Obituaries June-2023

Obituaries June, 2023


Kerry D. Cavanaugh, age 77, passed away June 27, 2023, at Granite City Nursing & Rehab in Granite City, Illinois. 

Kerry was born at DePaul Hospital in St Louis, Missouri April 19, 1946.

He was of the Christian faith first and foremost. He graduated from Granite City Senior High School in 1964. Kerry was drafted into the United States Army in 1971 and served in the Vietnam War. As a master carpenter, he retired from Carpenters Hall Local 633 in 2019 and attended to his many rental properties scattered throughout Granite City. 

His genuine kindness and compassion touched the lives of countless individuals whether it was for spiritual guidance, words of encouragement or monetary gifts. He made a profound impact on all who had the pleasure of knowing him and all will miss his legendary long-winded stories.

Kerry was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas James and Evelyn S. (Leatherman) Cavanaugh and brothers Stephen Eugene Cavanaugh and Brian Patrick Cavanaugh all of Granite City.

Surviving Family Members: Brother Jimmy Cavanaugh and sister in-law Michelle Judd of Pontoon Beach, sister Susan E. Miller of Belleville, Jamie & Jerry, Jonathon & Taylor, Jordan & Ryan and Joseph Chappell of Staunton, Amy and Ahren Cavanaugh of Granite City, Erin (Miller) & Dave Martin of Kansas City MO, Jessica (Miller) & Billy King, Christopher and Riley King of Belleville, Casey Jensen of Granite City, as well as goddaughter Amelia Tapp of Granite City, and Friends of Oregon Avenue.

In accordance with Kerry’s wishes, cremation services were entrusted to Irwin Chapel of Granite City. His final burial site will be in St. Louis at Jefferson Barracks Columbarium “The Wall” beside his brother Stephen Cavanaugh. A celebration of his life and legacy will be held with immediate family and friends. Condolences may be expressed to www.irwinchapel.com.

Donations may be made to Vitas Paw Pals Program (in the names of Wesley and Baby) @ Hospice, 16 Executive Drive, Suite 100, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

Rest in peace Uncle Kerry, You will be deeply missed, forever loved, and never forgotten.


Dr. Jack J. Miller, 75 of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Barnes Hospital surrounded by family.

Jack was born on June 29, 1947, the son of Olga D. and Thomas J. Miller of Madison, Illinois.

Jack married Gail L. Rogers of Edwardsville Illinois in 1970. Together they had 2 children, Caryn and John Miller.

“Dr. Jack” practiced dentistry in Granite City for over 30 years. His primary joys, outside of work and watching out for the well-being of family, were reading, hardly ever being seen without a book, fishing, exercising, and trying to be helpful to his community.

After retiring from his practice, Jack taught at the SIUE dental school and subbed at Edwardsville high school. He also kept busy volunteering for a variety of organizations such as the Anderson Hospital, the USO in St. Louis, the Glen Ed Pantry, the Wildey Theater and the Knights of Columbus, of which he was a 4th Degree Knight.

Jack was a loving husband, father and a doting grandfather to his 3 granddaughters. He will be missed by his family and community and is survived by his wife Gail (Rogers) Miller of Edwardsville, Illinois, children Cary Miller (Rodney Gerdes) of St. Louis, Missouri, John Miller (Katy Rutter Miller) of Webster Groves, Missouri; grandchildren Grace, Lucy and Lauren Miller, twin brother Thomas J. Miller, Jr. (Bonnie Holland Miller) of Granite City, Illinois, brothers and sisters in-law Dick and Lynn Rogers of Edwardsville, Illinois, Craig and Coleen Rogers of Granite City, Illinois and Lorna and Dave Reisner of Flagstaff, Arizona as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his sister Marlene Hart.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Sunday, July 2, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Chalice Presentation at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the Edwardsville YMCA, the Glen-Ed Pantry or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Doris Lathrop, age 90, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. Doris was born on March 26, 1933 in Keenes, IL, a daughter of the late Eber and Elsie Mae (Smith) Coil.

On September 23, 1951, Doris married Howard Lathrop, the love of her life in Mt. Vernon, IL. Doris was a faithful member of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, IL.

She retired from Granite City School District as a bus driver, after many years of dedicated service.

Doris was an amazing cook who enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and spoiling her grandchildren. Doris loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and a dear friend to many.

In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Al Stevens; and by a sister, Velma Acres.

She is survived by her devoted husband of seventy-one years, Howard Lathrop; loving children, Cindy (Steve) Ferguson, David (Stephanie) Lathrop and Cathy (Paul) Malawy; dear siblings, Treva Sailor, Thelma Lathrop and John (Marianne) Coil; proud grandmother to ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Parkinson’s Foundation or Nameoki United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Robert “Bob” Frank Webb, 89, of Granite City, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

He was born to the late William and Gusta (Barnett) Webb on August 2, 1933 in St. Louis, MO. Bob was a U. S Army Veteran, serving for 8 years. He met Martha (Marty) Parker and they were married on January 13, 1973. They were married for 50 years.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and collecting BB Guns. Bob was a loving husband, father and Paw Paw; and he never met a stranger. He was a bold witness for the Lord.

Besides his wife; Bob is survived by a daughter: Terri (Shane) Shipman; 3 sons: Keith (Dana) Miles, Craig (Rhonda) Miles, Bobby (Jenn) Webb; 6 grandchildren: Josh Deroche, Michelle (Drew) Rutter, Justin Miles, Ryan Miles, Logan Miles, Jack Webb; and 2 great grandchildren: Isabelle Rutter and Ellie Rutter.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of service at Noon on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards Road, Granite City, IL 62040.


Charles J. Bennett, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2023, at Meridian Village Memory Care in Glen Carbon.

He was born February 17, 1931, in Mitchell, Illinois, a son of the late Joseph and Esther (Meyer) Bennett.

Charles married the love of his life, Norma J. (McDonald) Bennett on January 12, 1957, in Granite City and she passed away on October 13, 2021.

He retired in 1996 from Granite City Steel after 47 years of dedicated service as a control specialist. He was a member of the Electrician’s Local #68 and enjoyed socializing with S.O.A.R. members and attending the retiree’s breakfast group.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War and was a member of the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department in his earlier years. He loved his days of fishing, boating, hunting and cherished his days with family and friends at Clearwater Lake. He was a devoted and loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend to many.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Charleen and Marshall Evans of Granite City; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Gwen Bennett of Collinsville and Tim Bennett of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Evans, Zachary Bennett, Benjamin Bennett, Lucas Bennett, Chad Steinmeyer, Carleigh and Justin Hays and Clint Steinmeyer and his fiancé, Jesse Hollenbeck; six great-grandchildren, Emma Evans, Chloe Evans, Rowan Steinmeyer, Fennec Steinmeyer, Willow Hays and Miles Hays; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Earline J. Bennett.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, July 8, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Tim Filkins officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

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


Christine Renee Bivens, 62, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City, IL

She was born to Lorraine (Watkins) Wilkinson and the late Edward Wilkinson on April 10, 1961 in Granite City, IL. Christine enjoyed putting together puzzles and spending time with her granddaughters.

Christine is survived by a daughter: Renee (Robert Finch) Bivens; 2 granddaughters: Madalynn Davis and Taylor Finch Madalynn Davis; 2 brothers: Tim (Tracy) Wilkinson and Edward (Rhonda) Wilkinson; and 3 sisters: Cathy Ryan, Barbara (Bruce) Brewer and Paula Graves.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Gregory Alan Hargrove, 58 of Granite City, IL passed away Monday, June 26, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born to the late Wesley and Barbara (Clay) Hargrove on March 22, 1965 in Granite City, IL. Gregory served in the U.S Army for 7 years; he was a Desert Shield and Desert Storm Veteran. Following his military service, he worked as a lawn care equipment mechanic. 

He was a Commander of VFW Post # 2916 in Maryland. He met Linda Adkins and they were married on February 22, 2022. Gregory enjoyed doing yard work and working on lawnmowers.

Gregory is survived by his Wife, Linda Adkins-Hargrove; a daughter: Amber Miles; a son: Kenneth Hargrove; 2 grandchildren; a sister: Kelly Lange; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved puppy, Stormy.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: William “Bill’ Hargrove.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.


Sharon “Tinker” T.  Jameson, 69, of Granite City died on Monday, June 26, 2023 at his home.

He was born on April 15, 1954 in Concord, NH to Harold Frederick Jameson and Dolly Mae (Burnett) Jameson.

Tinker married Mary Joyce McFadden in Cahokia, IL on August 24, 1974.

The U.S. Army veteran retired from the VA hospital as a dental lab technician. Tinker was a collector of canes and walking sticks.  He enjoyed travelling when he was able to. 

 He enjoyed Sci-fi and was an old car enthusiast.  Tinker got his nickname by always wanting to tinker with things around the house. 

Besides his wife, Sharon is survived by a daughter, Sharon Jameson of Fenton, MO; a son Paul (Kristen) Jameson of Collinsville; 6 grandchildren:  Megan, Haley, Hannah, Heidi, Braden and Sammuel; a great grandson, Michael and 2 sisters:   Cora Schlemmer of East Carondolet, IL and Betty Steinmetz of Cahokia Heights, IL.

Tinker was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City, IL.  The funeral will be at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.


Richard A. “Dick” Halverson, 83 of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 passed away in Glen Carbon at his daughters home surrounded by the love of his family.

Richard was born on August 19th, 1939 in Superior, Wisconsin; the son of the late Dr. Arnold and Violet (Baker) Halverson. Richard was a retired Major in the United States Air Force and a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #236 in Superior, Wisconsin and served as the commander in Wichita Falls, Texas.

 Richard enjoyed his days of spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they spent together.

Richard is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Patricia (Gunderson) Halverson, whom he married on November 23rd, 1962; daughters and son-in-laws, Traci and Bruce Nolan of O’Fallon, Illinois, Kristi and Tim Duelm of Glen Carbon, Illinois; grandchildren, Jacob Duelm, Brennan Nolan; brother and sister-in-law, David and Caryl Halverson of Spokane, Washington; sister, Lynette Larsen of Spokane, Washington and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Richard’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 12:00 p.m. at First United Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar Ave. in Granite City with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis for family members. Memorial may be given to First United Presbyterian Church.


Wenona B. Kibort, 90, of Edwardsville, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:29 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at Liberty Village in Maryville. 

She was born July 16, 1932, in Coffeen, Illinois, the daughter of the late John and Helen Bowles. 

Wenona married the love of her life, Louis E. Kibort on July 12, 1950, in Edwardsville, Illinois and he passed away on November 1, 2021.  

She was a loving and devoted homemaker and had also worked in the office of H&R Block and for a woman’s clothing store in St. Louis as a clerk and model. 

She was a talented seamstress, making many clothing garments throughout the years, enjoyed her days of bowling, playing cards and square dancing with her husband.  She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Ron Kibort of Florida, Jeff Kibort of Edwardsville and Rick Kibort of Edwardsville; other extended family and friends.  In addition to her beloved husband of 71 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Bowles.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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


Ruth A. Barrington, 86 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at her home surrounded by the love of her family.

Ruth was born on October 11, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the daughter of the late Aloysius and Gladys (Shore) Steinhauser.

Ruth was a loving wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma who was a homemaker who enjoyed her days of taking care of her family. She was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City and loved watching all sports.

She enjoyed her days of cooking for her family on Sundays and was always looking forward to spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ruth is survived by and will be missed by her children; Mary Lou and Steven Dohnal of Granite City, Illinois, Bitsy and Paul Burge of Granite City, Illinois, Joanne and Joe Friederich of Granite City, Illinois, Paul and Shannon Barrington of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Stephanie and Bryan Parker, Kaitlyn and Blake Johnson, Abby and Brandon Moerlien, Ryan and Emma Burge, Joey Burge, Megan Burge, Andy Burge, Kyle Burge, Hannah and Cody Rivenburgh, Brandon Barrington, Bailey Barrington, Kenzie Barrington; great-grandchildren, Elliott, Beau, Bennett, Cooper, Lucas, Kimber, Jackson, Levi, Vivian; brother, Paul and Barbara Steinhauser; sisters, Janice Boyer, Mary and Dennis Boyer, Claire and Wayne Granger and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe Barrington, whom she married on May 3, 1958.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Ruth’s life, funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 30, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to Holy Family Catholic Church or Holy Family Catholic School.


James “Ron” Thurman Sr., 84, of Troy and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:44 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born June 14, 1939, in Dunklin County, Missouri, a son of the late Wesley Thurman and the late Tennie (Chipman) Abbott.

Ron married the love of his life, Sandra J. (May) Thurman on June 5, 1960, in Venice, Illinois and she survives.

He retired in 2001 from St. Louis Die Casting in Bridgeton, Missouri after 43 years of dedicated service as a tool and die maker and was a proud member of the Machinists Local #9 of the International Association of Machinists.

He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force. He was also a faithful and devoted member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and the Midwest Air Wing Radio Controlled Model club. He was a master carpenter, enjoyed playing golf, had a passion for music and was always there to help others. Ron loved God, his family and his friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by four children, James (Maribeth) Thurman of Charleston, South Caroline, Marcie (Keith) Moutria of Granite City, Robin (Mike Lewis) Seago of Staunton and Randy (Heidi) Thurman of Ft. Myers, Florida; twelve grandchildren, Amy (Denny Cooper) Klein, Lane (Ashley) Thurman, Sarah (Jason) Waller, Katie (Eric) Whitehead, Michael Thurman, Nicole Thurman, Amanda Pouch, Jacob Pouch, Madeline Pouch, Erich Pouch, Tyler (Karli) Seago and Tori Seago; thirteen great grandchildren, Carter, Landon, Rozalyn, Kinleigh, Cooper, Sloane, Alison, Clayton, Christian, Easton, Jayce, Jamey and Riley; a brother, Donnie (Shelby) Thurman of Kennett, Missouri and a sister, Bridgett Ashford of Lehigh Acres, Florida; sister-in-law, Delores Owens of Granite City; brother-in-law, Kenny Crain of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great grandson, Aiden Whitehead and a brother-in-law, Gerald Ashford Sr.

In celebration of his life, a private family graveside with military honors will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to the American Heart Association.


Charles V. McMillon, 93, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, June 26, 2023 at his home in Granite City.

He was born on March 27, 1930 in St. Louis, MO to Charles C. and Victoria (Sallee) McMillon.

Charles married Bessie Martin in 1954 and she preceded him in death.

The U.S. Army veteran served in the Korean War.  He was a member of American Legion Post 307 in Madison, VFW Post 1300 and Elks lodge in Granite City. 

Charles worked as a truck driver for Aalco Express in St. Louis, Mo then as an independent truck driver with teamsters local 682 with over a million miles on the road.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 835 in Granite City, IL and the Shriner’s Ainad Temple where he was a Shriner’s road runner for 10 years.  Charles was also a life member of the DAV chapter 53 in Granite City and a life member of Locale 38 in south St. Louis and a member of the Society of 40 men and 8 horses. Charles owned 2 bars in St. Louis along with his wife, Bessie and he contributed many hours of volunteer work. He was also a member of the American Truck & Historical Society and the Gateway Chapter of the ATHS where he was an avid participant of the classic truck and car shows in the regional area; winning many awards with his 1981 Chevy pickup truck.

Charles is survived by a step daughter, Sheila Williams of AR; 2 step grandchildren: Jerry Leach and Dawn Jones both of AR and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife and parents, Charles is preceded in death by 7 siblings, six sisters and a brother

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Road Runners.


Brenda Louise Rawlings, 69, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023 at her home. She was born on January 30, 1954, in Lodi, California. She was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Ruby (Bearden) Rawlings.

She was a dedicated and expert respiratory therapist for 31 years, and had worked at Gateway Regional Medical Center since 2000. In her free time she enjoyed traveling, genealogy, seeing and caring for her dog Marley.

She is survived by sons Matthew (Laura) Giles of Collinsville, Mark Giles of Granite City, and Bryan (Kristen) Fulton of Chennai, India. She is survived by 9 grandchildren. She is survived by sister Sharon Provence and nephew Nelson Provence. She is survived by many cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Heritage Church in Pontoon Beach, on Wednesday, June 28 from 5-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Renee’s Rescue Sanctuary in Godfrey, Illinois.


Joyce D. Pursell nee Hagen peacefully passed away on June 24, 2023. Joyce was born in Granite City on July 15, 1953, and was a lifelong resident.

She was a devoted wife and mother who selflessly always put her family first. She loved the Lord, StL Cardinals baseball, fried green tomatoes, her squirrels and Elvis. She loved to goof around and didn’t mind spanking you with her flip-flop.

Joyce is survived by her 3 children, Jamie Harrigan and her husband Michael Solari of Wentzville MO, Janna Pursell of Granite City IL, Jason Pursell and his wife Katy of St Charles MO, niece and honorary daughter Susan Murphy of Granite City, 10 grandchildren, Joshua Harrigan, Mackenna Leech nee Harrigan, Ashlyn Cook, James Johnson Jr, Caleb Pursell, SaRynity Johnson, Gemma Pursell, Mason Johnson, Emilyn Pursell, Abram Pursell and 1 great granddaughter Bailey Leech. She is also survived by 4 siblings John Hagen Jr, William Hagen, Virginia Hannah, Ruth Hagen and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents John Hagen Sr, Virginia Hagen nee Powers, her husband James Pursell Sr, 3 siblings and her loyal dog Mister Cooper.

Services are private.


Betty Ruth Lipe Tester, age 92, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Evelyn’s House in St. Louis, MO. Betty was born on August 24, 1930 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late John Thomas Keel and Nannie (Sebastian) Perigen.

Betty was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. In her younger years, Betty worked as a licensed beautician out of her home. She then went to work for the Nooter Corporation in St. Louis, MO., as a telephone operator for many years. 

Betty was a talented organist who enjoyed playing at her church, First Church of the Nazarene in Granite City, IL. She also enjoyed going bowling with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. Betty loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Lipe Jr.; second husband, Joel Tester; her son, Michael Wayne Lipe; two sisters, Bernice Shuff and Mildred Stengel; and by one brother, Lonnie Keel.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Constance (Sharon Fitelson) Petzall of Wentzville, MO and Jody (Dave) Batson of Granite City, IL; stepdaughters, Patti (Roger) Lanz, Pam (Jeff) Germer and Bev (Tom) Nance; siblings, Hattie Beauchamp, Dorothy (Ron) Bailey and Ron (Jane) Perigen; proud grandmother to Erich (Denise) Petzall, Lucas Batson and Brooke Batson; proud great-grandmother to Josephine Rose Petzall, Genevieve Sarah Petzall and Wesley James Petzall; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial Donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Gerald T. “Jeep” Lakin, 85 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at Christian Extended Care & Rehab in St. Louis surrounded by the love of his family.

Gerald was born on October 31, 1937 in Granite City; the son of the late David J. and Anna Day (Scott) Lakin. 

Gerald served the Granite City Street Department for 32 years and was the Street Superintendant from 1990 to 2003.

He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958 and was a faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City. In his free time Gerald enjoyed his days of playing golf and watching his grandkids play sports. Most of all Gerald loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Gerald is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Donna (Hickman) Lakin, whom he married on October 6, 2006; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Melissa Lakin of Granite City, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Bob Hollenbeck of Troy, IL; grandchildren, Alicia Hollenbeck, Lauren and Jared Luebbers, Jordan T. Lakin, Tyler J. Lakin; great-grandchildren, Lakin Luebbers, Maren Luebbers; brother, Tracy Lynn Lakin; sister, Mary Hamby.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his 1st wife; Darlene Lakin; sisters, Anna Charlotte Flowers, Virginia Maxville, Betty Dorway, Bess Louise Fenton, Yvonne Mathis; brothers, David “Bud” Lakin, Richard Lakin, Stanley Bobby Lakin, Elmer Clinton “Sonny” Lakin, Johnny Lakin, Barry Lakin.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Ave. in Granite City. In celebration of Gerald’s life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. 

Burial will follow with full military rites at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Shriners Children’s Hospital, St. Louis or to Hope Lutheran Church.


Tina R. Smith, 61, of New Douglas and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away unexpectedly at 1:32 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the Community Hospital of Staunton in Staunton, Illinois.

She was born November 17, 1961, in Belleville, Illinois, a daughter of Frieda (Hayden) Fernandez of Granite City and the late Emanuel Fernandez. She married the love of her life, Dennis J. Smith on February 13, 1982, in St. Louis, Missouri and he survives. 

Tina was a devoted and loving homemaker and a talented seamstress throughout the years. She was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Granite City where she served as a Pre-school director for many years. She had been active with the Granite City school district throughout the years and devoted her time with the PTA throughout her children’s school days. Her proudest accomplishment in life was being a grandmother. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends. In addition to her beloved husband of 41 years and her mother, she is survived by five children and spouses, Eric Smith of Granite City, Jacob (Erika) Smith of Highland, Staci (Chris O’Shia) Smith of Highland, Kari (Brandon Khammanivong) Smith of Highland and James Smith of Carlyle; seven grandchildren, Landon Smith, Noah Stratton, Brennor Middleton, Jude Johnson, Elias Johnson, Ira Smith and Austin Khammanivong; six sisters and spouses, Kathy (Danny) Gibson of Collinsville, Brenda Taylor of Granite City, Jovita (Emanuel) Fernandez of Caseyville, Faye (Michael) Watkins of Granite City, Anita (Mike) Fernandez of Granite City and Kim (Mike) Slaton of Granite City; two brothers, Gary Fernandez of Granite City and Joel Fernandez of Savannah, Georgia; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Fernandez and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ira and Arlene Smith.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Avenue in Granite City on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Chris Sedabres officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Illinois. In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church or to the Smith family. Irwin Chapel of Granite City in charge of arrangements. www.irwinchapel.com


Vernon Dewayne “Buddy” Ryan passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, at age 69. The cancer that took him was discovered during his 9-day hospital stay. He was surrounded by his family and his favorite music at the end.

Buddy was born on March 6, 1954, to Vernon J. and Faye (Warren) Ryan. He grew up in Granite City, IL, with a lot of family & friends. “Buddy stories” still make for great conversation among family & friends. His sons, and now his grandchildren, love to hear of his exploits and adventures.

Buddy attended school in Granite City, IL. He was a veteran of the US Army. In 1977 he met his wife Claudia Davis in Dexter, MO. Over the years he worked as a diver, a construction worker, and a heavy equipment operator. Unknown to many, he worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo. He became disabled due to a debilitating back injury he suffered in 1986. He loved the outdoors. The annual deer hunt was an eagerly anticipated holiday at the Ryans. He looked forward to those days he spent hunting with his boys and Chas and his late brother-in-law, Randy Keck. He loved visiting Steve & Sam’s deer camp to tell stories, play cards, and figure out the winner of the big buck contest.

Buddy was most proud of his sons and his grandchildren. They brought joy to his life, and he loved to brag on them. Buddy was preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Tony; his grandparents; and many beloved uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He is survived by: his wife, Claudia; his sons and daughters-in-law, Travis Ryan and Tiffany, and Shane Ryan and Niki, all of Paragould, AR, and Dillon Ryan and Tess of Butler, KY; his grandchildren, Taylon, Brodie and Adalyn, all of Paragould, AR, and Arya Ryan of Butler, KY; his sisters, Kathy Keck and Tina Ryan, both of Granite City, IL; 2 nieces, Shauna Keck and Danielle Wright; 1 nephew, Chad Buckingham; and many great-nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will begin at Richmann Chapel at 11am on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Buddy’s cousin, Reverend Phil Warren will deliver remarks in the chapel at 12:30pm. Graveside services, officiated by Buddy’s lifelong friend, Greg Dickerman, will be at 1pm at the Richmann Cemetery adjacent to the chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, MO.


Mary L. Skinner, 96

Born August 2, 1926 Pass June 21, 2023

Visitation 10am -1pm Tuesday June 27, 2023 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City

Funeral Service 1pm Tuesday June 27, 2023 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City

Burial at Lake View Cemetery  Tuesday June 27, 2023 Fairview Heights

Suggested Memorial Saint Jude’s or Wounded Warriors Projected.


Rhonda G Hurt, 61, of Granite City, IL, passed away June 14th, 2023, in Zion, IL. She was born May 5th , 1962, in Dolphin, MO.

She is preceded in death by her parents George Hurt, and Sandra (Long) Margrabe, brothers Rusty Burns; Charlie Burns. She is survived by her partner Randall (Randy) York; sons Justin (Shannon) Hurt, James (Alyssa) Hurt, Ryan (Tina) Hurt, and grandchildren Cambria, Troy, Abigail, Tristan, and Kathryn; brother John (Robin) Margrabe, and sister Elinda (Bruce) Martin; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Rhonda loved spending time with her family, playing games, barbequing, watching movies anything that involved being with her family. Her grandchildren were truly her whole heart, and she proudly spoke of each of them to anyone who would listen. She loved music, spending many nights of her life attending concerts especially RUSH! Later in life she started knitting enjoying making outfits for grandkids, scarves for kids, etc.

Memorial Service celebrating Rhonda’s life will be held Friday June 23rd at Thomas Saksa funeral home in Granite City. Visitors welcome 3p.m.- 5 p.m.


Frances June Dixon, 93, of Granite City, IL passed away at 10:34 a.m. Tues. June 20, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born May 11, 1930 in Camden, TN to the late Marvin & Ollie (Craig) Williams.

On Jan. 21, 1946, she married Willard E. Dixon in Corning, AR.  He preceded her in death June 12, 2016.

Mrs. Dixon had worked at Busman Fuse and had been an active member of Gracepoint Church.

She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Mike & Charlotte Dixon of Granite City and Marvin & Cindy Dixon of Chouteau Township, IL; 2 sisters: Mary Williams of Bridgeton, MO and Caroline Williams of OK; and 2 brothers: Basil Williams of Edwardsville, IL and Gerald Williams of Springdale, AR.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Joe Dixon; 2 grandsons: Marvin Dixon Jr. and Michael Dixon Jr.; and a brother: Tommy Williams.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral services 12:00 p.m. Fri. June 23, 2023 at Gracepoint Church with Pastor T.L. Smith officiating.  Burial will be private at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.


Bessie J. “Nanny” (Rutledge) Yount, 89, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 1:20 a.m. peacefully at rest at Highland Healthcare.

Bessie was born on September 3, 1933, a daughter of the late John David and Thelma Mardell (Powell) Rutledge.

Bessie retired in 1995 from Connector Castings in St. Louis, Missouri after 29 years of dedicated service as a shipping clerk and spent her retirement volunteering at The Salvation Army for over 25 years.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, all the quilts she sewed for them by hand and the meals she prepared for them. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers and garden.

In addition to her parents, Bessie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wendell J. Yount, whom she married September 9, 1994; her daughter, Pamela Street and two brothers, Johnny Rutledge and Waymond Lee Rutledge.

Bessie is survived by her son, Charles Douglas (Joanna) Tucker Jr. of Searcy, Arkansas; her daughter, Charlotte (Tucker) Alcivar of Granite City, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Jessica Maykopet, William (Stephanie) Street, Michelle Anderson, Brandi Anderson, Kelly (Ashleigh) Street, Stephanie Sheetz, Mary Jane Yount, Jeannie Kay Yount; a great-grandson, Kollin Maykopet; many other great-grandchildren; her sister and best friend, Janet (Rutledge) Bast; niece, Dawn (Rodney) Crosno; great nieces and great nephew, Maegan, Katelynn and Jonathon and many other family and friends who loved her.

In celebration of Bessie’s life, visitation will be at 12:00 noon with a 1:00 p.m. service on Sunday June 25, 2023, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.

Burial will follow privately at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis alongside her husband.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Salvation Army Granite City.


Alice Marie Gibson, 80 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023 in her eldest daughter’s home surrounded by the love of her family.

Alice was born on July 8, 1942 in Campbell Hill Illinois; the daughter of the late Richard C. and Alberta M. (Luthy) Ethington. Alice earned a masters degree in Mass Communications at SIUE. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel, she shared these passions with her husband Wayne for 38 years until he passed in 2017. Her greatest attribute was her love for her family, making memories with her children and many grandchildren.

Alice is survived by and will be missed by her children;Steven Curless of Granite City, IL, Jeffrey (Linda) Curless of Festus, MO, Cynthia (Kevin) Pryor of Pontoon Beach, IL, Jane (Robert) Finke of Godfrey, IL,Wilburn Gibson II of Marthasville, MO; Cynthia (Larry) Mueller of Troy, IL, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Neva) Ethington, Glenn Ethington, Roy (Geraldine) Ethington; sisters-in-law, Carol Ethington, Elizabeth Ethington and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wilburn W. Gibson, whom she married on August 25, 1979; son Ross Curless; grandsons, Noah Condray, Gabriel Nash; brothers, Calvin Ethington, David Ethington.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Alice’s life, funeral services will be held on Monday, June 26, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.


Althea “Marlene” Ross, 80, of Otto, North Carolina and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at her home on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

Marlene was born June 18, 1942, in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late Marlin and Leora (Allen) Rogers.

She married the love of her life, Owen E. Ross on May 25, 1962, in Granite City, Illinois and he survives.

Marlene was a faithful member of the Morrison Presbyterian Church in Franklin, North Carolina where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher. She had a passion for genealogy and learning of family history. 

She enjoyed her days of playing games with family and friends, traveling the world with her husband, painting, baking and cross-stitch. Marlene cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 61 years, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Robert Ringering of Bethalto, Illinois, Kimberly and Boe Yeager of Bunker Hill, Illinois and Carrie and Thomas Underwood of Franklin, North Carolina; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and David Boyd of Fredericksburg, Virginia; a granddaughter, Katrina Yeager of Bunker Hill, Illinois; a step great-grandchild; thirteen nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, July 10, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations can be made to Morrison Presbyterian Church, 511 Morrison Road, Franklin, NC 28734 and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Larry G. Dillard, 75 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Festus, Missouri.

Larry was born on August 24, 1947 in Granite City; the son of the late Aussie “Jack” and Lula Agnes (Skelton) Dillard. Larry was a retired designer and draftsman for the Olin Corporation and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. Larry was a huge sports fan, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and coached his children in sports while they were in school. He loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Larry is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Vicki (Groves) Dillard, whom he married on October 4, 1969; son and daughter-in-law, Jason A. and Kelly Dillard of St. Louis, Missouri; daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa A. and Damon Mellinger of Oakville, Missouri; grandchildren, Colton A. Dillard, Shelby G. Mellinger, Damon Mellinger; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Ruthanne Dillard of Murphysboro, Illinois and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Larry’s life, a funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Hospital.


Wilma Murl Tongay, 93, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born March 19, 1930, in Butler County, Missouri, a daughter of the late George Earl and Cleta (Wisecarver) LeGrand.

She retired from the Boy Scouts of American, 112 Trails West Council in Wood River after many years of service in the Accounting Department. She had also worked at Granite City Steel in her earlier years with 14 years of service in the Cost Accounting Department.

She enjoyed her years of volunteering with the Boy Scouts and enjoyed her days of gardening and reading.

She was active with the community of Granite City throughout the years being involved with the Business and Professional Women, Library Board, Optimist Club and United Way.

She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends. She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Tongay-Carr of Troy, Illinois; a son, Perry Tongay of Granite City; four grandchildren and spouses, Erik and Emily Tongay, Erin and David Fuhrman, Danielle Carr and Jacob and Audrey Carr; nine great grandchildren, Aiden, Kristian, Aryn, Layne, Keeley, Connor, Evergreen, Wallace and Reverie; a sister, Opal Kester of Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Richard Carr; daughter-in-law, Robin Tongay; two brothers, Milford LeGrand and George LeGrand and two sisters, Mildred Kearbey and Edna Carter.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Jacob Carr officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the Shiloh Cemetery near Ellsinore, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City Library District and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Karen “Mandy” Amanda Melisa O’Brian, 40, of Madison, IL died on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born on April 2, 1983 in Granite City, IL to Donald W. and Vivian (Bryson) O’Brian.

The loving mother, daughter and sister enjoyed spending time with her children and especial loved shopping with Kaylie and Paige.  Mandy was a creative person who enjoyed constructing and building things and she could paint, draw and fix things. 

She loved to listen to music, going to church and spending time with friends, family and loved ones.  Mandy enjoyed cooking and getting creative.  She really loved Jack in the Box, especially the Double Jack sandwich.  She will truly be loved and missed by her family and friends. 

Besides her parents, Mandy is survived by 2 daughters:  Paige O’Brian of Pontoon Beach and Kaylie Moss of Granite City; 2 sons:  David O’Brian of Granite City and Gary J. Moss of Pontoon Beach and 6 brothers:  Chris O’Brian, Jason O’Brian, David O’Brian, Elliott O’Brian, Derek O’Brian and Joey O’Brian all of Granite City.

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


David Evan Jackson, 62, of Caseyville, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois and Terre Haute, Indiana passed away at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at his home.

He was born February 13, 1961, in Terre Haute, Indiana, a son of the late Robert and Maxine (Higgins) Jackson.

He married the love of his life, Patricia Marie (Carney) Jackson on November 7, 1985, in Terre Haute, Indiana.

David retired in 2019 from American Water with 35 years of dedicated service as a Utility Foreman serving Illinois and Indiana.

He enjoyed his day of bowling, playing golf and fishing and had a love for classic cars and cherished his 1965 Pontiac GTO.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 37 years, he is survived by three brothers, Mike (Jody) Jackson of Granite City, Tom Waugh of Terre Haute and Jim Waugh of Iowa; two sisters, Marsha Hayes of Belleville and Tracy (Kim) Phillips of Indiana; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Patricia and Pete Fecurka of Cuba, Missouri; brother-in-law, Ronald Carney of Cuba, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Waugh and Jerry Waugh; brother-in-law, Anthony Carney and two sisters-in-law, Ellen Waugh and Melissa Taylor.

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

Memorials may be made to support your local animal shelter for David’s love of animals.


Martha A. “Marty” Gaddy, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born November 5, 1953, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Raymond Lane and the late Joanne (Marshall) Ringhardt.

She married the love of her life, Russell J. Gaddy on November 15, 1969, at Sacred Heart Polish National Catholic Church in Madison and he survives.

Marty decided in 2000 that it was time to become full time MeeMee to her cherished grandchildren and retired from Shop and Save in Granite City after 17 years of dedicated service as a checker and office worker. She was a proud member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local #655 and had served several years for her co-workers as a shop steward.

Marty was a cherished, loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother that truly loved her family and the special memories made throughout her life. She loved animals and had many beloved fur babies throughout the years. In addition to her family and dogs, she had many loves and hobbies. She enjoyed her flowers, ferns and tending to her yard, loved nature, watching birds, camping or taking in the fresh air of the mountains or on the beach. She had a love for music, enjoyed dancing, her trips to the casinos, a nice get away to Vegas or a family vacation.

In addition to her beloved husband of over 53 years, she is survived by two daughters, Teia Mertz and special friend, John Fear of Granite City and Holly and husband, Michael Rongey of Aviston, Illinois; a son, Russell Gaddy and special friend, Nancy Hislope of Granite City; four granddaughters, Kylee and husband, Tim Cochran, Karlee Rongey and fiancé, Quinn McCoy, Miranda Mertz and Haley Mertz; three sisters, Marsha Wirtz of Billings, Missouri, Allison Timko of Granite City and Yvonne Timpko of Kansas; a brother, Jerry and wife, Joy Lane of Granite City; half-sister, Janet Lane of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Phyllis Smith of Granite City; special family friends, Nancy, Sandy and Randy; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Annie and husband, Vince Gaddy and a brother-in-law, Pete Wirtz.

A celebration of her beautiful life will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the Legacy Golf Course, 3500 Cargill Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City Animal Protection Association or to the Treehouse Wildlife Center.


Imogene Ruth Taylor Vickers, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Cedarhurst Memory Care in Granite City.

She was born October 9, 1937, in Wilderness, Missouri, a daughter of the late Ralph Jackson and Opal Louisa (Black) Brawley.

She married William “Bill” Taylor on October 24, 1958, in Granite City and he passed away on March 16, 2005. She later married Marvin Vickers on August 30, 2008, in Granite City and he passed away on December 27, 2012.

She had worked as a housekeeper with the Drury Inn in Collinsville and as a cafeteria worker with the Granite City School District.

She loved life and was a faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who cherished her family. Imogene was a devoted member of Peace Church in Granite City and attended Senior Circle events. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her beautiful yard.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Roger and Genny Taylor of Granite City, Kenny Taylor of Worden and Clifford and Vicki Taylor of Granite City; two grandchildren, Christopher Taylor and girlfriend, Amanda Long of Belleville and Desi Taylor of Worden; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Barbara Brawley of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Clinton Cooper of Licking, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Pat Brawley of Wilderness, Missouri and Debbie Brawley Strain of Willow Springs, Missouri; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to both husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Alice Taylor and three brothers, Junior, Marvin and Dwight Brawley.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, Jun 21, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Cory Penn officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


George J. Moran, Jr. of Edwardsville, IL was born on October 12, 1948 in Granite City, IL to George and Cecilia “Cele” Moran and unexpectedly passed away on June 13, 2023.

He would always find humor in every situation and loved making those around him laugh. Throughout his life, George always found various hobbies where he spent his time – ranging from bowling to chess, playing golf to learning Spanish. 

He always loved history, and was a history buff. He especially loved studying the lessons from World War II

In his personal and professional life, George had a passion for logic, structure, the rule of law, and due process. A retired Circuit Court judge of Madison County, George served on the bench with distinction for 28 years. Throughout his tenure, George oversaw many cases, focused on understanding the issue at hand and apply the letter and spirit of the law to the situation at hand. He worked closely and was respected throughout his career with many of the judges, attorneys, state’s attorney personnel, public defenders, clerks, bailiffs, probation officers, security officers, sheriff deputies, courthouse personnel, and many citizen jurors.

Above all, George loved his family. He is survived by his son Clay (Mimi) Moran of Tampa, FL; his daughter Kristen Moran, grandson Jordan, and granddaughter Karla of Peoria, IL; his brother-in-law Pat Callahan of Mesa, AZ; nephew Andrew (Brittany) Callahan of Fort Collins, CO; niece Elizabeth Callahan (Ben Burch) of St. Peters, MO; and niece Rebecca Callahan of Washington, DC. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cecilia Moran; his sister, Kathleen Moran; and his brother William “Bill” Moran.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Marlene Bricker officiating.  A private burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Madison County Bar Association and may be accepted at the funeral chapel. www.irwinchapel.com


Carole Ann Crane died peacefully in her home on June 13th, 2023, in Granite City, Illinois, lovingly cared for to the end by her family and loved ones.

She was born June 11, 1940, in Irving, Illinois, a daughter of the late Marvin Roger and Emma Ruth (Rhinehart) Conner. Carole retired in 2007 from Cathedral Gardens in St. Louis after 11 years of service as an activity director.

She considered family her real life’s work and loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, encouraging their uniqueness and relishing all the nuances of their personalities.

Aptly named, Carole always carried a song in her heart and embraced life through music, dancing, and singing. She loved a good story, whether she was telling it or hearing it. To be in her presence was to feel special.

She is survived by four children and spouses, Alison Crane and Paul Heidbrink of St. Louis, Nathan and Silynthia Crane of Granite City, Heather and Matt Russell of Edwardsville, and Wendy and Curtis Weight of Mesa, Arizona; eleven grandchildren, Ty, Catlin, Justin, Natalie, Elijah, Olivia, Zaya, Harper, Phoebe, Liam and CeCe; one sister, Patricia Newsome of Granite City; other extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Adam Christopher Crane; a granddaughter, Jessica Gibson; two sisters, Norma Cain and Nona Corzilius; two brothers, Wayne Conner and Jack Conner and her former husband and father of their children, Gary Crane.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Curtis Weight officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Irving Cemetery in Irving, in Montgomery County, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Center for Autism and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Mabel L. Dacus, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born December 29, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late George Clinton Main Sr. and Mabel Catherine (Getz) Main.

She married William “Dub” Dacus on August 31, 1957, in Hernando, Mississippi and he passed away on April 23, 2012. 

Mabel retired from the Granite City School District in 2015 after many years of dedicated service as a cafeteria worker and teacher’s aide. She had also worked several years at Grants Department Store in Granite City.

She was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Granite City and had helped with the P.T.A. and served as a Brownie leader. She enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling and her many visits to Branson. 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 children, Katherine Dacus Oehlecker of Granite City, Debra L. “Debbie” Dacus Flaugher of Granite City and William “Bill and Paige Dacus Jr. of Wood River; five grandchildren, Don Oehlecker, Danny Meade, Kimberly Ripley, Katie Shrum Oehlecker and Derek Flaugher; great grandchildren, Taylor Oehlecker, Bailey Enyart, Clayton Shrum, Ava Shrum, Alan Meade and Abigail Meade; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Wm. Clay Dacus; son-in-law, Keith Flaugher, grandson, George Meade; two sisters, Evelyn Cox and Hazel Gonzales and a brother, George C. “Sonny” Main Jr.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, June 16, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

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

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


Elizabeth Ann Gerber, 56, Of Creve Coeur, MO, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at Creve Coeur Manor.

She was born to Janey (Gieszelmann) Goeller and the late Larry Goeller on May 5, 1967 in Granite City, IL. The loving mother enjoyed fishing, camping, watching the St. Louis Blues, playing and watching Soccer and spending time with her service animals.

Besides her mother; Elizabeth is survived by a daughter: Stephanie Gerber; two loving sisters: Helen (Eddie) Thomas and Cynthia (Timothy) Loftus; her former husband: Kurt Gerber; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides her father, Elizabeth is preceded in death by a nephew: Raymond Loftus.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 16, 2023 at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com


Harry D. “Dee” Deatherage, age 92, of Granite City, Il, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. Harry was born on March 12, 1931 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Harry Deatherage and Mabel (Everett) Deatherage.

Harry was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country during the Korean War. On November 22, 1958, Harry married Marilyn Davidson, the love of his life at First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL.

 Harry retired as a truck driver from Teamsters Local #525. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Harry will be remembered as a devoted family man who loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Lee Deatherage; and by a step-grandson, Cody Hodges.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Deatherage; loving daughter, Laura (Steven) Witthauer; dear siblings, Les (Connie) Deatherage, Joyce Ann Schrader and Lawana (Glenn) Roth; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a private visitation and funeral service will be held at a later date at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Cheryl Ann Muzzarelli, 59, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 11:08 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born May 24, 1964, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Charles Arthur and Betty L. (McIver) Howell.

Cheryl married David Muzzarelli on December 19, 2017, in Belleville, Illinois and he survives.

She was a secretary and had worked many years with the Granite City School District.  She enjoyed her days of traveling and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Charles “Chas” (Natasha) Wilkinson of Wood River, Chelsie (Kenny) Harmon of Foley, Alabama and Christa (Logan Skelton) Wilkinson of White House, Tennessee; a stepdaughter, Ashley Hood of Dothan, Alabama; a granddaughter, Caroline Skelton of White House, Tennessee; a brother, Brian Howell of Granite City; a niece, Katelyn Howell of St. Louis, Missouri; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Renaker of Dothan, Alabama; father-in-law, Rev. Rudolph Muzzarelli of Belleville; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Jason Fishburn officiating.  

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


Gerald C. “Jerry” Jostes, 96 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Jerry was born on October 24, 1926 in Leadwood, Missouri; the son of the late Clem J. and Lulu B. (Williamson) Jostes. Jerry was a retired accountant for Fireman’s Fund American Insurance and proudly served his country in the United States Navy in WW II. He was a faithful member at Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City where he showed his talent as a pianist and organist and playing various venues around the St. Louis metropolitan area.

 He was a member of the CB Radio Club and enjoyed listening to the radio, especially to police scanners and even listening to air traffic control towers. Jerry loved to travel in his motor home, eventually wearing out 6 motor homes during his travels, most of all Jerry loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Jerry is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Verna (Madgelene) Jostes; children, Susan G. Kriegshauser of St. Louis, MO, Gary M. and Ann C. Jotes of St. Louis, MO, Janet K. Hofmeister of Tonganoxie, KS, Davis W. and Janet L. Jostes of Rochester, MN, Donna L. Polivick of Maryville, IL; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Jostes of St. Peters, MO; sister-in-law, Gertrude Jostes of St. Louis, MO and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his 1st wife; Laverne Jostes and his brother, Dale F. Jostes.

In celebration of Jerry’s life, visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Ave. in Granite City with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with full military rites on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher, IL. Memorial donations are suggested to Hope Lutheran Church.


Christina M. Khounsana, 49, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, June 11, 2023. She was born on February 10, 1974, in Granite City, Illinois, daughter of the late Roy and Carol Hill.

Christina married the love of her life, Singkam Khounsana on August 1, 1997, in Edwardsville, IL.

She was a bus driver and aide for many years.  Chris loved her family and spending time with them more than anything.  She always put others first and was a strong, hard-working person.  She enjoyed volunteering when and wherever needed, playing bingo and being outdoors.

In addition to her beloved husband of 25 years, she is survived by children, Austin Khounsana, daughter Tara (John) Buckingham, Brandt (Carrie) Khounsana and Vieng Khounsana.  Grandchildren: Amelia, Anabelle, Faith, Jacob and Ian.  Nieces and Nephews: Samuel, Sulyn, Mara (Jake), Seth, JoeJoe, Amanda and Roy. Also surviving sisters Virginia (Genni) Keomanivane, Lynn (fiancé Ronald) Hill, Penny Heavilon, brothers, Joe (Julie) Chandler and Steve (Tayna) Heavilon.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Chandler.

Visitation will be at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, 2205 Pontoon Rd, Granite City, IL on Saturday, June 17, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  With a service immediately following. At her request, after cremation, she will be laid to rest with her father.


Betty E. Klaus, 91 of Glen Carbon, IL, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2023, at Eden Village.  

Betty was born November 21, 1931 in Granite City, IL, the only child of John and Udora (Behen) Barks.

On October 28, 1950, she married Howard L. Klaus of Granite City, IL.  Howard and Betty were blessed with two sons.  

Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She spent the first part of her life as a homemaker taking care of her two sons.  

After Howard’s retirement, Betty enjoyed spending the Winter months with her husband in southern Texas and traveling, especially cruise vacations.  She worked part-time at the Fun-N-Sun resort in San Benito, TX for several years.  Betty enjoyed volunteering with Howard at many Fun-N-Sun dance hall events.  Notably, Betty and Howard loved to dance and did so even into their later years at the admiration of the nursing home health care staff.  She enjoyed singing, making crafts, crocheting, fishing, camping, playing dominoes and pinochle, and spending time with family. 

Betty was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star of Illinois (Edwardsville Chapter 667).  She was also a member of Eden United Church of Christ where she sang in the choir for a number of years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; parents, John and Udora Barks; her son, Brian W. (and daughter-in-law Evelyn (Nochta)) Klaus; and great-grandson, Gregory Sill.

Betty is survived by her son Gregory (Janet) Klaus of Troy, IL; daughter-in-law Theresa Klaus of Glen Carbon, IL; grandchildren Emily (Barrett) Sill of Troy, IL, Melissa (Barry) Erb of Alhambra, IL, Erin (Shawn) Dunn of Troy, IL, and Bradley Klaus of Glen Carbon, IL; and great-grandchildren Hunter and Keaton Erb, Victoria, Gabriel, Lucas and Anna Sill, and Shawn and Wesley Dunn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Disabled American Veterans.

Friends may visit on Thursday, June 15th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  A memorial service officiated by Pastor John Roberts will be held at 12:00. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Memorial Estates Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.


Lorraine Lee McKay, age 69, of Granite City, Il, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Lorraine was born on June 1, 1954 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Melvin O. McKay and Margaret L. “Peggy” (Range) McKay.

Lorraine was of the Catholic Faith. She enjoyed yoga and working out. In her younger years, she volunteered at Cahokia Mounds, helping with archaeological digs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Lorraine loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory McKay; and by a nephew, Joseph Johnson.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Norma McKay of Granite City, IL; proud aunt to Matthew Taylor, Daniel Millsap and Daisy Millsap; proud great-aunt to Zoey Taylor; extended family and many dear friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Mike Kozlowski, 71, of Madison, Illinois passed away on June 7, 2023 at Anderson Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born on November 27, 1951 in Granite City to the late John and Anna (Kozak) Kozlowski.

Mike grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1969. He worked at Tarlas Food Company and Ed Ray Foods before getting hired at Laclede Steel in Alton. He retired as a crane operator in 2016, from the United States Steel at the Granite City Plant.

He was very active and enjoyed target shooting, motorcycle riding, bike riding on the trails, going on vacation with his daughter and two grandchildren, and was always working on project (he could fix anything).

Mike is survived by his daughter Chrissy (Lee) Baker, granddaughter Angela Baker, grandson Matthew Baker, sister Olga Evanoff; and sister Tina Nalley.

Visitation will be held from 4 pm till 8 pm on Monday, June 12 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 13 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange Avenue, Maryville Illinois. The funeral procession to the church will leave at 9:30 am from Thomas Saksa Funeral Home. burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemtery, 2910 State Route 157 in Edwardsville.


Clarence E. Pospischel, 79 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis surrounded by the love of his family.

Clarence was born on September 9, 1943 in St. Louis; the son of the late William G. and Mary (Kusho) Johnson. Clarence was a supervisor for Jani King International in St. Louis and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps where he earned a Good Conduct Medal and an M-14 Expert Rifle qualification.

Clarence was a well known talented woodworker who could make and build anything and was always ready to get in the kitchen to bake. Clarence enjoyed painting and was always looking forward to a good BBQ while listening to his favorite music. He loved John Wayne and enjoyed watching his movies, but most of all Clarence loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Clarence is survived by and will be missed by his loving wife; Linda (Tilson) Gibson, whom he married on May 22, 2015; children, Robert Pospischel of Granite City, IL Sheila and Robert Barton of Imperial, MO, Tammy R. Pospischel of Granite City, IL, Maryanne Pospischel of Granite City, IL, Tina Moseley of Granite City, IL, Crystal and Eric Kellems of Alton, IL; grandchildren, Mikayla, Sienna, William, Brad, Jessica, Tiffany, Laura, Eric, Lyniah; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Wilma Compton, Theresa Wells; sisters-in-law, Pam and Bob Fisher, Vanessa and Trent Nichols and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by his son; Eugene W. Pospischel; daughter, Cindy Pospischel; brothers, Frank Germanceri, Anthony Germanceri.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Clarence’s life, funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.


Mary Louise ” Skeeter” Cann, January 7, 1938- June 5, 2023

Mary L. Cann left this world to meet her King on June 5, 2023, surrounded by her family.  

Mary was born on the banks of the Mississippi river to Mildred (Medlock) & Kit Jones.  Upon her birth, Her father remarked that “ she wasn’t no bigger than a (Skeeter) “.  That would be a mosquito to those born in the North.  The affectionate nickname has followed throughout her lifetime.

Mary was raised in Charleston, Mo., along with her 11 siblings.  She married Robert L. Cann in 1954 and had 5 Children.  Donna Kleier, Robert “Dwayne” (Denise) Cann,  Dennis (Dawn) Cann,  Judy Cann ( Dale Wimberly), and Bryan (Tammy) Cann all from Granite City ,13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a sister, Betty Brewer.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Dwayne Cann, two grandchildren, Jennifer Wood, and Jonathan Spratt, two great-grandchildren, Brittney and Kayla Powers, four brothers, and six sisters. 

Mary was beloved by many and always a woman of a strong faith.  She enjoyed working in the family business, having fun, and being surrounded by family. 

 She will be missed by all and cherished in Heaven forever!   

Arrangements for a Celebration of Life are being made.  We invite all of our family and friends to join us to celebrate and remember this amazing woman at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2023 at the Disable American Veterans, 3400 Century Dr. in Granite City. IL. Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com. Flowers may be delivered to the Disable American Veterans after 3:00 p.m. on June 23, 2023.   Memorials can be made to church of the Donor’s Choice.


Peter Joseph Gibson, 56, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born July 15, 1966, in San Diego, California, a son of Barbara Ann (Wilper) Gibson of Granite City and the late Glenn Joseph Gibson.

Peter owned and operated Gibson Glass in Chicago for many years and later worked for K.D. Steel in Chicago for several years.

He enjoyed working on computers and his days of bowling and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears Football and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball teams.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by two children, Cameron “C.J.” Gibson of Wisconsin and Alyssa Gibson of Chicago; a sister and brother-in-law, Gretchen and Ernest Morris of Granite City; sister-in-law, Skye Gibson of Arkansas; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved father, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, David Glenn Gibson and a brother, Patrick Glenn Gibson.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City on Friday, June 16, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Alfred Tumwesigye as celebrant.

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

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


Charles “Wayne” Kerley, age 68, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Wayne was born on April 16, 1955 in St. Louis, MO, a son of the late Charles Kerley and Martha (Bishop) Scott.

Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He retired in 2019 as the operations manager from Essex Industries in St. Louis, MO, after 37 years of dedicated service. Wayne was an outdoorsman who enjoyed going fishing in his bass pro boat with Kathy.

 His greatest joy was spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Wayne 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, Wayne was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Kerley and by his stepfather, Bill Scott.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Kathy Kerley of Granite City, IL; loving children, Matt Kerley, Mark Kerley, Amanda Dickie, Brittney Dickie, Amanda Kerley, Emily (Alex) Hufford and (adopted daughter) Kasey (Jake) Dacus; dear siblings; Sue Kerley, Charla Thompson, Eva Rice, Eddie Kerley, Billy McGehee, John Kerley and June Kerley; proud grandfather to Briana Kerley, Isaac Page, Chandler Kerley, Emily Kerley, Bella Marsala, Robbie Waskom, Caroline Hall, Hudson Waskom, Colson Hufford, Lilly Castiglioni, Maddie Castiglioni and Ava Hufford; proud great-grandfather to Violet Page; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial gathering will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Paul Verson, Jr,54, of Edwardsville, IL, formally of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at River Crossing Care Center in Edwardsville, IL.

He was born on August 14, 1968 in Hinsdale, IL to Paul Verson, Sr and Carolyn Hall.

Paul attended Johnson Road Baptist Church in Granite City, IL where he played music for the church.

Besides his mother, Paul is survived by a daughter, Nicole Verson of Evansville, IN; 3 brothers:  Brian (Jill) Verson of Alhambra, IL, Ben (Elaine) Verson and Gary (Donna) Barton and 2 sisters:  Mindy (Gia) Verson and Janice (John) Barton of Kansas City, MO.

Paul is preceded in death by his father; a son, Corey Verson and 2 brothers: Kent Barton and Mark Barton.

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


Jeffrey Scott West, 68, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, June 2, 2023 at his home.

He was born on July 1, 1954 in St. Louis, MO to Reauben and Helen (Callahan) West.

 The loving father and grandfather was co-owner of Best Cabinets in St. Louis, MO for many years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing bottle caps.  Jeffrey was an outspoken person who always spoke his mind.

Jeffrey is survived by 2 sons:  Jeff (Becky) West of Shawano, WI and Mike (Ashley Bennett) West of Shawano, WI; 4 grandchildren:  Sabrina (Dylan) West-Schmidt, Katie (Jarrid Curtin) West, Jayden West and Tristan West and 2 great grandchildren:  Grayson Schmidt and Rehn Schmidt.  Also surviving are 4 brothers:  Jerry West of St. Louis, MO, Tobie West of Union, MO, Mark West of Union, MO and Dana West of Hillsboro, MO; 2 sisters:  Pam Lockhart of Granite City and Sandra West of Bollingbrook, IL; a special niece, Sandi Malady of Granite City and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Jeffrey will be missed by many close friends and extended family members.

Jeffrey is preceded in death by his parents.; a brother, Mike West; 2 nephews:  David Maher and Joe Maher; a niece, Lisa West and a great nephew, Christopher Starkey.

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


Kent Edward Hall, 57, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, June 2, 2023. 

He was born April 15, 1966, in Granite City, Illinois, a son of Elizabeth Eileen (Millsap) Hall of Granite City and the late Edward “Gene” Hall.

He married Kimberly Ann (Bryson) Hall on June 15, 1991, in Granite City and she survives.

Kent was a well-known radio personality for 20 years working for several radio stations throughout the years and had also worked as a D.J. at Wild Country for several years. He had a love for music, was an exceptional percussionist and enjoyed his collection of records and music memorabilia. 

 In his younger years, he enjoyed playing with the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp and later was able to assist in teaching the Corp. He also enjoyed his days of arrowhead hunting.

In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by two stepchildren, Brandy Bryson of Granite City and Wes (Ashley) Evans of Chesterfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Leeann Abbott, Jordan Evans and Jackson Evans; two great grandchildren, Rylee and Ronnie Jr.; a sister, Ronda Anderson of Granite City; a brother, Randall (Susan) Hall of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Brittany Abbott.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Brian Daniels officiating.

A graveside service will be held at the Wilderness Cemetery in Wilderness, Missouri on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 12:00 noon with Reverend Lenny Simpson officiating.

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


Charles Jacob “C.J.” Taylor, 28, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:43 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born October 11, 1994, at Wood River Township Hospital in Wood River, the cherished son of Charles Gregory and Shanon Ann (Standefer) Taylor of Granite City.

C.J. was a laborer with the Laborers Local #397 in Edwardsville. He was a 2013 graduate of Granite City High School, a member of the Mexican Honorary Commission in Lincoln Place and was a recipient of the “Amigo of the Year” for his donation of time and effort given to help. He was a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, loved riding his motorcycle and was a Harley Davidson enthusiast. 

He was a fantastic chef, loved cooking and creating food dishes beyond other’s beliefs. He was also an avid PS5 gamer, knowledgeable on most any subject, respected among his coworkers, had a take charge personality, always there to help others, never knew a stranger and was always the life of the party.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by his girlfriend and love of his life, Martinique Davenport of St. Peters, Missouri; half-brother, Joshua Kopp of Jerseyville; aunts and uncles, Richard and Debbie Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky and Cynthia and Richard Lassa of Granite City; cousins, Brett Taylor, Courtny Lalla, Tiffany Lalla, Ashley Warren and Angie Watts; other extended family; many cherished friends and his brown labs, Harley and Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Edward and D. Nadene Taylor and Wayne Standefer and Carol Heppner and a cousin, Stephanie Williams.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, June 9, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023, with Reverend Dave Atchison officiating. He will be laid to rest at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

Memorials may be made to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund, 2 Jenner, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618, www.nmsfund.org and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Shirley Jean Hayden, 90, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

She was born September 16, 1932, in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late George and Martha (Osthoff) Hayden.

Shirley had worked for Lenox Bag Company in St. Louis with many years of service as a factory worker. She later worked several years with Bussman Fuse Company in St. Louis.

She was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison and currently a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. She enjoyed her days of traveling and was always helping others throughout her life.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Ruth Hayden, Cindy Hayden, Paula Lyons, Steve Hayden, Daniel Hayden, Mike Hayden, Dale Hayden and Ron Hayden; many cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Earl and Jean Hayden, Paul and Peggy Hayden and John Hayden.

A service will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, with Deacon Michael Halbrook officiating.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Church in Granite City.


May 2023 Obituaries