Obituaries August, 2023

Obituaries August, 2023


 Jennifer Arlene Simpson, 37, passed away August 30, 2023 at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.
Born in Granite City on March 16, 1986, she was the daughter of Karen (Newberry) Isselet and Michael Simpson both of Granite City.
She had worked as a sales associate for T-Mobile in Wood River.


Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Isaiah Kolmer; daughters, MacKenzie Kolmer, Ryleigh Brown; and brother, Seith Miller of Granite City.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation will be held from 12 pm until time of service at 2 pm, Friday, September 8 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River


Jacob M. Astorian, 40 of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Jacob was born on August 31, 1983 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Craig and Mary (DiLello) Astorian of Granite City. Jacob was a forklift operator for D.B. Schenker in Edwardsville and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City.

In his free time Jacob enjoyed his days playing Dungeons & Dragons, watching movies and reading. He was a well-known talented artist, drawing fantasy art and could be found at home reading his favorite authors, H.D. Wells and Sherlock Holmes. 

Most of all Jacob loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

In addition to his parents, Jacob is survived by and will be missed by his sister; April Ann Astorian of Granite City, Illinois; grandpa, Henry DiLello; life time friends, Jesse and Trina Tedder of Granite City, Illinois, Chris McKeal of Raymond, Illinois; aunts, Lora Bancroft, Julie Breden, Sandra and Keith Kravanis, Sally and Scott Woodruff; cousin, Daniel Lopez and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Jacob’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Daniel Wilson and Jesse Tedder officiating at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street, Granite City, IL 62040.


Diane Kramer (Griffin) faithfully transitioned into a better and greater dimension in the early morning hours of August 31, 2023. Proving we all are truly mortal, the earthly body of an incredibly strong and wonderful human succumbed to natural causes.

On August 26, 1951, Diane was born and then raised in Granite City, IL. She grew up on Lewis Avenue just northwest of the railroad tracks located at Rt. 203 and Maryville Rd. on the edge of Granite City, IL. 

She attended Mitchell School and then Granite City High School (Class of 1969), competing in gymnastics. After high school, in accord with her steadfast and hardworking nature, she worked secretarial positions in St. Louis during the weekdays. An avid dancer with a petite, athletic figure, you could find Diane on the dance floor nearly every weekend with her close friends.

She married a former Vietnam Force Reconnaissance Marine scout sniper and started a family in 1982. She then took a position as beloved executive assistant to the principal at Holy Family Catholic School, where she worked for the majority of her career. Enjoying her role in school administration, Diane then went to the St. Louis Central Institute for the Deaf where she supported administrators of that nationally recognized school for deaf children.

She was asked to help lead the formation of a St. Louis area Charter School, which she helped successfully launch before leaving the position to care for her dear mother, Arlene Hickam. Upon the passing of her mother in 2018, Diane immediately went back to work as a clerk at the 508 Variety Shop in Mitchell, IL. It was a job she truly loved as it gave her plenty of opportunity to remain active while socializing with the wonderful members of the Mitchell community.

After a few years, she agreed to join her son’s busy Chicago based law firm as his executive assistant. Forever resilient, adaptable, intelligent, and hard-working, she ended her work career at her time of death. Diane would not have had it any other way. At the age of 72, she still impressively, consistently exceeded expectations in a technologically advanced law firm and was an integral part of it running smoothly.

Aside from her joy of staying busy and helping others, she really knew how to let her hair down and simply enjoy life. Diane could often be found in her later years enjoying board games, puzzles, movies, TV shows (especially the series Supernatural), crocheting, completing house projects, cooking, or working in her yard and garden. If she was not doing those things or working, you could find her engaging in her favorite activity: sitting with a cup of coffee in her large backyard talking about everything and nothing at all with loved ones while cracking a joke at every opportunity.

Diane had a very laid back, easygoing demeanor and wonderful sense of humor. She was a very cool lady and will be dearly missed. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Arlene Hickam and Guy Griffin; her former husband Raymond Kramer; and dear friend Teri Jo Dumas. Diane is survived by three children, Renee Kramer of Edwardsville, IL, Joe Kramer and his wife Gina Rasinski of Chicago, IL, and Courtney Kramer of Alton, IL; her brother Jeffrey Hickam and his wife Melissa “Missy” Hickam (Colbert) of Livonia, MI; and nephew, Tommy Hickam and his wife Jessica Hickam of Livonia, MI.

As a very independent woman, she would ask that you not make any donations. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until the Celebration of Life service at 6:30 pm, Thursday September 7, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home.


Dane Onell Grupe, 45 of Collinsville, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.

Dane was born on November 21, 1977 in Granite City, the son of Sharon (Roberts) and Manuel Estrada of Parker, Colorado and Dane Andrew and Anna Grupe of Calhoun County, Illinois.

Dane was a custodian for the Collinsville School District 10 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. 

 In his free time Dane enjoyed his days listening to music, playing video games, collecting his many hats, and could often be found at places where he could Karaoke. Most of all Dane loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

In addition to his parents, Dane is survived by and will be missed by his grandma; Cleasta Faye Douglas; step-brother, Jeffrey and Natasha Estrada; nieces, Jerzie, Zao, Nova June, Audio Valentine; uncle, Rick Roberts Sr.; cousin, Ricky and Christy Roberts Jr.; nephew, Gavin; nieces, Chloe and Layla; cousin, Jesse and Nikki Roberts; niece, Leah; nephew, Noah; aunt Tammy Wallace; cousin, Carla and Brian Koberna; niece, Lauren; cousin, Kyle and Angel Bailey; nephews, Dalten, Austin, Aiden, Asher and Gavin; aunt, Carol Fussell and immediate family. Dane was preceded in death by his grandparents; Earl and Mary Grupe, John William Douglas; uncle, Brian Grupe.

In celebration of Dane’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with funeral services at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Barry Shepherd officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the Collinsville Band Department for those who can’t afford musical instruments and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Randall Allen Hardwick, 67, of Madison, IL, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Thurs. Aug. 31, 2023 at Granite Nursing & Rehab in Granite City, IL. He was born Dec. 20, 1955 in Alton, IL to the late Harold & Charlene (Usher) Hardwick.

Randall became a Baptist minister in 1985, serving many years at Faith Chapel in Mitchell as well as other area churches.

He is survived by 2 children: Tarmela Nguyen and Son Nguyen of Granite City; 9 grandchildren: Esperanza, Emilio, Sasha, Chloe, Penny, Elise and Shayne Nguyen, Jesse Castillo and Lucca Shipp; 2 sisters: Doris and Cheryl Hardwick of Roxana, IL; an uncle; 2 aunts; and several cousins.

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


Timothy “Tim” Scott Revelle, of Glen Carbon, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at Evelyn’s House in St. Louis, MO.

Tim was born on August 22, 1965 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Vearl Revelle Sr. and Velma (Krug) Revelle.

On June 10, 1988, Tim married Carol Martin in Edwardsville, IL. Tim was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and working in his garden.

 He was also a jack of all trades, and Tim could fix or build just about anything. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Tim loved his family and he will be remembered as a hardworking family man who never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Tim will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Tim was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Williams.

Tim is survived by his devoted wife of thirty-five years, Carol Revelle of Glen Carbon, IL; loving children, Jeremy (Mollie) Martin of Moro, IL, Krista (Dustin Branscum) Revelle of Glen Carbon, IL, Amy (Dennis) Bernard of Glen Carbon, IL and Trisha (Chris Lynch) Revelle of Carbondale, IL; dear siblings, Carol Majka of El Reno, OK, Butch (Lisa Zimmerman) Revelle of Mt. Olive, IL and Roy Revelle of Alton, IL; proud grandfather to Noah Martin, Brennan Martin, Deacon Martin, Lucas Lynch, Jade Bernard, Ruby Branscum and Owen Lynch; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Jimmy Rolens officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to A.S.P.C.A., and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Floyd “Butch” Peterson, Sr., age 80, of Granite City, IL passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2023, in Maryville, IL.

Butch was married for 62 years to the love of his life, Sandi (Smothers) Peterson.

They share three children, Floyd “Butch” Peterson, Jr. (deceased), Brad (Rena’) Peterson, and Christie (Peterson) Olden. He is also survived by two siblings (Marty Bridges and Terry Wiley), nine grandchildren and their spouses as well as twelve great-grandchildren.

Butch was born January 11, 1943, in St. Louis, MO., son of John Peterson and Lois (Green) Peterson. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. Butch worked at Granite City Steel for 15 years before following his passion in the automobile business. Thousands of sales combined with owning three car dealerships through the years led Butch to a fulfilling career. If you met Butch, odds are he not only tried to sell you a car but made you a friend. His enthusiasm for cars showed throughout the years as he owned 16 Corvettes along the way.

Butch’s passion for boating with his family led to generation upon generation of making lasting memories. Butch’s children and grandchildren were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from him. Through the years he also coached soccer and baseball along with being a member of the Elks for over 50 years. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

A Celebration of Butch’s Life will be held at the Granite City Elks Lodge on September 10th, 2023, from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Granite City APA or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


John Mitchell Patrich Jr., 88, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:08 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born March 12, 1935, in Madison, Illinois, a son of the late John Michael and Stella (Sawicki) Patrich Sr.

He married the love of his life, Berma Ruth (Atchley) Patrich on February 6, 1954, in Corinth, Mississippi and she survives.

John retired in 1996 from Dow Chemical after 39 years of dedicated service in preventative maintenance. He proudly served his country with the United States Army. He was a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City and served as an adult Sunday school teacher for many years. He loved studying the Bible and enjoyed photography and woodworking and was a talented artist of painting and drawing.

In addition to his beloved wife of 69 years, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Jerry Lane of Mitchell and Fay and Randall Rapp of Collinsville; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Andrew, David, Aaron, Julia, Shashana and Andrea; thirteen great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Theresa Patrich of Granite City; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Mitchell Patrich and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Donald Patrich and Richard and Sharon Patrich.

In celebration of his life visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sam Hart officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Joyce L. Smith, 83, of Granite City, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2023 at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.  

She was born April 30, 1940 in Granite City to William and Audrey (nee: Fields) Weidner.  

She married Bobby Joe Smith, April 11, 1962 in Granite City; he preceded her death in 1999. 

 Joyce worked as a clerk for Schnucks for over 20 years before retiring.  She was a member of Local 881 United Food workers. 

 Joyce was a meticulous collector of things.  She enjoyed working in her yard and reading detective novels.  She loved spending time with her family and playing with grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Smith- Endicott of Breese; son James R. Smith of Granite City; grandchildren, Adom Brown, Dustin Endicott, Dana Hyde, Haley White, Bobby Endicott, Justin Endicott and Megan Endicott; seven great grandchildren and cousin, Jean Johnson of Harold, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Phillip Edward Barr Jr and Jeffrey W. Barr; brother, Charles Weidner- Fields and grandchild, Jennifer Barr.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City from 4-7 p.m.  Services will be held at the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. followed by Burial at Sunset Hill Memorial Estate in Edwardsville. Memorials can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Rose Ann Woodall, 67, of Granite City, IL passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

She was born on March 28, 1956 in East St. Louis, IL to John and Alice (Jackson) Allen.

Rose Ann married Clyde “Jim” James Woodall in Belleville, IL on September 19, 2008.  He preceded her in death in 2022.

Rose Ann retired from the St. Louis Post Dispatch after 20 years of service.  She enjoyed music and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

She is survived by her good friend, Heather Bixler of Granite City and her dog, Lucinda.

Besides her husband and parents, Rose Ann is preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Allen and her favorite dog, Wiggle Butt.

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

A celebration of life will be held by the family on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at Doit’s Village Inn in Pontoon Beach, IL.


Donald Wayne “Don” Naeve, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at his home with his family at his side. 

He was born October 18, 1942, in Granite City, a son of the late Bob and Lillian (White) Naeve.

He married Alice L. (Mooshegian) Naeve on August 10, 1963 at St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City and she survives.

He was the owner and operator of Don’s Mobil in Granite City with 30 years of service to the community.  He retired in 2014 from West Pointe Bank after five years of service in property management.

Don proudly graduated in 1960 with high honors from Western Military Academy in Alton.  He enjoyed his early days of playing football and loved fishing, camping, tending to his yard and his many trips to Florida and the beaches.  He was artistic in making beautiful canes, cherished his children and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by two daughters, Laura (Phillip) Fuller of Granite City and Carrie (Ken) Stone of Godfrey; a son, Mike Naeve of Cottage Hills; four grandchildren, Rebecca (Larry) Oropeza, Christopher (Rachel) Fuller, Nick (Lizzie) Morietta and Jacob (Kelsey Russo) Morietta; seven great grandchildren, Evelyn, Elias, C.J., Sophia, Emma, Mia and Penelope; his cherished dog daughter, Abby; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and the family will have a private remembrance.  Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation,www.themmrf.org or may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


James Michael Anderson, 53, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:27 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at his home.

He was born October 27, 1969, in Belleville, Illinois, the son of Susan Marie (Montague) Blackshere of Granite City.

He married Tracy Lee (Feigenbutz) Anderson on August 1, 2020, in the backyard of their home in Granite City and have 13 years of memories and special times shared together.

James was a palletizer with Kraft-Heinz with over 23 years of dedicated service. He proudly served his country for three years with the United States Navy. 

 Golfing was a true passion in his life, and he enjoyed playing or watching every chance available. He also loved the outdoors, fishing, barbecuing and his many trips to Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. He was also an avid fan of the St. Louis Blues Hockey and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by three children, Gabriella, Damon and Uriel; a granddaughter on the way, Rheagan James; aunt, Sandy Coleman; special cousins, Michael Coleman, Mark Coleman, Tracey Bunte, Carrie Brase, Aimee Covington and Jamie Coleman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ken and Nancy Feigenbutz; two brothers-in-law, Kevin Feigenbutz and Patrick Feigenbutz; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Phillip N. Kindle, 88, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 9:09 a.m. on Monday, August 21, 2023, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born November 29, 1934, in Granite City, a son of the late William and Grace (Wilson) Kindle.

He married Beth (Wilburn) Kindle on June 21, 1980, at their home in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from Granite City Steel in 1996 after 44 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. After his retirement, he worked as a city inspector with Granite City with 6 years of service.

He was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City where he served as an ordained deacon and had a true love for his church and church family. Phil had a love of sports throughout his life, enjoyed his days of playing fast pitch softball and golfing, participating with the Senior Olympics several years and talking baseball and football with his family. He was very creative and enjoyed his days of working with wood, refinishing and creating many pieces for family and friends. 

In addition to his beloved wife of 43 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Zacha of Granite City and Connie Kindle of Collinsville; a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Phuong Ward of Vietnam; grandchildren and their spouses, Beth Ann and Eric Usselton, Jennifer Loman, Melanie and Ryan Slaton, Nathaniel “Nat” Ward, Benjamin Ward and Thomas Ward; great grandchildren, Molly, Jacob, Megan, Samuel, Evan, Isabel, Summer and Penelope; a great-great grandson, Theo; many nieces and nephews; other extended family; cherished neighbors and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Scott Ward; son-in-law, Steven Zacha and siblings, Thelma O’Dell, Ola Mae Munzert, Esther Beck, Sue Nichols, Bob Kindle, Pat Ralls, Donald Kindle and Irwin Kindle.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, August 25, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Pastor Jarad Corzine officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Mark E. Price, 61 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Mark was born on September 21, 1961, the son of the late Floyd Price and Marilyn (Lombardi) Coulson and Ed Coulson of Granite City. Mark was a waste water treatment operator for over 35 years at US Steel and in his free time enjoyed his days of being outside working in his yard and cultivating his landscape and planting flowers. Mark was known for his joy of fishing, but most of all he was known for the love of his family, especially his grandchildren. Mark will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Mark is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Janet (Becherer) Price, whom he married on August 6, 1982; children, Kyle Price of Granite City, Illinois, Kacie Price of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Madisyn, Jordyn, Emersyn; sisters, Becki Hasty; sisters-in-law and husband, Diane Prazma and John of Granite City, Illinois; brothers-in-law, Mark and Debbie Becherer, Michael Becherer, Tom Becherer, David Becherer and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Mark’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.


Richard Lee Converse, 68, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away Fri. Aug. 18, 2023 in Pontoon Beach.

He was born Dec. 25, 1954 in Chincoteague Island, VA.

Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed at Lapham Hickey Steel.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Robyn (John) Margrabe of Granite City, IL; 2 sons: Jeffrey Converse and Jason Brown of Granite City; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers: Ronald and Robert Converse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Betty (Dagerhart) Smith.

There will be a memorial visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 24, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

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


Daniel Alan Wyatt, 64 of Granite City, IL passed away in his home on Friday, August 18, 2023.

He was born to the late Kenneth Wilburn Wyatt and Alice Faye (Monroe) Brown on June 4, 1959 in Granite City, IL. Daniel served in the Army as a front line medic. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing and collecting crystals and rocks.

He is survived by a son: Daniel Joseph Wyatt; a daughter: Myra Wagner; 7 grandchildren; a brother; Arthur Scott (Madonna) Wyatt; 2 sisters: Annice (Edward) Bodi, Sue Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents; he is preceded in death by a daughter: Nichollete Wyatt; a brother; Henry Wyatt and a sister; Laura Schubert.

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


Virginia “Joann” Stanton, age 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at her home. Joann was born on October 30, 1934 in Pinckneyville, IL. She was the daughter of the late George and Nellie (Rushing) Mathis.

On August 7, 1954, Joann Mathis married John Edward Stanton, the love of her life in Pinckneyville, IL. John passed away on October 22, 2011. Joann was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. She was an amazing cook who enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family and son’s friends.

Joann also enjoyed listening to music, singing, and membership in the church choir. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Joann will be remembered as a  loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joann was preceded in death by a son, Michael Stanton; one sister, Beverly VanHoorebeke; and by two brothers, Danny Mathis and Kenny Mathis.

She is survived by her loving children, John (Wendy) Stanton of Godfrey, IL and Timothy Stanton of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Erica Stanton of Godfrey, IL; proud great-grandmother to Justin Ottolini of Godfey, IL and Maria Neganov of Godfrey, IL, daughter-in-law, Vickie Stanton of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Dave (Dixie) Mathis of Pinckyeville, IL, Delores Rushing of Pinckneyville, IL, Tommy Mathis of Pinckneyville, IL, Mary Surry of Tifton, Georgia, and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Rob Mathis officiating. Private interment will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Alzheimer’s Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Patricia Ann (Kutzera) Uzunoff, 87 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at her home.

Patricia was born on April 16, 1936 in Maryville, Illinois; the daughter of the late Thomas Joseph and Hilda Estell (Hildreth) Kutzera. Patricia had worked for the Granite City School District as a secretary, retiring after 26 years of service. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and enjoyed traveling as “snowbirds” to Florida with her husband John. In her free time Patricia loved crafting and tending to her garden. Most of all Patricia loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Patricia is survived by and will be missed by her children; Beverly A. (Uzunoff) Miller, of Granite City, Illinois, Bruce A. Uzunoff and wife Kathy B. Uzunoff of Brighton, Illinois, Connie A. (Uzunoff) Paterson and husband Kenny L. Paterson of Collinsville, Illinois; grandchildren, Courtney A. (Paterson) Spegal and husband Nick Spegal, Brandon Miller, Kendall L. (Paterson) Frerichs and husband Nick Frerichs, Maddie Podraza, Austin W.B. Dixon, Peyton W.B. Dixon and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her loving husband; John G. Uzunoff Jr., whom she married on December 28, 1957; brothers, Thomas William Kutzera, Albert Lester Kutzera, Louie Eldon Kutzera; sisters, Delores Imogene Russell, Julia Kelly.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 21, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Patricia’s life, funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to the Dementia Society of America at www.dementiasociety.org and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Richard Bosch
November 3, 1938 – August 12, 2023
Granite City, Illinois – Richard H. Bosch, 84, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday August 12, 2023 after a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson’s disease (PSP) while residing at Hitz under hospice care in Alhambra IL.
Richard H Bosh was born on November 3, 1938 to Henry and Ruby (Dingler/Holly) Bosch in Litchfield, IL. 

After Richard graduated from Edwardsville, IL High School he went on to serve in the US Air Force and spent time in both US and Germany from 1956-1960.
After the Air Force he started his care at Granite City Steel as a millwright/Machinist, kickstarting a 31 year career in steelwork.


He first married, Nancy (Foster) Bosch they had one child Marline (Bosch) Gueldener, Later he married Geraldine (Caldwell/Fletcher) Bosch of Collinsville IL their children are, Ruth (Fletcher) Rommerskirchen (Curtis), Anthony Fletcher (Cathy) and Sondra (Bosch) Gibson (Richard).


Richard enjoyed Gardening, Fishing, Traveling and was an avid H.O. Model Train enthusiast, and spending time with family. After retirement he also enjoyed being involved with his local church and donating his time helping senior with preparation of taxes.


Richard was predeceased in death by his parents Henry and Ruby Bosch, Brother Edward Bosch, Sister Ruth (Bosch) Haeffner Wife Geraldine Bosch and Grandson Eric Rommerskirchen. Richard is survived by his brother Albert Bosch (Louise) of Ellsinore, MO, Brother Paul Bosch of Edwardsville, IL, Children listed above, 5 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Richard has chosen to donate his body to science to further research to help fight Parkinson Disease. Interment will be at a later date at Lake View Memorial Garden in Fairview Heights, IL. Memorial will be held at Unity Baptist Church on Thursday August 17th, 2023 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.


Tracy Lynn Lakin, age 95, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 surrounded by his family at Cedarhurst Senior Living in Granite City, IL. Tracy was born on September 4, 1927 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late David J. Lakin and Anna Day (Scott) Lakin.

On October 23, 1945, Tracy married Darlene Fenton in Granite City, IL. Darlene preceded him in death on September 12, 1989. Tracy was a butcher at Kroger for over 30 years. He was hired by Schnucks and was later named employee of the year. Tracy retired in 1993 but continued to work out of the meat-cutters local 534 for several years.

 He was a member of Masonic Triple Lodge 835, Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies and Ainad Shriners. Tracy enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered as a dependable, hard-working man who was fiercely devoted to his family.

In addition to his parents and wife, Tracy was preceded in death by his siblings, Anna Charlotte Flowers, Virginia Maxville, David “Bud” Lakin, Richard Lakin, Betty Dorway, Stanley “Bobby” Lakin, Bess Fenton, Elmer “Sonny” Lakin, John Lakin, Mary Hamby, Yvonne Mathis, Gerald “Jeep” Lakin and Barry Lakin; and by a son-in-law, Tim Wolf.

He is survived by his loving children, Larry (Barbara) Lakin of Edwardsville, IL; Vicki (Richard) Wrigley of Collinsville, IL, Doreen Wolf of Hoffman Estates, IL and proud grandfather to Jamie Hogan, Tim (Sue) Hogan, Aubrey Wolf, Aaron (Charity) Wrigley; proud great-grandfather to Sidney Hogan and Tristan Wrigley; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with a Masonic service to start at 12:00 p.m. and the funeral service to follow with Reverend Walter Fenton officiating. Tracy will be laid to rest next to Darlene at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

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

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


Nell A. Presson, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:53 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

She was born December 29, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Joseph Arthur Haskins and the late Mary (Marcrum) Fields.

She married Anton J. Walch Sr. in June 1961, and he passed away on November 18, 2013.

Nell had cared for others as a nurse for 35 years and retired from Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City in 2013. She enjoyed her days of reading, watching old movies and special times shared with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Lisa (David) Harmon of Granite City and Kristina Walch of Granite City; two sons, Anton J. Walch Jr. of St. Louis and Frederick R. (Linda) Walch of Staunton; five grandchildren, Amanda, Tony, Ariel, Zachary and Alyssa; ten great grandchildren; a sister, Joane Francis of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Ronald Fields and a sister, Marcella Fields.

In celebration of her life and in accordance of her wishes, a private family service will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Pound Pets of Granite City.


Gary “Mike” Sorenson, 69 of St. Jacob, Illinois passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, Illinois.

Gary was born on December 31, 1953 in Granite City, Illinois; the son of the late Clarence “Tuffy” and Ethel “Betty” (Rowden) Sorenson. Gary had worked 51 years for Gateway Regional Medical Center, formerly St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City and was a maintenance supervisor and received 2014 employee of the year award. In his free time Gary loved to team rope, take care of his horses and spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Gary will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Gary is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Connie (Singler) Sorenson, whom he married on July 14, 1973; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle (Timothy) Dorsey of Highland, Illinois; grandchildren, Ashley “Ashwee” McPherson (Shane Hufford) of St. Jacob, Illinois, Bailee “Wilma” Dorsey of Highland, Illinois, Cody “Boy, I Said Boy” Dorsey of Highland, Illinois; brother, David Sorenson; sisters, Glenda Sorenson, Linda Williams, Brenda Conner; half sister, Judy Brombolich; adopted daughter, Shawna (Jeff) Thomas; special niece, Tammy; special nephew, David and special great-nephew, Michael and many other nieces, nephews and other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Cain; brother, Larry Sorenson.

In celebration of Gary’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral at 7:00 p.m. with Patti Hutchinson officiating at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Happy Hooves Animal Rescue or to Randy’s Rescue and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Martha Louise Simpson, 93, of Granite City passed away August 14, 2023 surrounded by her family.  She was born June 7, 1930 in Granite City to Winifrey and Susan (Gano) Shane.  She retired from Lantern Corporation after 25 years of service.  Martha was past president of the Ladies Eagles Auxiliary 1126 in Granite City and an active member of the Amvets Post 204 Ladies Auxiliary in Madison.  In her free time she enjoyed gardening and flowers.

She survived by her son, Michael (Kathy) Simpson of Madison; brothers, Charles (Frances) Shane of Alton, Bill Shane of Ontario, Canada, Bob Shane of Missouri and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents; daughter, Margaret Rose Shane and brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Jim Shane.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2023 at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.  Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory entrusted with professional services.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com. 


Patrick Wayne Boyer, 52, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home at 4:43 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023.

He was born December 2, 1970, in Granite City, a son of Barbara Joyce (Barnak) Boyer of Granite City and the late Anthony Wayne Boyer.

Patrick had attended college in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in auto and diesel mechanics. He worked as a supervisor for Tank Trailer Cleaning in East St. Louis with 25 years of dedicated service.

He was the handyman and mechanic for family, had a special love for his dogs, enjoyed camping and playing darts. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Montgomery, who has shared 29 years of love and memories together. He also leaves behind many other cherished family members including stepdaughter, Heather Montgomery of Granite City; son, Michael Boyer of Farmington, Missouri; son and daughter-in-law, Noah and Brittany Boyer of Granite City; siblings, Laura Boyer of Granite City, Kathleen Wisher of Farmington, Missouri, Jennifer Boyer of Granite City, Sean Boyer of Granite City and Erin Boyer of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Matthew and Laura Wiser of Farmington, Missouri and Alicia Wiser of Farmington, Missouri; great nephew, Crosby Wiser of Farmington, Missouri; mother-in-law, Joyce Allen of Jacksonville, Florida; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Sheila Allen of Jacksonville, Florida; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Boyer; niece, Jordan Boyer; father-in-law, James Allen and a brother-in-law, Kristopher Allen.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, August 20, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 6:00 p.m. with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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


Glen M. Bailey, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:19 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023, at University Nursing and Rehabilitation in Edwardsville. He was born August 5, 1933, in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country for eight years and served during the Korean War. He retired from Tempel Steel after 29 years of dedicated service in the offices. He married Heidi (Blume) Bailey on June 4, 1987, in Chicago and she survives. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a step-daughter, Wanda Hall of Bloomington, Illinois; a step-grandson; a brother; a sisters; other family and friends. 

 In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


John Anthony Bonvicino, Jr, 76, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born on July 9, 1947 in Clarksville, TN to John Anthony Bonvicino, Sr and Evelyn (McClanahan) Bonvicino.

John married Mary Young in Maryville, IL on November 29, 1980.  She preceded him in death in 2019.

The U.S. Army veteran retired from Universal Protective Services after 30 years of service.  He was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge and was a member of the Granite City Auxiliary Police for 37 years.  John liked to target shoot and reload his own ammunition.  He also enjoyed fishing and working on cars.

The loving father and grandfather is survived by 2 daughters:  Sarah Bonvicino of Granite City and Leigh Davis of AR; 3 sons:  John (Hollie) Bonvicino III of Waterloo, Matthew (Laurana) Bonvicino, Sr of Granite City and Michael Bonvicino of Granite City; 5 grandchildren:  Matthew Bonvicino, Jr, Damon Bonvicino, Evelynn Bonvicino, Logan Ripley and Matthew Ripley.  Also surviving are a 2 brothers:  Ralph (Kari) Bonvicino of Alton and Vincent (Teri) Bonvicino of Granite City and a sister, Barbara Davis of Granite City.

John is preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister, Teresa Foley.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Michael W. Rebstock, 63, of Cardwell, Missouri and formerly of Mitchell, Illinois passed away at 11:17 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  

He was born August 4, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Joe Dick Rebstock and the late Vernie Mae (Gage) Gorsuch.

Michael married the love of his life, Julia Louise (Skiles) Bridgett Rebstock on June 27, 1998 in Mitchell, Illinois and she passed away on September 15, 1998 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.  From these dark days in his life, he has cherished the color of pink in her memory and was a true supporter of breast cancer awareness.

He retired from Prime Trucking in St. Louis after over 20 years as a CDL Instructor and truck driver with a perfect record of safe driving and transport.

He was an avid wrestling fan, loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, enjoyed watching old Western movies and was a big fan of John Wayne.  He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

Michael is survived by three sons, Jeremy (Francesca Owens) Rebstock of Paragould, Arkansas, Michael (Ariel) Rebstock of Cottageville, West Virginia and Larry Bridgett of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Angela (Larry Hill II) Bridgett of Granite City; ten grandchildren, Ethan, Brodey, Kailyn, Serenity, Graciebelle, Alvin-Scott, Alexander, Rowan, Anton and Michael; four sisters, Brenda DeClue of Cardwell, Missouri, Billie Jean Huggins of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Doris Ann Feeney of Park Hills, Missouri and Vicky Rebstock of Fredericktown, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.  

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Rebstock and Dickie Joe Rebstock and a sister, Patricia Rebstock.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.  

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


Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer and can be made online at www.komen.org or accepted at the funeral chapel.


Everett Timothy Hughes, 65, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at Granite Nursing & Rehab Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on July 28, 1958 in Granite City, IL to Virgil Edwin Hughes, Jr and Helen Virginia (Hall) Hughes Schneider.

Everett enjoyed riding his motorcycle, collecting coins and watching movies.  He is pride was his 1969 Mustang Coupe.  He also played air drums to Rock-n-Roll music.

Everett is survived by 3 sisters:  Darla Pilch of Granite City, Georgia (John) Rhodes of Caruthersville, MO and Helen Diane Brawley of Granite City; a daughter, Angela Rudd of Evansville, IN; 3 grandchildren:  Angelica, Antonio and Austin and a brother, Dale Hughes of Edwardsville, IL.  Also surviving are his loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents, Everett is preceded in death by a daughter, Nicole Fisher and a brother, Edwin Virgil Hughes III.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Patricia A. Kalips, 88, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, August 11, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on November 16, 1934 in Newark, NJ to Edgar Frank and Helen (Mills) Simpson.

Patricia enjoyed going camping in Branson and she liked driving around.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Ann (Joseph E. Sr) Humphreys of Centralia, IL; a son, Frank Kalips of Granite City; 2 grandchildren:  Joseph E. Humphreys, Jr and Jennifer Elaine (Anthony) Humphreys Lewis; 6 great grandchildren: Katherine Humphreys, Alexis Johnson, Jocelyn Humphreys, Emma Jae Lewis, Ava June Humphreys and Oliver Lewis; a brother, Richard(Kathy) Simpson of New Mommouth, NJ and a sister in law, Diane Simpson of NJ.

Besides her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her former husband Frank H. Kalips and a brother, Dennis J. Simpson.

A memorial visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Frank Harlow Kalips, 87, of DuBois, IL, born September 28, 1931, in Granite City, IL, passed away at 3:08 p.m., December 1, 2018 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Mr. Kalips retired after 27 years of service as a supervisor for A.O. Smith. He was a member Disabled American Veterans and the VFW. He loved camping, boating, fishing and cutting his grass. 

Besides his parents, Leo Leslie and Lena Susan (Hamilton) Kalips; he was preceded in death by his second wife, Marilyn South Kalips; a brother, Leo Kalips II; and a sister, Patricia Tapp. He is survived by his former spouse, Patricia A. (Simpson) Kalips; a daughter, Kimberly (Joseph) Humphreys Sr.; a son, Frank Richard Kalips all of Granite City; two grandchildren, Joseph Humphreys Jr. and Jennifer (Anthony) Lewis; six great-grandchildren, Katherine, Jocelyn and Ava Humphreys and Alexis, EmmaJae and Oliver Lewis; and a sister, Mary Scarsdale of Edwardsville, IL. Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com. Visitation: Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory, 3939 Lake Dr., Granite City, IL 62040. WOJSTROM FUNERAL HOME, Granite City, IL.


Doris Pauline Wimberly, 85, of Mitchell, Illinois passed away at 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at her home.

She was born July 31, 1938, in Salem, Illinois, a daughter of the late Alva Roswell “Toots” and Mabel (Atteberry) Barrall.

She married Herbert “Keith” Wimberly on December 31, 1954, and he passed away on January 27, 2010.

Doris retired as a Pharmacy Technician in April 2017 after 43 years of dedicated service in many capacities with Kmart in Granite City. 

She was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Granite City. She enjoyed making beautiful quilts through the years, loved being outdoors, gardening and tending to her yard and roses. Doris cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to attend, watch or participate in their many life opportunities. Being a devoted, loving and proud grandma was her greatest accomplishment in her life.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Gary Taylor of Granite City; a daughter-in-law, Judy Brandt of Lebanon; five grandchildren and spouses, Robert Keith Wimberly, Amanda “Amy” and Joe Kremers, Nicholas and Draya Wimberly, Erica Taylor and Patrick and Ashley Brandt; ten great grandchildren, Dakota Kremers, Rhilye Kremers, Bradyn Kremers, Lola McDowell, Bentlee Wiesehan, Dean Wimberly, Memphis Taylor, Adaline Brandt, Phil Brandt and Gracie Brandt; two sisters, Vicky Lynn Ande of Eldorado and Hazel Denise Lewis of Eldorado; a brother, Robby Kevin Barrall of Eldorado; dear friend, Edna Canter of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, David Wimberly; two sisters, Vera Diana Britt and Veneta Carolyn Miller and a brother, Alva Glenn Barrall.

In celebration of her beautiful life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, August 14, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, with Reverend Jerry Leibold officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Granite City or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Mary Margaret Nonn, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:11 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born July 8, 1934, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Clarence Henry and Mary Ann (Nicol) Nonn.

Mary had retired as a Judicial Secretary at the East St. Louis Federal Courthouse after over 25 years of dedicated and faithful service working for Judge William Beatty.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and was a loyal supporter and worker with Catholic Charities of Madison County. She cherished her family and loved spending time with her nieces and nephews. She loved her poodles and enjoyed watching classic movies, listening to classic music and always had to have her coffee or a Coke.

She is survived by a brother, Russ Nonn of Troy; a sister, Norma Martinelli of St. Louis; nieces and nephews, David P. and Kendra Nonn of Troy, Kathy and Mark Ringering of Worden and John and Nicole Nonn of St. Jacob; great nieces and great nephews, Christopher and Whitney Nonn, Joshua and Lori Pochek, Jakob and Brittany Pockek, Max Ringering, Kennedy Nonn, Mary Sophia Nonn, Avery Nonn, Henry Nonn, Brody Nonn and Blake Nonn; great-great nieces and great-great nephews, Judd Nonn, Nori Nonn, Aubriella Quigley, Kinsleigh Pochek, Ryelynne Pochek, Hanna Forsting and Carson Forsting; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, August 14, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 12:00 noon with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities of Madison County and may be made online at www.cc.dio.org/ways_to_give/donate or accepted at the funeral chapel.


Constance “Connie” (Macios) Simpson, 87 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, Illinois.

Connie was born on June 2, 1936 in East St. Louis, Illinois; the daughter of the late Walter and Veronica (Babic) Macios. Connie worked for the U.S. Department of the Army, Aviation & Troop Command and retired in 1993 as an Inventory Management Specialist after 30+ years of service.

Connie was known by her family and friends as a person who had a kind, generous heart who contributed to countless charities. She especially enjoyed helping animals in any way possible as evidenced by her current 4 dogs and 2 cats which she gave a home to out of need. Most of all Connie loved her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Connie is survived by and will be missed by her children; Shelly (Opich) and Quentin McClung of Ballwin, Missouri, Lawrence “Larry” Opich of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Matthew McClung, Tyler and Lauren McClung, Heath and Ali McClung; great-grandchildren, Wyatt McClung and Shea McClung as well as many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack C. Simpson whom she married on June 30, 1970; sons, Edward Opich Jr., James B. “Jimmy” Simpson; sister, Dorothy “Dottie” (Macios) Cook.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Connie’s life, funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Paws of Honor or Granite City A.P.A.


Merle E. Rose, age 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL. Merle was born on October 23, 1931 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Charles and Clara (Buenger) Beckmann.

Merle was a lifetime member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. On April 20, 1952, Merle married Brace “Lamont” Rose, the love of her life and Lamont passed away on October 13, 1991. Merle retired on February 28, 1990, as a real estate loan officer from Magna Bank in Granite City, IL, (formerly, First Granite City National Bank) after 40 years of dedicated service. After retirement, she worked part-time at Buenger-Doyle Tax Service in Granite City, IL for several years. Merle will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Merle was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Lois Beckmann, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Milo and Eileen Rose, and brother-in-law, Frank Sons.

She is survived by her loving goddaughters, Ruth (Dan) Joachimsthaler and Lois (Bob) Means; proud aunt to Larry M. (Sherri) Rose of Edwardsville, IL and Rick (Lynne) Rose of East Alton, IL; sister-in-law, Margaret Sons of Wood River, IL; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL, with Rev. Karla Frost officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, IL.

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


Jeffery Walter Lucas, 61, passed away Friday, August 4, 2023 in his home in Pontoon Beach, IL.

He was born to Len Lucas and the late Gretchen Hendricks on September 25, 1961 in Evanston, IL. He graduated from Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL.  Jeffery retired from the Navy after serving 24 year and went on to continue his career in Food safety. He met Christy Estelle and they were married on September 16, 2000. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1308 and spent his time piloting drones, and enjoyed photography. Jeffery was a very kind person and was always willing to help anybody who was in need. He was a great father and husband who loved his family very much.

He is survived by his wife: Christy Lucas; his father; Len (Martee) Lucas; 2 daughters: Mandy (Sean) Keegan and Gabby (Tyler) Lucas; a son: John Lucas; 3 brothers: Phillip Lucas, Scott (Katie) Lucas and Brad (Libby) Lucas: 2 sisters; Marcy (Tim Fry) Lucas, Robin (Joe) Rogers; his former wife and friend: Denise Boothe and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother: Gretchen Hendricks.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home. In lieu of Flowers, The family is asking for donations to be made to the Granite City Band Parents Association.

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


Phillip Kent Miller, 82, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Phillip was born on November 18, 1940, in Granite City, Illinois, the son of the late Elmer and Ruby O. (Mohon) Miller. A 1960 graduate of Granite City High School, Phil worked several jobs before becoming an operator for the Granite City Water Treatment Plant. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Calvary Life Church. Phil was known as a jokester who never met a stranger. His favorite pastimes were daily breakfasts with friends and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson. He will be remembered for his generosity, his love for his family, and, of course, for his silly socks.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Wendy (Decatur) Miller, whom he married on September 4, 2017; children, Randy and Sherry Miller of Collinsville, Illinois; Anna Miller of Granite City, Illinois; Erik and Nadia Kambarian of Godfrey, Illinois; Kristin and James Amos of Kenya, Africa; grandchildren, Caylee and Joey Renick, Mayci Miller, Sarah and Mike Christensen, Alyssa and Derek Brucker, Maddy Brahler, Abbie Kambarian, Ian Kambarian, Edison Amos, Liberty Amos, and Blaise Amos; great-grandson, Theodore Kent Renick; brothers, Gary Miller, Roger Miller, Jeff Miller; sister, Carolyn Morthland (Rich Freeman); many nieces, nephews, and other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Phillip was preceded in death by his granddaughter; Taylor Miller; brothers, Charles Mathis and Joseph Mathis; sisters, Betty Pulley and Emily Leonard.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2023, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Phillip’s life, funeral services will be held on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastors Desi Allen and James Amos officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10420 Old Olive Street Road #300, St. Louis, MO 63141 or www.nationalmssociety.org.


Jerry Wayne Burton, 73, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:32 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born July 31, 1950, in Granite City, a son of the late Leroy W. and Alberta M. (Thomas) Burton.

He married Martha R. Burton on October 28, 2006, in Edwardsville and she survives.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army and had served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Granite City VFW Post #1300 and the Venice Social Club and enjoyed cooking, having cocktails with his friends, gambling and cherished his grandson.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his grandson, Anthony Champion of Granite City; his sisters, Rita White of Granite City, Mary Nesbit of Fairview Heights and Ruth Rettig of Florida; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Carolyn Morris, Alfred Burton, James Burton, Brenda Wilson and William Burton.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Granite City V.F.W. or the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Rebecca Gay James, 54, of Trenton, IL, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Wed. Aug. 2, 2023 at Bria of Belleville in Belleville, IL.

She was born Mar. 16, 1969 in St. Louis, MO to Brenda (McLeskey) Amerson of St. Louis, MO and Gary Crump of Piedmont, MO.

Rebecca was a stylist at Great Clips in Highland.  She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Granite City.  Her most favorite job was being a grandmother.

In addition to her mother and father, she is survived by step-father: Ty Amerson of St. Louis; step-mother: June Crump of Piedmont; loving companion: Michael Schremp of Trenton; 4 children: Amber (Andy) Ronk of Granite City, IL, Justin Pinkston of Granite City, Randy Schalk of Ziegler, IL and Autumn James of O’Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Addison, Jack, Aria, Kayden and Skylar; a brother: Michael Crump of AR; and a half-brother: Nolan Amerson of Florissant, MO.

Rebecca was preceded in death by a brother: Kenny Crump; and a half-sister: Lisa Amerson.

The family will hold a memorial at a later date.

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


Dolores L. Jobe, 87, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 3, 2023 at University Care Center in Edwardsville, IL.

She was born July 21, 1936 in St. Louis, MO to the late Edsel Ford & Goldie May (Butler) Brewer.

On Apr. 19, 1955 she and Teddy Lloyd Jobe Sr. were married in St. Louis.  He preceded her in death Agu. 29, 2019.

Dolores had been a safety rep for Lanter Trucking.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Sherry & John Selliers of Mitchell, IL; a son: David Jobe of Pontoon Beach; 8 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters: Joyce Waggoner and Connie Ferguson both of St. Louis.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sons: Steven Jobe and Teddy L. Jobe Jr.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at Noon Wed. Aug. 9, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home with Rev. William Hale officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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


Vance Russell Burns, 51 of Mitchell, IL passed away Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born to Ronald and the late Mary (Bono) Burns on January 9, 1972 in Belleville, IL. Vance loved to sing, cook and work on cars.

Vance is survived by his father, Ronald Burns, Sr; a son: Lewis Burns; a brother: Ronald Burns, Jr; and 2 sisters: Gina Anderson and Jennie Persell.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Burns.

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


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