowling and spending time with her Card Club. She cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

Perma is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Gale Boyer of Granite City; a daughter, Nanette Boyer of Granite City; three grandchildren and spouses, Shawn and Sara Boyer of O’Fallon, Jessica and Thomas Jackman of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and David and Alyson Boyer of Granite City; eleven great grandchildren, Alexis, Christine, Robert, Anneliese, Finn, Roland, Isaac, Jonathan, Willow, Lydia and Pace; a brother, Allen Warren of Granite City; five stepchildren, Chris Lane of Granite City, Randy Lane Sr. of Florida, Kathleen Wolff of Florida, Rebecca and Joe Rumbolo of Glen Carbon and George Lane of Missouri; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, with Reverend Skip Leininger and Reverend Mark Jones officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Church Women United or to the Unity Baptist Church in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Mildred May Kenison, 96, of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully at her home at 8:03 a.m. on Friday April 7, 2023.

She was born May 5, 1926, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Amelia (Klug) Stegelmeyer.

She married Lewis B. “Bud” Kenison on May 3, 1953, in Granite City and he passed away on August 24, 2002.

Mildred was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City. She retired as a secretary with many years of dedicated service at Granite Sheet Metal. The love for her family was the most important thing to Mildred and she cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She enjoyed her days of sewing, knitting, and crocheting and made many dolls and clothes for all of her grandkids.

She is survived by five children, Merle Willis of Granite City, Kathleen Williams of Owensville, Indiana, Phylis Kenison of Granite City, Larry (Maureen) Kenison of Caseyville and Kenneth Kenison of Collinsville; niece Carol (Jerry) Wilson of Granite City; six grandchildren, Jessica, Todd, Sarah, Laura, Michael and Maxwell; eleven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 49 years and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Ralph Stegelmeyer and one sister, Melba Wood.

In celebration of her life and in accordance with her wishes, a graveside service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2023, with Reverend Charles Preston officiating. You may join the family at 10:30 a.m. at the cemetery’s family waiting lot on Sheridan Road.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.


Virginia L. Jenkins, 96 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, April 7, 2023 at Granite Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

Virginia was born on October 14, 1926 in Caseyville, Illinois; the daughter of the late Albert and Karola ( Lubeck Schanuel Acquaviva). Virginia had worked in the accounting department for CPI in St. Louis and was a member of St. Bartholomew Episcopalian Church in Granite City.

Virginia enjoyed her days of spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Virginia is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Kathi Grant of Granite City, Illinois, Karola and Glenn Cornelius of Oak Harbor, Washington; grandchildren, Timothy Grant, Joe and Casey Grant; great-grandchildren, Connor Grant, Sydney Grant; sisters, Diane Cannon, Greta and Paul Smith; brothers, Norman “Buck” and Maye Schanuel, Kenneth and Doris Schanuel, David and Della Schanuel, Billy Schanuel, Doug Schanuel and many other close family Members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her step-dad; Joseph Acquaviva; great-granddaughter, Aspen Grant; sister, Leatrice Schanuel; brothers, Raymond Schanuel, Chuck Schanuel, Terry Schanuel, Ted Schanuel, Richard Revoire; brother-in-law, Carl Cannon; sister-in-law, Maye Schanuel.

In celebration of Virginia’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 12:30 until the time of the services at 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Jolene Susan Economy, 79, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Born February 11, 1944, in East St. Louis, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Armand Jacob and Carrie Christine (Renfro) Kleb.

She married the love of her life, Gus Economy Jr. on August 29, 1961, in Greenville, Illinois and he passed away on February 20, 2020. 

Jolene owned and operated Jolene’s Catering for many years. She had a lifetime of serving and cooking and helped to organize, prepare food, decorate and create a meaningful celebration for many families throughout the years. She had a voice and knew how to use it and had a heart of gold always willing to help others. She was a former member of the Eastern Star where she had served as a president and was an active member of the Collinsville Senior Center and loved her days playing Bingo, Bridge and Bunco. She was an avid golfer and shot her first hole-in-one on her 50th Birthday and enjoyed her trips to the casino or just figuring out what and where we can go out to eat. She loved her dog, Clyde and always looked forward to a good party, celebrating the holidays and family gatherings. Jolene cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the loving and special times shared with them all.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Gary Cosby of Granite City and Babette and Don Cox of Collinsville; seven grandchildren and spouses, Derrick Cox, Dylan and Ashley Cox, Dustin and Amanda Murphy, Ashley and Ken Storck, Tara and Chris Glynn, Rachel and Austin Henry and Hope and Scott Trupiano; many great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Armand and Jodee Kleb of Collinsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Gene Gamble of Glen Carbon; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Andy and Debi Economy of Madsion; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Floyd Cook.

In celebration of her vibrant life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, April 10, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Mike Rayson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the BJC Hospice, P.O. Box 790369, St. Louis, MO 63179 or to the Collinsville Senior Center, 420 East Main Street, Collinsville, IL 62234 and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Richard Franklin Spratley, 45, of Mitchell, IL died on Monday, April 3, 2023 in Fenton, MO.

He was born on February 6, 1978 in Lethbridge, Alberta to Albert Spratley and Georgena Kolstad.

Richard enjoyed reading and he was a proud member of the LBGTQ community.

Besides his parents, Richard is survived by his step—mother, Debbi Spratley and 2 brothers:  Daniel (Cyndi) Spratley of Brighton, IL and Robert Spratley of Mitchell, IL.  Also surviving are nieces and nephews:  Leah Spratley, Nevaeh Spratley, Bobby Spratley, Jr, Logan Spratley, Tyler Spratley, Zayne Spratley and Damian Spratley;  great niece, Oakleigh Wilson and best friend, J.R. Springman.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  The family asks that attendees dress in rainbow colors.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Leonard W. Schaefer, 95, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 4:02 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

He was born May 8, 1927, in Granite City, a son of the late Ervin and Helen (Thomas) Schaefer.

Leonard married the love of his life, Anni M. (Heinz) Schaefer on December 11, 1954, at St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and she passed away on May 12, 2006.

Leonard was a grain and livestock farmer throughout his life. He loved working with tractors, could rebuild and paint them to look as good as new and was an Oliver tractor enthusiast. Throughout the years he also worked with his dad at the Ervin Schaefer Farm Equipment in Hamel and later in Granite City. He and his wife also owned and operated Maytag Highlander Center in Granite City for several years.

Leonard proudly served his country with the United States Army during the end of World War II. He was a member of the Greater Beneficial Union, the Madison County Farm Bureau, was supporter of the American Heritage Farm Museum in Greenville and a member of the Farm Service in Edwardsville where he served on the board and was a past president. He was a lifelong faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ where he served on the board and as an usher, active with the Men’s Brotherhood and a member of the Cemetery Board where he had also served as a past president. He was always willing to give of himself to help with any and all projects and events through the years and was known to be the apple guy for the annual sausage dinners. He enjoyed attending the H.O.P.E. Luncheons for many years and his days of bowling and being a member of the church bowling league.

He is survived by four children and spouses, Barbara I. and Marcus Piper of Granite City, Leonard E. “Lennie” and Lynn Schaefer of Granite City, Loretta M. Stephan of Granite City and Clifford F. and Cherie Schaefer Sr. of Mitchell; daughter-in-law, Trudy Schaefer of Granite City; twenty grandchildren; many great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; a sister, Leona Stein of Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy and Diana Schaefer of Granite City and William “Bill” and Margo Schaefer of Highland; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Raymond E. Schaefer; three grandchildren, Leonard W. Schaefer, Stephanie C. Ellsworth and Brittanie Ann Schaefer; a sister, Betty Buehrer; two brothers, Walter “Chub” Schaefer and Oliver Schaefer and a special friend, Dorothy Ohm.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 7, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City on Saturday, April 8, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Karla Frost officiating.

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

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


Sheryl Lynn Phelps, 71, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on December 31, 1951 in Granite City, IL to Virgil and Dessie (Wise) Hays.

The loving mother and grandmother was an avid coffee drinker who enjoyed watching television and country music videos.   She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Sheryl is survived by a daughter, Nicole Tripp of Granite City; 2 sons:  Larry (Jessica) Phelps of Granite City and Gary Phelps of Granite City; 4 grandchildren:  Trenton, Keirston, Kayleigh and Bailey; 2 brothers:  Franky (Janice) Hays of Granite City and Elvis (Billie) Hays of Granite City and 3 sisters:  Marilyn Lynch of Wentzvile, MO, Judy (John) Albright of Mt. Vernon, IL and Brenda (Harry) Spenny of Mason,MI.

Besides her parents, Sheryl is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Nokey Hays and Bobby Hays and a sister, Jeanette Pointer.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Granite City.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Linda Lee Entrichel, 76, of Granite City, IL passed away in her home Saturday, April 1, 2023 surrounded by her family.

She was born to the late Paul and Virginia (Strawn) Gauen on February 18, 1947 in St. Louis, MO. Linda loved to watch Cardinal’s Baseball Kansas City Football, specifically the player Patrick Mahomes, play bingo and listen to her favorite musical artists; Pink, Kid Rock and Guns & Roses. She took pride in her work at The Donut Shop; but most importantly, Linda loved being a grandmother.

Linda is survived by a son: Paul (Sandra Dineff) Cox; 4 daughters: Charlene (Salvador) Luna, Paula (George) Michailidis, Leasha Cox, Zlata (Lindel) Entrichel –Johnson; 8 grandchildren: Derek, Dustin, Martika, Nicole, Akimma, Tucker, Akenzi, Nicolas; 2 great grandchildren: Alexa and Natalia; a brother: Paul (Trang) Gauen; and one great grandchild on the way.

Besides her parents, Linda is preceded in death by a son; Brian Gauen and a great grandson; Marcos.

A memorial service for family will be held at a later date.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

 Online information may be found at www.wojstrom.com


Mary Evelyn Williamson, 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Sat. Apr. 1, 2023 at Stearns Nursing & Rehab in Granite City.

She was born Apr. 17, 1934 in Smithboro, IL to the late Rotha (Tevis) Wilkens and John Karm.

On Oct. 30, 1953, she and Clifford Williamson were married in Washington Park, IL.  He preceded her in death in January of 1993.

Mary had been a member of Union Locals #534 and #219 and worked at Aitkens Grocery and Shop Land as well as other grocery stores.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Thomas “Tom” and Nancy Williamson of Pontoon Beach; and a grandson: Timothy Williamson of Pontoon Beach.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson: Thomas Williamson; and 3 sisters: Marilyn Roedner, Della Crawford and Minnie Hall.

Services are private.

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

March 2023 Obituaries