September Obituaries 2022


Marvin “Rick” Fitzpatrick, 75, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:30 a.m on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Addington Place of Edwardsville.

Born March 9, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a son of the late Marvin Lowell and Enid Bernice (Rickard) Fitzpatrick.   He married Mary Lou (Hubert) Fitzpatrick on October 16, 1982 in Granite City and she survives.  

He retired in 2010 from 39 years of automotive sales with Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships.

Rick loved a good game of poker, was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed photography, cherished his cats and enjoyed many years of traveling with his wife and enjoyed taking in many hot air balloon festivals.  He cherished is family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared.  

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Laura and Darin Halter of Benton, Missouri and Megan Allen of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; a stepdaughter, Lori Schultz of Granite City; four grandchildren, Joshua Halter, Andrew Halter, Caitlyn Allen and Janis Allen; two step grandchildren and spouses, Kaitlyn and Bobby Kelley and Maddie and Josh Nelson; a step great granddaughter, Harper Kelley; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Alice Fitzpatrick of Ft. Meyers, Florida; other extended family and friends.

Rick’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Addington Place of Edwardsville and to Vitas Hospice for the love and care given to Rick during these days.

In honor of his wishes, cremation will be accorded and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the William BeDell Achievement Resource Center, 400 S. Main Street, Wood River, IL  62095.


Robert E. Anderson, 92 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 27, 2022 at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, Illinois.

He was born April 12, 1930 to Delbert and Ruby (Houston) Anderson in Anniston, Missouri. On January 15, 1952 he married Isabel M. Hart and they shared 68 years of marriage before her passing in 2020.

Robert served in the United States Army for 20 years before retiring in 1972. He also worked for the State of Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals where he was an Inspector.

During his military service, he and his wife loved to travel. He enjoyed barbecuing, gardening, fishing and watching horse races. In recent years he looked forward to having breakfast with his “breakfast buddies” and their companionship. Visiting with his family was most important to him.

Survivors include his sons: Charles E. (Kathy) Anderson of Troy, Illinois, and Donald (Sue) Anderson of Worden, Illinois; daughter, Lisa (Mark) Janco of Peoria, Illinois; grandchildren: Caitlin, Ian, Eric, Jon, Travis, and Lindsey; sisters: Pat (John) Long of Bloomfield, Missouri, and Carolyn Walton of East Prairie, Missouri; and brother, Kenneth (Diane) Walton.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Anderson Walton and step-father, Vernon Walton; daughter, Sheila M. Gancheff; and brother, Vernon “Bud” Walton.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Irwin Chapel. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Clyde “Jim” James Woodall, 72, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at his home.

He was born on December 18, 1949 in Kansas City, MO to Clarence and Marguerita (Smith) Woodall.

Jim married Rose Allen in Belleville, IL on September 19, 2008.

The loving husband and father retired from Envirotech in St. Louis, Mo after 13 years of service. He was a member of the Granite City VFW and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by a daughter, Amy (Sam) White of Kansas City, MO; a son, Tod (Shawn) Woodall of WV; 5 grandchildren:  Sammy, Emma, Kevin, Matt and Ashley and a sister, Kathleen.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Timothy “Tim” Wayne Owens Sr., 65 of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at Mercy South Hospital on September 23, 2022. He was born to the late James F. and Sylvia M. (Babb) Owens on July 24, 1957 in Granite City, Illinois. He married Denise Lynn Hanlon on March 20, 1982.

He worked for Alton and Southern Rail Road as a switchman for many years until he retired in 2020.

Tim was an outdoorsman; he loved to Hunt and Fish. He was also a collector of many things and a photographer. Tim was a great father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Owens of Granite City, Illinois; sons: Timothy W. Owens Jr. and wife Amy of Granite City, Illinois, and Joshua L. Owens and wife Heather of Collinsville, Illinois; grandchildren: Carly, Aiden, Brienne, Declan, and Lillian; sister, Angela Owens Lynch of Lohan, Missouri; sister-in-law, Tresa Cato and husband Joel of Benld, Illinois; brother-in-laws: Leonard Revelle and wife Karyn of Smithton, Illinois, and Dennis Revelle and wife Wanda of Grant Fork, Illinois; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Randy D. Owens.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30  p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Cathy Crippen officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, 2550 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Emma Colleen Smith, age 69, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Collinsville, IL, born on April 7, 1953, in East St. Louis, IL, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.


Colleen was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her biggest love in life was that of children, and she built a life and career of caring for them. 

She spent much of her career as a daycare provider, where all the children and their families became her family. She also opened her home to many foster children over the years. The Smiths were foster parents to Becky Smith who they loved and cherished for four years. She very fittingly ended her career working in the toy department at Walmart, where she made many life-long friends.

Colleen also had a love for animals and never turned down a stray that was brought to her. Most notable of Colleen was her sense of humor, and she never met a stranger. She was a past president of the Parent Teacher Association and involved in the PTA for a total of eight years. Colleen was also an active member of the cub scouts for many years.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Smith; her parents Frank and Minnie, nee Tomlin, Campbell; and 10 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her children, Charles “Shane” (Elizabeth) Smith of Frisco, TX, Tanya (Daniel) Wood of Monticello, IL, and Natalie (Earl) Burton of Collinsville, IL; 8 grandchildren, Olivia, Anabel, and Maximus Smith, Caleb, Braden, and Jacob Wood, and Thomas and Alex Schardan; 2 brothers, Howard (Ellen) Buskirk of Crestwood, MO and Leroy (Gene) Buskirk of Mascoutah, IL; a sister-in-law, Kathy Maza of Mount Prospect, IL. Colleen is also survived by many loving foster children, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, and may also be accepted at the mortuary.
Condolences may be expressed online to the family at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL.


Friends may also call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Kassly Mortuary, with Reverend Brian Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


Bryant “Henry” Wyatt, 64 of Granite City, IL died on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at his home.

He was born on November 17, 1957 in Granite City to Kenneth Wyatt and Alice (Monroe) Brown.

Henry married Susan Kimbrel in Granite City, IL on July 26, 1991.

The loving husband and father was a manager at Imo’s Pizza in Granite City for several years.  He enjoyed going to the AMVETS in Pontoon Beach and also enjoyed movies and music. Henry also loved his animals.

Besides his wife, Henry is survived by 5 daughters:  Amy (Mike) Monce of House Springs, MO, Heather Yates (Sean Courtney) of Granite City, Angela (Earl) Clark of Granite City, Brittney (Jesse) Castleman of Granite City and Lucinda (Deron) Powers of Granite City; a son, Dustin (Randi) Wyatt of Witt, IL; 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  Also surviving are 2 brothers:  Daniel Wyatt of Granite City and Scott (Madonna) Wyatt of Granite City and 2 sisters:  Annice (Ed) Bodi of Bethalto, IL and Laura Schubert of Bethalto and Carrie Thomas, a long time family friend.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Bambi Meeks.

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


Peggy Jean Burch, 96, of Granite City, IL died on Friday, September 23, 2022 at her home in Granite City.

She was born on March 15, 1926 in St. Louis, MO to William and Freida (Wolf) Frede.

Peggy married Weldon Burch in Granite City on May 28, 1948.  He preceded her in death on August 9, 2010.

She was a life-long resident of Granite City and lived in the same house for 96 years.

Peggy loved her Family and took great joy in spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  Not a day went by that she did not think of them and want the very best for everyone. 

Throughout her life, she never, ever met a stranger. Her inquisitive nature endeared her to many and she was genuinely interested in the stories people told…always making a memory.

 Peggy loved to sew and quilt and made many beautiful examples for Family and Friends.  Always getting excited about finding colorful materials and notions to make one of a kind creations that folks still enjoy today. She also loved to read and lined her walls with bookshelves, surrounding herself with books of all kinds. She listened to her books on tape long into her later years and always looked forward to the next chapter…always making a memory.

 Peggy had many jobs throughout her life, but her favorite was being a Deputy Assessor for the Granite City Township Assessors Office. Her interaction with the public was enjoyable and she loved helping others be sure they were getting the most breaks on their taxes. After she retired at 75, she stayed friendly with her coworkers, having regular dinners, trying the libations at the newest restaurants…always making a memory.

 Peggy loved to give what she could for causes and charities. Whether it was donating goods, her time or services, she jumped in with both feet and stayed until the work was finished. She baked the most delicious cookies for the bake sales benefitting the Granite City APA Animal Shelter and people would ask for them by name, buying extra so as not to miss out. She enjoyed working hard to accomplish many tasks…always making a memory.

 Peggy always wanted to make a memory…please smile when you think of the memories she created and remember to love your Family and Friends, be creative and give of yourself, READ THAT BOOK!, work hard, stay in touch, eat that delicious dinner with dessert and help others succeed with the skills you possess…each and every time, always making a memory.

The loving mother is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Chris) Rose of Granite City; 3 sons:  William Burch of Granite City, Steven (Sally) Burch of St. Louis, MO and Terry (Dina) Burch of Granite City; 4 grandchildren:  Zachary (Amanda) Burch, Colin Burch, Shane (Amy) Faith and Jacob Burch; 3 great grandchildren:  Olive, Ezra and Evelynn and a sister in law, Charlsie Vunovic of Granite City.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Granite City APA.

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


Kathryn “Kate” Ruth Jones, 91, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 21, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born January 28, 1931 in Madison, Illinois, to Charles and Edna (Sauerwein) Austin. On May 20, 1950, Kathryn and Wesley “Gene” Jones were married at the Madison Methodist Church. They were married for 40 years before he preceded her in death in 1990. She worked for Petri Café for over 30 years.

Kathryn loved the St. Louis Cardinals, gardening, playing cards, and working in her yard.

She had a love for animals and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and her family. When her children and grandchildren were in sports, she always followed all of their soccer games, horse sports, and even boat racing. She was a kind soul and will be missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Jones of Granite City, Illinois; sons: Dennis (Jackie) Jones of Granite City, Illinois, and Mark (Lori) Jones of Granite City, Illinois; sister, Doris Romine of Columbus, Indiana; and grandchildren: Matt (Macey) Jones of Granite City, Illinois, Lindsey Jones of Granite City, Illinois, and Megan Jones of Granite City, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley “Gene” Jones; and sisters: Shirley Kattenbraker and Laverne Lamphere.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 12:00 p.m. with Cathy Crippen officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the APA of Madison County.


Richard A. Hensley, 73 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Richard was born on Sunday, January 23, 1949 in Granite City; the son of the late James H. (Herb) Hensley and Edna (Frazier) Vaughn. 

Richard was a construction electrician working out of IBEW Local #309 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. In his free time Richard enjoyed his days of boating and fishing and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. Richard loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his step-dad, Robert Vaughn.

Richard is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Phyllis (Benoit) Hensley, whom he married on May 7, 1977; sons, Kyle Hensley of Granite City, Jason Hensley of Granite City; his doggie Lily and his cat Max.

In celebration of Richard’s life, visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Jennifer Warren-Hauser officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Lois E. Lupardus, 88, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 19, 2022 at her home. She was born October 11, 1933 to the late John and Mary (Luffman) Austin in Dover, Tennessee. Lois and Homer B. Lupardus were married on December 6, 1968 and shared 36 years of marriage before his passing in 2004.

She was a member of Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in Granite City. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, fishing, gardening and cooking. She loved her family above all, and her dog of 15 years Goldy.

Survivors include her daughters: Janet (Don) Cook of Granite City, Illinois, and Debbie (Terry) Hamm of Granite City, Illinois; son, Rick (Shirley) Biggs of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren: Michael Hall, Brandi Beebe, George Biggs III, Mitzi Perkinson, Aaron Ballard, Josh Biggs, Jason Biggs, Christine Miles, Julie Lane, and Joseph Hamm; 24 great-grandchildren; 12 great- great grandchildren ; brothers: Marvin Austin of Indian Mound, Tennessee, Larry (Kay) Austin of Clarksville, Tennessee, Gary “Bill” (Marissa) Austin of Woodlawn, Tennessee, Roger Austin of Belgrade, Nebraska, and James Austin of Donnellson, Illinois; sisters: Elsie Toler of Woodlawn, Tennessee, and Shirley Smart of Clarksville, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer B. Lupardus; son, George Biggs Jr., granddaughter, July Ballard; brothers: Joseph Allen Austin, Lester Austin, and Kenneth “Jigger” Austin; sister, Lillian “Francis” Williams, Jewell Barnhart, and Violet “Polly” Wills.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Steven Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion General Baptist Church, Granite City, Illinois.


Alan Lynn Sparks, 63 of Eldorado, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Gallatin Manor Nursing Home in Ridgeway, Illinois.

Alan was born on Wednesday, December 17, 1958 in Wood River, IL; the son of the late Charles D. Sparks and Colleen (Dale) Burns. 

Alan was a laborer for Foundry Products Incorporated and in his free time Alan enjoyed his days of listening to music and spending time with his family. Alan will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Alan is survived by and will be missed by his daughters; Sarah and Grant Heffernan of Granite City, Illinois, Michelle Rieser of Granite City, Illinois; grandson, Christopher Rieser of Granite City, Illinois; brothers, Larry Sparks, Paul Sparks, David Sparks; former wife; Teresa Sparks and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Alan was preceded in death by his brother Jerry Sparks.

In celebration of Alan’s life, a visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 12:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City with Pastor Ron McGrew officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Prairie Cemetery near Moro, Illinois. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.


Terry Alan Tessary Sr., 74 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Terry was born on Tuesday, November 25, 1947 in Granite City; the son of the late Adolph and Mildred (Walker) Tessary.

Terry was a graduate from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he was a member of the golf team. He began his teaching career in Roxanna, Illinois as a Physical Education Teacher. He continued his career in Granite City where he taught Physical Education and was a Driver’s Education Teacher.

In 1980 he took on a new adventure as the owner of Arlington Golf Course until 1999. He played competitive golf throughout his life, winning many major amateur tournaments. Most notably he was the Missouri Senior Amateur Champion in 2001, 2002, 2004 and in 2007. He also played in 7 Publinx tournaments. He qualified and played in the USGA Senior Amateur Tournament. One of his favorite events was the St. Louis City Championship Forest Park, Terry consistently played well and never wanted to “miss”. Terry enjoyed his days of spending time with his family in Georgia at their family cabin at Sharptop Mountain. His family and friends will miss him every day.

Terry is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Myrna (Boente) Tessary, whom he married on October 12, 1976; his children, Sarah and Danny Edwards, Susan Tessary-Toates and Jeff, Terry Alan and Jen Tessary Jr.; 5 grandchildren that he loved very much, Kyle, Alaynna, Jake, Alyvia, Aria; sister, Carol and Jerry Ritchie and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Terry’s life, a memorial gathering will be held November 11, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Arlington Golf Course, 200 Arlington Drive in Granite City, IL. Memorial donations are suggested to SSM Hospice, Siteman Cancer Center or to a charity of one’s choice. Family and friends can leave condolences online at www.irwinchapel.com.


Jack L. Morton, 80, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois, passed away on September 15, 2022 at his home.

Jack was born June 26, 1942 to the late Bernie Ok and Fay Arminda (Pifer) Morton in Adrian, Michigan. He married the love of his life, Sharon Rushing on November 24, 1961 in Roxana, Illinois, they shared 60 years of marriage.

He was a lifetime member of Calvary Life Church of Granite City, Illinois, where he served as a Deacon for over 60 years, a Leader of the Royal Rangers for 25 years, and previously served as a Youth Leader. Jack and his brother Cecil were the owners and operators of Cee Jay Auto Body for 30 years. He was a true car enthusiast; he loved to restore antique cars and built hot rods. Jack loved camping and water sports but the biggest loves of his life were his family, church, and his work.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Morton of Pontoon Beach, Illinois; son, Gordon (Deb) Morton of Granite City, Illinois, and his family: Matthew (Heather) Morton and their son, Dax of Collinsville, Illinois, Justin (Brittany) Morton and their daughter, Kaylene of Granite City, Illinois; Issac Morton of Denver, Colorado, Amanda Kleinik and son, Gunnar of Granite City, Illinois; Taylor Morton, Leah Morton and Bailey Hamilton; son, Scott (Carrie) Morton of Niceville, Florida, and his family, Ashley (Erick) Knarzer and their children: Elliott, Ethan, Erick Jr. of Niceville, Florida, Caitlin (Jonathan) Chumley and their children: Alivia (Duschak), Judah, Jonah, Joshua, Jacob of Crestview, Florida, and Caleb Morton; and daughter, Darla (Ted) Coleman.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Cecil Morton; and grandson Travis D. Morton.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Illinois, under the direction of Irwin Chapel of Granite City.


Brian Frank Hahn, 40 of Madison, Illinois passed away on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brian was born on Monday, December 28, 1981 in Maryville, Illinois; the son of the late Norman A. and Carmen “Diane” (Robertson) Hahn. 

Brian was a caregiver who spent his days gardening and reading. He loved all animals, especially his cats and was known to take in strays and give them a home. He loved his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Brian is survived by and will be missed by his sisters; Melissa and Clint Hummel of Granite City, IL, Shelly and Leif Froyen of Seattle, WA; brother, David Hahn of Madison, IL; nieces, Jessica and Jeff Puder, Jennifer and Abi Antele; aunt, Hedy Hahn and Leroy Madison; uncle, Jim and Judi Robertson; great-nieces, Leona Puder, Annabelle Antele; great-nephews, Lias Antele, Enzo Antele and many other close family members and friends.

In celebration of Brian’s life, a family and friends gathering will be held at a later date.


Carolyn Sue Kopp, 90, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City and Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 7:46 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.  

She was born November 13, 1931 in Glenallen, Missouri, a daughter of the late Carroll Benjamin and Mildred (McLane) Funk.  

She married Donald E. Kopp on February 7, 1953 in Elvins, Missouri and he survives.  

Carolyn retired from Magna Bank in Granite City after many years of dedicated service as a bank teller and book keeper.  She was a longtime member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.  She cherished her grandchildren, had a love for animals and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.  

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cindy and Mark Hatscher, Tracy and Mark Clement and Carrie Kopp, all of Edwardsville; three grandchildren, Casey Hatscher, Dack Hatscher and Joe Clement; two great grandchildren, Dean Clement and Cade Clement; other extended family and friends.  

In celebration of her life, family and friends may gather at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. to proceed to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for a committal service.  

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


JoAnn Barnett, 83, of Breese, IL. (formerly of Granite City) passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, IL. JoAnn Barnett was born in Cincinnati, OH.
She married Ronald Barnett, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1986, and became an Army wife. Together they had 4 children. She later owned J&J Med Car with her companion Peter (Jim) Planitz.
JoAnn loved being in her yard enjoying her flowers and feeding the birds and squirrels. She was a great cook and would feed anyone who wanted or needed a meal. She was an avid reader and loved to draw.

JoAnn was only 5 feet tall and every inch of her was full of SASS. It’s what endeared her to her family. She was our JOJO.

Besides her husband and companion Jim Planitz, she was preceded in death by son David Barnett (1982), daughter Susan Barnett Hayes (2018), granddaughters Kalynn Barnett James (2001) and Kristen Rupcinski (2003). We know they were there to welcome her with open arms.

Surviving are daughter Catherine Rupcinski (friend Mike Deien); son Ronald Barnett, Jr.; son-in-law J.B. Hayes; grandchildren Kara (Shawn) Albers, Damon Rupcinski, Jessica Diak, Ronald Barnett III, Richard Barnett, Breanne Grim, Emilie Hayes, Dalton James, Hannah Barnett, and 11 great-grandchildren with another on the way.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 at Sunset Hill Funeral Homes, Glen Carbon, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and a funeral to follow starting at 12:00.00.pm. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Hill Cemetery.


Rev. Donald M. Clark, 92, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 17, 2022 at his home.  Donald was born December 16, 1929 in Gideon, Missouri, to Everett and Pearl (McGowan) Clark.

On August 26, 1948, Donald and Elsie Schuessler were married in Arkansas.  Don was ordained as a General Baptist Minister in 1951, during his career spanning over 71 years; he pastored many churches in different communities.  His number one priority was his ministerial profession.  He believed in God, family and his Country.  Don also loved to visit the Rocky Mountains.

Survivors  include his loving children:  Dennis Clark of Granite City, Illinois, Norma (Terry) Johnson of Hazelwood, Missouri, David (Karen) Clark of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Timothy (Debbie) Clark of Granite City, Illinois; 11 grandchildren and 16 1/2 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Clark in 2019; parents; brothers:  Richard Clark and Everett Clark; and sister, Imogene Strain.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church, 2827 Mockingbird Lane, Granite City, Illinois.  Funeral services will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the church.  Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022 at Corinth Cemetery in Lowndes, Missouri, under the direction of Irwin Chapel of Granite City.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion General Baptist Church.


Michael Wayne Meyer, 59, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at his home on September 12, 2022. 

He was born January 30, 1963 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of the late Norbert and Glenna (Sternad) Meyer. 

Michael worked at the McDonalds in Collinsville with over 20 years of dedicated service in maintenance. 

He was an avid fan of Superman and had a love for all Superheroes of the Universe. He was a member of many superhero fan club organizations for many years and has made many lifelong friends throughout the years. He was very artistic and made many drawings for many to love. From an early childhood, he enjoyed many television show which to this day he still watches and had a remarkable memory from years back. 

He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and Stanley Carnahan of Caseyville and Diane Briggs of Glen Carbon; three nieces and nephews, Stacey and Danny Moncrief, Deeana and Chris Depper and Christy and Larry Way; a nephew and niece, Stanley and Evie Carnahan III; several great nieces; great nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Danny Briggs; nephew, Danny Briggs Jr.; grandmother, Mildred Meyer and his favorite uncle and aunt, Oliver and Billie Meyer.

In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Sharon Autenrieth officiating. The family invites all in attendance to wear casual clothing or your favorite superhero costume.

Memorials may be made to the family to establish a memorial bench at a later date and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Richard “Ricky” Keith Barrell, 57, of Granite City, IL, passed away Wed. Sept. 14, 2022 at his home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Granite City to the late Gene Leroy & Velva Virginia (Meatte) Barrell Sr.

He is survived by a step-son: Billy Wilson: 2 brothers: Gene Leroy Barrell Jr. and Greg A. Barrell; and a sister: Katrina Lucille Powell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Faith Marie Barrell; and 2 brothers: Shawn Ernest Barrell and James Anthony Barrell.

Services are private.


Raymond Lee Romine III, 77, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 13, 2022 at his home.

He was born May 25, 1945 to the late Raymond Lee Romine Jr. and Margaret (Nemeth) Romine in Granite City, Illinois. On July 19, 1985, Ray and Pamela Cook were married and celebrated 37 years of marriage together.

Ray served his community as a Fireman for the Granite City Fire Department; he held different positions ending with the rank of Shift Commander. He served as Treasurer for the Fire Fighters Union, Coordinated Youth Board Member, and also served on the Madison County Board for three terms. After 35 years of service with the Fire Department Ray retired in 2002. At this time he was appointed Madison County 9-1-1 Coordinator. He loved serving and helping others. His Community was very important to him. He previously owned his own Pest Control business and worked at the Arlington Golf Course to offset his golf habit.

He was an avid Hockey fan and loved the St. Louis Blues; he coached soccer for many years, played golf, and loved sharing old sports memories with his grandchildren. Ray also enjoyed boating and camping with his family. Ray never met a stranger and always aspired to have a positive impact on others.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Romine of Granite City, Illinois; children: Mary Margaret (Evan) Peterson of Valley Park, Missouri, Raymond Lee (Elizabeth) Romine of Union, Missouri, and Aimee (Randy) Bailey of Granite City, Illinois; sister, Margaret (Gene) Mayhall of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: Logan (Abbey) Peterson, Jilane Peterson, Arielle Peterson, Katie Romine, Ayden Bailey, Addyson Bailey and Adiya Bailey; one great-grandchild; nephew, Darren (Ann Marie) Mayhall of Granite City, Illinois; and niece, Darla (Chuck) Bremer of Granite City, Illinois.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel of Granite City. An additional visitation will take place on Monday, September 19, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Beveridge officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois under the direction of Irwin Chapel of Granite City.

Memorial contributions may be made to The BackStoppers.


Donald D. McAlister Jr., 57, of DeSoto, MO, formerly of Granite City, IL, born Thursday, July 15, 1965, in Springfield, IL, passed away suddenly Friday, September 9, 2022 at his residence after a long and courageous battle with numerous health issues.

Donald was a graduate from St. Louis University High School and attended Washington University and St. Louis University formerly employed at Ralston Purina, Pet Incorporated and numerous construction companies. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council and St. Louis Carpenters local.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jessica McAlister; maternal grandparents, William and Mamie Habermehl; paternal grandparents, Nolan and Edith McAlister; aunts and uncles, George and Rose Habermehl, Tom Dillon, Lloyd and Wilma Withrow, Joe and Lillian Roberts, and Dorothy McIntyre.

Surviving are his son, Matthew D. McAlister of Madison, Alabama; his parents, Donald and Dolores M., nee Habermehl, McAlister Sr. of Belleville, Illinois; aunts, Edna Dillon and Katherine Habermehl both of Swansea, Illinois; an uncle, Robert J (Linda) Habermehl of Highland, Illinois; many cousins and friends.

Express condolences at www.kurrusfh.com. Memorials: Memorials may be made to the St. Louis University High School Scholarship Fund, 4970 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO. 63110. Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, Illinois.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, September 17, 2022 at St. Henry Catholic Church, with Rev. Ken York officiating. Private family interment.


Walter William Christiansen, known to his family and friends as Skip, entered eternal rest on August 16, 2022.

Walter was born February 14, 1950, to Walter Rudolph and Mildred Dillon Christiansen. He was a lifelong resident of Granite City, Illinois.
Walter graduated from St. Henry’s Preparatory Seminary and Lewis College before studying philosophy at Creighton University.
Walter fiercely loved his wife, Faith Medeiros Christiansen. Dedicated to their faith, Walter and Faith spent many years volunteering and serving others in the church. 

In retirement, the two found joy in traveling and spending time with their five grandchildren. Walter loved trivia, old movies, spending time with his lifelong friends from St Henry’s, and a well-made manhattan. He was a voracious reader and loved trying new beers, even dabbling in brewing his own. In the words of The Blue Brothers, Skip was always “on a Mission from God.”

Walter is survived by his wife, five children, and five grandchildren: Margaret Nussbaum (Spouse: Keith Nussbaum, Children: Remy and Ruby Nussbaum), Theodore “Ted” Christiansen, Frances Cooper (Spouse: Patrick Cooper, Children: Benjamin and Anne Cooper), Martha Christiansen (Spouse: Brandon Butkovich, Child: Harper Butkovich), and Walter “Chip” Christiansen.
Services: Mass will be held at 9:00 on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Granite City, IL. Burial prayer service will follow immediately at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon, IL.

In lieu of sending flowers, please consider a donation to one of Walter’s favorite charities, the Community Care Center in Granite City, Illinois. www.gccommunitycarecenter.org/donate/


William A. “Bill” Shable, 92 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022 at his home in Granite City.

Bill was born on Sunday, June 22, 1930 in Granite City; the son of the late John William and Naomi (Dilger) Shable. Bill was a Millwright at Granite City Steel for over 42 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Steelworkers Local Union #30 and served his country in the United States Army. Bill was known for his “Jokester” personality who always enjoyed teasing his friends and family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Bill is survived by and will be missed by his sons; Terry and Charlotte Harris of Poplar Bluff, MO, John Shable of Ft. Meyers, FL; grandchildren, Keith Mathis, Erik Shable, Tiffani Harris, Kacy Shable, Abigail Shable; great-grandchildren, Vincent Shable, Orlando Shable, Beau Gudzune and numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife; Patricia L. (Harris) Shable, whom he married in March of 1961 in 

Mitchell, IL; son, Keith Shable; grandson, Austin Harris; sisters, Gloria, Lucille, Louise, Shirley, Sylvia.

In celebration of Bill’s life, visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.


Paula L. Payne, 60, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 9:11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. 

She was born March 13, 1962 in Puxico, Missouri, a daughter of Nina (Nevels) Cookson of Granite City and the late Paul Cookson. 

She married Randall L. “Randy” Payne on October 10, 1987 in Granite City and he survives. 

Paula enjoyed collecting Roseville Pottery, vacationing in Cancun, playing puzzle games, entertaining family for holiday gatherings and spoiling the babies in the family. She cherished her family and had a love for animals. 

In addition to her beloved husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Audra Payne and Drew Steinwagner of Collinsville; her dream come true granddaughter, Keeley Steinwagner of Collinsville; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Kim and Don Sodam of Collinsville and Elaine Cookson of Collinsville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of her life and in accordance with her wishes. No service will be held. 

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer awareness or to support your local animal shelter.


Glen E. Hommert, 94, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Cedarhurst Care Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on September 5, 1928 in Madison, IL to Arnold and Ruth (Binning) Hommert.

Glen married Lotus Craig in Granite City, IL on June 6, 1953.

The U.S. Navy veteran served during WW II in the Seabees.  He retired from the city of Granite City as an electrician. Glen was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Optimist Club and the Egyptian Ham Radio Club. 

He was also involved in the Boy Scouts for over 75 years and was a scout leader. Glen volunteered at St Elizabeth Catholic Church & School in Granite City and also at the Knights of Columbus in Granite City. He enjoyed ham radio and working in his yard.

Glen will be dearly missed by many friends and extended family members.

Besides his wife, Glen is survived by a daughter, Sue (Jim) Simpson of Glen Carbon; 2 sons:  Michael Hommert of Edwardsville and Douglas (Irene) Hommert of Kirkwood, MO; 3 grandchildren:  Carrie, Gregory and Matthew and 6 great grandchildren:  Jackson, Nathaniel, Agathe, Rosie, Soren and Finn.

Glen is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Hommert.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.


Marjorie Knisley, 71, of Granite City died on Monday, September 12, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 16, 1951 in Charleston, MO to Kit and Mildred (Medlock) Jones.

The loving mother and grandmother enjoyed flower gardening and camping.  Her favorite game that she played was solitaire. Marjorie loved to dance and make jokes.  She even liked to sing sometimes.

Marjorie is survived by a daughter, Ceslie Ousley of Granite City; a son, Chad Ousley of Granite City; her former husband, Herbert Ousley of Granite City; 2 grandchildren:  Brittany Ousley and Halley Johnson; 2 great grandchildren:  Jessie Storey and Ellie Storey and 2 sisters:  Mary Cann and Betty Brewer both of Granite City.

Besides her parents, Marjorie is preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com


Veronica “Ronnie” Wilene Sigala, 87, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 10:04 p.m. Mon. Sept. 12, 2022 at her home while under hospice care.

She was born Jan. 19, 1935 in East Hardin, IL to the late Lola (Cunningham) Wood and Marvin Burns.

Ronnie owned and operated Ronnie’s Western Wear with her son in Burley, ID for 29 years.  She had been a member of Gospel Tabernacle in Godfrey, IL.

Survivors include a son: Delbert “Joe” Hale Jr. of Granite City; a daughter: Judy Lynn (Alan) York of Council, ID; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Kelly A. Burns; former spouse: Delbert Hale Sr.; step-father: Leonard Wood; 1 brother; and 2 sisters.

Services are private.


Ernest D. “Ernie” Pearman, 62 a lifelong resident of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Ernie was born on Monday, November 16, 1959 in Cairo, Illinois; the son of the late David Earl and Teresa Lee (McDaniel) Pearman. Ernie was a January 1978 graduate of Granite City High School South. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Military Police K-9 Handler, later worked for 17 years as a manager and supervisor in the private security industry in St. Louis. He earned an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice at Belleville Area College.

Ernie retired as a letter carrier from the Granite City Post Office and served as secretary for Letter Carriers Local 1132 for ten years and was a member of the Granite City Moose Lodge #272. In his free time Ernie enjoyed his days of spending time with his family and will be remembered for all the special times they shared together.

Ernie is survived by and will be missed by his son; Dirk Pearman of Granite City, Illinois; brother, Robert and Pam Pearman of Greenville, Illinois; numerous nieces, nephews and many other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by the love of his life on January 24, 2016, Dolores (Szerzinski) Pearman, whom he married on October 15, 1977; sisters, Carolyn Wells and Judith Medlock; brother, David Eugene Pearman Sr.; nephew, Ricky Pearman; 2 great-nephews, Joshua Medlock and Roger Clements III.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Ernie’s life, funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow with full military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to City Temple Church Food Pantry.


Margie Lee (Lubak) Benway, 87, passed away at 6:57pm on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

She was born on June 29, 1935, in Madison, Illinois, the daughter of the late Steve and Helen (Rogenski) Lubak. 

She married Roger L. Benway, who preceded her in death, and were happily together for 63 years.

Margie is survived by a daughter and son in law, Cheryl and James Prichard of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, a son and daughter in law, Steven and Darcy Benway of O’Fallon, Illinois, a granddaughter, Rebecca Benway, three grandsons, Matthew Benway, Bryan Prichard, Andrew Prichard, her sister and brother in law, Jeanette and Wayne Scannell, her brother and sister in law, Thomas and Judy Lubak, sister in law, Barbara Benway, many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

A graduate of Madison High School, Margie continued her education at Illinois State Normal University, now Illinois State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and Business. She enjoyed teaching 3rd grade at St. Mary’s School in Edwardsville and her work at Zimmerman Insurance Agency. Margie loved the outdoors and spent much time camping, sunning and reading on her swing. She loved watching movies and her daily soap operas. She followed all sports, and was a huge fan of the Cardinals, Blues and Iowa, Kansas and Mizzou university teams. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 9:30 am until time of Mass at 10:30 am on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. The Very Reverend Jeffery Goeckner, VF, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Metro East Humane Society.

Saksa Mateer Funeral Home, Edwardsville Illinois


Glen E. Hommert, 94, of Granite City, IL died on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Cedarhurst Care Center in Granite City, IL.

He was born on September 5, 1928 in Madison, IL to Arnold and Ruth (Binning) Hommert.

Glen married Lotus Craig in Granite City, IL on June 6, 1953.

The U.S. Navy veteran served during WW II in the seabees.  He retired from the city of Granite City as an electrician. 

Glen was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Optimist Club and the Egyptian Ham Radio Club.  He was also involved in the Boy Scouts for over 75 years and was a scout leader. Glen volunteered at St Elizabeth Catholic Church & School in Granite City and also at the Knights of Columbus in Granite City. He enjoyed ham radio and working in his yard.

Glen will be dearly missed by many friends and extended family members.

Besides his wife, Glen is survived by a daughter, Sue (Jim) Simpson of Glen Carbon; 2 sons:  Michael Hommert of Edwardsville and Douglas (Irene) Hommert of Kirkwood, MO; 3 grandchildren:  Carrie, Gregory and Matthew and 6 great grandchildren:  Jackson, Nathaniel, Agathe, Rosie, Soren and Finn.

Glen is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Hommert.

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

Online guestbook and obituary available at www.wojstrom.com

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.


Peggy Bea Raymond, 84, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born December 29, 1937 in Mitchell, Illinois, a daughter of the late Harold and Flora (Miller) Raymond.

She retired from Mercantile Bank in St. Louis after over 40 years of dedicated service in the Trust Department.

She was a faithful and dedicated member of Hope Lutheran Church in Granite City. She was active with the Social Ministry Committee, remained active even to the time of death as a financial secretary, loved working with Vacation Bible School and helped with the Food for the Hungry Ministry for years; along with volunteering and participating with many events of the church. 

 Peggy enjoyed her Friday morning Golden Girls Card Club and loved her days of traveling and enjoyed her thirteen trips to her favorite place of Hawaii. She had a special love of animals and cherished her dogs and cats throughout the years, never forgot a family member or a friend’s birthday, very thoughtful and generous to charities or organizations in need and cherished being like a mother to her many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by a sister, Shirley Pasley of Mitchell and many special nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Donaldson and Theresa Morgan.

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Avenue in Granite City on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Alan Beuster officiating. 

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church.


David D. Dresch, 68, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022. He was born October 16, 1953 in Highland, Illinois, a son of the late James and Lorraine (Kloss) Dresch. 

He married Marilyn S. (Scrum) Dresch on March 27, 1981 at the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City and she survives. 

Dave, Dad, Grandpa and Papa as he was called will be remembered for being kind, selfless and a devoted servant to all.  David was employed in product scheduling with Millapore Sigma Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis with 47 years of dedicated service.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Dave loved cooking, enjoyed photography, was intrigued with space and astronomy, had a green thumb for gardening, was a history buff and cherished attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. 

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gwendolyn and Kenneth Garthe of St. Peters, Missouri; two sons, David T. and Jess Dresch of Granite City and Jonathan and Sarah Dresch of Bonita Springs, Florida; five grandchildren, Nathan, Nicole and Noah Garthe and Eloise and Benjamin Dresch; his sister-in-law, Diane Scrum of Granite City; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jim Dresch of Webster Groves, Missouri, Rick and Becky Dresch of Marine and Michael and Marla Dresch of Swansea; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Janet Weber of Edwardsville, Connie Witsberger of Troy and Lori and Alan Bohnenstiehl of Edwardsville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Monica Dresch; a brother-in-law, Alan Weber, nephew, Andrew Dresch and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Theresa Scrum. 

In celebration of his life, a memorial gathering will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth School, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City, IL 62040 and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Roger Dale Crites, 73, of Granite City passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022 at his home.  He was born July 24, 1949 in Kinder, MO to Elman and Pearline (Davis) Crites. 

He was retired from Granite City Steel after 27 years of service, where he worked as a crane operator.  He is an Army Veteran.  He served in Vietnam in the Mekong Delta in 1969 and in Desert Storm in 1991. 

Roger was a former member of the Steel City Street Rods in Granite City.  He enjoyed antique cars and participated in drag racing for most of his life.  He loved his dogs, Mandy and Ginger.

He is survived by two sons, Gary (Christina) Crites and Michael (Vicky) Crites; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Gary Jr; four great grandchildren, Gabriella, Aaleyah, Sylas and Harmony and two brothers Rick Crites and Mike (Alice) Crites all of Granite City.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will from 4 p.m. until the time of services at 7 pm. on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.  Burial will be at Brush Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 am Friday in Arab, MO.  In lieu flowers memorials can be made to the Granite City APA.


Ward Michael “Mike” Stroehmer, 63, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 7, 2022 at his home.

Mike was born April 22, 1959 in Sedalia, Missouri, to the late Frank and W.J (Ward) Stroehmer.

He worked as a Journeyman Glass Installer for many years. Mike could fix anything and enjoyed working on cars. He was an avid Cardinal fan and an animal lover. Mike loved to ride Harley’s. He enjoyed walking through old cemeteries with his sister where they would check all the dates on the headstones.

Survivors include his brother, Rob Stroehmer of Staunton, Illinois; sister, Rhonda Johnson of Belleville, Illinois; and brother, Frank Stroehmer of Belleville, Illinois; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Judith Ann Williams.

In accordance with Mike’s wishes, cremation will be handled by Irwin Chapel of Granite City, Illinois. Inurnment will take place at a later date.


Emma Christine Portell, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 4:39 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Cedarhurst of Granite City. 

She was born April 5, 1930 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Paul and Elizabeth (Toth) Sabo. 

She married the love of her life, Richard Irwin “Dick” Portell on October 25, 1947 at the former St. Joseph Catholic Church Rectory in Granite City and he passed away on August 18, 2020. 

Emma was a member of Nameoki United Methodist Church and a longtime faithful member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Granite City. She was a member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 where she was active with the Kitchen Band. She was a member of the Community Choir, enjoyed making jewerly, shopping, traveling and her years of going to Gulf Shores with her husband as snowbirds. She had a special love for music, had a beautiful voice, enjoyed sharing her talent for many weddings, funerals and other special events and singing with professional orchestras throughout the years. She cherished her family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. 

She is survived by a son, Gary Portell of Granite City; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Edward Kostecki of Granite City; four grandchildren and spouses, Darren and Dana Portell, Craig and Sarah Portell, Mathew and Melissa Portell and Rebecca and Dominic Spiroff; fourteen great grandchildren, Gary, Jaelon, McKenna, McGwire, Stephen, Breanna, Brendan, Nicholas, Peyton, Harrison, Annelise, Eliana, McCayde and McClayne; adopted daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Randy Knox of Austin, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Nancy Sabo of Granite City; two sisters-in-law, Pat Sabo of St. Louis and Martha Sabo of Carlinville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. 

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Joyce Portell; granddaughter, Laura Howe; seven brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles Sabo, Paul and Ruth Sabo, Teddy and Dorothy Sabo, Art Sabo, Rev. Robert Sabo, John Sabo and Frankie Sabo; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Orville Brooks, Pauline and Shad Craycraft and Betty and Carl Courtright. 

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022 with Reverend Greg Dickerman and Reverend Gary Portell officiating. If unable to attend and you wish to watch the funeral service, please join the livestream at her tribute wall on www.irwinchapel.com. 

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

Memorials may be made to Heritage Church in Granite City and may be accepted at the funeral home.


Alice Corine Rogers, 86, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away at her home with her family by her side on September 5, 2022.

Alice was born to the late, Robert E. and Alla May (Adams) Baker on July 25, 1936 in Ruskin, Tennessee. She and William Houston Rogers were married on April 2, 1954 and celebrated 68 years of marriage.

She was a member of City Temple church family and previously attended Tri-City Assembly. Alice was a Christian woman who loved her family. She enjoyed decorating her home, dining out and antiquing. Alice and Bill loved to travel and see the Country together.

Survivors include her husband, William Houston Rogers of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Sheila A. (Gary) Wilson of Troy, Illinois; son, Marlin L. (Chris) Rogers of Troy, Missouri; grandchildren: Hollie Nicole (Tim) Fike of Troy, Illinois, Andrew Ryan Wilson of Collinsville, Illinois, Jonathan Taylor Wilson of Troy, Illinois, Blake Austin (Katelyn) Rogers of Suffolk, Virginia, and Jake Houston Rogers of Suffolk, Virginia; great grandchildren: Adam Joseph Fike, Thomas Aaron Fike, and Anna Marie Fike; brothers: Bobby G. Baker of Madison, Illinois, and Ernest L. (Brenda) Baker of Mitchell, Illinois; sister, Mona S. (Robert) Pacheco of Granite City, Illinois.She was also preceded in death by her brothers: Hairel T. Baker and Void T. Baker; sister and brother-in-law, Cordessie (John) Childers; sister-in-laws Anneliese Baker and Margie Baker.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022 at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


Melanie Rees was born July 18, 1958 in St. Charles, Missouri, a daughter of the late Francis Marion and Helen “Louise” (Bruch) Rees. 

Melanie had worked in the insurance industry with many years of service in management. She was a very talented artist and always enjoyed sketching and drawing. She enjoyed music and cherished her family. 

She is survived by eleven brothers and sisters and their spouses, Ursula and Mike Jostedt of St. Charles, Missouri, Joan and John Burks of East Alton, Donna and Lonnie McCoy of East Alton, Tom and Debe Rees of Granite City, David Rees of Worden, Mary Lou and Tim Lyerla of Granite City, Mark and Felicia Rees of Edwardsville, Emily and Alexander Wilson of Glen Carbon, Jean Marie Causey of Granite City, Andrew Rees of Granite City and Stephanie and Dennis Squibb of Grand Rapids, Michigan; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; cousins; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Rees.

In celebration of her life, a private family funeral and burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville with Deacon Michael Halbrook officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan House, 1825 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, Illinois 62040 and may be accepted at the funeral home or online at www.goodsamhouse.org


Melvin L. Coakley, 80, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 1:56 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. 

He was born January 12, 1942 in Jerseyville, Illinois, a son of the late Robert Lee and Robbie Darlene (Cheek) Coakley. 

He married Donna J. (Pratt) Coakley on September 30, 2005 in Granite City and she survives. 

The United States Air Force veteran proudly served his country with 20 years of faithful and honorable service. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2004 with 20 years of dedicated service in Granite City as a carrier and janitor.

Melvin was a member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie #1126 and the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved playing cards, motorcycle rides, watching St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and his days of traveling. He cherished his family and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Sherry Coakley of Granite City, Donna and Larry Dunn of Granite City and Robbie Coakley of Granite City; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Coakley of Collinsville; other extended family and many friends. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carole Sue (Farley) Coakley; two sons, David Paul and Robert Carl; a grandson, Cody Lee; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rodger and Jannis and David.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Greg Dickerman officiating. 

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

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project and may be made at the funeral home or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.


Alma L. Voss, 70, of Granite City, IL passed away in her home on September 3, 2022.

She was born to the late Herschel  and Eleanor (Schulte) Cassy on January 21, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo.

Alma loved to craft; she could make just about anything and really loved to sew, knit and crochet. When she wasn’t crafting, she loved spending time with her family

Alma is survived by 2 daughters: Nicole (Michael) Basarich, Natalie Voss; a son: Nathan Voss; 7 grandchildren: : Nicholas (Mackenzie) Bruzaitis, Natalya Voss, Megan Cassy, Odessa Kissee, Maddison Voss, Cayden Hicks, Damian Voss and 2 great grandchildren: Delta Cato and Rosalie Bruzaitis; a brother: Terry (Sherry) Cassy and a sister – in – law, Cathy Cassy.

Besides her parents, Alma is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Gregory Voss and a brother, Gene Cassy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made directly to the family.

Gregory “Greg” Voss, 71, of Granite City, IL passed away Monday, August 29, 2022 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born to the late Raymond and Zora (Vasil) Voss, Sr. on April 21, 1951 In St. Louis, MO. Greg served in the U. S. Army. He met and married Alma Cassy on November 22, 1980 In Granite City, IL. Greg retired after 34 years from Granite City Steel.

Greg loved watching the horse races, watching and learning about history, bowling and sun bathing. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #113

 He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Alma Voss; 2 daughters: Nicole (Michael) Basarich, Natalie Voss; a son: Nathan Voss; 7 grandchildren: Nicholas (Mackenzie) Bruzaitis, Natalya Voss, Megan Cassy, Odessa Kissee, Maddison Voss, Cayden Hicks, Damian Voss and 2 great grandchildren: Delta Cato and Rosalie Bruzaitis.

Besides his parents, Greg is preceded in death by a brother, Raymond “Kenny” Voss, Jr.

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

Donations may be made directly to the family.


Shirley Jean Holder, 94, of Granite City, Illinois, passed away September 3, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.

Jean was born to the late Roland and Alice (McCarthy) Koesterer on January 22, 1928 in Granite City, Illinois. In 1950, Jean graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Education. A proud Saluki, Jean spent a number of years teaching at schools throughout the area. She married Joseph Cornelius Holder on December 27, 1957 and was blessed with 62 years of loving marriage prior to his passing in 2019.

Jean was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois. An avid gardener, Jean had the greenest of thumbs. When asked her secret to healthy, vibrant flowers, Jean would smile and claim that she “didn’t have one beyond love, and a little water”. She was most fond of her orchids and African violets, and made a habit of nursing the puniest of flowers back to health.

Jean had quite the sense of humor, and was well known for incisive one-liners that left everyone in stitches. Jean had a heart of gold and was endlessly caring and compassionate. 

She never met a stranger, and took great pride in being a Sister, Aunt and Grandma to everyone, even if they were not related. She gave the best advice, and never judged the situation of others. She welcomed everyone to her home and loved hosting friends and family for holidays, birthdays, or even just a cup of coffee and some cookies. She enjoyed quilting, working on puzzles, and watching the hummingbirds feed at the mimosa tree in her backyard. Jean was a lifelong Cardinal fan and a member of the Knothole gang at Sportsman Park. Willie McGee was her favorite player. In her youth, she was a committed bobby soxer and could always be found listening to Frank Sinatra or Harry James. Moreover, Jean was an adventurous traveler who reveled in long road trips to see family and friends in California, Vermont, or Washington.

Jean is survived by her daughters: Karen Holder of Granite City, Illinois, Ann Holder of Granite City, Illinois, and Mary Holder-Hart and husband Michael Hart of Granite City, Illinois; grandchildren: William Hart, Joseph Hart, Thomas Hart, and Katherine Hart; nieces and nephews: Bob Koesterer, Connie Koesterer, Sharon (Jerry Owens) Van Meter, John (Beth) Koesterer, Elaine (Andy) Budz; as well as special great nieces: Melissa (Frank) Lawson and Jessica (Frank) McNeny; brother-in-law, Robert Holder; and cousin Florence “Beebe” Phelan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Cornelius Holder; as well as her brothers: Ray Koesterer and Robert “Gus” Koesterer.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. A prayer service will take place at 5:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City, Illinois, with Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois.


Iline Estella Gilliam, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:31 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. 

She was born June 23, 1939 in Madison, Illinois, a daughter of the late Virgil E. and Beatrice M. (Reynolds) Hughes. 

She married Floyd E. Gilliam on October 6, 1956 at the former Word of Life Tabernacle in Madison, Illinois and he survives. 

She was a longtime faithful member of the Berryman Assembly of God Church in Steelville, Missouri where she served as a Ladies Ministry leader for many years.  She is also a member and enjoyed attending Calvary Life Church in Granite City.  Iline had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing throughout her life, she cherished babysitting for her grandchildren and enjoyed her days of crocheting, reading and drawing. 

In addition to her beloved husband of nearly 66 years, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda R. and David Kessler of Granite City, M. Darlene and Glenn Allmeyer of O’Fallon, Missouri and Melissa M. and Eric Marcus of Granite City; grandchildren, six grandchildren, Sarah and Albert Forrester, Eric Marcus II, Jake Marcus, Grace Marcus, Stephanie Kessler and Elana White; six great grandchildren, Hallie, Wyatt, Ella and Rhett Forrester and Peyton and Lily White; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marlene and Rev. John Slade of Steelville, Missouri and Marie James of Marble Hill, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Louise Hughes of Marble Hill, Missouri and Opal Mincher of Steelville, Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, a grandson, Jerod White; an infant grandson, Evan James; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Everett Hughes, Pete and Helen Hughes, Frank and Mary Ann Hughes, Harold and Hilda Hughes and Bill and Mary Jane Hughes and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delores and Ray Brown. 

In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Calvary Life Church, 4650 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. 

Graveside services will be held at the Skaggs Cemetery in Steelville, Missouri on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 12:00 noon. 

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


Marie Rose Loman, 100, of Edwardsville, Illinois, formerly of Granite City, Illinois, passed away on September 1, 2022.

Marie was born August 14, 1922 in Granite City, Illinois, to Emil and Mary (Sila) Plese. She married her loving husband, Barry B. Loman on July 9, 1941 and celebrated 61 years together before he passed away in 2002.

She was of the catholic faith and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. Marie worked as a seamstress in the St. Louis Garment District at Carlye Dress Factory.

 Her career there lasted from 1960 until 1987. She loved to sew and made beautiful pieces. Marie also loved working in her yard and gardening. She was so loved and cherished by her family and will be missed greatly.

Survivors include her children: Carole Peto of Elgin, Illinois, Thomas Loman of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Barry Loman of Edwardsville, Illinois; brother, Edward Plese of Daytona Beach, Florida; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Eric) Usselton, Jennifer Loman, Gregory (Adoree), Theodore (Sarah) Peto, and Stephanie Peto; great-grandchildren: Molly White, Jacob Usselton, Megan Usselton, Samuel Usselton, Andrew Peto, Ethan Peto, Charles Peto, and Sophie Peto; great-great grandson, Theo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Barry B. Loman; brothers: Raymond and William Plese; sister, Ester Taffenhart; son-in-law, Warren Peto; and sister-in-law, Mary Plese.

A visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 110 N. Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, Illinois. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Father Jeffrrey Goeckner officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville, Illinois, under the direction of Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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