September 2021 Obituaries

LeRoy Harshbarger, 90, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois and Belle, Missouri passed away at 10:54 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.


He was born June 4, 1931 in Granite City, a son of the late Roland and Nellie (Burns) Harshbarger. He married Margaret Jane (Roby) Harshbarger and she passed away after 31 years of marriage.


He later married Ginger K. (Walker) Skaggs Harshbarger on December 21, 2000 at High Gate Baptist Church in Missouri and she survives.
LeRoy retired from the Granite City Fire Department after 25 years of dedicated service as a fireman. He proudly served his country with the CeeBees with the United States Navy. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge # 373 in Belle, Missouri.


In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by stepchildren and their spouses, Michael and Debbie Phillips of Granite City, Tommy and Connie Phillips of Granite City and Kimberly and Ronald Watt of Collinsville; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jacquelinn Harshbarger; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Randy Phillips; a brother, Donald Harshbarger and a sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Glen Romine.


In celebration of his life, due to the covid pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon on Friday, September 24, 2021 with Reverend Paul Walker officiating.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the Granite City Fire Department or the Collinsville Fire Department.


Robert Paul Kudelka, 86, of Granite City, IL died on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at his home.

He was born on June 29, 1935 in Granite City, IL to John Kudelka, Sr and Francis (Lizbar) Feldman.

Robert married Doris Jean Tindall in St. Louis, MO on June 4, 1955.  She preceded him in death in 2017.

He retired from Granite City Steel after 40 years of service.  Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was younger.

The loving father and grandfather is survived by 2 daughters:  Debra (Gary) Rich of Granite City, IL and Barbara McKelley of Granite City, IL; 7 grandchildren:  Monica, Marvin Jr, Rachel, Amy, James, Amanda and Chris; 12 great grandchildren:  Brittany, Simon, Cheyenne, Andrew, Emily, Robert Wesley, Austun, Gabrielle, BreAnna, Zoe, Kevin Jr and Ian; 3 great -great grandchildren:  Zakary, Emily and Izabella and a son in law, Allen Newberry of Marine, IL.

Besides his wife and parents, Robert is preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Newberry; a son in law, Jess McKelley and a brother, John Kudelka, Jr.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights, IL.


Virgil W. Jennings, 97, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Alton Memorial Hospital.


Born Nov. 25, 1923 in Granite City, he was the son of the late Emmett and Viola (Null) Jennings. At an early age the family moved back to Dixon, MO, where his parents were originally from. Raised on a farm in Dixon, Virgil graduated from Waynesville, MO High School.
During World War II he returned to Granite City and worked at the U.S. Army Depot. He later went on to work at Albrecht-Hamlin Chevrolet in Wood River for 38 years, retiring in 1988. Virgil was an Ainad Shriner, a member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge.
On Nov. 6, 1982 he married Trudy Carey. They celebrated 38 years together. She survives, as well as a daughter, Brenda Rulo of Taylorville, IL; sons Donald of East Alton and Bret (Yvonne) of Florida; 6 granddaughters, two grandsons, four great grandsons and two great granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clarence Jennings and William “Bill” Jennings; a daughter-in-law, Judy Jennings; a son-in-law, Joe Rulo; and a great granddaughter, Emma Miramontes.
According to his wishes, his body will be cremated, and there will be no visitation. Burial will take place at a later date in Dixon, MO.
Cremation services entrusted to Paynic Home for Funerals, with an online guestbook available at www.paynicfh.com


Shirley Ann Singleton, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born September 27, 1941 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline (Lizbar) Ignatz.

She enjoyed her days of bowling and cherished her years of being grandma and great grandma.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Keath Julius of Granite City; three grandchildren, Patrick Singleton, Kristi and Jarred Doolittle and Bryan Julius; four great-grandchildren, Connor Julius, Lucas Doolittle, Aubrey Doolittle and Owen Doolittle; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and David Buehrer of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Jerry Singleton and a grandson, Gage Singleton.

In celebration of her life, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021 at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City with Pastor P.J. Martin officiating.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis.


Joseph M. Lehne, 71, of Granite City, Il passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in his home.

He was born July 5, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo to the late Jack and Ruth (McClaskey) Lehne.

Joseph married his loving wife Susan Leonard on September 26, 1981 at St. John’s in Granite City, she survives.

He was an Army veteran and worked as a Machinist for McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) for 33 years prior to his retirement in 2004.

“Lehne” was a member of the Mexican Honorary Commission, and owned Ernie and Annie’s Tavern with his wife. Joe was a golf enthusiast, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and he and Sue loved to spend yearly vacations in Maui, Hawaii.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter; Danielle (Patrick) Sparks; 2 sons; Joey (Maggie) Lehne and Sean (Hope) Lehne; 7 grandchildren: Reide, Roman, Layne, Coby, Mackenzie, Liam and Luna; and 2 sisters: Mary Franz and Beth Chiappa.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Roger J. Boyer, 56 passed Saturday September 18, 2021 at his home in his Granite City.

Born March 29, 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri son of Godfrey Boyer and Bernadette nee Young Boyer.

Survived by his children; Anthony York, Zachary (Taylor) Boyer, Joseph Boyer, Kayla (Steven) Garner, and Renee (Bailey) Marmuziewicz.  Grandchildren; Hayleigh, Carleigh and Emmett.  Mother Bernadette Young Boyer.  Brothers; Mark(Karen)Boyer, Jerome(Rena)Boyer, Randell(Beth)Boyer, Paul Boyer and Russell(Stephanie)Boyer  Sisters; Jennifer(Mark) Heady, Margaret(Rodney) French and Julia(Brian) Henry Brother-in-law Bruce Sims and sister-in-law Leesa Boyer

Preceded by his father Godfrey Boyer, infant daughter Victoria Lynn Boyer, Brother Patrick Leo Boyer, Sisters Jacqueline Marie Sims and Suzanne Elizabeth Boyer 

He was employed for many years at Cardinal Steel in St. Louis, Mo as a saw operator.

Visitation Thursday September 23, 2021 4-8 pm  Prayer Service 7 pm at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City Illinois

Funeral Mass Friday September 24, 2021 10:30 am Holy Family Catholic Church

Burial following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery Edwardsville, Illinois


Jim Jones “Jonesy” 82 of Glen Carbon, IL passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital surrounded by his family.

Jim was born on August 21, 1939 in Granite City; the son of the late Oscar and Gladys (Fry) Jones. Jim was an operator for Shell Oil for over 25 years and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Jim was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville and a former member of Hope Lutheran Church where he served as an Elder. Jim was a past member of the Granite City Elks Lodge #1063 and in his free time he enjoyed his days of camping, riding bicycles and barbecuing with his family. Jim was very patriotic and always was waving the American Flag as his family left his home. Most of all Jim loved his family and he will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Jim is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Donna (Achenbach) Jones, whom he married on September 1, 1963; son, Jim and Debbie Jones of Worden, IL; daughter, Lisa and Greg Davis of Glen Carbon, IL; grandchildren, Corbin Jones of Worden, IL, Conner Jones of Worden, IL, Mitchell Davis of Glen Carbon, IL, Abby Davis of Glen Carbon, IL and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Jones.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of Jim’s life, visitation will continue on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Shank officiating at Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Water Street in Edwardsville where full military rites will be given. Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1972 Innerbelt Business Dr., St. Louis, MO 63114. 


Kathleen E. Kator, 78 of Granite City, IL passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

Kathleen was born on October 25, 1942 in St. Louis, MO; the daughter of the late Archie and Anne (Kator) Hogan. Kathleen was a teacher at Maryville School in Granite City and in her free time she enjoyed her days of antiquing and spending time with her family and friends. Kathleen will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Kathleen is survived by and will be missed by her sons; Ryan Cochran of Granite City, Sean Cochran of Granite City; grandchildren, Crystin Smay of Edwardsville, Caydee Smay of Edwardsville, Courtney Cochran of Granite City, Camryn of Granite City; sister, Tafra Perryman and Tom Millecker of South County, MO; niece Katie; nephews, Drew and Alan.

In celebration of Kathleen’s life, a family gathering is being planned for a later date. 


Richard Fred Trebing, age 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL.

Richard was born on June 28, 1933 in Glen Carbon, IL, a son of the late Fred Trebing and Dorothy (Hickson) Jones.

On September 10, 1955, Richard married Virginia Lucille Tucker, the love of his life and Virginia passed away on October 1, 2015. Richard was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a dear friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was preceded in death by a brother, Clark E. Trebing; half-brother, Forest Dale O’Bear and his wife, Brenda; sisters, Shirley Durbrow and Imogene Woods and by a brother-in-law, Bill Barnett.

Richard is survived by his loving sons, Karl Trebing of Granite City, IL, Kevin Trebing of Murray, KY, Jeffrey (Teri) Trebing of Maryville, IL, Alan Trebing of Granite City, IL and Christopher (Kelly) Trebing of Huron, OH; proud grandfather to Lea, Hope, Ceejay and Matthew and six great-grandchildren; dear friends, Charles and Lenora Vaughn; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at Irwin Chapel, with his son, Pastor Kevin Trebing officiating. Richard will be laid to rest next to Virginia at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL.

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

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


Robert E. Roberson, 88, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Thurs. 16, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

He was born Sept. 20, 1932 in Granite City, IL to the late Walter L. & Lillie (Robertson) Roberson.

Robert was a U.S. Army Korean war veteran.  He worked as a millwright and retired from Granite City Steel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Howard and Lawrence Roberson.

Burial will be private at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.


Dorothy D. Gagich, 85, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 12:06 a.m. Fri. Sept. 17, 2021 at Cedarhurst of Granite City.

She was born Dec. 21, 1935 in Senath, MO to the late Burton Eugene & Lora Bella (Alphin) Dale.

Dorothy retired from International Shoe Co. and Warson Group where she served as executive secretary at both companies.

She is survived by a step-daughter: Pamela Rongey of Granite City; a step-son: Mike (Cindy) Gagich of Granite City; 3 grandchildren: Christopher Rongey of St. Louis, MO, Nathan Gagich of Minneapolis, MN and Ian Gagich of Collinsville, IL; 3 brothers: Ken Dale of Phoenix, AZ, Jimmy Dale of Phoenix, AZ and Anthony Dale of Nashville, TN; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Dusan D. Gagich; a son: Rodney Vinyard; a son-in-law: Samuel Rongey; 4 brothers: Gene, Bob, Charles and Larry Dale.

The family will hold a committal service Thurs. Sept. 23, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with Fr. Stephen Thompson officiating.

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


Sharon Annette Martin-Pope, 70, of Granite City, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her home in Granite City.

She was born April 1, 1951 in St. Louis, MO to the late Melton and Naomi (Parkey) Martin.

She married James Edward Pope in Edwardsville, IL; he precedes her in death.

Sharon had huge heart. She was a great daughter, sister, and aunt to her family. She enjoyed watching Christmas movies, spending time with her 1 year old great nephew Liam and her cats, Spencer and Sydney; who she named after her favorite actors.

She is survived by a brother: Donald Martin; a sister: Robyn Martin and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister; Debra Nicholas.

Online information and guestbook may be found at www.wojstrom.com


Stephanie Margaret Vasques, 52, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:03 a.m. Tues. Sept. 14, 2021 at her home.

She was born Oct. 3, 1968 in St. Louis, MO to Larry Wallace of Collinsville, IL and the late Pamela (Bresnahan) Wilfong.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband: Joseph Louis Vasques of Granite City; 3 children: Jeremy Wallace of Collinsville, IL, Nick Wallace of Maryville, IL and Jenna Marie Boscia of CO; 3 grandchildren; and a brother: Scott Wallace of Collinsville.

Services pending.


Geraldine Marie “Gerry” Werths of Granite City, Illinois passed away at home on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Gerry was born on July 24, 1934, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, the third child of the late Anthony and Marie (Kellerman) Perry.

She graduated from Granite City High School and married her high school sweetheart, Richard “Dick” Werths, on August 30, 1952. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2017.

Gerry worked as a secretary at Nesco, as a retail clerk at K-Mart, and as a teacher’s aide at Lake School in Granite City. She and Dick operated Dick’s Happy Daze Cabins in Lebanon, Missouri from 1988-1999, returning to Granite City in retirement. Her most important jobs were those of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Gerry is survived by daughters Carla (Larry) Griffin, Paula (George) Kaigh, and Laura (Dan) Buehrer and a son Richard (Kim) Werths. Also surviving are grandchildren Scott (Virginia) Griffin, Brian (Alicia) Griffin, Kyle (Jessica) Griffin, Anne (John Stier) Lucas, Theresa (Boyd) Bradshaw, George III (Lisa) Kaigh, Katie Kaigh, Steven Werths, Aaron Werths, Nicole (Luke) Gingery, Kelsey (Anthony) Young and Danielle Buehrer and eighteen great grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her “sweet grandmother dear” and loved to visit, enjoying card games and endless piles of pancakes, bowls of spaghetti and fresh baked cookies. Gerry is also survived by her sister, Kathy (John) Foster and brothers-in-law, Michael (Janet) Werths, Rick Frimel (late Gary Werths) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her sister Marilyn Kaase, brother Tony Perry, son-in-law, Keith Lucas and brother-in-law, Gary Werths preceded her in death.

Gerry was a life-long member of Sacred Heart/Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. The family of Gerry wishes to thank the staff and residents of Cedarhurst of Granite City for the loving care and friendships shown to our loved one.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue in Granite City on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Thompson as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic School and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Josephine Ann Miofsky passed away at Gateway Regional Medical Center at 3:05pm on September 12, 2021 at the age of 99 years and 120 days old. 

She was born Josephine Ponce on May 15, 1922 in Venice Illinois, the second daughter of Joseph Ponce, 27, and Nicoletta (Lena) Shambro, 19.

Josie was a graduate of Venice High School. Early in life she worked at the National Enamel Stamping Company NESCO in Granite City Illinois making Graniteware bakeware, and later with the Department of Defense as a contract specialist in the procurement department for U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command AVSCOM and U.S. Army Troop Support Command TROSCOM in St. Louis Missouri.

She was a loving homemaker, wonderful cook who mastered the art of pressure cooking, wife and mother. She grew up in a Gold Star family, having lost her oldest brother Oscar Ponce in WWII. 

She married Andrew C. Miofsky, who predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her father, mother, sister Ann (Joe) Graklanoff, sister Mattia (John) Mannina, sister Margaret (Frank) Greenwald, sister Dolores (Don) Parente. 

Josie and Andy had one son, Andrew Miofsky (& Susan), who survives her, along with grandchildren Christopher Miofsky of Denver CO, Emily Miofsky (& Mark Martinez) of Collinsville IL, Nicholas Miofsky of Glen Carbon IL, and great grandson Carson Joseph Miofsky. She is also survived by her brother Robert (Ina) Ponce and her sister Gloria (Pete) Fields.

Through the years she attended St. Mark’s Parish, St. Mary’s Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and St. Cecelia’s Parish as life took her from Venice, to Madison, to Granite City, eventually to Glen Carbon IL.

She enjoyed socializing with her many relatives, shopping at all the big stores in St. Louis, Famous Barr, Stix Baer & Fuller, Scruggs Vanderbilt & Barney, sampling chocolates at Mavrakos Fine Candy, and dancing to the Big Band music at the Chase Park Plaza, but most of all, she loved watching Cardinal Baseball and Wheel of Fortune.

Things she experienced during her lifetime are many, but imagine these few, such as television, air conditioning, mobile telephones, microwaves, internet, Amazon at her doorstep and Alexa in her house, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, FDR, JFK, MLK, Wall Street Crash, Pearl Harbor, Atomic Bombs (2 of them), McDonald’s hamburgers (billions of them), Hippies, Baby Boom (thank you), Birth of Israel, heart transplant surgery, a man walking on the Moon, and 9/11 on US soil.

 The family will have a private visitation Saturday September 18, at the Saksa Mateer Funeral Home, 210 N Kansas Street, Edwardsville IL 62025. Phone number 618-656-7577. Burial will be at next to her husband in the Miofsky gravesite at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville Illinois.

Andy and Josie, along with their friends were active members of the Church and the Knights of Columbus. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, 4225 Old Alton Road, Granite City IL 62040. The Knights donate thousands of dollars each year to local churches, schools, charities, and annual scholarships.


Janice Elaine Tehandon, 56, of Madison, IL, passed away at 4:07 a.m. Tues. Sept. 14, 2021 at Christian Hospital Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born June 30, 1965 in Granite City to the late James & Dorothy (Pasley) Smith.

Janice is survived by 5 sons: Matthew Smith of St. Jacob, IL, Nathan Mendez, Chad Johnson, Dustin Lyons and Devin Lyons of Granite City; 2 grandchildren: Selene & Isaac Smith; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Services are pending. 


Otto Paul “Lucky” Seebold Jr., 64 of Overland Park, KS formerly of Granite City passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas.

Otto was born on September 13, 1956 in Granite City, IL; the son of the late Otto Paul and Katheryn (Paul) Seebold Sr.
Otto was a computer programmer for Fidelity Investment Services and in his free time Otto enjoyed his days of fishing, camping and being outside. Most of all Otto loved to spend time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Otto is survived by and will be missed by his son; William Greg Seebold of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Genette Louise Collichio of Overland Park, KS; sister, Debbie and David Evans of Edwardsville, IL; granddaughter, Vega Serafina Collichio of Overland Park, KS; nephew, Bradford Paul Evans of Glen Carbon, IL and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Otto’s life, a visitation will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Hufty officiating at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations in Otto’s name are suggested to the Delta Gamma Foundation.


William Louis Hoover 79 of Granite City passed September 10, 2021

Born June 9, 1942 in Granite City son of the late Emmett and Pearl Hoover.

Survived by his son Edward Hoover of Granite City and daughter Judith M. (Richard) Thomas of Granite City. Grandchildren : Erin Hoover, Tyler Hoover, Samuel Thomas, Catelynn Thomas, Audreanna Thomas and great grand child Mason Hoover.

Preceded by his wife Donna Belch Hoover in 2011, daughter-in-law Gloria Hoover and his parents.

Safety officer in Department of Defense retired in 1996.  U.S. Navy Veteran and American Legion member.

 Visitation Wednesday September 15, 2021 10 AM till noon at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City, Illinois.

Graveside service Wednesday September 15, 2021 at 1:15pm McKendree Chapel Cemetery,Keyesport , Illinois.

Suggested Memorials; St. Jude Hospital, Boys town, Easter Seals or Wounded Warrior Project.


Patricia Kay Mull, 65, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born March 17, 1956 in Granite City, a daughter of Gloria (Smallie) Davis of Granite City and the late Alford Davis.

She married Phillip W. Mull Jr. on September 13, 1980 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City and he passed away on May 29, 2008.

Patricia grew up in the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City and was active for many years at the First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City. She was very proud and involved with the annual Ranken Jordan Golf Tournament held in memory of her late husband. She enjoyed her days of cooking, cherished her daughter and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Corey Webb of Lynn, Massachusetts; two sisters, Kathy Burrier of Rockledge, Florida and Lori Davis of Granite City; two nephews, Kyle Burrier and Mark Burrier of Rockledge, Florida; other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved husband and father, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, David Burrier.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. Visitation will continue on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until procession at 11:00 a.m. to Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, 11365 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, can be given online at www.rankenjordan.org or may be accepted at the funeral home.

You may join the funeral service livestream at 7:00 p.m. by clicking on her tribute wall at www.irwinchapel.com


Brenda Gale Stearns, 71, of Pontoon Beach, IL died on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born on February 27, 1950 in Paris, TN to Lacy and Thelma (Dowdy) Rushing.

Brenda married Gerald Stearns in Granite City, IL in 1971.

The loving wife and mother enjoyed flower gardening.

Besides her husband, Brenda is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Tom) Crosby of Osage Beach, MO; 3 sons:  Christopher Stearns of Granite City, IL, Jason Stearns of Osage Beach, MO and Greg Stearns of East Alton, IL; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Steve Rushing of Granite City, IL and 2 sisters:  Pat (Kerry) Ervay of Pontoon Beach, IL and Pam (Butch) Mink of Granite City, IL.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents.

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

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

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Christopher Albert Lemp, 42, of Granite City, IL passed away Monday, September 6,2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born March 24, 1979 in Granite City to James & Beverly (Bellman) Lemp.

On February 13, 2004 he and Jody Fuller were married in Edwardsville, IL.  She survives in Granite City.

Christopher was part of the Retro gaming club and in his free time he enjoyed playing video games, cooking, spending time with family and was a former semi- pro wrestler.

In addition to his wife he is survived by 3 sons: Katlin (Lindy Baalman) Michelon of Alton, Charles Lemp of Coldwater, Michigan, and Xavior Lemp of Coldwater Michigan; 2 daughters: Jayden Lemp of Granite City and Morrigan Lemp of Granite city; 2 grandchildren;  Jacob Bohannan-Michelon  and Scarlett Michelon of Alton, IL; and 2 brothers: Michael Lemp of Collinsville, IL and Timothy Lemp of Arkansas.

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

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Diana Sharon Goodman, 77, of Pontoon Beach, IL, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Fri. Sept. 3, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born Apr. 11, 1944 in Corning, AR to the late George “Buck” William Clarence & Gladys Irene (Shelton) Allen.

On Aug. 12, 1961, she and Kurt Stanley Goodman were married in Poplar Bluff, MO.  He survives in Pontoon Beach.

Diana had worked at Leroy’s Grocer for many years.  She was a longtime member of the Long Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 3 children: Donnetta (Tim) Cardwell of Pontoon Beach, Vincent (Tina) Goodman of Pontoon Beach and Laura (Kenny) Kirkover of Troy, IL; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Janetta Moore of Bolivar, MO.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Allen.

Cremation arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com

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Carole L. Meyer, age 80, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 in her home.

Carole was born on October 18, 1940 in Benton, MO, a daughter of the late Earsel Thompson and Josephine (Niederkorn) Thompson.

Carole was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. She retired as a clerk from Chouteau Township after thirty years of dedicated service. Carole never met a stranger and she was always willing to lend a helping hand. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Carole loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and a dear friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Carole was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Pefferkorn; and by three brothers, Jim Thompson, Bud Thompson and Ronald Thompson.

She is survived by her loving children, Charles Meyer of Granite City, IL, Kenneth (Jeniffer) Meyer of Rochester, NY, Brian (Lee Anah) Meyer of Granite City, IL, Jeffrey (Theresa) Meyer of Auberndale, FL and Brenda (Tammy Gremminger) Meyer of Robertsville, MO; dear siblings, Henry Thompson, Mike (Donna) Thompson, Randy (Jana) Thompson, Joan Rock, Barbara (Neal) Dittlinger, Peggy Thompson and Brenda (Harlen) Guethle; proud grandmother to Doug Meyer, Jayden Meyer, Logan Meyer, Colin Meyer, Brianne (Alex Theodorakis) Meyer, Davis and Sophia, extended family and many dear friends.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel or church.

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

August 2021 Obituaries