Obituaries January 2022

January 2022 Obituaries

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