Obituaries January 2022

January 2022 Obituaries


Dennis W. Simpson, 60, of Granite City, IL, passed away Mon. Jan. 31, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born Oct. 29, 1961 in Granite City, a son of Mary (Kramer) Barchesky of Edwardsville, IL and the late William E. Simpson.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters: Sherry (Bruce) Hall of Edwardsville, Wanda (Jeff) Clark of Granite City, Mary Davis of Pontoon Beach and Nancy (Barry) Bowlds of Louisville, KY; brothers: Steve (Lisa) Simpson and Donald (Amy) James of Granite City; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are private.


Justin W. Shrum, 39 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Justin was born on November 15, 1982 in Granite City and was the owner and operator of All Pallet Service and Shrum Rentals in Granite City. Justin enjoyed his days of golfing, fishing, traveling with his family and just about anything that went fast. Justin enjoyed watching and supporting the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He loved to play games with his family and friends and was always ready to be outside camping, hiking and going for a swim. Justin loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Justin is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Carrie (Richardson) Shrum, whom he married on May 7, 2005; daughters, Lily Shrum of Granite City, Cali Shrum of Granite City; parents, Donnye and Kim Shrum of Fosterburg, IL, Tammy (Coulter) Lewis and Rocky of Granite City, IL; grandparents, Ron and Sharon Gregory, Nancy Shrum, Elmo and Miriam “Pink” Riley; brothers, Dylan Lewis, D.J. and Ariel Shrum; sister, Ashley Shrum and Gabe Young; sisters-in-law, Emily Simpson and Matt Awalt, Holly and Chad Weber; father-in-law, Bob Richardson and Paula Burns and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Justin’s life, services will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Stacey Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Autism Speaks and will be accepted at the funeral home or donate online at autismspeaks.org.


David “Jr.” Richard Oliver Jr. of Granite City passed away at 10:09 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022 at his home at the age of 33.

He was born March 25, 1988 in Maryville, a son of David Richard and Lisa Renee (Douglas) Oliver Sr.

He married Andrea Nicole (Anderson) Oliver on April 9, 2011 and she survives.

He was employed at Amsted Rail in Granite City with seven years of dedicated service in mill work and was a proud member of the United Steelworkers Local 1063.

David was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and served on the Church Council. He was also a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge and worked with the Rebuilding Together where he also served on the board. He enjoyed volunteering with the Girl Scouts and coaching children’s softball teams and had worked for many years with the election polls. He enjoyed his days of golfing, camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle and barbequing. He cherished his wife and children, was always tending to family, always wanting to help others and was proud to be his grandpa’s boy.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is survived by his children, Lilly and Dale Oliver of Granite City; his grandmother, Doris A. Oliver of Granite City; his mother-in-law “Mom”, Lisa Anderson of Granite City; aunt, Diane “Nine” Maher of Granite City; uncle, John Douglas of Missouri; other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather “Pa”, Richard “Dick” Oliver.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Karla Frost officiating.

Private burial will be at a later date at St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

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


Charles Ray Sullivan, 79, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at John Cochrane Veteran’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on January 12, 1943 in Granite City, IL to Thomas and Kathleen (Voss) Sullivan.

Charles married Pamela Jones in Granite City, IL on October 3, 2021.

The U.S. Navy veteran was a lifetime member of the VFW in Cedar Hill, MO.  

He enjoyed outdoor activities, including fishing, camping and barbeques.  Charles liked spending time with his family and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and a fan of WWE.

Besides his wife, Charles is survived by 5 daughters:  Stacie (Shawn) Quimby of Troy, IL, Alyson (Corey) Fischer of Granite City, IL, Melanie (Eric) Nohl of Granite City, IL, Ashlie (Zack) Albatt of Troy, IL and Brittanie (Alex) Reed of Newaygo, MI; 11 grandchildren:  Dylan, Maddison, Raelin, Baylee, Conyr, Brayden, Henry, Grant, Cohen, Cadence and Oliver and a sister, Carol (Gary) Smith of Edwardsville, IL.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Laura Sullivan.

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


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Orbie Katherine Candler, age 92 of Granite City, IL, passed away January 29, 2022 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab, Granite City, IL. She was born February 1, 1929 in Stewart County, TN to the late Thomas and Minnie Wallace Parker.

Orbie was raised in Indian Mound, TN. On February 16, 1946 she married Robert Leon Candler, and spent her life devoted to raising her family in Granite City, IL. She was a member of Calvary Lighthouse Church and volunteered at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. She enjoyed embroidery work and loved her family and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by her brothers, Roscoe, Lendis, Malcolm, and AJ Parker and sisters, Louise Reynolds and Margrette Taylor.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Long Creek Church of the Nazarene with Clay Watson officiating, burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Indian Mound, TN. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time-of-service Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jason Candler, Eli Candler, Robert Parker, Gary Parker, Jacob Candler, and Caleb Candler.

Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home, Dover, TN.

Online condolences may be made at anglinfuneralhome.com.


Joseph R. “Bob” Masterson, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:16 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at his home.

He was born December 25, 1941 in Louisville, Kentucky, a son of the late Robert Levi and Anna Mae (Hall) Masterson.

He married Mary Lynn (Childress) Masterson on March 10, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives.

He retired from Delivery Network in Madison, Illinois after several years of service as a transportation broker.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam era.

He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed flower gardening with his wife, pitching horseshoes and bowling. In his early days, he enjoyed playing many sports including basketball, soccer and softball. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a son, Edward C. (Christine) Masterson of St. Louis; daughter, Amy Jo Wood of St. Louis; stepson, Rob Holland of Granite City; two stepdaughters, Donna (Jeff) Reedy of Glen Carbon and Barbara (James) Brown of Bethalto; eleven grandchildren, Taylor “D.J.” Dace, Jacob Masterson, Sarah Masterson, Devin Wood, Dillon Wood, Steven Holland, Brandi Howell, Abigail Lalor, Jean Lalor, Mark Holland and Natalie Paschedag; several great grandchildren; brother, Daniel E. (Dolores) Masterson of Indiana; sister, Mary Ann Boone of Kentucky; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Masterson.

In celebration of his life and in accordance with his wishes, no services will be held.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and can be made online at www.stjude.org, mailed to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or can be accepted at the funeral home. 


Irene Kessler Wilkinson, nee Click, of Granite City, passed away peacefully 4:35 p.m. on January 28, 2022 at the age of 106. Irene, daughter of Luther Click and Ona Swyers, was born on December 24, 1915 in Dent County Missouri.

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Irene was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City for many years. She also was a member of Eastern Star and Rebekah’s, and held leadership roles in both organizations. 

 Irene belonged to a senior bowling league in Collinsville for over 15 years, hanging up her bowling shoes at 100.

 Irene married William Kessler on August 30, 1936 in Venice, Illinois. They were married 50 years and had three children. Most of Irene’s career was spent in various Granite City school cafeterias as a cook. She knew many people and many knew who she was. She will be missed not only by her large family, but by those she touched during her long and fruitful life.

Irene was a force to be reckoned with, and she lived her life to its fullest. She took her last drivers’ test at 100 alongside her 17-year-old great granddaughter. They both passed with flying colors, although Sylvie, her great-granddaughter, was afraid her grandma would show her up.

Irene always put God first in her life, followed by her family. In third place was Cardinals baseball. Whether they were having a good season or a dismal one, she was always their biggest fan. Fredbird even came to visit her on her 100th birthday, and she couldn’t have been more excited.

One of Irene’s favorite pastimes was going to yard sales. She went every weekend for as long as she could, and she usually found some pretty good deals. She was very frugal, as most people of her generation were, and her grandchildren were often the recipients of the treasures she found at these sales.

Irene is survived by brother Willard (Betty) Swyers, Maryland Heights, Missouri; Howard (Lynn) Swyers of St. Charles, Missouri; Harold Swyers of St. Peters, Missouri; Betty (Larry) Kessler of Collinsville, Illinois; Donna (Monte) Kessler of Granite City, Illinois; 10 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Irene in death are her first husband, William Kessler, second husband Delbert Wilkinson, son Larry (Betty) Kessler, son Monte (Donna) Kessler, daughter Rita (Jim) Schiber, infant brother Max Swyers, sister Laverne (Al) Stroud, granddaughter Melinda Anderson and great-granddaughter Sophie Cockrum.

The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to the staff, past and present, of Ceaderhurst Senior Living Community and The Fountains of Granite City. Your affection and dedication to Irene gave us all great peace of mind and was a comfort to her throughout her twilight years.

Visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Wesley Hahn officiating. There will not be a dinner following the service but there will be a celebration of life at a later date. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

The family requests that those attending wear a mask while inside the funeral home.

Donations in Irene’s name can be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 or Calvary Baptist Church, 3000 Washington Ave. Granite City, IL 62040 and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Judith Ann Brown, 80, of Granite City passed away Friday, January 28, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center. 

She was born October 22, 1941 in Fountain City, WI to Harvey and Pearl (Hertzfeldt) Falls.  She married Gerald L. Brown December 28, 1979 in Madison, IL; he preceded her in death September 23, 1990.

She was also preceded death by her parents; first husband, Jean Williams and two brothers, Marvin Falls and Gerald “Butch” Falls. 

Judy worked as a book keeper for the Village of Pontoon Beach in the 60’s and 70’s, she also worked as a bartender for Tony and Joe’s in Madison and 19th Hole Bar in Granite City.  Judy enjoyed spending time with her family.  She loved to cook, go to Horseshoe Lake daily with her beloved dog Susie and keeping up with old friends.  When she lived in Wisconsin she enjoyed boating, hunting and walking along the dike.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Henderson of Oneonta, AL and Connie Watson of Glen Carbon.; step daughter, Sandy Pashen-Brown; three grandchildren, Kaci Williams, Sara Henderson and Cory Pashen and two brothers, Duane (Etta) Falls of Nelson, WI and Richard (Marge) Falls of Fountain City, WI.

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

Services are pending.


 Loretta Rakowski, age 83, of Granite City, IL, born on April 26, 1938, in Madison, IL, passed away into God’s loving care on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab after a long-term illness.

Loretta was a 1957 graduate of St. Teresa’s Academy, a member of PAWV Auxiliary, and the PALS Club.

She loved dancing, cooking, baking with her sisters and family gatherings. Loretta was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and a selfless caregiver.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Barbara, (nee Chanda) Edrington; her sisters, Winifred Sasyk, Barbara Lee Carney, and Patricia Bielicki; and her beloved Grandma Chanda.
Loretta is survived by her husband of 63 years, Edward Rakowski; her daughter, Kathleen (Eddie) Williams; and her granddaughters, Kristine Biedenstein and Caroline Biedenstein. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.


Condolences may be expressed online to the family at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
The Rakowski Family would like to express their sincere thanks to Caseyville Nursing and Rehab, and to Unity Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Loretta.


Memorials may be made in the form of masses to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, or the Special Education Foundation/Gift of Sound.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, IL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, IL with Fr. John Beveridge officiating.
Interment will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.


Priscilla J. Awalt, 87, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away at 10:06 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born December 6, 1934 in Carrollton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Ed and Ida Louise (Scroggins) Howland.

She married William E. Blakeburn and he passed away on December 10, 1979 and she later married Richard E. “Dick” Awalt Sr. on April 2, 1983 in Granite City and he passed away on September 24, 2012.

She enjoyed volunteering with the Salvation Army with over 30 years of dedicated service. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidery and her days of fishing. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by five children and spouses, William Blakeburn of Greenville, Chris and Karen Blakeburn of Granite City, Lesa and Johnny Childers of Granite City, Richard Earl and Hope Awalt Jr. of St. Louis and Jeffery Awalt of Granite City; four granddaughters; two great grandchildren; a sister, Sheila Chronister of Granite City; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson and several siblings.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Cathy Crippen officiating.

Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

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


Opal M. White, age 92, of Madison, IL, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022 at her home. Opal was born on May 11, 1929 in Festus, MO, a daughter of the late Bernard DeRousse and Stella (Bowman) DeRousse.

On January 23, 1965 Opal DeRousse married Norvell C. “Whittie” White, the love of her life in Festus, MO, and Whittie passed away on January 19, 2007. She was a faithful member of St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic in Madison, IL, and also a member of St. Ann Solidarity. 

Opal was a talented seamstress and she had worked at the Garment Factory in Festus, MO, retiring after many years of dedicated service. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Opal loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. Opal will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Opal was preceded in death by her daughter, Jacqueline Courtney May; and by three sisters and four brothers.

Opal is survived by her brother, John W. (Betty) DeRousse of Festus, MO; many dear nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison, IL, with the funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

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

Memorial donations may be given to St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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


Deana R. Hawkins, 50, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, January 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born on September 11, 1971 in St. Louis, MO to Bill and Brenda (Browning) Hawkins.

Deana was a teacher for several different school districts and she also taught overseas in Dubai, Russia and Indonesia. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, movies and music.  Deana also was a pet lover and she enjoyed trying different type of foods.

Besides her mother, Deana is survived by her brothers:  Brian Hawkins of Granite City and Matt (Sarah) Hawkins of Waukee, IA; her nieces:  Sage Hawkins and Karson Hawkins; her  half- sisters:  Kelley Keim of Atlanta, GA and Tracy Dunn of Karnak, IL; her aunt, Pat Riskovsky of Granite City, IL and many cousins.

 Deana is preceded in death by her father.

Per Deana’s wishes, there will be no services.

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


Janice A. Woodard, 67, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, January 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born on October 25, 1954 in Granite City, IL to James and Nola (Underhill) Scarborough.

Janice married Larry Woodard in Granite City, IL on November 18, 1977.

The loving wife and mother was a member of the Christ Gospel Church in Granite City, IL.  She enjoyed singing and had been a member of The New City Singers.

Besides her husband, Janice is survived by a daughter and a grandchild.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Henry Barrow.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at the funeral home with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery in Granite City, IL.


Raymond P. Kahn, 72, of Granite City passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center. 

He was born August 6, 1949 in Granite City to Henry V. and Jemile (nee; David) Kahn.  Raymond enjoyed playing golf, poker, pool and camping in his free time.

He is survived by a son, Ryan (Corinne) Kahn of Granite City and a daughter Jessica (Andy) Keck of St. Jacob; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Maximus, Katelynn, Savannah and Travis and a brother, Henry “Vic” (Lynn) Kahn of Highland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation service entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  The family will have a Celebration of his Life at a later date.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.


Joanne Tidwell of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Joanne was born on February 23, 1943 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (McKinney) Copeland.

Joanne was an in home caregiver and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City. In her free time Joanne enjoyed her days of woodworking and sewing. 

Joanne was a talented artist who could draw anything and had a special love of dogs, especially her doggie Theo. Most of all Joanne loved her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Joanne is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Robin Macios of Granite City, Illinois; sons, Brian Vaughn and Missy Cox of Granite City, Illinois, Jeffrey Vaughn and Sofia Lynn of Granite City, Illinois; granddaughter, Rachel Macios of Kansas City, Missouri; sister, Mary Katherine “Kathy” Cruse; brother, William Copeland, and many other close family members and friends. The family would like to say a special Thank You to Belinda for all the wonderful care given to our mom.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her grandson, Joshua Macios and her brother, Bobby Copland.

In celebration of Joanne’s life, a visitation will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street in Granite City with Pastor Daniel Wilson officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A. 


Joel F. Cox, 96, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:57 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born November 25, 1925 in Broughton, Illinois, a son of the late Elmer and Flora Ann (Hamilton) Cox.

He married Maureen (Desper) Cox on September 23, 1949 in Carmi, Illinois and she survives.

He retired in 1985 from Granite City Steel after 30 years of dedicated service as a crane operator.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army. Joel was a member of the Steelworker’s Local and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Granite City and enjoyed attending Unity Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors, tending to his yard, mowing and gardening and also enjoyed his days of fishing and hunting. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 72 years, he is survived by five children and their spouses, Teresa Price of Dallas, Texas, Richard and Tammy Cox of Pontoon Beach, Anita and Larry Miller of Granite City, B. Jean and Jeff Claude of Florissant, Missouri and Leigh Ann and Bob Bradford of Granite City; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Jasson and Karla Price, Aaron and Nalima Price, Amber Cox, Rebecca Cox, Sheena and Elmer Valladares, Haleigh Claude, Patrick Bradford and fiancé, Rebecca Luna and Zakary Bradford; eleven great grandchildren, Lucas Price, Alejandro Price, Shiyah Price, Soraiya Price, Alexis Mowery, Kaili Church, Elle Valladares, Evan Valladares, Sevannah Farris, Daniel Bradford and Luke Bradford; a sister, Wanda Robeff of Granite City; a brother-in-law and his spouse, Harold and Nancy Koontz of Chattanooga, Tennessee; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Jody Pearman officiating.

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

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


Rose M. Kohn of Edwardsville, IL, formally of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on November 24, 1936 in Kennett, MO to Walker E. Johnson and Iva (Stark) Crocker.

Rose married Harry Martin Kohn, Sr in St. Louis, MO.  He preceded her in death in 2008.

The loving mother and grandmother was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Granite City. She enjoyed going to antique sales.

Rose is survived by 3 daughters:  Sandra (Gary) Asadorian of Edwardsville, Donna (Jim) Edwards of Steeleville and Rose (David) Brandt of Brighton; 3 sons:  Morris  Kohn of Granite City, Guy Kohn of Granite City and Randel Kohn of Granite City; 16 grandchildren:  Anthony, Grace, John, Laura, Chrissy, Jamie, Jenny, Nate, Abbie, Fawn, Michael, Katie, Kyle, Natasha,  Alex and Cody; several great grandchildren; a great- great grandchild and a brother, Wayne (Loita) Johnson of MO.

Besides her husband and parents, Rose is preceded in death by 2 sons:  Anthony Kohn and Harry Kohn, Jr; 3 brothers:  Edward Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, and Gary Johnson and 2 sisters:  Louise Risinger and Judith Cummings.

Burial at a later date will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

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


Charles Eugene Hamilton  48 of Granite City passed Friday January 21, 2022 in the Emergency Room Gateway Hospital.  Granite City native son of Clifford O. and Helen (Holman )Hamilton.

Survivors are his wife Christina L. Siegfried Hamilton of Granite City, children Justin Breaux of Glen Carbon, Karla Mitchell (Hamilton), Christopher Mitchell and Joshua Hamilton of Belleville , Kevin Morgan of Granite City, Aaron Morgan of Glen Carbon, Bear his best friend and fur son, Angel Gurney(nee Brandon Gurney) of Granite City.

Employed many years at Granite City Steel. He loved to be with his family and friends, deer hunting, motorcycles, and video games.  Favorite place was New Orleans with it’sCajun food.  When Charles was sarcastic to you he was your friend.

Gathering at the Granite City Eagles Lodge noon on January 29, 2022. 


Allen Ray Barnhart, 66, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:55 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born July 9, 1955 in Granite City, a son of the late Robert and Grace Marie (Martin) Barnhart.

He married Fran (Ward) Barnhart on January 16, 1974 in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 2018 from the Granite City School District after 26 years of dedicated service as a custodian. He had also worked as a welder with American Steel for several years.

Allen enjoyed attending The Vine Community Church in Cottage Hills. He enjoyed working out, shooting at the range and had a love for barbequing and giving his food to all. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 48 years, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Barnhart of Granite City; three grandchildren, Brandon, Drake and Ava; two great grandchildren, Bradley and Kylie; a brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Joann Barnhart of Granite City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, his twin sister, Sandra and Jim Schmidt of Brighton and Debbie and Jerry Zessinger of Maryville; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Maggie and Mike Tapp Harris of Granite City; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Kathy Ward of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Barnhart; a daughter, Jennifer Barnhart; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Bob Phelps; a brother, Mike Barnhart; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marida Ward; a sister-in-law, Ginny Ward and a brother-in-law, Mike Tapp.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022 with Reverend Chuck Browning and Reverend Butch Chronister officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Helen Ann DeRuntz, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Cedarhurst in Godfrey, IL. Helen was born on March 16, 1932 in Madison, IL, a daughter of the late Alex Kwiatkowski and Anna (Junak) Kwiatkowski.

On January 10, 1953, Helen Kwiatkowski, married Gene J. DeRuntz, the love of her life at St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, IL, and celebrated 63 years together. Gene passed away on March 19, 2017. Helen was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. She was also a member of the Sodality Club and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

Helen enjoyed cooking for the school children in the Granite City School District for many years. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing and traveling; her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Helen was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-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, Helen was preceded in death by a son, Daniel DeRuntz; and by her brothers, Vincent, Stanley and Theodore Kwiatkowski.

She is survived by her loving children, Michael (Mary) DeRuntz of Warsaw, IN, Phillip (Wai Mann) DeRuntz of Grays Lake, IL, Dr. Bruce (Elizabeth) DeRuntz of Carterville, IL and Chris DeRuntz of Godfrey, IL; dear sister, Delores Guzy of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Irwin Chapel Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Helen will be laid to rest next to Gene at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given in the form of masses. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


Richard Leroy Wilson Sr., 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born April 27, 1941 in Granite City, a son of the late Basil and Etta (Reading) Wilson.

He married Loretta June (Dahmm) Wilson on June 1, 1968 in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from American Steel after 25 years of dedicated service followed by 15 years of service with the Granite City Park District.

He was a member of Glenview Assembly of God Church in Granite City and cherished his grandchildren. He enjoyed his days of playing golf and woodworking and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Amy Wilson, Timothy and Mary Kay Wilson, Scott and Barb Wilson and Jason and JoAnn Wilson, all of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Zach, Matthew, Daniel, Lucas, Lauren, Michael and Makayla; a brother, David Wilson of Granite City; three sisters, Flora Graham of Ohio, Patricia Parks of Desoto, Missouri and Evelyn Holmes of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sister, Yvonne Adelsberger, Edna Gean and Wanda Baumberger and one brother, Charles Wilson.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Glenview Assembly of God Church, 3000 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where visitation will continue on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Timothy O’Keefe officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Glenview Assembly of God Church.


Josephine Delores Motil, 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:00 pm on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City, IL.

She was born August 2, 1930, in Madison, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Pekic) Stefanac.

She married the love of her life, Mike Motil, Jr., on July 2, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison, IL. They enjoyed over 65 years of love, devotion, and nearly inseparable companionship until his death on January 1, 2015.

Josephine’s family was her life and she heartily and successfully fulfilled her mission as a loving and cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed preparing Sunday and holiday dinners and robustly encouraged everyone to “Eat!” She was an excellent baker and will be remembered by family and friends near and far for her coveted nut roll; if you were gifted with one of her nut rolls, you knew you were someone special. Josephine was an enthusiastic dancer of the polka and swing dance, an avid canner of vegetables from Mike’s garden, a master word search puzzler, and a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She was a long-time parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, a member of the Altar Society, and a volunteer with the church’s Sunshine Funeral Luncheon team.

Josephine is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Beverly Motil of Rochester, MN, and Hon. Ronald and Catherine Motil of Maryville, IL; five grandchildren: Michele (Michael) Pazarena, Ashley Motil, Katie (Will) Flinner, Benjamin (Alexa) Motil, and Gregory Motil (Jamie Smith); and three great-grandchildren: Eli and Evelyn Motil, and Jude Flinner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Motil, all of her sisters and brothers-in-law, and many dear friends.

Josephine led a life of simple pleasures including a clean and comfortable home filled with the love and laughter of family and friends. She was a strong survivor and will be remembered for her sweet disposition and generous spirit. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, who now take comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and, at long last, has been joyfully reunited in Heaven with her beloved husband, Mike.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at the nursing home for her care during this difficult past year and especially Vitas Hospice Care for their attentive and compassionate care over the last several weeks.

In celebration of Josephine’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating. Burial will follow where Josephine will be laid to rest with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to Holy Family Catholic Church or Vitas Hospice. The family is requesting that all visitors please wear masks. Condolences can be made online at irwinchapel.com.


Billy O. Ross, 76, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.

He was born on July 19, 1945 in Dover, TN to Elmer Ross and Leora (Snoddy) Andersen.

Billy married Rita Krause in Granite City, IL on June 24, 1972.

The loving husband and father retired from Precoat Metals in Granite City, IL after 22 years of service.  He was a former village trustee and a police commissioner for the Village of Pontoon Beach.  Billy enjoyed fishing and hunting and enjoyed spending time at his cabin in southeast Missouri.

Besides his wife, Billy is survived by a daughter, Melissa (Tim) Zollner of Caseyville, IL;  grandchildren:  Joe, Matt, Kalyne, Hannah and Chloe; 2 brothers:  Owen (Marlene) Ross of Otto, NC and Larry Ross of Glen Carbon, IL; a sister, Nancy (John) Goodrich of Edwardsville, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Peggy Hoffman.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Mark S. Kempfer, age 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Mark was born on February 22, 1959 in Benton, IL, a son of the late Cecil Laverne Kempfer and Marilyn (Meyer) Kempfer.

Mark was a United States Air Force veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On December 7, 2012, Mark married Angela Agles in Edwardsville, IL. Mark retired as a truck spotter from Lazerspot after many years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL. In his younger years he attended Belleville Area College. Mark was an avid daily bible reader, talented cook and candle maker. He also enjoyed taking road trips out west with Angela in their camper, and playing with his two cavalier king charles spaniels, Cheyenne and Lady Bug. Mark was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a cherished friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Angela Kempfer of Granite City, IL; loving children, Eric Paul (Mary) Kempfer of Collinsville, IL and Lauren (Vinnie) Walsh of Collinsville, IL; dear step-daughter, Kristin (Christopher Barber) Croissant-Summers of Mascoutah, IL; sister, Terri (Dennis) Doyle of Rantoul, IL; proud grandfather to Brody, Laynie, Madalyn, Makenzie, Marleigh, Brandon, Jakob and Kristopher; extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. Interment will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Hope Lutheran Church or Disabled American Veterans, Granite City Chapter. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Geraldine A Ropac 75, formally of Madison Illinois. Born on September 30, 1946. Passed January 20, 2021

Daughter of Carl and Ann (Lesco) Ropac SR.

Visitation Thursday 10:30 am January 27, 2022 till 11 am Mass time at St. Mary and Mark Catholic Church Madison Illinois. Burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery on January 27, 2022 at 1:15 pm


Aaron Louis Meyer, 68, of Granite City, IL passed away Friday, January 21, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

He was born October 18, 1953 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a son of the late Robert Meyer and Charlotte (Kreider) Juarcek and Bob Juarcek. Aaron worked for Granite City Steel, where he retired after 30 years. His family says he loved listening to Classic Rock n’ Roll music.

Aaron is survived by his son: Richard (Angie) Meyer of Granite City, IL; a daughter: Hollie (Dennis) Holland of Granite City, IL; 4 grandchildren: Caleb, Dustin, Brenden and Madison; a great grandchild: Amelia; 2 brothers: Steve (Melanie) Meyer of Granite City, IL, Robert (Renea) Meyer of Pocahontas, IL and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date


Vera Lee Saggio, 83 of Granite City, Illinois passed away Monday, January 18, 2022 at her home in Granite City.

Vera was born on April 26, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri; the daughter of the late Earl Thomas and Theresa Mae (Berkbigler) Brickeen.

Vera was a homemaker and mom who enjoyed her days of shopping, watching television and was always wanting her family to “Dote” on her.

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

Vera is survived by and will be missed by her sons; David and Tammy Saggio of Granite City, Illinois, Vincent and Tina Saggio of Granite City, Illinois, Robert and Kelly Saggio of Imperial, Missouri; daughters, Sharon Gabriel of Hemet, California, Theresa and Alan Lance of Uniondale, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her husband; Vincent Saggio Jr., whom she married on November 10, 1962; grandson, Carrington Saggio; a great-grandbaby and her brother, Edward Brickeen.

In celebration of Vera’s life, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 9:15 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.


E.C. Adams, 54, of Granite City, Illinois and formerly of Houston, Texas passed away at 11:19 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in Haubstadt, Indiana.

He was born September 5, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri. E.C. worked in construction and engineering throughout the world including Egypt, Africa and South America for many years. He was employed with CUEL and TechnipFMC out of Thailand.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Marine Corp and was a past member of the Collinsville V.F.W.

He thoroughly loved his life, stood proud of his achievements, enjoyed his many journeys, was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and cherished his BMW and Porsche.

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Joyce (Perigan) Mayer of Granite City; his sister, Rachel Diane Cline of Diamond, Missouri; two aunts, Rosemarie Brown of Granite City and Toby Lynn (Jeffrey) Schmidt of Staunton; two uncles, Joseph Herschel (Cheryl) Perigan of Granite City and Randall A. (Sherrie) Lisson of Granite City; special friends, Gary and Jeri Wade of Godfrey; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmo Chilton Adams; his stepfather, Bill Mayer and an aunt, JoAnn Jones.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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


Lisa D. Troxell, 55, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 20, 2022 at her home.

She was born July 26, 1966 in Oceanside, CA to the Kristin Ann (Archer) Nicholson of Granite City and the late Larry Dean Nicholson.

Lisa loved caring for her animals and cooking. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son: Darren Lee Paschedag of St. Louis, MO.

Services are private.


Charles Thomas Ryan, age 66, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Charles was born on January 22, 1955 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late William Hill Ryan and Doris (Buckingham) Ryan.

Charles was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a dear friend to many. He retired as general foreman from Granite City Water Treatment Plant after many years of dedicated service. 

Charles was a member and past president of Eagles Riders Motorcycle Club in Granite City, IL and a member of Town & Country Gun Club. He enjoyed taking long rides on his motorcycle and target shooting. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Charles 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, Charles was preceded in death by his brother, Jim “Beaver” Gibbs.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Angela (Kenneth) Ryan-Skaggs of Edwardsville, IL and Kira Ryan of Mitchell, IL; dear sisters, Mary Hoenig of Wingo, KY, Gail Brake of Buchannan, TN and Dora McCormick of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Aaron Brown, Ian Brown and Seth Ballard; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Charles requested to be cremated and to have no formal services.

Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association.

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


Shirley Ann Creek, 65, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born August 12, 1956 in Cherry Point, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Wilford Jr. Baker and Anna Louise (Strauss) Baker Brown.

Shirley enjoyed writing, was very social and was always calling others to talk and check on them. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by four children and spouses, Jeff (Judy) Baker of Chicago, Dannie (Bryan Lee) Creek of Granite City, Billy Creek of Bethalto and Timmy Creek of Granite City; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Cindy Lupardus of Granite City; a brother, Ronnie (Christy) Baker of Granite City; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Baker and a sister, Jeanne Caudill.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend David Brimm officiating.

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


Cynthia Ruth Douglas, 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:19 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born October 4, 1953 in Granite City, a daughter of the late John and Iris Coleen (Colwell) Evanoff.

She retired in 2018 from Kraft Foods in Granite City after over 25 years of dedicated service as a machine operator.

She was very talented and enjoyed working with crafts and crocheting. She loved Cardinals and had quite the collection of many cardinal figurines. She had a love for animals and cherished her cats.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Cathy Douglas of Granite City; four grandchildren, Justin Douglas, Jeremy Douglas, Trinity Douglas and Robert Riley; a brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Carol Evanoff; a stepbrother and stepsister-in-law, David and Karen Staggs; nieces and nephews, Heather and Andy Pekios, Matt Evanoff, Brittany Viviano and Angie Walters; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mike Show officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets in Troy and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Rebecca Sue “Becky” VanKirk, 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:07 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born April 27, 1960 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Darryl and Elizabeth “Bette” (Buehler) VanKirk.

She married Edward C. Keel on May 25, 2006 at Wilson Park in Granite City and he survives.

Becky was a talented nail technician and beautician and was a licensed cosmetologist for many years.

She was a proud member of the Granite City club of AA. She loved the outdoors and traveling and enjoyed her days fishing, being on the river and her trips to the Ozarks. She also enjoyed her visits to the gambling boats and cherished her grandchildren. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by two daughters, Angela (Daniel) Riggs of Rosewood Heights and Jamie (Joseph) Steigelman of Granite City; a son, James Childers of Waterloo; a stepdaughter, Tawnee (Matthew) Chandler of Virginia and Jade (David) Clark of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Eric Adams, Xander Adams, Peyton Childers and Dylan Riggs; a stepgranddaughter, Blaire Chandler; a sister, Vickie Stanton and fiancé, Terry of Granite City; a brother, David VanKirk of St. Charles, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Carold (Frank) VanKirk of Florissant, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Jeffery VanKirk and a sister, Trena (Kevin) Lacy.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Mike Watkins officiating.

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


MaryJane Krausz, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:55 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born on June 23, 1942, a daughter of the late Elmer and Lois (Beals) Baumberger.

MaryJane was a secretary with Orkin, Granite City Steel Works, the Carpenter’s Union, and Weber Chevrolet and tended bar at TJ’s in Granite City for many years before retiring in 2008.

MaryJane dedicated her life to family, friends, and pets, doting on her sons and grandchildren at every opportunity. She never missed a baseball practice, game or other event involving her sons. She loved bowling, shooting pool and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. She was a member of the Granite City Eagles Auxiliary. In retirement, she volunteered for Granite City APA and enjoyed luncheons with close friends and her Class of 1960. At home, she never missed a Hallmark movie or a good deal on QVC.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kelly and Shawn Miller-Krausz of Alhambra, Illinois and Michael and Kelly Ann Krausz of Cottleville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Joshua, Ryker, Ryton, Ganyn and Della; her beloved cat, Smokey; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Ronald Huelskoetter and her former husband, Ralph Krausz.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Lisa Guilliams officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA, The Wounded Warrior Project or to FIGS and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Patricia D. Stevens, 67 of Maryville, Illinois passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.

Patricia was born on July 25, 1954 in Granite City; the daughter of Howard D. and Doris M. (Coil) Lathrop of Granite City. Patricia married the love of her life, Albert Lee “Al” Stevens III on November 22, 1975 at Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City and were together until his death on February 19, 2016.

 Patricia was an elementary school teacher for Granite City School District #9 and a member of Calvary Life Church. Patricia enjoyed her days of crafting, ceramics and making jewelry. Most of all Patricia enjoyed her days of spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Jonathan and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Patricia is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Chris A. and Amber Stevens of Troy, IL, Adam T. and Leah Stevens of Carol Stream, IL; grandson, Jonathan A. Stevens of Troy, IL; her loved kitty, Belle; sisters, Cindy and Steve Ferguson of St. Peters, MO, Cathy and Paul Malaway of Edwardsville, IL; brother, Dave and Stephanie Lathrop of Edwardsville, IL and many other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Patricia’s life, funeral services will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Nicol Foundation. 


Donald R. Sugg, 78, of Mitchell, IL, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Tues. Jan. 18, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.

He was born Feb. 21, 1943 in Granite City, IL to the late Clarence Everett & Palma “Katie” (Albert) Sugg.

On Dec. 16, 1961, he and Virginia L. Mornoski were married in Jacksonville, IL.  She preceded him in death Sept. 18, 2016.

Don was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran had worked for Laclede Steel, the Army Depot, Olin and retired from National Marine Maintenance.  He was a member of the Glen Carbon American Legion.

He is survived by 2 sons: Stanley Dean (Anna) Sugg of Belleville, IL and Keith Edward (Jennifer) Sugg of Granite City; a granddaughter: Heather; a great-grandchild; and a brother: Jerry Dean (Margaret) Albert of MO.

The family will hold a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 21, 2022 at Stanley’s home.  Private burial with military honors will be at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

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


Shirley A. Clements, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully in her home with her daughters holding her hand at 7:09 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

She was born September 28, 1936 in Nashville, Tennessee, a daughter of the late Lurton and Edna (Stevens) Adams.

She married George D. Clements on November 7, 1953 in Carthage, Mississippi and he passed away on August 14, 2014.

She had worked as a cashier with several grocery stores throughout the years and was a member of City Temple Assembly of God Church in Granite City. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam and John McCord of Maryville and Terri Clements of Granite City; a brother, Bobby Adams of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at City Temple Assembly of God Church, 4751 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Jody Pearman and Reverend Sam Hart officiating.

Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

The family asks that all in attendance to please wear face masks.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that you bring can goods to support the food pantry, pet food or supplies to support local animal shelters or a donation to support your favorite charity. 


Michael Eugene Turner Sr. 65 of Granite City passed January 16, 2022 at Gateway Hospital Granite City Il.  Son of the late Marion and Geneva Cradduck Turner born in Gideon Mo.

Survived by his children Michael (Kelly) Turner ll of Dittmer Mo. Don Turner and Angela Turner of Granite City. 5 grandchildren. Sister Emma Redstone and Patricia Overfelt of Granite City brother Tony (Rhonda) Turner of Granite City.

Preceded by his wife Wanda Lorene Bell (married June 18 1976) passed December 5, 2011

Son Joshua A. Turner, Sister Pauline Gribble brothers Charles and Carlton “Jr, Butch” Turner

Spent many years as a truck driver in the St. Louis area

Visitation Wednesday January 19, 2022 11am till 1pm service time at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City. Pastor Larry Blankley officiating. Burial St. James Cemetery, Edwardsville


Donald R. Hartline, 72, of Granite City, IL, formally of Sullivan, KY, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Christian Hospital NE in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on February 5, 1949 in Grand Tower, IL to Ray and Ruth (Worthen) Hartline.

The U.S. Army veteran served in the Vietnam War and he enjoyed hunting, being in the outdoors and dogs as he was a dog breeder for a time.

Donald is survived by 3 daughters, Dawn Michelle (Jeffrey) Russell of KY, Angela Stone of KY and Denise Morris of KY; 2 sons:  Billy Stone of KY and Randall Riggleman of KY and 14 grandchildren:  Briar, Billy, Mertz II, Shane, Casey, Sabien, Keaghan, Mason, Kaden, Jaylon, Shylah, A.J., Ryan and Jordan.  Also surviving are a brother, Carroll (Sharon) Hartline of Granite City and 4 sisters: Katherine (Jerry) Cox of Alton, Mildred Barnett of Grand Tower, IL, Mary Cox of Granite City and Gertie (Bill) Stover of Jefferson City, MO.

Besides his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy and 2 sisters:  Ruth Fuller and Irene Nimmo.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO will be at a later date.


Sompit Hines, 72, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 12:42 a.m. Jan. 16, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born May 9, 1949 in Thailand.

Sompit was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Granite City.  She loved to cook and fish.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Kristine Sternberg of Herculaneum, MO and Pacaharee (Ronald) Cornstubble of Caseyville, IL; a son: Tony (Judy) Sternberg of Pontoon Beach; 6 grandchildren: Breanna Sternberg, Christian Sternberg, Tabitha (Mike) Ganske, Keri (Jason) Aaron, Addison Benham and Alexander Sloss; and 6 great-grandchildren: Alex Aaron, Ellie Aaron, Gavin Ganske, Gwyn Ganske, Brett Cotton and Damon Benham.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Gary Stephen Hines; and a grandson: Lucas Aaron.

The family will hold a private memorial service.


Michele R. Jarnagin, 53 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
Michele was born on May 22, 1968 in Alton, Illinois. Michele had worked at Gateway Regional Medical Center as an administrative assistant and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City.

 In her free time Michele enjoyed her days of crafting and spending time with her family, especially her niece Belle Jarnagin and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

 Michele is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Ted Lohr; mom, Martha (McElroy) Jarnagin of Granite City; daughter, Alexander Lohr of Granite City; brother, Michael R. Jarnagin and Peggy Kleinschmidt of Troy, IL; her loved grand-dog, Czar and numerous other close family members and friends.
Michele was preceded in death by her dad; Frank Greathouse; daughters, Alicia M. Lohr, Megan L. Lohr and her son, Zachary T. Jarnagin.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Michele’s life, funeral services will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A. 


Joseph D. Lombardo, 47, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born on August 9, 1974 in St. Louis, MO to Paul and Donna Lombardo.

Joseph owned his own lawn care service and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Besides his parents, Joseph is survived by his girlfriend of 8 years, Staci Donelson of Granite City; a daughter, Brittany Lombardo of MO; 5 sons:  Joshua Lombardo, Jeremy Lombardo, Jacob Lombardo, Dominic Lombardo all of MO, and Jeffery Lombardo of IL; 2 grandchildren:  Sadie and Grayson; 2 brothers:  Anthony Lombardo and Jeffery Lombardo both of MO and a sister, Jennifer Lombardo of MO.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Albert Castillo II, 74 of Granite City, IL died on Friday, January 14, 2022 at his home.

He was born on July 2, 1947 in St. Louis, MO to Jesus Castillo and Augustina (Garcia) Castillo.

Albert married Frances Vasques on April 4, 1968 .  She preceded him in death in 2009.

The U.S. Army Vietnam veteran retired from Granite City Steel after 32 years of service.

 He enjoyed doing his exercises, especially his “butterflys”, and also enjoyed watching The Price Is Right, The Andy Griffith Show and music, especially the old school 60’s and 70’s music.  He also liked to go to yard sales, camping  and listen to the music channel 929 on television.  His favorite foods included oatmeal, bologna, banana nut bread and bean burritos.

Albert is survived by 2 daughters:  Juanita Thomas and Abel Maldonado of Granite City and Margaret (Carl) Byrd of Breese, IL; 3 sons:  Jerry (Colbi) Castillo of St. Jacob, IL, John Castillo of Maryville, IL and Frank Castillo of Wood River, IL; 11 grandchildren:  Teresa, Joey, Mathew, Serena, Jerry Lee, Madison, Victoria, Aleaina, Johnathan, David and Joshua and 5 great grandchildren:  Uriah Vasquez, Ahleyah Vasquez, Noah Vasquez, Judah Vasquez and Bryson Welborn along with another great grandchild on the way.

Also surviving are 3 brothers:  Tom Castillo of St. Louis, Mo, Terry Castillo of St. Louis, MO and Victor Castillo of Shiloh, IL.

Besides his parents, Albert is preceded in death by 2 grandchildren:  Alan and Laila;  a sister and brother in law, Margaret and Benjamin Szakacsi and a sister in law, Diane Castillo.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 :00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Judith Jo “Judy” Whitaker, 81, of Granite City passed from this life at 1:29 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born November 22, 1940, a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Josephine H. (Majetic) Georgeff.

She married Walter L. Whitaker on December 2, 1961 in Granite City and he passed away on January 2, 2019 after 57 years of wonderful memories.

Judy was appointed City Clerk in 1994 by then Mayor, Ron Selph, and was elected and served in that position from 1994 until May 1, 2021, when she retired. Born in Granite City, she has been a resident of the city for most of her life. She was raised in nearby Madison, Illinois and has been active most of her life in both communities. But her legacy will be her nearly 50 years of service to the City of Granite City. Judy Whitaker has served the City of Granite City in one capacity or another for 5 decades, starting as a precinct committeeman in 1974 and continued in that capacity until present day. Judy also served as a Democratic State Committee Woman during her tenure as a precinct committeeman.

Prior to being elected City Clerk, Mrs. Whitaker was elected and served as Alderman for the 6th Ward from 1984 – 1994. As an Alderman, Mrs. Whitaker served as Chairman of seven different Council Committees. They include the Sanitation, Pollution Control, Insurance, Dare, Past Beautification Program, Street & Alley, Fire, Water & Ambulance and Police Committees. Along with a committee of civic leaders, in 1996, Judy Whitaker spearheaded and re-established Santa’s Cabin. In 1997 she began the Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade in Granite City.

Judy was also instrumental in reinstating the Neighborhood Watch Program for the entire city. According to her family, Judy considers the re-establishment of the Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade and Santa’s Cabin and the re-instatement of the Neighborhood Watch Program for the entire city to be some of the biggest accomplishments of her political career. In addition to her political career, Judy Whitaker was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Ladies Eagle Auxiliary #126, the Ladies Elkettes, the Madison County Police Association and she was a Madison County Humane Society Humanitarian. Judy had a love of animals and cherished her pets, enjoyed her days of fishing, loved traveling and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kristy J. and Paul Bassler of St. Jacob; a son, Mark Whitaker of Granite City; two grandchildren, Hunter and wife, Jessica Bassler and Samantha Bassler; a brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Georganne Georgeff of Granite City; nephew, Michael and wife, Lana Georgeff; niece, Bethany Georgeff; great nephew, Brendan Georgeff; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City at 12:30 p.m. with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets in Troy, Illinois or to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights, Missouri and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Donald E. James Jr. 58, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:11 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born October 29, 1963 in Granite City, a son of the late Donald E. James Sr. and Eleanor (Wilkinson) James.

He was a skilled mechanic and worked for Gateway Trailer Repair and Central State Thermal King for many years. Donald was an outdoorsman, loved fishing, hunting and four wheeling. He was always working on something or fixing his toys.

He is survived by a son, Donald E. (Michelle Wilson) James III of Granite City; a daughter, Jessica (Glen) Wilson of Granite City; four grandchildren, Donald E. James IV, Brenden James, Glen Wilson III and Monte Wilson; a brother, Danny James of Florida; a sister, Nancy Howie of Florida; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a gathering will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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


Judith Marie Haverman, 79, of Granite City, IL died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL.

She was born on June 19, 1942 in East St. Louis, IL to Norman J. Fricke and Euphemia Marie (Timper) Fricke.

Judith was a cook at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis, IL for 17 years prior to her retirement.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by 2 daughters:  Michelle Haverman of Granite City, IL and Cathy (Jason) Brandon of Granite City, IL; a grandson, Caleb Brandon of Granite City, IL and a brother, Edward Fricke of Sparta, IL.

Judith is preceded in death by her parents.

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


Justin Michael Martin, 32, of Granite City, IL  passed away  Saturday, January 8, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital.
Justin was born to James Sims and Carrie (Raynor) Brewer on February 9, 1989 in Crystal City, MO.

He graduated from Highland High school in 2007. He loved watching and playing baseball, the Cardinals were his favorite. He had a creative, resourceful mind that kept so many on their toes. 

 He was very tech savvy and enjoyed building computers. His family says he had the most handsome smirk and a good heart.

He is survived by his father, James (Tammy) Sims, his mother, Carrie (Paul) Brewer; 2 children: Aria Christine Martin and Justin Michael Martin Jr; 2 brothers: Almanzo Cordorva of Rock Hill, MO and Lorenzo Cordorva of Collinsville; and 2 sisters: Jessica Hussey of Wentzville, MO and Debbie Dennis of Raleigh, NC.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.


Paul Stanley Podraza, 74, died Monday, January 10, peacefully at home in Marine, Illinois.

Born September 3, 1947, he was the oldest son of the late Stanley M. Podraza and Jane S. Podraza (Vesci) and grew up in Granite City, Illinois.

He was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A natural born people person, Paul excelled at sales. It did not matter what the product was, whether mobile homes, art prints, or shampoo, he knew how to make people feel good about their buying decision. In fact, early in life, he was so good at selling street-based pharmaceuticals the Federal Bureau of Prisons invited him to be a guest.
After deciding to never take an involuntary vacation at a correctional center again, Paul had a successful career with his wife and partner, Joan, over the course of three decades as the owners and operators of a popular hair salon, Planet Granite, and as real estate investors.

Paul never met a stranger. He made friends everywhere he went and had a knack for really listening to people and a genuine interest in the lives of others. A world class talker, he was always happy to share stories about his over-the-top adventures – which only got better as he aged. He was also an avid collector of coins, watches, sports memorabilia, shoes, and a lot of other stuff that his family doesn’t know what to do with. One never to avoid risks, he enjoyed gambling and was a tournament winning poker player. In addition to being a life-long fitness enthusiast and body builder, he spent countless hours outdoors on a riding lawnmower. Trees and shrubs across the bi-state region can now rest easy at night knowing their next severe pruning has been stayed with his passing.

Paul is survived by his wife, Joan Podraza (Miller), brother Jerry Podraza, children Paul Podraza, Jeff Podraza, and Jamie Wasser-Goforth, and grandchildren Willow Podraza, Madelyne Podraza, Kalissa Wasser, and Skylar Podraza. He was predeceased by his father and mother, and sister, Tina Holland (Podraza).

Per Paul’s wishes no service will be held. Family and friends will be notified soon regarding a memorial to celebrate Paul’s life. Donations may be made in Paul’s memory to the Siteman Cancer Center, https://siteman.wustl.edu/give/, and MO Min Pin Rescue, https://www.mominpinrescue.org/. 


Timothy J. Connor, 60, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at his home.

He was born on August 8, 1961 in Granite City, IL to Albert and Helen (Sims) Connor.

Timothy enjoyed playing pool, poker, fishing, hunting, going for rides on Chouteau Island and taking care of his lawn.  He was also an animal lover.  Timothy was a proud kidney donor for his brother, Ross Connor.

The loving father and grandfather is survived by 2 daughters:  Sarah (Tanner) Sundhausen  of  Farmington, MO and Taylor Connor of Belleville, IL; 2 sons:  Christopher (Krystal) Connor of Highland, IL and Paul (Lynn) Barnett of Madison, IL; 7 grandchildren:  Natalie Barnett, Millie Barnett, Kaedyn Twomey, Gavin Twomey, Abram Sundhausen, Kallen Connor and Kameron Connor.

Also surviving are 2 brothers:  Charles (Mary) Connor of Granite City and Gerald (Ruth) Connor of Granite City and 4 sisters:  Dorothy Waggoner of St. Jacob, IL, Shelly Bettorf of Granite City, Darlene (Steve) Odom of Bunker Hill, IL and Debbie (Lonnie) Sowash of Fairview Heights, IL along with many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Timothy is preceded in death by 5 brothers:  Martin Troy Connor, Ross Connor, Ralph Connor, Roy Connor and Joey Connor.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis or the National Kidney Foundation.


Walter Allan Phillips, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:47 a.m. Tues. Jan. 11, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born July 7, 1948 in Granite City to the late Olyn Estes & Marian (Shastid) Phillips.

On Apr. 18, 1970 he and Brenda Sue (Phelps) Phillips in Granite City.  She survives in Granite City.

Walter was a union carpenter with local #664 and owned and operated P & M Quality Construction for many years.  He also worked for and retired from Alton Mental Health Center as a carpenter after serving with them for 50 years.  He loved NHRA drag racing and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son: Jason (Kacy) Phillips of Granite City; 2 grandchildren who meant the world to him: Jacob & Kayleigh Phillips; and very close family friends: Andrew (Sarah) Harltine who was like a son of Granite City, Henry Murphy of Granite City, Donnie Hayes of Maryville, and Raymond Arthur and Gene Krumkoff both of Granite City.

Services are private and burial will be at Jefferson Barracks with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic School or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Phillip Louis Luffman, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

He was born to the late Jack Luffman and Sarah (Pucket) Luffman on June 22, 1940 in St. Louis, MO. Phillip enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to music and spending time with his family.

Phillip is survived by a daughter: Kim Long; a son: Robert Luffman; 2 grand children: Summer Moore and Danielle Harper; 4 great grandchildren: Audrey Barnes, Demi Barnes, Bash Barnes and Kaiden Allgire.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son: Perry Luffman; 2 brothers: Joey Luffman and Bobby Luffman; a sister: Sonja Lawson; and his ex-wife and dear friend Linda Luffman.


Phyllis Annette Syzdek, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at St. Joseph Hospital West in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

She was born March 8, 1936 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, a twin daughter of the late Fred and Rosalie (Finazzo) Finazzo.

She had retired in 2005 from Marvel Printing in St. Louis after nearly 70 years of dedicated service in book production.

She was a member of the Polish American League and the Teamsters. She enjoyed her days of playing bingo and loved putting puzzles together. She cherished her family, always giving to and sharing kindness to all.

She is survived by her twin sister, Mary Jane Johnson of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry “Hank” Syzdek, whom passed away on May 13, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Francis, Connie, Rosie, Frankie, Susie, Anna Mae, Butchie and Sammie.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Don Wolford as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Masses may be accepted at the funeral home.


Linda Sue Stephens, 68, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born on July 8, 1953 in Granite City, IL.

The loving mother and grandmother was a bus driver for Madison County Transit prior to her retirement.  Her hobbies included crafting, especially wood working and her family, which was everything to her.  She enjoyed doing face paintings at Relleke Farms in Pontoon Beach.

Linda is survived by a son, Chris (Holly) Stephens of Granite City, IL; 2 grandchildren:  Anthony Stephens and Dean Stephens;  father,  John Hamm of Granite City, IL; a brother, Robert (Mary) Hamm of Highland, IL; a sister, Brenda (John) Monroe of Granite City, IL; 2 nephews:  Tim Swyear and Robert Hamm and a niece, Sara Ham.

Linda is preceded in death by her mother, Eva Joann Hamm.

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


Donald Ray Stock Sr., 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Mon. Jan. 10, 2022 at his home while under hospice care.

He was born Oct. 10, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to the late Earl A. & Ruby (Jackson) Stock.

On June 19, 1962, he and Janet Ruth Volner were married in East St. Louis, IL.  She preceded him in death Sept. 25, 2016.

Don retired as a machine maintenance supervisor for A.D.E.C. and was a member of City Temple.

He is survived by a daughter: Janet Ruth Stock of Lake City, MN; a son: Donald (Paula) Stock Jr. of Greenwood, IN; a son-in-law: Larry Prebe of Lake City, MN; 5 grandchildren: Justin, Ryan, Amy (Jerome) Homer (Jenny) and Gennifer; 6 great-grandchildren: Destinee, Trenton, Shianee, Paxton, Hunter and Haus; 2 brothers: Jerry Stock of CA and David Stock of OR; and 2 sisters: Linda Stock of CA and Earlene Jolley of TX.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Rane Prebe a brother: Bob Stock; and 3 sisters: Betty Davis, Sue Warren and Pat Clayton.

Services are private and he will be laid to rest at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd. with his wife.


Helen Marie Milkovich, 94, of Englewood, Florida and formerly of Mt. Olive and Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:38 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Inglewood Assisted Living facility in Englewood, Florida.

She was born May 18, 1927 in Alton, Missouri, a daughter of the late Andrew Jacob and Nova Mae (Williams) Sanders.

She married Leo Ambrose Milkovich on August 20, 1949 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City.

Helen was a supervisor with O.A.T.H. in Madison for ten years prior to her retirement. Helen was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Mt. Olive where they lived upon retirement. She was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and all three of her children were raised in Granite City. She was a homemaker and a good mother who loved her days of sewing, embroidery, bowling and working crossword puzzles. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

Helen and Leo had three children, Janet, Kathleen and Robert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo who passed away October 31, 2011 and her daughter, Janet who passed away August 8, 2018. She is survived by Janet’s husband, Arthur Neidhardt of Tampa, Florida, one daughter, Kathleen Milkovich and spouse, Charlotte Moore of Englewood, Florida; a son, Robert Milkovich and Sue Barteau of Old Monroe, Missouri; four grandchildren and spouses, Bryan and Melissa Neidhardt of Tampa, Florida, Brad Jacob “B.J.” and Julie Neidhardt of Williamston, Michigan, Derek and Spencer Milkovich of St. Louis and Devin Milkovich of Marine; great granddaughters, Anna Rose and Eleanor Neidhardt; a brother and sister-in-law, Otto and Joyce Sanders of St. Louis; a sister-in-law, Betty Haug of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, her daughter and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Sanders.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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

Family request attendees to consider wearing a mask should you be in attendance. 


Barbara A. Bell, age 95, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Cedarhurst Assisted Living of Granite City, where she had resided for several years.

Barbara was born on November 30, 1926 in Madison, IL, a daughter of the late Jerry Smolich and Helen (Kolich) Smolich.

Barbara graduated in 1944 from Ursuline Academy High School in Springfield, IL. 

On October 21, 1950, Barbara Smolich married John D. Bell, the love of her life, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. John passed away on November 24, 2005. Barbara had worked at Granite City Trust and Savings Bank, but after working several years she decided to stay at home and raise her family. She was a proud homemaker who cherished the time she spent with her family. She was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. Barbara volunteered at Sacred Heart School for many years, helping students improve their reading skills. She also enjoyed playing bingo with her friends at Cedarhurst. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Barbara was a loving mother, 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, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, George Smolich and her son-in-law, David Boehm.

She is survived by her loving children, Patricia Boehm of Creve Coeur, MO, David (Theresa) Bell of Granite City, IL and John C. (Marsha) Bell of Ellisville, MO ; proud grandmother to Alexandra (Brent) Wolk, Whitney (Brian) Smith, Hilary (Austin) Wager, Carli Bell and Cameron Bell; one great-granddaughter on the way, Evie; special niece and nephew, Peggy and Doug Law; extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Barbara will be laid to rest next to John at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the Entertainment Fund at Cedarhurst of Granite City, IL, 3450 Village Lane, Granite City, IL 62040; or to Catholic masses at the church.

Barbara’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Cedarhurst employees for the love and support given to Barbara.


Cynthia K. “Cindy” Tucker, 63 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Anderson Hospital with her family by her side.

Cindy was born on September 29, 1958 in Granite City; the daughter of Aubrey Ray and Evelyn Dean (Crismon) Russell of Granite City. Cindy was a wife, mom and grandma to her family and was an active member of Johnson Road General Baptist Church in Granite City where she volunteered her time supporting Helping Hands and taught Sunday school and children’s church. 

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

Cindy is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; Marvin T. Tucker, whom she married on October 1, 1977 in Mitchell, Illinois; children and spouses, Amanda and Michael Vivod of Granite City, Illinois, Robert and Jennifer Tucker of Granite City, Illinois, Kassie and Joe Bettag of Troy, Illinois; grandchildren, Chase Tucker, Carter Vivod, Aiden Vivod, Gavin Vivod, Joey Bettag, MaKenna Bettag, Noah Bettag and many other close family members and friends.

Cindy was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Russell and her sister, Tammy Myint.

In celebration of Cindy’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at Johnson Road General Baptist Church, 2033 Johnson Road in Granite City with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating. Family and friends will be meeting at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. to procession to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where Cindy will be laid to rest. Memorial donations are suggested to the family for the support of Helping Hands. 


Jimmie “Jim” L. Henson, age 68, of Smithboro, IL, formerly of Mitchell, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Jim was born on February 24, 1953 in Warren, MI, a son of the late Ora H. Henson and Gladys Ruth (Stricklin) Henson.

On September 29, 1972, Jimmie married Patricia L. Gardner, the love of his life in Pontoon Beach, IL. 

Jim retired from Chouteau Township Highway Department after many years of dedicated service. Jim was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed hanging out with his lifelong friends, Tom (Tina) Buckingham and Terry (Sandy) Burton. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and a friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a niece and nephew, Abigail McElroy and Zachary McElroy.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of forty-nine years, Patricia Henson; loving daughter, Valerie (Sam) Trim; sister, Debbie (Marshall) McElroy; nephew, Justin McElroy; brother-in-law, Steve Gardner, grandchildren, Ryen Trim and Brady Trim; uncle, Ray Stricklin; several cousins, extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rick Crites officiating. Jimmie will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given N.R.A. or American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Jennifer Turner Saeed, 49, of St. Louis, MO, passed away at 6:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 7, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born Jan. 31, 1972 in St. Louis to James Tuner Harris of Highland, IL and the late JoElla (Radaford) Harris.

Jennifer graduated from Granite City High School.

In addition to her father, she is survived by a daughter:  Francesca Mariella Araya of St. Louis; and 2 sisters: Liz Cicio of Granite City and Jessica Harris of Columbia, MO.

Services are private.


Mike (Michael) Eugene Wood Sr., 67, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, surrounded by his family.

He was born June 7, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Jack Julian Wood and Anna Louise Scharfinski.

He married Sandra Denise (Dover) Wood on June 20, 1987 in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from Coca-Cola after many years of dedicated service as a driver.

 He was very active and enjoyed his years of volunteering with the American Red Cross working with many disaster relief situations. He also volunteered with the Granite City and Alton School Districts and provided many people with CPR training. Mike proudly served his country with the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He has continued serving his country with the Patriot Guard for several years. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by seven children, Angie Wood, Teresa VanHuss, Michael (Emily) Wood Jr., Michael (Jessica) Simpson, Lisa (Scott) Odom-Bowles, Jennifer (Steve) Tarnovsky, and Erica (Nick) Bohmer; 22 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Jeff (Teri) Wood of Michigan; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Jack Julian Wood Jr. and Mark Steven Wood and three sisters, Linda Louise Wood, Geralyn Ann Wood and Cynthia Louise Collier.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Harry Chronister officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. The procession to the cemetery will be led by The Patriot Guard in his honor.

Memorials may be made to The St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Arthur Leonard Ritz, age 83, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at his home with his loving family by his side. Arthur was born on August 16, 1938 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Granite City, the son of the late Arthur M. Ritz and Betty (Hart) Ritz.

On October 1, 1960, Arthur married Kathleen Ann Dezan, the love of his life at St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, IL.

He retired from NCR (National Cash Register) as a Field Engineer working on computer hardware systems after many years of dedicated service. He then went to work for Gateway Financial Services working on online banking systems.

Arthur enjoyed riding around on his antique Ford tractor, Model T, motorcycle and riding their pair of motor scooters all around with Kathy. If you lived in the neighborhood, chances were you’d see him riding his tractor or a Model-T full of kids. If you lived in any nearby town, you probably saw them cruising around on their green motor scooters. He also enjoyed taking road trips, going camping and fishing. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved music that made him get up and dance, and laughter was the norm if you hung around Art.

Arthur was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Arthur is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-one years, Kathleen Ritz of Pontoon Beach, IL; loving children, Leonard (Amy) Ritz of Madison, IL, Benjamin (Stacie) Ritz of Granite City, IL and Ann (Becca Lanter) Ritz of Edwardsville, IL; dear sister, Darlene Smith (Dewight) of Rowlett, TX; proud grandfather to Lauren Ritz, Luke Ritz, Madeleine Ritz and Priscilla Ritz; nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison, IL, with the funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Arthur will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church, Vitas Hospice or in the form of Masses. Donations will be accepted at the church.


Kristopher Lee Huckelberry, “Huck,” of Pontoon Beach, IL passed from this life on January 4, 2022.

He was 45 years old.

He was born on December 8, 1976. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his extreme devotion to his family and his exceptional kindness to everyone he met.

He is survived by his parents Donald and Dawn Huckelberry, and Kristi Gelsinger; his sister Stephanie Grim and her sons Wyatt and Mitchell; his brother Kelly Huckelberry, his wife Tina, their children Melina, Alyssa and Gavin; his stepsister Miriam Reed; his beloved life partner Tara Arrington; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends who considered him a brother.

A memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. Reverend Tim O’Keefe will officiate.

Memorials are suggested to the Archway Institute of St. Louis Huck’s Hope Fund at www.thearchwayinstitute.org/kristopher-huck-huckelberry.


John H. Archer Jr., 84 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at his home.

John was born on July 3, 1937 in Bulls Gap, Tennessee; the son of the late John H. and Lucille B. (Cupp) Archer Sr. John was a self employed over the road truck driver and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the Bloomington, Illinois Masonic Lodge and in his free time John enjoyed his days of walking his dog Leo around Wilson Park and was always ready to go fishing. 

John loved sitting back at home reading and watching old John Wayne movies and was known for his extreme generosity. Most of all John loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

John is survived by and will be missed by his son; Brian Patton of Middleburg, Florida; daughter, Kelly Lee Johnson of Bethalto, Illinois; grandchildren, Kenny and Heather Johnson, Kasey and Jeremy Nichols, Brian Patton Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Nichols, Layne Nichols, Olivia Johnson and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife; Sandra Lee (Scott) Archer, whom he married on March 23, 1973.

In celebration of John’s life, services will be held in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with full military rites. Memorial donations are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.


Carl J. Linhart, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born December 14, 1929 in Zborov, Czechoslovakia, a son of the late Karl and Veronica (Rimarcik) Linhart.

He married Joan S. (Schwendeman) Linhart in October 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and she passed away on June 4, 2016.

He retired in 1993 from Granite City Steel after 40 years of dedicated service as a bricklayer and was a member of the Bricklayer’s Local #8.

He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and a member of the Knights of Columbus Tri-Cities Council #1098. Carl had a love for baseball and had played professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers and was a member of the Illinois State Sports Hall of Fame and the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame. He cherished his family, had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing. Carl was an amazing storyteller. He loved to share stories about his childhood in Czechoslovakia and his new life in the United States. He fondly remembers the good times of playing professional baseball and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Jerry Petrillo of Granite City; three sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Colleen Linhart of Makena, Mark and Tami Linhart of Granite City and Patrick and Sherrie Linhart of Gillespie; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Judy Linhart of Collinsville; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, a Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022 with Father Jeff Holtman as celebrant. The family requests that all in attendance to please wear face masks.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to Heartland Hospice. 


Karl Martin Markovich, 75, of Granite City, IL passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born to the late Frank and Gladys (Bardsley) Markovich in Madison, IL on October 31, 1946.

Karl joined the Navy and served for 4 years before he became a cabinet maker. 

He married Alice Hahne on November 8, 1996 in Edwardsville, IL.  Karl was a Scout Master for Troop 15 in Granite City. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, which always brought a smile to his face. He loved watching western and cowboy movies as well as fishing and camping.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Markovich; three sons: Karl (Rebecca) Markovich of Peoria, IL , Eric (Ann) Markovich of Peoria, IL, Christopher Markovich of West Palm Beach, FL; and a son-in-law, Jack Hollis of Atlanta, GA; 3 daughters: Angela ( Mike) DeBree  of Jupiter, FL, Katherine (David) Eddy of Milstadt, IL and Jennifer (Tim) Mayfield of Bethalto, IL; 17 grandchildren: 6 great grandchildren; a brother Steven Markovich and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Aside from his parents, Karl is preceded in death by a daughter: Patricia Hollis; 3 brothers: Frank Markovich, Jr, Nicholas Markovich and William Campbell; and a sister-in-law, Linda Markovich.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2022, burial to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center for Small Cell Lung Cancer or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   


Wayman Hatch, 72, of Granite City, IL passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

He was born to the late Amon & Eva (Flowers) Hatch in Tennessee on August 2, 1949. He worked as a laborer on barges most of his life, but in his spare time he enjoyed listening to county music and line dancing. He also enjoyed coin collecting.

Wayman is survived by his loving and caring friends, Tamara (Bill) Utz , Loren Taylor and Crystal Taylor.

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


Grant H. Pellett, 73 of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at his home.

Grant was born on September 29, 1948 in Granite City; the son of the late Kipling and Hazel (Harley) Pellett. Grant was a sanitation worker at Schnucks Bakery in St. Louis. Grant’s greatest joy and love was for his family and he will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Grant is survived by and will be missed by his son; Steve Pellett of Union, TN; daughter, Alysha Pellett of South Fulton, TN; grandchildren, Te-onna Pellett, Tanaisha Pellett, Chance Holder, Angel Jones.

In addition to his parents, Grant was preceded in death by his life companion; Paula Gross; brother, George Pellett.
In celebration of Grant’s life, a family service is being planned for a later date.


Catherine “Kitty” Kulenkamp, 89, of Peoria, IL formerly of Granite City, IL passed away peacefully on January 1, 2022.

She was born on August 27, 1932, in Granite City, IL to Roswell and Hannah Kleinschmidt.

She married Gilbert “Jack” Kulenkamp, the love of her life, on May 10, 1952. They had celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Jack survives, along with their children, Ron (Gaye) Kulenkamp and Linda (Mark) Joseph of Peoria; a brother, Earl (Cecelia) Kleinschmidt of Granite City, IL; grandchildren: Matt Kulenkamp of Reno, NV, Katherine (Jacob) Schoonover of Lawrence, KS, Tom (Laura) Joseph of Peoria, and Kristina (Jacob) Rockhold of Fuquay Varina, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Kenley Schoonover. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Sue Sepke, and a beautiful granddaughter, Kara Gaye Kulenkamp.

Catherine was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She attended school in Granite City, IL where she enjoyed singing in events and church choirs.

Catherine went on to achieve the titles of Miss Granite City and Miss Illinois in 1950. She was the youngest contestant in the Miss America pageant. She was a homemaker, volunteered for numerous events, and was on the committee to elect Senator Paul Simon. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed watching any event they were participating in.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd., Granite City, IL at 3:00 p.m. with visitation an hour prior.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar Ave., Granite City, IL 62040.


Loren Vance Austin, 63, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Wed. Jan. 5, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Sept. 10, 1958 in Granite City to Mildred Hunt of Mt. Vernon, IL and the late William Austin.

Loren was employed as a forklift operator for F.W. in St. Louis for the last 22 years.

He is survived by his longtime companion: Anita Marie Grant; 2 daughters: Ashley (Aaron) Austin and Amanda Escobar; 10 grandchildren: Devon, Alexis, Kyle, Marissa, Nicole, Tiffany, Kayla, Connor and Frank; and 8 brothers and sisters.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son: Joshua Austin; a twin brother; and a sister.

Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of remembrance at Noon on Mon. Jan. 10, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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


Lovell Pruett, 87, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with her Lord at 1:38 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born November 21, 1934 in Stribling, Tennessee, a daughter of Charles and Pauline (Lane) Taylor.

She married Jerry Mitchell Gray in 1953 and he passed away.

Lovell retired in 1993 from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City after 25 years of dedicated service as a laundry attendant.

She was a devout Christian and faithful and dedicated member of Grace Baptist Church in Granite City.

She loved her church where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher. She loved reading the Bible, studying God’s word and serving her Lord with all of her heart and soul.

She loved her years of apple picking, breakfast with her family, celebrating the holidays and taking many trips to Grafton, always having to stop by for some fish.

Lovell cherished her entire family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, sister, brothers; nieces and nephews.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Gary Swift of Granite City and Jerri and Butch Dant of Keyesport; two grandchildren, Shannon (Rob Krause) Gray and Kyle Swift; two great grandchildren, Kaylynn Harris and Halie Harris; two great-great grandchildren, Buddy Lamkin and Chloe Lamkin; cherished sister, Laverne Dawson of Granite City; many special nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Taylor and Robert Taylor.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street in Granite City on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Daniel Wilson officiating. The family request that all in attendance to please wear a face mask.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church.


William Edward Patterson, 88, of Madison, IL passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 in his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on January 28, 1933 in Madison, IL to the late Everette and Gertrude (Teetor) Patterson.

William served 3 years in the US Navy, and after that worked as a Switchman for the Railroad. 

He met Emma Bock and married her in Granite City on December 23, 1972. In his free time he loved watching Nascar Racing and fixing cars.

He is survived by his wife Emma, a son: Kevin (Tessie) Patterson of Maryville, IL ; 4 grandchildren: Kayla Patterson, Leah Patterson, Joey Patterson and Joshua Patterson; a sister: Linda Storms.

Aside from his parents, William is preceded in death by a son: Michael Patterson: 5 brothers: Junior Patterson, Donald Patterson, David Patterson and Richard Patterson; and two sisters: Brenda Davis and Anita Sprankle.

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


Cynthia “Cindy” G. Stoner, 62, of Bethalto passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at Alton Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her children and family.  She was born September 12, 1959 in Granite City to Louis E. and Mary “Dell” (O’Brian) Whitsell. 

Cindy worked for 43 years in the Madison County Building and Zoning Department before her retirement in 2019.  She loved to spend time with her children and family and enjoyed playing spades, bingo and watching HGTV.

She is survived by her daughter, Mallory Stoner of Bethalto; son, Samuel Stoner (Katherine) of Brighton and three sisters, Debbie (Mercie) Mendoza of Granite City, Susan (Bobby) Rolens of Collinsville and Judy (Lance) Haynes of Edwardsville; two nieces, Jessica (Nick) Daniels of Granite City and Molly (Nick) Santoro of Edwardsville; two nephews, Zack Sparks (Stephanie) of Worden and Richard (Jeana) Mendoza of Granite City; many great nieces and best friend Tammy Darr.

Cindy is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dell Whitsell and her dear friend Craig Garcia.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Carmin C. Diddle-McGaughey, 72, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:31 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 22, 1949 in Mississippi County, Missouri, a daughter of the late Harold J. and Virginia (McCutchen) Dickerman.

Carmin had worked many years as home health caregiver, worked in early childhood development and had also worked in real estate. She was a member of Heritage Church in Granite City. 

She cherished her family and loved being “Grape” to all of her beloved grandchildren. She had a love for nature and enjoyed birds, flowers and trees.

She is survived by four children and spouses, Darren and Angela Ward of Wood River, David and Bobbi Ward of Brighton, Angela and John Neal of Edwardsville and Nicole Diddle and Michael Nunez of Rector, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren, Kyle, Heather, Kelsey, Brittany, Austin, Jordan, Maycie, J.T., Kirsten, Kayleigh, Hayden, Jayda and Sean; many great grandchildren; six brothers and spouses, Jay and Donna Dickerman, Steve and Barb Dickerman, Rev. Greg and Sandy Dickerman, Randy and Marlene Dickerman, Rod and Linda Dickerman and Terry Dickerman; two sisters, Lori Aiello and Gina Seltzer; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Ward.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Greg Dickerman officiating.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Church in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.

December 2021 Obituaries