Obituaries November 2021

November 2021 Obituaries


Charles Edward Carpenter, 86, of Granite City passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  He was born September 26, 1935 in Clarksburg, WV to John H. and Grace (Goff) Carpenter.  He served in the United States Airforce and played trombone in the Airforce Band.  He enjoyed traveling and singing gospel music with his family and various groups.

Charles belonged to Calvary Life Church.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ruby (Stogsdill) Carpenter of Granite City; daughters, Linda (Dwitt) Isringhausen of Bunker Hill and Carla (Rob) Gaylord of Barnhart, MO; sons, Larry (Cindy) Carpenter of Weldon, Springs, MO and Scott Carpenter of Fenton, MO; brother, Frank (Arlene) Carpenter of TX; step children, Shawna Elzy and Cindy Elzy; grandchildren, Gabriel Strange, Brandon Strange, Amanda (Darren) Cox, Christian Isringhausen, Brock (Bobbi) Gaylord, Wade Gaylord, Tori (Thomas) Keeney, Brittany Carpenter and Brenden Carpenter; great grandchildren, Ariana Isringhausen, Aidyn Cohill, Bryar Cox, Maybrie Cox and Avery Gaylord; nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dossie “Dottie” Carpenter; brother, Larry Carpenter and a grandson, Andrew Isringhausen.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.


Lindsay Elizabeth Davis, age 36, of St. Louis County, MO, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Lindsay was born on April 20, 1985 in Maryville, IL, a daughter of Veda (Bolin) Neer of Granite City, IL and the late Terry L. Davis.

Lindsay was a loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and a dear friend. She enjoyed doing her nails, gardening, arts and crafts. She also enjoyed collecting penguin pins, purses, going thrift shopping along with the dollar store and doing things for others before herself. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Lindsay 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 father, Lindsay was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dean Bolin.

he is survived by her loving daughters, Sophia Davis of Granite City, IL, Sydni Gable of Granite City, IL and Autumn Prange of Glen Carbon, IL; mother, Veda Neer of Granite City, IL; step-father, Jamie Neer; sister, Fran Davis of Collinsville, IL; grandmother, Frances Bolin of Granite City, IL; proud aunt to Amaya, Haley and Coty Stief; brother-in-law, Jeremy Stief; boyfriend, David McClure of Spanish Lake, MO; special friend, Adam; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m.

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

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


Eugene Jackson Wimberly, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:38 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab in Granite City with the nursing staff holding his hand and skating rink music from the 1960’s playing in his room.
He was born November 26, 1929 at home in Granite City. He was delivered prematurely by a midwife and weighed a little over two pounds to the late Ola Francis (Marler) Wimberly Puhse and the late William Wimberly. They used the oven as an incubator for him. When his older brother, Carl Wimberly got up the next morning he thought his mom had a turkey in the oven but it was his baby brother.

 A serious illness when he was about a year old left him with a paralyzed tongue and mentally handicapped. That didn’t stop him from working. He worked full time at a bakery and then a plating company until he was 55 and the company closed. He worked at Johnson’s and then Stopkotte’s Skating rink from the age of 16 until his mid 80’s, evenings and weekends until it was sold to another family. Gene was well known there by all as a skate guard and helping with parties. Everyone knew Gene and remembered him fondly. Gene was a big time St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan. His step-dad, Carl, would take him to see the games, he would listen to the games on the radio and watch them on television. He and his friend, Paul Zimmerman, would sit out in his garage, drink Pepsi and watch the game there. Dal Maxville, who played short stop and second base for the Cardinals and was a childhood friend of Gene’s brother, Bill, got a baseball signed by all of the players and Gene cherished that baseball. Gene and Paul also would cut people’s grass, collect cans, go fishing, made some picnic tables, gardened and spent a lot of time together. Gene was always busy. He walked so fast that his little brother, Bill had trouble keeping up with him when he was growing up. Gene either walked to work or rode his bike. Gene really lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Rosemary Puhse; two sons, Kevin and wife, Terri Wimberly and Dale Wimberly and partner, Judy Cann; a daughter, Jackie Phillips and boyfriend, Dave Pulley; four grandchildren, Shelby, Jason, Elizabeth and Lisa and their spouses; six great grandchildren, Ashlyn, Emily, Jason Jr., Alania, Ethan and Cade; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Carl Puhse; a brother, Carl Wimberly and a sister, Thelma Orr.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Chris Sedabres officiating. A private family burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Lindell Eugene Lindsay, who was born in Granite City, IL and was better known by most as L.E. or “the old man”, was called to his heavenly home on November 29th at the age of 88 to be with his Lord and Savior. He died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Country Club Estates in Edwardsville, IL with his family at his side.

L.E., the son of Eugene and Muriel Lindsay, was the well-respected and admired founder of L.E. Lindsay Construction Company, a business he started in 1963 and operated with a tremendous level of success for more than 38 years.

In addition to the business he loved, he enjoyed 68 years of marriage to his beautiful wife, Helen May Cionko-Lindsay, who he joined in holy matrimony on May 23rd, 1953.

Most unfortunately, L.E. was preceded in death by his only daughter, Donna, and oldest son, Glenn, who were the tragic victims of two separate automobile accidents in February and December of 1998.

L.E. is survived by his wife, Helen of Edwardsville, two sons, David Lynn of Granite City (wife Gayle), and Lindell Eugene Jr. (Bud – “better half” Darla) of Edwardsville, his only grandson, Joshua Lindsay (wife Christina) of Washington DC, a granddaughter, Katie Lynn Chandler of Granite City, and two great grandsons, Lucas and Adrian, sons of Joshua.

He was a carpenter by trade, but when opportunity knocked, L.E. answered the call. He built his first of many Burger Chef restaurants in 1963 and went on to build an impeccable reputation as a premier builder specializing in the construction of numerous fast-food restaurants. To name just a few, he played a key role in the success of organizations like McDonalds, Burger King, Steak ‘n Shake, IHOP – (International House of Pancakes), and many others. He once set a record for building an entire Burger King restaurant from the ground up in just sixty (60) days. A long list of other construction clients followed: KOA Campgrounds, Payless Shoe Stores,

His greatest achievements came during his last twenty years of business, when his company was considered one of the top ranked contractors for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. He put together a phenomenal team of dedicated employees and superb subcontractors. His long list of projects ranged from the construction of multimillion dollar PX facilities and free-standing restaurants, to a wide variety of Food Courts and numerous building remodels. From coast to coast throughout the United States and from Alaska to Puerto Rico, Lindsay Construction Company (LCC) was a renown and highly respected contractor at numerous military installations.

Since he was best known for his achievements in the business world, not all his friends and associates were aware how much he truly loved the inspirational harmonies of traditional gospel music! As both an organizer and staunch contributor, that love for music was best demonstrated by his active involvement in the development and presentations of gospel music concerts at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL. This unique Christian Music venue hosted such artists as Sandi Patty, Ernie Haase, Jars of Clay, David Phelps, and several gospel quartets.
He would often listen to the Gaither family singers for hours on end. The only thing he loved more than gospel music was Jesus Christ Himself with whom he had a passionate personal relationship. He loved to eat and appreciated a well-made meal. One of his favorite deserts might possibly have been his daughter-in-law’s cheesecake, which she typically prepared for most of his birthdays.
He will be fondly remembered by friends and family as a man who lived his life “One Day at a Time”!
Obituary Written by his son Dave Lindsay

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Robert McNutt officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Larry Eugene Severs, Sr, 66 of Granite City, Il died on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

He was born on July 29, 1955 in Granite City, IL to Donald Eugene and Ann Ruth (Duncan) Severs.

Larry married Juanita Nanong in the Philippines on August 15, 1974.  She preceded him in death in June 2015.

The loving father and grandfather retired from Granite City Steel after 25 years of service.  He was a member of the American Legion in Granite City, IL and he enjoyed going to Wal-Mart, going out eat and spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his mother; 2 daughters:  Michelle Bernheisel of Granite City, IL and Melanie Rill of Troy, IL; a son, Larry, Jr (Kerri) Severs of Bunker Hill, IL; 8 grandchildren:  Anthony Michael Bernheisel, Nathaniel James Rill, Jacob Michael Rill, Larry Dylan Severs, Devin Garrett Severs, Alex Zander Bernheisel, Anaelise Nicole Severs and Aiden Matthew Severs; 1 great grandchild; a brother, Danny (Naomi) Severs of Lebanon, IL and a sister, Rena Root.

Besides his father, Larry is preceded in death by a brother, Jack Severs.

Graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

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


John “Eric” Painter, 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born November 22, 1960 in Granite City, a son of the late John H. and Marlene Y. (Hoover) Painter.

Eric graduated from Granite City North High School class of 1978. He was employed by U.S. Steel as a bricklayer and General Foreman in the Blast Furnace Department until his retirement in 2017. He was a member of the Bricklayers Local #8.

He is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Becky and Denny Best of Staunton and Donna and Rick Hensley of Harleton, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and LeeAnn Painter of Muscotah, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Kelly and James Christian, Owen Best and girlfriend, Lauren Mathis, Eleshia and Sean Matheny, Shane and Machelle Hensley and Luke and Lynsey Hensley; many great nieces and great nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Hoover; paternal grandparents, Howard Painter and Jennie Richardson and a nephew, Dalton Best.

Eric was a loving and caring son, brother, uncle and a good friend to many. He was baptized in the Baptist faith. He was a lover of nature and animals.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

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

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA or to the Arthritis Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Jessie B. Mutter, 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Sun. Nov. 28, 2021 at Granite Nursing & Rehab in Granite City.

She was born Apr. 15, 1930 in Wright Co., MO to the late Thomas & Sarah (Duke) Bruce.

Jessie had been a cook at several St. Louis area restaurants.  She later retired as a cook from S.C. N. O. Barge Line.

She is survived by a daughter: Sarah Riecken of Newport News, VA; a son: Jack Huether of Granite City; 9 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister: Nancy Rush of Blue Springs, MO.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands: Marvin Huether Sr. and Billie Mutter; a sister: Pauline Taylor; and 6 brothers: William, Ed, Walter, Jack, Duke and James Bruce.

The family will hold a private burial service.

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


Walter “Sony” A. Norton 76 of Granite City passed November 25, 2021. Sony was born December 6 1944 in Gideon, Mo. son of the late Edward W.C. Norton and Georgia Powell Norton.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.  Employed for 19 years at O.I. Plastic Products Division in St. Louis as a supervisor. 

Survived by children; Dawna (Paul) Smith of Trenton, Alan Norton of Granite City, Blake Norton of Daytona Florida, Jason Hagopian of St. Louis, and Casandra (Michael) Drennan of Granite City. 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister Anita Huckla and brother Michael Norton of Granite City.

Preceded by his wife Sandra Lee Norton who passed October 15, 2021.

Visitation will be Wednesday December 1, at 9:30 -11:30 am at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City.


Burial with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. 

Daniel Joseph “Red” Jones, 56, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town and Country, Missouri on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

He was born March 11, 1965 in Granite City, a son of William “Cliff” Jones Jr. and Rose M. (Hammond) Jones of Granite City.

He was a maintenance technician with CBRE. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races, enjoyed taking his dogs to the river and playing washers. He enjoyed his early days of riding his motorcycle and cherished his family.

He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and many friends.

In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by two sons, Daniel Jones of Las Vegas, Nevada and Reid Jones of Granite City; a stepdaughter, Ashley Green of St. Louis; five siblings and their spouses, Greg and Barbara Jones of Columbus, Ohio, Cynthia and Russell Mitzel of Collinsville, Douglas and Sandy Jones of Glen Carbon, Thomas and Krystal Jones of Brighton and Paul and Tammy Jones of Orlando, Florida; niece, Andrea Jones of Granite City; his partner of six years, Theresa Sparks of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by a niece, Courtney Sherfy Jones.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Mid-American Transplant Foundation, 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive East, Suite #100, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, online at www.midamericatransplant.org or may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Mary Ellen “Babe” Becherer, 88 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Liberty Village in Maryville, Illinois.

Mary Ellen was born on December 15, 1932 in Granite City, Illinois; the daughter of the late Phillip H. and Edna M. (Willis) Sheridan. Mary Ellen was a homemaker and mom who enjoyed her days of taking care of her family and putting their needs above her own. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and had attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. Mary Ellen will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Mary Ellen is survived by and will be missed by her children; Paul and Gina Becherer of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mary Kay and Bill Denning of Ft. Worth, Texas, Richard and Denise Becherer of Hawaii, Katie and Tom Bakke of Red Wing, Minnesota, John and Patti Becherer of Raleigh, North Carolina, Sue and Chris Glass of Granite City, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband; Robert Henry Becherer Sr.; brothers, Monsignor Paul W. Sheridan, Phillip H. Sheridan Jr.; sisters, Dolores Sheridan, Margaret Rehagen.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Mary Ellen’s life, funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 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 St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.


Philip H. Heath, 91 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Jefferson Barracks Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Philip was born on August 28, 1930 in Granite City, Illinois; the son of the late George and Maggie Heath. Philip was the head of the hot rolls and a maintenance supervisor at Granite City Steel and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and a lifetime member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063, was very active in Junior Achievement and supported the Granite City High School wrestling team.

 He earned a business management degree from Washington University in St. Louis and was known to be very “thrifty” through his talent of saving money. In his free time Philip liked watching westerns movies and spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Philip is survived by and will be missed by children; Carolyn Johnson of Granite City, Illinois, Daniel and Lorna Katherine Heath of Placerville, CA; grandchildren, Heather and Greg Bixler, Richard and Amanda Pacileo, Philip Heath, Brian Heath, Jonathan Heath; great-grandchildren, Marissa Casey and Matthew Belsky, Kenneth Casey, Luke Pacileo; great-great-grandchildren, Ava Belsky, Bellamy Jo Belsky.

In addition to his parents, Philip was preceded in death by his daughter; Deborah Taylor; son, Donald Heath; brothers, Don Heath, Bill and Margie Heath; sisters, Barbara “Bobbi” Thomas , Lois “Polly” and Lloyd Judge.

In celebration of Philip’s life, visitation will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Zac Edgar officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with full military rites at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to the family for donations for 2 by 4’s for hope.


Merl Gene McCullough, 85, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Liberty Village in Maryville.

He was born January 25, 1936 in Granite City, a son of the late Clarence and Bertha (Littlejohn) McCullough.

He married Delores Marie (Portell) McCullough on May 24, 1958 in Granite City and she passed away on May 20, 2014.

He retired as a truck driver with over 50 years of dedicated service. He had worked for Tri-City Grocery for many years and later for Air Products. He retired from Air Products with over 26 years of service and had over 2 million hours of driving without an accident.

His early years was coaching sporting activities of his son’s and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed gardening and boating and was an all around history buff. Merl was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Blues fan, loved listening to the radio outside and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with pooltime festivities and a good barbeque. He cherished his family and many friends and will be remembered for his genuine and loving personality and love he had for all.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin McCullough of Palm Springs, California, Bryan McCullough of Houston, Texas and Chris and Leslie McCullough of Granite City; four grandchildren, Sophia McCullough, Matt and Courtney McCullough, Matt Little, Kaleb Crook and Kile Crook; two great grandchildren, Rylee McCullough and Teagan Little; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 56 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann “Patty” McCullough; a son, Matthew “Matt” McCullough; an infant son, Michael McCullough; a grandson, Michael McCullough; a brother, Darrell McCullough and a sister, Barbara Painter.

In celebration of his life, a celebration of his life will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 4225 Old Alton Road in Granite City on Sunday, December 26, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society. Irwin Chapel of Granite City in charge of arrangements.


Lois Gay Wright, 81 of Pomona, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Lois was born on November 21, 1940 in Jacksonville, Illinois; the daughter of the late Harold and Leona (Johnson) Bain. Lois was a secretary for 20 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, Illinois and a member of Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale, Illinois. Lois spent her days tending to her flower garden, reading and making sure her hummingbirds were well fed. 

She loved spending time with her family and especially taking care of her husband. Lois will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Lois is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Albert “Glenn” Wright, whom she married on November 2, 1962; her children, Gay and John Williams of Honolulu, Hawaii, Glenn Wright of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren, Joshua and Katherine Williams, Jeremiah Williams and fiance’ Katie Shannon, Zechariah Williams, Benjamin Williams, Aaron and Ashlyn Wright, Abigail Wright; great-grandchildren, Caleb Williams, Katherine Wright, Alexander Wright’ brother, Edwards Bain; sister, Donna Fisher and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Lois’s life, a visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. Daniel Wilson officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Gateway Area Chapter, Memorials and Tributes, 1867 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146.


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Charlotte M. Juracek, 87, of Pocahontas and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away 8:44 a.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021 at her home.

She was born December 18, 1933 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a daughter of the late Charles and Sophie (Jasudowicz) Kreider. She married Robert F. Juraceck and they shared over 40 years of memories together. He passed away on March 19, 2009.

She had retired from Edison Brothers Shoe Company in St. Louis after over 25 years of dedicated service in the warehouse.

She was a devoted member of the Keyesport American Legion Post #1994 where she had served as an officer. She was also a faithful member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Carlyle for many years. She enjoyed her days spent at her lakehouse in Keyesport and loved the company of her friends and family. She cherished her children and grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Aaron Meyer of Granite City, Steven and Melanie Meyer of Granite City and Robert and Renea Meyer of Pocahontas; a stepdaughter, Pam Beck of Simi Valley, California; six grandchildren and spouses, Richard and Angie, Hollie and Dennis, Christina, Ryan, Bobby and Tasha and Katie and Jason; nine great grandchildren, Dustin, Caleb, Brenden, Madison, Wyatt, Eli, Aleah, Ella and Lillie; other extended family and lifelong friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret McDaniels.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Charlie Litteken officiating.

Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post, 1021 Mulberry Street, Keyesport, IL 62253 and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


JoAnn Devore, 71, of Granite City, IL passed away at 8:23 a.m. Wed. Nov. 24, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born Mar. 27, 1950 in Granite City to the late Lloyd & Josephine (Paladini) Bailey.

JoAnn retired from the hospitality industry as a hotel manager.

She is survived by a daughter: Angela (Lee) Davis; a son: Charles (Melissa) Collins Jr. all of Granite City; 7 grandchildren:  Amber Pierson, Emily Pierson, John Pierson III, Addison Grubbs, Charles Collins III, Drew Huniak and Aidan Collins; 5 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Ian, Kaelyn, Jaelyn and Gwendolyn; and a sister: Vicky (Darrell) Williams also of Granite City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Larry Devore; and a brother: Nathan Bailey.

Celebration of Life Services are pending.


Ruth Ann Williams, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:06 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born April 2, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Nicholas Gelsinger and Wilma (Williams) Forbes.

She married Russell D. “Russ” Williams on October 23, 1954 in Granite City and he passed away on December 17, 2002.

She retired from Chestnut Health Services in Granite City after 25 years of dedicated service as a medical secretary.

She was a faithful member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City and enjoyed her days of fishing, bowling and working crossword puzzles. She enjoyed traveling and loved her visits and the beauty of Hawaii. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Peggy Potter of Granite City, Cindy Woods of Granite City and Karie Prather of Urbana; eight grandchildren and spouses, Charles Williams, Angela Potter, Douglas and Linda Potter, Kimberly and Will Blevins, Anthony Williams, Kelsey Woods, Hillary Williams and Alex Prather and was great gar to six, Sara, Ryan, Owen, Tyler, Liam and Fiona. She was also survived by a sister, Nancy Anderson of California; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Williams; two sons-in-law, James Potter and John Prather and two brothers, James Forbes and Donald Gelsinger.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Life Church and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Raymond Henry Werner, 103 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Cedarhurst in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Ray was born on September 26, 1918 in Granite City, Illinois; the son of the late Julius L. and Mollie (Frickenstein) Werner. Ray was a retired pipefitter at National Steel, proudly served his country in the United States Army in WW II and a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City, Illinois. He was a member of the Granite City Masonic Lodge and the Wood River Moose Lodge. In his free time Ray enjoyed his days of camping, fishing, reading and being outside in nature. Most of all Ray loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ray is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Lucille I. (Moehle) Werner, whom he married on November 11, 1944; children, Lela and Thomas Voigt of Highland, Illinois, Randolph Werner of Marine, Illinois, Bill and Dona Werner of Blue Springs, Missouri; grandchildren, Thomas M. and Dora Voigt, Michelle and Jim Olley, Randolph and Angie Werner Jr., Matthew and Sara Werner, William and Michelle Werner; great-grandchildren, David, Alex, Daniel, Maggie, Wesley, Jacob, Mason, Katie, Ethan, Ella, Matthew Jr., Alexis, Chance and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his brothers; Earl Werner, Wilbur “Doc” Werner, Elmer Werner, Oliver “Ollie” Werner.

In celebration of Ray’s life, a visitation will be held on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Ave. in Granite City with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations in Ray’s honor can be made to Hope Lutheran Church.


Debra D. Hyde, age 67, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. Debra was born on May 25, 1954 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Walter Dreyer and Annette (Ramsey) Dreyer.

On April 23, 1980, Debra married William Hyde, the love of her life and William passed away on June 16, 2006.

Debra was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend. She enjoyed playing bingo, solving seek and find books and keeping up to date with her friends on Facebook. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She especially cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren they were her pride and joy. Debra 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 and husband, Debra was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Dreyer.

She is survived by her loving children, Nickie (Tim Romanik) Martin of Edwardsville, IL, Dawn (Daniel) Martin of Collinsville, IL, Christina (Damon) Wesbrook of Granite City, IL and William (Amanda) Hyde Jr. of Wood River, IL; dear siblings, Walter Dreyer of St. Peters, MO, Donald (Janie) Dreyer of Nixa, MO and Dorothy Ludescher of Columbia, MO; proud grandmother to Ashmen Martin, Anthony (Christine) Martin, Dylan Dixon, B.J. (Tamara) Hyde, Kurtis Hyde, Bryce Hyde and Hunter Hyde; proud great-grandmother to Damien Martin, Ellie Dixon, Noah Hyde, Carma Douglas and Ka-Myra Douglas; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 7:00 p.m.

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

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


SUSAN MARIE ZINGRICH nee McKinney formerly of Granite City Born November 24, 1957 Entered into rest November 19, 2021.

Survived by her husband, Larry Zingrich, by her daughters, Tammy Zingrich, Faith Zingrich, Julie Killam (Kevin) and Angela Meyer, by her mother, Carol Johnson, by her sister, Debbie May, by her sister-in-law, Donna Cook (Greg), by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD FROM 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 AT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL, 204 COMMERCIAL AVE., ST. CLAIR, MO 63077A PRIVATE COMMITTAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT A LATER DATE. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family via our website: russellcolonialfuneralhome.com


Christopher John Lawson, 45, of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on December 2, 1975 in Belleville, IL.

Christopher enjoyed 4 wheeling, fishing and roofing.

The loving son is survived by his mother, Barbara Lawson; 4 daughters:  Mykayla Lawson, Halana Lawson, Joyce Lawson and Kaitlyn Lawson ; his fiancé, Becky Hurst and a brother, Jason Shaw.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Robert “Bobby” Lee Rasche, age 53, passed away at his home on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Bobby was a wonderful son, a beloved brother, the best Uncle Bob & friend anyone could have. Bobby was born on October 6, 1968, in Granite City, IL, a son of Herbert and Ruth (Jones) Rasche, exactly 10 months and 3 days after his sister Dana, his Irish twin.

Bobby graduated from Worden High School in 1986. He then worked at Tower Automotive until it closed. He spent the last years being a caregiver to his ailing mother and aunt. He was a hard worker who would do anything for anyone. He was a trivia buff who knew all there was to know about any sport movie and music. He loved animals ultimately caring for the many strays that somehow found their way to his front door.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herb Rasche on May 11, 1993; brothers, Brian Rasche on October 7, 1994 and Herbie Rasche on March 29, 2016.

Bobby is survived by his loving mother, Ruth Rasche of Dorsey, IL; dear siblings, Derrick Rasche of Dorsey, IL, David (Leah) Roberson of Eldorado, IL, Tina Roberson of Dorsey, IL, Dana (David) Eckhardt of Worden, IL and Mark (Lisa) Rasche of Florida; proud uncle to Kristina Harper and Sam Eckhardt both of Worden, IL; Mark and Colton Rasche of Florida, Shawn Roberson of Indiana and Chad Roberson of Mt. Vernon, IL; proud great uncle to Edie Harper of Worden, IL; aunts, Wilma Jones of Dorsey, IL and Addie Rasche of Dexter, IL; a dear friend James Harper of Edwardsville, Il.

Bobby was a devoted son, brother, and uncle his entire life. Losing him like this will have a profound effect on those of us left behind. But we do find comfort knowing one day will be together again.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jeremiah 31:3; Love yesterday, today and forever. In all our hearts Bobby will always remain.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor David Brimm officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations can be directed to his sister, Dana Eckhardt to help with expenses. We thank those in advance who are able to help in these difficult times. For those of you who simply remember Bobby for the wonderful man he was we honestly couldn’t ask for more.

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


Elvin “Dewayne” Terry , age 64, passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, MA on November 4, 2021. Dewayne was born on February 5, 1957 in St Louis, MO and grew up in Granite City, IL. He is the son of the late Elvin (Red) Terry and Ivline (Evans) Terry.

He graduated in 1975 from Granite City High School in Granite City, IL where he excelled in distance running and once held the mile record. He currently holds a spot on the Wall of Fame at the high school for lifetime achievements. He briefly attended SIU in Edwardsville, IL.

He started his career as a shoe model maker under the apprenticeship of his uncle Ben Evans at San Antonio Shoe in San Antonio, TX. He started his career at YIN HWA USA in Canton, MA in 2003 where he was the head model maker for 18 years. He respected and was respected by all those he worked with in the shoe industry.

He loved his race car. He and his dad spent a lot of time at the racetrack. They were mechanics and he was the driver. He also enjoyed fishing and deer watching.

He is survived by his mother Ivie Terry of Granite City, IL, sister – Elaine (Terry) Logue (Steve) of Granite City, IL , nephew – Ethan Buck (Tina) of Granite City, IL , niece – Kynda Buck of Collinsville, IL, great nieces – Elzie, Evelyn, and Vivian Buck, great nephews – Emmitt and Wyatt Bilyeu.

He was preceded in death by his father Elvin J (Red) Terry.

Memorial service will be held at Collinsville Church of Christ, 1400 Troy Rd, Collinsville, IL 62234 on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Visitation will be at 4:00 pm followed by a memorial service at 5:00 pm.

Flowers and cards may be sent to the Terry family at 2432 Center St, Granite City, IL 62040.


William J. (Bill) Dickerson, 92 of Maryville, was born June 20, 1929 in Granite City, Il., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 20, 2021, surrounded by family.

Bill proudly served in the Army during the Korean War, and upon his return, on October 17, 1953 he married Patsy (Pat) Hovis, the love of his life, in Patterson, Mo. by his grandfather M.S. Smith. Bill retired from Granite City Steel after 43 years of service. He served in various positions in the church as a Deacon, Trustee and Board Member because of his Faith and Love for the Lord. Bill was known as a man who could be called on to help in anyway, and loved working with his hands.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of sixty-eight years, Pat Dickerson of Maryville, Il., and children Terri (Chuck) Borth, Tim (Karen) Dickerson, his grandchildren, Amy (Danny) Wells, Jason (Stephanie) Borth, Sarrah Dickerson, Rebekah (Jason) Roberson, and 8 great grandchildren. Sisters Bonnie Mitchell, Sandy Allen, and brother Robert (Sonny) Dickerson, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

In addition to his parents, Jess and Lora Dickerson, Bill was preceded in death by his brother Paul Dickerson, sister Freida Rose, and granddaughter Jessica Dickerson.

His Going Home Celebration will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Danny Wells officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Samaritans Purse, Africa Vision of Hope, or your preferred Mission Organization.


Laura Lynn Ritchie, 58, of Mitchell, IL died on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at her home.

She was born on January 9, 1963 in Granite City, IL to Roy and Betty (Bernaix) Jass. Laura married Daniel Ritchie in Granite City, IL on October 30, 1982.

The loving wife and mother enjoyed being with her family, riding motorcycles with her husband and shopping.  Throughout her life she has been the centerstone of her family, built friendships while operating her nail salon, spent weekends watching her kids play sports and camping.  

Most recently she spent her time loving on her grandkids.  Laura was a huge advocate of animal and child welfare.

Besides her husband, Laura is survived by 2 daughters:  Krista Ritchie and her fiancé, Megan Wilmer of Brighton, IL and Ashlee (Austin) Lambert of Shiloh, IL; a son, Dylan (Amy) Ritchie of Granite City, IL; 3 grandchildren:  Colton, Jacob and Cori.

Also surviving are a brother, Roy Jass, Jr of Granite City, IL and 4 sisters:  Susan Sardigal of Madison, IL, Patti (Brian) Pidgeon of Farmersville, TX, Kendra (Jeff) Judge of Granite City, IL and Kathleen Osborn of Granite City, IL.

Laura is preceded in death by her parents.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mexican Honorary Club, 1801 Spruce St in Granite City, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Granite City APA or to Caritas Family Solutions.

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


Janet Kathryn Bogosian, age 80, of Glen Carbon, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at her home with her loving family by her side. Janet was born on October 11, 1941 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Richard Copeland and Dorothy (Stowe) Copeland.

On July 27, 1959, Janet Copeland married Paul Bogosian, the love of her life in Springfield, IL. Janet was a faithful member of St. Gregory Armenian Church in Granite City, IL. She had worked for Dr. Felcia Koch and Dr. Ali Raffaas a medical assistant, retiring in 2005 after many years of dedicated service. 

Janet never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed going to the Fox Theatre with her best friends, Betty and Kay. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Janet especially cherished every moment she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Janet loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend. Janet will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Wiesehan.

Janet is survived by her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Paul Bogosian of Glen Carbon, IL; loving children, John (Carol) Bogosian of Isle of Palms, SC, Paula (Andy) Costillo of Granite City, IL and Jackie (Kenny) Wiesehan of Glen Carbon, IL; dear siblings, Mary (Wayne) Robinson of Littleton, CO and Richard (Lucinda) Copeland of Webb City, MO; proud grandmother to Nick (Ali) Costillo, Breanne (Adam) Leach, Michael (Francine) Bogosian, Emily Costillo, Dr. Rebecca Wiesehan, Sam (Taylor Peterson) Bogosian, Rachel (Jon Weisner) Wiesehan and Jacob Bogosian; proud great-grandmother to Reese Leach and Harper Leach; many nieces, nephews, extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL, with Father Taniel Manjikian officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society, St. Gregory Armenian Church or SIDS Resources. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Beatrice Naomi Russell, 90 of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Columbia Nursing & Rehab Center in Columbia, IL.

She was born on November 10, 1931 in Wayne County, MO to Troy L. Craig and Thelma J. (Vinson) Andrews. Beatrice married Clarence Russell and he preceded her in death in 1997.

The loving mother and grandmother worked as the candy sales clerk for Famous-Barr in St. Louis, MO for 15 years.  She enjoyed painting, crafting cooking and baking for her family. One of her greatest joys was being with her grandbabies. 

 Beatrice was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO, the Grace Lutheran Church in Pagedale, MO and the Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL.

Beatrice is survived by 3 daughters:  Diane (Rev. Kenneth) Schamber of Hannibal, MO, Patricia “Darlene” (Don) Murphy of Granite City, IL and Faith Russell-Thompson of Granite City, IL; 2 sons:  Rickey Russell of Tulare, CA and Terry (Melanie) Russell of Granite City, IL; and 2 daughters in laws:  Mary “Beck” Russell and Patti Russell; 21 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, John “Steve” (Cheryl) Andrews of Cahokia, IL; a sister, Wanda Hager of St. Louis, MO.

Besides her husband and parents, Beatrice is preceded in death by 2 sons:  Clarence “Butch” Russell, Jr and Timothy Russell; 3 brothers:  Thomas “Mack” Staples, Edward Staples and Wesley Earl Craig and 3 sisters:  Veronica “Ronnie” Duncan, Betty June Craig and Velma Castle.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  The funeral service will at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at the funeral home with burial to follow at New Bethlehem Memorial Park in St. Louis, MO.

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


Anna M. Parks, 43, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:25 p.m.

She was born November 30, 1977 in Granite City, a daughter of Margaret A. (Enlow) Farmer of Granite City and the late James Edward Farmer.

She married Doug L. Parks on July 19, 2003 in Arnold, Missouri and he survives.

She was a loving and devoted homemaker who cherished her family and had a passion in life as “The Band Mom”. She devoted her time to supporting the Granite City Marching Warriors Band and treated the kids that came and went over 7 years, as her own.

She had served as the media chair, chaperoned on many trips, captured any event, competition or practice on video or photographs and organized the band yearbook.

In addition to her beloved husband of 18 years and mother, she is survived by two children, Zach Parks and Sammi Parks; a brother, Bill Farmer; nephew, Riley Anderson; niece, Harper Farmer; other extended family and many cherished friends.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Meyer officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral or online at https://liverfoundation.org. 


Gayle Ann Morris, age 64, of Wood River, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Gayle was born on January 15, 1957 in Venice, IL.

On June 29, 1973, Gayle married Jeffrey Morris, the love of her life at Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, IL. Gayle retired as an LPN after working at several nursing homes and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL. Gayle never met a stranger because she knew everybody and everybody who knew her loved her. 

She enjoyed playing pool and going fishing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Gayle especially cherished ever moment she spent with her grandchildren. Gayle 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.

Gayle was preceded in death by her father, Robert Setzer; mother, Barbara (Foley) Salas; and by her step-father, Floyd Chappell.

She is survived by her devoted husband of forty-eight years, Jeffrey Morris of Wood River, IL; loving children, Jeffrey Morris of Taylorville, IL, Misty Morris of Edwardsville, IL; Matthew Morris of Bethany, IL and Jennifer (Nicholas) Stanley of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Timothy Chappell, Lori (Steven) Grizzard and Tina Chappell; proud grandmother to Dalton, Emily, Savannah, Ava, Raydon, Bastian and Sonny; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the memorial service to follow at 7:00 p.m., with Rev. Mike Rayson officiating.

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


Melinda S. Reinbold, 55, of Mitchell, Illinois passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was born July 9, 1966 in Hillsboro, Illinois.

She married Tim G. Reinbold on June 3, 1989 in Benton, Kentucky and he survives.

She was a loving and devoted homemaker whom cherished being the best mom and grandma and loving wife. She enjoyed reading, needlepoint and playing games on the computer.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her mother, Mary Gorman of Licking, Missouri; three children, Mallorie (Nathan) Thornhill of Gillespie, Mitchell (Samantha) Haustein of Livingston and Brianna Reinbold of Mitchell; two grandchildren, Adelin Thornhill and Elliana Haustein; two sisters, Michelle (Tom Braun) Semon of Racine, Wisconsin and Pam (Ray) Berrong of Chesterfield, Missouri; a brother, Joe (Val) Korunka of Mt. Olive; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a memorial gathering will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until time of a memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

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


Sherril Kay Monroe, 63, of Granite City, IL passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 after a brief illness at her home.

She was born on December 5, 1957 in Granite City, IL to Christine (Keith) Hurt and the late Royal Hurt.

Sherril married John Monroe on July 9, 1977 in Granite City, IL.

She was a fantastic cook and a very creative person.

Besides her husband, Sherril is survived by her mother: Christine Hurt; a daughter; Shelly (Patrick Novich) Monroe; a sister: Shelley (Bob) Carson; a brother: Steve (Denice) Hurt; 2 nieces; Lisa (Ron) Wiblemo and Melissa (Justin) Hawkins; 2 nephews; Matthew (Peggy) Carson and Michael (Kate) Hurt; 4 great nieces: Taylor, Ally, Kennedy and Katelyn; 3 great nephews: Nixon, Ace and Henry; a sister-in-law; Marie (Bill) DeBeaux; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and extended family.

Sherril is preceded in death by her father Royal Hurt.


Virginia Nell Murphy, 73, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Monday, November 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born on November 5, 1948 in Nortonville, KY to Ballard Johnson and Azalee (Dukes) Kilmer.

Virginia married Henry Murphy in Granite City, IL on September 17, 1978.

The loving wife and mother enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting and yard sales.

Besides her husband, Virginia is survived by 3 daughters:  Patti (Terry) Bodeker of Coulterville, IL, Vickie Schuman of Granite City, IL and Michelle (Michael) Whitford of Granite City, IL; a son, Danny Farley of Granite City, IL; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 6 brothers:  Leonard (Donna) Johnson of Granite City, IL, Billy (Hilah) Johnson of PA, Robert Lee Johnson of Topeka, KS, James Johnson of PA, Larry Johnson of Puxico, MO and David Johnson of PA and 2 sisters:  Linda (Ed) Self of Edwardsville, IL and Mary Martin of Granite City, IL.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville, IL.


James “Jim” C. Pryor, age 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, MO.

Jim was born on July 24, 1941 in Effingham, IL, a son of the late Benjamin R. Pryor and Leta Doris (Smith) Pryor.

Jim was a United States Army Veteran who proudly served his country with honor.

On June 24, 1967, Jim married Peggy LeMaster, the love of his life at Central Christian Church in Granite City, IL. He retired from Granite City Steel as an electrician after 36 years of dedicated service. Jim never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a car enthusiast who enjoyed working on cars, racing cars and going to NACSAR races. He and his wife loved to travel throughout the world. He was also a huge animal lover. His greatest joy was his family. Jim especially enjoyed going to his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and school events. Jim was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-four years, Peggy Pryor of Granite City, IL; loving children, Tiffany (Marc) Dahncke of Murray, KY, Todd (Kim) Pryor of Highland, IL, Torey (Katie) Pryor of O’Fallon, MO, and Lisa (Steve) Gray of Pickering, Ontario; proud grandfather to Christian, Nolan, Brendan, Ian, Garrett, Carter, Derrick, Drew, Summer, Jonathan, and Leigh Ann; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL. with Pastor Derrell Brame officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or the Granite City A.P.A. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Floyd Mervin Kenley, 91 of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Floyd was born on January 16, 1930 in Steele, MO; the son of the late Elvis and Elua (Cowell) Kenley. Floyd was a district sales manager for Toro and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War where he earned 2 purple hearts and a Korean Service Medal. Floyd loved watching all sports and enjoyed his days of spending time with his family. Floyd will be remembered for the love of his family, his service to his country and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Floyd is survived by and will be missed by his daughter and son-in-law; Pam and Keith Colp of Pontoon Beach, IL; grandson and his wife, Kevin and Felicia Colp of Mitchell, IL; granddaughter and husband, Stacey and Andy Unfried of Maryville, IL; great-grandchildren, Gavin Colp, Deakon Colp, Allyona Unfried, Addylia Unfried; sister-in-law, Agnes Richardson of Steele, MO; brother, Wilburn Hillhouse of Galesburg, IL and numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Floyd was preceded in death by his wife; Ruby Marie (Richardson) Kenley, whom he married on May 10, 1952 in Pocahontas, AR; sisters, Hallie Hillhouse, Oma Thompson.

In celebration of Floyd’s life, visitation will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:30 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Donations in Floyd’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Dorothy A. Doneff Tharp, age 76, of Madison, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at her home. Dorothy was born on April 3, 1945 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Anthony Doneff and Caroline (Mozier) Doneff.

Dorothy was a loving wife, sister, aunt a dear friend to many. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, IL. Dorothy retired from J.S. Swift Printing Company after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family and friends. Dorothy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony Doneff and Jospeh Doneff.

She is survived by her devoted husband, James W. Tharp of Madison, IL; sister, Helen Sudek of Granite City, IL; extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Mary & St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison, IL, with the funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society.

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


Ronda Reynolds, 66, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at her home.

She was born on July 11, 1955 in Granite City, IL to Murphy and Anna (Pratt) Hadley.

Ronda married James Reynolds in Telford, PA on November 28, 1992.  He preceded her in death in 2012.

She was a member of the New Creation Fellowship Church in Mitchell, IL and was also a member of the Eastern Star 432 in Granite City, IL.

Ronda is survived by a step daughter, Tina Reynolds of PA; 2 step sons:  Howard Reynolds of SC and James Reynolds of PA; several grandchildren and 2 sisters:  Gale (Bill) Wallace of Godfrey, IL and Karen Hadley of Rockford, IL.

Besides her husband and parents, Ronda is preceded in death by 4 brothers: Dale Hadley, James Hadley, Paul Hadley and Murphy Raymond Hadley and 2 sisters:  Judy Rosenthal and Nava Geppert.

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


Laura A. Rieser, 46 of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, MO.

Laura was born on October 19, 1975 in St. Louis, MO; the daughter of Larry and Sharla (Sharp) Dryden of Pontoon Beach, IL.

Laura was a respiratory therapist at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, MO. Laura loved her family and was considered the “Queen Bee” that was the glue that held the family together. Laura will be remembered for her unique personality, the loyalty to her family and all the special times they shared together.

In addition to her parents, Laura is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Joseph Rieser, whom she married on September 11, 2015 in Ocean City, MD; her children, Haley and Ryan Rapp of Pontoon Beach, IL, Kayla Ferguson of Pontoon Beach, IL, Molly Ferguson and Kailey Ochoa of Pontoon Beach, IL; grandchildren, Elijah James of Pontoon Beach, IL, Zeke Huster of Pontoon Beach, IL, Kyler James of Pontoon Beach, IL; brother, Jerry Dryden; sister, Jennifer Dryden; nephew, Kyle and Katy Dryden; niece, Hannah Dryden; best friends, Sharon Reynolds of Pontoon Beach, IL and Melissa Miller of Highland, IL; her doggie Sadie known as “Fat Dog” and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Laura’s life, a gathering is being planned for December 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the American 1 Distillery, 5111 Illinois Route 111 in Pontoon Beach. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.


Joy Joann White, age 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. Joy was born on April 29, 1933.

Joy was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend to many. She retired from Granite City Steel as a clerk in the store room after many years of dedicated service. Joy cherished the time she spent with her family and she will be remembered for the love and support she gave to her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel (Vandeveer) Shelton and John Shelton.

Joy is survived by her loving children, Michael (Julie) Willis, Brian (Vicki) Willis, Paul Willis, Renee (Clayton) Dickerson, David (Teresa) White and Roxanna (Jay Luhr) White; proud grandmother to twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; extended family and many wonderful friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Rick McNeely officiating. Joy will be laid to rest at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Alzheimer’s Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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


Billy F. Birks, Jr, 66, of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away in his home on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

He was born on September 21, 1955 in Granite City to Patricia Birks nee Schuman and the late Billie F. Birks, Sr.

Billy married Karen Evans on May 6, 1976 in St. Charles, Mo.

He was a retired salesman and his hobbies included taxidermy, woodworking, gardening and he also enjoyed playing the banjo.  

Billy is survived by his loving wife, Karen; 2 sons: Kevin (Rachel) Birks of Glen Carbon, IL and Jackie Kelley of Pontoon Beach, IL; 4 daughters; Carma Birks of Pontoon Beach, IL, Amy Birks of Pontoon Beach, IL , Lindsey (Lucas) Calvin of Granite City, IL and Lauren Birks of Granite City, IL; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and a brother: Duane Birks of Mitchell, IL

Besides his father, Billy is preceded in death by a brother: Jeffrey Birks; and a sister: Christine England.


Sharron Faye Case, age 84, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at her home. Sharron was born on September 25, 1937 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the Joseph Anton and Alice (Fitzpatrick) Baumberger.

Sharron was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend to many. She retired as a medical transcriptionist from Granite City Welfare Office after many years of dedicated service. Sharron enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Sharron 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 son, Scott Howell of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Natasha (Jeff) Estrada; proud great-grandmother to Jersey, Zao, Audio and Nova Estrada; extended family and many dear friends.

Sharron requested to be cremated and to have no formal services.

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


Elsie Mae Riggins, 81, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Wed. Nov. 10, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

She was born Mar. 14, 1940 in Bear Springs, TN to the late Charles Waymond & Katherine (Selph) Birks.

Elsie had owned several area bars over the years and was known for her fun loving spirit and kindness to her patrons.  She then worked for Capri Sun.  She enjoyed watching “Yellowstone” and reading.

She is survived by a son: Michael (Shana) Pagano of Pontoon Beach, IL; a grandson: Michael C. Pagano; 2 step-grandchildren: Trey Plocher and Brionna Bartlett; 2 great-grandchildren: Emery and Catheryn; 3 step-great-grandchildren: Hayden, Beckham and Sebastian; 3 sisters: Bernice Morris, Esther Marks and Linda Ahlers; many nieces and nephews; and her former husband: Michel F. Pagano.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Jamie L. Pagano; daughter-in-law: Linda Gillis Pagano; and 2 brothers: Donnie and Billy Birks.

Services will be private at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory with private burial at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates.


Gary W. Thomason, 60 of Granite City, IL passed away on Monday, November 8, 2021 at his home.

Gary was born on February 9, 1961 in Granite City; the son of the late Franklin D. and Joyce Ann (Goforth) Thomason. Gary was a food scientist for IFF in St. Louis and was a well known racing fan who enjoyed his days of watching NASCAR, stock car races and dirt track competition. He loved music, especially playing his many guitars. Gary had a special love for his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Gary is survived by and will be missed by his daughters; Anna and Daniel Selph of Granite City, Amy Cox of Tennessee; step son, Mike Deters of Ballwin, MO; grandchildren, Abbie Shemwell, Bailey Shemwell, Daniel Selph Jr., Reese Selph, Anna Cox, Blake Cox, Faith Cox and one great-granddaughter on the way; brothers, Jerry and Sandra Thomason of St. Peters, MO, Jeff and Lisa Thomason of St. Charles, MO; sisters, Karen and Mike Geske of Granite City, Cheryl and Larry Corley of Fenton, MO; his doggies, Bosco and Spanky; 10 nieces and nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his wife; Nancy Marie (Deters) Thomason, whom he married on December 16, 1994.

In celebration of Gary’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service 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 National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.


Sandra Lee Norton, 73, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on February 11, 1947 in Granite City, IL to Leo and Helen (Boston) Neavolls.

Sandy was a loving wife and mother who loved to cook.  She loved collecting antiques and being with her dogs. She met the love of her life, Walter “Sonny” Norton and they were married in Belleville on June 3, 2015. 

She was a woman that was always up for adventure and wanted to get the most out of life.  She will be deeply missed by those that knew her.

Besides her husband, Sandra is survived by a daughter: Cassandra (Michael) Drennan of Granite City, IL; 2 sons:  Jason Hagopian of Ballwin, MO and Blake Norton of Daytona Beach, FL; several grandchildren:  Courtney (Drennan) Shelton, Alexandra Drennan, Brooke Drennan, Emma Drennan, Olivia Drennan, Jasmine Jones and Jason Hagopian, Jr.  Also surviving are 2 step children:  Dawna (Paul) Smith of Trenton, IL and Alan Norton of Madison, IL

Sandra is preceded in death by her parents.

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


Wanda Lee Colp, 63, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:12 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

She was born August 29, 1958 in Greenville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Wes and Emma (Oliver) Garris.

She married Gary W. “George” Colp Sr. on February 10, 1978 and he passed away on February 7, 2014.

Wanda enjoyed her days of cooking and was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Amy Colp of Granite City, Gary W. Colp Jr. of Granite City and Lisa Colp of Benld; seven grandchildren, Jesse Pastoriza, Sam Bazzell, Ciera Pastoriza, Megan Colp, Johnny Pastoriza, Angelena Pastoriza and Emma Stafford; nine brothers and sisters, Bill, Donnie, Judy, Louise, Lucille, Ruby, Ann, Jimmy and James; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021 with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City.

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


Clem Rogers Jr. 75, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

He was born September 17, 1946 in Granite City, a son of the late Clem D. Rogers Sr. and Stephanie (Barlock) Rogers.

He retired from Terminal Railroad after many years of dedicated service as a clerk.

He was of the Catholic faith and raised in St. Mary’s Parish in Madison.

He had a love of music and was a self taught musician and had played with numerous bands throughout the years. He enjoyed playing the harmonica, conga drums and washboard instrument. He was also a talented woodworker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanine L. (Grohs) Rogers whom passed away on October 20, 2015 and two brothers-in-law, John Ellis and Ralph Krausz.

He is survived by three sisters and a brother-in-law, Margaret “Marge” and Gerald Fels of Arnold, Missouri, Audrey Ellis of Madison and Marilyn Krausz of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, a graveside service will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

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Mary E. Corrado (58) passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 with her loving husband, Joseph R. Corrado, by her side. Joe (61) later passed away and rejoined Mary on Thursday, October 21, 2021 while surrounded by his loving children.

The couple married as young sweethearts on September 14, 1979 and enjoyed 42 years of marriage. The two were truly “newlyweds” their entire marriage and their devotion to each other never wavered. Joe and Mary radiated light and love during their lives and, though they are gone, that light and love remains forever.

Mary was born on April 10, 1963 in Detroit, MI to the late James and Betty (Warren) Beagle. She lived her life as a wonderful wife and mother who brought happiness and laughter to everyone simply by being herself. Joe would very often look at Mary with pride and declare “that’s my girl!” Mary embraced (and perfected) the full-time job of being a homemaker and, together with Joe, raised four children. She always loved drawing and coloring, listening and dancing to music, collecting a variety of interesting or beautiful keepsakes (often to gift to others), and spending time outdoors tending to flowers or simply watching for a hummingbird to visit. Her children never stopped being “her babies” and Joe never stopped being her love.

Joe was born on July 31, 1960 in Granite City, IL to Hilda (Hale) Corrado and the late Robert Corrado. An equally wonderful husband and father, Joe lived a life of selflessness and strength; he always provided for his family and put them first, even in the most difficult of times. He never hesitated to tell his loved ones how proud he was of them or how much he loved them. In his free time, Joe had many hobbies such as building computers, carefully amassing collections of his many interests, and woodworking-all of which brought him such joy to share with his family. He formerly served his country in the United States Army and never stopped being a proud patriot. Most recently, Joe worked as a product technician for SunCoke Energy in Granite City and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union.

Mary and Joe are survived and missed by their children; Amanda and Jeff Hodges of Granite City, Joseph “Joey” Corrado of Granite City, Angeline “Ange” and Anthony Dunn of Crab Orchard, IL, Alicia and Scott Embrey of Herrin, IL; Joe’s mom, Hilda Mae (Hale) Corrado; grandchildren, Brayden, Ariana, Toni, Tori, Colten, Nathaniel, Savannah, Aidyn, Atticus, Kaylee, Ava, Wade, and one more grandchild on the way; 4 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

Mary and Joe were preceded in death by their granddaughter, Eleanor, and two of Mary’s siblings, Wanda and James.

In celebration of Joe and Mary’s lives, a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the services at 3:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where Joe will be honored for his service in the United States Army with military honors. Memorial donations are suggested to the family of Mary and Joe.

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It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Anthony Francis announces his passing on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the age of 92. Richard Anthony Francis of Lisle, IL (formerly of Glen Carbon, IL) passed away at Manor Care located within Hinsdale, Il. Richard was born on June 13, 1929 to Oscar and Eulalia (Krill) Francis in Granite City, Il.

Richard attended Sacred Heart Grade School, Granite City High School, and completed a degree in Civil Engineering at Tristate College (Trine) in Angola, IN. After college, Richard served in the Korean War. While still serving in the army, Richard and Jackie Francis were married on May, 24, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church. The couple were blessed with four children. Richard and Jackie Francis moved from Granite City, IL to Glen Carbon, IL in 1977. The couple lived in the Village of Glen Carbon until 2018 moving north to Lisle, Il.

After discharge from the service, Richard had an accomplished career as a chief estimator for several construction companies: Fruen-Collins Constr Co, N.O.Nelson Constr Co, H.H.Hall Constr Co, and St. Louis Bridge Const Co. Richard was also an active member at Sacred Heart Church/School in Granite City and at St Cecilia Church in Glen Carbon. In his younger years, he was an active participant in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight.
After retirement, Richard and Jackie were fortunate enough to travel throughout the United States and abroad. Richard was an avid golfer, playing whenever possible. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Richard was the “family rock” who always had time to listen and provide the support each member of the family needed.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew Motil, and his brother, Lawrence Francis.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Michel) Francis, his daughter Beverly (Michael) Motil, his son Michael (Kimberly) Francis, his son Tom (Debbie) Francis, his daughter Carla Francis, and his sister, Dr. Margaret (Francis) Oakley. Richard is survived by 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at St.Cecilia Church, Glen Carbon. Visitation will be from 9-10 am following with mass at 10 am. Private interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to St Cecilia Church or St. Jude.

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Robert J. Rickert, 69, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, IL.

He was born on December 25, 1951 in Granite City, IL to Walter Joseph Rickert and Eileen (McMahan) Rickert. Robert married Shirley Farris in Madison County, IL on September 1, 2017.

The loving husband and father was a member of the Eagles Post 1126 in Granite City, IL and the AMVETS in Madison, IL.  Robert enjoyed fishing, remodeling homes, yard work and travel.  His greatest joy was spending time with his special grandson Jared Lawrence.

Besides his wife, Robert is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Moke of Granite City; six step children:  Mike Crone, Kenny Crone, Leonard Crone, Denny (Lori) Crone, April Smith and Pam (Tony) Alisso; 33 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great great -grandchildren and three sisters:  Lois Loftus of Jackson, TX, Nancy June Phillips of Independence, MO and Charlotte Kipp of Granite City.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; two sons:  Johnny Rickert and Jimmy Rickert; a step daughter, Lenny Ramsey and two brothers:  Tom Rickert and Gary Tucker.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

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Mattie Margaret Sotiroff, 90, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2021 at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

She was born March 7, 1931 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Harry and Margaret (Arthur) Logan Sr.

She married George Joseph Sotiroff on October 25, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and he survives.

Mattie was a devoted and faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she had been active with the Mother’s Club and St. Anne Sodality and loved helping with the funeral luncheon committee.

She also enjoyed volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital with 30 years of dedicated service. Mattie was an excellent cook and cherished her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 69 years, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Gregory Wagner of Gordondale, Washington; five grandchildren, Amanda Park, Dan Sotiroff, Brandon Sotiroff, Ryan Sotiroff and Kara Sotiroff; a great grandchild, Juhnee Park; daughter-in-law, Joanne Sotiroff of Woodstock, Illinois; sister-in-law, Jackie Logan of Granite City; brother-in-law, Chris A. Sotiroff of Decatur, Illinois; other extended family and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, George C. Sotiroff; a brother, Harry Logan and a sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Johnny Miks.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Paul Ralph Moore III, 57 of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on August 31, 1964 in Granite City, IL to Paul “Ralph” Moore, Jr and Janet Ann (Bull) Moore.

The loving son and father enjoyed yard sales, working on cars and breeding dogs.

Besides his parents, Paul is survived by 6 daughters:  Amanda (Charles) Vaughn of Granite City, Tiffany Moore of Granite City, Jada Moore of Granite City, Kamri Schaefer of Chickasha, OK, Whitney Moore of Granite City and Britney Moore of Granite City; 3 sons:  Adam Moore of WI, Jacob Moore of Granite City and Hunter “Paul” Moore of Granite City and 7 grandchildren:  Salem Moore, Caylee Vaughn, Quinten Moore, Spencer Vaughn, Jaystin Moore, Roland Copeland and Jacob Moore, Jr.  Also surviving are 2 brothers:  David Moore of Granite City and Christopher (Teresa) Moore of Edwardsville; a sister, Jennifer Moore and her husband Ian Lanius of Richmond Heights, MO; 2 aunts:  Donna Moore of Maryland Heights, MO and Frances Misukonis of Edwardsville; 2 uncles:  John Bull, Jr of Vicksburg, MS and Thomas Bull of Oliver Springs, MO and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paul is preceded in death by a grandson, Zain Bennett.

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

Private services will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to Paul’s Go Fund Me Account.


Michelle Victoria Ashby, 59, of Granite City, IL died on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on June 25, 1962 in Granite City, IL to Michael Ashby and Patricia (Watkins) Miller.

Michelle enjoyed reading, coloring and growing plants.  She also loved animals and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by 3 children:  Heather (Darrin) Toney of Granite City, IL, Samantha Ashby and fiance Mark Davis of Arnold, MO and John Ashby of Granite City, IL; 8 grandchildren:  Chasity, Caleigh, Tyler, Brenden, Tristan, Nathin, Jordan and Marky; 1 great grandchild, Eastyn; a brother, James Miller of Granite City, Il and 2 sisters:  Tracy Romeo of Granite City, IL and Jennifer Miller of Granite City, IL.

Michelle is preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Clinton and a brother, Daniel Ashby.

A memorial visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.


Rosemary Kostecki, age 98, of Madison, IL passed away on November 2, 2021.
Rose was born on March 22, 1923.

 She was one of ten children of the late John and Fronie Kamadulski, of Nashville, IL, and the wife of the late Pete Kostecki, who passed away in 1990.

She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Marie and Gale Midyett, Patti and John Culiberk, three sons, Pete and Dan Kostecki and John Kamadulski and his wife Lisa. Also surviving are five grandchildren, John Lee Culiberk and wife Nancy, Sarah Sorenson, Melanie Scaturro, Natalie Kamadulski, Stephanie Midyett, and three great granddaughters, Laney and Abby Sorenson, and Ellie Rose Holmes, one great grandson Royce Dossett, and her niece Sherry Kamadulski Hutchinson, as well as her brother Stanley Kamadulski and his wife Maria, her two sisters, Lorraine Kuberski, and Mary Kuberski and her husband Charlie, as well as her sister-in-law Sophie Evanoff. Rose is also survived by many nieces and nephews of the Kostecki and Kamadulski families. 

Rose left Nashville Illinois and began her career at the small arms ammunition plant in St. Louis in the forties as a machine operator. She moved to Los Angeles, CA and worked at the ship yards as a welder for three years.

She returned to Madison, Illinois in 1948 and married Pete Kostecki at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Nashville, IL. They were happily married for 42 years. During this time, Rose was a stay at home mom and best friend to her children. She and Pete took care of their 5 children and many foster children during their 25 years of being foster parents. After the children were raised and Pete passed away in 1990, Rose went back to work at Manheim Car Auction as a driver for 8 years.

Visitation 5 pm – 8 pm Thursday November 4, 2021 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City Illinois.

Funeral 9:30 am November 5, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Madison Illinois.

In lieu of flower the family ask for donations to the St. Mary Church.


Matthew M. Gasparovic Jr., 71, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

He was born February 15, 1950 in Granite City, a son of the late Matthew M. Gasparovic Sr. and Joyce Eileen Gasparovic.

He married Sumico Yamana on April 28, 2005 in Edwardsville and she survives.

Matthew retired as a Captain with the Granite City Fire Department after 20 years of dedicated service to his community. He had received the distinct honor of Fireman of the Year in 2003. 

He was always involved in many organizations throughout our community, always looking for positive growth and betterment of our city. Matthew was very passionate to make the world a better place for all. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying, had a love for aerospace and enjoyed rocket building.

In addition to his beloved wife of 16 years, he is survived by a brother, Mark Gasparovic of St. Louis; three sisters, Joy Lairmore of St. Louis, Dr. Sharon Gasparovic Hanne of Edwardsville and Claudia Abbott of St. Louis; five nieces and nephews; two step-children, James Durtschy and Leah Laffoon; a step-grandson, Cash; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Henry Lairmore.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a fireman’s walk-through and funeral service at 1:00 p.m.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to The BackStoppers, Inc. or to the Granite City Fire Department and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Margaret Louise McManus, age 55, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021. Margaret was born on March 31, 1966 in Belleville, IL, the daughter of the late Don Dubois Sr. and Wanda (Frisbee)
Matney.

On July 7, 2017, Margaret married Patrick McManus in Belleville, IL. Margaret had a love for all animals and worked for the Humane Society of Belleville for many years. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family and friends.


Margaret loved life, she loved to laugh, she loved to cook, 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, Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved
pomeranians Ted and Nibbles.

Margaret is survived by her devoted husband, Patrick McManus of Granite City, IL; loving daughter, Elizabeth Scheibel, who is currently serving in the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego, CA; step-father, James Edward Matney Jr. of Belleville, IL; mother-in-law, Robin Matney of Belleville, IL; brothers, Don (Mary) Dubois of Belleville, IL; James David(Nikki) Matney Sr. of Belleville,IL, nephews; James David “Davey” Matney Jr, Quincy and Xavier Jackson, Jeremy Asbridge and Don“Donny” Dubois, nieces; Amerie and Isabella Matney, Olivia Jackson, Stephanie(John) Asbridge and Misty Dubois; great-nephew, Eli; sister-in-law; Casey McManus, Uncle; Dennis(Cheryl) Ashbridge of Belleville, IL; and beloved chiweenie, Dottie Mae.

Heaven gained another angel far too soon for those who loved her. But her light
will continue to shine down from above, a constant reminder of her smile and
contagious love for her family.


Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

~Author Unknown

Margaret’s wishes were to be cremated and to have no formal services.


Dwaine “Gary” Welborn, May 11, 1942 – November 1, 2021

Gary Welborn, age 79 of Springfield, Missouri passed away peacefully into the Kingdom of God surrounded by family on November 1, 2021 at his home in Springfield, Missouri. Gary was born in Madison Illinois and lived in Granite City, Illinois for 52 years. He spent the last 17 years living in Springfield, MO with his wife Becky allowing him to be closer to his grandkids and an abundance of fishing lakes to choose from.

Gary married the love of his life, Rebecca “Becky” Green on February 28, 1964 and enjoyed 57 wonderful years together. He is survived by his brother Donald & Joyce Welborn (Edwardsville, Illinois) son Jeff & Denise Welborn (Oronogo, Missouri) and daughter Wendy Welborn (Granite City, Illinois). He is the loving grandfather of four grandchildren, Johnathan & Klarissa Welborn (Fountain, Colorado), James & Megan Welborn (Springfield, Illinois), Matthew & Noelle Welborn (Birmingham, Alabama) and Katie Welborn (Edmond, Oklahoma). He was preceded in death by his mother Nellie Sharpe and father Jack Welborn.

Gary was a loving husband, father and grandfather who lived for his grandchildren, fishing and Nascar. He loved life to the fullest and never met a stranger. He had the largest heart to help anyone in need, and never stopped laughing, joking, playing and teasing with his four grandchildren.

He was a member of the Clark Avenue Church of Christ when he resided in Granite City and was a current member of the Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of Masonic Lodge Triple 835 in Granite City, the Tri-City Shrine Club of Ainad Shriners and a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Right of the Southern Valley of Illinois.

He served in the United States Army as a Specialist from 1961 to 1963 working as an Electrician stationed at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. After serving in the Army, he was employed by Granite City Steel for 30 dedicated years becoming the yard master in the standard gauge railroad division before retiring. After catching all the fish he could for a year after retirement, he began a second career working for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad as a conductor for the next 17 years in the Galesburg, Illinois division and finally retiring from the Springfield, Missouri division.

In celebration of Gary’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m with a Masonic ceremony beginning 7:00 pm at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following at Sunset Hills cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital or the American Kidney Foundation.

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


Louis E. Kibort, 93, of Holiday Shores and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.

He was born January 12, 1928 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Louis and Juanita (Mernick) Kibort.

He married Wenona B. (Bowles) Kibort on July 12, 1950 in Edwardsville and she survives.

Louis had a lifelong career as a mechanic and auto body technician. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He enjoyed the years of square dancing with his wife and was a well known square dance caller. He was a volunteer for many years with several churches and schools and had received a Governor’s Award for his service. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 71 years, he is survived by three sons, Ron Kibort of Florida, Jeff Kibort of Edwardsville and Rick Kibort of Edwardsville; a sister, Emma Jakich of Glen Carbon; a brother-in-law, Larry Bowles of Colorado; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, Albert W. Kibort; brother, Eddie Mitchell and two sisters, Pauline Nichols and Juanita Fett.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to The Backstoppers, Inc. and may be accepted at the funeral home.

October 2021 Obituaries