Obituaries January 2023


Obituaries January 2023


Lois Jean Woods, nee Justice, of Granite City, IL passed away January 31, 2023 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born to the late Harold Wayne and Bernice Mary ( Reedy) Justice on July 24, 1939 In Granite City, IL. Lois loved to spend time with her family, friends and travel. 

 Lois worked for the Granite City School District in the Board Office. She retired in 2000 after 28 years.

Lois is survived by her 2 sons: Richard Woods, Jr of Granite City, IL and Terry Woods of Fulton, MO and 2 sisters: Carol Lasso and Ruth Ann (Pete) Novacich.

Besides her parents, Lois is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Terri Lynn Woods.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the charity of your choice in Lois’s name.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.


Wanda Lee Roberson, 56, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, January 30, 2023 as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

She was born on October 26, 1966 in Granite City, IL to Ronald Dunnavant and Diana (Hutchinson) Farmer.

Wanda enjoyed swimming and collecting old items.

The loving mother and daughter is survived by her mother; a daughter, Megan (Trent) Jones of Bethalto; 2 sons:  Jonathan (Brandy) Fuller of Edwardsville and Sean (Anthony) Fuller of Chicago; 2 grandchildren:  Tyson and Talon; 1 granddaughter on the way; step-father, Pat Farmer of Pontoon Beach; a brother, William Farmer of Pontoon Beach; 2 sisters:  Karen (Robert) Kimble of Pontoon Beach and Lynn (Chandra) Munnangi of Plano, TX and 3 nephews:  Christopher Munnangi, Tyler Elston and Nathan Munnangi.

Wanda is preceded in death by her father.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Laura Christine Schubert, 62, of Bethalto, IL, formally of Granite City, died on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, IL.

She was born on April 29, 1960 in Granite City, IL to Kenneth Wyatt and Alice (Monroe) Brown.

Laura had a quick witted and fun personality. Always generous with a treat and a laugh. She worked for Dave’s Movies & More for over 30 years and became a familiar and comforting smile for the community of Granite City that she held so dear. She loved to read and research true crime. She also had a deep interest in genealogy and family history.

Laura is survived by 2 daughters:  Robin (Staci Stift) Schubert of St. Louis, Mo and Jamie (Alex) Rauckman of Granite City; a grandson, Kenneth; 2 brothers:  Daniel Wyatt of Granite City and Scott (Madonna) Wyatt of Granite City and a sister, Annice (Ed) Bodi of Bethalto.

Besides her parents, Laura is preceded in death by a brother, Henry Wyatt.

Honoring her final wishes, she will be cremated and no services will be held at this time. Her final resting place will be with her family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association,  https://act.alz.org/site/Donation. She was passionate in raising awareness about the disease that took her Mother.

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


Ernie E. Pyles, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023.

He was born April 30, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of the late Clyde and Mary Pyles.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carla Sue Pyles. Ernie retired from the American Red Cross in St. Louis after 15 years of dedicated service in maintenance.

He was a member of Trintiy Lutheran Church in Edwardsville and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Justin and Leanne Pyles of Imperial, Missouri and Ryan and Michelle Pyles of Fenton, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Amy Killian of Godfrey and Kelly and husband, Greg Schulte of Colorado; three grandchildren, Blake, Brooklyn and Morgan Pyles; step grandchildren, Reese Killian, Jaxson, Liam and Harper Schulte; and cherished family friends Jason, Melissa, Tyler (God Son), Cameron, Taylor and Courtney Williams.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Water Street in Edwardsville at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023, with Reverend John Shank officiating.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.


Robert D. Jones, 83 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Maryville.

Robert was born on February 1, 1939 in Granite City; the son of the late Shelby and Bonnie (Lisenbee) Jones. Robert worked for National Steel in the Cold Strip Department and was a member of Tri-City Assembly of God in Granite City. Robert was known for his love of cars and woodworking. He was a talented artist who could draw anything and could be seen riding around town on his motorcycle. Most of all Robert love to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Robert is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Glenda (Bishop) Jones, whom he married on March 16, 1957; grandchildren, Paige Barns of Collinsville, IL, Eric and Kelly Barns of St. Charles, MO, Jason and Jennifer Jones of Waterloo, IL; great-grandchildren, Madison Jones, Mason Jones, Hudson Barns, Riley Barns; sister, Sharon Daniele and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his son; Tony Jones; daughter, Kathy Jones Rusteberg; grandson, Robert Barns.

In celebration of Robert’s life, a memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Barry Shepherd officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Doris Mae Apthorpe (nee Baitinger), age 94, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Apthorpe, her parents Frederick C. and Opal Sophie (nee Owens) Baitinger, her sister June Prewitt (nee Baitinger), and her brother Robert Baitinger.

Doris is survived by her daughter Nancy Heil (James); her grandsons, Andrew Heil (Nichole) and Adam Heil (Gina); her great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Zaylynn, and Zaryah “LuLu”; her sister Debbie Jones (Alan); Doris is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.


Doris was a woman of faith and loved the Lord. She was loved and cherished by her family. She was an excellent cook and was known for her German Potato Salad and Red Velvet Cake. She was gifted and played the piano for her church for many years. Doris was loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation will be held 5-8 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023, at Lake View Funeral Home 5000 North Illinois Street Fairview Heights, IL 62208. Celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 10 am at Lake View Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Crossin, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


Pallbearers:
Adam Heil, Andrew Heil, Chad Williams, Gregg Baitinger, Shawn Martincic, Toby Lillard, Christopher Haill, Nicholas Haill
Honorary Pallbearers:
Steve Baitinger, Larry Baitinger, Gary Baitinger, Dave Morgan
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in honor of Doris Apthorpe to the building fund at Apostolic Revival Church in Highland, IL by check or online at www.archighland.org/giving.


Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.LakeViewFuneralHm.com for the Apthorpe family. A link for live streaming can also be located via the website under the printed obituary.


Doris Marie (Squires) Wood of Granite City, Illinois entered into eternal rest on January 28, 2023, at the age of 87, with family by her side at Addington Place of Edwardsville, Illinois.

John and Ruth (Schnarre) Squires were blessed with their daughter, Doris, on April 13, 1935.

Doris enjoyed attending church as a member of Dewey Avenue Methodist, organizing dinners and baking for classmate reunion parties, volunteering at Community Care, traveling with friends to gather information on genealogy, being active in Scouts as a leader and neighborhood chairman, and doing ceramics with her best and most loyal friend, Alice Milankovic.

Doris married Everett Dean Wood on October 20, 1956, in Granite City, Illinois. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2011. Together they raised two daughters, Dawn (Darrell) Tyler of Punta Gorda, Florida and Dana (Joe) Failoni of Edwardsville, Illinois, providing them with examples of love, kindness and generosity.

She was a loved and cherished mother to Dawne and Dana, and she loved her sons-in-law, Darrell and Joe like sons.

She adored her grandchildren, Travis Tyler of Granite City, Illinois, Melissa Tyler of Richardson, Texas, Michael Failoni and fiancé, Samantha Swigonski of Edwardsville, Illinois and Jordyn Failoni of Edwardsville, Illinois. Her great grandchildren, Benjamin and Sofia were her pride and joy. She is survived by her brother, James (Carol) Squires, her sister, Cheryl (and the late Harold) Humphreys, who held a special place in her heart; as well as her sister-in-law, Janet (Kenny) Davis and Jolene (and the late Charles Wood) Bray; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

She welcomed friends, neighbors and family, creating a place to visit, to eat good food and hear endless stories.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Pastor Greg Dickerman officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Granite City Public Library or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Armon Johnson Harris, age 87, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:47 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, at Liberty Village in Maryville.

Armon was born September 25, 1935, in Dover, Tennessee, a son of the late Elvis and Bessie (Anglin) Harris.

On August 22, 1959, he married Rosalie “Rosie” Marie (Titsworth), the love of his life in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 1998 from National Lead as a supply clerk after 44 years of dedicated service. 

Armon was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Granite City where he served as a Deacon for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved his days of fishing and camping. He had a love for bluegrass music and he and his wife enjoyed traveling, family trips to Carlyle Lake and taking in many bluegrass festivals through the years. He also enjoyed his days of tending to his yard and playing cards with his cherished grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Gina Harris of Granite City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Denise Harris of Granite City and Donna and Mark King of High Ridge, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren and spouses, Dan and Nicole Harris, Bryan and Anna Harris, Michael and Ashlie Harris, Zach Farmer, Matt Farmer, Josh Farmer, Hannah Harris, Paula Harris, Dallas Harris, Kim and E.J. Hagy, Evan and Mya King, Jared and Melanie King, Alyson and Christopher Van Wart and Jennifer and Ray Wuelling; fourteen great grandchildren, Abbi, Kaylie, Caleb, Elisha, Aiden, Bradley, Alexis, Haven, Liberty, Elisabeth, Sophia, Caitlyn, Nathaniel and Briella; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ruby Harris; two brothers, Edward “Levi” Harris and Joseph “Joe” Harris and two sisters, Marie Harris and Elsie Hooper.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark King and Pastor Bryan Harris officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Vitas Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Carol A. Chambers, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:59 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born December 5, 1936, in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late William and Louise (Mejaski) Johnson.

She married Richard Wade Chambers on September 24, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri and he passed away on December 27, 2015.

She and her husband were the owners and operators of Reliable Gas in Wood River for many years until their retirement.

She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Granite City and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Delores Chambers of Madison; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Charles McCoy of Granite City; three grandchildren and spouses, Chelsea and Andy Asadorian of Granite City, Maddison and Erik Ocampo of Pontoon Beach and Rebecca McCoy of Collinsville; a great granddaughter, Mary Asadorian; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial will be held at a later date and she will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. 

 Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Orrin Thomas Williams Jr. 76 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Orrin was born on January 1, 1947 in Saratoga Springs, New York; the son of the late Orrin Thomas and Bertha (Harris) Williams Sr. Orrin became a substitute custodian for 2 years and eventually serving as a full-time custodian for over 6 years for the Granite City School District. Orrin had worked for Fire Safety for 33 years and was a member of Clark Avenue Church of Christ and was a well-known Atlanta Braves Baseball fan. In his free time Orrin enjoyed going to Blues games and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Orrin will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Orrin is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Nancy (Ashby) Williams, whom he married on February 18, 1982; son, Brandon and Jami Williams of Lake St. Louis, MO; daughters, Leisha and George Talley of Granite City, IL, Lauren Williams of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Dalton Hard, Madyson Talley, Aiden Williams, Layla Williams; sister, Kathleen and Francis Walsh; mother-in-law, Oleda Ashby; brothers-in-law, Larry Ashby, Ronnie Ashby, Steve and Jennifer Ashby, Mike and Lori Ashby and many nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Orrin was preceded in death by his sisters; Barbara Whipple, Judy Dennison, Dorothy Williams; brother, Robert Williams; father-in-law, Lee Ashby.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Visitation will continue on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Allen officiating. Family and friends are invited to meet at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 for a procession to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where Orrin will be laid to rest with full military rites. Memorial donations are suggested to Clark Ave. Church of Christ, 2130 Clark Ave., Granite City, IL 62040.


Janet M. Gremaud, 91, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 5:03 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born February 24, 1931, in Altamont, Illinois, a daughter of the late Mathias “Matt” and Frances (Heischmidt) Johanns.

She married the love of her life, Francis X. “Frank” Gremaud on May 17, 1951, at the St. Louis Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri and he survives.

She retired from Sunset Hill Country Club after 22 years of dedicated service as a bookkeeper.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a former member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. She loved to cook for family, enjoyed every holiday gathering and tending to her family. Janet cherished her children and grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 71 years, she is survived by six children and their spouses, Dan and Gerri Gremaud of Swansea, Paul and Janice Gremaud of Godfrey, Carol and Gary Krumeich of Edwardsville, Patty and Robert Mireles of Marietta, Georgia, Dave and Anne Gremaud of Simpson, Illinois and Jim and Kim Gremaud of Edwardsville; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Tony Gremaud, Nicole and Justin Volpe, Amy and Mike Ligibel Jr., Kelly and Michael McKeefrey, Andy Krumeich, Garrett and Sarah Krumeich, Trevor Mireles, Chelsea Mireles, Madeline Donaway, Nick Gremaud, Frank and Jackie Gremaud, Jake Gremaud and Phoebe Gremaud; nine great grandchildren and spouses, Jakob and Brittanie Davis, Luigi Volpe, Salvatore Volpe, Kelsey and Kyle Schreiber, Isabelle McKeefrey, Connor McKeefrey, Matt McKeefrey and Casey McKeefrey and Augusta Gremaud; two great-great grandchildren, Kyler and Ariel; twins sisters, Rita Edson of California and Rose Mattix of Decatur, Illinois; sister-in-law, Helen Johanns of Farmer City, Illinois; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Newton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jean and Stan Boyer, Jane and Harold Shoot and Joann Johanns; a brother, Mathias “Matt” Johanns; infant twin brother and sister; and two brothers-in-law, Don Edson and Jim Mattix.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant.

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

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to a charity of one’s choice in her memory and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Ahvianna Mae Wiley, “Our Little Princess”, of Granite City went to be with Jesus at 3:29 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton, Illinois at the early age of 6 years.

She was born July 26, 2016 in Granite City, Illinois, a precious daughter of Heather M. Turner of Granite City and Marcus Wiley of East St. Louis.

Ahvianna was a beautiful little girl, an angel given to us for a short time with a radiating smile to brighten the room. She loved being read to and took in the attention of others around her and will forever be cherished and remembered.

In addition to her beloved parents, she is survived by two sisters, Adryianna Rose Wiley and Ahleah Ashanti Wiley; grandparents, Rose Wiley, Shanna and Robert Gulley and Bobby Wiley; great grandparents, Judy Buckingham and Verde Cox; aunt, Marshay Wiley; uncles, Marshawn Wiley and Nycholas Gulley; other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Roger Buckingham and Pastor Cox.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel,3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 12:00 noon until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

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


Nadine J. Harrison, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. 

She was born July 8, 1931, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Carl Ruemmler and the late Edna (Schiber) Nagy.

Nadine married Robert P. Harrison on March 22, 1952, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Granite City and he passed away on March 28, 1999.

She retired in 1989 from the Granite City Police Department after many years of dedicated service as a secretary.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Granite City and enjoyed her days of walking, working word search and puzzle books and watching Jeopardy. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Johnson of Edwardsville; a granddaughter and her husband, Amy L. and Steve Moore of Maryville; two great grandsons, Kyle and Jake Moore of Maryville; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Wendell Johnson; a brother, Charles Ruemmler and a sister, Maxine Nemeth.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. until time of funeral service at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Karla Frost officiating.

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

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Vitas Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Kathleen Marie “Kathy” Dunn, 72 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Kathy was born on November 26, 1950 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Marcellus Joseph Daniels and to Annette (Ponce) Daniels of Granite City.

Kathy was a store clerk at the Granite City Walmart and had attended Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. Kathy had a very unique personality and loved all people. 

She was always upbeat and was known for her ‘happy go lucky” attitude. Kathy could often be seen eating at her favorite restaurant, Jerry’s in Granite City and was always excited about going to family events. A very special thank you for all the bus drivers and the many other friends at Granite City Township for being such a big part of Kathy’s life. Kathy will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Kathy is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Elizabeth and Keith Dauble of Granite City; son, Eynon James “Jimmy” and Ashley Dunn of Granite City; brothers, Mike and Denise nee; Rankin Daniels of Glen Carbon, IL, Danny and Pamela nee; Rankin Daniels of Collinsville, IL, Terry Daniels of Granite City, IL; sister, Rosemary and Terry Piper of Ballwin, MO; grandchildren, Diego Dunn, Francisco “Frankie” Dunn, Marnie Yarber, Sebastian Dauble, Bailey Dauble and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Kathy’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 12:00 p.m. with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Mid America Transplant Services, 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive #100, St. Louis, MO 63110 or midamericatransplant.org/ourfoundation.


Nicholas Andrew (Nick) Kampmann (40) was born on January 14th, 1983 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL to John Edward Kampmann Jr. and Melody Ann Crowder Kampmann Briggs in Granite City, IL.

He was raised up and lived with his sister Holly in Granite City.  He was an all-around funny guy who made the world a better place in his own way. 

Throughout his life, Nicholas was a tree trimmer, a mechanic, and an asphalt repairman. His last job was at Rail Logistics in St. Louis, Missouri. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, numerous relatives, peers, and friends. Nick did not marry, and he had no children. He’s survived by many aunts and uncles, several cousins, his two siblings, and a niece and nephew.

Memorials can be made to the family at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City, Illinois.


Marshall “Sunny” Lloyd Hobbs, 84, of Granite City passed away Friday, January 20, 2023 at Granite City Nursing and Rehab surrounded by his family

 He was born to the late Thomas and Bertie (Maxon) Hobbs on September 18, 1938 in Madison, IL Marshall enjoyed spending his time looking at old family photos and telling stories.

He loved being outdoors and all Marshall wanted to do in life was to share love.

He is survived by 2 sons: Jim Hobbs and Steve Hobbs, and 2 sisters: Virginia Howland and Eileen (Robert) Howard and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Marshall is preceded in death by a daughter: Karen Sue Hobbs; 2 sons: Thomas Hobbs and Marshall “Sunny” Hobbs; 3 sisters: Louise Crabtree, Patricia Router, Shirley Green and Lillian Jones.

Services for Marshall are pending at this time.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or BackStoppers in Marshall’s name.


Frances Jane Click, 82, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Fri. Jan. 20, 2023 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born Aug. 1, 1940 in East Liverpool, OH to the late Floyd Lester & Sara Jane (Bailey) Donohue.

Jane is survived by a daughter: Julie Lynn Gordon; a son: Kenneth Michael Click; 3 grandchildren: Kevin Gordon, Ashley Dawn Click and Donald Michael Click; and a sister: Sherry Clark of NC.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Donald Richard Click; 2 brothers: James L. Donohue and Richard Allen Hickman; and a step-brother.

Cremation arrangements with online information through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.


Thelma Mae Maykopet, 88, of Pontoon Beach passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 in her home.

She was born to the late William Henry & Eva Thelma (Strader) Thompson on August 20, 1934 in Tamms, IL. Thelma met James Paul Maykopet and they were married in Granite City, IL on February 29, 1952. He passed away on November 6, 2013. 

Thelma loved to spend her time crafting and spending time with her family. She loved God and her life. Thelma had a special place in her heart for dogs, especially her little dogs, GiGi and Pooh.  

Thelma is survived by 5 daughters: Donna Keelin of Granite City, IL, Dianne (Linus) Hellrich of Maryville,IL, Tina Maykopet of Granite City, IL, Tammy Riley of Houston, TX and Sandy Maykopet of Granite City, IL; 4 sons: Jimmy Maykopet of Granite City, IL, Joe (Gina) Maykopet of Granite City, IL, Rick Maykopet of Houston TX, and Randy Maykopet of Granite City, IL; 24  grandchildren;  11  great grandchildren;  2 great-great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Bettie Fudge of Granite City, IL and Dorothy Batey of Springfield, IL; and a close friend: Debbie Gregory

Besides her husband and parents, Thelma is preceded in death by a baby: Jimmy Lee Maykopet; a grandchild: Ashley Honchak; 5 brothers: Vernon Thompson, Ben Thompson, Harry Thompson, Joe Thompson and Donnie Thompson, and many other family and friends.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 pm at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial to follow at Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery. 

MEMORIAL VISITATION

Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory

  •  Thursday, January 26, 2023
  •  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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    Granite City, IL 62040

Gail Hainaut, 66, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

She was born April 10, 1956 in Litchfield, Illinois, the daughter of the late Calvin Hainaut & the late Clara (Senaldi) Mansholt.

Gail was employed as a Utility Technician at Granite City Steel in Granite City, Illinois.  She was a member of U.S. Steel Workers Union Local #1899.

She is survived by 1 brother –  Rick (Sheila) Hainaut of Taylorville, IL;  4 nieces –  Charis (Ryan) Lowis of Taylorville, IL,  Melissa Hainaut of Taylorville, IL,  Michelle Hainaut of Taylorville, IL,  & Alecia (Eric) Whitlock of Mt. Olive, IL;  2 nephews –  Michael (Allyson) Mansholt of Staunton, IL,  & David (Alicia) Mansholt of Staunton, IL;  several great nieces & great nephews also survive.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 sister –  Terry Lynn Mansholt;  & 1 brother –  Mark Mansholt.

Memorial services will be held at a later date & interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton, Illinois.  


Arico, Christina “Tina” Marie (née Fenton) a woman of faith with unending dedication to her family, friends, and students passed from this life, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in her home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 67.

Tina was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois and was one of eight siblings. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After teaching for nearly 12 years, she went back and completed her master’s degree at McKendree University in Public Administration. 

Tina will be remembered lovingly by her four adult children, Joseph (Erin) Arico, Jared (Angie) Arico, Jaydon (Lindsey) Arico, and Jaleah Arico; her nine grandchildren, Jordan, Jayson, Jonah, Kadince , Hailee, Brynn, Rylan, Caleb and Liam as well as her much loved siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Tina was preceded in death by her former husband Joseph Arico, her loving parents Norman and Birdie Fenton, and two dear siblings Gail Neidhardt and Dennis Fenton. 

Tina worked at Coordinated Youth & Human Services for 24 years. Her heart was always at the school with the students. Through the years, she worked tirelessly as a teacher and principal changing the hearts and minds of struggling youth. 

The simplest of life’s pleasures brought her joy. During her breaks, she loved hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family, celebrating the traditional holiday.  

Tina was a living example of the Bible verse, “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ” –Ephesians 4:32.

Memorial Service celebrating Tina’s life will be held Saturday January 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Life Point Church, 1701 St. Louis Rd, Collinsville, IL 62234.

Service provided by Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City, Illinois.


Lillian Kay Clutts, 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:11 p.m. Mon. Jan. 16, 2023 at her home.

She was born Apr. 3, 1961 in East St. Louis, IL to the late Leona May (Smith) Tanner.

Lillian had been a member of Grace Baptist Church.  She loved to crochet and watch movies.

She is survived by a sister: Shelly Lynch of Madison, IL.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son: Derek Smith; and a brother: Dwayne Turner.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Sat. Jan. 21, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery – Maryville Rd.


Donald Stacy Holder, 64, of Granite City formerly of Dublin,, GA passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023 at River Crossing of Edwardsville. 

He was born June 10, 1958 in Shreveport, LA.  He married Peggy Daniels July 15, 1990 in Dublin, GA. 

Don enjoyed hunting fishing and being the self-proclaimed Grill King of the World.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Holder of Granite City; daughter, Joy (Trent) Pope of Dublin, GA; son, Carey (Andrea) Mathis of Fort Walton Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Landon, Evan and Gracie; brother, Kevin (Ruth) Holder of Dallas, TX and sister, Susan (Gary) Cash of Shreveport, LA.

He was preceded in death by his a father, Don Holder and mother, Alene Holder Brothers.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  The family will hold a local Celebration of Life at Luna Café from 4-10 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023.  A Celebration of Life will also be held in Dublin, GA at a later date.


Dolores P. Townsend, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 103 and five months at 11:14 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023. She is rejoicing in Heaven reuniting with her beloved husband, daughter, grandson, brother and many other family members and friends. 

She was born August 5, 1919 in Alton, Missouri, a daughter of the late James R. and Minnie Mae (Gosnell) Davis.

Dolores and her husband owned and operated Townsend TV in Granite City for 38 years until their retirement in 1985. 

She was a strong woman and steadfast in the Lord and was a longtime member of Family Worship Center and a member of Calvary Life Church and enjoyed her days of crocheting and knitting. Dolores had a great sense of humor and always joked that she bet her friends thought that she didn’t make it to Heaven because she lived so long. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She married the love of her life, Francis L. Townsend on June 19, 1939 in St. Charles, Missouri and he passed away on December 18, 2002.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Janice E. and Ronell Hildreth of Granite City; grandchildren and spouses, Cassy-Lynn Hildreth, Ian and Becky Hildreth, Michael and Andrea Barton, Jason and Angela Barton and Eric Barton and Cheryl Price; great grandchildren, Candice “Candi” Hildreth, Rachael and Michael Guthrie, Matthew Barton and Ashlyn, Christopher Barton, Jonathon Barton, Nathanyl Barton, Ashley and Jason Burks, Jason Barton Jr. and Brent Bunton; great-great grandchildren, Maximus, Octavia, Johnna, Kadence, Mason and Holland Oliver; nieces and nephews, Sandy Alonzo, Maureen Carlson, David Uhercik and Rene’ Johnson; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 63 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis K. Sherman; grandson, J. Michael Hildreth and a brother and sister-in-law, Ira L. and Rita Davis.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Eddy Brown and Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

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


Lois Marie McMillan Evans, 97, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, January 15, 2023 at River Crossings Nursing Home in Edwardsville, IL.

She was born on June 3, 1925 in Granite City, IL to Harry and Georgia (Milstead) McMillan.

Lois married William Evans in Granite City, IL on June 20, 1946.  He preceded her in death in 1992.

Lois was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City and also a member of the ELKS.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Marie Oleson of East Alton; a grandson, Sean P. Oleson of East Alton and a brother, Harry McMillan of AR.

Besides her husband and parents, Lois is preceded in death by 3 brothers:  James McMillan, Kenneth McMillan and John McMillan and 3 sisters:  Harriet Bull, June Lipscomb and Betty Lyons.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Rudy Lawrence Recer, 70, of Litchfield, IL, formally of Granite City, IL went to be with Jesus on Friday, January 13, 2023 at his home.

He was born on July 26, 1952 in Granite City, IL to Fred Travis Recer and Bonnie Geraldine (Bryant) Graham.

Rudy married Barbara Cash, the love of his life, in Granite City, IL on December 12, 1975.

They recently celebrated 47 years of marriage.  In those 47 years, he was a devoted husband and father and taught his children the importance of God, marriage and family.

The U.S. Army veteran retired from American Steel in 2009.  He also owned Recer Certified Welding in Pontoon Beach.  Rudy was a committed follower of Jesus and he loved the Lord.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, football and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Besides his wife and mother, Rudy is survived by 2 daughters:  Amy (Dave) Petrillo of Granite City  and Stacey (Joel) Klotz of Gillespie; 2 sons:  Travis (Tess) Recer of Clarksville, TN and William Recer of Branson, MO; 22 grandchildren:  Elias, Hank, Fiona, Roc, Allyson, Kaiayla, Jessika, Beverly, Kylee, Kamryn, Kansas, Kierston, Matt, Kelsey, Malachi, Makenna, Collin ,Callie, Cody, Payton, Emmy and Little Bit and 9 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, Todd (Annie) Recer of St. Charles, MO and sister in law, Sherri Recer of Granite City.

Rudy is preceded in death by his father; a son, Rudy Lawrence Recer, Jr; a brother, Mark Recer and 2 sisters:  Tammy Recer and Connie Recer.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.


Ricky Earl Daniels, 63, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 11:12 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born January 30, 1959, in Granite City, a son of the late Earl Eugene and Ethel (Cox) Daniels.

Ricky worked at Denny’s in Pontoon Beach and Glen Carbon with several years of service as a cook. He enjoyed his days of fishing, playing cards, wrestling and was a car enthusiast. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. 

He is survived by two daughters, Valerie (Krystal) Radcliff of Cottage Hills and Richelle (Robert) Snodgrass of Jessup, Georgia; five grandchildren, Hailey, Amree and Skylar Snodgrass and Averyanna and Paisleigh Holtmann; a brother, Willis (Brenda) Daniesl of Granite City, three sisters, Mary Lake of White Hall, Marla Sprong of Winchester and Michelle Lane of Springfield; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Daniels.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 320 East Franklin Street in Roodhouse on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Rob Brogdon officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


John E. Rice, 52, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born December 26, 1970, in Granite City, a son of Charles and Bonnie L. (Hinchcliff) Hungate of Granite City.

John loved spending time and going to eat with his family. He was an avid fan of SpongeBob SquarePants, loved to smile and bring cheer to all around him.

He graduated from the Granite City School District and enjoyed many years working with William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center in Wood River.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lana and Brent Bennett of Bellville, Ohio and Darla Powell of Pearland, Texas; a stepbrother, Robbie Hungate of Elizabethtown, Illinois; two stepsisters and stepbrothers-in-law, Debrah and Richard Linder of Eldorado, Illinois and Karla and Chris Mossman of Equality, Illinois; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Matthew J. Cottrell.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to the William M. BeDell ARC and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Jerry Ray Shelton, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:28 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born July 26, 1939, in Dixon, Missouri, a son of the late Ray and Melinda (Renfrow) Shelton.

He married Sandra Lorene (Wilkins) Shelton on June 30, 1962, in Granite City and she survives.

He retired from Boeing in 1996 after 40 years of dedicated service as an electrician with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis.

He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps. Jerry loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time at his property in Vienna, Missouri. He cherished the special times shared with his children and grandchildren and loved his dog, Sugar.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Todd and Tracy Shelton of Granite City, Rob and Julie Shelton of Caseyville and Steve Shelton of Rocheport, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Alex) Cole, Josh (Melissia) Wilkins, Megan (Phil Grapes) Shelton, Boone (Courtney) Shelton and Sam Shelton; six great grandchildren, Riley, McKenna, Addison, Mason, Oliver and Kailey; a sister, Joy (Tom) Dye of Springfield, Missouri; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Jane Holcomb, Jackie (Bob) Stack and Carl (Cecilia) Shelton.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Thomas E. Burgess, 84, of Granite City, IL died on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1938 in Pocahontas, AR to Noah and Josephine Burgess.

Thomas married Shirley Dockery in St. Louis, MO on October 18, 1969.

The U.S. Marine veteran was a member of the Granite City Eagles.  He enjoyed fishing, boating and riding motorcycles when he was younger. 

 He enjoyed restoring his 1964 Cadillac convertible which was his pride and joy.

Besides his wife, Thomas is survived by 2 daughters:  Kandy Smith of Granite City and Dorothy Burgess of Granite City; 6 grandchildren:  Robby, Ryan (Tara), Tommy, Jackie, Johnny and Brandi and 8 great grandchildren: 8 great grandchildren: Macie, Gemma, Junior, Issac, Jude, Jasper, Daniel and Cecilia

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Burgess; a son, Tommy Burgess; 2 brothers:  Charlie Burgess and Ray Burgess and 3 sisters, Ivy, Betty Sue and Omega Lesley.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.


Bobby Gene Saltsgaver, 87, of Granite City passed away January 11, 2023 at Liberty Village of Maryville in Maryville, IL

He was born to the late George Raymond Saltsgaver and Esther (Lahue) Saltsgaver  Bullington on July 8, 1935 in Milltown Indiana.

Bobby Married Sharon Copeland on August 13, 1955 in New Albany, Indiana.

Bobby worked at Granite City Steel for 38 years, he retired in 1996. Bobby was a very good man, he was loved by all. He helped his friends, neighbors and loved ones whenever they needed help. He also loved spending time at his country home in Vienna, Missouri. His past times were hunting and fishing.  

Bobby is survived by a  son: Russell (Debra) Saltsgaver  of Pontoon Beach, IL; a daughter: Robin (Paul ) Kwiatkowski of Maryville, IL;  4 grandchildren: Adam (Erica) Saltsgaver, Bryan Kwiatkowski, Jennifer (Steve) Peach and Katie ( Brian ) Knecht: 4 great-grandchildren: Leah Saltsgaver, Evan Saltsgaver, Brendan Peach, and Carter Peach;2 brothers; John (Lucille) Saltsgaver and Thomas (Elizabeth) Saltsgaver; and a sister-in-law: Rachel Saltsgaver.

Besides his parents, Bobby is preceded in death by 2 brothers: George Raymond, Jr and Jesse Jerome Saltsgaver.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Michael F. Schuette II, 53, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at his home.

He was born on October 9, 1969 in Granite City, IL to Michael F. and Bernice M. (Joiner) Schuette.

The loving father and grandfather was an avid St. Louis Blues and Cardinals fan.  He enjoyed wildlife, vegetable and flower gardening and working outdoors.  Michael enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. 

He was a giving person and always willing to help others, especially his neighbors.  Michael was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City.

Besides his parents, Michael is survived by 2 daughters:  Brittany (Hector Hernandez) Schuette of Granite City and Ashley Hart of Granite City; a son, Zachary Schuette of Granite City and the love of his life and mother of his children, Donna Gomez of Granite City.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren: Jaylee, Adrianna, Braiden, Noah, Andrew and Levi; a brother, Mark Schuette of Granite City; 2 sisters:  Theresa (Jeff) Carney of Granite City and Donna Waltemate of Granite City and many nieces, nephews and life long friends.

Michael is preceded in death by a brother in law, Steven Waltemate and a niece, Anna Waltemate.

The family will have a memorial visitation from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL.

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


Victor E. Peralez Sr., 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born March 4, 1961, in Hidalgo County, Texas, a son of the late Victor U. Peralez and the late Luisa (Mendoza) Lix.

He married Sherry E. (Staton) Peralez on August 8, 1981, in Granite City and she survives.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Marine Corps. Victor retired from the south leak dept. as a foreman from Spire inc. on January 21st, 2021, after 35 years of dedicated service with Laclede Gas (Spire Inc.).

He enjoyed shooting pool with many leagues throughout the area. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren and had a love for his great danes, Romeo, Juliette, Lily, Baloo and Brick. He enjoyed his days of riding his bike and taking his “kids” to the levee.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, Kevin M. (Stephanie) Peralez of Tennessee and Victor E. (Brandy) Peralez Jr. of Texas; his former daughter-in-law, Lindsay (Alex) Doolittle; twelve grandchildren, Victor Peralez III, Alex Peralez, Abigail Doolittle, Katelyn Doolittle, Phoenix Peralez, Tegan Peralez, Luna Peralez, Emily LeGrand, Andrew LeGrand, Katelynn Peralez, Kayden Peralez and Dominic Peralez; a sister, Tish (Craig) Bolt of Arizona; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Elaine Staton Sr. of Granite City; brother-in-law, Jerry Staton Jr. of Granite City; nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosa Toussaint and Rebecca Oropeza.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at 2:00 p.m.

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


James L. “Jim” Hartin, 76 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at his home.

Jim was born on December 22, 1946 in East St. Louis, Illinois; the son of the late Elldon and Marjorie (Hartlyroad) Hartin. Jim was a butcher for Hunters Packing and later Swift Packing.

He was a construction worker for Falcon Associates and had attended Gateway Church in Glen Carbon. In his free time Jim enjoyed his days of being outside fishing and was always looking forward to spending time with his family.

Jim is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Judy (Douglas) Hartin, whom he married on October 27, 1967; children, Shanin Smith of Granite City, Illinois, Jeff and Angela Hartin of Maryville, Illinois, Kimberly and Terry Jackson of Granite City, Illinois, Matt and Monica Hartin of Granite City, Illinois, Alicia and Seth Yates of Litchfield, Illinois, Brandon and Megan Hartin of Granite City, Illinois; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Tonda and Donny Van Hoose and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, David Hartin.

In celebration of Jim’s life, private family services will be held at a later date.


David L. Byrum, 70, of Mitchell, IL died on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 6, 1952 in Michigan City, IN to Franklin and Geneva (Cheshire) Byrum.

David married Shirley Jones on July 17, 1971 in Granite City, IL.

The U.S. Army veteran served in the Vietnam War and was an avid Dale Earnhardt race fan.  He also enjoyed racing and fishing.

He was employed as plant supervisor at Environmental Recycling in St. Louis, Mo for 15 years before his health deteriorated. 

The loving husband and father is survived by his wife, Shirley Byrum; a son, Scott Byrum and his significant other, Kathy McDavid of St. Louis, MO; 3 grandchildren:  Collin, Brooklyn and Brayden;  a brother, Douglas (Ruth) Byrum of Mitchell and a sister, Marilyn (Frank) Humphreys of Granite City. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.

Besides his parents, David is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chloey Mason-Byrum.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA.


Charles S. Littlejohn Jr., age 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at his home with his loving family by his side. Charles was born on August 9, 1949 in Springfield, TN, a son of the late Charles Littlejohn Sr. and Nina (Causey) Wallace.

Charles was a cook in the United States Army and he proudly served his country with honor. On June 30, 1968, Charles married Kathleen A. Scott, the love of his life in St. Louis, MO. Charles was an over the road truck driver for over 30 years and he retired from Pam Transport. Charles was a jack of all trades and he loved working on cars. He also loved his dogs and all animals. His greatest joy spending time with his family and he loved spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 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 a sister, Joyce Weaver; brother, Robert Littlejohn; son-in-law, Jose Luna and by a grandson, Cody.

Charles is survived by his devoted wife, Kathleen Littlejohn of Granite City, IL; loving children, Marti (Greg) Nemeth of Granite City, IL, Joyce Littlejohn of Granite City, IL, Tammy (John) Grillo of Mt. Vernon, WA, Jason (Tonya) Littlejohn of Greenbriar, TN and Robert (Anita) Littlejohn of Springfield, TN; proud grandfather to Kayla (William), Brandie, Jessica (Jake), Branden (Trevy), Torie, Bobbie, Nathan (Marah), Nicholas, Brittany, Crystal and Charles; proud great-grandfather to Cameron, William, Paislee, Ayden, Trevor, Karson, Jackie, Bennett and Tyler; many dear nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. He was also a papa to many more children who loved him dearly.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Irwin Chapel Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating.

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


John L. Kindle, 56 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois.

John was born on November 20, 1966 in Granite City; the son of the late Robert and Juanita (Vaughn) Kindle. John worked at Granite City School District #9 as a craftsman and was member of the laborers local #397. In his early years John played football for MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. John was known for his enjoyment of playing his guitar and loving all sports. John loved to be outside and was always ready to go fishing. Most of all John loved to spend time with his family and friends and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

John is survived by and will be missed by his sister; Colleen and Jeffrey Tretter of Granite City, Illinois; sister-in-law, Tina Scaturro Kindle and brother the late Jeff Kindle of Glen Carbon, Illinois; niece, Natalie and Chris Kayich; nephews, Andrew Tretter, Robert Kindle, Anthony Kindle; great-nieces, Ava, Sloan and Brynn Kayich; father-in-law, James and Judy Bucatch; brother-in-law, Jason and Melissa Bucatch; companion, Deb Keller and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and many other close family members and close friends.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife; Jamie A. (Bucatch) Kindle, whom he married on December 6, 1997; brother, Jeff Kindle.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, 2500 St. Clair Ave. in Granite City. In celebration of John’s life, funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jarad Corzine and Pastor Greg Dickerman officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the Granite City A.P.A.


Larry Ray Mitchem, 78, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis, Mo.

He was born on May 4, 1944 in Wood River, IL to Kenneth Mitchem and Ella (Converse) Miller.

Larry married Joyce Elkins in Granite City, IL on January 1, 1992.

The loving husband and father was a board member of the Venice Social Club in Pontoon Beach.  He enjoyed music and playing BINGO.

Larry is survived by his wife; a daughter, Deanna Mitchem Patrick of Ohio; 2 grandchildren:  Valerie Patrick and Conner McKinney; a step daughter, Deborah Kirton of Salina, KS; a brother, Earl Dean Miller of Granite City; a sister, Norma (Gary) Gaines of Granite City and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Larry is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Robert Mitchem and James Aaron Miller and a sister, Peggy Hodge.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

The family requests no flowers but friends may make a donation to a charity of their choice.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Frank Raymond Cowley, 82 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Frank was born on December 28, 1940 in Granite City; the son of the late Ivor and Frances (Nonn) Cowley. Frank was an accountant for Georgia Pacific Corrugated and a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and was known to visit many flea markets. Frank was a WW II buff and enjoyed collecting WW II Memorabilia. He loved being outside tending to his garden and had a very special love for his weenie dogs. Most of all Frank loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Frank is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Janet (Robertson) Cowley, whom he married on February 4, 1961; daughter, Cynthia Cowley of Granite City, IL; son, Ed and Becky(Kozyak) Cowley of Maryville, IL; grandchildren, Nicholas Roderick of Granite City, IL, Ian and Alexis Cowley of Collinsville, IL, Jacob Cowley of Maryville, IL and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Cowley and his brother-in-law Gene Robertson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2923 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Frank’s life funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser and Pastor Karla Frost officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Granite City A.P.A. or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Randall R. “Randy” Baldwin, 74 of Granite City, Illinois passed away surrounded by his wife and children on Friday, January 6, 2023 at his home.

Randy was born on August 13, 1948 in Granite City; the son of the late Thomas P. and Ruth (Pendleton) Baldwin. Randy was a lineman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 309. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City. Randy enjoyed his days of going on fishing trips twice a year and getting together with his family. Randy will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Randy is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Jacquelyn (Wright) Baldwin, whom he married on February 5, 1971; his three wonderful children; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers and a sister and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Randy was preceded in death by his step-mom and sister.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. 

Visitation will continue on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Life Church 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Burial with full military rites will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.


Larry D. McIlvoy, 82 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Larry was born on January 19, 1940 in Madison, Illinois; the son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Pettit) McIlvoy. Larry retired from production at Granite City Steel/US Steel and was an active member of S.O.A.R. (Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees). He was a member of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, member of Chouteau Township and in his free time, Larry enjoyed his days of Traveling with his wife and family. Larry will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Larry is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Donna (Voss) McIlvoy, whom he married on June 27, 1959; sons, Greg and Sue McIlvoy of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Timothy and Michelle McIlvoy of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Cheryl and Mark Buescher of Belleville, Illinois; grandchildren, Ryan McIlvoy, Kaitlin McIlvoy, Brandon and Kristy Buescher, Nicholas and Gabby Buescher, Jacob and Mary Buescher, Owen Buescher, Brenna McIlvoy, Kiley McIlvoy; great-grandchildren, Joey, Jack and Vivian; brother-in-law, Bill Voss; sister-in-law, Phyllis Voss and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Winston McIlvoy and his sister Lorraine Maxon.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Susan Harrison officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to S.O.A.R. Chapter 7-34-2, 10 Central Industrial Drive, Suite 4, Granite City, IL 62040 or to Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City, IL 62040.


Nicole Alean Futrell, 49, of Pontoon Beach passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 in her home.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Richard Joseph Beasley, 75, of Granite City, IL passed away in his home on January 6, 2023.

He was born to the late OBJ and Mary (Lancaster) Beasley on September 12, 1947 in Granite City, IL.

On May 31, 1970 Richard married Marie Steiner, she precedes him in death. 

Richard was a Lieutenant for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and after 28 year of service he retired and spent his retirement as a guard at Granite City Steel.

Richard is survived by 2 daughters: Christina (John) Smith and Ginger (Mike) Schueren; 3 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, and a sister, Janet Heatherington.

Besides his parents and wife, Richard is preceded in death by 2 sisters: Wanda Sparks and Betty Hooper.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Lorene Emaline Pare, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at her home.

She was born September 17, 1932, in Oldfield, Missouri, a daughter of the late Oren and Maggie (Nance) Casey.

She married Elwyn Gerald Pare on September 16, 1953, in Springfield, Missouri and he survives.

Lorene was the church secretary at Grace Baptist Church in Granite City for 35 years until her retirement. 

She was a dedicated and faithful member of Grace Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years and loved helping with Vacation Bible School throughout the years. Her life revolved around serving God, her devotion to the church and her love for her family. She enjoyed her days of needlepoint and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 69 years, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Mary Kay Pare of Black Hawk, Colorado and Darrell and Stephanie Pare of New Bern, North Carolina; four grandchildren and spouses, Philip and Crystal Pare, Tyler Pare, Courtney and Jon Ward and Patrick Pare; two great grandchildren, Logan Pare and Abigail Ward; a brother and sister-in-law, James “J.B.” and Marcelene Casey of Ozark, Missouri; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Frank Dusek of Phillips, Wisconsin; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Lewis of Nixa, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Julia Pare; a granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Pare; infant sister, Janet Casey; two sisters, Juanita Lambeth and Betty Holcomb and two brothers, Wayne Casey and Bill Casey.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Street in Granite City on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Daniel Wilson and Rev. John Gamblin officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com


Betty J. Lewis, 92 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Betty was born on September 5, 1930 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Ernest and Pearl (Nagel) Barlow. Betty was the church secretary at Second Baptist Church in Granite City and was very active in the Royal Ambassadors.

She served as the Children’s Director, was a Sunday school teacher, very active in vacation bible school and supported the Royal Ambassadors.

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

Betty is survived by and will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law; Gail and Carl Wilson of Paducah, KY; grandchildren, Julie and Michael Welker, Amy Lewis, Kevin Wilson, Robert Lewis; great-grandchildren, Mekinsey Welker, Natalie Welker, Lauren Welker, Lora Louise Lewis, Bobby Lee Lewis; great-great-grandchildren; Jace, Carson, Declan and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband; Robert R. Lewis, whom she married on September 3, 1949 and who passed on August 28, 2014; her son, Gary Wayne Lewis.

In celebration of Betty’s life, a visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chris Sedabres officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Ave., Granite City, IL 62040.


Richard Lamar Knowlton, 68, of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at John Cochran Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born to Charles Lamar and Elnora Alice (Wheeler) Knowlton on February 21, 1954 in St. Louis MO. After serving 6 years in the U.S Army, Richard worked as a director for several nonprofit organizations.  

When they were children, Richard met Elizabeth Stogsdill, but they wouldn’t marry until 2018, she survives him. Richard loved spending time with his family and was a member of the Elks Club for 38 years.

Besides his wife Elizabeth, Richard is survived by his 3 sons: Richard Lamar Knowlton II, Joel Andrew (Marcia) Knowlton and Timothy James Knowlton; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother: Christopher O’Neal; and 2 sisters: Sheila Wedemeyer and Stephanie English.

Richard is preceded in death by a brother: Charles Starkey and a sister: Jeanne Hurst.

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


Ray Harrell, 84, of Granite City, IL passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born to the late Robert and Nancy (Clark) Harrell on August 31, 1938 in Granite City, IL.

Ray met Mary Fischer in 1955 and they married on June 1, 1963 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, IL. 

 He joined the Air Force in 1960 and served 6 years. After the Airforce, Ray was a Computer Programmer for the Department of Defense, where he retired after 38 years.

Ray was a member of AMVets, and in his free time he loved to golf, hunt and fish as well as play softball and loved to bowl.

Ray is survived by his wife Mary Harrell; a daughter: Rita (Dan) Connerly; a son; Anthony (Holly) Harrell; and 3 grandchildren: Justin Connerly, Courtney Connerly and Morgan Mollet.

Besides his parents, Ray is preceded in death by his 7 siblings.

A visitation will be held Friday, January 6, 2023 from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00pm at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial to follow at St.Boniface Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.


Carolyn Sue Jakul, 80 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023 at River Crossing of Edwardsville with her son by her side.

Carolyn was born on November 3, 1942 in Hopewell, Virginia. Carolyn was a homemaker and mom who was a member of Central Christian Church in Granite City. In her free time Carolyn enjoyed her days of going to the movie theaters and watching TV at home.

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

Carolyn is survived by and will be missed by her son; Joseph R. Jakul Jr. of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Shannon Jakul, Joey Jakul III, Brittany Jakul, Breanna Jakul, Jay Jakul, Tabitha Jakul, Timmy Chase; great-grandchildren, Rayne and Damian.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph R. Jakul Sr. whom she married on August 20, 1960; daughters, Donna Jean Jakul and Rhonda Strong. 

In celebration of Carolyn’s life she will be laid to rest with her husband on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.


Vernon (Rick) Skipper, 70, of Granite City, IL passed away on January 2, 2022 at his home. 

He was born to the late Vernon L. Skipper and Dorothy (Kinney) Skipper on January 31, 1952 in Granite City, IL.

He was an avid collector of antique radios, loved listening to his Hank Williams albums and watching Antiques Roadshow on television every chance he got. He loved traveling to Doniphan, MO where a majority of his family was from. 

He worked at Southwestern Illinois College for 16 years where he helped instill their current union in which he was still a part of even in retirement.

In 1989, he met Marguerita (Kamacho) Skipper and they were married in 1990.

Vernon is survived by a daughter, Nikki Skipper, his wife, Marguerita Skipper, older sister Carol (Ted) Ashley of Florida, four brothers-in-law, Christopher Kamacho, Louie Kamacho, George Kamacho of Granite City, IL, Joseph Kamacho of Virginia and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives across the country and his cherished orange tabby, Lucy.

Besides his parents, Vernon is preceded in death by older brother Donn Cobb of California, older sister Helen Potillo, older sister Dorothy Johnson, Mother-In-Law, Minnie Kamacho, and Sister-In-Law, Cecelia Kamacho, all of Granite City, IL.. 

A Celebration of Life for Vernon will be released by the family at a later date. 

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


Robert James Kirchner, 49, of Pontoon Beach passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023 at his home. 

He was born January 4, 1973 in Creve Couer, MO.  He married Vindi Crane June 1, 1991 in Granite City. 

He worked at Mecco Inc. in St. Louis. MO.  He enjoyed music, reading and drag racing.

He is survived by his wife, Vindi Kirchner of Granite City; mother, Ruth (Maurer) Payne of Huntsville, MO; sons, Robert Jr (Brittany) Kirchner of Chicago and John Kirchner of Alton; brothers, Frank (Sheila) Kirchner of Florissant, MO and John Kirchner of AL; sister, Elaine (Darin) Parker of Huntsville, MO and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Kirchner.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Pontoon Beach.  


December Obituaries 2022