Obituaries February 2022

February 2022 Obituaries


Steven M. Dellamano, 58 of Edwardsville, IL formerly of Granite City, IL passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, IL.

Steve was born on October 15, 1963 in Mt. Vernon, IL; the son of the late Dolores B. (Krzyzanowski) Dellamano and Everett “Ed” Dellamano of Freeburg, IL. Steve loved being outdoors as a young man where he enjoyed his days of running, riding bikes, playing catch, tag or a good game of hide & seek. 

Steve and his friends where always at the park swimming, playing board games, building models or whatever else young boys could do to have fun. He was a straight “A” student all through high school and he carried the love of outdoors in his adult life where he went camping, floating and always loved a good round of disc golf. Disc golf was his one true love other than his family and friends. Steve established his own disc golf club with his friend Tim Bruce in the 1990’s and early 2000’s and enjoyed many days running the club. Steve never let go of his love of social interaction and was always inviting, loving, caring and sharing with those people around him. His personality and love shined through with pets and animals and wouldn’t even swat at a bee if he had to. Steve was a self taught horticulturist taking care of his house plants and his garden. Steve will be remembered for his love of people and for being the smartest of all his friends and all the special times they shared.

In addition to his dad, Steve is survived by and will be missed by his brothers; Vince, Ted, Ed (Leslie), Bob; nieces, Lindsey, Deeanne, Jill, Isabell; nephews, Zack, Clifford and many other close family members and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Clifford Dellamano.

In celebration of Steve’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.


Boyce L. Clark, 59, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born March 22, 1962 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a daughter of Sharon (Kiser) Clark of Granite City and the late Paul Calvin Clark.

She had worked at Concordia Lutheran Services with many years of dedicated service as a liaison.

She cherished her granddaughters and enjoyed attending all of their gymnastic and cheerleading events throughout the years. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her life partner of 25 years, Dan Rogers of Granite City; a son and his fiancé, Eric Clark and Julie Desbiens of Collinsville; two granddaughters, Zoeann “Zoey” Clark of Granite City and Allison “Alli” Clark of Granite City; two grandsons, Tucker Clark of Collinsville and Daniel Berck of Collinsville; a great granddaughter, Ivy Grace Hard; two brothers, Paul Clark of Maryland and Grant Clark of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 5 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Marilyn J. Heaton, 86, of Godfrey and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:43 a.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

She was born October 5, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Seigle G. and Charlotte (Boczkiewicz) Weir.

She married Albert R. Heaton on November 14, 1959 at the Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City and he passed away on January 14, 2018.

She had worked for Riley Tar and Chemical, Lombardi Interiors and B&L Industrial with many years of dedicated service as a secretary and bookkeeper.

 She was a longtime faithful member of the Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City. Marilyn cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Lisa James of Godfrey; a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis (Jennifer Lakavage) Heaton of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandchildren, Kaylin R. (Tim) Taylor of Granite City and Erica James of Godfrey; niece, Donna (Marion) Stawar; nephew, Howard (Jill) Etherton; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Etherton.

In celebration of her life, a graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 with Reverend Mike Rayson officiating.

Memorials may be made to Beverly Farm Foundation, 6301 Humbert Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035. 


Bernard “Barney” C. Hogan, 73, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born January 26, 1949 in Granite City, IL to Earl J. and Dorothy (Brands) Hogan.

Barney was a member of the New Creation Fellowship Church in Mitchell, IL.  He enjoyed helping out his neighbors, relaxing by the lake and fishing.

Barney is survived by 3 brothers:  Earl W. Hogan of Granite City, IL, Joe (Lisa) Hogan of Cabot, AR and Carl (Teresa) Hogan of Hecker, IL; 4 sisters:  Grace (Frank) Parker of Granite City, IL, Earline (Kenneth) Schienschang of Smithboro, IL, Margaret Parker of Godfrey, IL and Anna (Danny) Raper of Greenville, IL; his dear friend and partner, Cheryl Haynes of Granite City, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Barney is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Tony Hogan and Michael R. Hogan; a sister, Shirley J. Hogan and a brother in law, David Parker.

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


Joseph Hiles, November 15, 1946 – February 12, 2022
St. Louis, Missouri – Joseph E. Hiles passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022. He was 75 years old. Joe was born November 15, 1946 in Granite City, Illinois to Joseph and Betty Lou (Goodman) Hiles.

He spent his childhood in Granite City and Collinsville, living most of his adult life in Belleville. 

 Joe leaves behind his beloved daughter, Nicolle Moreno, a brother, Brad, sister-in-law Toni, beloved grandchildren Mila and Gabriel Moreno, along with a beloved companion of many years, Sue Garner. Joe was the dear uncle of Eric Hiles, Nina Rygiol and Emily Miller and the beloved “Gee Gee” of Aidden and Chad. Joe is also survived by Karen Hiles, his first wife and Nicolle Moreno’s mother.


Joe was a gifted athlete who competed on the football, basketball and track teams for Collinsville and Granite City High Schools, earning All State and All American honors in football before playing for the University of Missouri. For over 50 years, Joe was a life insurance salesman and trusted financial advisor to countless families. Joe’s hobbies became great passions in his life, specifically gardening and photography. However, he was most affectionately known for his sense of humor and nearly boundless capacity to love his friends and family.


A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville Illinois. Visitation from 10-11AM and service at 11 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2022, followed by a private family service at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be mailed to Missouri State Parks, Business Services Program, Donation, PO Box 179, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Checks should be payable to Missouri State Parks and the memo line should note “donation on behalf of Joseph E. Hiles.”
Friends may register online at www.cypresspointecremation.com


William L. “Bill” Davis, 88, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born December 6, 1933 in Paducah, Kentucky, a son of the late Vernell Clifton and Versie (Stokes) Davis.

He married Charline (Burnham) Davis on November 29, 1959 in Moscow, Kentucky and she survives.

He had worked for P.N. Hirsch in Granite City and later with Central Hardware and Sears with many years of dedicated service as an operations manager.

He was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City and a member of The Waggoneers dancing and camping group. He and his wife enjoyed many years of square dancing, enjoyed his days of camping and had a very artistic talent with painting and woodworking.

In addition to his beloved wife of 62 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Deidre “DeeDee” and Barry Green of St. Jacob; a son, William Christopher Davis of Granite City; a grandson, Austin Green; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Davis and four sisters, Billie Bland, JoAnn Peck, Barbara Vandervelde and Betty Staley.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at Unity Baptist Church in Granite City at a later date to be announced with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

Burial will be at Pilot Oak Cemetery in Pilot Oak, Kentucky.

Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church.


Patricia M. Birks, 84, of Granite City, IL, formally of Bethalto, IL passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at her home.

She was born on July 13, 1937 in Chicago, IL to Thomas Schuman and Hazel (Langley) Fleece.

Patricia married Billie Birks in Boonville, MS and he was the love of her life for 32 years before he preceded her in death.

The loving mother and grandmother retired from Olin Brass after 20 years of service.

Patricia was a member of the Bethalto Church of God and she enjoyed the social gatherings on Sunday with her church friends.  Her favorite interests include her two dogs, Bow and Precious, her bird, Penny and the piano.

Patricia is survived by a son, Duane Birks and his fiancé, Kristin Roustio of Granite City, several grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Bob Schuman of St. Louis, MO and Michael Johnson of MI and 3 sisters:  Judy Ward of MI, Evelyn Dornbush of MI and Elaine Johnson of MI.

Besides her husband and parents, Patricia is preceded in death by a daughter, Christine England and 2 sons:  Jeffery Birks and Billie Birks, Jr.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.


Pamela E. Crain, 68 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at St. Clair Hospital in Fenton, Missouri.

Pam was born on February 2, 1954 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Roy E. and Alfreda J. (Smith) May.

Pam was a homemaker and mom who loved to take care of her family. In her later years Pam had worked for the Granite City School District as a teacher’s aide and in her free time she enjoyed and had a talent of quilting and crocheting. She was of Baptist faith and her greatest joy was spoiling her grandchildren whom she adored.

Pam is survived by and will be missed by her husband of 48 years; Kenneth Crain, whom she married on January 28, 1974; children, Chris Crain of Granite City, Tracy Crain and fiancé Gary Baker of Granite City, Jeff and Nelsy Crain of Granite City; grandchildren, Derek Crain, Kenneth Crain, Doris Crain; sisters, Sandra and Ron Thurman, Delores Owens and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Pam was preceded in death by her brother; Edward May and her brother-in-law, James Owens.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Vollmar officiating.

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

Memorial donations are suggested to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home of may be given online at helpfightra.org.


Ricky A. Nelson, 60, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, February 25, 2022 at his home.

He was born on June 30, 1961 in Granite City, IL to Walter Odell Nelson and Opal (Heard) Nelson.

Ricky owned and operated a lawn care service.  He enjoyed fishing, bingo, playing dice and playing poker.

He is survived by a brother, Vernon Nelson of Granite City, IL and 5 sisters:  Mary Folk of Granite City, Pam Misturak of Granite City, Linda Trawick of Salem, MO, Donna Nelson of St. James, MO and Lisa Baker of Summerville, IL.

Besides his parents, Ricky is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Steven Nelson and Larry Nelson and 2 sisters:  Noah Thomas and Sharon Nisikia.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Erica Pritchard, 34, of San Francisco CA passed away at her home on February 3, 2022.
Erica was born July 24,1987, in Granite City Illinois along with her identical twin sister Erin.
Erica is the daughter of Johnny and Kim (Johnson) Pritchard.


Erica was a stay at home mother with her daughter Aaliyah. She had lived in the Bay area for the past 11 years. She was loved by her family and friends for her infectious smile and loving nature. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, vacationing at the lake, listening to her favorite music, and chatting with her twin sister. Her daughter Aaliyah was her greatest pride and joy.


In addition to her father and mother, Erica is survived by her daughter Aaliyah Marie Sanders; her siblings and their spouses, Greg Pritchard and Alex Burniski of O’Fallon IL; Adam and Erin (Pritchard) Butter of Baldwin City, KS; nephews and nieces: Joey, Dominic and Mackinzey Butter; Summer Sikes; Jack and Claire Pritchard; along with many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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David Andrew Worley, 67 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at his home.

David was born on October 8, 1954 in Granite City; the son of the late Vigil and Edith (Hoover) Worley. David was a long time chef who last worked for Denny’s Restaurants and was of catholic faith. David had a well known love for music and had a special love for cooking. Most of all David loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

David is survived by and will be missed by his sister; Yvette Mitalovich of Granite City; nieces, Rebecca and Michael McAllister of Granite City, Laura and Jorge Jimenez of Mexico; great-nieces, Ashtin Sechrest, Alora Sechrest, Alexis Reese; great-nephew, Alex Reese and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers, Scott Worley and Kenneth Joseph Worley.

In celebration of David’s life, a family memorial is being planned for a later date.


Kevin “Mike” Michael Riggs, age 65 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at his home. Mike was born on September 3, 1956 in Effingham, IL, a son of the late Robert E. and Ellen E. (Hutton) Riggs.

On July 28, 2006, Mike married Mary Brawley in Edwardsville, IL. Mike worked all over the United States in the construction industry for many years. He loved spending time outdoors fishing and going to turkey shoots. His greatest joy was hanging out with his family and friends.

 Mike 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, Mike was preceded in death by a son, Trevor Riggs.

He is survived by his dear wife, Mary Riggs of Granite City, IL; loving children, Robert Riggs of Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Daniel Weller of Granite City, IL and Jeri (Jeremy) Reuter of Edwardsville, IL; siblings, Dennis (Rosemary) Riggs of Maryville, IL and Joyce Johnson of Granite City, IL; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, IL. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the cemetery.

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


Joe H. Harrington Sr. 84 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Joe was born on April 10, 1937 in Lynch, Kentucky; the son of the late John and Marie (Kelley) Harrington. Joe worked for Comfort Heating & Cooling for 40 years and was a member of the sheet metal workers local 262. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was a well known outdoorsman where he enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially traveling to Canada where he hunted for bear and moose.

 Joe loved country living and being outside and enjoyed all his days of fishing with his grandchildren. Most of all Joe loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Joe is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 66 years, Helen (Rains) Harrington, whom he married on October 13, 1956; children, Rick and Stacey Lynn Harrington, Bill Harrington, Jodi and Scott Arnett, Joe and Stacey Jo Harrington, Vicki Harrington; grandchildren, Jessica Lloyd and Nick Mealor, Dustin and Ryan Arnett, Brittni and Corey Richardson, Jarrett Harrington, Zach and Katie Arnett, Jake and Kate Harrington, Jeremy Harrington, Amy and Dylan Ritchie, Trevor Harrington; great-grandchildren, Madisyn Arnett, Eve Arnett, Ellowyn Arnett, Colton Ritchie, Orvel Arnett, Cori Jo Ritchie; his brother-in-law and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jane Harrington and brother, Gene Harrington.

In celebration of Joe’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. A family burial will take place at a later date at County Line Cemetery near Thompsonville, Illinois. Memorial donations are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Shriners Hospital or the Humane Society.


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Freddie L. Cavins, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:02 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born October 24, 1929 in Granite City, a son of the late John and Minnie (Reeves) Cavins.

He married Delorus Ruth (Guenther) Cavins on September 17, 1949 at Third Baptist Church in Granite City and she survives.

The retired steelworker retired from Granite City Steel after 44 years of dedicated service as a millwright and was a member of the Steelworkers Local #1899.

He was a member of the AMVETS Post #204 in Madison and enjoyed his days of playing golf, cooking and fishing. He was always there to help others, always helping other with any project and made his home available to anyone to talk, eat or have a place to sleep. He cherished his family and extended family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with all of his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 72 years, he is survived by four children, Bruce Cavins of Granite City, Susan Cavins (Dennis Bill) of St. Louis, Jeffrey Cavins (Dawn) of Granite City and Steven Cavins (Karen) of Granite City; six grandchildren, Erika Milonas (Dave), Jonathan Cavins (Lisa), Shaana Christian (Andrew), Sabrena Polarine (Greg), Lori Law (Andy) and Jessica Cavins (Matthew Klug); six great grandchildren, Josephine, Vivienne, Colton, Scarlett, Zoey and Remy; many nieces; nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Woodrow Cavins (Ruth) and Albert Cavins (Dorothy).

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Evan Martin Ursch, 53, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, February 21, 2022 at his home.

He was born on January 29, 1969 in White Hall, IL to Brian A. Ursch and Cathy (Martin) Schallenberg.

The U.S. Army veteran was employed for over 10 years as a truck driver and had many interesting sidelines as a watch repairman, artist, woodworker and antique collector.  He spent many hours with his partner, Jeanne, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

He fought a hard battle with his serious health issues the last year and a half and will be sadly missed.

Evan is survived by his mother and step father, Irvin Schallenberg of Granite City, IL; his partner of over 20 years, Jeanne Romeo of St. Charles, MO; 2 brothers:  Timothy Ursch of Wood River, IL and Corey Ursch of Hartford, IL.  Also surviving are his maternal grandmother and maternal step grandfather, Belle and Ralph Anderson of Glen Carbon, IL and 2 uncles:  Byron (Ruth Ann) Martin of Jonesboro, GA and Eldon Martin of Chicago, IL.

Besides his father, Evan is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents:  Melvin and Frances Ursch; maternal grandfather, Orson Martin, Jr and an uncle, Orson Martin III.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Karl E. Goss, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:24 a.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at his home. He was born June 6, 1939 in Vincennes, Indiana, a son of the late Carl Goss and Helen (Howell) Walker.

He married Donna Lee (Bauza) Goss on April 20, 1968 in Belleville and she passed away on August 15, 2017.

He retired in 2001 from Alton & Southern Railroad after 35 years of dedicated service. Karl proudly served his country with the United States Navy. He was a history buff and enjoyed studying genealogy and the Civil War.

He is survived by five children, Karl Goss Jr. of Maryville, Malissa Goss Gray of Granite City, Donald (Wendy) Goss of St. Louis, Kristopher Goss of Granite City and Cindy Oskins of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Jason Oskins, Josh Oskins, Jeffrey Oskins, Katie Tyler, Victoria Goss, Brandon Goss, Katlyn Jeffers, Dylan Goss, Juke Goss and Aliyah Gray; three great grandchildren, Dean Anderson, Liam Goss and Joey Oskins; a brother, Dan (Linda ) Goss of Lawrenceville, Illinois; his beloved dog, Max; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Goss and a granddaughter, Rebecca Goss.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 with Reverend Mike Rayson officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to Pound Pets, Inc, 2900 Missouri Avenue, Granite City, Illinois 62040 and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Paul Alan Sheridan, age 61, of Lewisville, TX, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Paul was born on November 17, 1960, in Granite City, IL, a son of Dorothy “Dee” Ann (Welch) Sheridan and the late Phillip Henry Sheridan, Jr.

Paul was a gentle, humble, and honorable man. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. He took great care of his mother and looked forward to their weekly calls, as well as frequently sending her care packages. He had a love for food and liked to try his hand at making new recipes with various gadgets and appliances. 

He enjoyed taking family river floats and camping trips, or hanging out with his family and friends. His homemade Christmas cookie delivery was something that all of his family had grown accustomed to throughout the years. Paul loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He was infamous for his jam sessions – he loved to crank up his classic rock tunes. Paul retired in July of 2021 from CBRE/Wells Fargo in Irving, TX after 21 years as a Senior Facility Manager. He was a loyal and dependable man in both his personal and professional life.

In addition to his father, Paul was preceded in death by a brother, David Sheridan.

He is survived by his loving mother, Dorothy Sheridan of Granite City, IL; dear brothers, Phillip Sheridan of Granite City, IL, Timothy (Consuela) Sheridan of Springfield, Virginia, and Matt (Amy) Sheridan of Granite City, IL; proud uncle to Pete Sheridan, Madeline Sheridan, Lydia Sheridan and Alec Sheridan; special extended family, Carol Denton, daughters Kelly (Philip) Dugan, Kristy (Daniel) Biel, and grandchildren Rhett Dugan, Grace Dugan, Anna Emswiller and Nathan Biel; and many wonderful cousins and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Father Jeff Holtmann officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City APA. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.


Anthony J. Ciaramitaro Sr., 71 of Granite City, Illinois, formerly of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois.

Anthony was born on June 20, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee; the son of the late John and Josephine (Puleo) Ciaramitaro Sr. Anthony was a sheet metal worker for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and in his free time he enjoyed his days of going out with his friends to shoot pool. Anthony was a well known animal lover and was always ready for a motorcycle ride.

He will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Anthony is survived by and will be missed by his son; Anthony J. “Tony” and Sheri Ciaramitaro Jr. of Trenton, Illinois; grandchildren, Tyler and Owen Ciaramitaro of Trenton, Illinois; brother, John Ciaramitaro and Sharon of St. Louis, Missouri; nephews, John Ciaramitaro and Tina Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri, Jason Ciaramitaro and Mehl of St. Louis, Missouri, Ben Armstead and Dawn of St. Louis, Missouri; niece, Natile Ciaramitaro of Florida; great-nephew, Nicholas Ciaramitaro; great-niece, Megan Ciaramitaro and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Anthony was preceded in death by his brother, Sammie Ciaramitaro.

In celebration of Anthony’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Craft officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.


Jane Ann Modrusic, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the age of 75. Jane was born on January 27, 1947 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Jerome Johnisee and Catherine (Mangiaracino) Buechele.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and a dear friend to many. She never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Jane was a member of St. Mary – St. Mark Catholic Church her whole life and she recently joined St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

She was also a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1300, American Legion Auxiliary Post 113, Croatian Home, Amvets 204, American Legion 307 Color Guard, Venice Social Club and Venice History Committee. She retired as a district manager from Murphy Gas Station in Granite City, IL, after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed watching Days of our Lives and the Hallmark channel. She also enjoyed playing cards and bags, and even Andy could not beat Jane at bags. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her granddaughters were her pride and joy. Jane will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her twin sister, Judy Modrusic; and by her special aunt, Angie Udell.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Andy Modrusic of Granite City, IL; loving children, Katie (Bob) Wilhelm of Fairview Heights, IL and Ron Buechele of St. Louis, MO; proud grandmother to Claire and Sophie Wilhelm; special cousins, Jackie Bosworth and Joann Barnhart, both of Granite City, IL; fur babies, Monkey and Chewey; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Renee’s Rescue. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Miguel “Mike” Enrique Garcia of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on February 18, 2022 at the age of 77 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on October 18, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, son of the late Mike and Rosita (Juarez) Garcia.

He grew up in Madison, Illinois where from a young age he ran his own paper route, made mischief with his friends and played a mean game of basketball. He attended St. Mary’s elementary school and Madison High School. He proudly served in the Air Force before marrying the love of his life, Gloria.

He was an extremely hard worker and a dedicated family man. After retirement he started most days with his “breakfast club” at Park Grill and could be found most afternoons enjoying friends at the Amvets, VFW, Venice Social Club or the American Legion.

Mike’s pride was his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his devoted wife of 52 years, Mike is survived by his loving children Rebecca (Mathew) Chackalackal of Coralville, IA, Mike Garcia of Glen Carbon, IL, Sarah (Mike) Vaughn of Denver, CO, and Nick (Kelly) Garcia of Troy, IL; his grandchildren Troy, Shanthi, Sasha, Kyle, Luca, Emily, Alexander, Sofia, Mila, and Scarlett; and great-granddaughter, Kamdynn. He had four brothers and two sisters, many nieces and nephews and good friends too numerous to count.

A memorial mass will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 21, 2022 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison, IL. A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Mexican Honorary Commission in Lincoln Place following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Mexican Honorary Commission. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Kerry Karl Scrum, 72, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:29 a.m. Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 at Granite Nursing & Rehab in Granite City.

He was born Oct. 2, 1949 in Granite City to the late Joseph & Eileen (Dowdy) Scrum.

Kerry was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.  After military service, he worked as a bottler for Seven-Up retiring after 25 years.

He is survived by 2 sons: James (Kelley Austin) Scrum of Overland, MO and Jeremy Cheatham of Chicago, IL; 4 grandchildren: Sadie, Sydney, Lincoln and Emmy; a brother: Randy (Norma) Scrum of Madison, IL; 1 sister: Dorothy (Dale) Boscoe of IL; and his former spouse: Janet Pemble of Overland, MO.

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

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. Tues. Feb. 22, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will be private with military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


Norma Jean Hillmer, 91, of Ozark, Missouri and formerly of Madison, Illinois passed away at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 13, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

She was born February 11, 1931 in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late Earl and Hazel Hinson. She married John F. “Hank” Hillmer Sr. on December 29, 1961 and he passed away on January 27, 2018.

She was a graduate of McKendree College and had worked as a teacher with the Madison School District for several years.

She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, active with the Eight and Forty group and loved playing bingo. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Keith Hillmer of Ozark, Missouri; grandchildren, Keith Hillmer Jr., Jonathon Hillmer, Jase Hillmer, Reece Hillmer, Sabrina Gunsler and Dominic Walter; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a sister, Eunice Whitsell; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Juhnke; a son, John Hillmer Jr.; a granddaughter, Kassie Clark; four brothers and a sister.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Patricia “Pat” Whitford, 81 of St. Louis, MO and formerly of Granite City, IL passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in St. Louis.

Pat was born on December 5, 1940 in Anna, IL; the daughter of the late George and Thelma (Phillips) Harris. Pat was an office clerk for over 54 years at Cohen Foods in Granite City. In her free time Pat was well known for her love of reading romance novels and spending time with her family and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Pat is survived by and will be missed by her sister; Geri Fields of Granite City, IL; aunt, Avis Wells of Belgrade, MO; nieces, Celeste and Ed “Butch” McGlothin of St. Louis, MO, Georgia and Steve Brumit of St. Louis, MO, Lynn and Don Hansel of Winfield, MO; nephews, Ronald and Danna Fields of Fayetteville, AR, Jason Fields of Granite City, IL; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and many other close family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband; Paul Whitford and her sister, Mary Stocks.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Pat’s life, services will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.


 Denise Marie Saksa, 64, of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022. Denise was born on August 29, 1957 in Granite City, Illinois.


Denise is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, Thomas P. Saksa of Edwardsville, her son, Thomas A. (Victoria) Saksa of Belleville, and her daughter, Jamie (Greg) Bowne of Newnan, GA.

She is additionally survived by her grandchildren Nicole and Gabriel Bowne & Samantha and Alexandra McGee, sister, Toni (Richard) Wood of St. Louis, Brothers: Patrick Seliner of Los Angles, John (Laura) Seliner of Freeburg, Sister-in-law: Teresa (David) Oliver of Bowling Green, KY and many extended family members and close friends.


She is proceeded in death by her parents, James A. and Shirley M. nee McLean Seliner. Denise graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in East St. Louis. She held nursing degrees from Belleville Area College and St. Louis University and a Masters in Nursing from McKendree University.
Denise worked as a Registered Nurse for over 40 years at Catholic hospitals with the Sisters of Divine Providence in Granite City and Alton, IL in med-surgical, psychiatric, OR and home health. She later became the home health, hospice, at-home care and adult day-care programs director. She and her husband also owned Saksa-Mateer Funeral Home in Edwardsville and Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City for 29 years.


After retiring from nursing, Denise enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening activities with her many friends and was an avid crafter, baker, party host, and gifter to all. She was a member of the Edwardsville Garden Club and Heartland Quilters. She loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren most of all.


A visitation will be held Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4-7pm at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City. Friends and Family will gather for a funeral mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville at 10:30am on Thursday, February 24, 2022 with a burial immediately following at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Memorial requested is to read a book to a child.


Donald Keith Rea, 65, of Granite City, IL, passed away Thurs. Feb. 17, 2022 at his home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1957 in East St. Louis, IL to Donald Curtis Rea of Tunnel Hill, IL and the late Barbara J. (Crouch) Rea. Don was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a son: Jason (Jami) Rea; a grandson: Jason K. Rea Jr.; and a sister: Denise (Kevin) McCleary. Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Rea.

Services are private.


Rhona Jean Vaughn, 67, of  Granite City, IL passed Away Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Gateway Regional Hospital In Granite City, IL.

She was born to the late Cleve and Edna Maxine (Kuehnel) Gerlach  on January 11, 1955 in Granite City, IL. She married Charles Vaughn January 8, 1989.

Besides her husband Charles, she is survived by a daughter: Amanda Vaughn; 2 sons: Charles (Amanda ) Vaughn, Brian (April) Vaughn; 8 grandchildren: Dalene Vaughn, Brandi Vaughn, Tara Vaughn, Destiny Vaughn, Chloe Vaughn. Caylee Vaughn. Elizabeth Vaughn and Spencer Vaughn; 3 great grandchildren: Dagen, Nicole and Alex; and a Brother: Richard (Carolyn) Gerlach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Julie Gerlach and Patricia Moreland; and a brother: Mike Kuehnel.

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

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with online information and guestbook at www.wojstrom.com.


James R. Moske, 63, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:55 a.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Edwardsville Care Center.

He was born April 22, 1958 in Grantie City, a son of the late Robert E. and Virginia Carolyn (McBee) Moske.

He worked with the Granite City School District #9 with 25 years of dedicated service as a custodian. He was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and a 4th Degree member Assembly #0244 of the Knights of Columbus Tri-cities Council #1098. 

James loved sports throughout his life and loved to talk sports and remembered dates, statistics and scores of games past, present and future. He had worked and volunteered with the Athletic Departments for over 40 years at both Granite City North and South High Schools. He was a true fan for the Chicago Cubs and supported many other teams through the years. He was also a member of the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame and the State of Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.

James is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Karen Moske of St. Louis; two nieces, Calli Moske and Elli Moske; his best friend and companion, Tim Luehmann of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a chalice presentation and funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Father Chris Comerford officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Carla Lynn Fry, age 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2020 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. Carla was born on February 4, 1952 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Olen Ernest Hinchcliff and Sadie Aline (Colp) Burch.

Carla was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, significant other, aunt and a dear friend to many. She never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand. 

Carla had a green thumb and she enjoyed having many plants in her home, she also enjoyed shopping and making crafts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Carla will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Carla was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis Hinchcliff.

She is survived by her loving children, Rob (Christina) Fry of Worden, IL and Krista (fiancé, Paul Soliben) Fry of Edwardsville, IL; dear sisters, Lavenia May Taylor of Tulsa, OK, Cora Jean (Vernon) Harris of Granite City, IL, Bonnie (Charles) Hungate of Granite City, IL and Cathy (David) Venegoni of Arnold, MO; significant other, Bill McMurtrey of Madison, IL; proud grandmother to Megan Fry, Emilie Fry, Austin Jackels, Isabella Soliben, Madelyn Soliben and Tate Dycus; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Mike Fry officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

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


Delores F. Brinker, 79 of Madison, Illinois passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Delores was born on December 3, 1942 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Stanley and Pauline (Brulenski) Soboleski Sr.

Delores was a homemaker, wife and mom who was a faithful member of St. Mary and St. Mark Parish in Madison, and served in many parish ministries including as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Mass, led the Rosary prior to Mass, helped with the funeral luncheons as a member of Friends of the Family, and worked in different roles supporting the annual Parish Picnic and Snowman’s Ball.

While her children were in school, she volunteered for many years as an officer with the PTO, room parent, recess attendant, field trip chaperone, and attended their sports and extracurricular activities. She was a lifelong member of the Polish Hall – St. Stanislaus Lodge 1004 and served as an officer. She also volunteered with Come Share and lovingly cared for her parents. 

After her children were grown, she enjoyed her days working crossword puzzles and watching mysteries on TV with her husband. Most of all Delores loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together. She also enjoyed maintaining a lifelong crush on musician Ricky Nelson.

Delores is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Lawrence “Larry” Brinker, whom she married on May 8, 1965; her children, Sharon Brinker of Granite City, Illinois, Valerie and Eric Slover of Beavercreek, Ohio, Eric and Valeria Brinker of Granite City, Illinois, Philip and Carolyn Brinker of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Rebecca Slover and Joseph Torres, Leo Slover, Andrew Brinker, Kathryn Brinker, William Brinker, Elizabeth Brinker, Michael Brinker, Olivia Brinker, Noah Brinker, Aaron Brinker, Abigail Brinker; brother, Stanley Soboleski Jr. and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Delores was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Soboleski.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Delores’s life, funeral services will be held on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1621 10th Street in Madison, IL with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary & St. Mark Memorial Fund, or for Masses. 


Shirley Lee Clark, 87, of Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO with her family by her side.

She was born on January 24th, 1935 in Belle, MO, the daughter of Samuel Lee and Elsie Irene (Spurgeon) Taylor.

She was married on November 3rd, 1956 in Jefferson City, Mo to David L. Clark, who preceded her in death on July 14th, 2007.

Shirley dedicated her life to loving her children, family and friends. She was a member of the Madison Junior Service, Mothers Club and Band Parents. She was known for her quick wit, watching sports, reading her Bible, and enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife where she lived.

Survivors include four daughters, Stephanie Clark of St. Louis, Mo, Kimberly Clark of Granite City, IL, Michelle (Jack) McKinney of Madison, IL, Renee Clark of Granite City, IL. One sister, Annie (Ralph) Higgins of Pacific, Mo. Two dear grandchildren, Kristin (Evan) Fanning and Tyler David Clark, two great-grandchildren, Oliver and Blake Fanning and numerous extended family.

She was preceded in live by her parents, her husband of 50 years, her siblings, Dewayne Taylor, Marceline Shang, Lucille Robertson, Norma Wissmann, Franklin Taylor and Phillip Taylor.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, February 18th at Grace Church East Campus, 4701 IL-111 in Granite City, IL .

Memorial Service will be held immediately after visitation at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve McKinney officiating at same location.

Private burial Services will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Memorials may be made to Mission 1:11 or Muscular Dystrophy Association and will be accepted at the Church or online.

Irwin Funeral Home, Granite City, IL is in charge of the arrangements and more information can be found on their website. 


Jacqueline “Jackie” Haug, age 87, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Jackie was born on June 2, 1934 in Madison, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Gibala) Mozier.
Jackie married the love of her life, Alfred A. Haug, on August 28, 1954, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison. Alfred preceded her in death on February 22, 2012. Jackie was a faithful and active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, where she served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. 

After many years of dedicated service as a pediatric nurse practitioner (everyone remembers getting a shot from Jackie) and evening supervisor at Saint Elizabeth Hospital, as well as the Koch Family Clinic, she retired in 1999. Jackie’s life revolved around helping others, and she never met a stranger. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing bingo and traveling the world, although her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Jackie will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and dear friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jackie was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters.

She is survived by her loving children, John Joseph (Vickie) Haug Sr., of Carlyle, Illinois and Maria Angela (Timmy) Jones of Edwardsville, Illinois; proud grandmother to John (Lauren) Haug Jr., Jamie Haug, Kahli (John Hackett) Jones and Taylor Jones; great-grandmother to Gavin Haug, Layla Haug and Thomas Hackett; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois, followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Jackie will be laid to rest next to Alfred at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church or VITAS Hospice. Donations will be accepted at the church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com


Landon Charles Wood went to be with Jesus on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the age of 5. He was born July 24, 2016 in Maryville to Ashlynn Marie Bishop of and Richard A. Wood.

Landon loved going to school and was attending kindergarten at Prather Elementary School in Granite City. Landon was a scientist and police officer and loved to let you know this. He was very intelligent, loved to learn, very observant and always had a story for others to hear. 

He enjoyed playing his guitar and Mindcraft and cherished being his mama’s little boy. He always had a smile, loved being a fancy dresser and was a gentleman to everyone.

In addition to his parents, he had a bonus dad, Christopher Williams; a brother, Oliver James Williams; grandparents, Jessica and David Barnett and Michael and Julie Bishop Jr. and Joshua and Christina Brittin; great grandparents, Pamela and Charlie Brown and Mike and Donna Hassell; many aunts; uncles; cousins; other extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Mike and Debbie Bishop and an uncle, Jeff Hassell. Landon touched the lives of all he met with his gentle and loving spirit.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m.

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


Venka G. Ambuehl, age 96, a lifelong resident of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Cedarhurst in Granite City, IL, surrounded by family. Venka was born on May 22, 1925 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Toma and Tasa (Traicovski) Georgieff.

Venka met Leland Duane Ambuehl, the love of her life, at the Lincoln Place Community Center and married him on December 15, 1945. Leland passed away on August 9, 2016. Venka was a faithful member of Sts. Cyril and Methody Eastern Orthodox Church in Granite City, IL.

She worked at American Steel Foundries and Union Starch in Granite City, before working as a sales clerk at Busy Bee Bakery in Madison, IL, for many years. Whether through her time creating Macedonian baked goods, preparing meals for the church fish fry or planning Sunday menus for her family and congregation; Venka could always be found showing her love to others through food. Even into her 90s, on a beautiful day, you could always find her outside working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She had a quick wit and her endlessly hard-working nature was matched only by her great love for others. Venka was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. Her greatest joy was time spent in service of the church and with her family. Venka will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Venka was preceded in death by her sister, Dilba Dochnal; two brothers, Anthony and Gilbert Georgieff; grandson, Joseph Hassler; and by a great-grandson, Grant Barisano.

She is survived by her loving children, Thomas L. (Tamora) Ambuehl of Granite City, IL and Kathryn A. (Joseph) Hassler of Panama City, FL; dear brother, Edward (Betty) Georgieff of Canton, IL; proud grandmother to Stephanie E. (Cory) Simpson of Seattle, WA, Jennifer E. (Jonathan) Petri of Washington, D.C., Rebecca E. (Kenneth) Jackson of Granite City, IL, Jessica E. (Jonathan) Barisano of Orlando, FL and Kaci E. (Lucas) Tucker of Orlando, FL; proud great-grandmother to Joseph “Trent” Barisano, Anastasia Petri, Jacob Barisano, Addison Petri, Julian Jackson, Hudson Tucker, Andrew Petri and Nolan Tucker; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Sts. Cyril and Methody Eastern Orthodox Church, 4770 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, with a Panikhida Memorial Service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the church, with Father Andrew Moulton officiating. Venka will be laid to rest next to Leland at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Sts. Cyril and Methody Eastern Orthodox Church. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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


Steven V. Dedmon, 56, of Granite City passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center. 

He was born July 8, 1965 in East St. Louis to Jerry and Dorothy (nee: Gailius) Dedmon.  He married Kathleen Watkins September 3, 1998. 

Steven was a talented mechanic and there was not an engine he could not repair. In his free time he enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dedmon of  Granite City; daughters, Amanda (Nathan) Mueller of Troy, IL and Amber  (Louie) Stout of Austin, TX; nine grandchildren; brother, Dennis Dedmon of Granite City; sisters, Dede Alford of Columbia, IL and Kris Dedmon of East Carondolet, IL and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Randy Ashworth.

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


Michael Gene Burns
August 31, 1948 – February 10, 2022


Granite City, Illinois – Michael Gene Burns, 73, of Granite City, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022.

He was born on August 31, 1948 in Belleville, Illinois to Clarence and Hazel (Nance) Burns. Michael was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a SSgt participated in the USAF Honor Guard. 

He married Judy Garrett December 26, 1970 in Washington Park. Michael had a passion for fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed boating and flying small planes.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Judy Burns; daughter, Lori (Tom) Gibbons; grandsons, Jackson and Shane Gibbons and 4 grand dogs. Predeceased by his parents; brother, John Burns and sister, Shirley Conley.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 with Pastor Robert Strong officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial in Lake View Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.


Clair Fenton Fierstine, Jr, 99, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1922 in Memphis, MI to Clair Fierstine, Sr and Alice (Green) Fierstine.

Clair married Patricia Aue.  She preceded him in death.

The U.S. Navy veteran retired from Chrysler.  He was also the mayor of Memphis, MI,  a police officer and worked for the maintenance department at SIU-E.  

Claire was a member of the Masons, Eagles, AMVETS, VFW and the Venice Social Club.

Survivors include 2 daughters:  Sandra Spens of Richmond, MI and Karen Haselhuhn; 2 sons:  Gregory Fierstine of Marquette, MI and Albert Fierstine of Los Angeles, CA; 6 grandchildren:  Jeff Fierstine, Katie Fierstine, David Spens, Ronnie Spens, Tim Spens and Dennis Spens and his friend and caregiver, Jennifer Dorsey of Granite City.

Besides his wife and parents, Clair is preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Fierstine; a brother, Burton Fierstine and a sister, Jean Glover.

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


Rudolph Aleman, 94, of Granite City passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. 

He was born December 27, 1927 in Fairmont City, IL.  He married Rose Rathjen October 17, 1970 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont.

Rudolph graduated from Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis.  He was a longtime officer of Lodge 1603 Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks.

He was employed by Universal Freight System for 33 years and retired from US Army Aviation Systems (AVSCOM) in 1993.  He was a former parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont and was a current member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Granite City.  Rudolph served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  An avid golfer, he had 2 holes-in-one and was a member of Wednesday Morning Senior League at Arlington Greens.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Rose Aleman of Granite City; children, Lori Morgan of Ballwin, MO, Denise Reedy of Overland, MO, Lynn Rathjen of Iowa and Matthew Aleman of Pontoon Beach; grandchildren, Sarah (Scott Farroll) Morgan, Jacob Reedy, Justin Rathjen and Michael Rathjen and great grandchildren, Abigail and Kyle Aipperspach; brother Charles Aleman; sister in law, Mary Ann Aleman; nieces, Angela Aleman and patty (Michael) Fiudo; nephew, Michael (Betty Hou MD) Aleman MD; great niece, Danielle Fiudo and great nephews, Edward Fiudo, Nico Aleman and Dory Aleman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Cleo (nee: Mena) Aleman and brothers, Abraham Jr and Richard Aleman.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 A.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Holy Rosary in Fairmont City.  Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.  Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory entrusted with professional services. 


Mary Avila Narvaez, age 89, of Madison, IL, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at her home. Mary was born on November 27, 1932 in Brady, TX, a daughter of the late Julian Avila and Julia (Martinez) Avila.

Mary was a loving and caring mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, who loved every moment she spent with her family. She had worked as a machine operator at Contico in St. Louis, MO, for many years. 

Mary was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan, and she never missed watching a game on television. She also enjoyed watching games shows, sewing, dancing and entertaining her family at her home. Mary will be remembered for the love and support she gave to her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Atenandoro Narvaez; a son, Roberto Narvaez; two daughters, Esther Narvaez and Christine Narvaez; two brothers, Tex and Joe Avila; and a sister, Sophia Molina.

She is survived by her loving children, Ted Narvaez of Madison, IL, Fernando Narvaez of Granite City, IL, Maria Narvaez of Granite City, IL, Lisa Allen of Granite City, IL, and Rebecca Narvaez of Madison, IL; dear siblings, Tony Avila of Granite City, IL, Manuel Avila, Sarah Wilkerson, Rebecca Walker, Pauline Hodge and Aurora Hartmann all of St. Louis, MO; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; fur baby, Olivia; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Irwin Chapel. Mary will be laid to rest next to Atenandoro at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the Leukemia Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Billy Dean Simmerman, 71, of Granite City passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Granite City Nursing & Rehab.  He was born April 15, 1950 in Anna, IL to William and Naomi (nee: Dillow) Simmerman. 

He married Diane Jones in Granite City in 1976. Billy enjoyed 4 wheeling and camping with his wife and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Diana Simmeramn of Granite City; daughter, Osia Wallace of Carrier mills, IL and five, grandchildren, Alyssa, Caleb, Rebecca, Ozzie and Odessa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, William Simmerman. Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral & Crematory in Granite City.


Wilhelm Gabriel Verschuyl, 89, of Glen Carbon, IL died on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Granite City, IL.

He was born on December 25, 1932 in Bandung Indonesia to Johannes F. Verschuyl and Marie Doeve.

Wilhelm married Christine Schotel in Bandung Indonesia on May 16, 1957.  She preceded him in death in 2016.

The loving father and grandfather was a member of the Niedringhaus Methodist Church, a former president of the Kiwanis Club in Granite City, IL, and was a past executive board member of IBEW Local 309.  Wilhelm was a private pilot who enjoyed flying.  His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Wilhelm is survived by 2 daughters:  Patricia (Joseph) Todd of Highland, IL and Marge ( J. Kevin) Ogle of Edwardsville, IL; 2 sons:  Johannes (Leslie) Verschuyl of Granite City, IL and Jeff (Barb) Morgan of Hendersonville, TN; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Ferdinand (Joyce) Verschuyl and James (Yvonne) Verschuyl both of the Netherlands and a sister, Linda (Ewout) van Leeuwen of Spain.

Besides his wife and parents, Wilhelm is preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Verschuyl and a sister, Pricilla Verschuyl.

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


Jerry Venhaus, August 1, 1942 – February 4, 2022
Pontoon Beach, Illinois – Gerald J. “Jerry” Venhaus, age 79 of Pontoon Beach, IL, formerly of Breese, IL, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.


Jerry was born August 1, 1942, in Breese, IL to the late Leo and Elizabeth (nee Niebur) Venhaus. 

He married the love of his life, Patricia “Pat” Boevingloh, on May 3, 1966, in Germantown, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Venhaus; mother and father-in-law, Regina and Tony Boevingloh; three brothers-in-law: Joe Hoelscher, Robert Kniepmann, and Corny (Bernice) Kniepmann; two sisters-in-law: Dorothy (Karl) Haselhorst and Mary (Bill) Ryan.


Surviving is his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia Venhaus; four children: Kelly (Steve) Buehne of Maryville, IL, Kimberly (Richard) Green of St. Louis, MO, Kurt (Blas) Venhaus of Chicago, IL and Kevin (Cheryl) Venhaus of Highland, IL; 12 grandchildren: Allie (Weston), Cole (Ellie), Chandler, and Antoinette Buehne, Noah, Dylan and Trevor Green, Karma and Lavon Venhaus, Taylor, Kate and Adeline Venhaus; two sisters: Ruth (Gerald) Von Alst of Belleville, IL and Joann Hoelscher of Breese, IL; sister-in-law, Lou Ann Venhaus of St. Louis, MO; brother-in-law, Jim Kniepmann of St. Louis, MO; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.


Memorial visitation will be 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022, at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, IL 62062.
Memorial mass will be at 1 p.m. at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville, IL 62062 with Father Rob Johnson celebrant. Private burial will be in Saint Boniface Cemetery, Germantown, IL.
Memorials may be made in Jerry’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation or National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and will be received at the visitation or can be mailed to the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at barrywilsonfuneralhome.com


James “Jimmy” Chastain, 46 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022, in St. Louis County Missouri.

Jimmy was born on April 26, 1975, in Ft. Campbell Kentucky. In his free time, he loved being outdoors with his dog Chance camping, fishing, and collecting anything and everything. Jimmy also loved being the chef of house and spending time with his nieces, nephews, cousins and so many other close family and friends.

Jimmy is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife Kelli (Knight) Chastain who he married on September 21, 1996. He is the son of Geneva (Creek) Chastain of Granite City Illinois and the late Dale Chastain. Sisters: Misty and Jeremy Rubenacker, Kristina, and Ricky Poindexter, Rebecka Chastain and Elizabeth Stevenson. Nephews: Cameron Rubenacker, Titon Pinkerton, David Knight. Nieces: Chloe Chastain, Ada Pinkerton, Paige Knight and Haley Short.

In celebration of Jimmy’s life, a memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in honor of Jimmy are requested to his family.


Anna Rebecca Waltemate, age 29, of Charleston, SC, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022 in Charleston, SC. Anna was born on December 1, 1992 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of Donna (Schuette) Waltemate of Granite City, IL and the late Steven Waltemate.

Anna was a beautiful, sweet and caring young woman with a very sensitive soul. She would be quiet and reserved one minute then talk your ear off the next. Anna was a very fun and adventurous person who enjoyed new experiences. 

She had a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. Anna had a strong love for animals and always spoiled her “fur-babies.” She was an avid reader and a very talented artist. Anna was many things but above all, Anna loved her family and she always wanted to make sure they were doing well.

In addition to her loving mother, Anna is survived by her dear sister, Emily Waltemate of Wood River, IL; nephew, David P. Admire of Wood River, IL; grandparents, Mike and Marty Schuette of Granite City, IL and Jackie Waltemate of Smithton, IL; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private visitation and funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the family. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Henry Clay Brandon, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Tues. Feb. 8, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Nov. 1, 1948 in Granite City to the late James Hayden & Carlene Vivian (Whitford) Brandon.

On July 1, 1969 he married Linda Irene Motes in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Henry was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.  He then worked for Olin for 29 years until his retirement.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a son: Henry Clay Brandon Jr. of Oakland Park, FL; 3 brothers: Ronald (Vicky) Brandon of Alton, IL, David (Linda) Brandon of Collinsville, IL and Danny Brandon of TX; and a sister: Kristina Pulley of MO.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Brandon.

Services are private.


Jerry C. Bush, 56, of Highland and formerly of Madison, Illinois passed away at 4:38 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022 at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland, Illinois.

He was born February 11, 1965 in Granite City, a son of the late James Everett Bush Sr. and Virginia Maxine (Myers) Bush.

He married Lisa M. (Dohnal) Bush on September 7, 1991 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

Jerry worked many years as an aviation mechanic with Mid Coast Aviation at the Parks Airport in Cahokia and also worked at West Rock of Highland.

He loved riding his Harley Davidson, loved being outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing and hunting. He loved traveling, taking a good road trip with his brother and was always tinkering on a car. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jacob and Amber Bush of Belleville and Austin and Baylee Bush of Belleville; two grandchildren, Aiden Bush and Jaime Bush; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James Everett Bush Jr. of Collinsville and Robert Glenn and Lori Bush of Highland; his mother-in-law, Kathy Dohnal of Granite City; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ron Garofoli of Madison, Steven and Mary Lou Dohnal of Granite City, Vincent and Laura Dohnal of St. Peters, Missouri, Brian Dohnal of Madison and Linda and Kyle Bridges of Las Vegas, Nevada; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Arwin A. Bush II and Ruth Bush; a sister, Mary Ellen Garofoli; sister-in-law, Nancy Bush and his father-in-law, Edward J. Dohnal.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Harris Cemetery in Alhambra, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Mary A. Carich, 90, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on October 15, 1931 in Granite City, IL to Harry and Lorene “Lorraine” (Jones) Craig.

Mary married Peter Carich in Granite City, IL on February 4, 1950.

The loving wife and mother was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL.  She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society.

 Mary was an avid reader and she enjoyed being on Facebook.  She volunteered at Faith in Action and the Senior Circle. Mary’s favorite hobby was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Mary is survived by a daughter, Denise (Michael) Morris of Granite City, IL; a son, Mark Carich of Collinsville, IL;  a son in law, Joseph Cox of Granite City, IL; six grandchildren:  Abby Cox, Mackenzie Cox, Michael Morris, Daniel Morris, Cassie Carich and Andrea Harmon; three great grandchildren:  Tyler Harmon, Lexi Lang and Cami Lang; a brother, John (Ruth Ann) Craig of Granite City, IL and a sister, Lotus (Glen) Hommert of Granite City, IL.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Laura Cox.

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

Services will be held at a later date.


Pauline F. Bell, 82, of Granite City passed away Monday, February 7, 2022 at Anderson Hospital.  She was born February 23, 1939 in Granite City.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her dog Minnie.

Pauline is survived by her daughter, Linda (Mark) Lange of Edwardsville; son, Michael (Cheri) Bell of Alton; four grandchildren, Krystle (Nate) Crockarell, Katie (Garrett) Jackels, Michael Bell Jr. and Casey Bell and a great grandchild, Kristen.

She was preceded in death by her father, Watson Dowdy; mother, Cordie (nee: Murphy) Hennings; husband, Leroy Bell and three sisters, Alice Williams, Mary Kiselka and Dean Phelps.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.  until 1 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City.  A burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.


 Dorothy J. Patton, 88, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on February 1, 2022, at Alton Memorial Rehabilitation & Therapy with her son David at her side.


Dorothy was born December 18, 1933, in Venice, Illinois, to Walter and Elsie (Schlingman)

Rusick.She married Ernest Patton on July 16, 1955, in Venice, Illinois.

She enjoyed travel, dinner outings with her friends, women’s club, and gardening. She liked to watch the birds on her feeders, daily swimming at the YMCA, and walks around the park. Dorothy was crazy about her grandkids and her faithful dog, Midnight. She was an excellent cook and would deliver favorite meals to her son and grandkids weekly.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Patton; brothers: Edward Rusick and his wife, Kathryn, and Charles Rusick.
Survivors include her sons: James Patton and wife Dawn of St. Peters, Missouri, and David Patton and wife Stacy of Edwardsville, Illinois; brother, Rodney Rusick of Greenville, Illinois; grandchildren: Kelly Patton of Paris, France, Shannon Patton of Alton, Illinois, Michael Kelly of Alton, Illinois, Molly Kelly of Alton, Illinois, Maggie Kelly of Columbus, Ohio; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Cremation has been accorded by Sunset Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
A private family inurnment will take place at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Illinois.


Jane Ellen Lockridge, 63, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022 at her home.

She was born October 26, 1958 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Dominic and Esther (Petrovich) Greco.

She married Vernon G. Lockridge o April 30, 1983 in Granite City and he survives.

Jane loved her days of fishing, being outdoors and attending concerts through the years. She was always smiling, caring for others and making others laugh with her humor.

She was a devoted wife and proud and loving mom to her boys and cherished her pets.

In addition to her beloved husband of 38 years, she is survived by her two sons, Russell Lockridge of Granite City and Ryan Lockridge and fiancé, Meagan Radloff of St. Louis, Missouri; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Michael Greco of Edwardsville and Thomas Greco, M.D. and Sue Ann Greco of University City, Missouri; several nieces; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Mike Gavin.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Dale E. Bogovich, 66 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, Illinois.

Dale was born on September 8, 1955 in Granite City, Illinois; the son of the late George and Ruth (Ellis) Bogovich.

Dale was a painter for Central Mine Equipment in Earth City, Missouri and after his retirement he was a maintenance assistant for The Colonnade Senior Living Center in O’Fallon, Illinois.

 In his free time Dale enjoyed his days of being outside where he loved camping and taking care of his yard and pool. He was extremely proud of his 1966 Ford Galaxie and was always tinkering in his garage while listening to music and enjoying a cold beer. Dale loved to entertain his family and friends with pool parties and a good meal and will always be remembered by the special times they shared together.

Dale is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife; Blenda (Watts) Bogovich, whom he married on July 17, 1982; daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Brian Boyce of Troy, Illinois; granddaughters, Erica and Morgan Boyce both of Troy, Illinois; brother, Alan Bogovich of Collinsville, Illinois; sister, Laura Luehmann of Dupo, Illinois; sister-in-law, Shari Bogovich of St. Louis, Missouri; nieces, Stephanie and Mark Harsh, Heather and Jason Puckett, Keri and Donnie Voelker, Lindsay Bogovich and Steven Bollman; nephew, Joshua Bogovich; many other great and great-great nieces and nephews, along with other extended family members and amazing close friends.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his brother, Mike Bogovich.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., (mask required) at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Dale’s life, funeral services will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home (mask required) with Pastor Phil Kershner officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or online at givenow.lls.org. 


Marsha Jean Bushue, 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 3, 2022 at home.

She was born Sept. 2, 1943 in Granite City to the late John L. & Donna Faye (Damotte) Hogan.

On Oct. 23, 1965, she and Edwin Adrian Bushue were married in Granite City.  He preceded her in death June 2, 2014.

Marsha was an active member of Grace Baptist Church and loved to quilt.

She is survived by a son: Travis Bushue of Granite City; 3 daughters: Katie (Kevin) Feigenbutz of Granite City, Shannon Hogan (Kent) Holt of Byhalia, MS and Rachel H. Bushue of Camdenton, MO; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Maureen Nichols of Granite City.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Brant H. Bushue; and a granddaughter: Amanda Bushue.

Memorial visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 at Grace Baptist Church in Granite City with Dr. Daniel Wilson officiating.  Burial will be private at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the International Mission Board.


Philip (Geno) Eugene Stucker, 79 of Granite City, IL passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Granite Nursing and Rehab Center, Granite City, IL

He was born to the late John and Mildred ( Casey) Stucker on February 7, 1942 in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Philip was a US Navy Veteran, after leaving he worked for National Marine Maintenance where he retired after 35 years.


Survivors include his wife of 23 years: Cynthia Stucker; 5 daughters: Roberta Aubuschon, Cynthia Aubuschon, Jaime Armstrong, Karen Crist and Lisa Stucker; 3 sons: Guy Stucker, Philip Stucker, Jr and Bill Stucker; 11 grandchildren: Laura Aubuschon, Taylor Caughron, Evan Wolfe, David Stucker, Summer Stucker-Scott, Ethan Lenny, Xander Armstrong, Caleb Armstrong, Aiden Connor, Harley Crist and Emilee Stucker; a brother: Clifford Stucker; a sister: Glinda Talcot and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Larry Stucker.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.


Mary Adele Bruemmer


February 26, 1920 – December 23, 2021
Madison, Illinois – Born in Madison, Illinois, to Ignatius and Adele Bruemmer. Dear aunt, cousin and friend to many.


An inspirational fixture at Saint Louis University for more than 60 years, Mary influenced thousands whose lives she touched.

Mary earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Saint Louis University and was awarded an honorary doctorate at SLU in 2000. As residence hall director, Dean of Women, Dean of Students, roles in Alumni Relations, and founder of the Women’s Commission, Mary sought and taught excellence, was a model of dedication and service, and was recognized as an inclusive, generous, determined woman of character.

On campus, two scholarships, a conference room, a campus plaza and two statues recognize her contributions. The Student Government Association created the Mary A. Bruemmer Award to honor a member of the SLU community who made a lasting impact and exemplified dedication to advancing the student experience.


Mary’s recognitions extend beyond SLU, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Altrusa International. Extraordinary Mary, Ageless and Remarkable, Women’s Place Champion for Change, Honorary Jesuit, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Dean Bruemmer, Dame Mary, Miss Bruemmer were terms of endearment to which she responded.


A memorial Mass will be February 26, 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, 3628 Lindell Boulevard. Immediately following, a reception and brief program will be in the church ballroom. In lieu of flowers, Mary requested that friends wear a fleur-de-lis and SLU blue, and donate to a Mary A. Bruemmer scholarship at SLU. Mary donated her body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Due to pandemic protocols, see the St. Francis Xavier (College) Church website for details regarding registration and live streaming. www.boppchapel.com


Caroline Virginia Mason, age 71, of Madison, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Caroline was born on September 16, 1950 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Jessie D. Shipman and Gladys (Rickert) Clark.

Caroline was a loving mother, companion, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She retired as a pharmacy technician after working many years at various pharmacies throughout the area. 

 Caroline had a green thumb and you could always find her outside on a nice day planting flowers and working in her garden. She was also a talented singer who enjoyed singing Patsy Cline songs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Caroline 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, Caroline was preceded in death by two brothers, Lonnie Clark and Boyd Clark; and by a granddaughter, Chloey Mason Byrum.

She is survived by her loving children, Valerie (Donnie) Meadows, Jerry (Nikki) Lantrip and John Lantrip; life companion, Bernard Lemaster; brothers, Jeffrey Shawn Shipman, Lloyd (Alice) Clark, Floyd (Lashawna) Clark, Don (Louise) Shipman, Scott (Stacy) Shipman and Jesse (Tiffany) Hughes; grandchildren, Brayden Lantrip, Taylor Lantrip, Charles Wofford III, Ciera Skelton, Jerry Lantrip III, Khaleesi Lantrip and Jo Scheland; great-grandchildren, Hollie Ellingburg, Elijah Skelton, Joseph Skelton and Talon Lantrip; stepmother, Brenda Shipman; sister-in-law, Karen Clark; best friends, Josephine and Jeff Kee; best friend/roommate, Scott Carious; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations maybe given to Valerie Meadows. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


Floyd M. Jordan Jr., 85, of Mitchell, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born June 25, 1936 in Oklahoma to the late Floyd M. & Vada (Beckendorf) Jordan.

On June 29, 1955, he and Donna I. Sidwell were married in Brownstown, IL.  She preceded him in death Dec. 20, 2019.

Floyd retired from Granite City Steel as a foreman after 30 years of service. 

He was a lifelong member of Boy Scouts of America, Pack #41 and Troop #41 with the Cahokia Mound Council.  He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and a Silver Beaver award recipient.

He is survived by a son: Gary (Jerry) Jordan; and a daughter: Barbara Jordan of Mitchell; 2 grandchildren: Joshua and Holly Jordan; and a great-grandchild: Kennli Jordan.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Loyce Becker.

Services are private.

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


Marsha Pellazari, 56, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:21 p.m. Tues. Feb. 1, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born June 15, 1965 in Little Rock, AR, a daughter of Clyde David Miller of Granite City and the late Viola Faye (Wilson) Miller.

On Aug. 30, 1991, she and Marvin A. Pellazari were married in Granite City.  He survives.

Marsha retired from the Granite City School District after 20 years of service.  

She was a member of Freedom Worship Center and loved to read her bible as well as cook, garden, take motorcycle rides, spend time at the beach and lay by the pool, but especially spend time with her grandbabies and family.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a son: Austin (Nikki) Pellazari; a daughter: Aubrie Pellazari; 3 grandchildren: Karma, Savannah and Benjamin of Granite City; 2 brothers: Dwayne (Teresa) Miller of St. Louis, MO and Jesse Todd (Remy) Miller of Bethalto, IL; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Levart.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of services at 6:00 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 10, 2022 at Freedom Worship Center with Pastor Gary Cook officiating.

Memorials may be made to Freedom Worship Center.


Charles Michael Asperger, 59, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 at his home.

He was born May 15, 1962 in Granite City to the late Joseph & Bernadine (Varley) Asperger.

Charlie had been a carpenter and general contractor most of his life.  He owned and operated a custom home company based in the Metro East.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, restoring old cars, fishing and going to flea markets.

Florida was his favorite place and he had hoped to retire there one day.

He is survived by a daughter: Ashley (Ben) Ambuel of Edwardsville, IL; 2 sons: Aaron Michael Aperger and Justin Ryan Asperger of Granite City; 3 grandchildren: Noah and Lucas Ambuel and Grace Asperger; a brother: Richard (Stacy) Asperger of St. Augustine, FL; and a former spouse: Debra Handlon.

Private burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center.


Betty Ruth Kessler, 82, of Collinsville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Thurs. Feb. 10, 2022 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL. She was born Apr. 17, 1939 in Tulare, CA to the late Jesse & Anna Mae (Means) Owens.

On June 9, 1957, she and Larry Arnold Kessler were married in Granite City.  He preceded her in death Oct. 21, 2016. Betty was a military wife for more than 20 years and enjoyed spending time  with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include 4 daughters: Letty Yuvienco of Collinsville, Karyn (Michael) Johns of Collinsville, Jodi (Carl) Berry of Lebanon, IL and Candi (Mark) Strehl of Highland, IL; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister: Karen Louise Ruder of FL; and a sister-in-law: Donna Kessler of Granite City.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter: Melinda “Mendy” Sue Anderson; step-mother: Virginia Owens; and mother-in-law: Irene Wilkinson.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of services 1:00 p.m. Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Kyle Wright officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society


Marc Louis Prifti, Sr, 54, of Granite City, Illinois, formerly of Kirkwood, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from complications due to CoVid. Marc was born on May 29, 1967 in St Louis.

Marc was employed at John Sakach Co. of St. Louis in Granite City as a driver.

Marc loved just hanging out with his family, smoking and grilling his “world famous” meats, and sitting outside with a nice cigar and a Coors Light.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, and relaxing in the pool. He was also a dedicated Mizzou and St. Louis Blues fan.

Marc will be remembered for how much he loved his family and all the memories they cherish.

Marc is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife, Beth Ann (Scaturro), his daughter, Rebecca, his sons, Marc Jr., Nicholas, and Alexander; his second family the Philippe’s; Christina, James, Alexis, Aaron, and Brianna; his parents Louis and Wilma (Leithauser) Prifti; his brother Paul (Arielle) Prifti; parents-in-law Ron and Elizabeth Stern; father-in-law Mike Scaturro; sisters-in-law Sarah Scaturro, Cindy Scaturro (Andy Snider) two baseball buddy nephews and one niece; and many other close family members and friends. 

Marc was preceded in death by his grandparents Perry and Dora Prifti, also lifelong friend and “brother” Brian Philippe.


Sandra “Sandy” Sue Sparks, age 79, of Troy, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Cedarhurst of Troy, IL. Sandy was born on September 27, 1942 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Raymond Butler and Mary (Bono) Butler.

On April 22, 1967, Sandy Butler married Raymond Sparks, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Sandy was a proud homemaker who enjoyed gardening and working in her yard. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Sandy 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, Sandy was preceded in death by her uncle, Derwood Bono.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Raymond Sparks of Troy, IL; aunt, Edna Bono; cousins, Carol Snyder, Janet Reighart, Sharon Hileman and Keith Bono; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Sandy will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

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


Jeffrey L. Parnell, 53, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born July 2, 1968 in Granite City, a son of Delbert L. Parnell and the late Helen Arlene (Cox) Parnell.

He was an electrical salesman with Frost Electric in Collinsville and a member of the First Baptist Church in Maryville.

Jeff loved the thrill of racing on the dirt track and was an avid collector of racing and sports memorabilia. He loved watching wrestling and his NFL football and was a true fan for the Dallas Cowboys. He cherished his children and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his son, Nathan Parnell of Granite City; daughter, Megan Parnell of Granite City; grandmother, Marie Shaw of Collinsville; sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Stephen Watson of Collinsville; niece and two nephews; Faith Kafka, Jonathan Kafka and Jacob Watson, all of Collinsville; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Tom Hufty officiating.

Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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


January 2022 Obituaries