March 2021 Obituaries

Carole F. “Mi Mi” McDonald, 79 of Granite City passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Carole was born on August 12, 1941 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Lawrence and Alberta (Key) Miller.

Carole was a homemaker and mom who enjoyed her days of gardening and taking care of her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Carole is survived by and will be missed by her husband; Carl McDonald; her daughter, Laura Meehan of Collinsville, IL; son, Kelly McDonald and Jim Davis of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter, Erika Meehan of Maryland Heights, MO; brothers, Ronald Miller of Peoria, AZ, David and Linda Miller of St. Louis, MO and her loved doggies, Sparky and Abby.

In addition to her parents, Carole was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Prudence Miller.

A private visitation will be held on Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ron McGrew officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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MaryAnn Cosgrove, 83, of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 3:18 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab in Caseyville, Illinois.

She was born June 4, 1937 in Granite City and raised in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late Stephen and Helen (Skundrich) Knezevich.

MaryAnn served people over 60 years as an owner and operator of several beauty salons. She loved taking care of others in her profession and enjoyed 30 years as the owner of Andres Hair Design in Edwardsville.

She was very health conscious and was devoted to taking care of herself and enjoyed her days going to the gym and yoga. She participated in the St. Louis Senior Olympics where she was awarded the first-place medal in weightlifting. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Colette (Samuel Makler) Andre of Brunswick, Georgia; three grandchildren, Nicole (James) Hatcher of Caseyville, Stephen Young of Edwardsville and Bianca Andre of Edwardsville; a great granddaughter, Jocelyn Williams; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Christina Andre. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Jennifer K. Griffith, age 53, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Jennifer was born on July 28, 1967 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of Marilyn F. (Wondra) Griffith and the late Frank G. Griffith Jr.

Jennifer was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and a friend to many. She had worked at the Granite City Library for ten years and then went to work for A.G. Edwards in St. Louis, MO, for many years. Jennifer loved all animals and she enjoyed taking care of her beloved dogs. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her father, Jennifer was preceded in death by a nephew, Matthew DeWeese. She is survived by her loving mother, Marilyn Griffith of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Brian Griffith of Granite City, IL, Mary Griffith of Shipman, IL and Nancy (Tom) Kurilla of Troy, IL; proud aunt to Thomas Kurilla, Justin Kurilla, Andrew Kurilla, Billy Seneczyn, David DeWeese and Kailee Griffith; beloved Yorki, Katie; extended family and many friends.

In celebration of her life, a private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021.Memorial donations may be given to Humane Society of the United States, P.O. Box 96930 Washington, DC 20077-7229.Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com

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Margaret H. Pithers , 93, of Granite City, Illinois, born September 3, 1927 in Waldenburg/Schlesien Germany, passed away at 12:07 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021.

She married John R. Pithers on November 8, 1947 in Luneburg, Germany. They celebrated 69 years of marriage before God called him home in 2017.

Margaret and John emigrated from England in 1949 and became United States Citizens in 1957. In the fall of 1949, she also joined the church and dedicated her life to serving others. She taught Sunday School, assisted her husband in nursing home ministry, and was an active member of the Senior Choir and Kitchen Band at GCFirst Assembly of God. She was a gifted speaker with the ability to draw you in as she shared her life story. She volunteered in the gift shop at Gateway Medical Center and worked as an election judge. But her greatest gift was taking care of others, especially her family.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Glen Newman of Joplin, Mo; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Deborah Pithers; Jr. of Granite City and Brian and Cindy Pithers of Nixa, MO.; Seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Elizabeth Milde, brother, Johanes Milde, daughter, Monica Dresch, grandson, Andrew Dresch and a granddaughter, Mallory Pithers.

Her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to her caregivers at Granite City Cedarhurst, for their compassionate care given in Margaret’s recent months, as well as to the staff and nurses at Heartland Hospice. We especially want to thank GCFirst Assembly for their love, companionship, and prayers.

A private family service will be arranged by Irwin Chapel in Granite City with Rev. C. Dale Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Because Margaret loved sharing the gospel, her wishes were for memorials to be given to the Missions Fund at GCFirst Assembly Of God.

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Ronald L. Beeler, 83 of Granite City passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Ron was born on August 2, 1937 in Granite City; the son of the late Emmett and Eithel (Nelson) Beeler.

Ron was a mechanic and salesman for Ralph’s Texaco and Bennett Auto Supply and was a member of the Order of DeMolay, Granite City Chapter. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and in his free time, Ron enjoyed his days of spending time with his family. Ron will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Ron is survived by and will be missed by his daughter; Diane and Ray Jones of Granite City; son, Gregory and Teresa Beeler of Troy, IL; grandchildren, Samantha Jones, Raymond Jones III, Austin and Allison Jones, Abigail and Eric Carter, Nicholas Beeler; great-grandchildren, Jonavan Woods, Jailynn Woods and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his wife; Burma Judith (Bywater) Beeler, whom he married on August 6, 1960; sister, Marie G.L. Lowder.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Ron’s life, services will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Merry Dell Trtanj, 78, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at her home.

She was born December 20, 1942 in Alton, Illinois, a daughter of the late William and Betty (Lee) Skelton.

Merry attended the local public schools in Alton and graduated from the Alton High School in 1961. Following her graduation, she was employed in retail management, as a buyer and model for women’s fashion clothing for retail sales with The Vogue Womens’ Fashions in Alton.

On October 12, 1967, she married the love of her life, Dr. Albert Trtanj, prominent Granite City Dentist, who survives. They have one son, Derek Trtanj, who resides in Key Largo, Florida; a stepdaughter, Julie Trtanj, who resides in Alexandria, Virginia and one granddaughter, Jourdain Trtanj. She is also survived by four sisters, all of whom reside in the Alton area. Sally (Victor) Spagnola, Peggy (Steve) Price, Cindy (Ron) Voorhees and Jane Cogan and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Trtanj of Glen Carbon. A whole host of nieces; nephews; extended family and many friends also mourn her loss.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, U.S. Marine Veteran, David Skelton and a brother-in-law, Frank Cogan.

For many years, Merry was an extremely avid and aggressive tennis player. She proudly displayed well over a hundred trophies, plaques, recognitions, and awards, in her home, representing numerous successes both locally and regionally. She was frequently privileged to have tutelage with nationally known tennis instructors. She volunteered countless hours to the Granite City Park District Childrens’ Summer Tennis Camps. She was very civic minded and was of great assistance to many in various community projects. In 1970 she assisted greatly in arranging all the inaugural events for the dedication of the new Binney wing for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City. She was invaluable in assisting her husband in his endeavors as President of the local Chamber of Commerce. Through her membership in both the American Dental Association and the Illinois Dental Society Womens’ Auxiliaries she assisted him with his efforts to help establish the School of Dental Medicine at SIUE while he was President of the Madison District Dental Society and continued as he chaired the Legislative effort for its funding. Her generous assistance and contributions to the success of the initial establishment of the “Mississippi River Festival” are well known in this community. She worked closely with her husband who was one of the three original founders and signatories of the not-for-profit entity which enabled SIUE to initiate the Festival.

Perhaps her most satisfying endeavors were from her efforts to help raise funds, quietly and without any fanfare, for the local food banks assisting those in need.Merry leaves a deep void for her family as well as for her community which will be difficult to replace.

Her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to her compassionate caregivers, Viva Liebold and Faiza Ouchani, for their outstanding care and love in Merry’s recent months, as well as to the staff and nurses at Heartland Hospice and Midwest Medical Supply for their prompt attention to provide specialized medical equipment for Merry.

Private family services were arranged by Irwin Chapel in Granite City. A celebration of her life and memorial in Merry’s honor will be held at a later date.Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Donna Sue Hocking, 74, of Venice, IL died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her home.

She was born on July 30, 1946 in St. Genevieve, MO to Elmer Pearl Nash and Gladys Earnesteen (Cook) Brown.

Donna attended the New Creations Fellowship Church in Mitchell, IL.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan and was also a fan of the St. Louis Blues.

The loving grandmother and sister is survived by a grandson, Christopher Michael Hocking, Jr and his mother Amanda both of Shipman, IL; a sister, Arlene Kay (Greg) Katana of Venice, IL and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides her parents, Donna is preceded in death by 2 daughters:  Melissa Dawn Hocking and Christina Michelle Hocking; a son, Christopher Michael Hocking, Sr; 2 brothers:  Marvin Earl Nash and Charles Edward Nash and a sister, Norma June Cullum.

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

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Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Dieckhaus Maas, 94, of Granite City, formerly of St. Louis, passed away at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  

She was born October 11, 1926 to Lawrence & Margaret Johnson Dieckhaus.

Elizabeth worked for Rexall Drug Co. until she was in her late 50’s.

Beloved Mother to Kathy (Bill) Bond of Evergreen, CO and Lisa (Jeff) Perkins of Granite City, IL. Dear Grandmother to Rachael (Scott) Wichern of St. Louis and Dylan (Emily) Perkins of Granite City.  Great Grandmother to Jack and newborn, Cyrus Perkins of Granite City.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin J. Maas, her parents and her siblings, sister Delores and brothers Lawrence (Bud), Robert (Bob) and Raymond (Skip).  

A Mother’s love can never be replaced.

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Jack D. Kellems, 77, of Madison, IL died on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at his home.

He was born on June 12, 1943 in Tell City, IN to John Orville and Clara Ellen (McFall) Kellems.

Jack married Ericka Bazzell in Madison, IL on October 4, 1965.

The U S Army veteran worked for the Loomis Fargo Armored Car Company for 8 years prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed reading, poetry, music and he had a large collection of vinyl records. Jack never met a stranger and always had a joke or story to tell.

The loving husband and father is survived by 2 sons:  Eric Kellems of Madison, IL and Jack D. Kellems II of Granite City, IL; 6 grandchildren:  Eric Kellems II, Jessica Weiser, Tiffany Kellems, Laura Kellems, Torrie Kellems, Gabby Kellems and Blake Kellems and 6 great grandchildren:  Eric Kellems III, Aubrielle Weiser, Ryla Kellems, Laniya Owens, Kaylani Owens and Marvin Owens III.

Cremation services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.A private burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

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Robert G. Lowe, 81 of Granite City passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Memorial Hospital Belleville.

Robert was born on October 11, 1939 in Granite City; the son of the late Glenwood and Margaret (Webb) Lowe.

Robert was a retired pipe fitter for National Steel and a member of Word of Life Tabernacle in Granite City. In Robert’s early years he had worked for Schermer’s Market in Madison and went on later to become a bus driver for Madison County Transit and even was a WalMart greeter. His friends knew him as a very patriotic and having a special love for his dog Bella. In his free time Robert enjoyed his days of eating breakfast at the Red Apple Restaurant with his retired National Steel friends and never met a stranger and always was ready to tell a good joke.

Robert is survived by his numerous nieces, nephews; his church family at Word of Life Tabernacle and many other close friends.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Lowe and his sister, Wilma Sullivan.

Memorial donations are suggested to Word of Life Tabernacle or Shriners Hospital, St. Louis.

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Charles Ray Reynolds Jr., 64, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 10:56 p.m. Mon. Mar. 22, 2021 at his home.

He was born Feb. 9, 1957 in Highland, IL to the late Edith (Bickell) Snyder and Charles Ray Reynolds Sr.

Chuck served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1986.  He worked for and retired from Riechmann Transport.  He loved motorcycles and monster trucks.

He is survived by his wife: Sharon (Strickland) Reynolds of Pontoon Beach; 2 step-sons: Brian Cooper of Carpenter, IL and Brad (Jeni) Cooper of Peyton, CO; 3 step-grandchildren: Kyle, Dakota and Meadow Cooper; 2 brothers: Jeff Reynolds and Nick (Judy) Snyder of Granite City; 3 sisters: Helen Gryder of St. Louis, MO, Nova Morgan and Haley (Jeff) White of Granite City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory.  Masks are required.

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Louis A. Kraus, 78, of Madison, IL died on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born on January 6, 1943 in Venice, IL to Louis Luke Kraus and Sophia (Mikolaszuk) Kraus.

Louis worked at American Steel for several years prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed the outdoors and especially like to fish.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Kraus of AZ; 2 grandchildren and 2 sisters:  Donna (Billy) Norton of Granite City, IL and Judy Griffin of Granite City, IL.

Louis is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Christopher Kraus.

Cremation services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com.

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Rosemary A. Kozer, 89, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Granite Nursing and Rehab in Granite City.

She was born October 7, 1931 in Edwardsville, the daughter of the late John and Bertha (Werhle) Pritchard. She married John J. Kozer Jr. on April 23, 1949 at the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and he survives.

She was a dedicated and loving homemaker. She was a beautician and had owned and operated Rosemary’s Beauty Nook in Granite City for several years, worked as a aerobic instructor with Elaine Powers and also worked at K-Mart as a clerk and supervisor. She was a faithful member of the GC First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed her years as a snowbird in Texas. She was a talented artist, enjoyed painting, her days of fishing, playing bingo, playing cards and her days of traveling.

In addition to her beloved husband of 72 years, she is survived by a son, John J. (Lynnette) Kozer III of Granite City; two daughters, Gayle Brouk of Arnold, Missouri and Kathy (Damian) Cowan of Granite City; six grandchildren, Cody Beatty, Cierra Beatty, Breann (Stan) Bailey, Kyle (Kim) Kozer, Jennifer Duillo and Tricia (Joe) Brouk; several great grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Allen Brouk; a grandson-in-law, Tony Duillo and five brothers, Jack, Bob, Bill, Gail and Gene Pritchard.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Byron Wampler officiating.Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Leonard Dale Goes, age 73, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, IL.

Leonard was born on November 11, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, MO, a son of the late Leonard O. Goes and Cloenah (Roam) Goes.

On August 14, 1964, Leonard married Mary Jackson, the love of his life in St. Louis, MO.

He retired as a steel worker from Granite City Steel after thirty-two years of dedicated service. Leonard was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was also a jack of all trades who could fix or build anything he put his mind to. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Leonard loved helping others in need, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Leonard is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-five years, Mary Goes of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Kim Pryor of Granite City, IL and Tammy Johnson of Highland, IL; dear brother, Adam (Ferrell) Goes of Sullivan, MO; proud grandfather to Katelyn, Allie, Nick, Noah and Nyles; proud great-grandfather to Addie; extended family and many wonderful friends.

Private visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of his life, a private family gathering will be held on Monday, March 22, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

Leonard will be laid to rest at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL. Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.

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Phyllis A. Wood; nee, Boshkoff, 69 of Granite City passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Phyllis was born on October 3, 1951 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Sam and Helen (Diak) Boshkoff.

Phyllis was a secretary for Fritz Distributing and in her free time, Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Phyllis is survived by and will be missed by her son; Michael Wood of Granite City; niece, Amanda Boshkoff of Granite City; aunt, Josie Diak of Edwardsville and numerous cousins as well as many close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Boshkoff.

In celebration of Phyllis’s life, a gathering is being planned for Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Angela’s Place, 3361 Fehling Road in Granite City where mask are required. Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

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Kathy R. Cameron, 70 of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Kathy was born on July 23, 1950 in St. Charles, IL; the daughter of the late Henry and Alberta (Davinroy) Kutz.

Kathy retired as an Administrative Assistant for Southwestern Illinois College and in her free time she enjoyed her days off spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Kathy is survived by and will be missed by her daughters; Tracy and Brian Birkinbine of Port Orange, FL, Kelly and David Schrader of Pontoon Beach, IL, Lesley and Chad Stuart of O’Fallon, MO; special friend, Tony Ciaramitaro of Pontoon Beach, IL; grandchildren, Jonathan Birkinbine, Amber Nelson, Joshua Birkinbine, Corinne Birkinbine, Cameron Birkinbine, Sean Cameron, Paul Schneeberger, Hannah Schneeberger, Matthew Stuart, Kylie Stuart, Alex Stuart; brother, Butch Mikeworth; sisters, Marsha and Dino Patterson, Nikki and Tony Taylor and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her husband; Hugh L. Cameron, whom she married on January 10, 1969; brothers, Richard Kutz and Roger Thompson.

In celebration of Kathy’s life, a visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Marty DeRoche officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.

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Ronald L. Cornelison, age 83, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home.

Ron was born on December 22, 1937 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Glenwood S. Cornelison and Catherine E. (Trittschuh) Cornelison.

Ron was a loving brother, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle and a friend to many. He retired from Granite City Steel as a mechanic after forty years of dedicated service and his nickname at the mechanic shop was PeeWee. Ron was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan and scuba diver. He enjoyed traveling the world scuba diving in some of the most beautiful places on earth. His great joy was spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren, nieces and great-nephews, whom he adored. Ron will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Linda L. Cornelison on May 5, 1990; and by his daughters, Colleen Cornelison and Cathy Cornelison.

He is survived by his dear brother and sister-in-law, Glenwood R. and Connie Cornelison of Granite City, IL; proud grandfather to, Crystal, Jeanna, Jeremiah and Kayla; loving nieces, Kalani Miller and Clara Moran; loving great-nephews, Clayton Miller, Owen Moran, Evan Moran and Ian Moran; extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to the Salvation Army in Granite City, IL.

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Jason Yarber born December 3, 1975 , passed away March 10, 2021

Granite City, Illinois – Survived by his parents, Charles and Rhonda Yarber, one brother Charles Yarber, Jr, Daughter Haley Yarber and son Caden Yarber. Sadly missed by all. No services.

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Mary Mucho, age 87, of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, IL.

Mary was born on March 23, 1933 in Maryville, IL, a daughter of the late George H. Wyatt and Esther (Mezzano) Wyatt.

On January 4, 1974, Mary and John were married in Belleville, IL.

Mary was a faithful member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, IL. She retired as a banking officer from Central Bank in Granite City, IL, in September of 1988. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Wyatt and Margaret Ringel. She is survived by her devoted husband, John Mucho; loving children, Vicki (Daniel) Richardson, John “Joe” (Pam) Mucho and Sharon (Steve) Brogdon; five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Private visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2020 at Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of her life, a private funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, IL, with Father Patrick Gibbons officiating. Mary will be laid to rest at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to St. John Neumann School or Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwin chapel.com.

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June G. Hecht, 92 of Granite City passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

June was born on April 18, 1928 in Madison, IL; the daughter of the late Bentley and Donna (Harris) Bone.

June was a cafeteria worker for the Granite City School District #9 and a member of Tri City Assembly of God in Granite City. June enjoyed her days of quilting and sewing or making a good meal for her family. She loved the outdoors taking care of her garden but most of all June loved spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

June is survived by and will be missed by her son; Stanley M. Hecht of Granite City; grandchildren, Dave and Sarah Hecht of Collinsville, IL, Kristen and Erik Cole of Collinsville, IL; great-grandchildren, Scarlett Hecht, Cameron Hecht, Delaney Cole and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband; Stanley G. Hecht Sr.; brothers, Oriel, Harold, Harley, Kenneth; sisters, Helen and Remona.

In celebration of June’s life, a visitation will be held on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Barry Shepherd officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Brenda Sue Hager, 77, of Granite City passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family.  

She was born August 15, 1943 in Cape Girardeau, MO to James and Mary (Humphrey) Steel.  

She married Mack Hager on April 16, 1992 in Granite City; he preceded her in death November 6, 2014.

Brenda was member of the Red Hat Society, Senior Circle through Gateway Regional Hospital and was an avid WWE Fan.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Todd) Herren of Glen Carbon and Judith (James) Vancardo of Columbia, IL; son, William (Theresa) Horn; grandchildren Joshua (Rebecca) Vanvleet, Jacklynn (Will) Southerland and Cherish Horn and her fiancé, Jeremiah Vazquez; great grandchildren, Payton, Luke and Levi Vanvleet; brothers, James (Suzette) Steel of Granite City and Joe Steel of Springfield, MO and a sister, Jennifer (Gary) Marsala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a sister, Faith Ann Steel.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory in Granite City.  Covid restriction will be enforced and masks will be required.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com

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Richard Lee Horne, 74, of Granite City formerly of Jersey Shore, PA, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021.

He was born Sept 11, 1946 in Lock Haven, PA to Francis and Kathryn Horne.  

Richard served his Country for 26 years in the United States Air Force.  He married Sheila Stordy December 6, 1977; she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Willard) Brumgard of Granite City; two grandsons, Tanner (Amanda) Brumgard of Granite City and Shaun (Phoebe) Brumgard of Granite City; brother, John “Buck” (Kathy) Horne of Avis, PA and three sisters, Sandy Nichols of Jersey Shore, Pa, MaryAnne Welshans of Jersey Shore, PA and Kathy (Cliff) Bower of Williamsport, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.

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Kenneth Eugene Richter Sr., 76, of Granite City passed away Sunday March 14, 2021.  

He was born December 12, 1944 in Granite City to Vincent Henry and Edna Clare (Ridenhour) Richter.  

Kenny served his country in the Army during Vietnam.  He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 520 for over 50 years.  He enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing and hunting but most importantly he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, Chris (Elizabeth Redman) Richter of Granite City and Ken (Kim) Richter Jr., of Piedmont, OK; five grandchildren, Caleb (Kari) Richter, Abby Richter, Ashley Richter (Zane Francis), Tiffany Richter and Christopher Richter Jr. and one great grandchild, Elizah Francis.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com

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Barbara Elmore, 83, of Granite City passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Granite City Nursing and Rehab.  

She was born May 26, 1937 in Granite City.  

She married Richard Elmore December 14, 1957; he preceded her in death in 1999.  

She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Granite City.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and in her younger years was active in the PTA.She is survived by four children, Paula Miles, Rick Elmore, Kathy Whitford and Kristi (Tim) Crider all of Granite City; four grandchildren, Christopher Crider, Kayla Whitford, Haley and Drake Crider, three great grandchildren, Erika, Timothy and Christopher and a sister, Linda (Jim) Curtis of FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband; birth father, Jack Rowlett; step father, Robert Taylor; mother, Virginia (Wisehart) Taylor and two brothers, Ralph and Pete Rowlett.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com

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Marian Wright, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away with her family at her side at 3:23 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born November 12, 1937 in Bradford Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the late Mike Manoogian and Araxie “Roxie” Manoogian Pashalian.

She married Larry D. Wright on February 13, 1966 at St. Gregory Armenian Church in Granite City and he survives.

She was a faithful and loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her family and enjoyed the many special times shared throughout her life. She had worked as a commercial artist with Sporting News for several years and as a school bus aide. Marian was a dedicated member of St. Gregory Armenian Church in Granite City.

In addition to her beloved husband of 55 years, she is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Christine and Lance Ludwick of Des Plaines, Illinois and Ann Wright of Granite City; a son, Larry D. Wright of Granite City; five grandchildren, Lauren, Dylan, Alexis, Colten and Sydney; a great grandson, Brooks; a sister, Dorothy Avedisian of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, George Pashalian and her brother, Sam Manoogian.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at St. Gregory Armenian Church, 1014 West Pontoon Road in Granite City on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. with Father Taniel Manjikian officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Gregory Armenian Church.

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Lori June Flores, 50, of Granite City, IL passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Granite City, IL on June 21, 1970 to William T. Richmond and Violet June Elkins.

Lori owned her own telemarketing company from the early 1990’s until 2012.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

The loving mother and grandmother is survived by a daughter, Yolanda Moreno of Granite City, IL; 2 sons:  Ricardo Moreno of Granite City, IL and Fernando Gomez of Alton, IL; 7 grandchildren and 2 brothers:  Billy Richmond of MS and Thomas Richmond of Granite City, IL.

Lori is preceded in death by her parents.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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Elizabeth Marie Burnett, 82, of Granite City passed away Friday, March 12, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.  

She was born December 17, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Joseph Thomas Sr. and Lillian (Dewale) Thomas.  

She married John Burnett 1968; he preceded her in death in 1996.  

She was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge 272.  She enjoyed puzzles and board games in her free time.

She is survived by her son, John L. (Christina) Burnett Sr of Granite City; four grandchildren, Amber (Danny) Dunaway, John Burnett Jr, Ashley (Bryan) Buchholz and Jason Burnett, and a brother, Robert (Bernice) Thomas of O’Fallon, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patricia Christian and a brother, Joe Thomas.

Cremation services were entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.

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Betty Jo Taylor, 74, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born on July 21, 1946 in St. Louis, MO to Fred J. and Ellen Elizabeth (Sallee) Paubel.

Betty worked for the Granite City School District as a bus driver prior to her retirement.  She was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Granite City, IL.  Betty enjoyed bowling and spent most of her time raising her son James.

Survivors include a son, James Taylor of O’Fallon, IL; 2 grandchildren; a brother, George (Gloria) Paubel of O’Fallon, MO and 2 sisters:  Dorothy Hinson of O’Fallon, MO and Ruth (Cecil) Simpson of Granite City, IL.

Besides her parents, Betty is preceded in death by a son, Kevin Taylor; a brother, Fred Paubel and 2 sisters:  Juanita Freund and Esther Rill.

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

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Sharon A. Robbins, 70, of Granite City, Il, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Granite City Nursing and Rehab in Granite City, IL.

She was born October 10, 1950 in Granite City to the late Theodore and Shirley (Martin) Widel.

Sharon is survived by her brother: Jimmy (Brenda) Widel of Granite City; three sisters: Linda Foster of Granite City, Jeanie Webb of Granite City, and Kathy Carper of Edwardsville, IL; and her fiancé, Randy Hotz of Madsion, IL   

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Theodore John Widel, Jr.  

Sharon was a member of the Word of Life Tabernacle Church.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.

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Mary Ellen Campbell, 82, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:48 a.m. Tues. Mar. 9, 2021 at Care Center at Center Grove in Edwardsville, IL.

She was born Apr. 13, 1938 in McGee, MO to the late Clarence & Lilly (Vanmeter ) Wills.

Mary retired from Bernadette Business Forms after 30 years of service.  She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Survivors include her spouse: Willard Campbell; a son and daughter-in-law: Chris (Karin) Hill of Granite City; a son-in-law: Linus (Dana Keel Schmid) Schmid of Kinkaid, IL; 2 grandchildren: Kelli (James) Wilkinson and Jaimie (Justin) Madison; 2 great-grandchildren: Katlin and Hailey; a brother: Bill; and 2 sisters: Norma and Louise.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband: Clinton James Hill; a daughter: Terri Lynn Schmid; a brother: Alferd; 3 sisters: Lorraine, Wanda and Eulah; and an infant sibling.

Services will be private with burial at St. John’s Cemetery on Maryville Road.

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Phyllis D. Campbell, 54, of Granite City, IL died on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, MO.

She was born on May 21, 1966 in East St. Louis, IL to Henry Meyers and Joann (Nichols) Meyers.

Phyllis enjoyed thrifting and spending time with her grandchildren, whom she loved very much.

Survivors include 2 sons:  Dustin (Julia) Campbell of Granite City, IL and Derek Campbell of Granite City, IL; 2 grandchildren:  Cooper Campbell and Colton Campbell; 3 brothers:  Dennis Meyers and his significant other, Terry Wheeler-Meyers of Granite City, IL, Mark Meyers of Granite City, IL and Mike (Nancy) Meyers of Granite City, IL and 2 sisters:  Rhonda (Jack)Baker of Granite City, IL and Karen (Henry) Scott of Huntsville, AL.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, Dale L. Campbell, Jr, her parents, a grandchild, Parker Campbell and 2 brothers:  Terry Meyers and Phillip Meyers.

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

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Dale L. Campbell Jr, 62, of Granite City, IL passed away Monday March 8, 2021 at his home.  

He was born August 8, 1958 in St. Louis, MO to Dale Campbell Sr. and Ruthann (Milan) Campbell.  

In his free time he enjoyed camping, fishing, wood working, Cardinals Baseball, motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Campbell of Granite City; daughter, Heather Campbell of Gillespie; three sons, Dustin (Julia) Campbell of Granite City, Derek Campbell of Granite City, Chad (Shelly) Whaley of Gillespie; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and three sisters, Terri (Exzavia) Woodley of Crossville, TN, Sherrie (Bill) Campbell of Granite City and Fern Campbell of Farrelview, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Parker Campbell and sister, Brenda Sobberi.

Cremation services entrusted to Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.

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Roger Dale Clements III, 26, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 11:33 p.m. Mon. Mar. 8, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center ER in Granite City.

He was born Dec. 18, 1994 in St. Louis, MO to Dawn (Wells) Bone of Granite City and the late Roger Dale Clements Jr. He was a member of Legacy Revival Center.  He was a song writer and played bass guitar and was an avid bicyclist.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his step-father: Trevor Bone; a brother: Martin Edward Clements; a sister: Racheal Jean Clements; and grandparents: Roger Dale Clements Sr., Pearl McElroy and Dennis Wells all of Granite City.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a grandmother, Carolyn Wells.

Services are private.  Burial will be at Clements Cemetery in Cumberland City, TN.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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Wilburn Dean Gulledge, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born October 2, 1936 in Maulden, Missouri, a son of the late Herbert “Jake” and Lowetta “Tut” (Stevenson) Gulledge.

He married Virginia M. (Phipps) Gulledge on April 4, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri and she survives.

He retired in 1986 from the Chevrolet Plant in St. Louis after 27 years of dedicated service with General Motors. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country as a paratrooper. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Madison where he had served as a deacon, usher and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local and was a cherished husband, father and grandfather. He lived his life serving the Lord and worked hard at everything he did. He enjoyed his days of fishing, camping, gardening, playing softball and coaching.

In addition to his beloved wife of 62 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Robert Grace of Granite City; a son, Russ “Rusty” Gulledge of Edwardsville; four grandchildren and spouses, Amanda and Walt Greathouse, Eric and Nicole Cromer, Abbey Gulledge and Emilee Gulledge; three great grandchildren, Walter Greathouse, Jackson Greathouse and Ivan Cromer; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherma and Billy Moore of Kewanee, Missouri; sister-in-law, Imogene Suedmeyer of East Prairie, Missouri; sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Clarence Phipps of New York and Winford and Diane Phipps of Tullahoma, Tennessee; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Nathan and Imogene Gulledge and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bill Grigsby.

In celebration of his life, a graveside service will be held at the Dogwood Cemetery in Dogwood, Missouri at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 with military honors. Reverend George White will officiate.

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

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Richard L. “Dick” Brown, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born September 22, 1928 in Granite City, a son of the late Wensel L. and Juanita (Gordon) Brown.

He married the love of his life, Jacquelyn E. “Jackie” (Ward) Brown on June 6, 1953 in Corning, Arkansas and she passed away on January 7, 2021.

Dick was a dedicated teacher in the Cahokia and Madison School Districts with over 37 years of service. He retired in 1988 after his years in education, serving as a teacher, principal and guidance counselor. The United States World War II veteran proudly served his country with the Navy, serving in Antarctica with Admiral Byrd. He was a member of the Granite City Eagles aerie 1126 and a lifetime member of Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City. Dick also served the community as an assistant with Irwin Chapel for ten years. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed his days of fishing, watching the horse races with his brothers-in-law and was an avid reader. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Richard G. Brown of Granite City; a daughter, Jayne Pappas of Granite City; five grandchildren and spouses, Jennifer Brown, Jessica and Matt Mercer, Sarah Davis, Benjamin and Sherrie Davis and Melissa Pappas; nine great grandchildren, Anastasia Dooley, Alex Dooley, Gerald Salas, Jillian Ellis, Orion Gregory, Jayden Ellis, Logan Bryant, Zoey Bryant and Brantley Mercer; a sister, Judy Werths of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 67 years and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randall T. Brown and a sister, Joyce Albers.

In celebration of Dick’s life, a private visitation and funeral will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Reverend Susan Harrison officiating.

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

In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Thomas “Tom” Eugene Sullivan, age 58, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at his home.

Tom was born on January 27, 1963 in Salem, MO, a son of the late Glen E. Sullivan and Anna Louise (Medley) Sullivan.

Tom had worked as a supervisor at Anheuser-Busch for many years. In his younger years he enjoyed racing cars, now he enjoys watching NASCAR races and going fishing with his friends. Tom is also an Alabama Crimson Tide Football fan. His greatest joy is spending time with Lisa. Tom will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his significant other, Lisa Buhr of Granite City, IL; aunt, Nadine Camden of Florissant, MO; cousins, Linda Camden of Florissant, MO and Greg (Cristy) Camden of Chesterfield, MO; extended family and friends.

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

Memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

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Cecil A. Morton, 73, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at home with his loving wife, family, and friends by his side.

Cecil was a proud member of the United States Armed Services who served his Country during the Vietnam conflict. Cecil had been co-owner of Cee-Jay Auto Body, Granite City, Illinois for thirty years where his passion for restoring cars, especially the GTOs, could be seen. As a longtime member of the St. Louis Gateway GTO Association his car buddies were his brothers. Cecil was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City, IL. Cecil loved life, loved to laugh, and would find the good in difficult situations. Most of all he loved his wife, family, and friends, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cecil is survived by his loving wife Annette Morton, children / stepchildren, Krista (Eddie) Connolly of Granite City, Illinois, Michael Morton of Thomasville, Alabama, Shelly (Tim) Schroder of Troy, Illinois, and Paul (Faith) Pulaski of Granite City, Illinois.

Cecil adored his four precious grandchildren who brought complete joy to his life, Tabitha, Emilee, Logan, and Parker.

Surviving siblings, Carolyn (Wynn) Hescock, Jack (Sharon) Morton, Bernie (Marianne) Morton, John (Shirley) Morton, Brenda Morton, David (Cindy) Morton and Debi (Vern) Freymuth.

A special thank you to Annette’s sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Lance Kennerly for the love and support shown in this difficult time.

Memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021 at First United Presbyterian Church, Granite City, IL. Please join us in honoring Cecil by wearing car shirts.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at First United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser and Chaplain Debi Roam officiating.

Cecil’s final car cruise will be to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with military honors conducted by the United States Army.

Flowers will not be permitted in the Church due to COVID. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the family for Christmas presents and clothing to be bought for children in need during the upcoming holiday season. Cecil always believed in helping children in need. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.

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James “Purk” Purkaple, 70 of Granite City passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.

James was born on November 20, 1950 in Granite City, the son of the late Don and Helen (Eaves) Purkaple.

James was and Environmental Specialist at Lewis & Clark College and proudly served his country in the United States Army in Germany. He was a member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 and was well known for his love of thoroughbred horses and watching them race. He was a competitive pool player, playing in numerous local pool leagues and was always ready for a good meal that his wife Cindy prepared for him. His greatest love was his wife, Cindy and he will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

James is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Cindy, whom he married on April 7, 1993; brothers, Steve Purkaple of Salem, IL, Dave and Bev Purkaple of Mt. Vernon, IL; lifetime friend, John Paskus of Granite City, IL; numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of James’s life a family service is being planned for a later date. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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Cherie Maybeth Dotson, 47, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:42 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at her home.

She was born November 11, 1973 in Granite City, a daughter of William Moore of Granite City and the late Elizabeth (Miller) Moore.

She married Allen Charles Dotson on May 23, 2003 in Granite City after many years of wonderful memories together. She enjoyed being outdoors and riding four wheelers, always loved to go shopping and made blankets for family throughout the years. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times she shared with family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and father, she is survived by four children, Alexandria Moore, Nicole Frieden, Michael Frieden and Allen Dotson, all of Granite City; four grandchildren, Joseph Kulp, Emery Frieden, Sutton Frieden and Silas Frieden; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Moore. No services will be held. Memorials may be made to the family.

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Jeanette Marie Overturf, age 83, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at St. Luke’s Surrey Place in Chesterfield, MO.

Jeanette was born on July 30, 1937 in Granite city, IL, a daughter of the late Herman Fahnster and Agnes (Wolz) Fahnster.

On October 15, 1960, Jeanette Fahnster married William Howard Overturf Jr., the love of her life in Granite City, IL and William passed away on March 8, 2007. Jeanette retired as an administrator in the finance department from Webster University after many years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of BridgeWay Church Assembly of God in Bridgeton, MO. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Jeanette was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a friend to many. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Jeanette loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jeanette is survived by her loving children, William “Bill” (Laura) Overturf III of St. Louis, MO, Susan (Timothy) Downs of South St. Louis County, MO and Christopher Overturf of Dupo, IL; dear sister, Becky (Donald) Ehlers of Troy, IL; proud grandmother to Lauren (Bryan) Curran, Gregory (Jill) Overturf, Lindsey (Chris) Sichak, Nathan Downs and Gracie Downs; proud great-grandmother to Adeline Overturf and John Sichak; her two nieces Robyn (Brian) Owens and Tammy Creath; extended family and friends.

Private visitation will be held from 10:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a private funeral service will follow the visitation with Pastor Richard Stamey officiating.

To view the service online go to Jeanette’s obituary and click on the tribute wall tab to view. Interment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Luke’s Surrey Place, 14701 Olive St Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.

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Shirley Sue Pulley, 73, of Granite City, IL died on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

She was born on May 13, 1947 in St. Louis, MO to Cecil and Lenora nee: Holmes Morgan.

Shirley married Harold Pulley, Sr on January 28, 1967 in Cahokia, IL. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2015.

The loving mother and grandmother was in the first graduating class of Sanford Brown Business College.  She worked as an administrative assistant at St. Louis University then later in her life worked in the fabric department of Walmart.  Shirley enjoyed sewing and crocheting.  She crocheted hats for the premature babies in the hospital.  Shirley also enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Elaine Pulley-Adams of Ontario, CA; 2 sons:  Harold, Jr (Kimberly) Pulley of Granite City, IL and Mark Pulley (Elizabeth Giordano) of Lake St. Louis, MO; 6 grandchildren:  Barbara Pulley (Cyle), Dawn Pulley, Ann Delozier-Pulley, Michael Pulley (Stephanie Lohman) ,Tiffany Adams and Hannah Adams and 13 great grandchildren:  Drake Roth, Devon Pulley, Carissa Curry, Kyra Schehl, Kayden Schehl, Isaiah Pulley, Sophia Lohman-Pulley, Ali Lohman-Pulley, Laine Lohman-Pulley, Jerzi Lohman-Pulley, Johnathan Curry, Qwayvah Harris and Kantin Pulley.  Also surviving are 4 sisters:  Sharon (Mike) VanZant of Cumberland City, TN, Pauline Pierce of Fenton, MO, Ina (Tony) Wright of Granite City, IL and Betty Holloway of Madison, IL.

Besides her husband and parents, Shirley is preceded in death by 3 brothers:  Bob Morgan, Jim Morgan and John Morgan.

Professional services entrusted to the care of Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory in Granite City, IL. Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrm.com.Memorials may be made to the family.