Obituaries June 2021

June 2021 Obituaries

William “Bill” Barnett, age 86, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Bill was born on December 14, 1934 in Alpine, KY, a son of the late Fred Barnett and Florence (Blankenship) Barnett.

On July 2, 1955, Bill married Fay O’Bear, the love of his life in Madison, IL. Bill retired from Reilly Industries in Granite City, IL, after 42 years of dedicated service. He also owned and operated Granite City Termite & Pest Control. He was a member of Masonic Triple Lodge in Granite City, IL. Bill attended Church of God of Prophecy in Madison, IL. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan and he also enjoyed hunting and watching NASCAR races. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Bill 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, Bill was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alma Barnett; son-in-law, Fred Jackson Jr.; three sisters, Billie, Melvina and Austine; and by two brothers, Phil and Ronnie.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Fay Barnett of Granite City, IL; loving children, Barbara Jackson of Granite City, IL, Carol Bradshaw of Granite City, IL and Kenneth (Cindy) Barnett of Olean, MO; siblings, Thomas Barnett of OH, Iva Gay (Ed) Griggs of OH and Edna Carol Jackson of KY; proud grandfather to Renee (Matthew) Baldwin of Granite City, IL, Scott (Katie) Jackson of Edwardsville, IL, Joshua (Amy) Barnett of Nixa, MO, Jeremy Barnett of Granite City, IL; Holly Bradshaw of Granite City, IL and Mark D. (Liz) Bradshaw Jr. of Granite City, IL; 15 dear great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with a Masonic Service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

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

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Charles L Burns, Jr — March 22, 1967 to June 29, 2021

Charlie loved people and welcomed everyone – Especially the Girls. He loved life, Music, Dancing, Singing, Wrestling, Shooting Pool, Bowling, going on trips, eating out, Holidays, parties, and barbeques. Pizza and Hamburgers were his favorite, not to mention Pies, Cakes, and sweets. Not a sweet he did not like, that was his favorite part of any kind of function. He loved being with family and especially babies. He was a big brother to all the children and seemed to have a magnetic attraction showing so much love and affection. He loved going to work every day and earning his paycheck and on payday it was pizza night! Charlie Participated in the Special Olympics where he won 2 Gold medals for Bowling, Track and Field. He had an amazing experience being honored to participate in the weekend event where he got to stay in a Dorm with his teammates.

He was a beloved brother, cousin, son, uncle, and friend to all who had the honor of knowing and loving him. He was kind, loving and generous except for sweets and money!!! Charlie resided at Edwardsville Terrance for the last five years where he had an extended family including staff and residence. Charlie impacted so many lives and forever will be missed. Charlie passed in Edwardsville Illinois with his family by his side. Even the challenges of Down Syndrome did not hold Charlie back! He was truly a fighter and continuously surprised us by his sheer will to live, fight and battle dementia for the last four years.

Charlie is survived by Siblings Linda Martin (Bruce) of Pontoon Beach, IL, Rhonda Hurt (Randy York) of Granite City, IL, John Margrabe (Robyn) of Granite City, IL. Nieces and Nephews – Tiffanie Focht, Steve Rippee, Kurt Rippee, Justin Hurt, James Hurt, Ryan Hurt, Tabatha Buckingham, Brody Margrabe, Austin Margrabe, Chloe Margrabe, and Oliver Margrabe and 10 Great Nieces and Nephews. Charlie was very much a Son to Thomas and Flora Odum of Edwardsville IL as well as a little brother to Erin and Sean Kuehnel, a big brother to Stephanie and Debbie Peters, and an uncle to Tyler Thomas and Alexis Leigh Kuehnel. His Aunts Nancy L Odum of Edwardsville IL, Carol Smith of St Jacob IL and Jeannine Greene of Madison IL. Cousins, Maribeth Karlechik, Harry Scott Odum, Thomas Odum, Nanette Pranitis, Jason Smith, Lauri Heffner, Timothy Smith, Kelly Scrum, Melissa Broadway, Jake Greene, and Luke Greene. Charlie is pre-deceased by Charles L Burns, SR. (Father), Sandra L Margrabe (Mother), Timothy Thomas Burns (Grandfather) Wilma Estalee Burns (Grand Mother) John Long (Grandfather) Marie Long (Grand Mother), Rusty Burns (Brother), Marilyn (Annie) Burns (Stepmother) Jimmy Burns (Uncle), and Thomas Odum (Cousin and Best Buddy).

In celebration of Charlie’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Roger Wright officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the Down Syndrome Association, Vitas Hospice or the Dementia Society of America in St. Louis.

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Jerry Dean Ward, 54, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:41 a.m. Tues. June 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born Dec. 7, 1966 in Granite City to Judith Ann (Richardson) Ward of Granite City and the late James Ward.

Jerry enjoyed watching NASCAR, golf, tennis and soccer.

Memorial visitation will be from Thurs. July 1, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Roy Layer, 84, of Jackson, Missouri and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.


He was born October 2, 1936 in Boydsville, Arkansas, a son of the late Stanley Henry and Thelma Gertrude (Owens) Layer.

He married the love of his life, Sondra Jean (Bunch) Layer on December 10, 1960 in Kennett, Missouri and she passed away on October 12, 2004.


Roy retired in 1987 from General Motors in Hazelwood, Missouri after 30 years of dedicated service as a parts handler.

After his retirement he lived his lifelong dream, along with his wife they bought a cattle farm outside of Fredericktown, Missouri. He enjoyed 13 years of raising cattle, caring for Belgium horses, gardening, fishing, riding four wheelers, hosting children of the community and giving knowledge of farming from days gone by. This was truly the happiest years of his life, having family around him, grandchildren visiting the farm and of course getting to wear his overalls proudly as a farmer.


He was a dedicated 32nd Degree member of the Granite City Masonic Lodge. Roy was a faithful member of his church and enjoyed reading the Bible and serving his Lord. He cherished his family, was a dedicated and beloved husband to his wife of 44 years, a devoted father and loving grandfather.


He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles “Stan” and Gayle Layer of Rosewood Heights, Illinois and John and Barbara Layer of Jackson, Missouri; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Martin Davis of Granite City, Illinois; nine grandchildren and spouses, Johnna (Patrick) Bowker, Andrew (Leah) Davis, C.J. (Amy) Layer, Marie Layer, Jessica (Matt) Mercer, Sarah Davis, Benjamin (Sherrie) Davis, Troy (Amanda) Heffington and Kurt (Kali) Heffington; ten great grandchildren, Jade, J.P., Isaac, Brooke, Jillian, Jayden, Brantley, Orion, Logan and Zoe; a sister-in-law, Linda Layer of Oak Town, Indiana; other extended family and many friends.


In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rex Layer.


In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, July 3, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend David Schultz officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Roy Leon Fisher, 79, resident of the Cambridge House in Maryville and formerly of Granite City and West Frankfort, Illinois passed away at 10:05 p.m. on Monday, June 28, 2021 at River Crossing of Edwardsville.

He was born July 4, 1941 in Macedonia, Illinois, a son of the late Rev. Austin O. and Carrie E. (Tellor) Fisher.

He married the love of his life, Donna F. (Bain) Fisher on March 21, 1962 in Granite City and she survives.

He retired as a forklift operator from Olin Corporation in East Alton after 35 years of dedicated service in the Winchester Division. He was a lifetime member of the Machinist Union Local #660 in East Alton since 1966.

He was a faithful member of Heights Community Church in Collinsville and a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Granite City. Roy was very patriotic, enjoyed gospel music, listening to the Gaither Homecoming group and enjoyed years of singing with his family throughout the years. He had a love for sports, watching football and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He attended many home games with his son, was a season ticket holder for the St. Louis Rams and enjoyed attending induction ceremonies on occasion. He enjoyed his days of traveling, visiting many historic sites and taking trips to Branson. He was also an avid collector of Cardinals, Rams, Winchester and political memorabilia. Roy cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by three children and spouses, Paula and David Parker of Granite City, Marsha and Steven LaGree of Beatrice Nebraska and Don Fisher and Kim Scharringhausen of St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren and spouses, Christina and Matthew Wright, Jodi and Bobby Hinson, Rebecca Berry, Austin Berry, Ali Walters, Stephan and Sierra LaGree; six great grandchildren, Bryan Parker, Tyler Wright, Zoe Berry, Parker Hinson, Everleigh Hinson and Freya LaGree; two sisters-in-law, Gerry Fisher of Warrenton, Missouri and Eileen Fisher of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Martha Fisher; a grandson, Charlie Berry; three brothers, infant Donald Gene Fisher, Kenneth Ray Fisher and Carl Edward Fisher and a sister, Dolores Ann Ameiss.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Rev. David Seaton officiating. You may join the service livestream at 12:00 noon on Roy’s tribute wall at www.irwinchapel.com

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

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to Heights Community Church, 2227 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, IL 62234 and may be given at www.weareheights.org or accepted at the funeral home.

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Mildred M. Roderick, of Granite City and Edwardsville, Illinois passed away in Clearwater, Florida on Monday, April 13, 2020.

She was born January 28, 1929 in Granite City, a daughter of the late George Howard and the late Bernice (Trotts) Komosa.

She married Lawrence Richard Roderick on October 9, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City and he passed away on May 31, 2008.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Howard.

Mildred had served as Parish Secretary for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church for many years before joining Jo Elaine Foster & Associates, PC as Business Manager. She will be remembered most for the love and special times shared as spouse, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and special friend.

She is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Donald) Deters of Wildwood, Missouri and Patricia (Bruce Miller) Roderick of Clearwater, Florida; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Shannon) Deters of Wildwood, Missouri and Laura (Kevin) Dieckmann of Wildwood, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Thomas Deters; sister, Dorothy Calame of Galena, Illinois; other extended family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 110 N. Buchanan Street in Edwardsville, Illinois on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner, VF as Celebrant.

Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.


Wilma June Brimm, 68 of Granite City passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Wilma was born on July 10, 1952 in Swainsboro, GA; the daughter of the late Charles Marsh and Florence (Boelling) Brown. Wilma was a loving wife and mom who was a member of Bethel Chapel Pentecostal Church in Granite City. Wilma enjoyed her days of competing in the Senior Olympics and the many activities at church camp. She was a well known fisherman and was always up for playing any kind of games. Wilma will be remembered for the love of her family, friends and all the special times they shared together.

Wilma is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Bill Brimm, whom she married on October 4, 1974; her son, Ryan Brimm of Granite City; granddaughters, Maya June Brimm of Granite City, Mila Grace Brimm of Granite City; brother, Thomas and Betty Marsh of Missouri; sisters, Linda Bauman of Florida, Bonnie and Roger Gibson of Florida, Elaine and Danny Lewis of Godfrey, IL.

In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her brothers; Donald Vincent, Dennis Stearns; sisters, Gloria Jean Homan, Mae Horn.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bethel Chapel Pentecostal Church, 2445 Ohio Ave. in Granite City. Visitation will continue on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Brimm officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Parkinson’s Association.


Bertha “Bert” F. Abel, 89, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 9:42 a.m. Mon. June 28, 2021 at her home.

She was born Jan. 16, 1932 in New Minden, IL to the late Elmer C. & Vesta A. (Bateman) Meinart.

On Feb. 10, 1950, she and Robert “Bob” Dan Abel were married in Granite City.  He preceded her in death Aug. 19, 2004.

Bert and Bob owned and operated Abel’s Auto Body for many years.  She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and loved to bowl, cook and birdwatch with a love of cardinals as well as being a Cardinals fan.

She is survived by a son: Dan (Rhonda) Abel of Pontoon Beach; 2 grandchildren: Robert Dan “Bobby” Abel and Jennifer (Eddie) Adams; 5 great-grandchildren: Domenic Collins, Amaya Adams, Olyvia Abel, Caiden Abel and Kinley Abel; 2 great-grandchildren: Cayln & Aubree Collins; and a sister: Louise Koester of Collinsville, IL.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son: James Robert Abel; and a sister: Betty Elaine Hamilton.

SERVICES PENDING.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to Granite City A.P.A or Backstoppers.


Glen D. Johnson, 84, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois, passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on June 24, 2021.


Glen was born in Alton, Missouri, on April 2, 1937, to Mack C. and Lola (Hollis) Johnson. He and Betty Murray were married September 16, 1956, at Pleasant Grove Church in Teresita, Missouri.

He worked for Union Starch for 15 years as a dryer operator, and then began his career with Granite City Steel where he worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 26 and half years. He retired from there in January of 1999, after a devastating stroke.


Glen was a long time member at Calvary Life Church in Granite City, Illinois, where he served as deacon for 38 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #835, Ducks Unlimited, and the NRA. He loved to hunt, fish and loved any task he could complete while using his John Deere tractor!


He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Anna Lou Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Betty Johnson of Pontoon Beach, Illinois; son, David “Steven” Johnson of Pontoon Beach, Illinois; daughter, Phyllis June Fisher and husband Mark of Edwardsville, Illinois; grandchildren: Brandon Scarborough and wife Laura of Glen Carbon, Illinois, Ethan Fisher of Glen Carbon, Illinois, and Bridget Lesicko and husband Jared of St. Louis, Missouri; great-grandchildren: Nicodemus Scarborough and Eve Lila Scarborough; brother, Darold Dean Johnson and wife Glenda of Alton, Missouri, sisters: Sue Friend of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Sharon “Kay” Johnson of West Plains, Missouri; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Illinois, under the direction of Sunset Hill Funeral Home.

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Jordan Scott Masters, 30, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois.


Born Feb. 15, 1991 in Alton, Illinois, he was the son of Michael A. and Angela K. (Collison) Masters.
Jordan was a student and graduated from the Illinois Center for Autism.
In addition to his parents; he is survived by his grandmothers, Evelyn “Wanda” Masters of East Alton and Bonnie Collison of Granite City; three brothers, Jesse Masters of Granite City, Joshua Masters of Collinsville, Illinois, and Jacen Masters of Godfrey, Illinois; along with aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bobby Masters and Ricky Collison.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 25 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, Illinois. Pastor Darrin Masters will officiate.
Burial will be in Berrong Cemetery near Gipsy, Missouri.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of expenses.


Joyce Ellen Gushleff, 74, of Mitchell, Illinois passed away at 10:23 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at her home.

She was born March 22, 1947 in Joliet, Illinois, a daughter of the late LaVerne and Estelle (Scott) Johnson.

She married Gerald K. Gushleff Sr. on March 2, 1970 and he passed away on November 26, 2016.

Joyce was a loving homemaker and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. She had a love for animals and enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends in the deaf community. She loved sports and enjoyed watching baseball, basketball and many gameshows on the television.

She is survived by a son, Jerry K. Gushleff Jr. of Mitchell; two twin brothers, Doug Johnson of Rockford and Dave (Nancy) Johnson of Dixon; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

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


James “Jim” Irvin Biver, age 74, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Jim was born on January 19, 1947 in Belleville, IL, a son of the late Irvin Biver and Dorothy (Hoeffken) Biver.

Jim was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He retired from the maintenance department at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO, after many years of dedicated service. Jim enjoyed bowling, playing cards and trying his luck on scratch off tickets. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Jim was a loving father, grandpa and a friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Alexander Biver.

He is survived by his loving children, Nichole Odem of Belleville, IL, Amanda Campbell of Granite City, IL, Kelly Hopkins of Belleville, IL, Skyler (Brittany) Biver of Granite City, IL and Jessica Biver of Collinsville, IL; proud grandfather to many grandchildren; extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m., with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Elizabeth “Betty” Lyerla-Buffa, age 69, of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at her home.

Betty was born on June 13, 1952 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Paul J. Baker and Alice Louise (Jordan) Baker.

On February 10, 2000, Betty married Albert “Al” Leo Buffa in Edwardsville, IL. Betty worked as a special education administrator for the Madison County School District and Will County School District, retiring after many years of dedicated service. Betty enjoyed dancing and traveling with Al after she retired. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Betty loved life, loved to laugh, but most of all loved her family. Betty was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and a friend to many. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Philip Baker.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Al Buffa of Glen Carbon, IL; loving children, Scott (Colleen) Lyerla of St. Louis, MO, Rich (Lori) Buffa of Chesterfield, MO, AJ (Shannon) Buffa of Surprise, AZ, and Leo Buffa of Prescott, AZ; dear sisters, Sandra Kay (Jerry) Curran of Edwardsville, IL and Paula Baker of Alton, IL; proud grandmother to Mairead Lyerla, Aoife Lyerla, Jacob Buffa, Caleb Buffa, Ty Buffa, Nina Buffa, Kyle Buffa, Maggie Buffa, Keaton Buffa and Mea Buffa; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Memorial donations may be given to ALS Association – St. Louis Regional Chapter, 1950 Craig Road #200, St. Louis, MO 63146.

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Joyce Adeline Hewlett, 76, of Granite City, IL, born on July 20, 1944, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Joyce lived a full and meaningful life. She raised 4 wonderful children with her husband and loved each new grandchild and great-grandchild as her family grew.
She loved completely and unconditionally. She carried herself with grace, walked with integrity, and prayed for her loved ones every night. Her presence was one of comfort, patience, and light. Family was everything to her and she always put them first.

Joyce also led a very active life. She enjoyed playing rummy with her card buddies, chair yoga, going to the salon, being out in nature, taking in the beautiful views, tending to her various flowers, feeding the birds, and forever battling those pesky squirrels who just wouldn’t leave her bird feeders alone. Joyce had a sense of adventure and loved to travel with loved ones, as well. She always looked forward to her trips to Tunica and gambling on the boat, and enjoyed relaxing in beautiful rustic cabins in the mountains. Even after becoming a great-grandmother, Joyce went to Hawaii to watch whales and hike through hardened lava and black sand beaches.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 52 years, Billy Dean Hewlett, her parents, Herman and Lillian (Harris) Sellers, and two brothers, Eldred and Gerald Sellers.

Surviving are her children, Scott Hewlett of Ashland, IL, Mike (Trina) Hewlett of Troy, IL, Stacie (Keith) Snow of Troy, IL, Karie (Theo) Adams of Granite City, IL; six grandchildren, Brooke, Anthony (Matt), Serena (Adam), Joshua, Brittany and Trevor, two great grandchildren, Christian and Nora; a sister Eileen of Rapid City, South Dakota; many nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her beautiful life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, IL on Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 5:00 p.m. with Reverend Jennifer Sowell Glover officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for a memorial tree to be planted near Bill and Joyce’s cremation bench at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Thelma Marie Denny, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:17 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 30, 1930 in Greenbrier, Missouri, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Ella (Kirkpatrick) Nevels.

Thelma married the love of her life, Carroll Eugene Denny on March 11, 1951 in Granite City and he passed away on October 9, 2014.

She retired in 1989 from the Fabric Store in Granite City and Alton after 20 years of service as a sales clerk and manager.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City. Thelma was an avid quilter and made many beautiful quilts throughout the years. She also enjoyed her days of painting china and making china dolls. She cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Carol Elaine Denny of Glen Carbon; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Michael Makarewicz of Granite City; three grandchildren and a spouse, Natalie and Michael Decker, Christopher Kaelin and Sarah Makarewicz; three great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Allie and Charlotte Decker; a brother, Bill Nevels of Puxico, Missouri; two sisters, Nina Cookson of Granite City and Glenda Wilfong of Dexter, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Rose Nevels of Anna, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Donald Denny of Puxico, Missouri and her beloved dog, Lucy; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 60 years, she was preceded in death by a brother, Grover “Bud” Nevels; four sisters and brother-in-law, Virginia and Albert Odom, Jean Nevels, Alene Nevels and Hazel and Edward Trotts; brother-in-law, Paul Cookson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Denzil and Peggy Denny and sister-in-law, Betty Denny.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home, 300 N. Hickman Street in Puxico, Missouri on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Ray Placher officiating.

Burial will follow at Puxico Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


William Dolosic
April 27, 1941 – December 17, 2020
Granite City, Illinois – In loving memory of our father, William R. Dolosic Sr., of Granite City, IL, who was surrounded by the love of his family when he was called to leave this world on December 17, 2020, at the age of 79. Better known as “Daddy Bill,” he is greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him. This is the first Father’s Day that we will spend without you, however the memories that you have left behind shall carry on.


As you left this life to embark on your final journey, you had the honor of joining our mother, Harriette Dolosic (Davis), who left this world 2001. Both of you chose to give the ultimate gift for the advancement of science by donating your bodies to Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine.


You proudly served in the U.S. Army, and we are grateful for your service. You retired from U.S. Steel in 2002 to enjoy life and family. It is the small memories you left us with that we reflect on most often, such as planting marigolds and zinnias to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, your enjoyment of watching TV and channel-surfing, debating politics, clipping coupons, and running every-day errands. You loved traveling, fishing, feeding the ducks in Grafton, betting on horse and dog races, NASCAR, motorcycle races, scratch-off lottery tickets, slot machines, the Queen of Hearts, Daytona Beach and Las Vegas. You preferred Old Milwaukee and Stag beer, Lipton tea with honey and cooking your favorite dishes for your family, especially Bay Shrimp and Black Bean Stew.
Daddy, you were the one person we could always go to and ask for help or advice. You were so kind and did so much for so many people. We know that you needed us as much as we needed you. Thank you for being our anchor and keeping us grounded. Your love is the very foundation of our family, and we miss you every day.


For those that knew our father, you know he was a good man. He loved to help the DAV Chapter 53, the Wounded Warrior Project, and St. Louis Shriners. In his memory, we ask that friends and family do a kind deed to show that a small gesture can make a difference in someone’s life and remember to tell those that are close to you that you love them.


Wesley Thompson, age 94, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Wesley was born on June 15, 1927 in Elco, IL, a son of the late Ben Thompson and Violet Alice (Tucker) Thompson.

Wesley was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, Wesley enlisted in the United States Army as a Paratrooper, serving proudly in the Korean War. On April 27, 1956, Wesley married Opal Marie Branch, the love of his life and Opal passed away on February 24, 2016. Wesley was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City, IL. He retired as a lead man from National Vendors in Bridgeton, MO, after many years of dedicated service. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Wesley was also a sports fan, and he never missed a hockey game that his grandson, Ryan, played in. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, who were his greatest joys. Wesley 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, Wesley was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Sue Lee; and by four brothers, Billy, Jerry, Carl and Donald Thompson.

Wesley is survived by his loving daughter, Brenda (Bob) Murray of Granite City, IL; siblings, Wayne (Lois) Thompson and Carmen Williams; grandchildren, Melissa (Richard) Reader, Cari (Brian) Palmisano, Vicki (Russell) English, Carrie (Ed) Lemmon, Cindy (John) Grant and Bobbie (Karan) Murray; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating.

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

Memorial donations may be given to Calvary Life Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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

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James E. “Jimmy” Beyer, 50, of Cahokia and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at his home.

He was born June 10, 1971 in Granite City, a son of Carol (Jones) Bryant of Granite City and the late Phillip Leroy “Jack” Beyer.

He married Joanna K. (Seger) Beyer on July 30, 2016 in Smithton, Illinois and she survives.

Jimmy had a 20 year career as an auto body technician. He had began his career with Beyer Auto Body, later for Landmark Chrysler and ended with Schaefer Auto Body.

He was a member of the Guiding Light Ministries in East Carondelet, Illinois. Jimmy loved the outdoors and anything with wheels and a motor. He enjoyed his days of four-wheeling and camping and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Nathan James Beyer of Bethalto, Joshua Beyer of Bethalto and Kelly Seger of Dupo; three daughters, Jimmie Lindsay of Ellabell, Georgia, Donnie Dill of Belleville and Billie Hilscher of Cahokia; nine grandchildren, Elijah, Gabriel, Abigail, Lydia, Remington, Kimber, Blake, Mia and April Rain; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Julie Beyer of Granite City and Phillip and Donna Beyer of Bunker Hill; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Angela Seger of Caseyville; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Christina and Daniel Christy of Kirkwood, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a stepfather, Wayne Bryant.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Rev. Charles Seger officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or to the family and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Dehron James Kuhn, Jr, 29, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at his home.

He was born on June 16, 1992 in Granite City, IL to Dehron Kuhn, Sr and Carey Beadle.

Dehron was owner of Mr. Comfy Heating & Cooling in Granite City.  He enjoyed playing video games, music, fishing, camping and setting off fireworks.

Besides his father, Dehron is survived by a brother, Jacob Kuhn of Granite City; a sister, LeAndra Bernaix of Granite City, maternal grandmother, Betty Uhls of Granite City; 2 aunts:  Carina Shemonia and Shanna Dickerson; 3 uncles:  Jeffery (Renee) Kuhn, David Kuhn and Billy Stegall and his close friend and neighbor, Charlie Wilkerson.

Dehron is preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandfather, Richard Dittrich and paternal grandparents, Irmgard and Richard Kuhn.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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Eileen J. Flowers, 96, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on December 10, 1924 in Danville, IL to Walter and Essie (Stahl) Acord.

Eileen married Elvis Oliver Flowers in St. Louis, Mo on November 13, 1940.  He preceded her in death in 2014.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed reading and being around people.  She attended the North 22nd Baptist Church in Granite City, IL and she had been a teacher’s assistant with the Madison, IL school district.

Eileen is survived by 5 daughters:  Carol Jean Britt of Granite City, IL, Pat Crader of Granite City, IL, Linda Mae Lea of Lyerly, GA, Virginia “Ginger” Staples of Granite City, IL and Dorothy Jean Bloodworth of Granite City, IL; a son and daughter in law, Elvis and Ellen Flowers of Granite City, IL; many grandchildren,  great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and a sister, Violet Rose Flowers of Baldwin, MO.

Besides her husband and parents, Eileen is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  William Lawrence Acord and Edward Acord and a sister, Betty Jean Acord.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory in Granite City, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estate in Glen Carbon, IL.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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Renee Janet Cortez, age 38, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Renee was born on November 14, 1982 in Belleville, IL.

Renee was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints in Edwardsville, IL. She enjoyed going to church to serve the Lord and spending time with her family and friends. Renee was a loving daughter, granddaughter and a friend to many. She never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Renee will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her

She was preceded in death by her father, John Elizalde Sr.; brother, John Elizalde Jr.; and by her grandfather, Ronald Jackson.

Renee is survived by her loving mother, Mae “Kathy” Cortez of Granite City, IL; dear grandmother, Janet Keelin of Engelwood, CO; precious friends, Priscilla and Joe Hawk of Glen Carbon, IL; many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021, with a celebration of life service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saint, 2250 Illinois Rt. 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A.

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

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Lois Mae Warren, 79, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:13 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born May 14, 1942 in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late William and Ann (Dugan) Warning.

She married David Robert Warren Sr. on May 14, 1959 in Granite City and he survives.

Lois was a devoted and loving homemaker whom cherished all of her family. Next to her family, her life was dedicated to loving and caring for her beloved dogs.

She enjoyed her days of entertaining family and friends, was admired for her cooking abilities, had the gift to gab and was an all around people person. She was a member of the Pin Oak Township Senior Citizens and enjoyed her early days of volunteering with the Boy Scouts.

In addition to her beloved husband of 62 years, she is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Ann Brown of Edwardsville; four sons and two daughters-in-law, David Fredrick and Christine Warren of Jackson, Missouri, Bryan Keith Warren of Nashville, Illinois, Jeffrey Scott Warren of Edwardsville and David Robert and Karen Warren II of Granite City; eleven grandchildren, Rachel Rose, Leah, Bryanna, Kori, Scott, Rachel Ann, Lynzi, Zachery, Dawson, Kristina and Maegen; five great grandchildren, Kadynce, Hendrix, Phoenix, Hayleigh and Bryce; a sister-in-law, Carol Watson of Glen Carbon; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Ann Thompson and Jackie Harshbarger. XOXOXO

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jennifer Sowell Glover officiating.

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

In honor of her love for animals, memorials may be made to the Metro East Humane Society or support your local animal shelter.

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Valara Ann Schorfheide, nee, Sprehe, 89 of Granite City passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family.

Valara was born on May 24, 1932 in Hoyleton, IL; the daughter of the late Louis R. and Tillie (Hemminghaus) Sprehe Sr. She married Raymond A. Schorfheide on September 2, 1950 and he preceded her in death on January 12, 1993. Valara was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City where she was a member of the Ladies Evening Guild. She was known for her collection of dolls, books and just about anything Avon. She dedicated her life helping others with their life’s journey and was always there with a helping hand. She was known around town for working at many retail stores and always had a smile for everyone. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Valara is survived by and will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law; Rebecca “Becky” and Randy Fischer of Granite City; grandchildren, Nathan and Stephanie Fischer of Granite City, Corey and Alyson Fischer of Granite City; great-grandchildren, Baylee Fischer, Conyr Fischer, Ayla Fischer, Brayden Fischer, Miles Fischer, Elyse Fischer; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and John Seiffert.

In addition to her parents and husband, Valara was preceded in death by her brother; Louis R. Sprehe; sisters, Dorothy Huge and Tillie Ann Dannanman.

In celebration of Valara’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Karla Frost officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorial donations are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ, Heartland Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Margaret Josephine “Maggie” Graham, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:18 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

She was born October 11, 1941 in Leachville, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Elmer Eldo and Maudie May (Hopper) Buchanan.

Margaret married Doyce Allen “Al” Graham on June 18, 1960 in Caruthersville, Missouri and he passed away on June 2, 2021 with over 60 years of cherished memories together.

Margaret had worked as a cashier with A&P Grocery in Granite City and Aldi’s in Collinsville for many years. She was very talented with decorating, had an eye for design and very artistic with crafts. Margaret cherished her family, had a love for flowers and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Vic and Beverly Graham of Granite City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tina and Randy Brown of Collinsville and Phyllis Graham of Granite City; four grandchildren and their spouses, Lindsay and Michael Simpson, Phil and Catherine Graham, Derrick and Mallory Brown and Diona and Justin Cann; five great grandchildren, Clayton, Oliver, Lainey, Isla and Everett; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Georgia Buchanan of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Clint Masterson of Springfield, Missouri; many special nieces and nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Lucille Wilson, Elsie Benedict, Maxine Hopkins, Bertha Cossey, Elmer Buchanan and two infant brothers.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

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


Mark Alan Townsed, 50, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021 at his home.

He was born October 3, 1970 in Granite City, a son of the late Frank M. Townsend Sr. and Marcella W. (Jachimczuk) Townsend.

Mark enjoyed his days of fishing and hanging with his friends.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Patricia Townsend Jr. of Edwardsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Clint Pearman of Granite City; two nieces, Bridget Townsend and Sophie Townsend; a nephew, Mackie Townsend; many cousins; special lifelong friends, Sam and Barbara Guiethues and their family; other extended family and many cherished friends.

In celebration of his life, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at a later date.


Richard Walter Williams, 69, of Granite City, Illinois, affectionately known as “Uncle Buck” and “Richiee Rich” passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born June 9, 1952 in Granite City, a son of the late Frederick Richard Williams and the late Rita Emily (Wiehardt) Williams Hornberger.

He retired in 2017 from U.S. Steel in Granite City after 30 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. He had also owned and operated Collinsville Amoco for several years. He had received a Bachelor Degree in Education, with a Major in History and had also received a certificate in welding.

Rich was an avid boater throughout his life and loved being on and around the water. He loved times spent at Grafton Harbor, enjoying the many good times with his friends. He loved live music, listening to classic rock and attending many concerts through the years. He also enjoyed his many amazing trips to Las Vegas with family and friends.

Rich always had a happy spirit, never met a stranger, generous to everyone, had a fantastic and unforgettable laugh and was always ready for a good time and new adventure with so many of his family and friends.

He is survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Patrick Noonan of Oak Park, California, Deborah and Donald Brashears of Northfield, Illinois and Candice and Stephen Powderly of St. Charles, Missouri; a half-brother, Darin and Lyndsay Williams of Swansea, Illinois; thirteen nieces and nephews; twenty three great nieces and great nephews; other extended family and many friends.

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

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110.


Benjamin Franklin Clark III, 64, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:57 p.m. Thurs. June 10, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Jan. 8, 1957 in St. Louis, MO to Gloria Lucille (Wagner) Clark and the late Benjamin Franklin Clark II.

The U.S. Army veteran worked as a carpenter.  He was a member of the Mexican Honorary Commission and the VFW.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving companion of 35 years: Barbara Biggs of Granite City; and her son: Brian Biggs of Glen Carbon; a beloved grandson: Liam Biggs; a sister: Linda Clark of St. Louis; 6 brothers: Bruce (Shirley) Clark of St. Louis, Mike (Debbie) Griffith of Staunton, IL, Mark (Feggy) Griffith of Glen Carbon, Melvin (Diane) Griffith of Granite City, Robert (Welie) Clark of Granite City and David (Juanita) Clark of the Philippines; a very special niece: Alexa Clark; many other nieces and nephews; and many very special friends.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leland “Richard” Clark

Memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thurs. June 17, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Mary Ann Cook, 77, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:28 p.m. Thurs. June 10, 2021 at her home.

She was born Dec. 20, 1943 in Gillespie, IL to the late Victor & Minnie Ruth (Hopper) Wiser.

On Oct. 6, 1962, she and Milford Cook were married in Granite City.  He survives in Granite City.

Mary had been a housekeeper for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City for many years.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter: Karen Smith and her fiancé Jeff Ford of Granite City; 2 grandchildren: Alexia (Austin) Gregory of Bentonville, AR and Nathaniel Smith of Granite City; a brother: Raymond (Marilyn) Wiser of Fredricktown, MO; and 2 sisters: Ruby Thomas and Ruth Gan of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Kimberly and Mary Ellen Cook; 3 sisters: Ellen Hull, Norma Hull and Martha Kratzer; and 8 brothers: Donald, James, Kenneth, Leonard, Stanley, Robert, Herbert and William Wiser.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. Wed. June 16, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mark Maynard officiating. 

Memorials may be made to Granite City ASPCA.


Christopher Paul Manners, 47, of Granite City, IL, passed away Thurs. June 10, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born May 1, 1974 in Granite City to Susan I. Manners of Granite City and the late Joseph Paul Marzluf.

Chris had been a self-employed painter.  He was an avid CUBS fan and music lover and enjoyed working in I.T. and computers.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by 3 half-sisters: Laura, Erin and Kate; an uncle: James (Sue) Manners; an aunt: Fina Szecsko; and many extended family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City


Susan A. Vinson, 65 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis.
Susan was born on April 11, 1956 in Granite City and was a teacher at St. Peters Catholic School in St. Charles for over 30 years. In her free time Susan enjoyed her days of spending time with her family and will be remembered for her loving heart and all the special times they shared together.

Susan is survived by and will be missed by her mom; Nelda (Knipping) Vinson of Granite City; her brother, George “Buddy” and Sarah Vinson of Granite City; nephews, Alexander Vinson and John Pingolt; niece, Emma Vinson; brother-in-law, Michael Pingolt, numerous cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Susan was preceded in death by her dad; George Vinson and her sister, Rose Pingolt.


Kenneth Murphy, 92 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Kenneth was born on December 1, 1928 in Granite City; the son of the late James Alfred and Vida (Schaffer) Murphy. Kenneth was a line attendant for Nestle’ and a black smith helper at General Steel. He was a member of Briarcliff Pentecostal Church in Granite City and proudly served his country in the United States Navy in the Korean War. In his free time Kenneth enjoyed his days of spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Kenneth is survived by and will be missed by his children; Carla and Terry Wilson, Lila Moslander, Pamela Murphy, Michael Murphy; sister, Bonnie Davis; son-in-law, Larry Ottenger ; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife; Wilma L. “Wimp” Murphy, whom he married on September 6, 1945; daughters, Cheryl Lincoln, Vicky Ottenger; 3 brothers, Donald Murphy, Edward Murphy and Norman Murphy.

In celebration of Kenneth’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Wilson 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 the charity of one’s choice.


Kathy L. Jones – Rusteberg, 62, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

She was born November 12, 1958 in Granite City, a daughter of Robert D. and Glenda (Bishop) Jones of Pontoon Beach.

She had worked in accounting through the years and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed her days of hiking and camping. She enjoyed playing cards, cherished her granddaughter and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kelly Barns of St. Charles, Missouri; a daughter, Paige Barns of Collinsville; granddaughter, Riley Barns; other extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Barns and a brother, Tony Jones.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, June 13, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Barry Shepherd officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Mary Elizabeth Free, 78, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Anderson Hospital.

She was born December 22, 1942 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Edgar and Edna (Stevens) Barnes.

She married Jerry Lee Free on April 28, 1962 in Granite City and he passed away on November 2, 2005.

Mary ministered to people serving as a victims advocate and several years in prison ministries. She was a former longtime member of Tri-City Assembly of God Church in Granite City and enjoyed her days of fishing, crocheting and cooking. She cherished her dog, Max and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Timothy (Carla Kohler) Free of Granite City, John Lee (Sheila) Free of Madison and Daniel (Julie) Free of Edwardsville; a daughter, Tracy (Donald) Whitecotton of Granite City; four grandchildren, Samantha Sexton, Jordan Free, Joshua Whitecotton and Eleanor Free; two great grandchildren, Tatum Whitecotton and Isaac Sexton; special friend, Bill Sullivan; three sisters, Linda Volk, Jackie Slavoff and Sandy Vidmar; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Barry Shepherd officiating.

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

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


James H. Wheeler, 93 of Granite City passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Edwardsville Care Center.

James was born on December 13, 1927 in Washington, Pennsylvania; the son of the late Earl and Edith Lucille (Zimmers) Wheeler Farley. James was a shipping clerk at National Lead in Granite City and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. In his free time James enjoyed his days of fishing and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

James is survived by and will be missed by his children; Patricia Headrick of Hudson, IL, Pamela and Harold ‘Junior” Pool, Tony and Tina Broyles of Bunker Hill, IL, Walter and Diane Wheeler of Maryville, IL; sister, Laura Beasley of Alabama; 108 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his 1st wife; Maria Concenthia Wheeler; 2nd wife, Concetta M. “Connie” (Finazzo) Wheeler; son, Edward Broyles; daughters, Denise Miller, Rosalie Atwater; 3 half brothers and 2 half sisters.

In celebration of Jim’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, June 11, 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 with Pastor Ron McGrew officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to Masses.

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Richard C. “Ricky” Reinhardt Jr., 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Granite Nursing and Rehab.

He was born October 11, 1952 in Granite City, a son of Richard C. Reinhardt Sr. of Granite City and the late Margie (Parker) Reinhardt.

Ricky enjoyed attending workshop with Specialized Services in Alton. He always had a dream of being a truck driver and serving as a fireman and police officer. He was always excited to hear the sounds of a diesel horn or the sounds and lights of all emergency vehicles. He had a love for music and especially loved listening to classic country. He never met a stranger, always shared his smile, had a great sense of humor and a big heart that loved everyone. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the family invites all attending his services to wear their favorite Cardinal shirt.

In addition to his beloved father, he is survived by a brother, Robert (Diane) Benner of Granite City; sister, Patty Baker of Granite City; sister, Kim (Doug) Grace of Granite City; sister, Dianne (Mel) Chouinard of St. Louis; brother, Rick (Pam) Tanksley of Granite City; cousin, Lori Frank of Fairview Heights; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cathie Bobb and a nephew, Donald Joel Moseley.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gateway Chapter, 8521 Maryland Avenue, Ste. 16, St. Louis, Mo 63105 and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Lora Mae Lombardi, 90, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:02 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born June 18, 1930 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Floyd and Margaret (Turk) Coffman.

She married Michael A. Lombardi on February 11, 1961 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville and he survives.

Lora was a faithful member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Philanthropic Sorority. She was an excellent cook and seamstress and enjoyed her days of dancing, bowling and playing golf. She had a love for gardening, visiting Missouri Botanical Gardens and raising beautiful roses. She cherished her grandchildren, loved every moment of getting to babysit her precious grandkids and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her entire family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by three sons and their spouses, James Lombardi of Troy, Illinois, Jason and Dustie Lombardi of St. Charles, Missouri and Peter Kretzu and Michael Scott Dill of Palm Springs, California; three daughters and their spouses, Leah and Dennis Page of St. Louis, Missouri, Michele and Tom Grieve of Edwardsville, Illinois and Suzanne and Mike Houston of Prospect, Kentucky; ten grandchildren, Jessica and Steven Kolisch, Derek Page, Jack, LilyAnne and Margaret Grieve, Sam and Max Houston, Doug Butteiger and Eleanora and Giovanna Lombardi; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and Vernon Krotz and Geraldine and Thomas Stuhr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Goeckner as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Botanical Gardens or Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Dennis Keith Greathouse, 68, of Madison, Illinois passed away at 1:51 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born March 1, 1953 in Granite City, a son of the late Frank Eldred and Ada Ellen (Bunnell) Greathouse.

He had worked for the Granite City Army Depot and Gateway Regional Medical Center with many years of service in maintenance and housekeeping and a short time with Petri Café helping with cleaning.

Dennis was a member of Bethel Chapel in Granite City. He loved watching baseball and enjoyed going to yard sales with his brother. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his brother.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Martha Jarnagin; niece, Michele Jarnagin and husband, Ted Lohr; nephew, Michael Jarnagin; great nieces, Alexandra Lohr and Belle Jarnagin; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Greathouse whom passed away on May 13, 2021; sister, Doris Macklin; niece, Lori Jarnagin and two great nieces, Alicia Lohr and Zoey Jarnagin.

In celebration of Dennis and Frankie, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend David Brimm officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to the family.


Robert Edward Fetter, 56, of Granite City, IL passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wed. June 2, 2021 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born May 16, 1965 in Granite City to the late Robert Edward & Rose P. (Roberts) Fetter.

On May 21, 2005, he and Vikkie Slagle were married in Sarasota, FL.  She survives.

Robert worked at Metro Marble and was a member of Chapter 11 Harley Riders.  He had attended Holy Family Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a step-daughter: Stacy; a step-son: Jason; 2 step-grandchildren: Junior & Jemma, all of Sarasota, FL; 2 brothers: Eddie (Cindy) Fetter of St. Jacob, IL and Charles (Marilyn) Fetter of Horseshoebend, AR; and 2 sisters: Beth Brimer of Granite City; and Michele (Todd) Thorp of Wood River, NE.

Services are private.

Memorials may be made to the ASPCA.

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Doyce Allen Graham, “Al”, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

He was born August 24, 1940 in Hayti, Missouri, a son of the late Talmage and Josie Pearl (Grimes) Graham.

He married Margaret Josephine (Buchanan) Graham on June 18, 1960 in Caruthersville, Missouri and she survives.

He retired from Nordyne Inc. in St. Louis after 38 years of dedicated service as a warehouse manager.

Al had a love of sports throughout his life. He loved his days of playing and coaching sports. He was active with the Mitchell Athletics and various Granite City Park District community sports. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 60 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Vic and Beverly Graham of Granite City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tina and Randy Brown of Collinsville and Phyllis Graham of Granite City; four grandchildren and their spouses, Lindsay and Michael Simpson, Phil and Catherine Graham, Derrick and Mallory Brown and Diona and Justin Cann; five great grandchildren, Clayton, Oliver, Lainey, Isla and Everett; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Georgia and Jerry Buchanan of Granite City and Christine and Clint Masterson of Springfield, Missouri; niece, Heather Conway; nephew, Steve Graham; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Sue Graham.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

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

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Chad Thomas Sigite, 29, lifelong resident of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

He was born October 24, 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Vincent J. and Karen (Meyer) Sigite of Granite City.

He was a 2010 graduate of Granite City High School. Chad grew up playing multiple sports, making numerous lifelong friends along the way. He loved his annual hunting trip with family and never turned down an opportunity to fish with his friends. Chad was a very special man with a huge heart and an infectious smile with a simple dimple.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by his brother, John Sigite of Granite City with whom their special bond will never end. He is also survived by grandparents, Randall and Alyce Sigite of Salem, Missouri and Sharon Meyer of Granite City; aunts and uncles, Randall Jr. and Lynn Sigite of Pontoon Beach, Susan and Don Wykoff of St. Jacob, Jackie and Teno Valencia of Salem, Missouri, Robert and Cindy Meyer of Fowler, Indiana, Phillip and Stacey Meyer of St. Louis and David Meyer of Granite City; his love, Madison Taylor of St. Louis; many cousins; extended family, his extended Hungarian family and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Norman Meyer; great-grandparents, John and Minnie Sigite, Richard and Ruth Briggs, Norman Sr. and Helen Meyer and Evan and Marie Curry and an infant uncle, Thomas Meyer.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home. No services to be held.

May 2021 Obituaries