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RIP Glenn Bates
Jan 13, 2016

RIP Glenn Bates


Glenn Ray Bates “Shorty”, 65, of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at his home. He was born November 9, 1950, the son of Flozell and Helena (Taylor) Bates. He married Vickie Randalls on August 12, 1976 in Centralia and she survives.

Other survivors include his children Courtney Pillot and husband Bobby of Pontiac, Michigan, Armilla Bates of Pontiac, Michigan, Vett Bates, Jarid Moore, and Bryce Westbrook all of Centralia; father Flozell and wife Glenda; brother Garland Johnson and wife Barbara of Walnut Hill; sisters Rowena Patrick, Irene Young and husband Rev. John, and Lisa Jones and husband Vernon all of Centralia, 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bates was preceded in death by his mother Helena.

Glenn was owner and operator of Shorty’s Lounge. He was avid card and poolplayer. He was Jaguar enthusiast for many years. He was a veteran of the US Airforce and served during the Vietnam War.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Isaac D. Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery where military rites will be held by the Centralia VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Baptist Church. Condolences or memories of Glenn may be shared with the family by visiting or on their Facebook page. Irvin Macz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

RIP Marvin Voges
Jan 13, 2016

RIP Marvin Voges


Marvin C. Voges, 60, of Red Bud, Ill., born Oct. 6, 1955, in Red Bud, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Voges was a truck driver and farmer. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Irma, nee Burgdorf, Voges.

Marvin is survived by his children, Nicholas Voges of Red Bud, Ill., and Katie Voges of Belleville, Ill.; granddaughter, Mya Anne Voges; and a stepson, Eric (Aimee) Braun. He was a dear cousin and friend.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or school.

Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home, Red Bud, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Red Bud, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Nebel and Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Red Bud, Ill.


RIP Lonnie Green
Oct 31, 2015


RIP Lonnie Green

March 4, 1934 - October 29, 2015 

Lonnie O. Green, Jr., age 81, of Collinsville, IL, born on March 4, 1934 in Fairmont City, IL died on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Caseyville Nursing & Rehab Center, Caseyville, IL.

Lonnie was a Korean War Army veteran. He was a former Fairmont City policeman and was a member of the Collinsville West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Lonnie was the Secretary Treasurer and Business Agent with the Teamsters Local 50 and also served as the Trustee with Midwestern Teamsters Health and Welfare Fund for the past 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Mary Green, Sr; two brothers, Charles and John Green and his sister, Melba Howard. He is survived by his wife, Jean Green; his daughters, Dawn (Greg) Green Alvarado of Houston, TX and Kelly (David) Green Beard of Collinsville, IL; his grandchildren, Loni Alvarado Mendez, Tyler Alvarado and Drake McCann; his great-grandchildren, Zachary, Mia, Madilynn and Paisley; his sisters, Annette Qualls of New Douglas, IL, Mary Ann (Jim) Reed of Fairmont City, IL and Susan Merritt of Fairmont City, IL. Lonnie is also survived by many loving step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Jehovah’s Witnesses Disaster Relief Fund or to Unity Hospice in Collinsville, IL.

Memorial visitation will be held from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL. Memorial service will be held at 7:00PM on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, Fairview Heights, IL with Brother Larry Crowder officiating.

A private burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date.

RIP Wayne Kronenberger
Sep 01, 2015


RIP Wayne Kronenberger

Wayne Alan Kronenberger, 59, of Belleville, IL, born July 26, 1956, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, August 29, 2015, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL. Mr. Kronenberger formerly worked as a truck driver at Illini Concrete and was a member of Teamsters Local Union 50, Swansea, IL.

He enjoyed playing pool and spending time with friends. He was an avid Nascar fan. Wayne was a 1974 graduate of Belleville Township High School East.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Geraldine, nee Lynch, Kronenberger. Surviving are his daughter, Tracy (Richard) Brown of Smithton, IL; two grandchildren, Colin and Peyton Brown; two brothers, Daryl E. (Donna) Kronenberger of New Baden, IL, and Ronald (Lorrie) Kronenberger of Belleville, IL; and his fiancé, Teresa Oakes of Belleville, IL; many aunts and uncles; cousins; and friends. Memorials may be made to the family or to the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Cari Frus officiating. Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

RIP David Sanson
Aug 18, 2015

RIP David Sanson  


David lived in Majestic until he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1952, obtained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, and retired after 21 years with service in the Vietnam War.  He was awarded over 15 medals for his service in the military, including the Bronze Star medal.  

Mr. Sanson was later employed at Meyer Olds-GMC and White Motor Corporation and retired as a general manager-civil service of the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command.  He received his bachelor’s degree from McKendree University and worked on his MBA at Southern Illinois University.  

Dave married Marcia Schmidt, and together they have five children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.  As a family, they were lifelong members of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Dave served on the Diocesan School Committee, acted as treasurer of the Althoff Fathers and Friends Bingo Club, and was a committed leader of Boy Scouts for four decades.  He was the recipient of the Pelican and St. George Catholic religious awards, the Catholic Diocesan Hall of Honor award, and numerous awards for his corporate employment.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ethel, nee Blankenship, Sanson; a brother, Emerson “Bud” Sanson; two sisters, Gladys Bean and Rhoda Dotson; and in-laws, Andrew and Marie, nee Boyer, Schmidt. 

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Marcia Schmidt Sanson;
three daughters and two sons, Dr. Tracy Sanson and son-in-law, Dr. Kelly O’Keefe, of Tampa, FL,
    Terry Trout of Atlanta, GA,
    Gregory Sanson of Spokane, WA,
    Cynthia Huschle and son-in-law, Vincent Huschle, of Tolland, CT,
    and Marc Sanson of La Grande, OR;
10 grandchildren, Matthew Sanson, Garrett Sanson, Ryan (Ashley) Sanson,
    Lauren Trout, Lindsey (Chris) Hughes, 
    Corrine Huschle, Brandon Huschle, 
    Connor O’Keefe, Kiernan O’Keefe, and Clare O’Keefe;
and three great-grandchildren, Ryley Sanson, August Hughes, and Nolan David Sanson. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame or in the form of Masses at St. Peter’s Cathedral or St. Luke’s Catholic Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at 

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Monsignor John Myler and Bishop Stanley Schlarman concelebrating.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL. 

RIP Paul Moore
May 17, 2015


RIP Paul Moore

Mr. Paul Moore leaves to cherish Big Paul memory is his father, Arthur L. Moore Sr. of East St. Louis, IL; two stepsons Nathaniel Keen of Memphis, TN and Marcus Mosby of East St. Louis, IL, five siblings Arthur L. Moore Jr. of St. Louis, MO; Michelle (Curtis) Walker of East St. Louis, IL; Lainna (Gerald) Massie of Cahokia, IL; Carlos Moore of East St. Louis, IL; Monica (Anttione) Herring of Marietta, GA; Sister and Brother in-law, Elaine (Ivin) Jones of Rossville, TN; Peggy (Donnie) Sanders of East St. Louis, IL; Ada(Russell) Reynolds of Memphis, TN; Madelia (David) Leake of Hernando, MS; Yvonne Mosby of Memphis, TN; Bobby(Jackie) Mosby of Moscow, TN; Joby Mosby of Memphis, TN; Micheal Mosby of Memphis, TN; Tyrone Mosby of Memphis, TN; David (Cherise) Mosby of Texas; Leslie (Patrice) Mosby of Memphis, TN; three grandchildren, a special god daughter Derexshana Moore, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. 

RIP Roger L. Cook
Apr 27, 2015


RIP Roger L. Cook

Roger Lee Cook, 59 of Lebanon, Ill., passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Ill.  Roger was a truck driver for Petroff Trucking.  Roger liked to do gardening, BBQ and watching western movies, especially John Wayne.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Gross.  Surviving are his wife, Linda J. Cook, nee Yates of Lebanon, Ill.,  whom he married on July 19, 1999 in Collinsville, Ill.; a son and two daughters, Don (Tiana) Cook of Collinsville, Ill, Melanie (Bill) Mitchell of Trenton, Ill. and Stacie Lane of Lebanon, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jadeyn, Zach, jacob, Benjamin, Thomas, Eleanor and Abigail; his parents, Oscar Lee and Darlene Lora, nee Loehr, Cook of Collinsville, Ill.; a brother, Wayne Gross of Mount Vernon, Ind.; a sister, Phyllis Shaw of Boerne, Tex.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill.  Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collisnville, Ill., with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating.  Memorials may be  made to a charity of one's choice.

RIP Larry Kirkpatrick
Apr 21, 2015


RIP Larry Kirkpatrick

Son of Teamsters Local 50 member Larry Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick, Larry III, of Cedar Hill, Missouri was born October 26, 1993, in St Louis, Missouri, to Larry Kirkpatrick Jr. and Ruth Irene (Brewer) Kirkpatrick, and entered into rest, Monday, April 13, 2015, in High Ridge, Missouri, at the age of 21 years, 5 months and 17 days.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Diana Kirkpatrick, Carolyn Berg, Bobby Brewer and Thomas Patterson.

He is survived by his parents, Larry (Jennifer Martin) Kirkpatrick Jr., Ruth Irene (Randy Watson) Kirkpatrick, four (4) Siblings, Emily Martin, Cole Watson, Garrett Watson and Shelby Watson, grandparents, Larry Kirkpatrick Sr., Janet Patterson, Arthur and Betty Dalaviras, girlfriend, Laney Webb, many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Larry liked football, video games, flying planes, riding motorcycles, watching TV with grandpa and spending time with friends and family. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation Monday, April 20, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at CHAPEL HILL MORTUARY, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, Missouri. Service Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at CHAPEL HILL MORTUARY. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to COMTREA 1817 Gravois Rd. High Ridge, Missouri 63049. Family and friends can review and share stories, photos and condolences online at and follow details of this event and others in the community at

RIP Whitley Hedger
Apr 21, 2015


RIP Whitley Sue Hedger

Daughter of Teamsters Local 50 member Joe Hedger

Whitley Sue Hedger, age 13, of Edwardsville, Illinois lost her battle with cancer at 1:52 AM on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville where she was also born on February 2, 2002. She is the daughter of Shawn and Christy (Widener) Jennings, Joe and Jerri Hedger, and Rick Shaw, all of Edwardsville. In addition to her parents she leaves behind her sister Abigail, brother Jacob and 4 step sisters, Taylor, Kaitlynn, Katie and Madison; grandparents, Debra and Keith Dudas of Indianapolis, Indiana, Johnny and Julie Widener of Frankfort, Kentucky, Bill and Kay Knecht of Highland, Illinois, Robert and Nelda Hedger of Edwardsville, and Mark and Teresa Corso of Edwardsville, step grandparents Bob and Beth Jennings of Edwardsville, Cecil Gaither of Lebanon and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by a step grandmother, Marilyn Gaither. Whitley was a 7th grade honor roll student at Lincoln Middle School. She attended dance classes at Rena's Dance Unlimited since she was 3 and was a beautiful ballerina. Her love for music ran deep and was evident in her abilities to play piano and sing in the school chorus. She loved the outdoors and spent much of her time playing softball, riding her 4 wheeler, fishing and practicing archery with her dads. Everything she did, she did with 100% effort and her fight with childhood brain cancer was no different. Whitley was the oldest of 3 and was an amazing big sister. She was kind and generous and always looked out for others. She was blessed with so many wonderful friends and was loved by everyone who met her. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 PM on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 7 PM. The family requests that memorials be made in Whitley's name to The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation ( or to Wishes for Whitley at the Bank of Edwardsville in lieu of flowers. 

RIP Doyle R. Kalbfleisch
Jan 27, 2015


RIP Doyle R. Kalbfleisch

Born: August 08, 1952
Died: January 17, 2015

Doyle R. Kalbfleisch, 62 yrs., of Columbia, IL, passed away at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He was born in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Monroe and Edna (Kleinschmidt) Kalbfleisch. He was married to Mary (Taake) Kalbfleisch, who survives him. They were married on September 27, 1975, in Belleville, IL, and had been married for over 39 years.
Doyle was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamster's Local #50, Swansea, IL, and had retired as a driver for Roger's Ready Mix, Ruma, IL. He was an avid classic car lover.

RIP Gary L. Sackett
Jan 27, 2015


RIP Mr. Gary L. Sackett

Gary L. Sackett, age 66 of Greenville passed away at 12:57 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Grenville Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Church of Christ across from the Golf course with Marc Turok and Boyd Goodson officiating, with interment to follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire memorials may be made to the Church of Christ or to Gary's Family.

Gary Lynn Sackett, the son of Wesley William Sackett and Ada Nadine Long Sackett, was born on March 12, 1948 in Hillsboro, Illinois. He grew up in Sorento and attended the Sorento schools and Greenville High School. Gary worked for the Peterson Spring Factory for 40 years until he was disabled. 

Gary and Arlene F. Wilderman were united in marriage on October 15, 1976 in the Church of Christ by Boyd Goodson. Arlene survives as do their three sons: Wayne (Pam) Boaz of Pekin, Shane Sackett ofCoffeen, Darin (Jacie) Sackett of Sorento, 4 sisters: Patricia DeLisle of Hillsboro, Kathy (Bill) Hoxey, of Girard, Dianna White of Greenville, Sara Johnson of Hillsboro, and 4 grandchildren: Elizabeth Brittany Boaz, Vincent Thomas Boaz, Tyler Sackett, and Aurora Colene Lynn Sackett.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents Wesley and Nadine Sackett.

Gary is a member of the Labor Local # 50 and the Church of Christ. 

RIP Milton H. Wild
Nov 18, 2014


Milton   H.   Wild   

Hecker, IL

July 14, 1929 - August 3, 2014

Visitation    Quernheim Funeral Home      4 PM to 8 PM  Monday August 4, 2014






Anita Wild nee Hoffmann

Deneen (Kris) Wild

Annette (Ray Jr.) Fausz

Diane (Robert) Schoenbeck

Brian (Sarah) Wild

Bradley Wild

Blake Wild (friend Heather Lyman)

Brandon, Melissa, & Justin Fausz

Kaitlan, Kailey (friend Kyle Hemmer), Kolan Schoenbeck


Kenneth (Betty) Wild

Stanley (Betty) Wild

Preceded in death by his parents, step mother Rosalie Wild, brothers Charles H. Wild & Donald Wild

Groups & Organizations  member of Immanuel Lutheran Church - Waterloo, Teamsters Local 600, US Korean War Army Veteran

Memorials   American Heart Association, Immanuel Lutheran Church, or Oak Hill Activity Fund

RIP Betty M. Gleason
Nov 06, 2014


RIP Betty M. Gleason

11/2/1929 - 10/26/2014 

PEKIN ~ Betty M. Gleason, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at her home.

Born November 2, 1929 in Peoria to Herman P. and Dorothy M. (Loughardge) Garriott, she married Walter E. Gleason on March 20, 1948 in Peoria.  He died April 5, 2007 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick (Mary Jo) Gleason of Bloomington and Keith (Terry) Gleason of Pekin; eight grandchildren, Shawn (Niki) Gleason of Morton, Ryan (Nicole) Gleason of Bettendorf, Iowa, Matthew (Erica) Gleason of Pekin, Casey (Mark) Rimkus of New Lenox, Blake Gleason of Pekin, Shannon Gleason of Bloomington, Nate Thomas and  Jeff (Angie) Nelson, both of Pekin; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

A homemaker, Betty enjoyed golfing and was a Chicago Cubs baseball fan, but  most of all, she loved her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Her graveside service will be at 11a.m. on Friday at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.  Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to her church at 1315 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society at 100 Taps Ln. Pekin, IL 61554.

RIP William A. Jacobs
Oct 22, 2014


William A. Jacobs

February 27, 1919 - October 16, 2014

William (Bill) Jacobs was born in Union City, Tennessee on February 27, 1919. He was the son of William Joseph Jacobs and Ruby Gaskin. Sadly, Bill never knew his father, who died the previous July in a railroad accident. His mother (Ma) continued to raise her children, until she moved with Bill's older brother, Howard,and sister, Lucille, to East St. Louis, Illinois. Young Bill stayed behind in Tennessee with his maternal Grandmother (Gran), until he was 12-years-old, when he reunited with his family in Illinois. The last time he saw his Gran, she was running alongside the train waving good-bye. East St. Louis became his home, and the place where many important life events occurred. 

During World War II, Bill enlisted in the United States Army Air Core on July 2, 1941 in Peoria, Illinois. He served for 3 years, 6 month and 14 days and spent one year overseas in China, where he flew "the hump" into Burma. Bill reached the rank of Technical Sargent. He was proud to have served his country, often telling many an interesting story about his military service. 

After World War II, Bill returned home to East St. Louis and went to work for the railroad. He later took a job as a bartender at the Clairway Tavern, where hemet the love of his life, Doris Jean Roberts. Bill and Doris were married on April 27, 1957 and spent 57 wonderful years together. On February 19, 1958, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Linda. After becoming a father, Bill went to work for Illinois Distributing Company, a wholesale distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. He spent over 20 years as a delivery route driver with Illinois Distributing. He loved his job and the people he worked with - who became his life-long friends. They in turn lovingly nicknamed him "Jake." Bill's work ethic was second to none, missing only 8 days of work in 20 years with the company. 
In 1968, through a twist of fate, Bill and Doris became legal guardians to their five nieces and nephews, Nancy, Pam, Billy, Doug and Tina. In order to accommodate their growing family, Bill and Doris moved to Waterloo, Illinois, where they spent 36 years at 705 South Library Street, a place they always called "Home." Home is where Bill and Doris entertained at their Christmas Eve Open House, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day BBQ's. Nobody barbequed ribs, chicken and pork steaks better than Bill, and no one ever left hungry or without a side ache from laughing. 
In 2004, Bill and Doris moved to Littleton, Colorado to live near their daughter Linda and her family. Bill resided in Colorado with his wife until his passing.
William A. Jacobs was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother, Howard Jacobs; sister, Lucille Eldridge; step-brother, Carl Pinion; step-sister, Ann Hetzel; and long-time best friend, Frances Archer. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Linda Marie Jacobs and her husband, Rick Sublette, and grandchildren Kristen and Robert Sublette of Littleton, Colorado; his niece and her husband, Nancy Ann and Jerry Wilson of Freeburg, Illinois; his niece and her husband, Pamela Sue and Rick Gulla of The Villages, Florida, his nephews, William Charles Roberts of Belleville Illinois; Douglas Earnest Roberts of Chicago, Illinois; his niece and her husband, Tina Marie and Brad McGehee, grandchildren Kayla and Brendon McGehee of Sycamore, Illinois; his nephews and their wives, Joe and Linda Jacobs of Houston, Texas and John and Mary Jacobs of O'Fallon, Illinois, plus many more family members and friends.
Bill was fiercely patriotic, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, a loyal Democrat as well as a proud member of the Teamsters Union, the VFW and American Legion. Most importantly, Bill was a wonderful husband, father, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed.

RIP Michael O'Malley
Oct 15, 2014


Michael O'Malley

Michael Joseph O'Malley, born June 20, 1953, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at home with his family, following a battle with cancer.

Michael had a long and distinguished legal career, beginning in private practice with his father, and serving as both an Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in St. Clair County, Ill. He was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge on Feb. 1, 1985, and elected as a Circuit Judge on Nov. 6, 1990. Judge O'Malley was honored to serve the 20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois, for 25 years, until his retirement in 2010. After retiring from the bench, he enjoyed a return to private practice with the firm of Carey, Danis & Lowe, LLC, with whom he worked until his death. Judge O'Malley had a passion for the law and relished a deep comradery with his colleagues.

Michael always will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, his quick wit, his joie de vivre, and his kind nature. He will be dearly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his father, Edward F. O'Malley; his father-in-law, August J. "Gus" Feldker; and his stepbrother-in-law, Larry Shannahan.

Surviving are his wife, Susan, nee Feldker, O'Malley, whom he married on August 26, 1989; his beloved daughters, Katherine C. O'Malley and Elizabeth O. (Shane) Conzelman of Belleville, Ill., and Sara A. "Sally" O'Malley at home; and a precious granddaughter, Emma Conzelman; his mother, Martha O'Malley; his brother, John O'Malley; his sisters, Mary (Bruce) Perkins, Annabelle Gillespie (Allen Sikorski), Barbara Daley, Melissa (Mike) Walsh, Trudy (Rick) Effinger, and Sheila (Mike) Hunsicker; his parents-in-law, Dave and Sandy Shannahan and Rebecca Elam; his brothers-in-law, Tom (Cindy) Feldker and Gus (Vicki) Feldker, Jr.; his sister-in-law, Karin (David Joyce) Feldker; his stepbrother-in-law, Tim (Mary) Shannahan; his stepsisters-in-law, Beth (Courtney) Rejman and Angela (Phil) Kammann; his first wife, Lisa (Skip) Steffen; and many beloved nephews, nieces and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to USA Swimming Foundation Make-a-Splash Program. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral procession to leave at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, from Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill., for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill., with Father Kenneth York and Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Interment will be in Mount Carmel, Belleville, Ill. - See more at:

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RIP William Joseph Harris
Sep 25, 2014


William Joseph “Bill” Harris, 38, of Tamaroa, passed away at 5:50 P.M., Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
Bill had been a correctional officer at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center. He was also an operator for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Bill was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa. He enjoyed hunting, farming, fishing and being outdoors. He was a Little League coach and a coach for summer ball in Tamaroa. Bill was a U.S. Marine veteran serving from 1993 until 1997 and had the rank of Corporal.
He was born October 10, 1975 at Du Quoin, IL, the son of Steven and Janet (Kurtz) Harris.
He married Amy Wolters on October 16, 1999 at Winehill, IL and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Tamaroa, two daughters - Hannah Harris and Cheyenne Harris, both of Tamaroa, his parents - Steven and Janet Harris of Tamaroa, one brother - Jeff Harris and wife Angie of Tamaroa, one sister - Tiffany Kujawa and husband John of Tamaroa, one sister-in-law and brother-in-law - Lisa and Robert Batson of Jackson, MO, his maternal grandfather - Kenneth Kurtz of Du Bois, his father-in-law and mother-in-law - Don and Carol Wolters of Percy, six nieces and nephews - Kayla, Carson, Braden, Rileigh, Emma, and Claire, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother - Helen Kurtz, paternal grandfather - Hosea Harris, Sr. and uncle - Hosea Harris, Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa with Fr. Joseph Oganda officiating.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa and from 9 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Thursday.
Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery at Tamaroa.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin V.F.W. and American Legion and the United States Marines.
Friends may make memorials to Bill’s daughters’ education fund with the memorials made to Amy Harris and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa is in charge of arrangements.

RIP Michael Poenitske
Sep 08, 2014

MICHAEL SHANE POENITSKE, 41, of Walsh, Illinois, passed away at 6:30 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014 at Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta, Illinois.

He was born to Gerald L. and Kathleen J. (nee Falkenhain) Poenitske on October 10, 1972 in Red Bud, Illinois.

He was a heavy equipment Operator for Waste Management in Marissa, Illinois. He was a member of the Mississippi Valley Art Guild, American Legion Post #1172 in Evansville, Illinois and St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Illinois.

He was a combat veteran of the Somalia Campaign and the Iraq war serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Force as a United States Marine sniper. He received the combat action ribbon, southwest Asia service medal with Bronze Battle Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Expert Badge. Mike was well known for his art work and jolly sense of humor. He loved camping, canoeing and the outdoors.


Parents           Gerald and Kathleen Poenitske       Walsh, IL

1 Brother       Jerry (Heather) Poenitske   Ruma, IL

2 Nephews     Nathan and Andrew Poenitske

Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends

Preceded in death by           Grandparents - Earl & Verneil Falkenhain and Norman & Marie Poenitske, and 2 Aunts - Nancy Neisler and Ruth Ederer

Funeral Service:        10:00 am, Thursday, September 11, 2014

St. John Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Illinois

Officiating:     Rev. Mark Nebel

Interment:     St. John Lutheran Cemetery

Baldwin, Illinois

Visitation:       Wednesday - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Evansville, Illinois

Thursday - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. John Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Illinois

Memorials:     St. John Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Illinois

RIP Frank Miller
Aug 15, 2014


Frank Miller Jr.

Frank O. Miller Jr., 61, of O'Fallon, Ill., one of God's most loyal servants, born March 27, 1953, in Ruislip, England, was called to his eternal life on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He is leaving behind his legacy of genuine kindness and absolute love of his family. He touched so many lives by his loyalty to "God, Family, Country". He will be missed by all, but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; and his parents, Frank Sr. and Aurora, nee Cueto, Miller.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Jill, nee Roach, Miller; his children, Nathan Miller, Samantha Miller, and Candice (Andy) Knef; his grandchildren, Andrew, Ava, and Ella Knef; five sisters, Dr. Patricia Miller, Sheila M. (Lander) Johnson, Aurora C. Miller, Theresa A. (David) Boul, and Mary Miller; his brother, Richard J. (Karen) Miller; and nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

RIP Gregg Goodman
Aug 15, 2014


Gregg Goodman

W. Gregg Goodman, 63, of Swansea, Ill., formerly of Mount Vernon, Ill., born July 11, 1951, in Carbondale, Ill., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

Gregg was the community bank president/commercial lending officer at the Bank of Springfield in Swansea, Ill. He graduated from the Mount Vernon High School in 1969. In 1975 he graduated from the Southern Illinois University, earning a bachelor's degree in finance. Gregg also played football for the Saluki's.

He was preceded in death by his father, P. William "Bill" Goodman.

Surviving are a daughter, Jennifer (Robbie) Wooldridge of Carbondale, Ill.; a son, Erick Brown of Collinsville, Ill.; a grandson, Holden Wooldridge of Carbondale, Ill.; his mother, Patricia, nee Bragg, Goodman of Carbondale, Ill.; a brother, Jeff (Phyllis) Goodman of Loveland, Ohio; two sisters, Laura (Janis) Goodman of Fort Myers, Fla., and Lynne (Paul) Harren of Marietta, Ga.; an aunt and two uncles, Rita and Richard Cannon and Michael Bragg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 25, 2014

RIP Dennis Lotz
Aug 15, 2014


Dennis "Catfish" Lotz

    Dennis “Catfish” M. Lotz, 60, of Belleville, Ill., born Saturday, Aug. 1, 1953, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

    Dennis “Catfish” was a retired driver and salesman for Illinois Distributing in Belleville, Ill., and a member of Local 50 Teamsters Union. He was a part of the Signal Hill Boulevard Boys group. Catfish loved playing softball and going to Cardinals Baseball games. He enjoyed seeing the St. Louis Blues skate to a win with his sister Margaret, but most of the time you could catch him driving around town in his 1977 Red Corvette or his 1972 VW Beetle, then hanging out at Shenanigans having lunch with friends. He earned the nickname “Catfish” from Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who he was a big fan of.Catfish enjoyed playing and listening to music and was a big collector of all kinds of Budweiser memorabilia. 

    For those of us who knew him and loved him, he will be greatly missed; for a day with “Catfish” was adventure-filled with lifetime memories. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert D. and Cecilia, née Mullins, Lotz; and sister Margaret Lotz.

    Surviving are his many, dear friends.     Condolences may be expressed online at

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