Obituaries December, 2023

December 2023 Obituaries


Letitia Ann “Tish” (Riggs) Laurk , 73, of Madison, Illinois, born February 3, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away tragically on Saturday, December 23, 2023, in Granite City, Illinois.

Tish was a faithful member of the Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City, Illinois. She loved God and she loved everything about Elvis, even naming her red Husky, after the singer. She enjoyed going shopping, catching a movie, or eating out at restaurants. She never hid her feelings and always told you how it was.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, whose absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph O. and Ruth A. (Fetzer) Riggs; her daughter, Letitia “Tish” Lockwood; and her siblings, Nancy Riggs, Barbara Bell, Norma Whistler, Clifford W. Riggs, and Sandra Short.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, John Laurk, of Madison, Illinois; her daughters, Cathy Laurk, of Granite City, Illinois, and Jill (Timothy) Banta, of St. Louis, Missouri; her grandchildren, Alisha Lockwood, Melissa Lockwood, Lauren Lockwood, John McLaughlin, BreAnna Spink, Raymond Scott, Jarad Bailey, and Natalie Banta; her 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Clifford M. Riggs, Michael Riggs, William Riggs, Christine Sthair, and Nancy Diamond; her sister-in-law, Catherine Smentkowski; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Word of Life Tabernacle, Granite City, IL. The memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Brian Crippen officiating.


Beth Ann Revelle, age 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at Christian Northeast Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Beth was born on June 18, 1961 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Bobby Wayne Revelle and Arlene Mae (McFalls) Votoupal.

Beth will be remembered as a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She retired in 2020, as a laborer from Local #397, after many years of dedicated service. Beth enjoyed making crafts, gardening, cooking, baking and taking long walks. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Beth 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.

Beth is survived by her loving children, Heather (Matthew) McMahon of Bethalto, IL and Nathan Baker of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Renee Hoppe of Granite City, IL, Jolene (Rick) Cosper of Edwardsville, IL and Benjamin (Kimberly) Votoupal of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Shana (Kenneth) Naeve of Bethalto, IL, Alyssa Naeve of Bethalto, IL and Austin Dyson of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandmother to Khloe Fry of Bethato, IL; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron Hymer officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to the family. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


Sharon Kaye (Williams) Misukonis, 56, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on December 30, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born June 20, 1967, in Granite City, Illinois to John R. and Carmen I. (Thompson) Williams.

Sharon was a faithful member of Hope Community Church in Carlinville, Illinois. She loved music and even played a little guitar in her youth. She was passionate about arts and crafts; she loved to draw, paint and make decorations. Her personality lit up the room and it was easy to see why she enjoyed sunflowers, rainbows and finding four leaf clovers. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, whose absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

he was preceded in death by her father, John R. Williams; her siblings, Larry Williams, in infancy, and Linda F. Meador; and a sister-in-law, Dottie Daniels.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her mother, Carmen I. (Thompson) Williams; her husband, Wayne Harney, of Granite City, Illinois; her children, Shayna (Logan Lofland), of Pontoon Beach, Illinois, Kayla (Caleb) Wylde, of Alton, Illinois, and Derrick Misukonis, of Granite City, Illinois; her grandchildren, Willow, Teddy, Cedar, Adileigh, and Ella; her step-children, Jeanne Harney, Heidi (Chris) Jackson, Amanda (Denny) Bangert, and Amber (Brent) Joseph; her siblings, Danny E. Williams, David L. (Shelia) Williams, Karen S. (James) Williams, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard “Dick” (Sharon) Harney, Karen (Bob) DeOrnellas, Nancy (Terry) Flynn, and Jack (Malea) Harney; and many step- children, step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Hope Community Church, Carlinville, Illinois. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois. Interment will follow in Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville, Illinois.


Judith Rae “Judy” Streif, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born January 23, 1939, in Belleville, Illinois, a daughter of the late Raymond and Toleda (Kraft) Berger.

She married Leon Frederick Streif on June 14, 1967, in Lebanon, Illinois and he passed away on December 22, 1996.

Judy and her late husband owned and operated Vandalia Bus Lines since 1975 and she retired in 2020. She had a passionate love for animals and supported many animal shelters and St. Vincent de Paul. She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed the many Cardinal Cruises and loved her days of traveling. She was an amazing woman who brought laughter and enjoyment to everyone she met. There wasn’t a person whose heart she didn’t touch and lives she enlightened. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by nine children and spouses, Gregory and Sharon Streif of Crestwood, Kentucky, Dale and Jenice Streif of Belleville, Deanna and Dale Clifton of Pontoon Beach, Peggy and Joseph Hock of Irvington, Alabama, Lori Ditzler of Caseyville, Dennis and Mary Streif of Columbia, Roger and Linda Streif of Caseyville, Norma Stafford of Caseyville and Melissa and Clarence Kaemmerer of Red Bud; sixteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Corliss Berger of Belleville and Dave and Peggy Berger of Belleville; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary Ann and Ernie Pfershey of Millstadt, Becky Vinson of Lake Tahoe, California and Teresa and Rick Biasini of San Diego, California; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bart Robert Streif; son-in-law, Terry Ditzler; two brothers, Paul Berger and Raymond Berger and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Diane and Bill Forbeck and Barbara Tayon.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, Illinois on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 901 North Alton Street in Lebanon, Illinois on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon with Father Paul Wienhoff as celebrant.

Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lebanon.

Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul, Metro East Humane Society, or support your local animal shelter in her memory.


Gregory Lee McGee, 76, a Granite City, Illinois, native died Dec. 24, 2023, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1947, the son of Marvin Lee and Conleth Margaret (O’Brien) McGee.

Soon after high school, Gregory, like many dozens of Granite’s local graduates, was drafted in 1966 during the Vietnam War. Greg held an interest in electronics and communications and applied for a radio operator assignment, but after fracturing both knees during basic training and failing a Morse Code speed test, Greg found himself without a unit or a specialty. He then benefited from the only advice his father ever gave on education: know how to type. Greg was assigned company clerk duties in Furth, Germany, a job that yielded Solider of the Quarter honors, an opportunity to experience Europe, and a treasury of stories to later share with family and friends. One gem was being caught sitting in the lieutenant’s chair while also wearing his hat, then evading immediate “KP” by reminding the lieutenant that a next morning general inspection might go poorly if he was too tired to have all the company’s paperwork in proper order.

Never dreaming of attending college, but now returning home with government assistance for education, Greg enrolled at SIUE, where he became one of the first staff members to help launch a student-run radio station, WSIE-FM, for which he was later named station manager, one of the proudest moments of his life.

With his new bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications while shuffling resumes, he saw what he considered a temporary job opportunity when the local library needed someone to type catalog cards. Although Greg said in his nervousness, he skipped an entire line during the typing test as the director loomed over his shoulder, Greg managed to beat out the typing competition. At that moment, the Granite City Public Library, now the Six Mile Regional Library District, was to become his beloved permanent home.

Time flew as he made friends at the library, soon introducing his sister to a fellow worker who would later become his brother-in-law, but Greg become restless to continue his working in Communications. In cooperation with then South-Western Cable TV (now Charter Communications), he initiated his own local cable show, Greg became “Gregg,” and “Coffee Break with Gregg McGee” was born. The regularly aired show became a place for local experts to share knowledge with the community, but also featured occasional guest appearance with national celebrities. Meanwhile, the library was also expanding, the first branch facility opened in Nameoki Village Shopping Center, where Gregg served as branch manager. The branch was to undergo many transitions, and Gregg worked hard helping to assemble and disassemble the branch as it hopped from home to home, another store front, a church building, a former school, until the Granite City Branch Library opened its permanent location on Johnson Road, where Gregg initially served as branch supervisor and became known as the smiling face to its patrons.

The problem was Gregg lacked a master’s degree in library science, as he was reminded by a board member who visited the branch to tell Gregg since he lacked his MLS he must not care about the library. A dejected Gregg, now in his forties, returned home feeling like a failure. He had never married, and the library was his family. The next action he took was to call his brother-in-law about a plan to get their MLS degrees, not offered at the time in the area. After logging hundreds of miles, using all their vacation time for several years, and with the help of tuition assistance from the library, they both received their Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Gregg even paid for his brother-in-law’s campus housing and books since his finances were tight with a new baby.

With his title as an assistant manager with the Six Mile Regional Library District, Gregg took pleasure in sponsoring visits from local and national writers. He particularly valued a lifelong friendship formed with Robert Owen Butler, an acclaimed writer and Granite City native.

After suffering a minor stroke, his health forced Gregg to retire after forty-three years, the longest serving employee of the library. During retirement, Gregg enjoyed gardening and spending time with his beloved dog, Bo, a Sheltie. Gregg was a faithful member of St. Joseph and Sacred Heart churches, St. Margaret Mary, and Holy Family Catholic Church, until his health prevented him from attending in person.

He was preceded in death, by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Michael Hillmer.

Surviving are three sisters, Georgeann McGee of Granite City, Monica (Robert) Smiggen of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Maureen (Robert) McGee-Ballinger of Custer, South Dakota; a brother, Vincent (Laura LaHay) McGee of Dillon, Montana; a nephew, Alexander Hillmer-McGee of Edwardsville, Illinois; a step-nephew, Scott (Christine) Smiggen; and many extended family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Six Mile Regional Library District, for masses, or to favorite charities.

Services: Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City. Following the visitation, a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Father Steve Thompson at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.


Robert Francis Black, 65, of Granite City, IL, formally of Raymond, IL died on Friday, December 29, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Mo.

He was born on November 13, 1958 in Alton, IL to John Black and Thelma Sellers.

Robert married Barbara Clark and she preceded him in death.

The loving father and grandfather enjoyed video games, listening to audio books and visiting Washington D.C.  He was a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies. He was loved by many women.

Robert is survived by a daughter, Christina (David) Peterson of Granite City and 3 grandchildren:  Shawna (Zac Holliday) Mize, Christian (Aleigha Thomason) Graves and Lydia Graves.

Besides his wife and parents, Robert is preceded in death by a son, Christopher Logan.

A memorial visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


David Greg Line, 70, of Granite City and formerly of Collinsville, Illinois passed away at 3:16 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at his home.

He was born December 4, 1953, in Granite City, a son of the late Lawrence David and Dorothy Ruth (Martin) Line.

He married Tina Rae (Benson) Line on July 11, 2002, in Belleville and she survives.

David retired from the Carpenter’s Local #664 after many years of dedicated service as a skilled carpenter. He had a great love of nature and enjoyed taking walks and capturing stunning photographs of God’s creations. He loved his days of motorcycle riding, enjoyed music and playing the guitar and was an avid gun enthusiast.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a step-daughter, Catrina Benson and her husband, Britton Bluedorn of California; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Gary Stanek of Granite City and Judy and Charles Bequette of Bismarck, Missouri; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and John Bishop of Bethalto; nieces and nephews, Faith and Paul Pulaski of Granite City, Gary and Ailene Stanek of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Michelle Bequette of Bismarck, Missouri and Charles and Megan Bequette of Birmarck, Missouri; several great nieces and great nephews; his cherished dog, Benny; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024, with Reverend Derrell Brame officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or support your local animal shelter and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Patricia A. “Pat” Ward, 73, of Highland and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:11 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born August 3, 1950, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Signagio) Randall.

She married the love of her life, Harry R. “Buzz” Ward on May 10, 1969, at Fort Wolters, Texas and he survives.

She had worked in bank management for many years throughout the world relocating with her husband through his military achievements. She enjoyed her days of gambling, playing Bingo and card games and a good day of fishing. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a son, Thomas “T.J.” Ward of Moscow Mills, Missouri; a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Kathy Randall of Vandalia; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynette and Ralph Burnett of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Harry R. “Roz” Ward.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 5, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Randall D Bilderback, Granite City passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023 at his residence in Tampa, FL. He was 64 years old.


Mr. Bilderback was born on September 15, 1959 in Granite City, IL to Richard and Marilyn (McClery) Bilderback. He attended Granite City High School North. Randy loved fishing, boating, the ocean, Nascar and Indy races, the St. Louis Cardinals and Notre Dame football.

Mr. Bilderback, while in Illinois, worked for the Labor Union Hall Local 397. He retired from Southwestern Suppliers in Tampa, FL in 2022.

He is survived by his companion, Christa Coldeberg; his mother, Marilyn Bilderback; four daughters: Tessa (Steve) Grejtak of Mt. Olive, IL; Alissa Hemken (companion, Jason Schardan) of Benld, IL; Tori Bilderback of Gillespie, IL; Mallory Bilderback (companion, Curtis Lee) of Gillespie, IL; seven grandchildren: Enzo Mansholt, Caleb, Annabelle and Aiden Ellis, Kinley and Kyson Hemken and Max Grejtak; brother Rick (Patty) Bilderback; sister Rachel Flanigan; many cousins; nieces and a nephew.


He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Bilderback and brother-in-law Roger Flanigan.


A celebration of life will take place at the Granite City Township Hall on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 1p to 4p. Lunch for family and friends will be served.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of Randy to the family for costs and expenses. You can contact Tessa Grejtak at 618-616-5251 or bilderback97@gmail.com or the address is 400 North Cherry Street, Mt. Olive, IL 62069 or memorials are also accepted at the celebration.


William J. Schehl, 66, of Pontoon Beach passed away Friday, December 29, 2023 at Christian North East Hospital.

He is survived by his sister, Sandy Buford of Granite City; two nephews, Lane and David Ashby and a niece, Marie Whited.He was preceded in death by his father, William Schehl; mother, Virginia (Fuller) Schehl; brother, Michael Schehl and sister, Linda Schehl.

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


Denise Annette McGee, née, Kirksey, 70, of Granite City, Illinois, born March 17, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois, passed away, Wednesday, December 27, 2023, in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Denise was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ, in Granite City, Illinois. She volunteered much time and wore many hats for her church family.

She loved to quilt, making many beautifully crafted items for her church, family and friends. She enjoyed vacations and spending time with her family. 

One memorable trip was a road trip to the coast of California to see her sister. She was a living wife, mother, and grandmother, whose absence will truly be felt by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Dorothea (Stein) Kirksey and a sister, Carol Ketner.

Surviving are her husband, of 41 years, Morris R. McGee, of Granite City, Illinois; her children, Sarah E. McGee, of San Diego, California and Sutton (Lauren) McGee, of Marine, Illinois; her grandchild, Harper McGee; her brother, Virgil (Betty) Kirksey, of Glen Carbon, Illinois; her fur babies, Petey and Lucy; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to St. John UCC or to Evelyn’s House. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Rd., Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Rd., Granite City, Illinois.


Brenda Faye Means, 65, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:16 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023.

She was born January 30, 1958, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Troy Eldon Coleman and the late Mildred Lucille (Boling) Hall.

She married Danny Lee Means on April 15, 1978, in Granite City and he survives.

She retired in 2022 from the Illinois Southwest Orthopedics in Glen Carbon after 24 years of dedicated service in office administration. 

She enjoyed her days of quilting and will be remembered as a loving and faithful wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

In addition to her beloved husband of 49 years, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Brent Grimm of O’Fallon, Illinois; a son, Daryl Means of Granite City; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Stacey and Barry Baggett of Wood River; four grandchildren, McKenzie Grimm, Duncan Means, Brendan Haynes and Dallas and Brittany Haynes Jr.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruby Hall of Granite City, Stephanie and Louis Benham of Granite City; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Eugene and Kim Hall of Granite City and Troy Coleman Jr. of Tennessee; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Hahne and a stepson, Danny Lee Means Jr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Amanda Cates officiating.

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

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that gift cards be accepted at the funeral chapel to be given to the nurses and staff of The Siteman Cancer Center for their loving care given to Brenda and her family.


Wayne Michael “Big W” Scannell, 85, of Granite City, Illinois went to play in the angel’s band in Heaven at 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at his home with his family at his side.

He was born January 26, 1938, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, the son of the late Leo and Alvina (Bertoldie) Scannell.

He married the love of his life, Jeanette (Lubak) Scannell on August 16, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

Wayne retired in 1995 from Craftmatic Beds as a sales manager, also working with Contour Chair and Krumery Home Furnishings with 30 years of service in sales. He had also owned and operated his Big and Tall Store, Wayne’s Men’s Wear of Madison and Glen Carbon for several years. Previously working for Glik’s in Madison and Dow Chemical.

Wayne was a professional and talented musician, guitar player and singer. Having his own band throughout the years, The Casual’s Band, recently including his late son and two grandsons for which made him very proud. He was a dedicated member and President of the Metro East Musician’s Union, AFM, Local 29-717. He began his life in music as a music teacher at the age of 17 at Johnson’s Music Store and continued through the years teaching at Fornaszewski Music Store, at his residence and Omega Music Store until the age of 83.

He was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison for many years and member of St. Margaret Mary and Holy Family men’s choir and music groups. Wayne was very involved in the community and was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Madison, Past President of the Madison Business Association, a chairman of the Madison, Illinois Diamond Jubilee, member of the Granite City Chamber of Commerce and the Granite City Moose Lodge and sponsored four girl’s soccer teams through the years. He enjoyed fishing, riding his four-wheeler and enjoyed family times at the lake property, Uncle Walt’s Place in Farmington, Missouri.

In addition to his beloved wife of 65 years, he is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Jim Kopsic of Granite City, Lisa and Brian Blackwell of Granite City, Juli and Al Nemeth of Glen Carbon and Susan and Carl Keef of Granite City; daughter-in-law Susan “Susie” Scannell of Granite City; six grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Annie Scannell of Troy, Jamey and Tyler Landon of Florida, Patrick and Taylor Scannell of Maryville, Brandon and Jaylyn Blackwell of Bethalto, Tommy Blackwell and Lilly Skinner of Bethalto and Taylor Keef of Harrisburg; seven great grandchildren, Mikey, Leo, Jae, Carlee, Brody, Bryson and Kai; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Judy Lubak of Alton; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his beloved parents, he will reunite in Heaven with his cherished son, Michael Scannell; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Margie Benway and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Helen Lubak.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church, 1621 10th Street in Madison on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church, Masses, Renee’s Rescue Sanctuary or to Heartland Hospice.


Frank Joseph Barunica, Jr., 66

We sadly announce our beloved husband, father, PaPa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend, Frank Joseph Barunica, Jr., has passed away, Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Anderson Hospital, in Maryville, Illinois. Frank was born on November 11, 1957, in Granite City, Illinois to Frank “Fritz” and Agnes (Succich) Barunica.

Frank was a proud union carpenter for over 20 years. He graduated from Granite City High School, where he was voted Homecoming King. He was also a top football player and enjoyed power-lifting in high school. He enjoyed playing golf and shooting pool. He was an avid pit master, barbecuing for friends and family. Frank was a strong family man who took care of those he loved. He will be truly missed, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

Frank was called to Heaven to be alongside his parents, Frank “Fritz” and Agnes Barunica; his sister, Diane (Barunica) Margherio; his father-in-law, Donald Vaughn; and a nephew, Matthew Roustio.

Frank is survived by his loving, wife, Michele “Shelly” (Vaughn) Barunica, of Granite City, Illinois; his two sons, Frank J. Barunica, III and Cody Barunica; his grandchildren, Cody King, Franky, IV, and Kodi Lee; his siblings, Tina (Butch) Stefanoff; Lynda Odum, Scott (Terry) Barunica, Shirley (Larry) Lassen, and Jeannette Bone; a niece and Godchild, Tiffany (Jon) Kosydor and their children, Roman and Arden; his mother-in-law, Vivian Vaughn, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mike and Shara and their children, Sofie and Scarlett and Mavis and Micky, and their child, Jeremy (Theresa); and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Greg Dickerman officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Stephanie Renee Curtis, 46, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, with her family at her side at her home.

She was born January 10, 1977, in Granite City. 

She had worked in home healthcare with D.O.R.S. Stephanie lived life to the fullest and was always caring for others.

She cherished her family and friends and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with them. She enjoyed taking vacations, loved the sun and sand at a beautiful beach and was known for being very forward, outgoing, never meeting a stranger and having a soft heart of gold.

She is survived by her mother, Tammy (Arnold) Jackson of Granite City; her stepfather, Leon Bugg of Granite City; three sons, Cody Curtis of Granite City, Chandler Patterson of Granite City and Cameron Hays of Granite City; sister, Angie Bennett of Granite City; aunts and uncles, Shelley and George Smith of Glen Carbon and Charlene and Clinton North of Troy; cousins, Amber Parker of Granite City, Joie White of Troy and Honesty Nothstine of Glen Carbon; many other extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Butch Curtis and her grandparents, Lawrence and Allene Arnold.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, December 30, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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


Letitia Ann “Tish” (Riggs) Laurk , 73, of Madison, Illinois, born February 3, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away tragically on Saturday, December 23, 2023, in Granite City, Illinois.

Tish was a faithful member of the Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City, Illinois. She loved God and she loved everything about Elvis, even naming her red Husky, after the singer. She enjoyed going shopping, catching a movie, or eating out at restaurants. She never hid her feelings and always told you how it was. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, whose absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph O. and Ruth A. (Fetzer) Riggs; her daughter, Letitia “Tish” Lockwood; and her siblings, Nancy Riggs, Barbara Bell, Norma Whistler, Clifford W. Riggs, and Sandra Short.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, John Laurk, of Madison, Illinois; her daughters, Cathy Laurk, of Granite City, Illinois, and Jill (Timothy) Banta, of St. Louis, Missouri; her grandchildren, Alisha Lockwood, Melissa Lockwood, Lauren Lockwood, John McLaughlin, BreAnna Spink, Raymond Scott, Jarad Bailey, and Natalie Banta; her 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Clifford M. Riggs, Michael Riggs, William Riggs, Christine Sthair, and Nancy Diamond; her sister-in-law, Catherine Smentkowski; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


Patsy C. Patterson, 80, of Granite City, Illinois went home to the Lord at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at her home with her family by her side.

She was born February 12, 1943, in Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Ralph and Eva (Drummonds) Jacobs.

She married the love of her life, Charles Lanzo Patterson on April 8, 1961, in Granite City and he survives. 

In 1978, Pat and Lanzo started P&S Tire, now known as Patterson Tire where she worked as the bookkeeper for many years. Pat also devoted her time to her church family at Harvest Community Church. Pat was the Matriarch of our family and was a passionately devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and was the most loyal ally one could have. Pat showed her support and devotion by attending all sporting events, activities, games and school activities. She was famous in her large family for her fried chicken, potato salad and extraordinary mac and cheese and loved gathering in her home with family and friends for any occasion.

In addition to her loving husband of 62 years, she was a fiercely devoted mother to her four sons, Brian (Rebecca May) Patterson of Glen Carbon, Danny (Sherri) Patterson of Glen Carbon, Kevin (Tracy) Patterson of Edwardsville and Tim (Lynda) Patterson of Edwardsville; cherished grandmother to Kendall (Drew) Huffman, Jacob (Kasey) Patterson, Zack (Brittany) Patterson, Nick Patterson, Maddi (Austin) Abegg, Riley (Claire) Patterson, Spencer Patterson and Benjamin Patterson; great grandmother to Avery and Nash Huffman and Sophia and Ophelia Patterson. Pat was the fourth of seven loving and extremely close siblings and is survived by Jean Hampton of Granite City, Bill (Gail) Jacobs of Granite City, Charlie Jacobs of Granite City, Larry (Pat) Jacobs of Granite City and Mike (Sandy) Jacobs of Glen Carbon; many special nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her loving sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Rev. Jeff Smith; brother-in-law, Donnie Hampton and sister-in-law, Ginger Jacobs.

There was nothing she loved more that spending time with her family and she LOVED BIG!!!

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue at Harvest Community Church, 4598 State Route 162 in Pontoon Beach on Saturday, December 30, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Roy Boyer officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Harvest Community Church.


Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Nail, age 82, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2023 at his home. Kenny was born on September 25, 1941 in Flora, IL, a son of the late Richard and Helen (George) Nail.

Kenny was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On May 5, 1967, Kenny married Mary Slagley, the love of his life at the Methodist Church in Louisville, IL. He was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City, IL, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Kenny was also a member of the ROMEO Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Kenny retired as a parts manager from Erb Equipment in Mitchell, IL, after forty-six years of dedicated service. He enjoyed going fishing and spoiling his grandchildren. Kenny will be remembered as a devoted family man who never met a stranger. He loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Nail.

Kenny is survived by his loving wife, Mary Nail of Pontoon Beach, IL; dear children, Heather Towell of Morton, IL and Holly (Martin) Clark of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Abigail Towell of Morton, IL and Aaron Clark of Granite City, IL; extended family and many wonderful friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, with Pastor Daniel Wilson officiating. Private family interment will be held at Orchard Hill Cemetery in Louisville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Grace Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Andrea Clara Norris, of Granite City, IL passed away In her home on Saturday, December 23, 2023.

She was born to the late Andrew and Emma (Fischer) Schneider on September 20, 1926 in St. Louis, MO. She met Robert Norris and they were married in St. Louis in 1958, he precedes her in death.

Andrea loved to work out in the yard. She enjoyed growing plants and flowers.

She also loved to dance and go to antique shops and thrift stores. Her favorite thing to do was spend time with her family; she was a great mother and grandmother.

Andrea is survived by 3 sons: Robert Norris, Andrew (Denise) Norris and Glennon Norris; 5 grandchildren: Joseph, Nicholas, Ahsley, Alison and Kayla; 4 great grandchildren: Aubrey, Kennidi, Mariah, and Ronnie; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband; Andrea is preceded in death by a brother: William Schneider, and 2 sisters: Theresa Eagan and Catherine Schneider.

Services and burial will be held at a later date.


Delores J. Economy, 94, of Madison, Illinois, passed away at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023, at her home.

She was born January 22, 1929, in Madison, and daughter of the late Charles A. and Valeta (Beck) White.

She married Michael Economy Sr. on April 2, 1949, in Madison and he passed away on October 7, 2005.

Delores retired in 1992 as a head cook from the Madison School District after over 20 years of dedicated service at the high school. 

 She was a faithful member of St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, James “Pat” Economy of Staunton, Illinois; her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Michael Gravlin of O’Fallon, Missouri; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Andy and Debbie Economy of Madison; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Economy Jr.; a baby sister, Billie Joe White and three brothers, Norvel White, Bertin White and Charles White.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to Masses.


Lloyd “Butch” Alvin Osborn, 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:31 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19, 2023 at his home with his family at his side.

He was born Jan. 28, 1944 in Chicago, IL to the late Delmar & Juanita (Knight) Osborn.

On Jan. 28, 1968 he and Evvie Dianna Asbury were married in Chester, IL.  She preceded him in death Dec. 27, 2021.

Butch was a U.S. Army veteran, serving on the Presidential Honor Guard for both President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King..  After serving in the military, he became a Sherriff’s Deputy and later started his own roofing company, Osborn’s Roofing and finally went to work for his friend Harry Anderson at Anderson Roofing.  Butch loved watching Jeopardy and talking politics and while he loved football, he hated the Dallas Cowboys.   He liked to also spend his time reading the likes of Stephen King and Louis Lamore but his favorite thing was to spend time with his family, doting on his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Christina (Dean) Sanders and Stacy (Shane) Wright of Granite City; a son: Brian (Michelle) Osborn of Bethalto, IL; 5 grandchildren: Kevin Osborn, Lauren (Joe) Kilzer, Sean Wright, Gavin Wright and Collin Sanders; a great-grandson: Matthew Osborn; and a brother: George Osborn of Vicksburg, MS.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Bill Osborn; and 2 sisters: Judy Osborn and Dorothy Edwards.

Butch will be laid to rest with his wife in a private ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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


Frank Furfaro, 89 of Madison, Illinois passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023 at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Frank was born on December 31, 1933 in Collinsville, Illinois the son of the late Salvatore and Sarafina Sophia (Ventrice) Furfaro.

Frank was a machinist for Schweitzer Licorice retiring after over 30 years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of City Temple in Granite City and proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and a member of the Collinsville V.F.W. Post 5691.

Frank was a well known story teller and was always willing to share the times of his youth and could often be found on local dance floors dancing with his wife Frances. Frank loved to be outside where he enjoyed his garden or tinkering with his landscape and could be found at his favorite fishing hole or pulling his grill out to cook for his family.

Most of all Frank loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together. Frank is survived by and will be missed by his daughters; Nancy and Abel Briagas of Madison, Illinois, Nichole and Donald West of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Breeanna, Fallon; numerous great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances Fay (Kamarit) Furfaro, whom he married on April 6, 1957; daughter, Natalie Gloeckner; grandsons, Jason and Jeremy; brothers, Angelo, Vincent, Samuel, Jerome, Pasquale; sisters, Catherine and Mary Jane.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Frank’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2023 at City Temple, 4751 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Sam Hart officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.act.alz.org, Songs 4 Soldiers at www.songs4soldiersstl.org or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Elvin Lee James, 87, of Granite City, Illinois, peacefully passed from Earth to Heaven on December 18th, 2023, surrounded by his family. Lee’s faith and his family were the most important things in his life.

He is survived by his children Brenda James, Glenda James, Greg James (Lori), and Doug James (Evangeline), and also his grandchildren Ashli Domescik (Nick), Justin James (Brooke), Haley James, Jordan James, Dawson James, Griffin James, and his great grandchildren Everli and Thea Domescik.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elvin Otho and Doris (Cole) James, and his loving wife of more than 50 years, Phyllis (Day) James.

Lee was raised in Madison, Illinois. Even though he was an only child, he had a large extended family and loved spending time with the James and Cole families. He was very close to his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins and loved big family get-togethers. He also loved playing sports, typically basketball or baseball. He played sports at Madison High School, and it was clear that he loved sports more than studying.

He also loved fishing, hunting, and boating. His love of the outdoors was evident throughout his life. Lee loved spending a day with his family boating and waterskiing on lakes big or small – near or far. He especially enjoyed taking friends and church youth groups to the lake for a full day of waterskiing and fun.

Lee started and ended his faith journey at Tri City Assembly of God Church and deeply loved the worship services and the people there. For many years in between, he attended and raised his family at Glenview Assembly of God Church with Pastor M.W. Wilson. Lee was at church every time the doors were open and enjoyed serving the church in many different roles. He especially loved teaching Sunday School classes. Lee had a deep and loving relationship with Jesus, and sharing God’s Word with others was one of his special gifts. He was kind and thoughtful and his personality also contained wit, humor, and evangelism. He cared for people so much he always wanted to make sure that they were “in tune with Jesus”.

Lee worked for the Government, Department of Defense, as a computer programmer most of his professional career. He truly enjoyed his work and the people he worked with and considered his work relationships to be lifelong friends.

Lee, Son – Husband – Father — Grandfather – Family Patriarch. We now celebrate his life . . . a life well-lived. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lee’s celebration of life will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL on Saturday, December 23rd, 2023. Visitation from 10am to 12 noon. Funeral service will directly follow at 12 noon. Pastor Barry Shepherd and Pastor Doug Surratt will be officiating the service. If unable to attend, you may join the family livestream on his tribute wall at www.irwinchapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Lee’s church, Tri City Assembly of God – 3400 Maryville Road, Granite City IL 62040.


Georgia Louise Smith left this world on December 18, 2023, after a long and exceedingly fantastic life.

Louise was born to William & Josephine Hawes in Crittenden Kentucky on December 22, 1932. She grew up in Murphysboro, Illinois where she graduated in 1950 and met her husband, Clifford C. Smith. They were married in Osceola, Arkansas on September 17, 1951.

Louise and Cliff raised their family in Granite City, Illinois. Louise spent her spare time serving the community through organizations like Order of the Eastern Star, Business Professional Women, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Scouts River Bluffs Council, Boy Scouts of America, and served as a trustee at the First United Presbyterian Church. Professionally, Louise worked in real estate with her husband and retired as a bookkeeper at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Louise loved to travel. She and Cliff hauled the trailer, three children and Lucky (her beloved chihuahua) across the country many times. She had the privilege of visiting 49 states and 10 countries, but nothing compared to the lights of Las Vegas where she returned nearly 50 times.

Her heart yearned to help others. She donated to charities for Indigenous children and the environment. She sponsored an immigrant family through her church, followed the AIDS crisis with a heavy heart, and never let a stray kitty go hungry. Louise was a class act.

In her final years, Louise was cared for in the homes of both of her surviving children until the battle with Parkinson’s Disease became too great.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Josephine; her husband, Cliff; her brother, Charles Hawes; her daughter, Deborah Grove; and two sons-in-law: John Essington and William Grove. Louise is survived by two children: Laura Essington and James Smith (Rhoda); five grandchildren: Andrew Grove (Rhonda), Daniel Essington, Melissa Pitts (Nick), Christina Gibson (Anthony) and Jennifer Smith; and eight great grandchildren: Nova, Dalton, Josie, Kaitlyn, Olivia, Cecilia, Amelia, and Elijah.

Services will be held at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, 50 Fountain Drive, Glen Carbon, Illinois with visitation Friday, December 22, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. The burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Tresa Marie Cato, 57 of Benld, Illinois passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Tresa was born on November 17, 1966 in Granite City the daughter of the late Sylvester and Lillian (Martin) Ryterski Black. Tresa was an Inspector for Nascote in Nashville, Illinois and in her free time Tresa enjoyed her days of traveling with her husband Joel.

Tresa will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Tresa is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; Joel Cato, who she married on August 19, 2008; son, John Cato of St. Louis, Missouri; sisters, Denise Owens of Granite City, Illinois, Paula and Matt Tebbe of Florida; brothers, Len and Karyn Revelle of Smithton, Illinois, Denny Revelle of Grantfork, Illinois and many other close family members and friends.

A family tribute is being planned for a later date.


Imogene Richmond, 91, of Madison passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023 at University Nursing and Rehab in Edwardsville.  

She was born August 13, 1932 in Carter County, MO to Jeff David and Kathryn Sarah (nee: Roam) Gamble.  She married Willis J.B. Richmond April 3, 1948 in Arkansas; he preceded her in death June 6, 2003.

Imogene was a Granny to all the Cloverleaf Kids.  She enjoyed thrift shops and playing cards.  She was quick witted, sweet and ornery as can be.

She is survived by her son, Donald (Theresa) Richmond of Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Gary A. Campbell, Tonya Campbell, Mike Richmond, Candy Mandina and Brent Richmond; 17 great grandchildren, Zac Campbell, Maurie Campbell, Bella Smith, Amelia Mandina, Blake Richmond, Summer Dunaway, Abby Richmond, Audrey Gochnouer, Logan Campbell, Jayce Richmond, Lilyan Richmond, Landen Richmond, Collin Richmod, Brooke Richmond, Brennen Carney, Dravin Campbell and Memphis Campbell and several great great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Pamela Campbell; son, Leo Richmond and grandson, Brad Richmond.

A grave side service will be held for family and close friends at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2023 at St. John’s Cemetery on Maryville Rd in Granite City.  Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory entrusted with professional service.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in Brentwood, MO


David E. Stacey, 74, of Granite City, IL passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023 in St. Louis, MO.

He was born to the late William S. and Opal M. Stacey on April 5, 1949 in Kennett, Mo. He met Brenda Joyce Benson and they were married in Tulsa, OK September of 1984.

David served in the US Army and was an over the road trucker.

 He enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with his family.

He is survived by a daughter: Cheryl Ann Davis; 2 grandchildren; 3 sisters: Sally Noah, Marie “Net” Scott, Connie Mitchell; a brother Roger Stacey; a sister -in-law: Starlit Stacey; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, David is preceded in death by 4 brothers: Sonny Stacey, Ronnie Stacey, Jerry Stacey and Seldon Stacey.

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


Everett Paul Martin, Sr, 76, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, December 15, 2023 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

He was born on June 22, 1947 in Granite City, IL to Fred and Juanita (Jolly) Martin.

Everett married Sandra Rosado in Puerto Rico in January 1994.

The loving father and grandfather enjoyed watching television.

Everett is survived by his wife; 4 daughters: Stacey Land of Ormond Beach, FL, Pamela (Trevor) Miller of Braidwood, IL, Elenora Brendel of Granite City and Kassandra Martin of Asheboro, NC; a son, Everett Paul Martin, Jr of Asheboro, NC; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 3 brothers:  Charles Martin of Granite City, Bert Martin of Peru, IL and Harold Dean Martin of Pawpaw, IL and a sister, Jewel Matyas of O’Fallon, IL.

Besides his parents, Everett is preceded in death by 5 brothers:  Ralph Martin, Orville Martin, Billy Martin Fred Martin and John Martin and 2 sisters:  Betty Martin and Rosie Martin.

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


Retired Police Chief Nealy R. “Chet” Ballew, 77, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at his home.

He was born October 15, 1946, in Williamsville, Missouri, a son of the late Jasper S. and Ina B. (Parks) Ballew.

He married the love of his life, Nancy E. (Wisecarver) Ballew on January 20, 1966, in Williamsville, Missouri and she survives.

Chet retired as Police Chief in 1996 from the Pontoon Beach Police Department after 25 years of dedicated service to the community.

He was a faithful member of the Granite City Masonic Triple Lodge #835 and a longtime member of the Madison County Police Association. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed mowing grass and meticulously tended to his yard.

He will be remembered for the love of his community and the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters, Leigh Ann Cruse of Granite City and Lynne Ballew of Granite City; three grandchildren, Melissa and Denny Wells of Granite City, Jennifer Cruse of Granite City and Dustin Cruse of Granite City; three great grandchildren, Bryanna, Raeleigh and Brayden Wells; a sister, Joan Wells of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; a brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Frieda Ballew of Granite City; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Cliff Cruse and seven siblings, Garvey, Leroy, Troy, Larry, Edith, Lillian and Betty.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul Ballew officiating.

Masonic Services from the Granite City Masonic Lodge and a Pass in review from the Pontoon Beach Police will be held.

Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the BJC Siteman Cancer Center and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Ronnie David Dethrow, 76 of Mitchell, Illinois, born March 22, 1947, in Paragould, Arkansas, passed away, December 13, 2023, in Mitchell, Illinois.

Ronnie loved the outdoors and often enjoyed the wonders of nature. He had a bit of a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. He loved history and was very knowledgeable about current events. He enjoyed watching football and baseball and playing with his two dogs, Goldie and Cinnamon. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather; his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruby, née Gazaway, Dethrow.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Stacey L. Dethrow, née Feit, of Mitchell, Illinois; his children, Tina (Tom) Schnurbusch.of De Soto, Missouri, John (Pan) Dethrow, of De Soto, Missouri, Genie (Scott) Blankenship, of Diamond, Missouri, and James (Tina) Dethrow, of St. Louis, Missouri; his grandchildren, Andrew Schnurbusch, Jason (Kelly) Buette, Felicia (Brian) Bradley, Anthony Kilburn, and Ashley (Rob) Molina; his great grandchildren, Nevy, Kane, Annabelle, Andrew, and Finnick; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Irwin Chapel, in Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Mary Alice Malench, 87, of Highland Park and formerly of Holiday Shores and Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at the Warren Barr North Shore in Highland Park, Illinois.

She was born September 26, 1936, in Mountain View, Missouri, a daughter of the late Floyd Nelson and Mary Alice (Piper) Rowlett.

She married Norman Lee “Bub” Malench on March 19, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri and he passed away on June 16, 2022.

She retired in 1991 from A.G. Edwards after ten years of dedicated service as a clerk. She enjoyed her days of crocheting, sewing and reading and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Keith (Maureen Monton) Malench of Glen Carbon, Terry Malench of Tarpon Springs, Florida and Robert (Karyn) Malench of Highland Park, Illinois; two grandchildren, Alex Malench and Selene Malench; a sister, Donna Pflanz of St. Louis; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents and beloved husband of 62 years, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Malench and a sister, Peggy Jane Lester.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Saturday, December 23, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Lucas Hergert officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the N.A.M.I. National Alliance for Mental Illness and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Sandra Marie Measki, 81, of Granite City passed away Friday, December 15, 2023 at St. Louis University Hospital.  She was born March 28, 1942 in Granite City to Stanley and Catherine (nee: Riddle) Wojcik.  

She married John Measki, May 21, 1966 in Granite City.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison.  

Sandra loved spending time with her husband, working in the yard and with her cats. Sandra was a kind and loving soul.  She was the type of person that would do anything, for anyone.

She is survived by her husband, John Measki of Granite City; daughters, Susan (Tim) McPherson of Edwardsville and Christy Measki of Granite City; grandchildren, Bryan (Renae) McPherson and Elizabeth McPherson and a brother, Stanley A. (Toni) Wojick of Edwardsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.


Diana Lynn Simmerman, 68, passed away in Granite City, IL on Friday, December 15, 2023.

She was born on November 14, 1955 in Frankfort, Germany to Junior L. and Gladys Marie (Lyerla) Jones.

Diana married Billy D. Simmerman in Granite City, IL in 1976.  He preceded her in death in 2022.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed fishing and camping with her sister Linda.

Diana is survived by a daughter, Osia Wallace of Carrier Mills, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Alyssa, Caleb, Rebecca, Ozzie and Odessa; a great grandchild, Mazikeen and 2 sisters:  Linda Whitford of Granite City and Sandra Sullivan of Jonesboro, IL.

Besides her husband and parents, Diana is preceded in death by a son, William Simmerman and a brother, James Jones.

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


Robert E. “Bob” Lutes Sr. 84 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, December 15, 2023 at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Bob was born on April 14, 1939 in Kennett, Missouri; the son of the late Everett and Argie (Counts) Lutes.

Bob was a truck driver for Wetterau Corporation and drove for Kroger and Shop N’ Save Grocery Stores. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Teamsters Local #610. 

Bob was a well known sports enthusiast who enjoyed his days of coaching and playing sports, especially basketball and was always looking forward to a good softball game with his brothers. He was a talented musician who taught guitar to his family members and could often be found playing and singing music. Bob was a family man who loved family gatherings and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Bob is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife of 64 years; Shirley A. (Gombos) Lutes, whom he married on October 10, 1959; his children, Robert E. and Laura Lutes Jr. of Collinsville, Illinois, Kathleen and Jeff Waggoner of Glen Carbon, Illinois; grandchildren, Nathan and Holly Lutes, Christopher and Amy Lutes, Amanda and Mike Daugherty; great-grandsons, Lucas Daugherty, Logan Daugherty; brothers, Al and Gloria Lutes, Phil and Gloria Lutes, Dan and Linda Lutes, Joe and Teresa Lutes and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sisters; Wilma, Dorothy, Betty; brothers, Tom, Ken, Everett, Larry, Dick and his brother and sister who were twins, Ronnie and Connie.

A family tribute is being planned for a later date.


Mitchell “Sleepy” Elmore Jr., 94 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Cedarhurst of Granite City surrounded by the love of his family.

Mitchell was born on January 28, 1929 in Granite City; the son of the late Mitchell and Mary C. (Randeau) Elmore Sr. Mitchell was a head heater at Granite City Steel, retiring after 41 years of faithful service.

He was a dedicated member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and proudly served his country in the United States Marines where he earned a WW II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Ribbon and a Honorable Service Lapel Button. 

He was a member of S.O.A.R. (Steelworkers of America Retiree’s). In his free time Mitchell enjoyed his days of deer hunting and traveling with his and family. Most of all Mitchell loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Mitchell is survived by and will be missed by his children; Susan and Tom Goedeke of Granite City, Illinois, Mark and Barb Elmore of Wentzville, Missouri; grandchildren, Jonathan and Jan Goedeke, Kimberly and Mark Stocker, Eric and Kimberly Elmore; great-grandchildren, Jacob Stocker, Jackson Stocker, Crystal Stocker, Ethan Elmore, Aiden Elmore, Carter Goedeke, Colten Goedeke; dear friend, Vineta Smallie and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mitchell was preceded in death by his loving wife; Lorraine S. (Mueller) Elmore, whom he married on July 1, 1950; sisters, Beulah, Wanda, Maybelle, Lucy and his brother, Calvin.

In celebration of Mitchell’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City with Pastor Karla Frost officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL 62040 or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 South Illinois Ave., Belleville, IL 62220.


Cynthia Jo Millsap, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at her home. Cynthia was born on February 13, 1944 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Louis and Helen (McNeely) Lasiter.

On June 29, 1974, Cynthia married Danny Charles Millsap, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Danny passed away on April 24, 2013. Cynthia retired from Champions Wedding as a wedding coordinator after twenty years of dedicated service. Cynthia and Danny bowled for many years at Tri-Mor Bowl in Granite City but lived their best life camping and fishing nearly every weekend. 

 Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids. Cynthia 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, Cynthia was preceded in death by a son, John Millsap.

She is survived by her loving children, Lisa Mitchell of Granite City, IL, Brian Millsap of Granite City, IL, Jason (Shequera) Millsap of FL, Michele (John) Menendez of St. Louis, MO, David Millsap and Darron (Denise) Millsap; dear brother, Michael Lasiter of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Midwest Children’s Burn Group of St. Louis or to Cynthia’s family.


Jay Phillip Borchers, 61, of Granite City, Illinois, formerly of Sarasota, Florida, born February 20, 1962, in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away, December 7, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois.

Jay proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He loved riding his motorcycle and spending time with a fishing pole in his hands. He loved animals, especially his cats. He was a loving son, father, and grandfather, who will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Borchers and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Surviving are his mother, Maxine Borchers, née Jackson, of Sarasota, Florida; his children, Ashley Borchers, of Granite City, Illinois, Laura (Rio Arosemena), of Granite City, Illinois, Jay (Malia) Borchers, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; his grandchildren, Ellie, Uriah, Arielle, Noah, and Thea; a sister, JoEllyn Yturraspe, of Sarasota, Florida; his niece and nephews, Max, Ava, and Matthew; the mother of his children and friend, Ellen Flowers; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Gary Sinise Foundation for veterans. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2023, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday December 18, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


Ruth Ann Simpson, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:17 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born March 27, 1938, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Rydgig) Bladdick.

She married James “Bud” Simpson on November 23, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City and he passed away August 23, 1988.

She worked with the A.R.C.H. House in Granite City, with over 15 years of dedicated service as a cook.

Ruth was a dedicated and loving homemaker and enjoyed her years as a volunteer at Gateway Regional Medical Center. She loved family gatherings, playing games with her family and Pinochle with her friends and never missed an opportunity to play Bingo.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jim and Sue Simpson of Glen Carbon and Mike Simpson of Granite City; a daughter, Angie Langford of O’Fallon, Missouri; three grandchildren and their spouses, Matt Simpson of Granite City, Jamie and Jake Page of Kirkwood, Missouri and Sarah and Braden Keller of St. Peters, Missouri; three great grandchildren, Olive, Winter and Iris Page and one on the way, Maylee; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Ted Wasylak of Indian Trail, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Beth Bladdick of Collinsville; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, David and Marilyn Bladdick and Tom Bladdick.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Burial will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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


Dennis J. Yarbrough, 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away Tues. Dec. 12, 2023 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis, MO.

He was born May 31, 1954 in Granite City, a son of the late Ruth (Brown) Yarbrough-Wilcox and Raymond Yarbrough.

Dennis had been a welder at American Steel, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

He is survived by a son: Matthew (Alicia) Yarbrough of KS; 2 grandchildren; and 2 sisters: Mary (Mark) Breeden and Anne Griffin of Granite City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father: Charles Wilcox; a brother: Bill Yarbrough; and 4 sisters: Janice Yarbrough, Shirley Beavin, Gloria Jean Sexton and Patricia Bucks.

Services are private.


Mary Ann Martin, 78, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at her home.

She was born on January 14, 1945 in Granite City, IL to Bernice Jack Norton and Velma (Combs) Wilhite.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed shopping and doing yard work. She was always keeping herself busy.

Mary is survived by 3 daughters:  Kim Martin, Kristi Martin and Darla Martin all of Granite City; 2 sons:  Terry Martin of Killeen, TX and Jeff Martin of Granite City; 22 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; a brother, Billy (Donna) Norton of Granite City and 2 sisters:  Beverly Carter of Granite City and Barbara Merchant of Granite City.  Also surviving are a brother in law, Chet Whyers; best friend, Leslie Brown and several nieces and nephews,

Besides her parents, Mary is preceded in death by a son, Greg Martin, Jr; a brother, Bobby Norton; 4 sisters:  Darlene Norton, Cheryl Williams, Carolyn Davis and Pat Whyers; former husband, Greg Marin, Sr and special friend, John Cox.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Janell Kay Parker, 40, of Granite City, IL, passed away unexpectedly at 11:15 a.m. Fri. Dec. 8, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born Jan. 22, 1983 in Granite City.

Janell was a loving mother and homemaker and enjoyed art, crafting and listening to her music.

Survivors include her father: Sammy Crumbliss; her longtime companion: Patrick “Brian” Holt; 2 sons: Bryan and Patrick Holt; a daughter: Katrina Holt; 2 brothers: Sammy Cardin and Sammy Joe Cardin.

Janell was preceded in death by her mother: Diane (Parker) Crumbliss; a brother: Charles Smith; and a sister: Lisa Cardin.

A celebration of Janell’s life is pending.

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


Talmadge Gaylon Hawkins Jr (TG , 64 of Granite City, IL passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born to the late Talmadge and May (Ray) Hawkins on March 23, 1959 in St. Louis, MO.

Talmadge served 4 years in the US Army. He spent his time metal detecting and fishing. He also loved to spend time with his family.

Talmadge is survived by a sister: Daphne Chandler of Leadwood, MO, and a brother: William Hawkins of Tennessee, and many loving family members and friends.

Burial will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

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


John L. Van Buskirk, 72 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

John was born on June 5, 1951, in Granite City; the son of the late Cameron and Georgiana (Connor) Van Buskirk. John was a dedicated teacher and coach for the Granite City School District #9, retiring after 30+ years of service.

One of John’s passions was fishing and taking photos of his prized catches on his many trips with friends and family to Canada and Lake of the Ozarks.

John was a stellar athlete and an avid sports fan. John played, and eventually coached, basketball and tennis. John would find himself on the golf course every now and again with fellow teachers and coaches. Though John was often on the court coaching his student athletes during his tenure at Granite City High School, he never missed the opportunity to cheer on (and still coach from the sidelines) his sons, John and Bill, through their high school and college sports’ careers. In addition to his wife, Debbie, John’s other greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he was so proud of and adored.

John will be missed dearly and is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 52 years, Deborah (Sparks) Van Buskirk, whom he married on September 25, 1971; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Dawn Van Buskirk of Troy, Illinois; William “Bill” and Angela Van Buskirk of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Niclas, Noah, Sloan, Emma and Lucy Van Buskirk, along with numerous other close family members and close friends.

In celebration of John’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a tribute starting at 7:00 p.m. with his daughter-in-law, Dawn, speaking at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to a scholarship fund being established for a Granite City High School students in John’s name. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.


James W. Downs, 92 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

Jim was born on May 1, 1931 in Stewart County, Tennessee; the son of the late Leonard and Robbie (Coleman) Downs. Jim was a crane operator for Granite City Steel, retiring after 39 years of faithful service.

He proudly served in the United States Army in the Korean War and was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Granite City. 

In his free time Jim enjoyed going to car shows and attending church functions with his wife and will be remembered for all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Jim is survived by and will be missed by his grandchildren; Cody Downs of Granite City, Illinois, Samantha Downs of Granite City, Illinois, Nick Downs of Florida, Dawn Baney of Granite City, Illinois; 6 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Tom & Maryann Candler of Granite City, Illinois, Al & Phyllis Mitchell of Granite City, Illinois; daughters-in-law, Mary Downs of Granite City, Illinois, Connie Downs of Granite City, Illinois.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife; Betty I. (Smith) Downs, whom he married on December 11, 1951; sons, Roger Downs, David Downs; brother, Bobby Downs; brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Carol Downs; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Delano Grasty.

In celebration of Jim’s life, a visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Chris Sedabres officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are requested to Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Ave., Granite City, IL 62040.


Janet Lynn Hollaway, 66 of Page, North Dakota and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, North Dakota.

Janet was born on February 27, 1957 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Bobby and Eleanor (Clark) Gafford. Janet was a customer service representative for Bemo Bank in Fargo, North Dakota and in her free time she enjoyed her days of reading books and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Janet will be remembered for her loving personality and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Janet is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Randy and Nellie Bergfield of Mitchell, Illinois, Bobby and Daisy Bergfield of Page, North Dakota; grandchildren, Bobby Bergfield Jr. of Page, North Dakota, Amanda Bergfield of Granite City, Illinois, Kelly Campbell of Granite City, Illinois, Lauren Briggs of St. Louis, Missouri; sisters, Donna Gafford, Carol Graham and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her 1st husband; Randy Bergfield and her 2nd husband, Michael Hollaway.

In celebration of Janet’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, December 8, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A. and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Norma J. Kinder, née Kester, 84, of Granite City, Illinois, born January 31, 1939, in Granite City, Illinois, passed away on December 4, 2023, in Maryville, Illinois.

Norma was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Granite City, Illinois. She also served Trinity as the church treasurer and was on the church council.

She worked for 16 years as the secretary for the Chief Judge at the Madison County Courthouse, retiring in 2002.

She volunteered her time to the TWIGS Program in Granite City. She also enjoyed creating arts and crafts, including needlepoint and baking. Norma will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter G. and Pearl J. (Tooley) Kester; her husband, Hon. Norman H. Kinder, Jr, whom she married June 8, 1963, at Trinity UMC; her son, Norman H. Kinder, III; her sisters, Carolyn S. “Cookie” Kester and Sara (Frank) Dutko; a nephew, Frank S. Dutko; and her niece, Robin (Tom) Newman.

Surviving are her nieces, Kelly (Rob) Pinnell, of Phoenix, Arizona, Cindy (Steve) Altman, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Becky Dutko, of Mesa, Arizona, Cindy (Dave) Sciotto, of Phoenix, Arizona; Jill (John) Kinder Frey, of Mansfield, Ohio; a nephew, Thomas (Tara) Kinder, of Alton, Illinois; and many great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to Trinity United Methodist Church in Granite City, Illinois or to the TWIGS Program. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at the funeral home with Rev. Lisa Guilliams officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Patricia Ann “Patti” Buehrer, 77 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, December 4, 2023 at her home surrounded by the love of her family.

Patti was born on July 6, 1946 in Granite City the daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline (Lizbar) Ignatz.

Patti was a former manager for the Hit & Run convenience store on Maryville Road in Granite City and a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. 

She was a member and participant of T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) and enjoyed traveling with her husband and family to the many trips to Branson, Missouri where she enjoyed the famous Baldnobbers Show. Patti enjoyed her days of bowling and fund raising with her family and was always looking forward to spending time with her family. Patti will be remembered for her heart of gold, always putting other people’s needs above her own especially her family and all the special times they shared together.

Patti is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; David Buehrer, whom she married on January 14, 1966; children, Doug Buehrer of Granite City, Illinois, Sue Buehrer of Granite City, Illinois; her twin grandchildren whom she adored, Lillyana K. Buehrer and Bryce C. Buehrer of Granite City, Illinois; niece Betty and Keith Julius of Granite City, Illinois and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Patti was preceded in death by her baby son; David Buehrer Jr. and her sister, Shirley Singleton.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Patti’s life, funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or to www.donate.lovetotherescue.org or to the Illinois Center for Autism, 1306 Wabash Ave., Belleville, IL 62220 or to www.illinoiscenterforautism.org and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Ronald John Weckman, 78, of Granite City, Illinois, born May 15, 1945, in Granite City, Illinois, passed away, December 3, 2023, in Edwardsville, Illinois, surrounded by family.

Ron retired from National Steel Corporation after 30 years of dedicated service as a systems analyst.

After retirement he purchased an apartment complex and started his small business called Studio One Apartments, where he managed and cared for the units for over 15 years. 

 He was a jack of all trades, as a handyman, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or do. He enjoyed playing tennis and softball, including coaching his daughter’s softball team. He also enjoyed attending and videoing his son’s music concerts and plays. He represented National Steel by participating in many bicycling events for the fight against cancer. Ron loved to travel with his wife Brenda, with the most memorable trips being to Europe and Hawaii. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, who will truly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. “Bill” and Theresa M. (Lencic) Weckman, Sr.; his brother, William R. “Bill” Weckman, Jr.; a niece, Cynthia Weckman; and a nephew, Douglas Weckman.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Brenda J. (Croissant) Weckman, whom he married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois; his children, Keri Haefner, of Granite City, Illinois and Greg (Shane Jones) Weckman, of Richmond Heights, Missouri; his grandson, Aaron Haefner; his sister, Marilyn “Jeannie” (Gary) Wilbur, of Granite City, Illinois; his nieces, Channa (Ryan) Hankins, Shelly (Chris) Ehrlich, and Cheri Wilbur; a great niece, Amber Ehrlich; two great nephews, William Ehrlich and Ayden Hankins; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home and are appreciated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2023 at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois.

Funeral: A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2023 at the funeral home with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Inurnment will follow in Glen Carbon City Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Linda Marie Mabry, 64, of Madison passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born to the late Edwin and Janet (Whiteside) Shultz on December 15, 1958 in St. Louis. Mo.

She met Anthony Mabry and they were married on March 30, 1994 in Las Vegas, NV. 

 Linda was a member of R Church in Granite City, IL. She loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her husband Anthony, a daughter: Nena Shields; a son: Matthew Szerzinski; 4 grandchildren: Clark Shields, Harlee Shields, Sawyer Szerzinski, Brayden Peck; and a sister: Deborah Schmidt.

Besides her parents; Linda is preceded in death by a son: Shane Szerzinski.

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

Cremation Services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Metro Cremator


Sandra K. Mueller, age 77, of Mitchell, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, MO. Sandra was born on October 5, 1946 in Bethalto, IL, a daughter of the late Orval and Mary (Pink) White.

On May 8, 1965, Sandra White married Richard R. Mueller, the love of her life at St. Kevin Catholic Church in Rosewood Heights, IL, and Richard passed away on June 11, 2007.

Sandra was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. 

She retired as a credit manager from Sysco Food Service after many years of dedicated service. Sandra was also a township trustee for Chouteau Township. She enjoyed shopping, traveling the world and having a nice glass of wine. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. Sandra will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sandra was preceded in death by her siblings, Diana White, Loretta Kneller and Orval White.

Sandra is survived by her loving children, Eric (Cindy) Mueller of Eureka, MO and Michael (Julie) Mueller of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Matthew Mueller of Pinckneyville, IL, Jordan Mueller of Granite City, IL and Morgan Mueller of Granite City, IL; dear step-grandchildren, Zachary Leeker of Eureka, MO, Brendon Leeker of Cincinnati, OH and Caitlyn (Matt) Johnson of Washington, MO; sister-in-law, Carol White of Joliet, IL; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. A second visitation will follow from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at St. John United Church of Christ, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at St. John United Church of Christ, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Karla Frost officiating. Sandra will be laid to rest next to Richard at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John United Church of Christ. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel and church.

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


November 2023 Obituaries