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Ralph H. Kurtz

May 10, 1937 - September 20, 2017

Ralph Henry Kurtz, 80, of Darmstadt, IL; born on May 10, 1937 in Todds Mill, IL; passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his home. Mr. Kurtz was a electrical lineman, professional tree trimmer and a farmer. He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church. Ralph enjoyed camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents...
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Lois Imogene Habermann

February 8, 1927 - September 5, 2017

Lois Imogene, nee Deppe, Habermann, 90, of Freeburg, IL; born on February 8, 1927 in Percy, IL; passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mrs. Habermann was the laundry manager at the Freeburg Care Center. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Lois was an avid gardener...
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Edgar "Bud" Wirth

August 18, 1931 - August 28, 2017

Edgar W. "Bud" Wirth, 86, of New Athens, IL, born August 18, 1931 in New Athens, passed away Friday, August 28, 2017 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. Mr. Wirth honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He was the owner of Wirco Castings Foundry in New Athens. He was a member of SAE Fraternity, Rotary International, Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, IL...
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Lillian Ella Steinheimer

August 19, 1928 - August 21, 2017

Lillian Ella, nee Schopfer, Steinheimer, 89, of Lenzburg, IL; born on August 19, 1928 in New Athens Township, IL; passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital with her family gathered around her. Mrs. Steinheimer was a homemaker. She attended the Dutch Hill School, graduated from New Athens High School in 1946 and studied at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO....
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Sophia Quathamer

October 20, 1927 - August 15, 2017

Sophia, nee Carpenter, Quathamer, 89, of Lenzburg, IL; born on October 20, 1927 in Marissa, IL; passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in O'Fallon, MO. Mrs. Quathamer was a homemaker. She loved flowers, gardening, sewing and quilting. Sophia also loved taking care of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents – Benjamin and Maria, nee Schwebel, Carpenter. Her husband Carl...
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Eugene John Dintelman

December 11, 1935 - July 10, 2017

Eugene John Dintelman, 81, of St. Libory, IL; born on December 11, 1935 in St. Libory, IL; passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home. Mr. Dintelman was a lifelong butcher working at various locations. He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church. Gene enjoyed spending time with the coffee group and card playing club. He was preceded in death by his parents – Oscar and...
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Corey Thomas Weber

March 12, 1992 - June 18, 2017

Corey Thomas Weber, 25, of New Athens, IL, born March 12, 1992 in Sparta, IL, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017. Corey was dedicated to serving the New Athens community as a member of the New Athens Fire District and also the New Athens Ambulance service. He is survived by his father Thomas John Weber of New Athens and his mother; Tammy Sue (Condon) Weber also of New Athens, IL, one brother;...
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Ruby Evelyn Vogler

October 28, 1926 - June 15, 2017

Ruby Evelyn, Nee Smith, Vogler, 90, of Mountain View, MO, formerly of Belleville, IL, born October 28, 1926 in Anna, IL, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Mountain View Health Care Center in Mountain View, MO. Mrs. Vogler had worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone Company but later became a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL working as a candy striper and...
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Teresa D. Ahne

September 2, 1977 - June 1, 2017

Teresa Dorothy Ahne, 39, of New Athens, IL; born on September 2, 1977 in Springfield, IL; passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Teresa was an EMT with St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was a devoted and loving mother. She was preceded in death by her mother – Leona, nee Holland, Evans. She is survived by her dad – Michael Evans of New Athens, IL. Her children – James David Matney, Jr.;...
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Emilie Anne Sommer

November 1, 1928 - May 25, 2017

SOMMER Emilie Anne Sommer, 88, of rural Marissa, IL; born on November 1, 1928 in Baldwin, IL; passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Emilie began her working career as a dental assistant in St. Louis County. Staying in the medical profession, she went to work for Dr. Pratt at Queenie Tower at Washington University Medical School. She retired in 1994...
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Harold H. "Joe" Haubrich, Jr.

February 10, 1934 - May 25, 2017

Harold H. "Joe" Haubrich, Jr., 83, of New Athens, IL; born on February 10, 1934 in St. Louis, MO; passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Joe went to St. Agatha's Grade School in New Athens and graduated from Christian Brothers College Prep High School in St. Louis. He attended Quincy College before enlisting in the Air Force and serving tours in both...
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John P. Wildt

November 21, 1923 - May 18, 2017

John P. Wildt, 93, of Freeburg, IL; formerly of Lenzburg, IL, born on November 21, 1923 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Cedar Trails Senior Living Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Wildt was a farmer. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ and a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. John enjoyed camping, hunting and playing cards. He was preceded in...
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Betty Rose Hepp

March 22, 1929 - May 6, 2017

Betty Rose, nee Koenigstein, Hepp, 88, of New Athens, IL; born on March 22, 1929 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo, IL. Mrs. Hepp was the co-owner and operator of Hepp Truck Service. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ where she also served in the Women's Guild and sung in the choir. She was a member of the New Athens...
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Lewis Buettner

March 14, 1933 - April 25, 2017

Lewis Edwin Buettner, 84, of New Athens, IL; born on March 14, 1933 in Fults, IL; passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home. Mr. Buettner owned and operated a TV and Appliance Repair and Sales store in New Athens for many years. He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ. He was a member of American Legion Post 581 in Columbia,...
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Marlin D. Albert

May 13, 1935 - April 15, 2017

Marlin Dale Albert, 81, of New Athens, IL; born on May 13, 1935 in Freeburg, IL; passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Mr. Albert was a surveyor for Peabody Coal Company for 37 years. He was a graduate of New Athens High School and attended Ranken Technical Institute in St. Louis, MO. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL. He served his country in the United...
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Robert "Bob" Waeltz

July 31, 1931 - April 11, 2017

Robert "Bob" L. Waeltz, 85, of New Athens, IL; born on July 31, 1931 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Waeltz was a retired coal miner. He was a 50 plus year member of the Progressive Grange. He was a member of the New Athens Lions Club, a Charter member of the New Athens Historical Society, a trustee of the Marissa...
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Orville Patrick Bush

September 17, 1930 - March 27, 2017

Orville Patrick Bush, 86, of Cahokia, IL; born on September 17, 1930 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, IL. Mr. Bush was a retired switchman for Illinois Central Railroad. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was very active with St. John Community Day Care. Pat was an avid collector of Indian...
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Bernice "Bea" T. Huber

January 17, 1919 - March 24, 2017

Bernice T. "Bea" Huber, nee Schoepp, 98, of New Athens, IL, born January 17, 1919 in New Athens, IL, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. Bernice, along with her late husband Edmund, owned and operated Huber Heating and Cooling and Wallpaper and Paints in New Athens for 43 years. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New...
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Johnnie Allen Coke, Jr.

December 10, 1946 - March 24, 2017

Johnnie Allen Coke, Jr., 70, of Marissa, IL, born December 10, 1946 in Belleville, IL, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL surrounded by family. Johnnie was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He always put others before himself. He was a construction contractor who played in various pool leagues and was an avid...
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Marshall C. Haefner

February 3, 1941 - March 11, 2017

Marshall Carl Haefner, 76, of New Athens, IL; born on February 3, 1941 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Haefner was a retired truck driver for ABF. He was a United States Army Veteran. He was a member of the Teamsters and the New Athens Sportsmen's Club. Marshall loved to ride his motorcycle. He was preceded in...
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Stella H. Muench

December 30, 1924 - February 28, 2017

Mrs. Stella H. Muench, nee Dickey, 92, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Columbia, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens. Stella was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Ella (Sinn) Dickey, her husband, Raymond Muench, whom she married on July 5, 1947 in...
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Judy Hart

September 23, 1954 - February 20, 2017

Judy A., nee Caldwell, Hart, 62, of Lenzburg, IL; born on September 23, 1954 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Judy was a clerk for many years and worked at various businesses in Marissa. She enjoyed card playing. She was preceded in death by her parents - Harold and Margaret, nee Brown, Caldwell. One brother and one sister...
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Mary Ann Muffo

December 6, 1935 - January 4, 2017

Mary Ann, nee Tafoya, Muffo, 81, of New Athens, IL; born on December 6, 1935 in Santa Clara Pueblo, Espanola, New Mexico, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Mrs. Muffo was an assembler at Siemans and Mallinkrodt. She also worked as a housekeeper and aide at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Mary Ann enjoyed cooking, being outdoors and walking. ...
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Bernice L. Thompson

December 19, 1925 - December 29, 2016

Bernice L., nee Wagner, Thompson, 91, of New Athens, IL, born December 19, 1925 in Hecker, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. She was a cook for 25 years at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Bernice was a member of VFW Post 7710 Ladies' Auxiliary, St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens and also of the church Women's Guild. She...
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Arlene Katherine Politsch

August 19, 1924 - December 20, 2016

Arlene Katherine, nee Lesker, Politsch, 92, of Lenzburg, IL, born August 19, 1924 in Lenzburg, Il passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mrs. Politsch was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in Lenzburg, IL. She enjoyed quilting, cooking and canning from her husband Ralph's garden. Arlene also was an avid reader and...
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Joann M. Light

May 6, 1942 - November 23, 2016

Joann M. Light, nee Juenger, 74, of New Athens, IL; born on May 6, 1942 in Mascoutah, IL; passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Joann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a homemaker and provided childcare from her home for many years. Until recent years you would find Joann and her husband camping just about...
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Geraldine Alma Hilda Robinson

September 18, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Geraldine Alma Hilda Robinson, 95, formerly of Lenzburg, Illinois, passed away peacefully on November 20th, 2016 at Lantern Park Nursing Center in Coralville, Iowa. Geraldine was born in Lenzburg, Illinois on September 18th, 1921, the daughter of Erwin Groh and Frieda Prediger. At the age of 16, Geraldine lost her mother, and her father remarried Leota Dickson. Geraldine graduated from...
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Marjorie F. Lischer

July 20, 1925 - November 10, 2016

Marjorie F. Lischer, nee Gilmore, 91, of Ballwin, MO, formerly of New Athens, IL, born July 20, 1925 in New Franklin, MO, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Brookdale- West County Nursing Home in Ballwin, MO. Mrs. Lischer was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents - Cary and Margaret (Roberts) Gilmore and her beloved husband to whom she was married for 70 years, A....
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Arnold George Krieg

January 25, 1927 - November 8, 2016

Arnold George Krieg, 89, of New Athens, IL; born on January 25, 1927 in Freeburg Township; passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Krieg was a lifelong farmer and a United States Army veteran. He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Arnold also enjoyed to deer hunting. He was preceded in death by his parents - Elmer and Emma...
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Katherine M. Napier

August 13, 1921 - November 6, 2016

Katherine M. Napier, nee Scheibe, 95, of New Athens, IL; born on August 13, 1921 in Valmeyer, IL; passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Napier was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She cleaned house for several ladies in New Athens. She worked at Fairway Department Store in New Athens and was also a kitchen...
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Harry J. Junge

February 23, 1929 - October 9, 2016

Harry John Junge, 87, of New Athens, IL; born on February 23, 1929 in Baldwin, IL; passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mr. Junge was a coal miner and retired from Peabody Coal Company after 34 years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in Berlin, Germany during the Korean War. He...
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Allen Swyear

August 2, 1956 - October 4, 2016

Allen R. Swyear, 60, of New Athens, IL; born on August 2, 1956 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. Mr. Swyear was a ride supervisor with Swyear Amusements, INC. Allen enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his father - Raymond Swyear. He is survived by one son - Tim Swyear of Granite City, IL. His mother -...
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Esther L. Lischer

August 16, 1917 - October 1, 2016

Esther L. Lischer, 99 of New Athens, IL, born August 16, 1917 in Lenzburg TWP, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at The New Athens Home for the Aged. Mrs. Lischer was a homemaker and member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents; Daniel and Clara (Hager) Reinhardt, her husband, Delmar W. "Delly" Lischer whom she married on November 8,...
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Marvin Hentzel

June 15, 1926 - August 30, 2016

Marvin William Hentzel, 90, of New Athens, IL; born on June 15, 1926 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Mr. Hentzel, with his family, operated the International Harvester Dealership and the Chrysler Dealership in New Athens. Later he was an insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company until his retirement. Marvin was a...
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Elizabeth A. Nadler

September 30, 1953 - August 20, 2016

Elizabeth A. Nadler, 62, of New Athens, IL, born September 30th, 1953 in Belleville, IL, passed away Saturday, August 20th at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Nadler was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL. Liz worked for almost 23 years at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. She had worked in the housekeeping department but loved working...
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Phyllis S. Mueller

September 4, 1929 - June 28, 2016

Phyllis S. Mueller, nee Smith, of New Athens, IL, born on September 4, 1929 in Erie, PA, passed away on June 28, 2016 at St. Paul's Home in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Mueller proudly and honorably served her country as a United States Air Force officer from 1957 - 1963. She was the WAF squadron commander at the Syracuse, NY Air Force Station of the 32nd Air Division in 1958. Phyllis was a 1951 graduate...
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Darlene A. Miller

August 20, 1939 - June 23, 2016

Darlene A., nee Reitz, Miller, 76, of New Athens, IL; born on August 20, 1939 in Biddleborn, IL; passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ. She loved to cook and spend time with her family. Darlene enjoyed listening and especially dancing to polka music. She was...
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Delow Fruth

October 16, 1926 - June 16, 2016

Delow, nee Wallace, Fruth, 89, of Marissa, IL; born on October 16, 1926 in Nortonville, KY; passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL. Mrs. Fruth was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents - Livingston and Anna, nee Farmer, Wallace. Two sisters - Blanche Neff; Lucille Mitze. Three brothers-in-law - Kenneth Neff; Henry Mitze;...
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Viola L. Falchetti

May 15, 1931 - May 25, 2016

Viola Louise, nee Schneider, Falchetti, 85, of Glen Carbon, IL; formerly of San Francisco, CA. Born on May 15, 1931 in Lenzburg, IL; passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL. Mrs. Falchetti was a realtor and at one time held the record for selling the most expensive home in San Francisco. She was of the Lutheran faith and regularly attended church service...
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Ronald D. Darin, Sr.

September 29, 1948 - May 25, 2016

Ronald D. Darin, Sr., 67, of Lenzburg, IL, born September 29, 1948 in Centralia, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Highland Healthcare Center In Highland, IL. Mr. Darin was a retired coal miner who loved to hunt and fish. He also honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the United Mine Workers and also a life member...
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Georgian Bochantin

May 3, 1936 - April 18, 2016

Georgian Bochantin, nee Bathon, 79, of New Athens, IL; born on May 3, 1936 in Lively Grove, IL; passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Bochantin was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church. Georgian helped prepare and serve many Knights of Columbus and other church dinners. She was an avid reader. Most of all she loved...
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Justin Matthew Little

November 7, 1986 - April 13, 2016

Justin Matthew Little, age 29, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of New Athens, IL, beloved son of Paula and Jon Meyer and beloved brother of Dylayna (Kenny Campbell) Little, born November 7, 1986 in Red Bud, IL, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. He loved to play video games, shoot his gun and hang out with friends. Justin was preceded in death by his father, David Todd Little...
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Betty J. Powers

August 28, 1930 - March 30, 2016

Betty J. Powers, nee Creekpaum, 85, of New Athens, IL, born August 28, 1930 in Vergennes, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Maryville, IL. Mrs. Powers worked as dietary coordinator at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Powers, Sr., who died on September 4, 1998, her parents; Theodore and...
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Mathilda E. Sommer

June 21, 1924 - March 26, 2016

Mathilda E. Sommer, 91, of rural Marissa, IL, born on June 21, 1924 in Baldwin, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mathilda grew up with her eleven brothers and sisters on the family farm, where she learned the joy of hard work and a job well done. She began her working career at Wehrheim's Mercantile in Baldwin, and later moved to St. Louis,...
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Lucille "Sue" Luter

August 30, 1926 - March 19, 2016

Lucille "Sue", nee Ballard, Luter, 89, of New Athens, IL; formerly of Cahokia, IL; was born on August 30, 1926 in Randolph County, AR; passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Luter was the owner and operator of the Royal Treat Restaurant in Cahokia from 1959 to 1988. She was preceded in death by her parents - Grover and Lena, nee...
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James H. "Sam" DeWeese

February 13, 1943 - March 18, 2016

James H. "Sam" DeWeese, 73, of Marissa, IL; born on February 13, 1943 in Cache, IL; passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. DeWeese started work as a laborer on different farms before eventually working as a factory laborer. He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, IL. Sam was well known at two Marissa restaurants - the...
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Magdalene M. "Maggie" Liefer

September 23, 1935 - March 17, 2016

Magdalene M. "Maggie" Liefer, nee Stork, 80, of New Athens, IL, was born on September 23, 1935 in Walsh, IL; passed away on Thursday March 17, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Liefer and her husband owned and operated Merl and Maggie's Food and Liquor in New Athens for many years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a former member of the...
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Betty J. McMillian

February 4, 1919 - March 9, 2016

Betty J. , nee Brolin, McMillian, 68, of New Athens, IL, born February 4, 1948 in Florence, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.. Betty was a homemaker. She is survived by her children; Wendy (Alan) Kurtz of Oakdale, IL, Jerry (Brandy) Kesler of St. Libory, IL, Miles (Rhonda) Kesler of Tilden, IL and Bobbie Jo (Jerry) Messina...
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Arlene L. Fritsche

March 9, 1927 - February 26, 2016

Arlene Louise, nee Thies, Fritsche, 88, of New Athens, IL; born on March 9, 1927 in Ava, IL; passed away on February 26, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Mrs. Fritsche retired after 20 years as a binder for Spartan Printing. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Arlene liked growing flowers, assembling puzzles and crocheting. Arlene also enjoyed bird watching. She...
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Louie C. Sommer

September 5, 1919 - February 13, 2016

Louie C. Sommer, 96, of rural Marissa, IL, born on September 5, 1919 in Baldwin, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Sommer farmed in Randolph, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois until his retirement and assisted managing his farm in Missouri. He was a man of steel with a heart of gold. Mr. Sommer was preceded in death by his...
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Brandy Nicole Contratto

October 26, 1991 - January 22, 2016

Brandy Nicole Contratto, 24, of New Athens, IL; born on October 26, 1991 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016. Brandy was a much loved waitress and bartender at the Bull Pen Bar and Grill in New Athens, IL. She was a dedicated student and even loved to study. She was a recent graduate of SIU-E obtaining a bachelors degree in Science. She was currently enrolled at Lewis...
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Marjorie M. Winkelman

December 24, 1927 - January 19, 2016

Mrs. Marjorie M., nee McGee, Winkelman, 88, of New Athens, IL, born December 24, 1927 in Marissa, IL, passed away on Tuesday, Janaury 19, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Mrs. Winkelman had been an inspector at the shoe factory in Belleville. She also attended St. Peter United Church of Christ in Lenzburg, IL She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert H. Winkelman, whom she...
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Russell P. Ziegler

January 21, 1923 - January 17, 2016

Russell Phillip Ziegler, 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at The New Athens Home for the Aged. He was born to Henry C. Ziegler and Hilda K. (nee Bretsch) Ziegler on January 21, 1923, in New Athens, IL. He was married to his wife of 61 years, Harriet 'Hap' Casperson, on May 13, 1944. She preceded him in death in 2005. Mr. Ziegler was a veteran of the United States...
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Marilyn Nora Mehner

June 11, 1942 - December 30, 2015

Miss Marilyn Nora Mehner, 73, of New Athens, IL, born June 11, 1942 in Belleville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents; Alvin J. and Goldie B., nee Beimfohr, Mehner, Jr. Marilyn is survived by her brother; Barry (Dixie) Mehner of New Athens, 2 nephews and I niece. The Mehner Family...
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Doris Janet Dayton

March 7, 1942 - December 27, 2015

Ms. Doris Janet Dayton, 73, of Lenzburg, IL, born March 7, 1942 in Quincy, IL, was called home on Sunday, December 27, 2015 with her family by her side. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, listening to her music, watching the news and the Young and the Restless time and time again. Ms. Dayton was preceded in death by her mother Marie Viole Riley and 3...
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Helen L. Wright

September 20, 1939 - December 24, 2015

Helen L., nee Gegel, Wright, 76, of Belleville, IL, born September 20, 1939 in Marissa, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at her residence. She had been a school bus driver for area schools for the past 22 years. She had also attended First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her parents; Arthur H. and Edna C., nee Marler, Gegel, her husband;...
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Leonard Gail Gardner

May 9, 1960 - December 11, 2015

Leonard Gail Gardner, 55, of Mt. Vernon, IL, born May 9, 1960 in Belleville, IL, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Gardner was a roofing contractor. He also honorably served his country in the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Gail Richard Gardner. Leonard is survived by his 2 daughters; Gabrielle Renee Gardner...
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Deanna Whitney Steinwagner

May 12, 1988 - November 25, 2015

Deanna Whitney Steinwagner, 27, of New Athens, IL born on May 12, 1988 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama. Deanna was a CNA. She loved racing and was very involved in B.E.T. racing for most of her life. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather - Earl Steinwagner. She is survived by her father - Ken Steinwagner of Baldwin, IL...
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Richard "Doug" Poston

March 29, 1953 - November 21, 2015

Richard "Doug" Poston, 62, of New Athens, IL; born on March 29, 1953 in Springfield, MO; passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Doug was a coal miner and a carpenter. He was a member of the UMWA and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 716. He was also a member of the New Athens Sportsman's Club. Doug...
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Joan J. Lannom

December 22, 1932 - November 2, 2015

Joan Juanita, nee Prairie, Lannom, 82, of New Athens, IL; born on December 22, 1932 in Momence, IL; passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Lannom was a homemaker. She was also a cook for many years at various New Athens restaurants. She was an avid motorcycle racing fan. Joan greatly loved her grandkids and enjoyed watching them participate...
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Charles Dean Thomas

February 27, 1947 - October 30, 2015

Charles Dean Thomas, 68, of Lenzburg, IL, born February 27, 1947 in Belleville, IL, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. He was a mechanic for Feder Trucking in New Athens. He loved to fish and was known for his artistic ability in drawing. Mr. Thomas also honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. He is...
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David C. "Boog" Kreher

October 23, 1955 - October 18, 2015

David C. "Boog" Kreher, 59, of New Athens, IL; born on October 23, 1955 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Freeburg Care Center. David was a coal miner. David loved his community and served New Athens in countless ways. He was a Village Trustee for New Athens from May 1979 to April 2003, then from August 2010 to present. He served as Mayor of New Athens from...
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Myron Franklin Porch

March 10, 1928 - October 18, 2015

Myron Franklin Porch, 87, of New Athens, IL; born on March 10, 1928 in Poplar Bluff, MO; passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Porch was a retired tool and die maker. He was a United States Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents - Solomon and Minerva, nee Culver, Porch. His loving wife - Wanda Lee, nee Killmer, Porch whom...
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Conner Devan LaPointe

March 17, 1997 - September 23, 2015

Conner Devan LaPointe, 18, of New Athens, IL; born on March 17, 1997 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Swansea, IL. Conner worked in lawn care. He recently graduated from New Athens High School. He was a member of the New Athens Sportsman's Club. Conner loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death by a...
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Ruby Wilma Smith

July 10, 1928 - September 14, 2015

Ruby Wilma, nee Darnstaedt, Smith, 87, of Lenzburg, IL, born on July 10, 1928 in New Wells, MO; passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She also worked for a time at the shoe factory on the assembly line. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens and the Lenzburg Lions Club, Ruby was also...
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David D. Nuernberger

June 5, 1948 - September 11, 2015

David D. Nuernberger, 67, of Marissa, IL; was born on June 5, 1948 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL to Dolores, nee Germaine, and James Nuernberger of New Athens, IL; passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Dave retired from Nascote, Ind. on June 4, 2010. He was also a coal miner, truck dispatcher and a welder. Dave was a volunteer...
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Ruth J. Schaller

March 10, 1916 - September 7, 2015

Ruth, nee Joseph, Schaller, of New Athens, IL, entered peacefully into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the age of 99 with her sons at her side. She was born March 10, 1916 on a farm near Freeburg, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Ruth, nee Carr, Joseph. She graduated from Freeburg High School as Valedictorian and went to Brown Business School in St....
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Norma Margaret Klingenberg

December 15, 1924 - September 3, 2015

Norma Margaret Klingenberg, nee Hanser, 90, of Freeburg, IL; formerly of New Athens, IL; born on December 15, 1924 in Edwardsville, IL; passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Klingenberg earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1951. She was a department manager at JC Penney's. Norma worked at both...
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Dean G. Andres

August 19, 2015

Dean G. Andres, 88, of New Athens, IL, born June 23, 1927 in Mascoutah, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. He honorably served his country in the US Navy at the latter part of WW2. Dean retired from the U.S. Postal Service after being a letter carrier for 30 years. As a child, Dean spent time at the clubhouse on the Kaskaskia River with his...
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George Michael Meketa

April 22, 1960 - August 13, 2015

George Michael Meketa, 55, of New Athens, IL; born on April 22, 1960 in Shelby, OH; passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Meketa was a building maintenance worker. He was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville, IL and attended St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL. He was a...
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Linda Ann Nace

September 7, 1948 - August 12, 2015

Linda Ann Nace, nee Williams, 66, of New Athens, IL, born September 7, 1948 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Nace was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy, nee Brinkly, Williams, 1 granddaughter, Donna "D.J." Calvert, 1 sister, Virginia Gail Shaw and 1 sister-in-law, Diane...
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Stanley C. Pannier

July 14, 1937 - August 1, 2015

Stanley C. Pannier, 78, of Lenzburg, IL; born on July 14, 1937 in Marissa Township; passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 as a result of a pickup truck accident. Mr. Pannier was a long time grain and livestock farmer and was very active in the community. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Lenzburg and served as church treasurer for many years. He was active in the...
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Juanita J. Dudeck

December 24, 1934 - July 26, 2015

Juanita J. Dudeck, 80, of New Athens, IL; born December 24, 1934 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Freeburg Care Center. Ms. Dudeck was a secretary for over 50 years for New Athens School Dist. #60 . She was very proud of her lawn and spent countless hours maintaining it. She was preceded in death by her parents - John and Henrietta, nee Staehle, Dudeck. ...
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Clarence W. Thompson

January 21, 1935 - July 25, 2015

Clarence Wilbur Thompson, 80, of Lenzburg, IL, born January 21, 1935 in Clarmin, IL, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his residence with family at his side. Mr. Thompson honorably served his country in the United States Army. He was a cabinet maker and also worked for New Athens School Dist. #60 as a bus driver and custodian. He was also a former member of the Lenzburg Fire Dept. and the...
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Jesse James Newberry, Jr.

July 28, 1943 - June 16, 2015

Jesse James Newberry, Jr., 71, of New Athens, IL, born July 28, 1943 in Collinsville, IL, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at his home. Mr. Newberry honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a coal miner and member of the UMWA. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; Jesse James and Isabel Marie, nee Burgess, Newberry, Sr., and 1 sister, Betty Jean Kimbrel. ...
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Ralph E. Politsch

October 17, 1924 - June 9, 2015

Ralph E. Politsch, 90, of Lenzburg, IL; born on October 17, 1924 in Lenzburg, IL; passed away on June 9, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mr. Politsch was a molder at the Autocrat Foundry. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in World War II. He was a member of GMP Allied Workers and also served on the Lenzburg School Board; Volunteer Fire Department and...
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June M. Nagel

June 21, 1924 - June 4, 2015

June M., nee Holtman, Nagel, 90, of New Athens, IL; born on June 21, 1924 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Nagel was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ where she also served in the Women's Guild. June loved to sew and stitched several pictures for her family. She was an avid reader and also...
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Lana S. Keil

February 10, 1955 - May 24, 2015

Lana S. Keil, 60, of New Athens, IL, born February 10, 1955 in Red Bud, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. Lana had a variety of jobs including working as a nurse's aide, a cook and carnival amusement worker and was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens. She loved fishing and camping and was a wonderful cook and baker...
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Robert D. Shaffer

March 15, 1935 - May 20, 2015

Robert D. Shaffer, 80, of New Athens, IL, born March 15, 1935 in Rolla, MO, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Shaffer was a salesman and had worked for Missouri-Pacific Railroad. He also honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Raleigh and Elizabeth, nee Droste,...
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Vernon E. Hepp

June 2, 1929 - April 30, 2015

Vernon E. Hepp, 85, of New Athens, IL, born June 2, 1929 in Red Bud, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo, IL. Mr. Hepp was owner'operator of Hepp Truck Service in New Athens. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, The Freeburg Masonic Lodge, Broad Hollow Grange and the Midwest Truckers Association. Mr. Hepp was preceded...
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Violet F. Bleisch

December 1, 1926 - April 4, 2015

Violet Fern Bleisch, nee Foertsch, 88, of New Athens, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at her home. She was a homemaker and retired farmer who enjoyed gardening, her animals, and was an excellent cook. She was a great musician on both the piano and accordion. She loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Marion,...
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Helen Louise Penningroth

April 24, 1918 - March 9, 2015

Helen Louise, nee Schmidt, Penningroth, 96, of New Athens, IL; was born on April 24, 1918 in East St. Louis, IL; passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at her home. Mrs. Penningroth was a registered nurse and worked at St. Mary's Hospital in East St. Louis, IL for 30 years. She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church. Helen loved to travel and enjoyed many winters in Tucson, AZ. She...
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Deborah K. Roe

July 1, 1953 - February 25, 2015

Deborah K. "Debbie" Roe, 61, of New Athens, IL, born July 1, 1953 in Pana, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Debbie had worked at Beelman Trucking for 32 years and was currently a truck dispatcher. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and had gone with friends to Jupiter, FL for the Cardinals' spring training. She is preceded in death by...
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William C. "Bill" Schmelzel

February 28, 1929 - February 12, 2015

William C. "Bill" Schmelzel, 85, of Rolling Meadows, IL, formerly of New Athens, IL, born February 28, 1929 in New Athens, IL, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services Center in Rolling Meadows, IL. Mr. Schmelzel honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War having been deployed to Germany in 1952-1953. Bill was a member of St. John United...
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Barbara E. Womack

May 2, 1935 - February 5, 2015

Barbara Ellen, nee Swietzer, Womack, 79, of Lenzburg, IL; born May 2, 1935 in Cobden, IL, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Womack was homemaker and a nurse. She was a member of the Lenzburg Lions Club Ladies Auxiliary. She was a Senior Companion. Barbara loved to bake cakes, paint and play bingo. She was preceded in...
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John E. Main

August 25, 1939 - January 24, 2015

John Eldon Main, 75, of New Athens, IL, born August 25, 1939 in Barry, IL, passed away at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL after a long ,courageous battle with liver cancer. John served two years in the U.S. Army where he pitched for the 4th Armored Division Team in Germany. Upon returning home he was scouted by and went to spring training for...
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Betty L. Cahoon

March 5, 1941 - January 21, 2015

Betty L. (Herzog) Cahoon, 73, of New Athens, IL, born March 5, 1941 in New Athens, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Cahoon was a retired CNA having worked in nursing homes in Belleville and New Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents; Raymond E. and Dorothy M. (Napier) Herzog, 1 daughter; Rebecca Pulley, 2 sons; James Dotson and...
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David Lee Shemonia, Jr.

December 28, 1983 - January 15, 2015

David Lee Shemonia, Jr., 31, of New Athens, IL, born on December 28, 1983 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015. David was a concrete finisher and an apprentice with Local 8. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles. David loved his boys and was very involved with their activities including coaching baseball and assisting in football practices. He was...
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Verona K. "Ronnie" Hessick

September 15, 1922 - January 9, 2015

Verona Kathryn "Ronnie", nee Dow, Hessick , 92, formerly of New Athens , IL, passed away on January 9, 2015 at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born September 15, 1922 in Greeley, Iowa to Esther and Huse Dow. She attended Greeley High School, Upper Iowa University, and the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She played the clarinet in the band and sang in the choir. As...
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Meridene K. Wilson

January 23, 1928 - January 9, 2015

Meridene K. Wilson, nee Hopp, 86, of New Athens, IL, born January 23, 1928 in Belleville, IL, passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Wilson and her late husband, "Wib" Wilson, enjoyed being regular attendees at New Athens School Dist. #60 sporting...
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Vernon C. "Doss" Fietsam

March 10, 1928 - December 29, 2014

Vernon C. "Doss" Fietsam, 86, of New Athens, IL, born March 10, 1928 in New Athens, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL Mr. Fietsam retired after 20 years from New Athens School District #60 as a school bus driver and custodian. He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie H. (Kaesberg...
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Elizabeth A. Stroh

June 7, 1937 - December 25, 2014

Elizabeth A. Stroh, nee Knewitz, 77, of New Athens, IL, born June 7, 1937 in Lenzburg TWP, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. She was a retired bank teller and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Belleville/Swansea Lodge #1221, St. John United Church of Christ and the church Women's Guild in New Athens, IL She was preceded in...
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Shirley M. Brugere

July 30, 1921 - December 25, 2014

Shirley M. Brugere, née Kaiser, 93, of Belleville, IL, born July 30, 1921 in New Athens, IL, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Brugere had worked as a shoe factory worker in New Athens and Belleville, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril W. Brugere, who she married in 1939 and who died in 1971, her parents; Henry and Esther (Jones)...
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Irene E. Kunkelmann

June 25, 1925 - December 20, 2014

Irene E. Kunkelmann, nee Weideman, 89, of New Athens, IL, born June 25, 1925 in Lenzburg, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL Irene worked at the New Athens shoe factory for several years before getting married to Willard L. Kunkelmann on October 25, 1947 in Freeburg, IL.. She continued to work at the factory while also being a...
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Robert C. Powers, Jr.

July 28, 1954 - December 12, 2014

Robert C. Powers, Jr, 60, of New Athens, IL, born July 28, 1954 in St. Louis, MO, died Friday, December 12, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. Mr. Powers was a United States Army veteran and had worked in the mental health services field. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Powers, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Betty (Creekpaum) Powers of New Athens, IL,...
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Ethelmae E. Buettner

April 15, 1932 - December 9, 2014

Ethelmae E., nee Gummersheimer, Buettner, 82, of New Athens, IL; born April 15, 1932 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL. Ethel was a cook with the New Athens School District for 30 years. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Women's Guild and Columbia American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in...
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Lester L. Kirkpatrick

June 22, 1933 - November 20, 2014

Lester L. Kirkpatrick, 81, of Swansea, IL, formerly of New Athens, IL. born on June 22, 1933 in Tilden, IL; passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Mr. Kirkpatrick was a retired Illinois State Trooper. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. Lester was an...
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Marsha Ann Meister

January 2, 1945 - November 14, 2014

Marsha Ann, nee Williams, Meister, 69, of New Athens, IL; born January 2, 1945 in East St. Louis, IL; passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at her home. Mrs. Meister was a homemaker and also worked as a bartender and cook at various locations in and around New Athens. Marsha loved her family and her life revolved around her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her...
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Erin Michelle Powers

July 26, 1982 - November 14, 2014

Erin Michelle Powers, 32, of New Baden, IL, formerly of Marissa, IL, born July 26, 1982 in St. Louis, MO, passed away Friday, November 14, 2014 at Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden, IL. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Betty Litteken and an uncle, Bruce Range. Erin is survived by her parents, Lisa M. (Brian), nee Litteken, Guthrie of Centralia, IL, and Phillip G....
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Viola Augusta Anna Harriss

November 18, 1920 - November 3, 2014

Viola Augusta Anna, nee Lampe, Harriss, 93, born November 18, 1920 in Lenzburg Township, IL; passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mrs. Harriss was a homemaker and also a custodian for the Johannisburg Grade School for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Darmstadt, IL where she also belonged to the LWML and Ladies...
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