Obituaries October 2021

October 2021 Obituaries

Muriel H (Broadway) Kratz, age 94, born July 22, 1925 and passed away at home on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

She is survived by her children, Linda Kratz, William Kratz, Robert Kratz (deceased on August 28, 2021), and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Paul, her parents Jerry and Helen Broadway, her brother Jerry Broadway, her sister-in-law Ellen Broadway, her sister-in-law Carol Skelton, her niece Janice Broadway, and her nephew Eric Broadway. She was a graduate of the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She taught Spanish and English at Granite City Senior High School for many years. She was an active member of St. John’s United Church of Christ where she quilted for many years, was an avid bridge player, a lifetime Girl Scout, did volunteer work for the Good Samaritan House, and was a dear friend to many. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road (Granite City) or the Girl Scouts. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ (Granite City, IL) on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.


Robert D. Kratz, Age 66, born March 8, 1955 and passed away at home on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

He is survived by his sister Linda Kratz, his brother William Kratz, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul W. Kratz, Jr. and Muriel H. Kratz, his grandparents, Jerry and Helen Broadway, Paul W. Kratz, Sr. and Bertha Kratz, his aunts Carol Skelton and Ellen Broadway, and cousins Janice Broadway and Eric Broadway. He graduated from Granite City Senior High School in 1973 where he excelled in pole vaulting. He attended Eastern Illinois University. Bob worked for many years at Norfolk and Western Railroad and later at the St. John’s Cemetery office on Maryville Road in Granite City, IL. He loved animals, enjoyed trout fishing and golf, and had many friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery office on Maryville Road, Granite City or the humane society. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.


Stephen “Kelly” Compton, age 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Kelly was born on June 15, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL, a son of Ralph Dean Compton and Opal Fern (Elmore) Compton of Granite City, IL.

On March 29, 1992, Kelly married Kathy Kenel, the love of his life at Tri-City Park Tabernacle in Granite City, IL. Kelly had worked in the maintenance department at Boeing in St. Louis, MO. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad. Kelly also enjoyed collecting antiques. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Kelly loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Kelly is survived by his devoted wife, Kathy Compton of Granite City, IL; dear sister, Laura Eavenson; proud uncle to Dr. Ashley Eavenson; extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Buck Road Cemetery, Maryville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Kimberly “Kim” Kowalski, age 58, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at her home, with her loving family by her side.

Kim was born on August 9, 1963 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late John H. Newton and Esther (Lockwood) Hicks.

On December 19, 1980, Kim married Gregory Kowalski, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Kim was a faithful member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City, IL. She worked as a bus driver for Laidlaw for eleven years. Kim enjoyed knitting, crocheting and traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Kim was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Kim was preceded in death by a granddaughter in infancy, Michelle Ann Ziegler.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Gregory Kowalski of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Marilyn (Brian) Miller, Tanika Kowalski and Brittany Kowalski all of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Johnny (Martha) Newton of Nashville, IL, Thomas (Tricia) Newton of Highland, IL, Timothy (Jenny) Newton of Staunton, IL, Vickie Chastain of Gillspie, IL and Tammy (Randy) Brewer of Bunker Hill, IL; proud grandmother to Aubrie Ziegler, Laiden Ziegler, Eli Miller, Lucas Miller and Teyla Kowalski; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

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


Norma Bennett, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at San Gabriel Memory Care in Glen Carbon, IL.

Norma was born on May 8, 1932 in Mitchell, IL, a daughter of the late Edward Howard McDonald and Lillian Dorothy (Hess) McDonald.

On January 12, 1957, Norma married Charles Bennett, the love of her life. Norma was a proud homemaker who loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and making crafts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Norma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her siblings, Harold McDonald, Alice Prewett and Betty Parizon.
She is survived by her devoted husband of sixty-four years, Charles Bennett of Granite City, IL; loving children, Charleen (Marshall) Evans of Granite City, IL, Mike (Gwen) Bennett of Collinsville, IL and Tim Bennett of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Christopher (Jennifer) Evans, Zachary Bennett, Benjamin Bennett and Lucas Bennett; proud great-grandmother to Emma Evans and Chloe Evans; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.


Wilma J. Veizer, 89 of Granite City passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at her home.

Wilma was born on November 18, 1931 in Batchtown, IL; the daughter of the late John T. and Agatha (Droege) Sievers. Wilma was a homemaker and mom who raised seven children with her husband in a small home in Granite City. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, a member of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, St. Ann Society at St. Mary Catholic Church and a friend of the Order of Franciscans. In her free time Wilma enjoyed her days of spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored. Wilma loved her church family and enjoyed the numerous events that she attended. Most of all Wilma loved all of her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Wilma is survived by and will be missed by her children; Gail and Randy Henrichs of Estes Park, CO, Rhonda Grider of Booneville, MS, Barbara and Greg Kinder of O’Fallon, MO, Carla Veizer of Granite City, IL, John and Lisa Veizer of Granite City, IL, Chris Veizer of Granite City, IL, David and Mary Veizer of St. Rose, IL; grandchildren, Sean Grider, Erika and Cody Coleman, Erin Grider and Ray Bhawnani, Ian Veizer and fiancé Megan Andersen, Evan Veizer, Cierra Veizer, Nathan Veizer, Kalyn Adams and fiancé Joey Kendall, Morgan Adams, Keira Veizer; 2 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her husband; Ronald J. “Ronnie” Veizer, whom she married on

June 18, 1955 and her brother, Wilfrid “Poof” Sievers.

In celebration of Wilma’s life, a memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1621 10th Street in Madison. Following mass, there will be a gathering at Engelbert Hall behind the church for friends and family to share memories of Wilma. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church. 


George Ray Wilson, 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:07 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

He was born September 19, 1953 in Owensboro, Kentucky, a son of the late Mormon Wilson and the late Evelyn (Page) Kaleta.

The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army and was an over the road truck driver for many years. He enjoyed his days of fishing and playing golf and cherished his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Amy and Bill McElroy of Granite City and Katherine Wilson of Perryville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Lilly, Caylie, Andrew, Julia, Audrey and Christian and a sister, Janis Schwager of Edmond, Oklahoma.

In accordance to his wishes, no services will be held.

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Kiu M. Giet, 75, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Christian Hospital in St. Louis on Friday, October 8, 2021.

She was born August 8, 1946 in Vietnam.

She enjoyed her days of sewing, gardening, cooking and playing traditional Chinese games.

Kiu loved her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with them all.

She is survived by her husband; six children; many grandchildren and several siblings.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville.

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Jeffrey “Jeff” Lee Smith, age 61, of Granite city, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at McKee Medical Center, Loveland, CO.

Jeff was born on December 12, 1959 in Alton, IL, a son of the late Donald H. Smith and Norma Jane (Davis) Smith.

On June 14, 1999, Jeff married Stacy Williams, the love of his life in Las Vegas, NV. Jeff worked at Tube City in Granite City, IL, as a master mechanic. He could fix or repair anything he put his mind to. Jeff enjoyed drag racing and working on cars. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and traveling. Jeff was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Jeff was preceded in death by a son, Curt Haeffner Jr.

Jeff is survived by his devoted wife of twenty-two years, Stacy Smith of Granite City, IL, loving daughter, Jessica Martin of Granite City, IL; dear sisters, Cheryl (Albert) Pelate of Granite City, IL, Patricia Hogan of Indianapolis, IN and Kimberly Lurtz of Collinsville, IL; many nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Calvary Life Church, with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery , Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to American Diabetes Association or Granite City A.P.A. Donations will be accepted at the church.

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


Wanda Lee Ogden, 88, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:08 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born October 29, 1932 in Fremont, Missouri, a daughter of the late Charley and Delphia (Brawley) Smith.

She married Donald C. Ogden on November 2, 1950 in Salem, Arkansas and he passed away on February 9, 2012.

She was a member of Peace Church in Pontoon Beach and enjoyed her days of camping, reading and tending to her flowers. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Shari Sweigart of Granite City; daughter-in-law, Shelly Ogden of Granite City; grandson, Jake Bryant of Swansea; great granddaughter, Lisa Lee; special niece, Renea and Ric Davis of Kirkwood, Missouri; two sisters, Rojena Millsap of Granite City and Wilda Payne of Van Buren, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Ogden of Belvidere, Illinois and Arlene Ogden of Sayre, Pennsylvania; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald Ogden Jr.; granddaughter-in-law, Connie Bryant; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Emma Lee Smith, Youman and Opal Smith and Vern and Anna Lee Smith; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Arlene and Ernie Thompson and Barbara and Odis Martin and two brothers-in-law, Junior Millsap and Bert Payne.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Corey Penn officiating.

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

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


William Vincent Morris, 70, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on March 28, 1951 in Granite City, IL to Noel Morris and Leona (Trebing) Morris.

William married Norma Mize in Granite City, IL on June 28, 2003.

The loving husband was a machine operator for several manufacturers.  He enjoyed fishing once in a while.

Besides his wife, William is survived by 2 daughters:  Jeanette Brown of Mitchell, IL and Teresa Johnson of Collinsville, IL; 2 step daughters:  Jeanna Pinkley of Centralia, IL and Laura Winnie of Granite City, IL; a step son, Michael Mize of Granite City, IL; 4 grandchildren:  Garrett Brown, Faith Brown, Isaac Johnson and Mackenzie Johnson; 5 step grandchildren:  Danielle Pinkley, Daylon Pinkley, Loren Worthen, Brayden Winnie and Megan Mahurin and a sister, Shirley Coonrod of Glen Carbon, IL.

William is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Morris.

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


With the promise of eternal life, Gail Lee Eavenson Kindle was reunited with her beloved mother and father inside the gates of heaven on October 9th, 2021.

Gail was the first-born child of Joseph R. Eavenson and June E. Eavenson on August 3,1952 in Frankfurt Germany.

Gail married Richard Kindle on April 7th,1979 and he survives in Granite City.

She retired from the Granite City School District in 2015 having served as the Frohardt Elementary School secretary and later as the Administrative Assistant to the Human Resources Director. Even in later years students from Frohardt would see her and refer to her as, “Miss Gail.” The staff at Frohardt was like a second family to Gail.

A lifelong member of the Clark Avenue Church of Christ, Gail prepared the weekly bulletin for the congregation with a style and attention to detail all her own.

Gail was well known by her friends as a lover of dogs, especially Shelties. She often said she wished she could house every dog that needed a loving home. McCoy and Keltie, her current pups, will truly miss their mom.

In addition to husband Richard, Gail is survived by her son John (Theresa) Frazier, and her pride and joy, granddaughter Madeline Nicole Frazier all of Las Vegas Nevada, two brothers, Brad (Lorna) Eavenson of Granite City, Dr. Mark Eavenson of Granite City, her nieces Dr. Ashley Eavenson (Devon Allman), Paige Eavenson (fiancé Jordy Guidry) dear cousins Rene and Jennifer and her best friend Alice.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 16th at the Clark Avenue Church of Christ, 2130 Clark Avenue, Granite City Illinois from 10 a.m. until noon with services to follow immediately.

Gail has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the APA or the Clark Avenue Church of Christ.


William Len Schertz, 88, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon, IL.

He was born on September 14, 1933 in Sterling, IL to Alvin Peter and Kathryn Margaret (Gerdes) Schertz.

The U.S. Army veteran served in Korea and the reserves.  He was a member of VFW Post 1300 in Granite City, IL, Amvets Post 51 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 126 in Granite City, IL.  William was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City and he had worked for Caterpillar, Amoco Gas, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. He loved bowling, boating, fishing and capturing memories with his camera.

William is survived by two daughters:  Lola (Mike) Germano of Spokane, WA and Twilla (Steve) Ross of Vandalia, IL; a son in law, Darryl King and eight grandchildren:  Jason King, Kevin King, Hanna Goeller, Hayley Schertz, Steve Germano, Chris Germano, Bobby Germano and Anna Kay Ross.

Besides his parents, William is preceded in death by a daughter, Joan King; a son, Alvin Schertz; a brother, Sidney Schertz and a sister, Joan Frahm.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

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


Juanita Buckingham, age 91, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Liberty Village in Maryville, IL.

Juanita was born on December 17, 1929 in Jacksonville, IL, a daughter of the late Charles Hamilton Ryan and Katherine Hasty.

On November 20, 1964, Juanita married Rex Buckingham, in Granite City, IL, and Rex passed away on March 6, 1999. Juanita was a faithful member of Word of Life Tabernacle Church in Granite City, IL. She worked as a telephone operator at Illinois Bell for many years. Juanita enjoyed playing cards and board games with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. Juanita will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Juanita was preceded in death by two children, Waynette Spray and Gail Eaker; and by her siblings, Marjorie Moses, Vernon Ryan, Charles Ryan, Mary Jane Allen, Verda Stogsdill, Donald Ryan and Robert Ryan.

She is survived by her loving children, Gary (Deborah Gorsuch) Spray of Granite City, IL, Lori (Robert) Bush of Highland, IL and Rex (Joanie) Buckingham Jr. of Edwardsville, IL; dear step-children, Rick (Denise) Buckingham of Granite City, IL, Keith Buckingham of Hartford, IL, Sheila Buckingham of Granite City, IL and Sheree (Tim) White of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating. Juanita will be laid to rest next to Rex at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Word of Life Tabernacle. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Ellen Douglas, 97, of Trinidad, Colorado, died on July 18, 2021 at home after a short illness.

She was a long time resident of Granite City before moving to Colorado to live with her son, Marty and daughter-in-law Mary Anne.

Mrs. Douglas was born March 21, 1924, in York County, Nebraska to Alta (Ellibee) and Roy Jones .She married Willis (Jack) Douglas in 1945 shortly after he returned from Europe at the close of World War II. They had met at a USO dance in Nebraska before his deployment..

Ellen was an active member of her church her entire adult life and served in many leadership capacities and support activities, including her favorite, Foreign Missions. She had also worked for and retired from government service. Ellen enjoyed volunteer work including the Edwardsville library, Meridian Village, and the Fox theater in St. Louis.

Survivors include her son, Martin Douglas of Trinidad, Colorado, eight grand- children, thirteen great grand-children, and two great great grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Don Jones, Vern Jones. and Jerry Jones. Also, two children Jacky Nemeth and Grant Douglas, and one great-grandson, Rowan.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite city, IL.

No flowers or memorials are necessary but remembrances are welcome.

To watch the service by live stream go to Ellen’s obituary and click on the tribute wall.

The family request those attending the service to please wear a mask. 


Judianne Domitrovich, 62 of Granite City Illinois left this earth on Friday September 24, 2021.

She battled medical issues for the last few years. Judi graduated from Granite City High School in 1977, where she earned the distinction of class clown.

Judi worked at Granite City Steel as a ladle assistant on the number two caster for many years.  Judi was a lifelong lover of animals. When she was a young girl, she was playing with a rat. The rat bit her. To keep from getting in trouble by her mom, she said that she was bit by a squirrel instead of a rat. In High School, she took the family’s pet monkey to school. The monkey got a lot of attention and ended up in the Warrior yearbook. Judi took care of all the stray animals in the neighborhood and was the mom of six lucky cats.

Growing up a twin Judi was independent, outspoken and the protector of her twin sister Juli. She lived her life on her terms and rarely worried about what other people thought about her.

Judi is survived by her twin sister Juli Sarich of Austin, TX, her brother Ted Domitrovich of Plano, TX and her stepfather Frank Fedora of Granite, City IL. She was preceded in death by her sister Kathi Domitrovich, her mother MaryAnn Fedora, and her father Richard Domitrovich.

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


Gloria Boyd-Noble, formerly of Granite City, IL, died from Covid-19 on October 6, 2021 at Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Gloria was 67.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Noble, her mother, Mildred Boyd, and her sister, Nola Hammond.

She is survived by her son, Matthew Murray, her sisters, Lola (Larry) Finn and Billie (Richard) Green, her brother, James Boyd, many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

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


David W. Zimmer, 63 of Granite City, IL passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at his home.

David was born on May 5, 1958 in Granite City; the son of the late William M. and Florence E. (Margeson) Zimmer Jr. David was a pattern maker and former co-owner of Arnette Pattern in Granite City. In his free time David loved working on and driving his 1957 Chevy and was always up for going to car shows. David enjoyed being on the water on his boat and listening to classic rock music. Most of all David loved his family, especially his grandchildren and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

David is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Susan M. (Howard) Zimmer, whom he married on March 31, 1978; children, Christopher and Elizabeth Zimmer of Edwardsville, Lauren and Tyler Everts of Collinsville, Taylor Zimmer of St. Louis; grandchildren, Nicholas Zimmer, Michael Zimmer, Alexander Zimmer, Ella Zimmer, baby girl Everts (Due in December 2021); brothers, Gary and Connie Zimmer, Paul and Diane Zimmer and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law; Adam and Lindsey Zimmer; grandson, Riley Zimmer; sister, June Tharp.

In celebration of David’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.


Donald “Don” L. Luddeke, age 85 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Don was born on January 16, 1936 in Alton, IL, a son of the late Donald O. Luddeke and Georgia (Metzger) Luddeke.

Don was a United States Navy Veteran who proudly served his country with honor. On June 24, 1985, Don married Karen Frazar at St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. Don retired as a 6th grade teacher from Granite City School District after many years of dedicated service. He enjoyed collecting antiques and sports memorabilia. Don was also a former St. Louis Browns Baseball fan and currently a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Don loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife of thirty-six years, Karen Luddeke of Granite City, IL; loving children, Dana (Bob) Carroll of Belleville, IL, Ford (Patricia) Frazar of Wood River, IL, Daniel (Farida) Luddeke of Freeburg, IL, Karrie (Don) Frazar -King of Granite City, IL and Dean Luddeke of Belleville, IL; proud grandfather to Alexander Frazar, Karley Swarts, Vena Luddeke and Vanessa Luddeke; extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral chapel.

Private family interment will be held at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City, IL.

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


Timothy (Tim) Benson Patrick of Granite City, IL departed this life on Oct 2, 2021, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL

A Christmas baby, he was born December 25, 1941, in Huntington West Virginia, the son of the late Otto and Dorothy Patrick. An organic chemist, Tim retired in 2015 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville as Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus after 46 years of service. Always a member of the Marshall Thundering Herd at heart, Tim received his B.S. from Marshall University in 1963 and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1967. He published nearly 100 research studies and made significant advancements in the field of fluorine chemistry. Outside of work, Tim also enjoyed playing several sports including basketball, baseball, running, and fishing, and was also no stranger to the blackjack table. Tim is survived by Ping Patrick and daughters Mae Ping and Shawn Patrick, along with son-in-law, several grandchildren, and many cousins.

Visitation will be held at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City on October 9, 2021, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, followed by a service led by the Rev. Jennifer Warren Hauser. In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org). Condolences may also be expressed online at saksafuneralhomes.com.

The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all the caregivers and staff of Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL, for their compassion and generosity provided to Tim in his final years.


Ruby J. Revelle, 75 of Mulberry Grove, IL passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at her home.

Ruby was born on February 16, 1946 in Vanderburgh County, IN; the daughter of the late Roy and Lucille (Nesler) Wiggins. Ruby was a member of Center Pointe Church in Vandalia and was a loving mom and grandma. She was known by her family and friends as a very giving person and loved her family dearly. She loved nature and tending to her garden where she took care of her flowers and enjoyed watching and feeding her hummingbirds. She had a love of all animals, especially her cats but most of all she loved her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ruby is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Donnie Revelle and fiance’ Valerie White of Granite City; Jimmy (Beth) Revelle of Woburn, Il; grandchildren, Clayton Revelle, and Brittney Scott, Natalie Revelle and Mike Stinson, Katelyn Revelle, Rebecca Revelle; sisters, Wanda and Thomas Tindall, Diane Wiggins, Patricia Poe and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband; Truman Ray Revelle, whom she married on July 27, 1963.

In celebration of Ruby’s life, a visitation will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Rodney Caswell officiating at Center Pointe Church, 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, IL. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Mulberry Grove, IL. Memorial donations are suggested to Ruby’s family. 


J. Michael Hildreth, 59 of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.


Michael was born on January 21, 1962 in Beeville, TX; the son of James R. and Janice (Townsend) Hildreth of Granite City.

Michael was a well known professional musician who was very talented at the guitar, keyboards, singing and an exceptional all around entertainer. In his free time he enjoyed his days of following the St. Louis Cardinals and was always up for spending time with his family. Michael will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by and will be missed by his daughter; Candice “Candi” Hildreth of Granite City; his grandma who is 102, Dolores P. Townsend of Granite City; brother, Ian Hildreth of Granite City; sister, Cassy-Lynn Hildreth of Granite City; niece, Rachael Guthrie and Michael; nephew, Matthew Barton and Ashlyn as well as many other close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Michael’s life, funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Dr. Eddy Brown officiating.

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THOMAS G. REYNOLDS of Granite City, IL. a loving father and grandfather, passed away on September 30th at Select Specialty Hospital in St. Charles, Mo. from trauma sustained in a motorcycle accident on August 22nd.

Tom retired from Azcon in 2016. Where he worked for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother Una Mae Reynolds and father Gene Ferney Reynolds both of granite City, IL.

He is survived by his son, Tommy G. Reynolds twin granddaughter’s Summer G. Reynolds and Autumn L. Reynolds and brother Terry Reynolds. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

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September 2021 Obituaries