Obituaries May 2022

May 2022 Obituaries

Gerald Ray “Jerry” Birchler, 79, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 3:48 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon.

He was born March 19, 1943 in Granite City, a son of the late Leonard and Rose E. (Joiner) Birchler.

He retired as a production control manager from Granite City Steel after 45 years of dedicated service.

He enjoyed attending St. Cecilia Catholic Church and had been faithful and active throughout the years. He enjoyed woodworking, cutting grass and tending to his yard. He was always there to help others and was the best grandpa to his grandchildren. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Matthew House of Glen Carbon; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Tammy Birchler Jr. of Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren, Jessica, Alyssa, Madison, Samuel and Jackson; two great grandchildren, Avery and Lowen; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Barbara Birchler of Greenbrier, Arkansas; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Blum and a brother, Wayne Birchler.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 with Father Patrick Gibbons as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to St. Cecilia Catholic Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.


James William (Bill) Mason was born Dec 1, 1943 in Chicago IL; son of the late Augustus Harold and Marie Virginia (McKinley) Mason. His family later moved to Granite City where he spent the rest of his life. He died May 30, 2022 at Integrity Healthcare of Alton. He was 78 years old.

Bill went to ISD School for the Deaf in Jacksonville IL and finished his education at St Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, OH.

Bill worked at Fact Inc, which became CPI Corporation in St Louis for 35 years in IBM Data Processing. Bill was a faithful and dedicated member of Holy Family Catholic Church and also a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus in Granite City IL.
He was a member of St Louis Catholic Deaf Society and the International Catholic Deaf Association.
He enjoyed traveling with his brother Bob and spending time with family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by sisters, Kathleen (Bob) Kumle, Connie (Don) Shimkus, Diane Mason and brothers, Gordon (Mary) Mason, Robert (Bob) Mason & Richard (Bud) Mason.

He is survived by his loving sister, Gail (Dale) Coleno of Canton IL; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and many friends.

Funeral service will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery Chapel, 2910 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2022 with Fr. Steven Thompson officiating with burial to follow.

Donations may be made to St Louis Catholic Deaf Society.


Jessie “Jessica” Irene Jaime, 95, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at her home.

She was born on February 17, 1927 in Granite City, Il to Bartolo and Pabla (Fernandez) Campos.

Jessica married Felipe Jaime and he preceded her in death in 2002.

The loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother was an Eucharistic Minister for the Central Hispanic Center in the 1980’s.  She was a past member of the Mexican Honorary Commission and the Tico Tico Club.  Jessie enjoyed cooking for her family and she was proud of continuing her education by taking adult classes at SIU Edwardsville.

Jessica is survived by 2 daughters:  Maria Luisa (Adnan) Mohsen of Chesterfield, MO and Rose Rea of Granite City, IL; a son, Phillip (Karen) Jaime of Granite City, IL; 6 grandchildren:  Anastasia, Tonya, Phillip III, Ismahan, Felicia and Ghassan and 13 great grandchildren:  Gabriel, Sophia, Grace, Amira, Jaxon, Reilly, Laine, Brianna, Roman, Avery, Eliza, Olivia and Ellie.

Besides her husband and parents, Jessica is preceded in death by a brother, Juan and a sister, Lucina Delgado.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

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


Charles R. “Rick” Price Jr. 49 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at his home.

Rick was born on April 10, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the owner and operator of All In One Concrete. Rick greatest joy was spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Rick is survived by and will be missed by his mom; Patricia “Patty” (Jones) Mathis of Granite City, Illinois; daughters, Nissa Latham of Tennessee, Cheyenne Warrick of Tennessee, Kayla Price of Missouri; son, Harley Price of Tennessee; sister, Norma Wallen and Linda Mika of Granite City, Illinois; brother, Robert and Katie Price; 5 grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many other close family members and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his dad; Charles R. Price Sr.; the love of his life; wife, Jessica Price.

In celebration of Rick’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.


Carol J. Kovach, 69 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Carol was born on November 29, 1952 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Lindy F. and Jestine P. (Schreiber) Walker. Carol was a Paralegal for M. Joseph Hill Attorney at Law in Edwardsville. She was a member of the Granite City V.F.W. Auxiliary where she had previously served as a Chaplain for several years.

Carol was an active organizer for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Christmas toy campaign and was a very competitive trivia player.

 In her free time Carol enjoyed her days of spending time with her family and friends and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Carol is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Angie Kovach of Granite City, Illinois; son, Mark Kovach and Whitney Sauerhage of Granite City, Illinois; granddaughter, Kylie Shipman; great-son, Aiden Chamness; sister, Linda and Terry Flach of Glendora, California and many other close family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband; Steven J. Kovach, whom she married on August 7, 1971 in Granite City.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Carol’s life, services will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Karla Frost officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City V.F.W Post 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City, IL 62040.


Nila Josephine “Ms. Jo” Zelenka (nee Glass), 98, born August 3, 1923, passed in peace on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Lakeside Home in San Antonio, Texas.

Originally from Fremont, Missouri, she was the last surviving child of the ten children by Harvey Francis and Nila Malinda (nee Miner) Glass. She eventually moved to Madison, Illinois where she would spend most of her life before moving to Texas in 2013.

She was amazing with numbers and loved helping her Madison neighbors with their taxes for over 40 years. She loved to read and do word puzzles. She loved to drink coffee all day and cut coupons. She was blessed to be able to travel to Germany, England and Scotland to visit her only child, a daughter who served in the United States Navy.

Mrs. Zelenka is preceded in death by her husband, John Andrew “Andy” Zelenka in 2002 whom she married on September 3, 1955.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Glenn Meridth of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Jason Meridth and Joshua Meridth; three great grandchildren, Lucas, Bishop and Juliana; her best friend for many, many years, her niece, Janie Cowin of Alhambra; other nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.

A special thank you to the staff and hospice at Lakeside Home in San Antonio for their never-ending compassion and care.

A graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Date and time of service is pending.

Randall Cowin and Janie Cowin will officiate and musical selections will be by her nephews, The Smith Brothers.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to your local hospice.


Adam Eugene Cope, 38, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:58 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born October 3, 1983 in Maryville, the son of Alfred “Gene” Cope Jr. and Tammy E. (Monroe) Cope of Granite City.

Adam had worked as an operations manager with metal recycling. He lived his life as a rock star and was always the life of the party. He cherished his nieces and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Amy Cope of Granite City and Emily Cope and her fiancé, Brendan Toebe of Collinsville; four nieces, Avarey, Emery, Aria and Catheryn; three grandmothers, Marie Cope of Granite City, Doris Glasgow of Granite City and Gaye Flood of Granite City; aunts and uncles, Kristy and Geno Coughlin, Richard and Debbie Cope, Rodney and Susan Flood, Alex and Lisa Monroe, Randy and Lorie Monroe and Ronald and Trish Glasgow; many cousins; other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his three grandfathers, Rev. Alfred E. “Gene” Cope, E. Alex Monroe and The Fab R.G. Glasgow.

A celebration of his life will be held in the near future.

Memorials may be made to City Temple Assembly of God Church in Granite City or to Harvest Community Church in Pontoon Beach.


Melba D. Greer, 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Sat. May 28, 2022 at her home while under hospice care.

She was born Aug. 6, 1930 in Parma, MO to the late Carl & Maude (Jaynes) Minehart.

On June 4, 1955 she and Jack D. Greer were married in Granite City at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 2006.

Melba had been an insurance bookkeeper and was a member of 2nd Baptist Church in West Granite City.  She loved to read and do crosswords.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Marla (John) Million of Granite City and Jaclyn “Jaci” (Mark) Greer-Andrews of Port St. Lucie, FL; 4 grandchildren: Dawn (Tim Hopkins) Turner and Jack, Hannah and Kali Andrews; 4 great-grandchildren: Ciara, Jacob, Sebastian and Chloe; and a great-great-grandson: Joey.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.

The family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date.


Berita Mae Campbell, 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away Sat. May 21, 2022 at her home while under hospice care.

She was born May 18, 1949 in Clarksdale, MS to the late Louise (Talley) Turner and Benjamin Campbell.

Berita retired as a supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years.  She was a member of Galilee Central Baptist Church.

She is survived by 2 sons: John (Denise) Stepney of Berkeley, IL and Tyree Jackson of Chicago, IL; 6 grandchildren; was anxiously expecting  her first great-grandchild; 3 sisters; Florida Sayles of Granite City, Marilyn Johnson of TX and Theresa Turner of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Gregory Stepney; 2 brothers: Matthew and Earl Talley; and 2 sisters: Shirley Turner and Vera Jean Turner.

Services with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside, IL will be at a later date.


Lisa M. Fensterman, 67, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:16 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born August 22, 1954 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Daniel and Linda (Hernandez) Garcia.

She married James A. “Jim” Fensterman on October 18, 1980 in Granite City and he passed away on September 1, 1996. She was employed with Home Depot with several years of dedicated service as a manager in Human Resources. She had also worked many years as an administrative assistant with the Coast Guard in St. Louis.

Lisa loved community theatre and dance and throughout her life enjoyed being an incredible actress, director, dancer and choreographer for many years. She strived to be the best performer as a loving wife, mother, sister and aunt, cherishing every moment spent with her entire family and many friends. She loved entertaining and was a great cook for the many family and friend gatherings. She also loved her little dog, Ozzie.

She is survived by a daughter, Camille Fensterman of Granite City; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sarita and Myles Midgley of St. Louis and Laura Garcia of Granite City; a brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Tona Garcia of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

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

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City from 11:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022 with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Barbara Lee Mothershed, 65 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at her home in Granite City.

Barbara was born on April 27, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a nurse’s aide at the Fountains in Granite City and a member of Harvest Assembly. Barbara was a well known animal lover, especially her cats and always loved her days of spending time with her family. Barbara will be remembered for her kind heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by and will be missed by her dad; Luther Mothershed of Granite City, IL; daughter, April and Brant Hornberger of Paducah, Kentucky; grandchildren, Alexandria and Steven Mix, Austin Hornberger, Lacee Hornberger; great-grandchildren, Aiden Summers, Aubree Morrow, Tinleigh Mix, Avielyn Jo Mix, Breagan Mix; sisters, Loretta Mothershed of Granite City, Illinois, Toni and Jose’ Mothershed-Pineiro of Jasper, Georgia; brother, Charles and Yvonne Mothershed of Granite City, Illinois and many other close family members and friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mom; Mary (Blanton) Mothershed and her daughter, Michelle Lee Meyers.

In celebration of Barbara’s life, a visitation will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Roy Boyer officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with graveside services at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Pine Log Cemetery in Paragould, Arkansas. Memorial donations are suggested to the Granite City A.P.A.


Linda Sue Oren, 71, of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022 surrounded by her family.
 She was born in St. Louis, Mo on September 8, 1950 to the late Paul and Dorothy (Livingston) Conrad                   

Linda dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren and her nursing career. In her free time, she enjoyed watching TV, particularly the Three Stooges and many True Crime shows.

She is survived by her son: Jeff ( Donata Farnsworth)  Stufflebean; her grandchildren: Jessica Clayton, Gefforey (Ashley Hawthorne)  Stufflebean, Samanthajo Stufflebean, Ashlee Stufflebean, Bryan Schriver, Cruz Dixon, Kaylee Mothershed, Jeffrey Stufflebean Jr , Lucas Stufflebean; great grandchildren: Gabriel Stufflebean, Annaliese Dixon,  Presley Murphy, Joziah Stufflebean, Lance Dixon, Serenitylee Stufflebean, and one on the way; a brother: Paul Conred and daughter – in – law: Rosalee ( Jeff Meyer) Stufflebean.

Besides her parents, Linda is preceded in death by her daughter Dorthea Webb; a granddaughter: Jazmine Stufflebean and 2 brothers: Ronnie and Gary Conrad

A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.


Rocky Lee Dunn, 59, of Granite City, IL, passed away Thurs. Apr. 28, 2022 at his home.

He was born Sept. 18, 1962 in St. Louis, MO to the late Barbara (Hoy) Converse and Marvin Dunn.

Rocky was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1984 to 1987.  After his military service he worked for American Steel.

Survivors include: a son: Cory Dunn; 2 brothers: Robert Dunn and Richard (Joeleene) Dunn; and 3 sisters: Melba (Michael) Tracy, Barbara Sanders and Tina Silkwood. He is also survived by his former spouse, Cyndi Murphy, mother to his daughter and Kimberly Dunn, mother to his son.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Megan and Kayla Dunn; and a sister-in-law: Lisa Ann Dunn.


Robert G. Dunn, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 3:48 a.m. Tues. May 24, 2022 at his home with his loving companion, Cathy Jones, at his side. He was born Sept. 26, 1964 in St. Louis, MO to the late Barbara (Hoy) Converse and Marvin Dunn.

He and Lisa Ann Hamlin were married July 28, 1984 in Granite City.  She preceded him in death Nov. 20, 2019. Robert had been a diesel mechanic.

He is survived by a son: Chad (Dena) Dunn of Granite City; 6 grandchildren; a brother: Richard (Jolene) Dunn of St. Genevieve, MO; and 3 sisters: Melba (Mike) Tracy of Hillsboro, MO; Barbie Sanders of Festus, MO and Tina Silkwood of TX.

SERVICES ARE PENDING.


Lawrence J. Ponce, 92 years of age, was born 7 July 1929 in Venice, IL and passed on May 22, 2022.

Mr. Ponce married Donna Lee Fechte Ponce on January 16th, 1954.  They have three sons: Larry J. Ponce who married Vicki Chrusciel, Gary L. Ponce who married Robin Milam and Mark A. Ponce who married Cindy Penrod.

Surviving is his wife: Donna Lee Ponce; his son’s and daughter’s-in-law; and brother: Roy Ponce.  Mr. Ponce has 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ponce joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1948 and was honorably discharged May 20th, 1957.  Mr. Ponce worked at the Granite City Army Depot for 20 years as a supervising administrative assistant.  When the Depot closed he transferred to the USAMC Sim A and retired as Chief of the Resources Management Branch after 22 years.  Mr. Ponce retired from the agency with a total of 42 years in 1990.  Mr. Ponce then worked as a Real Estate Salesman for Wallace Realtors until his retirement at the age of 80.  Mr. Ponce was a faithful member of St. Jerome Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Sam and Mamie Ponce; sister-in-law: Catherine Ponce; and daughter-in-law: Barbara Ponce.

A memorial visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at St Jerome Catholic Church in Troy, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m.  Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City entrusted with professional services.


Katherine E. Legate, 69, of Marissa, Illinois passed away at 4:17 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois.

She was born July 5, 1952 in Granite City, a daughter of Bonnie (Lyerla) Bridges of Madison and the late William Bridges.

She married Max Legate on August 31, 1974 and he passed away on May 2, 2022.

She had worked as a supervisor with distribution for Hershey. She loved cooking and baking and was always ready to entertain and feed family and friends. She was an avid St. Louis Blues Hockey fan, loved photography and taking pictures and had a love of nature and was always watching her hummingbirds and other birds around.

Holidays were her time to shine, always ready to decorate, dressing for the occasion and thoroughly loved Christmas time festivities and holiday music. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved mother, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Misty and David Scott of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Rhonda Legate of Granite City; grandchildren, Jared Lewis and fiancé, Bailey Hardy of Granite City, Darian and wife, Kaylin Glenn of Granite City, Tommy and wife, Lauren Schmidt of Dorsey, Cody Schmidt of Granite City, Emily Scott of Troy and Dylan Scott of Granite City; two great grandchildren, Jack Glenn and Caroline Schmidt; two sisters, Treva and husband, John Carpenter of Madison and Gale Davis of Madison; two brothers, Dale and wife, Carole Bridges of Maryville and Kenny and wife, Linda Harris of Salem, Missouri; nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 48 years and father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Bridges.

In celebration of Katherine’s life, the family is planning a gathering at the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063, 4801 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. 

Max Legate, 68 of Marissa, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022 at his home in Marissa.

Max was born on May 27, 1953 in Racine, WI; the son of the late Maxwell Buford and Juanita Lucille (Frazen) Legate. Max was an operator for Granite City Steel for over 35 years and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Max loved to stay active and was known as a very competitive bowler, bowling 17 plus 300 games. He enjoyed being outside playing golf, riding his Harley, hunting and was and expert sharpshooter. He was active in the Granite City community, coaching the Granite City Warriors Hockey team and when he was out and about Max never met a stranger.

His friends and family knew him as a man that had a heart of gold and would do anything to help someone. Most of all Max loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.


Donald M. Schutzenhofer, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born November 6, 1936 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Joseph F. and Anna Mae (Williams) Schutzenhofer.

He retired in 1992 from the Granite City School District #9 after many years of dedicated service as a custodian. He had also owned and operated D&B Employment Agency in Granite City and had worked at American Steel for several years.

 He proudly served his country with the United States Army Reserves. He loved visiting the Casino Queen and enjoyed gambling and playing the slot machines. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially Spades, cooking and looked forward to the trips to the lake to visit with his brother. 

He always had a joke to tell to everyone he was in contact with. He cherished his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Christopher Schutzenhofer of Granite City; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carla and Richard Gillespie of Alton, Carie and Jim Evans of Bethalto, Candi and Jim Parker of Granite City and Cathi and Tim Strazinsky of Edwardsville; fifteen grandchildren, Ryan, Katie, Nick, Mary, Ricky, DJ, Alex, Brendan, Hunter, Drake, Reid, Taylor, Madison, Mitch and Logan; several great grandchildren; a sister, Norma Graves of Bradenton, Florida; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron Schutzenhofer and a brother and sister-in-law, Joey and Mary Schutzenhofer.

In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

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


Besides her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by a brother, Billy Gene Farless and 2 sisters:  Sheila Chandler and Leita Turner.

Joyce Marie Dean, 63, of New Baden, IL, formally of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at her home.

She was born on July 3, 1958 in Granite City, IL to Wilton and Deloris (McCoy) Sexton.

Joyce was a member of the New Baden Library Book Club and she enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading, movies and spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by 2 daughters:  Amy Pulley of Columbia, IL and Jessica Dean of Belleville, IL; a son, Mathew Dean of New Baden, IL; 10 grandchildren:  Justin, Brayden, Cassandra, Ian, Ivy, Gavin, Keagan, Kendall, Samantha and Jamison and 2 sisters:  Gloria Bushnell and Karen Perigo.  Joyce will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.   The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Harris Cemetery in Alhambra, IL.

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


Doris Lucille Harris, 86, of Belleville passed away unexpectedly at her home on May 15, 2022. She was born on March 7, 1936 in Granite City, Illinois, a daughter of the late George and Mary (Spear) Jones.

She married Richard E. Harris on September 8, 1972 in Alton, Illinois. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2020.

Doris was a homemaker. During her life she loved traveling, gardening, and most of all being on the lake boating with her family. She also loved bowling and earned several trophies.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Lynn Ciszek and Frank Ciszek of Troy, Illinois; one sister, Joyce Rowland of Granite City, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Thomas L. Layman; two brothers, and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or St. John Lutheran Church of Granite City.


Baldasare Robert “Bob” Scaturro, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Christian Hospital in St. Louis on Monday, May 16, 2022.

He was born October 7, 1941 in St. Louis, a son of the late Domonic and Rose (Accardi) Scaturro.

He married the love of his life, Donna Rose (Miller) Scaturro on November 12, 1966 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

He retired as the owner and operator of Scaturro Electronics with over 30 years of service. He was a jack of all trades and could fix just about anything. He was a skilled appliance and small electronic repairman and custom aftermarket audio installer.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of camping, boating and hunting. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with them.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 55 years, he is survived by four children and spouses, Patricia Elaine Terveer Ellington and Allen of Troy, Michael Robert Scaturro and Chris of Granite City, Kathryn Marie Endicott and Jerry of Granite City and Christina Rose Caruso and Brett of Granite City; eleven grandchildren and spouses, Jacob Terveer and Taylor, Kamryn Terveer, Loren Terveer, Adam Ellington and Kristin, Samantha Scaturro, Michael Scaturro, Isabella Scaturro, Jack Endicott, Kate Endicott, Daniel Caruso and Kayla and Luke Caruso; two great grandchildren, Adelyn Ellington and Joshua Caruso; a brother and spouse, Frank Scaturro and Joyce of Granite City; two brothers-in-law and spouses, Ronald Miller and Jim Londe of Collinsville and Raymon Miller and Kim of Kansas City, Missouri; his beloved labradoodle, Winston; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and spouse, Mary Shaffner and Don.

In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be at Grace Church East, 4701 IL-111 in Pontoon Beach on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve McKinney officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center. 


Cheryl A. Gann, 76, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:48 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at her home.

She was born January 22, 1946 in San Bernardino, California, a daughter of the late Thomas Albert and Clara Belle (McArthur) White. She married Gerald L. “Jerry” Gann on February 17, 1968 in Redlands, California and he passed away on March 27, 2012.

She retired from the Granite City School District #9 after many years of dedicated service as a teacher.

Cheryl was a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City. She enjoyed watching television and loved Disney, Hallmark, Sci-Fi and crime shows and movies. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Garrin Bryce and Regina Gann of Bradford, Pennsylvania; a daughter and son-in-law, Jena LeeAnn and Jeremy Walter of Corinth, Texas; four grandchildren, Victoria Jade Cover, Noah Reed Walter, Riley James Walter and Logan Bryce Walter; a great granddaughter, Kaylin Nicole Cover; two sisters, Norma Gregory and Pauline Edwards; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Al, Chuck, Richard and Harold and two sisters, Alberta and Wanda June.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held at GC First Assembly of God Church, 2317 Madison Avenue in Granite City on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeremy Walter officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD) to support the Granite City chapter of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.


Joanna Rae Burke nee: Morris, 49, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Fri. May 13, 2022 at her home in Granite City with her famiy by her side.

She was born Sept. 23, 1972 in Granite City to Sharon (Waggoner) Parks of Granite City and Donald Ray Morris of Haines City, FL.

Joanna had been a nursing home CNA for many years.  She loved music and dancing, making jewelry, reading, going on float trips and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son: Tyler (Priscyla) Morris of Granite City; step-mother: Janet Morris of Haines City, FL; a brother: Donald Morris II of MO; sister: Veronica Morris of Granite City; 3 step-brothers: Larry Dean Hall of Nesbit, MS, Daniel (Kim) Parks of Granite City, Douglas (Amy) Parks of Waterloo, IL; step-sister: Nancy Lee Hall of Odenton, MD; nephews: Matthew Gancheff, Christopher Parks and Clayton Myers; nieces: Catelynn Liniger, Krystle Parks, Bella Parks, Hannah Myers, Ashlie Parks, Amie Hall and Tabitha Hall; and will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her step-father: Bud Parks; maternal grandparents: Cathryn & Jewel Lemm; and paternal grandparents: Kitty Ostrander and Leroy Morris.

Services are pending.


Steven Michael Watson, age 64, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Steve was born in Granite City, IL on January 16, 1958, a son of Bonnie (Watson) Davis and the late Don A. Watson Sr.

On June 1, 1996, Steve married Angela Dilday, the love of his life. Steve retired from Stanley Security as an alarm installer after many years of dedicated service. He was also a retired volunteer Certified level 2 firefighter for the City of Madison, a job he loved and served with passion for helping others.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan and he enjoyed going to home games and was always dressed in Cardinal attire even when watching away games on tv. He also enjoyed being outdoors on a beautiful day fishing and loved throwing darts with his friends.

 His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Volunteering at Holy Family School to help coach basketball or run the track events for all the schools, his favorite, shooting the gun to start the events. It was always important to him to attend every sporting or school event that Jess and Nick had as they were the “best accomplishments of his life” as he put it. Steve loved life, he loved giving his time to help others, he loved to laugh and pulling pranks, recanting stories of the Watson boys and all their adventures, but most of all he loved his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle and a dear friend to many.

In addition to his father, Steve was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Sandy Watson.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Angela Watson of Granite City, IL; loving children, Jessica Watson and Nicholas Watson, both of Granite City, IL; dear mother, Bonnie (Watson) Davis of Granite City, IL; brothers, Don Watson Jr. of Tennessee, Barry (Kathy) Watson of Granite City, IL and Kelly (Patty) Watson of South Carolina; proud uncle to Sam Watson, Jamie (Austin) Baker and Sarah Watson; extended family and friends.

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

Memorial donations may be given to the charity of your choice.

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


Leonard A. Hylla, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at his home. He was born April 28, 1931 in Beaucoup, Illinois, a son of the late Steve and Mary (Rogaczewski) Hylla.

He married Loretta A. (Kelio) Hylla on May 7, 1955 at St. Mary’s Greek Catholic Church in Madison and she survives.

He had worked for International Shoe Company for 22 years. He later began his career with the State of Illinois with the Emergency Patrol for a year and a half then working for the Secretary of State Police with 21 years of service as an investigator until his retirement in 1991.

The United States Army veteran proudly served his country from 1951 until 1953.

Leonard was a faithful member of St. Mary & St. Mark Parish in Madison, a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Booster Club, American Legion and St. Stanislaus Lodge #1004 in Madison. He enjoyed his days of playing golf, going to the horse races and traveling the world with his wife and family through the years. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 67 years, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Judge David and Anita Hylla of Maryville, Sister Linda Hylla, C.D.P., Elaine and Charlie Dust of Taylorville and Kurt and Mary Hylla of Edwardsville; six grandchildren, Lauren Dust, Eric Dust, Kyle Hylla, Nicholas Hylla, Amelia Hylla and Madeline Hylla; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Alberta Mikolaszuk of Granite City and Dorothy and Tom Voloski of Madison; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight siblings, Lambert Hylla, Richard Hylla, Dolores Carter, Clarence Hylla, Marcella Tilton, Norma Schwendemann, Robert Hylla and Ralph Hylla.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at St. Mary & St. Mark Parish in Madison on Monday, May 16, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to St. Mary & St. Mark Parish or BJC Hospice. 


Darlene M. Hillis, 74, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, May 6, 2022 at her home.  She was born on October 7, 1947 in Granite City, IL to Guy and Bonnie nee: Westbrook Pasley. 

Darlene married Danny Hillis on May 12, 1971 in Edwardsville, IL, whom she divorced in November 2004.  He preceded her in death on May 17, 2017. 

Ms Hillis was a homemaker and formally employed at Helping Hands and J & S Ceramics. Her last employment was with Walmart as an associate for 10 years before retiring.  Darlene enjoyed playing BINGO at the Knights of Columbus with her friends.  Most of all she enjoyed being with her family and spending time with her fur babies, Maggie and Cricket.  She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her. 

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by a son, Ronald (Ellen) Hillis of Granite City; 3 grandchildren:  Jacob (Patricia) Hillis, Deidra Hillis and her partner Randy Hull and Morgan (Cole) Whitford, all of Granite City and 5 great grandchildren: Abel Hillis, Keigan Hull, Maverick Hull, Adelynne Hull and Remington Whitford, all of Granite City.  Also surviving are 2 step sons:  Tim Hillis and Terry Hillis, formally of Malden, MO; 5 step grandchildren and 4 sisters:  Joyce Taylor of Granite City, Judy Buckingham of Granite City, Shirley Wilson of Fresno, CA and Mary Nettle of MA. 

Besides her parents and former husband, Darlene is preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Leonard Pasley and Issac Pasley and 6 sisters:  Margaret Hollenbeck, Jesse Ashburn, Dorothy Smith, Macie Todara, Helen Love and Bonita Womack. 

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


Patricia A. Jackson, 68 of Granite City, Illinois passed away peacefully on Friday, May 6, 2022 with family by her side at Integrity Health Care of Wood River.

Pattie was born on June 13, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri; the daughter of the late David and Ida (Fellhauer) Gragg. Pattie was a secretary for the Salvation Army Tree of Lights and had also worked for Mercer Mortuary in Granite City. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and in her free time she enjoyed driving to grafton to watch the eagles, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball on tv, and also taking care of her family.

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

Pattie is survived by and will be missed by her loving husband; George L. Jackson Jr.; sons, Michael David Jackson of Granite City, IL, Christopher G. Jackson of Granite City, IL; sisters, Kathi Gragg Nenninger of Granite City, IL, Susan Zgonina of Granite City, IL; brothers, Gary and Laura Gragg of Afton, MO, Richard D. Gragg of Granite City, IL and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Pattie’s life, funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital or to Children’s Hospital.


Debra A. Rich, 65, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sun. May 8, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born Sept. 25, 1956 in Granite City to the late Robert Paul & Doris Jean (Tindall) Kudelka.

On May 24, 1991, she and Gary L Rich were married in Edwardsville, IL.  He survives in Granite City.

Debra had been a receptionist for Dr. Bruce for many years.  She loved to spend time with family, travel, bowl and try her luck on the boat.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter: Monica R. (Adrian) Ducasse of Granite City; a son: Marvin W. (Carrie) Buckingham Jr. of Marissa, IL; 6 grandchildren: Brittany (Ben) Arnold, Simon, Cheyenna, Andrew, Emily and Robert Wesley Buckingham; 2 great-grandchildren: Zakary & Izabella Arnold; a sister: Barbara McKelley of Granite City; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Paula Newberry.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thurs. May 12, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be at 10:00 a.m. Fri. May 13, 2022 with P.J. Martin officiating.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.

Online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.


Robert “Robbie” Michael Lakin, age 57 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at his home. Robbie was born on August 27, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL, a son of the late Stanley M. Lakin and Mildred Aileen (Payne) Lakin.

On January 19, 1984, Robbie married Donna Goodyear, the love of his life in Granite City, IL. Robbie worked as a press operator at General Gasket in St. Louis, MO. He enjoyed fishing and sitting around a bonfire drinking a cold beer with his family and friends. He also enjoyed watching Andy Griffith and the Three Stooges. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Robbie will be remembered as a hard working family man who loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Robbie is survived by his devoted wife, Donna Lakin of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Kathleen (Warren) Winkle of Granite City, IL and Kimberly Lakin of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Ricky (Jennifer Harrison) Lakin of Granite City, IL and Vicki (Robert) Bruhn of Staunton, IL; proud grandfather to Liam Winkle, Vera Winkle, Kyng Lakin and Mckennea Reynolds; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

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


Jean Hall, 92, of Madison passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 she was born May 12, 1929 in East St. Louis to Vern and Rose (nee; Calvert) McIntire.  She married Charles Franklin Hall Sr., January 23, 1953 in Madison.  She was retired from Brown Shoe Company.

She is survived by two daughters, Roberta “Bobbi” Bellovich of Granite City and Rebeca (Ray) Dailey of Granite City; son, Charles Hall Jr of Madison; eighteen grandchildren; forty four great grandchildren;  thirty six great great grandchildren; son in law, Mark Liszewski of Troy and sister in law Edith McIntire of Madison.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Elizabeth Liszewski; sister, Verna Louise McIntire and two brothers, Melbourn and Clifton McIntire.

Visitation will be on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com


Nelson C. King, age 98 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. Nelson was born on June 4, 1923 in Carmi, IL, a son of the late Edward and Audrey (Self) King.

Nelson loved and married Betty Lu Fitzer in 1952, until her passing in 1982 and together they had 6 children. Nelson served in US Navy WWII, Company 193, Sonar Man Second Class, 1943-1946. He graduated college from Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chicago in 1950. Worked as a computer programmer and retired from the US Government Agency ALMSA (Automated Logistics Management System Agency) in 1985. 

Past President and Lions Club member for many years. He worked especially hard for fund raising, supplying glasses to the under privileged, and would courier donor organs to surgical facilities. Along with bowling and playing cards he loved to travel and took dozens of organized Granite City Park District bus trips to practically every corner of the US. During these trips he made many friends and several long term relationships which provided great enjoyment during retirement. For close to 25 years he was especially close to Shirley Warren. They were together every day, attended Hope Lutheran Church and loved each other very much. Dad enjoyed keeping his bird feeders well stocked and building “things” around the house. For over 40 years he hosted gatherings at Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl where 30 or more family members and friends would celebrate. These celebrations were his most prized contribution to family life. Dad was known for his wit, ingenuity and sharp candor, he will be greatly missed. God rest his soul.

In addition to his parents and wife, Nelson was preceded in death by his daughters, LuAnn Lear and Lori Thompson; brothers, Curran King and Edward King; daughter-in-law, Valerie King; and by a great-grandson, Todd.

He is survived by his loving sons, Jon (Mary Jo) King of St. Louis, MO, Jay (Valerie, deceased) King of Glen Carbon, IL, Jac (Rita) King of Edwardsville, IL and Jol (Karol) King of O’Fallon, MO; grandchildren, Karen, Bryan, Emily, Casie, Christopher, Katie, John and Lynda; great-grandchildren, Emma, Hannah, Jacob, Max, Lexi, Ellie, Zachary, Peyton, Henry, James Sr. and Todd (deceased); great-great-grandchildren, James Jr, Henson, Remmington; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Irwin Chapel. Nelson will be laid to rest next to Betty Lu at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.). Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Norma June (Fadler) DaVault of Granite City died at 10:10 pm on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, Ill. She was born on June 2, 1933 in Patton, Mo. and married Bob DaVault on January 12, 1952 in Marble Hill, Mo. She worked various jobs before moving to Granite City, and then worked at Leader’s Department Store for 39 years. She retired as head buyer when they eventually closed the store.

She also worked as an Avon representative for 19 years and achieved membership in both the President’s Club and the Honor Society program. She loved being around people and faithfully attended both Third Baptist and Suburban later known as Unity Baptist Churches in Granite City and was also a charter member of the Third Baptist Church. 

 In October of 2019, she moved into the Assisted Living Apartments of Eden Village Retirement Center and enjoyed the friends that she made there and participating in the activities therein. She was also a member of the Senior Circle at Gateway Regional Hospital and belonged to the local T.O.P.S group.

Norma is surived by a brother, Charles and Judi Fadler, a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Fadler(who coincidentally has the same birth date, but not the same year), nieces Carol(Art) LaVelle, Elaine (Jerry) Staton, Hilda (Ron)Tinnin Hertel, Theresa (Bill) McCormick, Sheila (David) Brown, , nephews Jeff (Nancy) Fadler, Tim Fadler, Bill D. (Jeanne) Fadler, Woody Fadler, Randy (Shannon) Pogue, great-nieces Debbie LaVelle, Connie LaVelle, Sherry (Victor) Peralez, Nicole (Tyler) Stevens, great-nephews Jerry Staton, Jr., Donnie Tinnin, Alex (Aly) Fadler, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Bob DaVault, parents W.C. and Matilda Fadler, brother Bill (Norma Jean) Fadler, sisters Rosa (Charlie) Lux and Juanita (Denver) Rehkop, two infant sisters Pansy and Violet Fadler, father and mother-in-law Troy and Opal DaVault, sister-in-law Mary Lee Hogue.

Visitation will be at Unity Baptist Church, 2500 St. Clair Ave. in Granite City, IL from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 with Pastor Jared Corzine and Pastor Jason Fishburn officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery in Marble Hill, Missouri. Memorial donations are suggested to Unity Baptist Church in Granite City.


Judith “Judy” Ann Griffin, 76, affectionately known as Grandma Ju Ju by her grandchildren passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.  She was born October 20, 1945 in Granite City
to Luke and Sophia (Nee: Mikolaszuk) Kraus.  She worked many years as a line cook at Granite City Steel and Lisa’s Diner. 

Judy enjoyed playing bingo and cards with her friends and cooking for her family and friends.  She loved to play Skip-Bo with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Marc (Amy) Griffin of Granite City; three grandchildren, Justin Duvall, Sophia Griffin and Luke Griffin; sister, Donna (Billy) Norton of Pontoon Beach; five nephews; four great nephews and some very close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Louis “Sonny” Kraus.

A memorial visitation celebrating Judy’s life will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook is available at www.wojstrom.com.


James W. Tharp, 79 of Madison, Illinois passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

James was born on February 3, 1943 in Granite City; the son of the late James M. and Marfisa (Bertacchi) Tharp. James last worked as a manager for Wolffs Clothing and had worked for PN Hirsch Clothing as well as a foreman of the warehouse at Scruggs & Vandervoort.

He was a lifelong resident of Madison and a well known neighbor to all. James loved his family and all his neighbors that were always willing to lend a hand. He will be remembered for his kind heart and the special times her shared with his family and friends.

James is survived by and will be missed by his special neighbors; Joseph and Faye Garcia of Madison, IL and all his friends at St. Mary Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years; Dorothy (Doneff) Tharp; sister, Irene Smith; brother, Fred D. Meier.

In celebration of James life, visitation will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating. Burial next to his wife will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church, 1621 10th St., Madison, IL 62062.


Norma Jean Rudd, age 85, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her home. Norma was born on July 23, 1936 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Doyle and Ruth (Wilson) VonSchmittou.

On June 24, 1978, Norma married Wilson H. Ruddd in Granite City, IL, and Wilson passed away on March 17, 2010. Norma retired as office manager from the State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation in Granite City, IL.

She enjoyed crocheting, solving word puzzles, putting jig saw puzzles together and painting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family whom she loved dearly. Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. 

 She never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Norma will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by two sons, Doyle Mifflin and Jeffery Mifflin; sister, Jeanette Woods; and by a stepson, Don Rudd

She is survived by her loving children, Vicki Nance of Atlanta, GA, Patti Sauer of Granite City, IL and Steve (Kathy) Mifflin of Missouri; dear daughter-in-law, Sandy Mifflin of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Pastor David Brimm officiating. Norma will be laid to rest at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

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


Gregg Weeks, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, IL. Gregg was born on October 25, 1942 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Ervin Weeks and Eleanor (Burlingame) Weeks.

On August 31, 1963, Gregg married Jeanette Faye Volner in Madison, IL, and Jeanette passed away on September 12, 2018. Gregg retired from Granite City School District #9 as a maintenance carpenter after many years of dedicated service and he was a member of Carpenters Local #633. Gregg was a hardworking family man who cherished every moment he spent with his family. He enjoyed playing chess and spending time outdoors.

 Gregg will be remembered as a loving father, brother, 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 and wife, Gregg was preceded in death by a brother, David Weeks.

He is survived by his loving children, Angie (April) Guithues, Granite City, IL and Jeffrey (Janice) Weeks of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Walter Weeks of Morris, IL and Violet Dennis of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to Kenneth Gauen of Pontoon Beach, IL, Becca (Tyler) Wilson of New Athens, IL, Hannah Weeks of Granite City, IL, Jimmy Guithues of Okawville, IL, Ericka Guithues of Okawville, IL, Ryan Guithues of Granite City, IL and Dakotah Guithues of Granite City, IL; proud great-grandfather to Sophia Wilson; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Irwin Chapel Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. Gregg will be laid to rest at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City, IL.

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

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


William David Shoffner, 83, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at his home.

He was born on October 4, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Clarence Shoffner and Ermel (Thomas) Sandifer.

William married Myrtle Huntze in St. Louis on February 17, 1956.  She preceded him in death in 1998.

The loving father and grandfather was a member of the Teamsters Local 688.  He worked for different steel mills for over 30 years and retired from Southwest Steel in Madison, Il.  William was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and he also enjoyed football.

William is survived by 2 daughters:  Susan (James) Biggers of Springfield, IL and Sally (Michael) Williams of Collinsville, IL; a son, Jeffrey Shoffner of St. Louis, MO; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 2 brothers:  Donnie (Carol) Shoffner of TX ad Wayne Shoffner of Ballwin, MO and 2 sisters:  Bonnie Faraone of St. Louis, MO and Shirley Abt of AZ.

Besides his wife and parents, William is preceded in death by 3 sons:  Thomas David Shoffner, Daniel Robert Shoffner and John Wayne Shoffner and a brother, Curtis Shoffner.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home in Granite City, IL.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Rd in Granite City, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Jerry “J.P.” Michael Podraza, age 71, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022 in his home. Jerry was born on November 15, 1950 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Stanley M. Podraza and Jane Sophia (Vesci) Podraza.

On February 10, 1996, Jerry married Andrea Maass, the love of his life in Alton, IL. Jerry retired as a machine operator from Kraft Foods in Granite City, IL, after years of dedicated service. After retirement, Jerry decided to go back to work at the Y.M.C.A., spending time making new friends and visiting with old ones. Jerry had an outgoing personality.

He never met a stranger and excelled as a conversationalist and storyteller. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was an avid baseball fan and loved his home team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed basketball and boxing, live music, and going fishing. 

He always said his greatest accomplishments were his children, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. Jerry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, 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, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Podraza and by his sister, Tina Marie Holland.

Jerry is survived by his devoted wife, Andrea Podraza of Granite City, IL; loving children, Garrett (Brittany) Podraza of Palmyra, IL, Olivia Podraza of Granite City, IL and Stacia Pearce of Atlanta, GA; dear grandfather to Ezra, Naomi, Grant and Brice; sister-in-law, Joan Podraza of Marine, IL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Eric and Cathy Maass of Kansas City, MO; proud uncle to Paul, Jeff, Jamie, Hope, Hannah and Leah; proud great-uncle to Willow, Madelyne, Kalissa, and Skylar; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Grace Church East Campus, Pontoon Beach, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the church, with Pastor Steve McKinney officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to Grace Church East Campus. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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


Carmen “Diane” Hahn, age 75, of Madison, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Diane was born on September 14, 1946 in Carbondale, IL, a daughter of the late William and Adeline (Bowen) Robertson.

Diane was a faithful member of Solid Rock Free Methodist Community Church in Pontoon Beach, IL and she loved going to church to serve the Lord. She was also a talented pianist who had enjoyed playing at the church.

Diane had worked many years as an executive secretary for Ernst & Young in St. Louis, MO. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Diane loved life, she loved to laugh, get her nails done but most of all she loved her family. 

She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend. Diane will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving children, Melissa (Clint) Hummel of Granite City, IL, Shelly (Leif) Froyen of Seattle, WA, David Hahn of Madison, IL and Brian Hahn of Madison, IL; brother, Jim (Judi) Robertson of Arnold, MO; sister-in-law, Hedy Hahn of Collinsville, IL; proud grandmother to Jessica (Jeff) Puder of Granite City, IL, Jennifer (Abi) Antele of Maryville, IL, Isaac Hummel of Granite City, IL and Jacob Hummel of Palmyra, MO; proud great-grandmother to Lias Antele, Annabelle Antele and Leona Puder; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Javier Quintana and Pastor Gloelma Quintana officiating the funeral service. Private interment will be held at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Solid Rock Free Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Phyllis M. Mosby, age 82, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon, IL. Phyllis was born on June 29, 1939 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Charles G. Parmley and Ethyl (Huffstutler) Parmley.

Phyllis was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She retired from St. Elizabeth Hospital as an aid after many years of dedicated service. Phyllis enjoyed spending time outdoors working in her garden. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Phyllis 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.

She is survived by her loving sons, Robert (Sandra Landers) Mosby of Punta Gorda, FL, Richard Mosby of Louisville, KY and Ronald (Sondra) Mosby of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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


Betty Jean McGee, 87, of Granite City passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 in Granite City.  She was born May 5, 1934 in Collinsville to John and Estella (nee: Walk) Spreter. 

She married Rosser “Tom” McGee October 10, 1962; he preceded her in death in 1996.

In her free time she was a camp ground host at Pere Marquette and really enjoyed taking pride in her house and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherl Walkenbach of Granite City; grandchildren, Ashley  Kuehnel, Erica (Evan) Hoffman and Cayden (Hilary) Cipher; great grandchild, Josie on the way; several nieces and nephews and many adopted grandchildren..

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter, Cathy Foster; brothers, Jackie Spreter and Jim (Pat) Spreter and son in law, Robert Curt Walkenbach.

A memorial visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Pound Pets or Granite City A.P.A.


Max is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Katherine (Bridges) Legate, whom he married on August 31, 1974; daughter, Misty and David Scott of Granite City; son, Derek and Rhonda Legate of Granite City; grandchildren, Jared Lewis of Granite City, Darian and Kaylin Glenn of Granite City, Tommy and Lauren Schmidt of Dorsey, IL, Cody Schmidt of Granite City, Emily Scott of Troy, IL, Dylan Scott of Granite City; great-grandchildren, Jack Glenn, Caroline Schmidt; brother, Alan and Suzi Legate; sisters, Sheila and Rich Rizzolo, Karen and Bob Amstuz and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Max’s life, the family is planning a gathering at the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063, 4801 Maryville Road in Granite City on May 29, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


Estle H. Click, 96 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.

Estle was born on August 1, 1925 in Salem, Missouri; the son of the late Hugh A. Delbert and Virgie E. (Kinder) Click. Estle was a security guard for the Curtis Detective Agency and had worked as a welder for over 30 years for A.O. Smith. Estle proudly served his country in the United States Navy in WW II and was a traveling evangelist most of his adult life. In his free time Estle enjoyed playing his guitar and crocheting. He enjoyed watching westerns and womens college softball on television. He was always ready to spend time with his family. Estle will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Estle is survived by and will be missed by his daughter; Judy Prier of St. Charles, MO; sons, David and Kaye Click of Huntland, TN, Clay Click of Granite City, IL; Daughter in laws; Mildred Click of Winchester, TN, Glenda Click Belevidere, TN, brother, Harold Dee and Lavada Click of Oklahoma; sister, Helen Inman and husband Bobby of Salem, MO; 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Estle was preceded in death by his wife; Hildred L. (Wells) Click, whom he married on February 23, 1946; sons, James Click, Curtis Click, Mark Click; brothers, Roy Fox, Lee Fox, Charles Click, Billy Click, Earl Click; sisters, Betty Stringer, Lorene Curley and great grandchild Courtney Eley.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Estle’s life, funeral services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Vollmar officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the Wounded Warriors Project.


John Thomas Severine, 87 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

John was born on December 25, 1934 in Granite City; the son of the late John Charles and Alexandra (Layloff) Severine. John was an auto body supervisor for Ron Snelson Auto Body for over 40 years. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Granite City where he was a long-standing member of the choir. John was also a talented musician who played the trumpet in the metro east area in several well-known polka bands, including the “Tune Twisters” and the “Terry Dutko Quintet.“ He last played his trumpet for his church on Easter Sunday.

John loved all sports and participated in many, including racquetball, softball, bowling, golf and played a very competitive game of lawn darts. He was also an avid supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Additionally, John thoroughly enjoyed working on his yard and had an immaculate lawn and flower garden. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren and all the special times they shared together.

John will be dearly missed by his wife Dessa (Hurst) Severine, whom he married on October 17, 1953; his children, John Severine and Barbera Barbee of O’Fallon, IL, Jim and Sheree Severine of Edwardsville, IL, Jane and Michael Whaley of Granite City, IL, Joseph Severine of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Emily and Ryan Taylor, Timothy Severine and Kelsey Timken, Nick and Amanda Severine, Nathan and Brooke Severine, Karissa and Scott Mance, Amanda and Shane McKeal, Bert and Christa Lyons; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Lauren, Ellie, Allison, Brynna, Peyton, McKenna, Hadley Jo, Zeke, Emrie, Rhett, Kelsi and Beau, Kayli, Tyler, Jaylee, Aden, Liam; sisters, Judy and (late) Charles Chapman, Drs. Janet Severine and John Heryer and numerous nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.

In celebration of John’s life, a memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2001 St. Clair Ave. in Granite City with Pastor William Hale officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Chris Michael Conrad, 45, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away Sun. May 1, 2022 at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1976 in St. Louis, MO to Paul Homer Conrad Jr. of Pontoon Beach and the late Debra Kay (Mitchell) Conrad.

In addition to his father, he is survived by 2 sisters: Jennifer Davis of FL and Tiffany (Scott) Ott of Granite City; and nieces and nephews.

Services are private.


Betty Joann Blaylock, age 85, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City, IL. Betty was born on July 1, 1936 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Robert R. McKeown and Ethel M. (Smith) Bentler.

On December 13, 1956, Betty McKeown married Albert Blaylock, the love of her life in St. Louis, MO. Betty was a faithful member of House of Victory Church in Rosewood Heights, IL, and she enjoyed going to church to serve the Lord. Betty was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. After raising her children, Betty went to work in the office at S.W.I.C. for a few years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. 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 a sister, Suzanne Jaycox; brothers, John McKeown and James McKeown; and by a grandson, Andrew Doherty.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Albert Blaylock of Granite City, Il; loving children, Deanna (Brian) Chastain of Granite City, IL, Cynthia (Rodger) Doherty of Florissant, MO and Jonathan (Gina) Blaylock of Granite City, IL; dear sister, Nancy Powell of Florissant, MO; proud grandmother to seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to House of Victory Church in Rose Wood Heights, IL. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


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