Obituaries July 2021

July 2021 Obituaries

Michael Paul Reeder 46, of Granite City passed away Friday, July 30, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. 

He was born May 30, 1975 in Belleville.  He married Renee Sanders November 22, 2019 in Edwardsville.  Michael loved riding motorcycles and playing slots.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Reeder of Granite City; mother, Rose (nee: Tasselo) Reeder of Belleville; three sons, James (Brittany) Reeder of Cahokia Heights, Jacob Reeder of Columbia and Justin Reeder of Columbia; grandchildren, Skyler and Chloe and a brother, Robert (Angela) Reeder of FL.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Reeder.

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

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Wesley D. “Denny” McClery, Sr of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

He was born on April 4, 1944 in Collinsville, IL to George and Marjorie (Hall) McClery.

Wesley married Elizabeth Wilcox on June 6, 1964 in Edwardsville, IL.

The loving husband and father enjoyed reading, playing the guitar and NASCAR racing.

Besides his wife, Wesley is survived by a daughter, Melinda (McClery) Watson of Granite City, IL; a son, Jeffrey (Linda) McClery of Granite City, IL; 7 grandchildren:  Ricky Watson, Jr, Rebecca LeMaster, Julie McClery, Rachel McClery, Michael Ortiz, Christopher Ortiz and Brian Ortiz; 5 great grandchildren; daughter in law, Darlene McClery of Granite City, IL; a brother, Mike (Marie) McClery of Pontoon Beach, IL;  2 sisters:  Joan Bilderbach of Granite City, IL and Karen (Jerry) Deen of TX; and a sister in law, Jackie McClery.

Wesley is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Wesley McClery, Jr; a grandson, Ryan Watson; 2 brothers:  Robert McClery and Greg McClery and a brother in law, Richard Bilderbach.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Joyce J. Churchwell, 84, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away unexpectedly at 8:54 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born May 25, 1937 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a daughter of the late Gomer and Lorene (Keith) Heil.

She married Robert L. “Bob” Churchwell on October 1, 1960 at the Third Baptist Church in Granite City and he passed away on April 10, 2021.

Joyce was a loving homemaker and had worked several years at Slate Law Firm in Granite City until her retirement. She was a faithful member of the Holiday Shores Baptist Church in Edwardsville and enjoyed being a part of the JOY Seniors group. She enjoyed her days of sewing and made many beautiful quilts and many unique Halloween costumes for her grandchildren throughout the years. She was also talented baker and enjoyed baking and decorating many wedding cakes. She and her husband enjoyed their many travels in their camper and were devoted members of Campers on Mission through the Illinois Baptist State Association, partnering with many churches, church plants, and mission congregations working together to advance the gospel in Illinois and throughout the world. Joyce cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by four children and their spouses, Mark and Jennifer Churchwell of Maryville, Lora and Ken Fuller of Granite City, Cheri and David McCaslin of Kansas City, Missouri and Stacy and Stephen Morrissey of Coronado, California; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Alisa and Stephen Moyer, Derek and Aurora Churchwell, Lyndsay Fuller, Kylie Fuller, Tegan McCaslin, Duncan and Emily McCaslin, Josie Morrissey and Mallory Morrissey; five great grandchildren, Norah, Joshua, Micah and Caleb Moyer and Ada Churchwell; a brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Debra Heil of Granite City; two sisters-in-law, Donna Bick of Tennessee and JoAnn Yonan of South Carolina; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 60 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Robert Horn.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, Illinois on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Robert Lemon officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the IL Baptist State Assn (Campers on Mission), 3085 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL 62703 and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Norman Paul Richter Sr., 75, passed away Sat. July 24, 2021 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, IL.

He was born June 18, 1946 in St. Louis, MO to the late Gilbert & Helen (Hornung) Richter.

Norman was a U.S. Army veteran.  He worked for and retired from Wonder Bread.

Survivors include 2 sons: Norman P. (Jenny) Richter and Paul Michael (Lindsey) Richter; 8 grandchildren; a brother: Gilbert (Nancy) Richter of Yuma, AZ; a sister: Phyllis (Mike) Geske of Granite City; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife: Brenda (Shieb) Richter and companion: Dixie Knott.

Services are private.

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Jacqueline “Jackie” “Queenie” Moore, age 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Jackie was born on April 5, 1960 in Torrance, CA, a daughter of the late Gerald James Fay and Mary Jean (Loney) Fay.

Jackie retired from Optimist International as an awards coordinator after 19 years of dedicated service and she was a member of Granite City Elks Lodge #1063. Jackie was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan, Elvis fan and she enjoyed listening to country music and singing karaoke. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Jackie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Jackie was preceded in death by her devoted companion of 20 years, Robert “Bob” Meszaros Sr. She is survived by her step-sons, Robert “Bobby” (Simonne) Meszaros II of Granite City, IL and Ryan (Brandy) Meszaros of East Alton, IL; foster daughter, Adrienne Richardson of Red Oak, IA; step-grandchildren, Mikaela, Max and Leni; best friend, Connie Coryell; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, with Pastor Karla Frost officiating. You may watch the service livestream at 7:00 p.m. on Jackie’s tribute wall at www.irwinchapel.com.

Memorial donations may be given to Illinois Elks Children’s Care. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

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Robert Earl Thornton, 65, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 7:42 a.m. Tues. July 27, 2021 at his home with his family at his side.

He was born Jan. 18, 1956 in Clinton, NC to Willa Gray Tew of N.C. and the late John Sampson Thornton.

Robert was an over the road truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran.  He loved fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Jan. 31, 1975, he and Linda L. Stoneking were married in Conway, SC.  She survives in Pontoon Beach.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 3 children: Tara (Scott) Wesley of O’Fallon, MO, Robert Earl Thornton Jr. of Pontoon Beach and Mike (Sandra) Thornton of Florissant, MO; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a brother: John Thornton of Jackson, MO.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister: Shirley Harris; and a brother: Kenny Thornton.

Services are private.

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Delores V. Holton, 85, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born January 28, 1936 in Desloge, Missouri, a daughter of the late Emmett and Irene (Pratte) Stokes.

She married John L. Holton on June 2, 1968 in Fairmont City, Illinois and he passed away on July 4, 2008.

She enjoyed the years of playing pool and bowling with her husband. She cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy and Curt Graf of Glen Carbon, Kim Holton of Granite City and Carla Lickenbrock of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Kelly and John Siebert, Stephanie Mathes, Sarah and Matthew Stanley, Keri and Portlyn Roberts, Kourtney (Justin Varner) Green, Nicholas Graf, Michelle Chandler and Diane (Ron DeLisle) Chandler; eight great grandchildren, Nathan, Mathew, Gannon, Holden, Kinley, Carson, Cole and Kinley; her cherished pets, Max and Lily; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 40 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Pratte and several siblings.

In celebration of her life, memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, August 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Debi Roam officiating.

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

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

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Richard Ryan Stiles, 66, of Granite City passed away July 27, 2021 at his home. 

He was born March 2, 1955 in California.  Richard served his country in the United States Army.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Stiles; sons, Michael and Eric Stiles all of Granite City and seven grandchildren, Kaylee Lake, Justice Albrecht, Hope Kunst, Patience Kunst, Ryan Stiles, Jason Stiles and Skylar Stiles.

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

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Gayland R. Waldo, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:01 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born October 28, 1929 in Dover, Arkansas, a son of the late Roy and Martha (Boley) Waldo.

He married Patricia L. “Pat” (McKinney) Waldo on July 10, 1954 in Hillsboro, Missouri and she passed away on May 13, 2017.

Gayland retired in 1992 from Granite City Steel after 39 years of dedicated service as an electrician. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War and had served with the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital 8063rd Unit 301. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with three Service Stars, a Meritorious Unit Emblem and several other medals and recognitions. He enjoyed sports throughout his life and was a longtime member of the Mitchell Athletic Club, played softball with the Old Rookies team, competed in the Mud Mountain Run in Edwardsville and participated in the Two Mile Running with the Senior Olympics. He was a jack of all trades and had built two of his own homes and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by three children and spouses, Gail and Dan Minkus of Glen Ellyn, Mike and Diane Waldo of Moro and Kathy Pease of Granite City; seven grandchildren and spouses, Sam and Angie Waldo, Adam Waldo, Jeff and Laura Minkus, Kevin Minkus, Derek and Sarah Minkus, Matt and Candi Johnson and Kelsey Pease; six great grandchildren, Ellie, Nico, Tilly, Ryn, Marty and Noah; a sister, Virginia Anderson of Flushing, Michigan; three sisters-in-law, Mary McKinney, Jane McKinney and Sandy McKinney, all of Hillsboro, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill and Butch Waldo and Leroy Waldo and three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Arthur Anderson, Charles McKinney and Maurice and Sharon McKinney.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Community Care, 222 Goethe Avenue, Collinsville, IL 62234 and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Richard Herman Tanksley, 76, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at University Nursing & Rehab Center in Edwardsville, IL. 

He was born on July 23, 1945 in Granite City, IL to Charles and Myrtle (Teems) Tanksley.

Richard married Donna Welch in Granite City, IL on July 3, 1965.

The loving husband and father retired from the Granite City School District after 39 years of service as a custodian.  He enjoyed watching baseball.

Richard is survived by his wife; a daughter, Rhonda (Charles) Hatton of Granite City, IL; 2 sons:  Rodney Tanksley of Granite City, IL and Jeffery (Lisa) Tanksley of Granite City, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Sabra Tanksley, Trey Hatton, Brandon Hatton, Shawn Tanksley and Matthew Tanksley; 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Kenny (Linda) Tanksley of Canfield, OH and Harold (Linda) Tanksley of Granite City, IL and a sister, Helen (Gene) Erby of Osage Beach, MO.

Besides his parents, Richard is preceded in death by 4 brothers:  Charles Tanksley, Cecil Tanksley, John Tanksley and Bill Tanksley and a sister, Anna Mae Allison.

A memorial visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

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Florence Mildred Turner, 76, of Granite City, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born April 5, 1945 in Buford, North Carolina.

Florence loved to collect clowns and loved to gamble. She also loved to attend yard sales.

She is survived by her daughter: Ronda Lopez; 5 sons: Oliver Smith, Robert Paulin, Edward Suydam, Christopher Stillwell and Ronald Stillwell; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Carl Turner; and 2 daughters:  Bethann Wells and Jennifer Stillwell.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 pm Saturday, July 31 at Wojstrom Funeral Home, 3939 Lake Drive, Granite City, IL 62040.

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Dolores Irene “Dee” Urkewich, formerly of Granite City, Illinois, died on July 14, 2021 at Providence Hospital in Portland Oregon, at the age of 76.

Dee was born in Chicago Illinois to Florian H. (Floyd) Zdroik and Edith G. (Marie) Wheeler on December 17th, 1944. She attended school in Schiller Park Ill., where she met Joseph P. Urkewich. They married in Chicago Ill. on August 30th, 1961. They had three children together—Richard, Victoria, and Karen.

Dee managed Town & County Apartments in Granite City, Ill. for over 20 years and was known for her sense of humor and the many delicious meals she prepared for staff and friends, which would often include her family’s Polish specialties. She retired in 2019 and moved to Estacada, Oregon, to be near her daughters.

She loved nothing better than cooking and celebrating with others. She had an extensive collection of party decorations and serving dishes that covered most holidays. Any dinner at her house would result in a full meal with leftovers to take home. She loved all kinds of foods—especially a big spread with a variety of appetizers.

Dee was also known for her love of games, gambling, and competition. She really liked to win. Poker games always involved getting out the change jar (poker chips with no stakes would not do). The start of a typical phone call with her would involve hearing about her recent bingo winnings.

However, as a lifelong Chicago sports fan, she knew the pain of losing. She did finally get to celebrate the end of the Cub’s 100+ year World Series drought in 2016 and the Bears’ first Super Bowl win in 1986 after 23 years.

Dee loved to travel and had special memories of time she spent in Portugal, Ireland, and England with Joe. She would often talk about the wonderful food and places she visited. Most of her travels were closer to home though. She loved camping and visiting the Oregon coast with her family. When her children were young, the family traveled thousands of miles across the U.S. in a Ford station wagon, to almost every state in the union.

When her children were in elementary school in Addison, Illinois, Dee was very active in the PTA, even serving as local president for a while. She was instrumental in bringing a hot lunch program and ice cream to her children’s school. She always made sure people were also having fun.

Dee loved animals, including the many dogs she shared her life with. They loved her too—especially since she always made sure they got a taste of whatever she was cooking.

She loved to laugh and had a great spirit. Even through adversity, she was able to find humor in almost every situation. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Dee is survived by daughters Victoria Haynes and Karen (Kay) Stark; sons-in-law, Ed Haynes and James (Jamie) Stark; brother Kenneth Zdroik; granddaughter, Maria Rohde; and many extended family members and friends.

Dee is preceded in death by husband Joseph Urkewich, son Richard Urkewich, brother Donald Zdroik, granddaughter Natasha Urkewich, and grandson Patrick Rohde.

A celebration of her life, memorial service will be held on Friday, September 17th, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City Illinois. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon Illinois at 11 a.m. on September 18, 2021. Arrangements are by Irwin Chapel.

An informal potluck picnic in honor of Dee will be held at Riverside Park, 10220 SE Jennifer St., Clackamas Ore. On August 15th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Contact Kay for further details.

The family of Dee Urkewich wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses who took care of her at Providence Hospital in Portland Ore. for their excellent care.


Eiko (Oshiro) Miller, age 71, of Maryville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2021, with her two sons and husband by her side.

Eiko was born on December 15, 1949, in Haebarucho, Okinawa, Japan. She was a daughter of the late Hoei Oshiro and the late Yuki Oshiro, sister to the late Yasuko Sakiyama, the late Toyomasa Oshiro and the late Toyoji Oshiro.

Eiko is survived by her husband of 47 years, Alfred Miller, her two sons Kelly Miller and Ernie Miller, her sister Mitsue Inaba and, her many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Eiko loved and excelled at sports. It’s hard to believe, but at only 4’11” inches tall, she was a dynamo at basketball which was her true sports passion. In her senior year and captain of her high school women’s team, they played in the Okinawa, Japan Championship and placed second, losing by only one point.

Eiko loved gardening. She treated her flowers and vegetables as she treated her family…with great love, compassion and care.

Her passion later in life was Eisa Dancing, and she performed with the St Louis Eisa group where she also taught and choreographed many dances. She performed dance all across the community, including each year at the Japanese Festival at the St Louis Botanical Gardens. She also was a talented artist and creative spirit. She spent hours of her free time hand crafting greeting cards to raise money for the Eisa Dance Club.

Eiko left this earth with the assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ as she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior before her passing.

Services will be held at the Irwin Chapel Funeral Home, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, IL, including Visitation on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 5 to 8 PM and Funeral on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 11:30 AM with Pastor Yoshi Ubutaka officiating. Burial will follow the Funeral Services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made in honor of Eiko Miller will be donated to support the Eisa Dance club so that Eiko’s love of dance will continue to spread joy throughout our community as well as the Japanese International Harvest Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Melva Jean Barry, 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:27 a.m. Sat. July 24, 2021 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born Oct. 14, 1944 in Wayne, OK to the late Henry & Mary Etta (Ivey) Barnes.

On Mar. 31, 1995, she and Eugene M. “Gene” Barry were married in Tahoe, CA.  He survives in Granite City.

Melva had been an assembler for M.C. Electronics and was a member of The House of The Lord.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a son: Bill Lamb of Granite City; a daughter: Terri Lamb of Granite City; 4 grandchildren: Kurtis Lamb, Chalsi Rodriguez, Hayden Dean and Caylee Dean; 2 great-grandchildren: Cira Rodriguez and Danny Lamb; and a sister and brother-in-law: Pearl & Bob Burkett of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Danny Lamb; a granddaughter: Dannielle Dean; a sister: Carlma Brewer; and 2 brothers: Coy Barnes and Marvin Barnes.

Memorial visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Tues. August 3, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Burkett officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The House of The Lord.


Virginia Kitchen March 30, 1929 – July 21, 2021
Madison , Illinois – Virginia Lee Kitchen, 92, of Madison, Illinois, passed away on July 21, 2021, at Granite City Nursing and Rehab Center.


Virginia was born March 30, 1929, in Granite City, Illinois, to Stanley and Ermadean (Brown) Warrick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ermadean; husband, Willis Kitchen Sr.; brother, Donald Deloney.
Survivors include her son, Willis Kitchen Jr. and wife; brother, Ronald (Teresa) Deloney of O’Fallon, Missouri; a grandson as well as great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Illinois, under the direction of Sunset Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


William “Bill” Francis Hoppe Sr., age 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at his home.

Bill was born on July 3, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, a son of the late Frank Hoppe and Norma (Germen) Hoppe.

On November 11, 1961, Bill married Patricia Sue Mott, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Bill was a faithful member of Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City, IL, and he enjoyed going to church to serve the Lord. He retired from Spectralite after 42 years of dedicated service. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his son, William Hoppe Jr.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Patricia Sue Hoppe of Granite City, IL; loving son, Steven (Jennifer) Hoppe of Gilbert, AZ; proud grandfather to Billy (Amanda) Hoppe III of Collinsville, IL and Christian (Blake) Randall of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather to Billy Hoppe IIII, Brayden Hoppe, Bryson Randall and Nora Randall; dear sister-in-law, Delores Mott of Pontoon Beach, IL; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Word of Life Tabernacle. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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Amy Michelle Denson, 38, of Granite City, IL, died Wed. July 21, 2021 in Granite City.

She was born June 26, 1983 in Granite City to Janet Denson of Granite City and the late Ricky Lee Brooks.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by 2 sons: Wallace and Mark; daughter: Desiree; sister: Sonya Genovese; brother: Dustin Denson; grandmother: Neva Brooks; grandfather: Roger Clements; her companion: Ronnie Wiggins; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her twin brother, Jamie Lee Denson.

SERVICES ARE PENDING.

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Charles E. Hutchinson Sr., 79 of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Charles was born on October 6, 1941 in Lyles, TN; the son of the late William Henry Lee and Lovie Christine (Fowler) Hutchinson. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Marines. Before retirement Charles work in the machine shop at International Lighting in St. Louis and in his free time he enjoyed being a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburg Steelers. Above of all Charles loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Charles is survived by and will be missed by his children; James Hutchinson of Granite City, Jeanette and Rebecca Hutchinson-Pokluda of Austin, TX, D.J. Walker of Baytown, TX; grandchildren, Amanda Forbes, Misty Dawn Hutchinson, Carol Ann Jackson-Kursave, Kalyne Alexis Hutchinson, Haley J. Walker, Ranlyn Michael Walker, Brooklynn K. Hutchinson-Pokluda, Elijah A. Hutchinson-Pokluda; sisters and brothers, Phyllis Strieunoski, Jerry Hutchinson, Rita Hutchinson, Robert “Bob” Hutchinson.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife; Carolyne Joyce (Rushing) Hutchinson; daughter, Joyce Hutchinson; son, Charles E. Hutchinson Jr. and numerous brothers and sisters.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

A private family memorial is being planned.


Jason A. Cohrs, Granite City – Jason Anthony Cohrs, 39, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021


He was a musician and avid music enthusiast.
Survived by son, Ryzer Cohrs; brother, Dustin Wyatt; sister, Shada (Dan) Hambrick; niece and nephew, Alean Cohrs and Jayden Hambrick.
Cremation rites were accorded and memorial service will be held at later date.
Marks Mortuary in Wood River in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Kay Gan, 75, died at 1:04 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at her home in Granite City. Born January 29, 1946 in Mitchell, IL

She was the daughter of Victor and Minnie Ruth (Hopper) Wiser. She married Gary L. Gan on June 3, 1965 in Granite City. He preceded her in death on September 23, 2008. Surviving is a daughter, Laura Fuller (Kevin) of Alton, a son, Jason T. Gan (Jessica) of Granite City, three grandchildren, Jason L. Gan, Haylee Gan, and Christina Gan. Also surviving is a brother Raymond Wiser (Marilyn) of Fredericktown, MO, and her twin sister, Ruby Thomas of Granite City. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary C. Gan, eight brothers, Donald, James, Kenneth, Leonard, Stanley, Robert, Herbert and William and four sisters, Ellen Norma, Mary and Martha. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the 5A’s Animal Shelter. Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and information may be found at www.gentfuneralhome.com


Linda Gail Newberry, 80, of Granite City passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in her home.

She was born October 16, 1940 in Travelers Rest, South Carolina to Raymond and Bertha (nee McNeal) McFee.  Linda married Monta Newberry on July 18, 1965 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Linda worked as a bank teller for Bank of Edwardsville and retired from there in December 2008. She attended Nameoki United Methodist Church. In her free time, Linda enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Linda is survived by her husband, 2 daughters: Kimberly (Terry) Morris of Austin, Texas and Peggy Ebbs of Carbondale, IL; a son Dale Newberry of Granite City, IL; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Williams.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents: 5 brothers: Thomas Henry McFee, Robert Donald McFee, Jeff McFee , Marshall Mcfee and an infant brother, Buddy McFee; 3 sisters: Betty Jo Johnson, Clara Ann Steinberger and Inez Livingston.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 2:00pm at Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City, IL

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Elmer Lee Wortham, age 71, of Edwardsville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on March 29, 2020. Elmer was born on August 22, 1948 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Everett Wortham and Daisy (Joyce) Wortham.

Elmer grew up with his three brothers, often traveling to Dover, TN to visit family where they played basketball and helped on family farms. Elmer played high school basketball in Granite City. He attended Milliken University where he met his first wife (Janis). They met in college and shortly moved to Granite City for Elmer to start a career in the banking industry at First National Bank. He loved his job and worked there for 38 years, retiring from Regions Bank on May 1, 2006 where he served as Vice President and Operations Coordinator. Elmer gave back to the community by being heavily involved in United Way and the Lions Club. He loved antique hunting and shopping for new decorating ideas for his house.

Elmer lived in Granite City for most of his life. He moved to Florida with his second wife (Sheila). Sheila and Elmer loved to travel to new places with his brothers and their wives. They traveled to New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Vail, and Washington DC. Elmer took his first train ride with Sheila and his brothers on a trip to Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg. He did not shy away from any trips, even if just a few hours away like Marco Island, FL Most of the travel included spending much time shopping.

Elmer was a major sports lover: Little League Baseball, youth softball, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, St. Louis Blues Hockey, Mizzou Football, and Mizzou Basketball. Anything regarding college basketball. Conversations occurred with his brothers, his son, his friends and anyone—about anything sports. Elmer continued his love for sports by playing basketball and volleyball as an adult. He was always a present factor and watching parent at the basketball, volleyball, and football games of his children. Elmer traveled to watch college basketball and college basketball tournaments. His life would become one big world of basketball during March Madness.

Elmer just loved food. He was an excellent cook and likely could have been a professional chef. His cornbread mimicked his mothers and he made the best pork steaks. Elmer was brave to try cooking new foods, even if he had never even eaten it, like cornbread casserole and Polenta. Still going with his love of food, Elmer likely visited most restaurants on this side of St. Louis. His favorite meal was breakfast. Many of his friends would enjoy going out for breakfast with Elmer. Super funny, Elmer may hold the record for almost burning down two kitchens in his family while cooking.

Elmer also enjoyed playing technology games with Brian (his son) and grandkids, including Clash of Clans, Subway Surfer, and skee ball games. During the holidays, moving and noise producing decorations were something that Elmer loved. He was adventurous with his children and grandchildren, going with them to rock and country concerts, out in the field collecting crabs, random sports events, arcades to play Terminator “shoot-em-up” games, and to zoos.

Elmer loved pets, especially dogs. He would spend hours with Sheila’s dog Shaggy and would often babysit all of Jennifer’s (his daughter) pets, including her cats. When she decided to go on a long international trip, Elmer took over care of her cat Samual James and would send daily “cat updates” to her through text. He was a great “pet” reader and accompanied Jennifer when she was looking for a new pet and was present at all their adoptions.

Mostly, Elmer loved people and he was all-about “family”. He really had a heartfelt fondness for all his co-workers at First National Bank in Granite City, his friends living near Boyle (a street in Granite City), and fellow sun-lovers at Paddlers Swim Club. Elmer loved spending time with anyone in the family, from nieces and nephews to even his second nieces and nephews. He made friends wherever he went, including any restaurant, visits to college campuses, and random trips to small festivals in Florida. It did not matter what you called him: Elmer, dad, brother, husband, papa, grandpa, step-dad, uncle. He was fun-loving and good to be around; his friends and family have numerous memories with Elmer to always make them smile.

Elmer is survived by his former wife and dear friend Sheila Wortham, daughter Jennifer Wortham, step-daughter Lauren McCauley, grandchildren Ryan Neal, Chase and Chloe Wortham; brothers Carl, Larry, and Rodney Wortham, sisters-in-law Elaine, Vickie, and Carol Wortham, brother-in-law Bryce Knorr, son-in-law Rob Haughey, many nieces and nephews, extended family, and numerous close friends and co-workers.

Elmer was preceded in death by his mother and father, wife Janis (Knorr) Wortham, and sons Brian Wortham and Kevin Wortham.

In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 4:00 p.m..

Private burial was held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society for Lymphoma Research or Hepatic Research. Other donations could be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Lions Club International. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Greg L. Lindsey, 54 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at his home.

Greg was born on November 14, 1966 in Granite City.

In his free time Greg enjoyed his days of collecting Hot Wheels and shopping at antique malls. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.


Greg is survived by and will be missed by his dad; Benton Lindsey of Litchfield, IL; sisters, Julie Davis of Granite City, Jamie Lindsey of Litchfield, IL; nieces, Alyssa and Bejamen Elliott of Granite City, Haley Hargis of Granite City; nephew, Timothy Davis of Granite City; fiancé, Sabrina Warden of Granite City.
Greg was preceded in death by his mom; Carolyn (Faulkner) Lindsey and his niece, Amber Davis.

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Edward Thomas Spencer, 64, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, July 19, 2021 at his home.

He was born on March 16, 1957 to Boyd and Glenna Spencer.

Edward married Yon Song in Lancaster, CA on October 25, 1983.

The U.S. Air Force veteran was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 30 years of service as a carman.

Edwards is survived by his wife, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

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


Stephen Eugene Cavanaugh, age 73 passed away at his residence in Granite City, IL on July 2, 2021.

Stephen was born in Bonne Terre, Mo October 6, 1947. Stephen retired in 2009 as owner of “Mr. C’s Driving School” in Collinsville IL. He graduated from Granite City High School in 1965 as a member of the Warriors Wrestling Team. Stephen took State Championship and All State Honors. Stephen received an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Missouri (Mizzou) at Columbia Mo. While attending in 1967-68 lead the first and only undefeated season and the first nationally ranked wrestling team. Some of his records still stand today. After graduating in 1970 from Mizzou with a bachelor’s in science, Stephen went on to teach at Mizzou as an Assistant Wrestling Couch and then at GCHS as Physical Education Teacher. He served in the United States Army Reverses from 1970-1976.


Stephen was preceded in death by parents: Thomas James Cavanaugh Sr. and Evelyn S. (Leatherman) Cavanaugh, Brother Brian Patrick Cavanaugh all of Granite City, IL.


Surviving Family Members; Brother Kerry David Cavanaugh of Granite City IL, Brother and Sister in-law Jimmy Cavanaugh and Michelle Judd of Pontoon Beach IL. Sister Susan E. Miller of Belleville IL. Nieces; Jamie (husband Jerry) Chappell of Staunton IL, Amy Cavanaugh of Granite City IL, Erin Miller of Kansas City, Mo, Jessica Miller of Belleville IL and Casey Jensen of Granite City IL.
In accordance with Stephen’s wishes cremation services were entrusted to Irwin Chapel. A memorial celebration of his life will be held with immediate family. Pending is his final burial site at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery Columbarium “The Wall”. Condolences may be expressed to www.irwinchapel.com


Stephen was of the Christian Faith his entire life and his prayers were for everyone to know the Lord through their faith.

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Robert “Bob” D. Graf, age 86, of Fenton, MO, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the Woodlands in Arnold, MO. Bob was born on July 30, 1934 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Frank Graf Sr. and Christina (Just) Graf. Services delayed until now due to COVID restrictions.

Bob was a United States Army Veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On August 1, 1959, Bob married Nancy A. Lischer, the love of his life in Kirkwood, MO. Bob was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL and a member of Granite City Elks Lodge #1063. He retired from AMSCO Mechanical in 1996 as a project manager after thirty years of dedicated service. Bob enjoyed spending time at his property, known as “The Lazy L Ranch” with his family on the Meramec River in Cook Station, MO. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and a friend to many. He never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his eight wonderful grandchildren. Bob will be remembered for the special times shared with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by siblings, Frank Graf Jr., Irene Markenson, Ida Graf and Dorothea Feldmeier; and by a brother-in-law, Vance Lischer Jr.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Nancy Graf of Fenton, MO; loving sons, Christopher (Lisa) Graf of Arnold, MO and Curt (Kathy) Graf of Glen Carbon, IL; dear sister-in-law, Dorothy Beaman; proud grandfather to Brittany Graf, Ryan (Maddie Talbert) Graf, Lauren Graf, Andrew Graf, Erica (Calvin Warren) Graf, Kourtney (Justin Varner) Green, Keri (Portlyn) Roberts and Nicholas Graf; proud great-grandfather to Henry Warren, Carson Roberts and Kinley Roberts; many nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040 on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be mailed to the Commemorative Air Force Headquarters; P.O. Box 764769, Dallas, TX 75376 or Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040.

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Merry Dell Trtanj, 78, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at her home. She was born December 20, 1942 in Alton, Illinois, a daughter of the late William and Betty (Lee) Skelton. Services delayed until now due to COVID restriction.

Merry attended the local public schools in Alton and graduated from the Alton High School in 1961. Following her graduation, she was employed in retail management, as a buyer and model for women’s fashion clothing for retail sales with The Vogue Womens’ Fashions in Alton.

On October 12, 1967, she married the love of her life, Dr. Albert Trtanj, prominent Granite City Dentist, who survives. They have one son, Derek Trtanj, who resides in Key Largo, Florida; a stepdaughter, Julie Trtanj, who resides in Alexandria, Virginia and one granddaughter, Jourdain Trtanj. She is also survived by four sisters, all of whom reside in the Alton area. Sally (Victor) Spagnola, Peggy (Steve) Price, Cindy (Ron) Voorhees and Jane Cogan and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Trtanj of Glen Carbon. A whole host of nieces; nephews; extended family and many friends also mourn her loss. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, U.S. Marine Veteran, David Skelton and a brother-in-law, Frank Cogan.

For many years, Merry was an extremely avid and aggressive tennis player. She proudly displayed well over a hundred trophies, plaques, recognitions, and awards, in her home, representing numerous successes both locally and regionally. She was frequently privileged to have tutelage with nationally known tennis instructors. She volunteered countless hours to the Granite City Park District Childrens’ Summer Tennis Camps.

She was very civic minded and was of great assistance to many in various community projects. In 1970 she assisted greatly in arranging all the inaugural events for the dedication of the new Binney wing for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City. She was invaluable in assisting her husband in his endeavors as President of the local Chamber of Commerce. Through her membership in both the American Dental Association and the Illinois Dental Society Womens’ Auxiliaries she assisted him with his efforts to help establish the School of Dental Medicine at SIUE while he was President of the Madison District Dental Society and continued as he chaired the Legislative effort for its funding. Her generous assistance and contributions to the success of the initial establishment of the “Mississippi River Festival” are well known in this community. She worked closely with her husband who was one of the three original founders and signatories of the not-for-profit entity which enabled SIUE to initiate the Festival. Perhaps her most satisfying endeavors were from her efforts to help raise funds, quietly and without any fanfare, for the local food banks assisting those in need.

Merry leaves a deep void for her family as well as for her community which will be difficult to replace. Her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to her compassionate caregivers, Viva Liebold and Faiza Ouchani, for their outstanding care and love in Merry’s recent months, as well as to the staff and nurses at Heartland Hospice and Midwest Medical Supply for their prompt attention to provide specialized medical equipment for Merry.

In celebration of her life, a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Delores J. “Dee” Scaturro, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:44 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born March 13, 1937 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Wasylak) Bero.

She married Louie J. Scaturro on July 21, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arnold, Missouri and he passed away on March 24, 2017.

Delores was a loving and dedicated homemaker and had also worked as a cook with the Granite City School District for several years. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a former member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice. She had volunteered through the earlier years with the Boy Scouts and Crippled Children’s Foundation. She loved her days of going on vacations, enjoying the beach and was always up for a day of shopping.

She cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Janet Scaturro of Granite City and Terry and Kathy Scaturro of Glen Carbon; a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Jeff Kindle of Glen Carbon, five grandsons, Tim and Loren Scaturro Jr., Robert Kindle, Anthony Kindle, Roman Scaturro and Cameron Scaturro; three great grandchildren, Saleen Scaturro, Sophia Scaturro and Dominic Scaturro; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Otto Nuspl of Arnold, Missouri and Marcella and Vasil Vangel of Granite City; a sister-in-law, Nancy Gray of Granite City; a brother-in-law, Bob Fechte of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters-in-law, Dolores Fechte, Mary Bellue and Irene Wein and two brothers-in-law, Donald Scaturro and Leo Scaturro.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Church in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be given as Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Michael Roe, 34, of Granite City passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021 at his home. 

He was born July 3, 1987 in Granite City.  Michael was a store manager in Normandy, MO.  Michael loved his cats and in his free time enjoyed gaming especially World of Warcraft, anything technology related and cooking.

He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Shirley Howard of Granite City; sisters, Mari Albiter of Sorento and Haley Montgomery of Granite City; lifelong best friend, Della Stetler Williams; aunt, Amanda Boyd who was raised with him like a sister and brother; aunts, Rachel Shrum and Kay Floyd; uncle, Jimmy Roe and three half-brothers.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy (Roe) Fudge and maternal grandfather, Jim Roe.

A memorial visitation will be from noon until the time of services at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.

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Cynthia Marie (Menendez) Yobby, age 73, of Collinsville, Illinois, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully at home on July 17th 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Cynthia was born on December 5th, 1947 in East St Louis, IL.

She was the daughter of the late James “Mopey” Menendez and Helen (Norris) Menendez.

On August 21st, 1971, Cynthia married Lawrence “Larry” Michael Yobby in Fairmont City, IL, and then moved to Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key because of their love for the ocean where they started raising their family for ten years before returning to Illinois.

Cynthia retired from AAA as a dispatcher but her passion was in early childhood education. She owned and operated Yobbyland daycare in Madison, IL, for nine years before moving on to help develop the preschool program at Holy Family Learning Center in Granite City. Many of her favorite hobbies included painting, reading, gardening, and visiting the beach. She enjoyed being a part of the Red Hat Ladies, American Legion Auxiliary, and her favorite, Croatian Home, where she was an active member for her children’s Happy Strings Jr. Tamburitzan’s. She was proud of her Spanish and Czechoslovakian roots. She was also a very devoted Catholic, raising her children in the faith. She selflessly gave and provided for her family, always putting them first, she was the strength and rock of her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, one dear friend saying, “she was their angel on Earth”.

In addition to her parents, Cynthia was preceded in death by her husband, Larry.

She is survived by her loving children, Jason (Tara) Yobby of Collinsville, IL, Kirsten Hutchinson of Edwardsville, IL, and James (Alaina) Yobby of Collinsville, IL; dear siblings Sandie (Gerry) Seger of Swansea, IL and Jaime (Patti) Menendez of Carlyle, IL; proud grandmother to Wade, Alice, Maya, Cameron, Lanie, Leah, and Ricky (Amy); Great Grandmother to Lillian; many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville with Father Rob Johnson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or to National Alliance on Mental Illness and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Thomas “Tom” E. Nunn, age 58, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO. Tom was born on August 21, 1962 in Granite City, IL.

Tom worked for Amsted Rail in Granite City, IL, for many years. He was a nature lover who enjoyed going on float trips, hiking or just relaxing under a shade tree. Tom also loved going to outdoor concerts with his family and friends. He never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Tom 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.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Webster Nunn; step-father, Bill Chrusciel; and by his sister, Kathy Nunn.
Tom is survived by his loving children, Zackary Nunn and Kassidy Nunn, both of Granite City, IL; dear mother, Beverly (Jones) Chrusciel of Granite City, IL; siblings, Robin (Pamela) Nunn of Ballwin, MO, Alan Nunn of Granite City, IL and Dallas Nunn of Granite City, IL; former wife, Shari Nunn of Granite City, IL; long term friend, Tina Vasques of Granite City, IL; nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021 and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral chapel, with Pastor Larry Lacefield officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL.

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


Charles Franklin Hall, 90, of Madison, IL died on Monday, July 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 30, 1931 in Glades Springs, VA to Hobert and Cora (Blevins) Hall.

Charles married Juana Jean McIntire on January 23, 1953 in Madison, IL.

The U.S. Air Force veteran served during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Glade Springs, VA and he was a past auxiliary police officer for Madison, IL.

Besides his wife, Charles is survived by 2 daughters:  Roberta Bellovich of Granite City, IL and Rebecca (Ray) Dailey of Granite City, IL; a son, Charles Hall, Jr of Madison, IL; 15 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 30 great-great grandchildren a; a sister, Minerva Thompson of Aberdeen, MD and dearest friend, Bill Moore of Granite City, IL.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents;  a daughter, Elizabeth Liszewski; 6 brothers:  Robert Hall, Roy Hall, James Hall, Henley Hall, Louis Hall and Harvey Lee Hall and 3 sisters:  Georgia Henderson, Bertha Ann Hall and Rosie Sawyer.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  The funeral procession will leave immediately following the visitation to Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.


Judy McGovern of Lebanon and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.

Born and raised in Granite City, the daughter of the late William and Betty (Meinert) Hamilton.

She was a graduate of Granite City High School where she enjoyed being in the band through her high school years. After graduation, Judy worked for Delta Airlines until deciding air turbulence and her did not go together. She then attended Lewis and Clark Community College in pursuit of a nursing degree. While attending college, she worked at Fairmount Park Racetrack grooming and walking horses. This rekindled her love of horses which she had since a young girl. Her mother often said she wished that they had bought her a horse when she was young so she would have gotten that out of her system. While working at Fairmount Park, Judy worked and earned a training license and trained horses for a few years until deciding nursing would be in her best interest.

She cared for others in her nursing career for over 40 years. She was a nurse who could be described as a patient advocate as displayed in her ability to assess and seek solutions for problems with competency, courage and compassion. Her nursing career was comprised of many different medical aspects from working in the emergency room to home health. She had worked for Illinois Oncology at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City. Her heart was with her home health patients and their families she served. She took them on as her own family and they in return felt the compassion and dedication from her.

Judy’s passion in life was her love for animals. She raised many stray animals through her life, found homes for others and would not hesitate to run into a busy highway at any given notice to help an injured cat or dog. Judy often said that many times animals have no voice and she never hesitated to take that role. Horse racing remained her true love as she raised and raced horses for over 40 years rather successfully. Her love for the racetrack never faded whether racing or just visiting the backside where her horses where stabled. She hardly missed a race her horses ran, always standing by the rail clutching her prayer beads in her hand, not praying for them to win but rather for them to come back safely. Ella Kelly, Synd and currently River Cactus and Silver Quarters are just to name a few. Judy enjoyed looking at the moonlight while doing her nightime feeding, caring for the birds and cherished good shoulder time with her husband.

Judy’s life was filled with love and compassion, no matter the occasion, work or play. Judy’s presence was always warmly felt with her clever wit and good humor. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and the many critters, she calls her babies.

She married Russell Dean McGovern in 1992 at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada and he survives.

In addition to her beloved husband of 28 years, she is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Janice Hamilton; nieces, Erin Foley and Shannon McGovern; nephews, Christopher Hamilton and Ben Briddell; aunts, Louise Koester and Bert Abel; Goddaughter, Vicki Branding; lifelong friend, Diane Briddell; many cousins; other extended family and many cherished friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Bethel.

The family of Judy wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and entire staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their exceptional care and kindness through these days.

Judy was one of those very special people that you could say you were blessed to have had in your life.

In celebration of Judy’s life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friends and family are invited to join the family for a day at the races following the memorial service at the FanDuel Race Track at Fairmount Park in Collinsville.

Memorials may be made to Randy’s Rescue Ranch, 1400 E. Hwy 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269 www.randysrescueranch.org or to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, 821 Corporate Dr., Lexington, KY 40503 www.thoroughbredaftercare.org


Priscilla Holder, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL, on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Priscilla was born on March 7, 1942 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Louis Holder and Ida (Stidham) Holder.

Priscilla was a faithful member of GCFirst Assembly of God Church in Granite City, IL. She retired from Granite City School District as an administrative assistant after many years of dedicated service. Priscilla was a hard worker and she never met a stranger. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Priscilla was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Priscilla was preceded in death by a son, John Veach; two sisters, Ruth King and Mildred Lance; and by two brothers, Harry Holder and Joseph Holder.

She is survived by her loving son, Bob Veach of Pontoon Beach, IL; brother, Robert Holder of Granite City, IL; sister-in-law, Jean Holder of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Brittani Veach; proud great-grandmother to Kylie and Lexi Crouch; nieces, Ann Holder, Karen Holder and Mary (Michael) Holder-Hart; great-niece, Desiree Longley; extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
The family has requested, those attending the visitation and funeral service to please wear a mask.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Evelynn Jean Harris, nee Drum was born to Lynn and Beulah (Peacock) Drum on June 23, 1931 in Palmyra, IL. She joined her loving husband Herman with the Lord in heaven on July 11, 2021.

Evelynn married Herman Harris on December 31, 1951. They were married for 64 years when he passed away on February 29, 2016.

Evelynn had attended Calvary Life Church in Granite City. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #420 and held the office of Worthy Matron for a period of time. Evelynn volunteered her time to youth by serving as a 4-H leader and as a Madison County Election Judge. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to cross stitch, quilt and paint ceramics. She cherished special times with her family and friends and watching hummingbirds in her yard. She enjoyed cooking for family gatherings and could spot a spec of lint on the floor from a mile away. Evelynn sold Avon Beauty Products early in her career, then worked for over 20 years as a secretary for Boy Scouts of America.

Evelynn was preceded in death by her husband Herman, son Randy, son-in-law, Chris Coffman, grandson, Trevor Coffman, her parents, Lynn and Beulah Drum, twin sister, Marilynn Whitworth and younger sister, Marjorie Williams.
Evelynn is survived by and will be missed by her son; Rick (Cara) Ahlvers; daughters, April (Dave) Boeger, Robbin Coffman; grandchildren, Julie (Nick) Zezoff, Ben Ahlvers, Jill (Jeremy) Burnett, Mike (Sara) Ahlvers, Kelly Boeger (Dave Pride), Kasey Boeger, Taylor Coffman, Tanner (Meghan) Coffman, Tucker Coffman; 14 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren with 2 more babies to arrive soon.

In celebration of Evelynn’s life, a visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis Unit, San Gabriel

Assisted Living & Memory Care and Heartland Hospice.
Evelynn’s family would like to thank San Gabriel Assisted Living & Memory Care and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care she received.

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Onita J. Sipes, 86 of Alvaton, KY formerly of Granite City passed away peacefully on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Bowling Green, KY with her family by her side.

Onita was born on April 7, 1935 in Steele, MO; the daughter of the late Algea and Uni Veatrice (King) Marley. Onita was a nurse’s aide at Eden Village in Glen Carbon and a member of Johnson Road General Baptist Church in Granite City. Onita was a talented quilter and was known for baking her pies and cakes. She loved family gatherings and spending time with all of her family. Onita will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Onita is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Willis Hurshel Sipes, whom she married on August 31, 1957; children, David and Christi Sipes of Alvaton, KY, Danny and Dawn Sipes of Newburgh, IN, Denny and Ellen Sipes of Granite City, IL, Belinda and Donald Sharp of Granite City, IL, Greg and Katherine Sipes of Leander, TX; grandchildren, Clint Sipes, Mindy and Corey Woodruff, Bryan and Molly Sipes, Crystal Sharp, Curtis and Elizabeth Sharp, Breanna and Paul Rehmer, Amanda Sipes and fiancé, Blake, Anthony and Ashley Heartline, Whitney and Sonny Hankins, Tiyler Sipes, Marley Sipes and fiancé, Cory, Willis Sipes, Russell Sipes, Austin Sipes and numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Marley; sisters, Marie Rhea, Louise Pilkington, Hettie Jernigan.

In addition to her parents, Onita was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Dementia Society of America.

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Michael Scott Aaron, 49, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:36 p.m. Sat. July 10, 2021 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born Jan. 12, 1972 in Belleville, IL to Terry Aaron of Belleville and the late Patricia (Scott) Aaron.

On May 16, 2013 he and Jenne Lou Barger were married in Sevier Co., TN.  She survives.

He was training to become the General Manager of the new Speedway in Pontoon Beach.  Michael’s passion was insurance.  He loved to cook and spend time with his family.  His dream was to be able to travel.  He always put a smile on everybody’s face and he never met a stranger. 

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by a daughter: Madilynn Barger of Granite City; a step-son: Tyler (MacKenzie Jeffreis) Lafave of Muskogee, OK; twin grandsons: Weston and Waylon Lafave; a sister: Natasha (Stephen) Calvin of Belleville; his best friend who was like a brother: Curt Sondag of Waterloo, IL; goddaughter: Beriah LeFlore of Lawrence, KS; aunts and uncles: Diane (Doug) Eichols, Ruth Ann (Charlie) Herzog, Chris Scott, Lynda (David) Weber and Kathy Shelton; niece: Kalleena Calvin; nephews: Sawyer, Hayden and Waylon Calvin; his beloved dogs: Arnold and Gizmo; and many cousins.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents: Calvin & Mary Aaron and James & Vivian Scott Sr.; uncle: James H. Scott; aunts: Cheryl Aaron and Kimberly Scott; and his best dog: Clyde.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until time of services at 4:00 p.m. Sat. July 17, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue or the Moya Moya Foundation.

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Suez Elizabeth Taylor, 71, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Fri. July 9, 2021 at her home.

She was born July 2, 1950 in Granite City to the late Florence Martin and Theodore Scherfy.

On Sept. 4, 1971 she and Richard Taylor were married in Granite City.  He survives.

In addition to her husband she is survived by 2 daughters: Mary (Jeffrey) Gibson and Sara (Jeffrey R. Cauble) Taylor of Granite City; 9 grandchildren; a brother; and 3 sisters.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

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Pete Ivy, 50, of Venice, IL, passed away at 4:32 p.m. Fri. July 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 11, 1970 in St. Louis, MO to Rose (Coleman) Ivy of Venice and the late Pete Robinson.

Pete had been an over the road truck driver.

In addition to his mother he is survived by a sister: Nicole Rose Ivy of Newport News, VA; godparents: Greg & Arlene Katana; and very special friends: Michael Katana and Gregory Katana II.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Emmitt Ivy.

Memorial services are pending.

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Abel Silva, 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:57 p.m. Fri. July 9, 2021 at Alton Memorial Hospital ER in Alton, IL.

He was born May 29, 1951 in El Paso, TX to the late David & Carmen (Mendoza) Silva Sr.

Abel was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City.

He is survived by a sister: Magdalene (James) Jordan; a brother: David Silva Jr.; nephews: David Silva III, Manny Silva, Benjamin Silva, Johnny Silva and Michael Torrez; nieces: Maggie Hanrahan and Lisa Turnbough; great-nephews: Jakob and Blake; great-nieces: Dakota, Ava and Audrey; and many other extended family and friends.

SERVICES ARE PENDING

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Marilyn “Sissy” M. Whitehead, 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Fri. July 9, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Feb. 18, 1959 in Granite City to the late Evelyn I. (McKnolly) Hollis and Joseph Reeves.

On July 7, 1984, she and Donald Wayne Whitehead were married in Madison, IL.  He survives.

Sissy loved spending time with her family, going to yard sales and watching her favorite T.V. shows.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son: Justin W. (Ashley) Whitehead; a sister: Tina M. (Terry) Perrin; 2 brothers: Ronnie W. Reeves and Marvin G. Reeves, her twin; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister: Audrey M. Marsh; and 2 brothers: Kenneth W. Reeves and Gary R. Reeves.

Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery at a later date.


Tammy Melissa Huether, 62, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Thurs. July 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born Jan. 13, 1959 in Camden, TN to Sylvia Joyce Smith of Granite City and the late William Jack Smith Sr.

Tammy loved to shop and had been a bartender at the Venice Social Club.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by 2 sons: Samson (Brandi) Scorfina and William Zeb Smiley; 3 grandchildren: Cemetrio Scorfina, Aiden Smiley and Allera Smiley; a sister: Darla Dawn (Thomas) LeMaster; her former spouse: Jack Huether all of Granite City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Jack Smith Jr.

Memorial visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tues. July 13, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Heath E. Scarbrough, 48, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:41 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born October 17, 1972 in Granite City, a son of the late Ben and Jeanette (Wyman) Scarbrough.

He married Christine (Kuehl) Scarbrough on March 12, 1994 in Granite City and she survives.

Heath worked for Suburban Journals newpaper with many years of service as a carrier.

He had a love for eagles, enjoyed playing video and computer games, playing cards and loved his days of fishing. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Stephen Scarbrough, Nikkie Scarbrough, Jessica Scarbrough and Rebeka Scarbrough; three grandchildren, Heath, Videll and Luxanna; a sister, Patricia Jean “P.J.” King; a brother-in-law, David Milton, all of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Terrisa Milton.

In celebration of his life, a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.


Hazel “Gloria” Smith, 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Gloria was born on June 9, 1933 in Bethalto, IL, a daughter of the late Agnes (Kasting) Chapman.
In 1949, Gloria married Lonzo Smith, the love of her life. Lonzo passed away in 1986. Gloria enjoyed her time as the librarian of the Hartford Public Library and retired after many years of dedicated service. She was creative and had a dry sense of humor. She enjoyed reading, playing bunko, and solving crossword puzzles. Gloria will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her mother and husband, Gloria was preceded in death by her son, Lon Smith and by a grandson, Scott Rapoff.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Laura Rapoff of Maryville, IL and Lynn Smith of Granite City, IL; dear brother, Willard (Sandy) Chapman of Bethalto, IL; grandchildren Kari (Greg) Dioneda, Beth (Mike Wilson) Rapoff, Laura Smith, and Lon Michael Smith; great-grandchildren Justine, Finn, and Charlotte and extended family and friends.
In celebration of her life, a private family graveside service will be held at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana, IL.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Stroke Association in Gloria’s memory: https://www.stroke.org/?form=stroke_df
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Virginia Ann Ohren, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:54 p.m. Mon. July 5, 2021 at her home.

She was born Dec. 22, 1947 in Breese, IL to the late Alphonse B. & Evelyn M. (Begeman) Schleper.

On Aug. 8, 1969, she and John “Jack” Ohren were married in Edwardsville, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1998.

Virginia retired from Granite City Steel after 32 years of service and worked in yard maintenance and as a caster runout operator.  She was a faithful and active member of Johnson Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter: Karen Ann (Joel) LaFrance of St. Jacob, IL; a son: Leonard L. (Shawna) Ohren of Belleville, IL; 5 grandchildren: Haileigh, Breanna and Eli Ohren and Kyle and Kaleb LaFrance; a sister: Genevieve M. (Ralph) Rensing of Alhambra, IL; a brother: Richard Schleper of Highland, IL; and her beloved fur baby: Honey.

SERVICES PENDING.


Donald W. Partney Jr., 83, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 10:25 am on July 6, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town and Country, Missouri with his family at his side.

He was born May 14, 1938 in Granite City, a son of the late Donald Eugene and Dorothy E. (Yankee) Partney. He married Rose (Strack) Partney on November 29, 1986.
After graduating from Granite City High School and the University of Illinois, Don was a professional engineer licensed in 4 states, active with the Illinois Boiler and Pressure Vessel Division, and a member of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association where he had served as a Board Director, Southern Illinois Sheet Metal Local #268, served as Chairman of the Industry Fund and on the Insurance Committee. He had worked throughout the years as a mechanical engineer working for Union Starch and Refining Company in Granite City, served as a Chief Engineer with Kingsford Charcoal Company in Louisville, Kentucky, Dow Chemical in Madison and had served 19 years as President of Granite Sheet Metal Works. He later continued his career as a consulting engineer with Kuenz Heating and Sheet Metal for 25 years and consulting as the owner and operator of Granite Engineering LLC until 2020. In the 1970’s, he was an owner and partner of Thomas-Mercer Mortuary and Sedlacek-Lahey Funeral Home. Don was very active throughout the years in the Granite City area and had served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Y.M.C.A., President of Rotary, member of the Elks Lodge #1063, developer of Partney Estates and had served on the Library Board and the Port Authority Board. In addition, Don was involved with the Granite City Masonic Lodge for over 35 years and had served as a Master Councilor with the DeMolay Chapter. He was a great supporter and member of the Ainad Shriners and a member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois. Don was a United States veteran, who proudly served his country with the United States Coast Guard Reserves. Don was a devoted Catholic and faithfully attended Mass since 1985. In 2007 he converted to Catholicism at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edwardsville.
Don was always very competitive and enjoyed his days of bowling, fishing, golfing and playing cards and boardgames. He cherished his family and many friends, carried a strong work ethic throughout his life, and had a love for dogs. He and Rose traveled extensively throughout the globe.
In addition to his beloved wife, Rose K. Partney, of over 34 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Linda Partney; a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Jim Curtis; six grandchildren, Jessica Partney, Norman Russell, Brent Curtis, Destiny Partney, Grant Curtis and Denton Partney; great grandchildren, Laney Brand, Griffin Brand and Xavier Jacowski; five step children and spouses, Robert and Susan Hilker Jr., Rhonda and Davey Armstrong, Robin and Christopher Hinterser, Becky and Jim Jackson and Roberta and Bryon Goeckner; fifteen step grandchildren, Benjamin, Alisabeth, Annalise and John Hilker, Ryan and Alexander Armstrong, Cori, Tyler and Connor Hinterser, Emily, Mary and Amanda Jackson and Apollonia “Polly”, Abigail and Luke Goeckner; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Jack Manzo; two half sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Dominic Griffin and Diane and Dave Brown, plus many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and many friends. Don was extremely close to his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dean and Jane Talley, Jim and Mickey Strack, and Bob and Kathy Strack.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Darin Partney, brothers, David E. Partney and Daniel Partney, sisters-in-law, Pamela Partney and Florence Reznack, and brother-in-law, Louis Reznack.
In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at his home parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1802 Madison Avenue in Edwardsville on Friday, July 9, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Jallas as celebrant. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we respectfully ask unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, American Diabetes Association or to St. Mary’s Catholic School PTO.


Carole S. Richardson, 81, of Granite City, Illinois went to be with the Lord and gained her Heavenly wings at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 while under the loving hospice care at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

She was born January 7, 1940 in Alton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Hamilton) Schneider.

She married the love of her life, John Carl Richardson on April 19, 1959 in Alton and he passed away on March 6, 2015.

Carole retired from the Utilization Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, where she had had over 25 years of dedicated service, serving many of them in Medical Records.

Carole was a very spiritual woman and served the Lord her entire life. She had a beautiful collection of angels and was very talented in making porcelain dolls, crocheting, sewing, stenciling, oil painting and tole painting. She loved remodeling and redecorating and was never intimidated to tackle any Do-It-Yourself project to enhance her home. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Carole is survived by a son, John C. Richardson III and Dana of Granite City; a daughter, Deborah Richardson Stauffer of Granite City; four grandchildren and spouses, Heather and Keith Perigo, Brittni Richardson, Chris and Candace Stauffer and Andrea and Adam Young; ten great grandchildren, Rylee and Anderson John Perigo, Madison, Taylor, Evan, Mackenzie, Keegan and Payton Stauffer and Willa and Wells Young; a sister, Dorothy Calloway of Texas; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Lola and Lyndall Newell of Fosterburg, Sadie and Arthur Lewis of Arnold, Missouri, Lucy Richardson of Granite City and Nancy Richardson of Bethalto; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 55 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald “Jack” Frasier and two sisters, Helen Wilson and Carlois Scott.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, July 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Desmond Wellington officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House, 1000 N. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Larry I. Stone, 75, of Mt. Olive and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at his home.

He was born June 19, 1946 in Prentice, Illinois, a son of the late Claude H. Stone and Dorothy E. (Baker) Rainey.

He married Phyllis J. (Hagnauer) Stone on January 23, 1965 in Granite City, Illinois and she survives.

He had worked for American Steel with many years of dedicated service as a yard supervisor and later as a maintenance supervisor with Emerson Electric for several years.

He enjoyed his years of coaching youth baseball and playing racquetball. He loved the outdoors, loved feeding and watching his hummingbirds and enjoyed his days of fishing and hunting.

In addition to his beloved wife of 56 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ken S. and Carrie Stone Sr. of Godfrey, Illinois and Steven M. and Jana Stone of Granite City; four grandchildren, Sara and Rob Johnson, Bradley Stone, Kenneth Stone Jr. and Samuel Stone; two great grandchildren, Kameron and Addy Jo Johnson; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Connie Stone of Granite City; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Brenda and Wally Bamper of Maryville, Janet Thomas of Springfield, Illinois, Barbara and Randy Woodruff of Granite City and Rhonda Rainey of Granite City; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Paula Hagnauer Jr. of Granite City; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Sandra Hunter of Granite City and Karla and Rick Hooper of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Wayne Stone; a brother, Lloyd Stone and two brothers-in-law, William Thomas and David Hunter.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, July 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Ronald Stone officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center or to the American Lung Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Ernest G. Hubbard, 79 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at River Crossing of Edwardsville.

Ernest was born on January 5, 1942 in Granite City; the son of the late Ernest E. and Evelyn (Miles) Hubbard. Ernest was a machine operator and shift leader at Southwest Steel. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. Ernest loved dancing with his wife Penny. He was fascinated by all animals, enjoyed tending to his pond for years and loved watching the birds in his backyard. Most of all Ernest loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ernest is survived by and will be missed by his children; Gay M.R. and Jeffrey Will of Granite City, Robert Hubbard of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Casey Lord, Taylor and Kelly Fornachon, Madyson Lord, Drew Hubbard, Drake Hubbard, Harper Hubbard; great-grandchild, Ada Hoffman; sisiter, Linda Barr; brothers, Bryan Hubbard, Roger Hubbard, Bradley Hubbard.

In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his wife; Teana L. “Penny” (Isaak) Hubbard, whom he married on August 6, 1962; a sister, Catherine Mize and a brother, David Hubbard.

In celebration of Ernest’s life, a visitation will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.After the burial there will be a luncheon for family and close friends at his daughters home. Memorial donations are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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James Paul “Jim” Flaugher, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 25, 1931 in Tuscumbia, Missouri, a son of the late Elbert H. and Mayme (Ahart) Flaugher.

James married Vivian M. (Favier) Flaugher on March 24, 1951 in Granite City and she survives.

He retired in 1990 from Granite City Steel after 42 years of dedicated service as a steelworker.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Navy during the Korean War and was the recipient of numerous medals and awards.

He was a faithful member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and enjoyed his days of hunting, fishing and bowling. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Stanley Marler of Granite City; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Flaugher of Granite City; six grandchildren, Anthony Marler, Daniel Meade, Lindsey (Luke) Greene, Derek Flaugher, James Marler and Krystle Marler; four great grandchildren, Greysen Marler, Olive Greene, Alan Meade and Abigail Meade; a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Richard Ficker of Granite City; two sisters-in-law, Delores Flaugher of Maryville and Shirley Flaugher of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Keith Flaugher; grandson, George Meade; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Warren and Margie Flaugher, Harley “Glen” Flaugher and Wayne Flaugher and two infant sisters.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Calvary Life Church.

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Stephen French, age 80, of Collinsville, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL.

Stephen was born on September 8, 1940 in Mattoon, IL, a son of the late William French and Evelyn (Harper) French.

Stephen was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country. On February 4, 1961, Stephen married Judith Ann Carmack, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Judith passed away on September 5, 2011. He was a faithful member of Meadow Heights Baptist Church in Collinsville, IL. He retired from Granite City Steel as a pipefitter after many years of dedicated service. Stephen enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Stephen was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Stephen was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Jim French.

He is survived by his loving children and their families, Stephanie (Kelly Kalika) French of Collinsville, IL and William “Bill” (Julie) French of Troy, IL; brother, Ernie (Kathy) French of Marion, IL; sister, Shawna Downey of Lyle, IL; sister-in-law, Sandy French of Marion, IL; extended family and friends.

Graveside visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL, with the graveside service to follow at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations may be given to Children’s Hope India Orphanage. Donations will be accepted at the services.

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

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Mary K. Tucker, 74, of Madison, IL died on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, IL.

She was born on February 19, 1947 in Granite City, IL to Dr. Henry P. Cohan and Pauline (George) Baker.

Mary married Howard “Tom” Tucker in 1990 in South Carolina and he preceded her in death in 1992.

She was the owner/operator of Merlon’s Pet Grooming Salon.  Mary was a member of King of Kings Non-Denominational Church in Granite City and was a founding member of the Granite City APA.  She was an animal lover and also enjoyed playing pool.

Phyllis Wilbur and Nick Cohan loved Mary very much.  Mary K had many friends who loved her too including Kelly and Stephanie.

Mary is survived by a special friend, Bill Barron of Granite City; a cousin, Nick Cohan of Granite City and many cousins, nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, Mary is preceded in death by a brother, Richard Howard.

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

June 2021 Obituaries