Dr. Aloys Koesterer
Dr. Aloys George Koesterer, "Weshy," 88, of Freeburg, Ill., born Oct. 21, 1925, in Freeburg, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the home in which he was born.
Weshy was the son of Phillip and Anna, nee Heiligenstein, Koesterer. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Leo, Phillip, Richard, and Adolph Koesterer.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Eileen "Heidi," nee Schifferdecker, Koesterer, whom he married on Dec. 8, 1979; a brother, Clarence (Rita) Koesterer; sister-in-law, Alice Koesterer; dear friend, Kim (Brad, Paige, Allyson) Towers; nephews and nieces, Mike (Mary Ann) Koesterer, Lisa (Jeff) Middendorf, Paulette (Gary) Stevenson, Ann Jean (Gary) Hacker, Cathy (Vernon) Becker, Richard (Teresa) Koesterer, Amy (Keith) Becker, Leah (Terry) Werner, Barb (Larry) Moore, Elaine (Lou) Evans, Joe Koesterer, Mary Ellen (Adolph) Yonkee, Tom (Julie) Koesterer, Liz Koesterer, Kathryn (John) Schneider, Phillip (Cookie) Koesterer, Jane (John) Neebler, Mary Pat (Bill) Jacoby, and Jo Ellen (John) Stollenwerk; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Weshy graduated from St. Joseph's Grade School and Freeburg High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and received his Doctorate of Dentistry from St. Louis University. Prior to going into dentistry, he worked as a bacteriologist. But it was in dentistry that he became an icon of Freeburg, serving his community as their "gentle" dentist and "friendly" antagonist from 1960 to 1991. Weshy was never one to shy away from a good debate.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and remained a lifelong member of the Freeburg American Legion. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church his entire life and could be seen in the same pew every Sunday morning at the 7 a.m. Mass. He remained a member of the St. Joseph's Men's Club until his death. After many years of dentistry, Dr. Koesterer retired as a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. He was a charter member of the Triple Lakes Golf Course, where he could be found with his brothers, Dick and Phillip, most Thursday afternoons.
Throughout his life, Weshy enjoyed playing tennis, bowling and golf. He was an avid golfer until the age of 84 and was always available to provide golf tips to anyone who would listen. In his high school years, he was a member of the Freeburg High basketball and baseball teams. He was one of the first athletes to be inducted into the Freeburg Community High School Sports Hall of Fame. Some say he was the original "Freeburg Midget."
His back door was always open to anyone who wished to sit around the kitchen table discussing the issues of the day. All will miss the lively banter, sometimes heated conversation and always good-natured ribbing. Most of Freeburg attended one of his fish frys or turtle mulligans at one time or another.
All who knew and loved him would agree that he was one of the finest people that one could have the pleasure of knowing. He was a man of devout faith and uncompromising character and a pillar of the Freeburg community. He will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of crossing his path.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Grade School in Freeburg. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, and from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill., with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Freeburg, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 6, 2013
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