September 2021 Obituaries

John G. Uzunoff Jr., 87 of Granite City, IL passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

John was born on December 1, 1933 in Madison, IL; the son of the late John and Julia (Seyka) Uzunoff Sr. John was a talented football player and a trumpet player for Madison Senior High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War where he also played in the Marine Corps Band from 1952 until 1956. John was a foreman and a pipefitter for Shell Oil Refinery for over 30 years and was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. In his free time John enjoyed his days of fishing, camping and working on his 1931 coup and was always ready to go to a flea market. John and his wife were snowbirds traveling to their place in Florida and in the summer time enjoying family time at Lake of Egypt. Most of all, John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and will be remembered for his trademark saying, “Busha Busha Busha” and all the special times his family shared together.

John is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 64 years Patricia (Kutzera) Uzunoff, marrying on December 28, 1957; his daughter, Beverly A. (Uzunoff) Miller, son and daughter-in-law; Bruce A. Uzunoff and Kathy B. Uzunoff, daughter and son-in-law, Connie A. (Uzunoff) Paterson and Kenny L. Paterson; grandchildren, Courtney A. (Paterson) Spegal and husband, Nick Spegal, Brandon Miller, Kendell L. (Paterson) Frerichs and husband Nick Frerichs, Maddie Podraza, Austin W.B. Dixon and Peyton W.B. Dixon.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister; Shirley (Uzunoff) Arnold and his son-in-law, Joseph M. Miller.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of John’s life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or to the Wounded Warriors Project.


Hollie Renee Bonvicino, 40, of Waterloo, IL, passed away Thurs. Sept. 30, 2021 at Mercy South in St. Louis, MO.

She was born Dec. 14, 1980 in Granite City, IL to Robert C. & Cheryl L. (Farrington) Wright of Granite City.

On Oct 19, 2012, she and John A. Bonvicino III were married in Granite City.  He survives in Waterloo with their beloved dog, Saber.

Hollie was a medical assistant at Washington University.  She enjoyed Young Living Oils, holistic life care, tarot, stones, plants, gardening and cross stitch.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a sister and brother-in-law: Amy & Chad Roseman; and their son: Mason Roseman; and an aunt: Christie Wright all of Granite City.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Sue Carolyn Miller, 86, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

She was born December 24, 1934 in Diehlstadt, Missouri, a daughter of the late Terry L. and Lyla (Norman) Bagwell.

She married Dr. Earl William Miller on October 5, 1963 at Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City and he survives.

Sue was a loving and faithful homemaker and was a longtime member of Niedringhaus United Methodist Church. She was very artistic and talents, enjoyed her days of gardening and cooking and was a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Sue cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of nearly 58 years, she is survived by four children, Jenni Neumann of Glendale, Missouri, Kimberly Renee (Les) Lindauer of Pine, Colorado, Timothy Earl (Tammy) Miller of Granite City and Mark (Kendra) Miller of Webster Groves, Missouri; six grandchildren, Taylor (Mahmoud) Alshannaq, Paige (Spencer) Seggebruch, Katelyn (Timothy) Krekeler, Kyle Kenner, Grace Miller and Mackenzie Miller; two great granddaughters, Ava Krekeler and Ella Krekeler and Baby Seggebruch on the way; several nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Reid.

In celebration of her life, a private family service will be held at Irwin Chapel in Granite City on Monday, October 4, 2021 with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating.

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

Memorials are suggested to support your local animal shelter.


John A. Brawley, 58, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 12:00pm. on Tuesday Sept 28, 2021 at home with family.

He was born February 1 1963 in Granite City, a son of the late Floyd Eugene and Rita Rose (Brazier) Brawley Sr.

He loved driving Jeeps through the mud and until the time of death he was looking for a “new” one to buy. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Kirsten (Nelsen) Brawley, sons Richard and Brandon Brawley, two sisters, Mary (Mike) Riggs of Granite City and Bonnie Brawley of Granite City; sister-in-law, Sandy Brawley of Granite City; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Danny (Julia) Brawley, Kenneth Brawley, Jim Brawley, Richard Brawley, Floyd Eugene Brawley Jr., Craig Brawley and Samuel Brawley.

In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets in Troy, IL.

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Warren R. Pope, 77, of Collinsville, and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at University Nursing and Rehab in Edwardsville.

He was born October 18, 1943 in Rich Hill, Missouri, a son of the late Harry Ray and Mildred (Allee) Pope.

He married Ruth G. (West) Pope on June 27, 1964 in Bonnie, Illinois and she survives.

He retired in 2000 from Granite City Steel after 30 years of dedicated service as a steelworker.

Warren was a faithful member of Fresh Start Community Church of God in Lebanon. He was a supporter of N.I.C.E. and enjoyed his hobbies of model railroading, watching car racing, attending many Southern gospel concerts and riding his motorcycle. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Florida. He was always willing to help anyone with a project or volunteer with a project. He cherished his family, was always there to help his children and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 57 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Debbie Pope of St. Libory; a daughter, Kimberly Pope of Collinsville; six grandchildren and spouse, Victoria and Logan Corporon, Gracey Gerlitz, Neal Pope, Cody Gerlitz, Jack Easley and Chance Easley; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Vernon Hilliard of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stephen and Diana West of Oro Valley, Arizona; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Erma and John Johnson of Joplin, Missouri and Dorothy Heiney of Moro; many special nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Pope; two sisters, infant Eva and Neta Pope and a brother-in-law, Harold Heiney.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon. with Pastor David Runyan officiating. Burial will follow at Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Family Hospice of Belleville, Cedarhurst of Edwardsville and University Nursing and Rehab for the love and care shown to Warren.

Memorials may be made to the Children of Promise through Fresh Start Community Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Edward B. Jacobs, 74 of Granite City passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Edward was born on July 11, 1947 in Granite City; the son of the late Edward and Helen (Mueller) Jacobs. Edward was a bricklayer for over 50 years and retired from Granite City Steel. He served as Financial Secretary and Business Manager of Local #65 and when the local was merged Ed became the first President of Local #8. He served on various boards and committees. He was president of the Illinois State Board, on the Health and Welfare Committee, International Refractory Board. In his free time Ed enjoyed his days of golfing, fishing and spending time with his friends and family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Edward is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Victoria “Vickie” (Simmons) Jacobs, whom he married on July 13, 1968; his children, Katie Peppers of Granite City, Laurie Glass of Granite City, William “Bill” Jacobs of Granite City; grandchildren, Matt Jacobs, Marissa Peppers, Mallory Glass, Brad Peppers, Meredith Glass, Jack Jacobs and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his brother Ron Jacobs and his sister, Patricia Milton.

In celebration of Edward’s life, a visitation will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron McGrew officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A celebration of his life open house will be held at the Elks Lodge on Maryville road following the burial.

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Lorraine A. Forys, 88 of Maryville, IL passed away peacefully at her daughters home on Monday, September 27, 2021.

Lorraine was born on March 18, 1933 in Granite City; the daughter of the late Mike and Veronica (Vraszity) Patrick. Lorraine was a sales woman for Carps Clothing in Granite City and in her free time she enjoyed her days of spending time with her family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Lorraine is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Julia and David Gulash of West Point, TX; sons, Patrick Forys of Granite City, IL, Timothy Forys of Plainview, IL; grandchildren, Katie and David Baker, Lisa and David Harris, Brian Gulash, Bob and Michelle Gulash, Aliana and Jim Yobby, Jake and Jackie Forys; 10 great-grandchildren and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband; Eugene Forys; her brother, Mike Patrick and her son, Robert Forys.

In celebration of Lorraine’s life, graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville with Pastor Mike Rayson officiating.

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Catherine June Evans, 75, of Glen Carbon, IL (formerly Granite City), born June 13, 1946, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, September 27th at her home in Glen Carbon.

Cathy was a talented seamstress. She owned and operated her own drapery business from home for nearly 30 years, simultaneous to raising her children and babysitting grandchildren. After retiring she continued to sew for friends, family and charity. Baking was another favorite pastime. Together with her husband of 43 years they created a close knit family and welcoming home. Cathy loved to spend time at home and relished when it was filled with family and friends. She never stopped being generous with her time and talents. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Evans, her parents Charles and

Catherine June (Stack) Riggins, her brother Charles Riggins of Loda, IL, Paul Joe Riggins of Grant Fork, IL, John Riggins of Edwardsville, IL, and William Riggins of Collinsville, IL Surviving are her sisters Mary Lou (Riggins) Davis of Tamms, IL, Patricia Riggins of Edwardsville, IL; her brother Kevin Riggins of Edwardsville, IL; her sons David (Debbie) Evans, of Edwardsville, IL, Paul Evans of Springfield, MO, Tim (Loretta) Evans, of Glen Carbon; daughters Angela (Tim) Bramstedt of Glen Carbon and Maggie (Paul) Linden of Minneapolis, MN; ten grandchildren: Brad Evans, Kyle Evans, Kameron Evans, Kassidy Evans, Sam Bramstedt, George Bramstedt , Frederick Bramstedt, Avery Linden Carlson, Cora Linden and Monty Linden; two great-grandchildren: Lou Evans and Faye Evans. Cathy touched so many lives with her big heart. She was a loyal, loving and supportive daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She will be so incredibly missed.

Condolences may be sent to the family home prior to Sunday October 3rd or to her surviving family members. Donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery located at 50 Fountain Drive in Glen Carbon, IL. Private funeral services will be held by Irwin Funeral home at the graveside on Sunday October 3rd at 11:00a.m.

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William Adrian “Buck” Bone, 67, born in Granite City, IL on October 12, 1953, left us all to see all his relatives and friends in heaven on September 25, 2021.  Mesothelioma took his life.

He enjoyed travelling, camping, taking float trips and fishing.  Some people called him the “picnic table guy”.  Buck always had a calm demeanor and never knew an enemy.

He is survived by his wife of almost 18 years, Sondra “Lil Bit” Bone of Granite City, IL; 2 sisters:  Shelby (Randy) Hearn of Holt Summit, MO and April (Gordon) Pierson of Granite City, IL; nephew, Christopher Anderson; niece, Soyna Anderson and other nieces and nephews, Sam, Leslie and Sara.

Buck is preceded in death by his father, William “Pop” Bone; mother, Elaine Estes and sister, Valarie Anderson.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL.  Cremation will follow.

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

Ride on baby and travel anywhere you want to go now! Fly Free and know we are all with you in our hearts.  With love forever, your “Lil Bit”


Janet Marie Denson, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Mon. Sept. 27, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

She was born June 18, 1964 to the late James & Joyce (Love) Denson.

Janet loved to garden and fish.

She is survived by a daughter: Sonya (Jimmy Poe) Genovese; a son: Dustin Denson; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; her step-father: Roger Dale Clements Sr.; 5 sisters: Sharon Norton, Kathy (Mark) Hornsey, Kay Bopp, Elain Denson, Gina Denson and Wendy Denson; her companion: Ken Smith all of Granite City; her dear lifelong friend: Tina Million; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 children: her twins, Jamie Lee and Amy Michelle Denson; and siblings: Tom Bridges, Deborah Copeland, Roger Dale Clements Jr. Danny Huebner and Jimmy Denson.

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


Marilyn Kay Allen, 70, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:08 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

She was born November 27, 1950 in Marion, Ohio, a daughter of the late Albert Dunn Jr. and Sarepta Rocille (Smith) Dunn.

She retired from the Office of Personnel Management in St. Louis after many years of dedicated service in the civilian record center.

She had a passion for family genealogy and enjoyed helping families learn of family history and helped many families reunite with loved ones. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Jason Allen of Collinsville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Curt Wolfe of Potosi, Missouri, Betty and Tim Camren of Granite City and Judy and Randall Camren of Granite City; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Debbie Dunn of Mitchell, Larry and Donna Dunn of Mitchell and David and Joann Dunn of Bonne Terre, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Gary Allen; an infant daughter, Donna and a brother, Kenneth Dunn.

celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Curtis Wolfe officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Alice Mae Taylor, 56, of Worden and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Missouri.

She was born June 21, 1965 in Herrin, Illinois, a daughter of Pearl Pierson and the late Bart Pierson.

She married Kenneth A. Taylor on November 10, 1990 in Granite City and he survives.

Alice was very artistic and creative with an imagination beyond belief. She had owned and operated Taylor Made Treats and Tea Room in Alton and also Boutique LaChic in Granite City. She enjoyed making beautiful jewerly and created many savory treats as a chocolatier.

She excelled at her love of being a homemaker and was loved by so many cherished friends and family as a mother and aunt to all. Her life was fulfilled when Alice and Kenny brought Desi in their life on December 2, 2015 and they together cherished the love and special times together.

In addition to her beloved husband of over 30 years and mother, she is survived by her daughter, Desi Taylor; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Margaret McCall, Lori and Jim Slecka, Penelope Barnfield and Paige and Chris Ray; mother-in-law, Imogene Vickers; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Genny Taylor and Clifford and Vickie Taylor; lifelong best friend, Kim Pierson and her family; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lillian Jackson and her father-in-law, William Taylor.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m.

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

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice or show a random act of kindness to someone in her honor.


Larry Gene Hill, 76, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at his home.

He was born on July 24, 1945 in Puxico, MO to Roy and Verbal Morine (Beal) Hill.

Larry married Earline Hundley in Venice, IL in 1965.

The loving husband and father retired from Kraft Foods after 20 years of service.  He was an avid reader who enjoyed playing with his dogs.  He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Larry is survived by his wife; 2 daughters:  Margaret Hill of Greenville, IL and Edith Hill of Granite City, IL; 3 sons:  Gene (Michelle) Hill of Granite City, IL, Dennis (Gina) Hill of Granite City, IL and Stacy (Devin) Hill of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren: Samantha, Zachary, Nick, Jayme, Jenna, Dalton, Aliyah, Harmony, Jay and Jaxon and several great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 3 brothers:  Joe Hill of Caseyville, IL, Don Hill of Collinsville, IL and Denny Hill of Granite City, IL; 2 sisters:  Nancy Wallace of Granite City, IL and Ginger Hackney of Granite City, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Larry is preceded in death by4 brothers:  Red Hill, Wayne Hill, Dale Hill and Allen Hill and a sister, Genese Baxter.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 5:00 p.m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. A dinner will be held immediately after the service at the Venice Social Club in Pontoon Beach, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Betty L. Howell, 82, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at her home.

She was born January 14, 1939 in Qulin, Missouri, a daughter of the late Raymond and Velma (Hert) McIver.

She married Charles Arthur Howell on June 4, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri and he survives.

She was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Granite City and cherished her children and grandchildren.

She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. In addition to her beloved husband of 61 years, she is survived by a son, Brian Howell of Granite City; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and David Muzzarelli of Granite City; four grandchildren, Katelyn Howell of Granite City, Charles (Natasha) Wilkinson of Wood River, Chelsie Wilkinson of Alabama and Christa Wilkinson of Tennessee; a great granddaughter, Caroline; a sister and brother-in-law, Phylis and Charles Barnett of Tennessee; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Onedia Johnson and two brothers, Allen McIver and Dale Leroy McIver.

In celebration of her life, a visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon with Reverend Jarad Corzine officiating.

Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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


Anna Marie DeGerlia, 75, of Granite City, Illinois departed this life on Saturday, September 25, 2021 after a long battle with multiple medical complications.

Anna Marie was born February 24, 1946 in Hamburg, Calhoun County, Illinois, a daughter of the late Clyde Logan and Odessa “Detty” (Baugh) DeGerlia.

She married her husband, Wm Craig Cooper on January 5, 1974 in Bethalto and he survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Russell Petri of Washington, Illinois; a niece and nephew, Jacque and Rick Whitfield of Peoria, Illinois; and nephew and niece, Jeffery and Julie Puckett of Greenfield, Missouri; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leann Cooper Mercier and Phil Mercier of Granite City; other extended family and friends.

Anna Marie made a decision to donate her remains to Washington University School of Medicine after open heart surgery in 2011.

There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center., 7425 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 or can be made at www.siteman.wustl.edu.


James J. Dittman, 70 of Granite City, IL, passed Friday September 24, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO.

 Jim was born June 20, 1951 in Granite City, son of the late George P. Dittman and Marian (Beljanski) Dittman. 

Jim is survived by his wife the former Janice O’Bear. Whom he married November 10, 1973 at St. Mary’s Church in Madison, IL. Survived by his sons Mark Dittman of Granite City, Tim (Victoria) Dittman of Glen Carbon and Matthew (Meghan) Dittman of Troy. Grandchildren Rosalie, Diana, Grayson, Avery, and Nash Dittman  Brothers Michael (Patti) Dittman of Eagle Rock, MO and Bob Dittman of Granite City. Brother-in-law Ray (Debbie) O’Bear of Granite City and sister-in-law Sharon Cass of Osage Beach MO, along with many friends and extended family.

Jim was preceded in death by Brother-in law Tom Cass.

Jim enjoyed watching and participating in all manner of sports, including coaching his sons’ soccer and baseball teams. He cherished his time with his grandchildren. Jim valued the time that he was able to spend with friends and family.

Jim was a metallurgical engineer at Granite City Steel for many years. He was an Assumption High School graduate, Class of 1969.

Visitation: 5-8pm Monday September 27, 2021 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home Granite City.

Funeral Mass: 11 am September 28, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Granite City.

Burial Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Edwardsville, IL.


Timothy Boyd, 73, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at NHC Healthcare in Maryland Heights, MO.

He was born on August 27, 1948 in Columbus, OH to Max and Wanda (Foster) Boyd.

Timothy married Janice Jackson in Granite City, IL on November 1, 1969.  She preceded him in death in 2020.

The U.S. Army veteran served in Vietnam.  He was a ham radio enthusiast and he enjoyed woodworking. Timothy was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with tools.

The loving father and grandfather is  survived by 2 daughters:  Tiffany Boyd and her husband, Zachary Hicks of Granite City, IL and Dennetta (Neil) Podnar of Fenton, MO; a grandchild, Abigail Podnar; a brother, David (Carol) Boyd of Falmouth, VA and 2 sisters:  Tomma (Jim) Bone of Bloomington, IL and Shelly (Bill) Ellis of Tampa, FL.

Timothy is preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A memorial visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service at 11:00 a.m.  on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the USO.


James R. “Jim” Grote, 71, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home.

He was born March 2, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Raymond Grote and the late Gladys (Rosenbaum) Waters.

He married the love of his life, Deborah A. (Love) Grote on May 2, 1970 in Granite City and she survives.

He was employed at Madison County Transit after several years of service as a driver and had also worked many years as an auto glass installer. He was a member of the Granite City V.F.W. and cherished his family and pets. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 51 years, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Amy aka “My Girl” Grote of Smithton, Illinois; four grandchildren, Justine Grote and fiancé, David Humphreys, Christian Hechenberger, Colton Grote and Jacob Grote; other extended family and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until time of military honors at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or to the Granite City APA and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Dorothy Patricia “Pat” Crader, 79, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City on Friday, September 24, 2021.

She was born June 24, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Elvis Oliver and Eileen (Acord) Flowers.

She married Leman Gary Crader on January 31, 1959 in East St. Louis and he passed away on July 20, 2013.

Pat attended City Temple Assembly of God Church in Granite City and enjoyed dinners and visiting with her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Steve Crader of Edwardsville; five grandchildren and spouses, Ria and Aaron High, Sheena Crader, Steven Crader, Joshua and Brooke McDowell and Audrey Crader; five great grandchildren, Vyctoria Crader, Brennan Cochran, Ellie High, Barrett McDowell and Nolan McDowell; a great-great granddaughter, Nevaeh; three sisters, Carol Jean Britt of Granite City, Linda Mae Lea of Lyerly, Georgia and Virginia “Ginger” Staples of Granite City; a brother and sister-in-law, Elvis and Ellen Flowers of Granite City; aunt, Violet Rose Flowers of Ballwin, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband of 54 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Crader.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City, Illinois on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Calvin Leroy Elmore, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born August 31, 1938 in Granite City, a son of the late Calvin W. and Rosalee (Warmack) Elmore. He married Melba M. (Siebert) Elmore on September 27, 1958 in Granite City and she survives.

Calvin had worked at Tri-City Grocery for 14 years and later worked at Air Products in Granite City, retiring in 2000 after over 34 years of dedicated service.

He enjoyed getting together with the members of S.O.A.R. and enjoyed watching car racing, NASCAR, wrestling and the old western classics.

In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Biason of Collinsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Shari Elmore of Granite City and Steven and Ildiko Elmore of Northbrook, Illinois; seven grandchildren and spouses, Nichole and Wesley Herche, Joshua and Rachel Done, Jamie and Brian Worker, Matthew and Michelle Biason, Melissa Biason, Samantha Elmore and Nicholas Elmore; eight great grandchildren, Abby, Ashley, Xavier, Zander, Kobi, Juno, Zoey and Mila; a sister, Shirley Holman of Granite City; a brother-in-law, Shelby Siebert of Granite City; three sisters-in-law, Maxine Melching of Ellis Grove, Illinois, Evelyn Siebert of Maine and Peggy Jocewicz of Wisconsin; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Richard Ripley; a sister-in-law, Carrol Siebert and four brothers-in-law, Wesley Siebert, William Holman, Charlie Weber and Joseph Jocewicz.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be accepted at the funeral home. 


Randall Lee Pilch, Sr, 65, of Mt. Vernon, IL died on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Benton Health Care in Benton, IL.

He was born on October 1, 1955 in Granite City, IL to Frank Theodore and Rose (Bolton )Pilch.

Randall was an independent minister in the Granite City and Mt. Vernon areas for 20 years.  He also was a handyman and carpenter.

Randall is survived by a son, Randall Jr (Angela) Pilch of Highland, IL; 2 grandsons:  Cullen Andrew Pilch and Landen Avery Pilch and 2 brothers:  Richard Pilch of GA and Wayne Pilch of Troy, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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


Chelsey Rose Nicol, 30, of Swansea and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:39 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

She was born August 20, 1991 in St. Louis, a daughter of Julie (Kastelic) Crowder of Granite City and the late John W. Nicol Sr.

Chelsey was a registered nurse and cherished caring for families with SSM Health in hospice care. She loved the season of Halloween and all things spooky. She enjoyed camping, float trips and going to the gym for a healthy workout. Chelsey had a positive energy throughout her life, lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger. She cherished and loved her son with every breath and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with all her family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Nicholas John Garner; fiancé, Taylor Cole of Swansea; mom, Judy R. (Hoelter) Nicol of Mountain Grove, Missouri; siblings, John (Amber) Nicol Jr. of St. Louis, Angela (Rodney) Carter of Collinsville, Shawn Nicol of Osage Beach, Missouri, Justin Nicol of Granite City, Emily (Caleb Fulton) Nicol of Caseyville and David (Missy) Beasley of Granite City; step-siblings, Bryan (Nicole) Towery of Granite City and Megan Towery of Spanaway, Washington; nieces and nephews, Tyler, Branden, Jayden, Jackson, Paige, Aydin, Isabelle, Eden, Jace, Mason, Bryan and Jameson; extended family, Keith and Susie Taylor of Granite City; special friends, Jenny and Rowdy Rossing and Kayla Wylie; aunts; uncles; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marian Kastelic and aunt, Cynthia A. (Hoelter-Hotz) Argent.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jesse Tedder officiating. We encourage you to wear her favorite color of purple in her memory.

A memorial ride and benefit will be held at Celebration Community Church, 2301 Orville Avenue in Granite City starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Memorials may be made to the family and can be accepted at the funeral home or through a go fund me account at https://gofund.me/813eb13a. 


Virginia Rose Roberts, age 92, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at her home, with her loving family by her side.

Virginia was born on October 17, 1928 in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Arthur and Libby (Santagato) Lombardi.

On September 10, 1949, Virginia Lombardi married Everett Eugene “Gene” Roberts, the love of her life and Gene passed away on August 1, 2005. Virginia was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. She had worked as a secretary at Melvin Price U.S. Army Support Center for eight years. After being a stay at home mom and raising her three children, Virginia went to work for Belleville Area College as a typist for ten years. Virginia loved watching baseball and she was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many. Virginia loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her sisters, Ann Hamilos, Mary Germanece and Delores Mort.

Virginia is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Tammy) Roberts of Granite City, IL, Carol (Brian) Clawson of Edwardsville, IL, and Diane Roberts of Clinton, KY dear brothers, Michael Lombardi of Edwardsville, IL, Bob (Kathy) Lombardi of Edwardsville, IL; proud grandmother to Nick (Carla Haug) Roberts, Ryan (Danielle) Roberts, Brent (Alex) Wolk, Kelsey (Russ) Kessman, Haleigh (Jeff) Haberberger and Taylor Buchanan; proud great-grandmother to Elsie Roberts, Everett “Rhett” Roberts, James Kessman, Jude Kessman, Quinn Haberberger and Avery Burns; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Stephen Thompson officiating. Virginia will be laid to rest next to Gene at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church or masses.


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