Obituaries May 2021

May 2021 Obituaries

Barbara L. Mihalich 70, of Granite City passed away peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in St. Charles, MO.

Barbara was born on May 11, 1950 in Wood River, IL; the daughter of the late Arthur R. and Lucille (Halton) Rich. Barbara was the Director of the Department of Radiology at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City then finishing her career at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights, MO. Barbara was a board member of the Lewis and Clark Society and a member of the Forum Club. In her free time Barbara enjoyed her days spending time with her husband and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Barbara is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Paul Mihalich, whom she married on June 19, 1971; her brothers, Robert Rich of Arkansas, Kenneth Rich of Michigan, Dixon Rich of Michigan and many other extended family members and friends.

In celebration of Barbara’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. with Rufus Valencia officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, 11365 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

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Kevin Beavin Sr. 56, of Granite City passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Kevin was born on July 3, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL; the son of the late Joseph K. and Shirley (Yarbrough) Beavin. Kevin was the manager at the Granite City Car Wash and was a huge hockey fan of the St. Louis Blues. Kevin was known for having a soft heart and occasionally enjoying a cold beer. He will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Kevin is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Tina (Jones) Beavin, whom he married on December 29, 1984; his son, Kevin Beavin Jr. and fiancé Jessica Skinner of Granite City; daughter, Leanne and Phillip Clutts III of Granite City; grandchildren, Jason Clutts of Granite City, Trenton Clutts of Granite City, Evelyn Clutts of Granite City, Maci Beavin of Granite City, Landon Stroud of Granite City; brothers, Shannon and Patsy Beavin, Joe and Norine Beavin, Kenny Beavin; sisters, Denise and Joe Burgoon, Robin Loveall.

In addition to his parents, Kevin was preceded in death by his brother; Jeff Beavin; sisters, Barb Roberson, Janice Bone.

In celebration of Kevin’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Show officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.

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Thomas “Tommy” L. Barczewski, age 60, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Todds Mill, IL, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL.

Tommy was born on September 25, 1960 in Nashville, IL, a son of the late Bernard “Barney” Barczewski and Lee Rose Turner Barczewski.

Tommy owned Tommy Barczewski Trucking and was in the trucking business for over 30 years. He was a rambling man who instilled his love of travel and adventure into his children. This year he achieved a lifetime goal of traveling to all 50 states, checking Alaska off in January, and was making plans to purchase an RV for retirement so he and his son, Tyler, could continue enjoying the open road. He was a collector and loved to take on new projects of all kinds, he could fix anything he put his mind to. He recently purchased an old Studebaker to restore as a new hobby. His greatest joy was taking care of his family and everyone else. He worked hard his entire life, he was stubborn, determined, and tough, but had the biggest heart. Through all of his projects, work, and how he supported others, Tommy could not even begin to know the lasting legacy he will leave behind. A story that was written with an ending that finished too soon, there are so many people that will pick up that legacy to keep the chapters going because he gave them an opportunity, support, and love to carry on. He was a loving father, brother, uncle and a dear friend to many. Tommy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by sister Betsy Thurman.

He is survived by his loving children, Amanda (Nick) Martin of Baton Rouge, LA; Tyler Barczewski of Granite City, IL and Riley Barczewski (Lucian Lawley) of Orlando, FL; lifelong partner, Marlene Barczewski of Granite City, IL; dear sister, Rosemary of Odin, brother Steve of Walnut Hill, the family dog, Julia, grand-dogs Wellington and Baron, grand-cats Marcy and Potatoes, nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends to share their stories and memories together on Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 pm at the local establishment, Inn Between in Granite City, Illinois. Additional memorial arrangements will be made by the family at a later time.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.

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Rita Anne Zaruba, 65, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 7:52 p.m. Mon. May 3, 2021 at her home with her family by her side while under hospice care.

She was born Feb. 11, 1956 in Granite City to the late Bernard Eugene & Mary Rita (Sido) Ahlers.

On Feb. 11, 1978, she and James Edward Zaruba were married in Granite City.  He survives in Pontoon Beach.

Rita had been an RN for Gateway and Anderson Hospitals in the ER and a home health nurse.  She had been a member of the Maryville grade school PTA, band parent at Collinsville High School and had been a member and participated with the Girl Scouts for her daughters.  She also loved to scrapbook.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 daughters: LeAnne (Mike) Fetrow and Nicole Zaruba of Granite City; 2 grandchildren: Matthew and Jacob Fetrow; siblings: Justine (Michael) Thornton, James (Connie) Ahlers, Patricia Atkins, Gregor (Amy) Ahlers, Glen (Laura) Ahlers and Scott (Vicki) Ahlers; a sister-in-law: Linda Ahlers; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: Richard Ahlers; a brother-in-law: Frank Atkins; and her in-laws: Frank & Betty Zaruba.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Memorial services times are pending.

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Patricia A. Fultz, 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:12 p.m. Sun. May 2, 2021 at her home.

She was born May 19, 1950 in Madison, IL to the late Thomas & Anna (Mushill) Loftus.

Patricia was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  She loved to quilt, paint and craft.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Sarah (Christopher) Fleenor of Westerville, OH and Nichcole Hopkins of Granite City; a son: John Hopkins of Granite City; 5 grandchildren: Noah Hopkins, Symantha Hopkins, Cameron Fleenor, Sawyer Fleenor and Caraline Fleenor; a brother: William (Patricia) Loftus of Granite City; 2 sisters-in-law: Lois Loftus of Lake Jackson, TX and Marie Loftus of Granite City; a brother-in-law: David Borg of MO; and her former spouse: Michael Fultz of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Thomas and Raymond Loftus; and a sister: Paula Borg.

Memorial services will be at a later date with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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David Todd Medley, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:00 p.m. Sun. May 2, 2021 at Westview Nursing Home in Center, MO.

He was born Dec. 18, 1963 in Granite City to the late Ruby (Lam) Sullivan and Herbert Medley.

David was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1982 to 1986.  He had been a Venice police officer and worked at Spectralite Consortium.  He was also a DeMolay.

He is survived by his 3 children: Lauren Medley of St. Louis, Darick Medley and Darian Medley of Granite City; 2 grandchildren: Cadence Sanders of St. Louis and Dominic Medley of Granite City; a brother: Herbert (Beverly) Medley of St. Louis; a sister: Linda (Johnny) Beal of Mountain Grove, MO; a sister-in-law: Joyce Medley of Mountain Grove, MO; his former spouse: Tinette Medley of St. Louis, MO and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father: Larry Sullivan; a brother: Lewis Medley; and 2 sisters: Vickie Bender and Mickie Medley.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until time of services at 7:00 p.m. Wed. May 5, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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“Junior” Jackson, 70 of Granite City passed away on Sunday May 2, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Junior was born on September 25, 1950 in Anna, IL; the son of the late Fred R. and Jeanette (Sinks) Jackson Sr. Junior was a Crane operator for US Steel, retiring in 2012. Junior had attended Enjoy Church in Alton and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. In his free time, Junior enjoyed his days of traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Junior will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Junior is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Barbara (Barnett) Jackson, whom he married on February 14, 1975; son, Scott and Katie Jackson of Edwardsville, IL; daughter, Renee and Matthew Baldwin of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Brynn Jackson, Brooke Jackson, Trey Jackson of Edwardsville, Alexa Baldwin, Chloe Baldwin of Granite City; brother, Joe Jackson and Fielding Johnson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sisters, Peggy and Phillip Cruse of Granite City, Sandy Jackson Fairview Heights, IL; step-mom, Rubie Jackson of Fairview Height, IL and a network of many close friends.

In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jones.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Junior’s life, services will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Daren Carstens officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorial donations are suggested to Enjoy Church, 3303 Home M. Adams Pkwy, Alton, IL 62002.

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Elizabeth Rose Szymcek, 59 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO.

Elizabeth was born on March 19, 1962 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Victor A. and Marie H. (Costa) Szymcek. Elizabeth was a Teacher’s Aid for the Granite City School District and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. Elizabeth was a member of the Polish Hall in Madison, IL and had a special love of her granddog, Copper. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Elizabeth is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Gabrielle and Christopher Roberts of Granite City; sister, Janice and John Groboski of Bonne Terre, MO; brothers, Victor J. and Gwen Szymcek of Herrin, IL, Anthony and Norma Alexander of Albany, OR and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sisters; Barbara Duffin, Judith Szymcek, Nancy Harshany; brother, Joseph Szymcek.

In celebration of Elizabeth’s life, a funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to Evelyn’s House.

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Richard Lee Fanning, age 83, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at his home. Richard was born on March 20, 1938 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Oliver Fanning and Sophie (Parker) Fanning.

On May 18, 1957, Richard married Beverly Colyer, the love of his life at First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL. Richard was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Richard was in the auto parts industry starting his career at Madison Auto Parts and he retired from Al’s Automotive as store manager after 35 years of dedicated service. Richard enjoyed traveling with Beverly over the years. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan and St. Louis Blues Hockey fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly. Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his siblings, Billy Fanning, Bobby Fanning and Norma Boyer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Beverly Fanning of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Brenda (Richard B.) Gibson of Granite City, IL, Cheryl (Alan) Jakul of Nokomis, IL and Dana (Keith) Miles of New Douglas, IL; proud grandfather to Jamie Gibson of Granite City, IL, Amber (Ryan) Ruehrup of Staunton, IL, Justin Miles of St. Louis, MO and Ryan Miles of St. Louis, MO; proud great-grandfather to Dylan Ruehrup and Brent Ruehrup; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Visitation will continue on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday at Unity Baptist Church, with Pastor Jarad Corzine officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Unity Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel and church.

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