Obituaries October 2022

October 2022 Obituaries

Julie Ann Knight, 51, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:14 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at her home after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer.

She was born May 27, 1971 in Granite City, a daughter of the late James Lewis Sr. and the late JoAnn Thornton.

Julie married the love of her life, Craig S. Knight in 2001 at The Chapel of Flowers in Las Vegas and he survives.

She was an office coordinator at Premier Dental in St. Louis with 20 years of dedicated service.  

 She was a member of Calvary Life Church in Granite City. Family was the center of her life and she was devoted to her children, always supporting and cheering them on in their many extracurricular and sporting events through the years and even assisting as a coach. Through the past several years, Julie was an advocate for cancer patients and survivors, working with service dogs to bring comfort to children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, had a special love for all children and was always looking to give love to others in any way possible. She also enjoyed family vacations, decorating and her days of shopping.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a son, Chase Knight of Granite City; a daughter, Abby Knight of Granite City; four siblings, Jim Lewis of Troy, Steve Lewis of Madison, Carmon Lewis of Texas and Dawn Berry of Cape Fair, Missouri; two special nephews, Cory and Dylan Lewis of Granite City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Jane Knight of Granite City; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rick and Sheila Knight of Tampa, Florida; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Tom Roberts of Granite City and Robin and Aaron Flynn of Granite City; nieces; nephews; 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 Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Got You Six Support Dogs in Maryville and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Alfred F. Johnson, 95 of Glen Carbon, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Alfred was born on Thursday, August 4, 1927 in Advance, Missouri; the son of the late Albert and Anise (Bennett) Johnson. Alfred was a heavy equipment operator out of Union Local 520 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

Alfred was a member of Liberty Worship Center in Glen Carbon and a long time member of Tri City Assembly of God in Granite City. Alfred will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Alfred is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Juanita (Gall) Johnson; son, Michael and Char Johnson of Norman, OK: grandchildren, Drew and Angel Johnson of Belleville, IL, Terry Kent and Jamie of Springfield, MO, Chris Johnson of Boynton Beach, FL, Bryan and Kassandra Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK, Marc and Talena Johnson of Blanchard, OK, Tony Johnson of Belleville, IL, Matthew Bogard; great-grandchildren, Riley, Annabel, Grayson, Tarah, Tanner, Taylor, Rebecca, Jacob, Noah, Olivia, Aaron, Garrett, Kayleigh, Heather and Danny, Taylor, Gabriel and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by his 1st wife; Geraldine Johnson; sons, Tony and Alan Johnson; daughter, Debbie Kent-Smith and all of his brothers and sisters.

In celebration of Alfred’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Marc Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.


Myra Nolan, 93, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 28, 2022, at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Myra was born July 29, 1929, to Jess and Beatrice (York) Allen in Blytheville, Arkansas. She and Herbert Nolan were married in 1944. Myra was a member of Full Gospel Fellowship.

She was a hard worker and served as a caregiver for others after she retired from Bussmann Fuse in St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoyed gardening and was known for her wonderful breadmaking.

Survivors include her daughter, Belinda (Tony) Vitale of Collinsville, Illinois; sons: Benny Nolan of Granite City, Illinois, and Kenny (Debbie) Nolan of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: Benny (Rhonda) , Pam, Chris (Katie), Melissa (John), Kenny, Angie (Jeff), and Danny; great grandchildren: Jaylyn, Dylyn, Elaina, Corinthia (Tim), Alex (Bryan), Candice, Jaeden, Jaren, Jesse, Mantha, Cooper, and Alexis; great great grandchildren: Rileigh, Oliver, Dakota, and Maddox; and brother, Charles Allen of Blytheville, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Nolan; parents; brother, Rondall Allen; and sisters: June Carson and Becky Shea.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel. Burial will take place at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Steele, Missouri.


Gary L. Woods, 74 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at his home.

Gary was born on Monday, May 17, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri; the son of the late Richard and Joyce (Queen) Woods. Gary was a former member of Granite City Church of God and a member of Johnson Road General Baptist Church in Granite City where he served as an ordained deacon.

Gary proudly served his country in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War and was an operator for Caprice Sun in Granite City.

Gary enjoyed his days of going to church and serving his Lord and was always willing to help anyone in need. Gary will be remembered for the love of the Lord and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife; Linda (Watson) Woods, whom he married on September 19, 1968 in Venice, Illinois; son, Brad Woods of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Angie Woods of Wood River, Illinois; brother, James Woods of Granite City, Illinois; his 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; his dear friend for over 40 years; Larry Blankley of Granite City, Illinois and many other church family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Young.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Gary’s life, visitation will continue on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Road Baptist Church, 2033 Johnson Road in Granite City with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating.

Burial will follow with full military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Memorial donations are suggested to Johnson Road Baptist Church.


Michael Richard Hoffman, 70, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away at 12:25 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 27, 2022 at Bria of Columbia in Columbia, IL.

He was born Apr. 16, 1952 in Granite City to the late Helen (Gomze) Hoffman and John Hoffman Sr.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law: Patricia & Ed Sims of Dupo, IL; a brother and sister-in-law: John & Linda Hoffman Jr. of Fairview Heights, IL; nephew: Glen: nieces: Lisa, Stacey and Chrissy; good friend: Dave; his Davita dialysis team; many other relatives and friends; and his beloved cats: Baby, Nicki and Kitten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents: John & Mary Gomze

Services are pending.


Carl Leroy Petty, 88 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at Gateway Regional Medical Center on October 25, 2022.

Carl was born July 1, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Carl A. and Gertrude (Jacobs) Petty. In 1957, he married the love of his life, Gertrude Smith. Carl served his Country in the United States Army.

He worked for Granite City Steel as a Stationary Engineer in the Power Plant. After 37 years of service there, he retired in 1990.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and an active member of the men’s club, Quad City Amvets Post 204, and Knights of Columbus Council 1098. Carl’s biggest love was for his family, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, he not only enjoyed cooking, but was good at it. In his own words, “he liked to play a game that resembled golf”.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude P. Petty of Granite City, Illinois; son, Joseph (Laurie) Petty of League City, Texas; daughter, Patricia (John) Becherer of Raleigh, North Carolina; son, James P. Petty of Edwardsville, Illinois; grandchildren: Abby (Tripp)Bartholomew, James (Mary Givens) Becherer, Andrew Petty, Daniel Petty, Nicole Petty, and Carley Petty; great-grandchild, Audrey June Bartholomew; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl A. Petty; mother and stepfather, Gertrude and Robert Barkley; and brother, Eugene Petty.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, Granite City. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Steve Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospital or Holy Family Catholic Church.


David Clayton Steward, 48, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:58 p.m. Tues. Oct. 25, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born Nov. 5, 1973 in St. Louis, MO to the late David W. & Barbara Ann (Vaughn) Steward.

David had worked as a custodian for Granite City High School.  He loved to sing and d.j. as well as being a talented sketch artist.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law: Kathy and Mitch Abbett of Granite City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Courtney Steward; and a sister: Lynn Marie Elledge.

The family is planning a celebration of David’s life on Nov. 5, 2022 but final details are pending.


Franklin “Frank” D. Hays, 83, of Granite City, IL, passed away at his home at 5:36 a.m. Wed. Oct. 26 2022 with his family at his side.

He was born April 11, 1939 in Cumberland City, TN to the late Joseph Washington & Ruby Elizabeth (Robinson) Hays.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran and worked security for President John F. Kennedy’s funeral as well as having been present for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.  

 After the military he owned and operated a catering service and food truck.  He loved talking politics and going out to breakfast with family and friends.  He was a member of the NRA and was an avid Cardinal’s fan.

Survivors include 2 daughters: Karen Bunton of DuQuoin, IL and Vicki (Gregory) Meister of Mascoutah, IL; a son-in-law: Brian Jones of Pontoon Beach, IL; 5 grandchildren: Jackie, Chana, Kevin, Samantha & Brooke; 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Patsy Leola Hays on Sept. 24, 2007; a daughter: Pamela Jones; 3 brothers: J.W., Virgil and Robert Louis Hays; and 5 sisters: Garnet Clements, Della Waynick, Zella Clements, Elizabeth Nunnery and Josephine Dallas.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Donna Lynn Fox, 62, of Granite City, IL passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2022 in her home.

She was born to the late Cletis Vernon Bates & Shirley Bell (Richardson) Devore on August 25, 1960 in St. Louis MO. 

Donna was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where she was part of the Women’s Ministry. 

 She attended prayer meetings every Wednesday and Friday and never missed Sunday dinner and a movie with her church family. When she wasn’t attending church functions, Donna loved to paint, craft, color in adult coloring books, play Yahtzee and attend Thursday morning Bingo.

Donna is survived by her daughter: Kelly Lynn Arnold of Alton, IL ; a granddaughter: Reshelle Arnold; 3 brothers: Steve (Susan) Bates of Ft. Worth, TX, Rickey (Dorothy Owsley) Bates of St. Louis, MO, Tony (Angie) Bates of Swansea, IL; 3 nieces: Erin Bates, Autumn Bates, Alisyn Bates; and 2 nephews: Taylor Bates and Sean Bates.

A memorial service will be held for Donna at Calvary Baptist Church a later date.


Bonnie Jean Presswood, 88, of Granite City, IL passed away on October 25, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

 She was born to the late Robert and Esther (Pierce) Burks on November 2, 1933 in Tuscumbia, MO. Bonnie worked at Bussman Fuse for 20 years and at Creekside Gardens for several years, she retired from there.

She liked going to Big Cedar Lodge and Gatlinburg with her family, gardening, flowers, putting puzzles together, watching the news and politics. She also liked taking weekend drives to see nature with her husband Kenneth, who she married in Granite City, IL on May 14, 1984.

 Besides her husband, Kenneth, Bonnie is survived by a son: Ricky (Belinda) Wickham; 3 daughters: Jody (Mike) Jackson, Christie (Dave) Macios, and Marsh Barrington; 10 grandchildren:  Becky, Emily, Hannah, Karoline, Kelly, Kim. Matt, Michelle, Miranda and Tayler; 14 great grandchildren and a sister: Nina Atwell.

 She proceeded in death by a granddaughter: Holly Macios; 4 sisters: Helen Birdsong, Agnes Vaccaro, Lorene Bond, Opal Burks; and 2 brothers: Junior Burks and Joe Burks.

 A celebration of life and burial at Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery will be held at a later date.


Steven E. “Steve” Rains, 74, a lifelong resident of Granite City, Illinois passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Steve was born on March 15, 1948 in Harrisburg, Illinois; the son of the late Lewis E. and Norma I. (Howton) Rains. Steve was a 1966 graduate of Granite City High School.

He attended the University of Missouri – Rolla, proudly served his country in the Illinois National Guard, ultimately pursuing his love of cars by selling them at multiple dealerships throughout the St. Louis area including General Manager at Granite Chrysler Plymouth.

 He loved to reminisce about his childhood and school years, talk about cars, build model cars, collect coins, fixing things and fishing. He enjoyed grilling and baking, especially banana nut bread and his killer fudge. Steve and Brenda looked forward to making their annual holiday cookies for their family and friends. He will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared.

Steve is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Brenda (Hutson) Rains, whom he married on May 1, 1975; daughters, Cindi and Tony Faulkner, Tami Finch, Kari and Rich Takmajian, all of Granite City, IL; grandchildren, Rose Weeks, Rob Finch and fiance’ Renee, Jamie and Doug Horton, Katie and Nathan Elliott, Brant Takmajian and fiance’ Emma; great-grandchildren, Ciara, Hailey, Maddie, Emily, Chloe, Taylor, Ben; sister, Linda and Bill Yates; nephew, Bryan and Traci Yates, his best four legged buddy Tanner and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, Kappa Alpha Fraternity brothers and other close friends.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by a niece; Stephanie Humphrey and numerous aunts and uncles.

In celebration of Steve’s life, a visitation will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Rick Fischer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donation to be made to the Beta Alpha Education Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, designated to either the Building or Scholarship Fund in honor of brother Steve Rains, please send to the attention of Jim Sowers, P.O. Box 1884, Rolla, MO 65402-1884 and may also be accepted at the funeral home.


Mandy Lee Martinez, 46, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born February 26, 1976 in Granite City, a daughter of Donna and Ronald (Kleuskens) Whitford Geiser of Granite City and the late Henry “Eddie” Whitford.

She married the love of her life, Mark A. Martinez on May 8, 2010 at Wilson Park in Granite City and he survives.

Mandy had a love of kids and enjoyed being a foster parent for four years. She attended Freedom Worship Center in Pontoon Beach and was very talented with crafts. 

She had a love of nature, enjoyed her days of camping and road trips on the Harley with Mark. Mandy was always wanting to help others, cherished her family, loved being with her friends and will be missed by all.

In addition to her beloved husband, mother and stepfather, she is survived by four children, Alex Lee Martinez, Aven Michael Martinez, Ayree June Martinez and Mark Armando Martinez Jr.; a grandson, Aaron Armando Martinez; two brothers, Chad Whitford and Michael Whitford; two sisters, Amy Whitford and Heather Meyers; grandparents, Eileen and Bob Howard of Granite City; mother-in-law, Judith Jordan of Montgomery, Missouri; many special nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her precious son, Mateo Jose Martinez; sister, Nicole “Nikki” Lance and her father-in-law, Alvie Harlan.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Gary Cook officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Barth Syndrome Foundation and may be accepted online at www.barthsyndrome.org or accepted at the funeral home.


Brett Allen Presswood, 61, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

He was born September 12, 1961 in Granite City, a son of David L. (Roberta) Presswood Sr. of Granite City and the late Linda Martin.

He had worked many years as an electrician and enjoyed building and tinkering around his house. He enjoyed days of barbequing, playing pool, watching sports and being with family and friends.

In addition to his father and stepmother, he is survived by a daughter, Nichole Coad of Edwardsville; a grandson, Logan Williams; a brother, David L. Presswood Jr. of Granite City; a sister, Vicki Presswood of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Lela Presswood.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. 

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

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


Marie Irene “Peewee” Whaley, 95, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Edwardsville and Granite City passed away at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born August 15, 1927 in Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Anthony and Alice (Siatta) Shambro.

She married Edward Glennon Whaley on August 6, 1951 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and he passed away October 23, 2020. 

She retired in 1986 from the Department of Defense after 35 years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She volunteered many years with several organizations including St. Elizabeth Hospital, Cahokia Mounds and for John Shimkus. She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling the world and she enjoyed her days of cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Lynn and Paul Wuebbels of St. Louis, Mark and Lynne Whaley of Palm Springs, California, Michael and Jane Whaley of Branson, Missouri, George and Karen Whaley of Highland, Illinois and Joseph and Theresa Whaley of Edwardsville, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Josie Johnisee of Glen Carbon; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Annie, Maggie and Rosie.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue in Granite City on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steven Thompson officiating.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be give to Vitas Hospice.


Catherine A. Rossi, 60 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 21, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.

Catherine was born March 11, 1962 in Granite City, Illinois, to Albert and Caroline (Novosel) Noud.

On April 12, 1980 she married Mario Rossi and shared 44 years of marriage.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Catherine enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her granddaughter.

Survivors include her loving husband, Mario Rossi of Granite City, Illinois; son, Mario (Frances) Rossi of Granite City, Illinois; brothers: Albert (Terry) Noud of Edwardsville, Illinois, Steve (Terri) Noud of Brighton, Illinois, and Dan (Bobbie) Noud of Granite City, Illinois; granddaughter, Luciana Rossi of Granite City, Illinois; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave., Granite City, Illinois, with Father Steve Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


Ernest John “Ernie” Nicholas Jr., 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:55 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at his home. 

He was born May 4, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware, a son of the late Ernest John Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Quinn) Nicholas.

He married Linda M. (Hampton) Nicholas on October 21, 2000 in St. Louis County, Missouri and she survives.

He was employed with Express Professional Employment as a Human Resources Manager. 

 His military career began with a year and a half of service with the Army Reserves. Following the reserves, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corp, giving 27 years of dedicated service to his country until his retirement on July 31, 2001.

Ernest was an active member of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and enjoy many years in the cowboy lifestyle where he was known as “Izzy Lost”. He was also a member of the Collinsville American Legion and collected comics and graphic novels.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, Ernest John Nicholas III of Pontoon Beach, Illinois and Matthew (Laura) Nicholas of Lawton, Oklahoma; five stepchildren, Wendy Whitmire of Lexington, North Carolina, Charity (Jason) Snell of Holt Summit, Missouri, Michelle (Scott) Schreck of Jefferson City, Missouri, Justin (Jennifer) Cropper of Corpus Christi, Texas and Jennifer Cropper of Granite City, Illinois; fifteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Rosie Nicholas of Penns Grove, New Jersey; a sister-in-law, Karen Nicholas of Penns Grove, New Jersey; many nieces; nephews; cousins; his cowboy family; other extended family and many friends. In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Gary Blevins and a brother, John Nicholas.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 with Father Steve Thompson officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to Got Your Six Support Dogs, 6 Schiber Court, Maryville, IL 62062 and can be made online at www.gotyoursixsupportdogs.org or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 and can be made online at www.pancan.org. Memorials may also be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Jesse I. Rodriguez, 60, of Gibson City, IL died on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

He was born on March 14, 1962 in Mexico to Candilario and Maria (Cardoza) Rodriguez.

Jesse was a custodian at Southwestern Illinois College before he became disabled.  He enjoyed fishing.

The loving brother is survived by 2 brothers:  John Rodriguez of Collinsville, IL and Jose Rodriguez of St. Louis, MO; 2 sisters:  Ellias Nellie Macias of TX and Lupe Seibel of IA and many nieces and nephews.

Jesse is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers:  Candilario Rodriguez, Jr and Carlos Rodriguez.

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


Diana Lynn Crader, 71, passed away 7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 during surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Diana was originally diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 29 years old. She had multiple recurrences that she had to fight over the years including this last bout.

Diana fought cancer with every fiber of her being til the very end. She loved the ocean, her family and friends.

Born November 15, 1950 in Alton, she was the daughter of Earl and Grace (Grisham) Stilley. She had worked in the scheduling office at Alton Memorial Hospital for 30 years before retiring in 2017.


Surviving are two sons, Sean (Meagan) Crader of Staunton, Patrick (Nikki) Crader of Granite City; daughter, Kelli Rae-Crader of Granite City; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, John Stilley of Lubbock, TX; and sister, Earlene Jefferson of Atlanta, GA. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Morris Stilley; and two sisters, Delores Ringuette and Virginia Baker.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 12-2 pm, Saturday, October 22 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Interment will be in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.


Betty Lou Slecka, 83, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 2:11 a.m. Sat. Oct. 15, 2022 at her sister Laverne’s home while under hospice care with her family surrounding her.

She was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Poplar Bluff, MO to the late Thomas & Ida (Agee) Marlette.

On Mar. 10, 1956, she and Robert Slecka were married in Madison, IL.  He preceded her in death Feb. 24, 2002.

Betty owned and operated Grandma’s Daycare for many years.  She was a member of Tri-City Park Tabernacle.  She loved to play Bingo and she along with her husband were die hard Cub’s fans.

Survivors include 3 sons: Jimmy (Lori) Slecka of Wood River, IL, Jon (Darla) Slecka of Granite City, IL and Vincent Slecka of Pontoon Beach; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and a sister: Laverne Hammond of Granite City.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by 2 sons: Robert “Bobby” Slecka and Louie Slecka; a granddaughter: Abigail Slecka; a sister: Patsy Naler; and 6 brothers: Bill, Louie, Donald, Bud, Tommy and Larry Marlette.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Sat. Oct. 22, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Bronda D. Picker, 69, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Illinois.

She was born July 28, 1953 in Clayton, Missouri, a daughter of the late Bennie W. and Blanche S. (Fourcault) Picker.

She retired from Emerson Electric after many years of dedicated service as a collections clerk.

She loved her days of playing Bingo, had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping. She cherished her family and loved the holiday gatherings. She had an outgoing and loving personality and was known to some as “Bubbles”. 

Bronda is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby A. and Nancy J. Picker of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Bernard L. “Buz” and Carla S. Picker of Wentzville, Missouri; a sister, Benita M. Picker of Bridgeton, Missouri; nephews and nieces, Bobby A. and Holly Picker Jr., Danielle E. and Chad Hendricks and DeAnne V. and Brian Oswald; several great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Troy W. Picker.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. 

Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Frank P. Ortiz, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

He was born January 29, 1933 in Granite City, Illinois, a son of the late Conception and Elena (Garcia) Ortiz.

He retired from Granite City Steel after 42 years of dedicated service as a ladle digger. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. 

Frank had a love for music and enjoyed his days of dancing, he cherished his family and loved get togethers with family and friends, enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee or time spent at the Township Center. He was always looking for a bargain and loved going to garage and estate sales, visits to the Goodwill and was always on a quest to solve the problems of the world.

He is survived by two daughters, Elena Saxton of Hazelwood, Missouri and Jennifer (Tom) Schmidt of St. Louis; two grandchildren, William and Christina Saxton; three sisters, Mary (Earl) Thorson of Mounds View, Minnesota, Tresa Ortiz of Granite City and Angie (Rad) Masinelli of Scottsdale, Arizona; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Ortiz; five brothers, Vital, Steve, Jim, Tony and Joe and four sisters, Rica, Annie, Ramona and Linda.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, October 30, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. with Father Steve Thompson as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Masses may be accepted at the funeral home.


Joey D. Messick Sr. 51, of Granite City passed at his home 9:59 am Sunday October 16, 2022, after a brief illness.

Visitation Thursday October 20 2022 Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd. Granite City, Il.  2 till service time of 4 PM. Burial at St. James Cemetery Edwardsville.

Memorials to Family c/o Funeral Home


Saundra “Sandy” D. Mifflin, 59 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 15, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, Illinois.

Sandy was born November 14, 1962 in Maywood, Illinois, to Bobby and Carolyn (Brown) Coryell. She married Jeffery Dean Mifflin, the love of her life on August 14, 1982. They shared 39 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on October 21, 2021.

She was a member of Bethel Chapel Pentecostal Church in Granite City. Sandy had the biggest heart and her love of taking care of others was first and foremost in her heart. She enjoyed doing crafts, had an extensive collection of dolls, and loved her grandbabies.

Survivors include her parents: Bobby and Carolyn Coryell of Granite City, Illinois; sons: Jeremy Mifflin of Granite City, Illinois, and Brandan (Elizabeth) Mifflin of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Lane Erin Mifflin of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: Lynnette, Noel, Zelda, Layton, and Holly; brother, Rocky Brown of Anna, Illinois; and sisters: Tonya (Raymond) Stewart of Granite City, Illinois, and Gwen (Jerry) Fuller of Granite City, Illinois.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dale Coryell.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Bethel Chapel, 2445 Ohio Ave, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor David Brimm officiating. A private burial will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery under the direction of Irwin Chapel of Granite City.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


Jacquelynn (Drake) Hopkins-Harshbarger, 89, passed at Liberty Village of Maryville October 15, 2022. 

She was born May 6, 1933 in East Saint Louis, the only child of Lorraine (Wayne) Riley and Everett Drake. Jackie resided in Pontoon Beach, IL since 1965. 

She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Thomas Hopkins (married 1952-1978) and Donald Harshbarger (married 1979-2016). She is survived by three daughters, Heather “Deborah” Hopkins, Kathryn Hopkins-Poore, and Tammy (Harshbarger) Kinnunen. 

Surviving grandchildren include her twin grandsons, Tom and Todd Hopkins, Joshua Poore, Sarah Poore-Southard, Carolyn Kinnunen, C.J. Kinnunen, Brett and Viveca Bryden, and a dozen great-grandchildren. 

Jackie was an avid tennis player, competing until 80 and medaled multiple times in the Senior Olympics. She loved all sports—she played softball, bowled in multiple leagues, golfed, and loved board games. She loved watching tennis, baseball, and football She loved her home, bargain shopping and sales, traveling, holidays, reading, puzzles, gardening, spending time at Lake Carlyle, and adding to her collections of possessions of plates, pansies and pictures. 

Her jobs included stay-at-home mom, disco dancing instructor, Famous Barr, and Saint Louis Grain. 

She was a longtime active member of Chapel Hill Christian Church (now Cornerstone) and Unity Baptist Church. She was a generous giver and devoted to her faith.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Greg Poore officiating. 

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

 Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church or to the ALS Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Eldon William Warfield Jr. passed away on October 2, 2022 in Celebration, FL. He was 63 years old. Eldon was born in Granite City, Illinois to Eldon and Vivian Warfield in 1959.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Shaw who he married in 1984, and his daughter Ashley (Brian)Richter of O’Fallon, MO. Eldon had two grandchildren, Caleb Richter and Anna Richter, whom he loved dearly, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins who were a big part of his life. He waspreceded in death by his two beloved brothers, James Warfield and Walter Warfield.

Eldon was a 1977 graduate of Granite City High School South and attended SIU-E and St. Louis University where he earned his BA. He played baseball for both schools and later earned his MBA at Fontbonne University. His love of baseball continued throughout his life, both as a player, coach and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Eldon managed multi-family and commercial properties all over the U.S and was the Chapter President of the Institute of Real Estate Management, as well as a Florida Real Estate Broker and CPM. He taught property management at Valencia College in Orlando and served there as the Program Coordinator.

Eldon was also the Director of Asset Management for Polaris Realty Capital in Coral Gables,FL. He will be dearly missed by family, friends, and coworkers.

A memorial service will be held in the near future at Irwin Chapel, Granite City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Merrill Ray Huey, 85 of Madison, Illinois, passed away on October 13, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.

Merrill was born June 14, 1937 in Scott County, Missouri, to Simon Peter and Elsie R. (Jennings) Huey. He married Jennie May Humphrey. They owned and operated their own bar and restaurant as well as a convenience store together. He was a Freemason and a member of the Madison County Democratic Party.

Survivors include his children: Rachel Fields of Denver, Colorado, John William Huey of Madison, Illinois, and April Dawn Wright, Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: Deven Gonzales, Alexx Gonzales, Summer Gonzales, and Zachary Fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jennie Huey; and brothers and sisters.

Cremation has been accorded by Irwin Chapel of Granite City, Illinois.


Betty Lou Slecka, 83, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 2:11 a.m. Sat. Oct. 15, 2022 at her sister Laverne’s home while under hospice care with her family surrounding her.

She was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Poplar Bluff, MO to the late Thomas & Ida (Agee) Marlette.

On Mar. 10, 1956, she and Robert Slecka were married in Madison, IL.  He preceded her in death Feb. 24, 2002.

Betty owned and operated Grandma’s Daycare for many years.  She was a member of Tri-City Park Tabernacle.  She loved to play Bingo and she along with her husband were die hard Cub’s fans.

Survivors include 3 sons: Jimmy (Lori) Slecka of Wood River, IL, Jon (Darla) Slecka of Granite City, IL and Vincent Slecka of Pontoon Beach; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and a sister: Laverne Hammond of Granite City.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by 2 sons: Robert “Bobby” Slecka and Louie Slecka; a granddaughter: Abigail Slecka; a sister: Patsy Naler; and 6 brothers: Bill, Louie, Donald, Bud, Tommy and Larry Marlette.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Sat. Oct. 22, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Janet Lee Stoppkotte, 70, of Granite City, IL passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Granite City Nursing and Rehab surrounded by her family while listening to Elvis.

She was born to the late George and Elizabeth (Hunter) Stoppkotte on October 3, 1952 In Granite City, IL. Her Parents owned Stoppkotte’s Skating Rink where she was a competitive roller-skater. She also enjoyed photography, playing the organ and after meeting her fiancé, David Miller, she received her amateur Ham Radio license. Janet attended SIUE where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Janet is survived by a brother: Robert (Lorrie) Stoppkotte; a sister: Sandy Stoppkotte, her fiancé David Miller, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 10:00 am at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL

Memorials donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Ralph E. Anderson went to be with his Lord on October 8, 2022.  He was born to Bernard & Lori (Richardson) Anderson on February 18, 1927 in Venice, IL.

He was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy then served during the Korean War in the Army Air Force.  

He married Mary Frances Smith on March 29,1959 and she preceded him in death. On April 9, 2005, he married Belle E. Martin Anderson.

Ralph was a long time member of Granite City Suburban Baptist Church now Unity Baptist Church, where he served faithfully.  He was a member of Senior Circle, a volunteer transporter at Gateway Regional Medical Ctr for twenty six years.  Golf was his favorite pastime.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; Harry E. Anderson and Robert Anderson, and his first wife Mary Frances and his second wife Belle Anderson.

Surviving are one niece, Kathy (John) Walker,  five nephews; Mike (Robin) Anderson, Robert (Kathy) Anderson, Harry ( Gina) Anderson, Ben and Tony (Crystal) Anderson and 8 step-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his step-children; Cathy (Irvin) Schallenberg, Byron (Ruth Ann) Martin and Eldon E. Martin and many friends.

Visitation will be on October 29, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., at Sunset Hill Funeral Homes with a funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m., burial to follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, IL.

Donations may be made to Unity Baptist Church. Online guest book can be found at www.herrfuneral.com


Richard Ray Ault, 92, of Glen Carbon, Illinois and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:32 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. He was born September 23, 1929 in Spokane, Washington, a son of the late Edward Ray and Ada Selma Lea (Cadwallader) Ault. He is survived by his wife, Arla Jean (Foste), whom he married on July 8, 1962 in Forest City, Illinois.

Rich served his country in the United States Army National Guard during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Alaska working as a draftsman at a radar station. He began his career in education in Southern California where he met his wife when they were teaching in adjacent classrooms. Wanting to be closer to Arla’s family in central Illinois, they moved to Granite City where he was a beloved long-time principal at Marshall Elementary. He ended his education career at Wilson Elementary when he retired in 1992.

Rich greatly enjoyed working on small engines and was renowned throughout the city for his ability to repair most anything with a motor. From the post office to the grocery store, there were always calls of “Hey Mr. Ault!” from former students or customers wanting to stop and chat. Passionate about cars, he was a race car driver in his 20s, took many cross-country road trips in his convertible with Arla in his 30s, and was proud of the 1940s MG TC and the 1960s Triumph Spitfire vehicles he lovingly restored in his 40s and 50s. A voracious reader, Rich loved his Louis L’Amour westerns and Lee Child thrillers. He especially enjoyed books on the old West, sports cars and World War II fighter planes. His sense of direction was impeccable, a trait that, much to his dismay, was not inherited by his children. Having a keen sense of humor, he was always ready with a sly grin, quirky laugh, and a joke or “story” as he liked to say. A kind and generous man, he will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Kelly Ault and David Martinez of Brooklyn, New York, and Marta Ault and Ted Pepper of Denver, Colorado; a grandson, Aja Martinez; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Ault.

In celebration of his life, a memorial gathering will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on October 27th, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sunshine Ministries (sunshineministries.org) or Pound Pets Inc. (poundpetsinc.com) and may also be accepted at the funeral home.


Sandra Faye Stepanek, 74 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 12, 2022 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Illinois.

Sandra was born March 28, 1948 in Dover, Tennessee to Joe and Pauline (Bufford) Williams.

She loved being with her family, helping others and a lover of all animals. She had a passion for collecting and trading in her antique store and going to flea markets.

 Sandra enjoyed spending time in her yard where she loved to plant flowers.

Survivors include her sons: Paul (Sarah) Stepanek of Granite City, Illinois, and Charles Stepanek of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: Ella Stepanek and Luke Stepanek; nieces: Stephanie Cryer of Dover, Tennessee, Gina Davison of Granite City, Illinois, and Stacey Smith of Granite City, Illinois; nephews: Michael Gordon of Granite City, Illinois, and Joey Williams of Benton, Arkansas; as well at several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Stepanek; father, Joe Williams; mother, Pauline Thomason; step-father, Charles Thomason; brother, Joe Williams; and sister, Paulette Gordon.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Inurnment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.


Dorothea L. Jones, 98 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Aspen Creek in Troy, Illinois.

Dorothea was born on Wednesday, October 1, 1924 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Mark M. and Ella (Daniel) Mathews. Dorothea was an Executive Secretary for State Farm and also worked for Hocker, Goodwin and McGreevy Attorneys at Law.

Dorothea was a dedicated member of First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Navigators.

 In her free time Dorothea enjoyed her days of reading and tending to the flowers in her yard. She was a talented quilter and enjoyed her time knitting and crocheting. Most of all she loved her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Dorothea is survived by and will be missed by her daughters; Sheila “Buffy” and Randolph Schum of Coronado, CA, Shelly and Ronald Haldeman of Granite City, IL; son-in-law, Dr. Norman Druck of Ladue, MO; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Christine Fasick, Adam and Charlotte Fasick, Sarah and Mark Schulman, Benjamin Haldeman and Nicole Brown, Aaron and Jess Druck, Joshua and Patricia Haldeman; 9 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband; Charles R. Jones, whom she married on November 23, 1944; daughter, Sherri Druck; brothers, Mark Mathews, Earl Mathews, infant brother Russell Mathews; sisters, Irene Haug, Marcelene Dawdy, Golda Boyle, Opal Landman, Alta Turner, infant sister, Gracie Mathews.

In celebration of Dorothea’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 12:00 p.m. at First United Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar Ave. in Granite City with Pastor Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association or to First United Presbyterian Church.


Sally Ann Wainscott, 78, of Granite City, IL passed away at 7:19 a.m. Wed. Oct. 12, 2022 at her home while under hospice care.

She was born Oct. 18, 1943 in Jacksonville, IL to the late Herald & Elsine (Backer) Keller.

On Dec. 22, 1962, she and Wilbur “Scotty” Gale Wainscott were married in Springfield, IL.  He preceded her in death July 21, 2009.

Sally had been a clerk for Farm Fresh for many years.

She is survived by a daughter: Kimberly Rhoades of Granite City; a son: Kevin Wainscott of Spring Branch, TX; a step-son: Doug (Debby) Wainscott of Springfield, IL; 6 grandchildren: Ryon, Brandy, Alyssa, Alex, Shannon and Alana; 2 great-grandchildren: Levi and Cole; a brother: Jim Keller of Kansas City, MO; and a sister: Peggy (Steve) Houchin of Loveland, CO.

SERVICES ARE PENDING


Mary O. Pogue, 92, passed away Monday, October 10, 2022 at Madison County Hospital in Winterset, IA.

  She was born August 28, 1930 in Waverly, TN to John and Pearl (nee: Baker) Willhite.

  She was retired from St. Louis Midwest Art and Sunshine Art Studio.

She is survived by five daughters, Linda McFarland of Pontoon Beach, Susan Shoemaker of New Douglas, Cheryl Ann Blackwell of TN, Carol Sue Jenkins of IA and Vicky Lynn Borror of Greenville; three sons, John Samuel Brake of TN, Jesse Frank Brake of MO and Terry Wayne Brake of IL; 21 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Waymon Pogue; two brothers, Howard and Billy Willhite and a sister, Geneva Mae “Polly” Cathey.

Visitation will be 4-7p.m. Monday, October 17, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City where services will be held at 11:30 Tuesday.  Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. 


Vicki Lynn Welch, 61, of Pierron, IL died on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at her home.

She was born on November 20, 1960 in Granite City, IL to Victor Strubberg and Phyllis (Dailey) Bodi.

Vicki enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.

Besides her father, Vicki is survived by her step mother, Patricia Strubberg; a son, Christopher Mormann of Noble, OK; 3 grandchildren:  Nolan, Skylar and Alexis and 4 sisters:  Donna (Richard) Peck of Granite City, Kathy (Mike) Simpson of Madison, April Hall of Arlington, TX and Stephanie Mabus of Girard.

Vicki is preceded in death by her mother; 2 brothers:  Steven Strubberg and Jeffrey Strubberg and a brother in law, Walter Hall.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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


Timothy David Catron, 33, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:03 p.m. Fri. Oct. 7, 2022.

He was born Dec. 29, 1988 to David Catron of Granite City and the late Dena Lynn (Kearns) Catron.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a brother and sister-in-law: Travis John & Lisa Catron; and a sister: Ashley Ellen Catron of Granite City.

The family will hold a private burial service.


Arlene Rose (Nichols) Smith, 91, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 6, 2022 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Illinois.

Arlene was born May 15, 1931 in Purdin, Missouri to Arthur and Vera Nichols (Thompson, Shilling).

She was married to Ira Alvern Smith on April 9, 1948.

Arlene was employed by the Granite City School District #9 and went on to work as a secretary for Third Baptist Church of Granite City, Illinois for many years. She was a long time member of Second Baptist Church of Granite City.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ira Alvern Smith who died March 2, 2004.

She was also preceded in death by her father, Arthur, and mother, Vera, step father Fred Schilling, brother and sister-in-law Arthur (Barbara) Nichols, sister and brother-in-law Wanita ( Harold) Ellis, twin brother Alvin Nichols, sister and brother-in-law Marilyn (Ed) Gillum.

She is survived by her children and spouses: son Don (Judy) Smith of Granite City, Illinois; daughter Robin (Ron) Keeton of Glen Carbon, Illinois; son Doug ( Lesa) Smith of Edwardsville, Illinois; daughter Janet (George) Hawkes of St. Charles, Missouri; son Dennis (Tina) Smith of New Douglas, Illinois and 8 granddaughters, 9 grandsons, 9 great grandsons, 3 great granddaughters. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Charlotte Nichols and many nieces and nephews.

In honor of Arlene’s wishes, anatomical donation has been accorded to Washington University School of Medicine.

A memorial service will be held on October 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Second Baptist Church 2100 Illinois Ave, Granite City, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be made to Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Ave, Granite City, Illinois 62040


Janetta D. La Rue, 54, of Granite City passed away Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville surrounded by her family.  She was born May 5, 1968 in Alton.  She married Scott La Rue on June 22, 1991 in Grace Baptist Church in Granite City and they created a beautiful life together, full of love and laughter.  Janetta worked for Brown & James P.C for over 30 years.  She belonged to the Women of the Moose.  Janetta always had an open door for anyone with open arms and no questions. She gave more to others than herself and was truly one of a kind.   She loved movie nights, snack nights, coffee with friends and antiquing.  She was quick witted and loved by many.

She is survived by her husband, Scott La Rue of Granite City; mother, Virginia (nee: Riti) Bowman of Dongola, daughter, Brittany (Zack) Wallace of Granite City, son,  Brandon La Rue of Murfreesboro, TN; grandson, Danny La Rue; brother, Michael Bowman of Granite City and father-in-law, Edward La Rue Sr of Granite City.

She was preceded in death by her father, Danny Bowman.

Visitation will from 4 p.m. until the time of services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.


James LeeRoy “Corkey” Steel, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

He was born March 18, 1942 in Chaffee, Missouri, a son of the late James and Mary Margie (Humphrey) Steel.

He married Jessica Suzette (Giles) Steel in May of 1963 in Granite City and she survives.

James was an owner and operator of McDonalds in Pittsfield, Illinois and served as an area supervisor for over 15 years until his retirement. Following his retirement, he went to work with the United States Postal Service and enjoyed his rural route. 

The Vietnam War veteran proudly served his country with the United States Navy serving in the Missile Crisis. He was known to many as “The Boss” throughout the years and thoroughly enjoyed history. He enjoyed reading, taking in any information on Civil War history and was an avid collector of antique bottles and coins. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by two children, Yvonne Steel-Mothershed and her husband, Charles Mothershed of Granite City and Shane Eric Steel and wife, Christina Steel of Alton; adopted daughter, Linda Heightman and husband, Joe Heightman; three grandchildren, Vanessa Ortmann and husband, Nicholas Ortmann, Fletcher Steel and Archer Steel; adopted grandson, Dalton Heightman; three great grandchildren, Aubrey Ortmann, Alexander Ortmann and Austin Ortmann; a brother, Joseph Steel and wife, Kathy Steel of Springfield, Missouri; a sister, Jennifer Steel Marsala and husband, Gary Marsala of Granite City; two half-sisters, Paula Dudash and Brenda Hunter; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Steel Hager and Faith Ann Steel; a half sister, Joyce Ralston and two half-brothers, Jerry Pruett and Paul Pruett.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. 

Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Kristopher George Martin, 42 of Highland and formerly of Pontoon Beach, Illinois passed away at 1:06 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 at his home. 

He was born December 2, 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Diane (Rank) Thomas of Pontoon Beach and the late Gary Martin. 

He married Rebecca Renee “Becca” (Liley) Martin on August 1, 2020 in Granite City and she survives.

Kristopher worked for Lysol in St. Peter’s Missouri with 5 years of dedicated service as a forklift operator.

He had a love of eagles and cherished his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by four children, Branden David Martin, Krista Mart`a Martin, Timothe Wayne Martin and Laycie Gayle Martin; two stepchildren, Kerri Michelle (Adam) Cox and Dalton Kane Renfrow; two grandchildren, Joshua Thomas Shellenberg and Charlotte Novella Cox; a brother Chad Duane (Tammy) Martin; two stepsisters, Tracy Hake and Jeanine (Mike) Haenel; stepmother and stepfather, Cheryl and Joe Tasich; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor David Denton and Pastor Chad Martin officiating.

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


Lawrence “Larry” Welle, 83, of Springfield, Missouri and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:07 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at The Arbors at Lakewood in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born May 3, 1939 in Highland, Illinois, the son of the late Bernard and Madalen (Falline) Welle.

He married the love of his life, Patricia “Pat” (Dillon) Welle on July 13, 1963 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives. 

Larry retired from the Boeing Corporation in St. Louis in 2001 after 37 years of dedicated service as a Tech Data Engineer Specialist. Larry helped to write the manual for the F-15 Fighter Jet. In the 1970’s he built a kit computer in his basement and was a self-taught programmer.

After his retirement he loved to write computer games for his grandchildren and sit patiently for hours teaching them to play. He enjoyed his days of playing golf and enjoyed many years of playing with the McDonnell Douglas Golf Team and proudly kept the league’s scores on a computer program he developed. He proudly served his country with the United States Army Reserves and was a former member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. He was a man of many accomplishments throughout his life but was most proud of his family and will dearly be missed by all.

In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by his twin daughters and their husbands, Mary Ann and Bob Olander of Ft. Worth, Texas and Mary Jo and Tim Votaw of Northlake, Texas; seven grandchildren, Madeline, Emily, Anna, Dillon, Shannon, Erin and Ian; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jane and John Bozzello of Collinsville and Betty Ebersoldt of Collinsville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Welle.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Funeral services will also be held at Irwin Chapel on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Don Wolford officiating. 

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or as Masses and may be accepted at the funeral chapel.


Joan Shaffner, 84 of Maryville, Illinois, passed away on October 6, 2022 at Anderson Hospital.

She was born May 13, 1938 in Granite City, Illinois, to Almont and Mildred (Heinrich) Edwards.

Joan was a member of 1st Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville, Illinois. She was a retired Special Education Teacher for the Granite City School District #9 where she assisted multi handicapped children for 34 years. 

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1960 from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. She completed her Master of Science in Education in 1968 from Southern Illinois University. She was an avid reader and an animal lover.

She is survived by her dear friends: Carla (David) Ziff of Fairview Heights, Illinois, Neal Matticks of New York, New York, and Debbie (Tom) Fishwick of Webster Groves, Missouri.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois, under the direction of Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, Illinois. Per the family’s request, masks are appreciated.

Memorial donations may be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville or Liberty Village of Maryville.


Richard Curtis Reinhardt Sr., 93, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 5, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, Illinois.

Richard was born November 8, 1928 in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Wesley and Evelyn (Mize) Reinhardt. On December 7, 1968 he married Margie Parker and shared 50 years together before she passed away in 2018.

He served his country in the United States Navy from 1946 until 1949. He was a member of Quad City Amvets Post 51, Granite City, Illinois.

Previously he was a member of Mt. Zion General Baptist Church. He was a skilled carpenter and a man of all trades. He enjoyed watching television, especially Wheel of Fortune.

Survivors include his children: Patricia Baker of Granite City, Illinois, Robert (Diane) Benner of Granite City, Illinois, Charles Richard (Pam) Tanklsey of Granite City, Illinois, Dianne (Mel) Chouinard of St. Louis, Missouri, and Kim (Doug) Grace of Granite City, Illinois; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margie Reinhardt; son, Richard Reinhardt Jr.; daughter, Cathie Bobb; and grandson, Donald Joe Moseley.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel Funeral Home, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Gray officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, 2550 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to DAV or APA, Granite City, Illinois.


William Charles Jones, 55, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, October 3, 2022 at his home.

He was born on November 18, 1966 in St. Louis, MO to Gary Jones and Ruby (Edwards) Smith.

William enjoyed motorcycles especially his Harley Davidson.  He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.  William will be missed by his dog, Zeta.

Besides his parents, William is survived by 2 sons:  William Jones II of Granite City and Josh Chesten of Granite City; 5 grandchildren:  Bentley, Dawn, Jeffery, Jordan and Alexis; a special friend, Faith Dunnavant; a brother, Michael Jones of Chaffee, MO and a sister, Charlene Fitzgerald of Branson, MO.

William is preceded in death by a brother, John Fitzgerald.

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


Gerald L. Voloski 83 of Granite City passed October 3 2022

Memorial visitation Saturday October 15, 2022 10 am Memorial service 11 am Calvary Catholic Cemetery Chapel , Edwardsville Illinois

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City Illinois


Johnathan R. McKee, 32 of Granite City passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.  He was born May 26, 1990 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.

He attended William M. BeDell Arc in Wood River for 20 years.  He enjoyed rocking in his rocking chair.  Johnathan touched our hearts with his laughter and giggles.

He is survived by his parents, Dennis R. and Sherry (nee: Redfern) McKee of Granite City; two sisters, Amanda and favorite brother-in-law, Jon Nesbit of Collinsville and Amber (Brad) Hilgenfeld of Reed Springs, MO and a niece. nephews, aunts and uncles.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Online guest book available at www.wojstrom.com.


Bob Lybarger, 78 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 2, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

Bob was born March 26, 1944 in Granite City, Illinois, to George and Anita (Meier) Lybarger. In 1964 he and Cathy Rajewski were married in Madison, Illinois.

He worked for the Madison Post Office as a mail carrier for 32 years before retiring in 1999. Bob was above all a family man, he loved people and to be social. He enjoyed shooting pool and previously belonged to a bowling league. Bob loved his dogs: Maggi, Rufus and Freckles.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Cathy Lybarger of Granite City, Illinois; sons: Brian (Amy) Lybarger of Granite City, Illinois, and Scott Lybarger of Granite City, Illinois; brothers: Don (Diane) Lybarger of Wood River, Illinois, and Charles (Rita) Lybarger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Nathan Lybarger of Granite City, Illinois, and Mollie Lybarger of Granite City, Illinois; dear friends, Michael and Tammy Foley of Madison, Illinois.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Judith Donaldson.

A visitation gathering will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Celebration of Life Service will start at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Jennifer Warren-Hauser officiating.


Lori Ann Jones, 59 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, October 1 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Lori was born on Saturday, October 6, 1962 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Bill and Betty (Jackson) Jones. Lori was a homemaker and mom who also worked for A.G. Edwards and in her free time she loved sewing and crocheting and anything to do with crafts. She loved her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Lori is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Stephanie Kessler of Granite City; former spouse, David Kessler; brother and sister-in-law, David and Cathy Jones; sisters, Jeanne Jones Everett and Jerry, Karen Jones Behm and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Lori’s life, a private family memorial is being planned for a later date.


August Bruce Hopke, 83 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on October 1, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Bruce was born May 3, 1939 in Illmo, Missouri, to August Miller and Launa Tinsley (Simms) Hopke. Bruce married Phyllis Easley on June 6, 1964 at Trinity Methodist Church in Granite City, Illinois, and celebrated 58 years of marriage.

He was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City. During his career, he worked as an Engineer for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for 37 years before retiring in 2002. He enjoyed working on and repairing cars, golfing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Billy Dale Hopke.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. An additional visitation will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m at Unity Baptist Church. Funeral service will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church 2500 St. Clair Avenue, Granite City, Illinois. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Baptist Church.

September 2022 Obituaries