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Cionko, Joyce - Granite City  
Joyce Cionko Joyce M. Cionko, 80, of Granite City, Ill., born Nov. 2, 1934, in Granite City passed away at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Joyce was a beautician with over 30 years of service to clients and had worked many years at the Bellemore Village Beauty Shop. She had been a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Granite City. She enjoyed her days of gardening, cooking, canning, crocheting and playing the organ. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louis F. Cionko, whom she married on May 3, 1952, in Arkansas and who died Oct. 6, 2001; her parents, Edward Stapleton and Velma, nee Morgan, Stapleton Radefeld; and a sister, Mildred Williams. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Louis "Lou" and Dee Cionko of Granite City; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Stephanie Ralls of Granite City, Jennifer and Charles Downs of Granite City and Elita and Mark Fry of Rose Hill, Kan.; five grandsons, Brett and Shelley Downs, Joel Cionko, Justin Cionko, Nathan Fry and Blake Fry; four granddaughters, Debra Manzo, Jamie Nicol, Michelle Ralls and Bridget Downs; 10 great-grandchildren, Austin, Nick, Nikki, Brett, Ryan, April, Tyler, Branden, Haleigh and Dustin; and other extended family and many friends. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com Funeral: In celebration of her life and in honor of her wishes, a private family service was held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, with Reverend Doug Pascoe officiating. Burial was at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Ill. IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Cusack, Dorothy - Belleville  
Dorothy Cusack Dorothy M. Cusack, nee Shaffner, 91, of Belleville, Ill., born May 25, 1923, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Fairview Heights, Ill. Dorothy was devoted to Christ and served Him for over 75 years. She was a member of the former First Baptist Church in East St. Louis and the First Baptist Church in Belleville. She was active in her faith and served as youth leader, supervisor of Sunday School, director of Vacation Bible School, and a choir member. She was a member of the American Baptist Women's Ministries and Alice Dunbar Circle. She was an amazing homemaker specializing in cooking, entertaining, sewing, gardening, Christmas-ing, and all things family! She was never happier than when family and friends were gathered together. She and husband Bob were enthusiasts of Belleville and the greater St. Louis community; enjoying restaurants, Cardinals baseball, shopping, day trips, Ted Drewes, museums, and civic and cultural events. She and Bob loved to travel. She was a Mary Kay sales rep for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Cusack, Jr.; her first husband, Charles I. Cooper; her parents, John V. and Agnes B., nee Schmulbach, Shaffner; a grandson, Seth Brandenburg; and a brother, Jack Shaffner. Surviving are her loving children, Charles I. (Beverlee) Cooper, Jr., of Dayton, Ohio, Shelley (Fred) Brandenburg of Hermann, Mo., Babs (Ed) Albiniak of Boulder, Colo., Marabeth (Dave) Foreman of Flint, Mich., Robyn (Galen) Ramsey of St. Louis, Mo., Robert E. (Katherine) Cusack III of Ballwin, Mo., and Missy (Kevin) Adams of Liberty, Mo.; her grandchildren, Dawn, Darren, Sara, Paige, Ashley, Alyssa, Birkleigh, David, Reeve, Ian, Olivia, Jackson, Branson, Delaney, Audrey, Jessa, and Caroline; six great-grandchildren, Amber, Justin, Ashley, Mia, Isaac, and Riley; two great-great-grandchildren, Ari and Francesca; a brother, Donald Shaffner of Collinsville; a sister, Jeannine Domescik of Belleville; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family gratefully acknowledges her loyal, faithful, loving caregiver, Marcenia Ellis and the devoted staff of The Arbors/ Parkway Gardens. Memorials can be designated to American Baptist Women's Ministries. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill. LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
Downing, James - Bethalto  
JAMES DOWNING James Ruben Downing, 90, of Bethalto died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial at the Upper Alton Cemetery, Alton. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home, Alton.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Graesser, Wilma - Trenton  
Wilma Graesser Wilma H. Graesser, 85, of Trenton, Ill., born July 5, 1929, in Trenton, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill. Wilma graduated from Trenton High School and earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her fifth year apprenticeship and became a registered and licensed dietician through Purdue University. Her career included working at the University of Illinois Residence Halls, Trenton Milling Company as director of the test kitchen thus becoming known as "the Betty Crocker of Trenton" for 8.5 years. Finally, she served 27 years as the director of food services for the Roxana School District. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton where she was the chairman of the Wurst Markt and Funeral Luncheons, J.O.Y. Society and Woman's Fellowship, and a former Sunday school teacher. Her professional memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as American Dietetic Association), life member of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly known as American Home Economics Association), School Nutrition Association, life member of the University of Illinois Alumnus Association, life member of Clinton County Historical Society, and Clinton County Farm Bureau. Wilma loved to travel, read, and watch St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Wesclin Basketball. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Mary, nee Huelsmann, Graesser; a sister, Marie Graesser; brothers, Elmer Graesser and Carl Graesser; a sister-in-law, Cora Graesser; and cousins. Surviving are her cousins. Memorials can be made to St. John United Church of Christ or the Clinton County Historical Society and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home in Trenton who is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family by visiting www.mossfuneralhome.com Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, and again from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ, Trenton, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton with Rev. Mark Stryjak officiating. Interment will follow in Trenton Cemetery, Trenton, Ill. MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Trenton, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Hartsburg, Dallas - Sandborn  
Dallas Hartsburg Dallas D. Hartsburg, 59, of Sandborn, Ind., born Dec. 9, 1955, in Linton, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his residence. Dallas was a custodian and nick-named Dalleo by his friends. He was an avid gardener who shared his harvest with the entire community. His humble spirit was evident in the many hours he spent helping others and the community. Dallas truly enjoyed playing Euchre with his friends at the Blue Jay Junction and will be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar Carl and Marjorie Ruth, nee Buck, Hartsburg; a brother, Richard C. Hartsburg; and a nephew, Steve Hartsburg. Surviving are his three brothers, Dan (Judy) Hartsburg of Oklahoma, Dean Hartsburg of Iowa and Doug Hartsburg of Illinois; his sister, Darlene (Mike) Newlan of Iowa; and 10 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dallas to the Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Home, Linton, Ind. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonpoindexter.com Visitation: There will be a gathering of friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Sandborn Baptist Church, Sandborn, Ind. Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Sandborn Baptist Church. ANDERSON-POINDEXTER MEMORY CHAPEL, Linton, Ind.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Hilmes, Christine - Trenton  
Christine Hilmes Christine L. Hilmes, 92, of Trenton, Ill., born Oct. 13, 1922, in Aviston, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Carlyle Health Care Center in Carlyle, Ill. Catherine was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Trenton, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold B. Hilmes Sr., whom she married on Nov. 6, 1945, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, Ill., and who died Nov. 5, 1986; her parents, Henry and Catherine, nee Rakers, Schleper; daughters, Irene Hilmes and Mary Ann Brown; a son-in-law, Dennis Brown; sisters, Josephine Rehkemper and Bernadine Emig; and brothers, Herman Schleper, Tony Schleper, George Schleper, and Alphonse Schleper. Surviving are her children, Ray (Joyce) Hilmes of Collinsville, Ralph Hilmes of Highland, Al Hilmes of Highland, and Arnold B. "Jay" Hilmes, Jr. of Trenton; five grandchildren and five great- grandchildren; a brother, Albert Schleper of Trenton; and sisters, Sr. Theresa Schleper, PHJC and Sr. Georgine Schleper, PHJC, both of Donaldson, Ind. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, and again from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, Ill. Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton with Father Joseph Rascher officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton, Ill. MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Trenton, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Kohlenberger, Ernest - Festus  
Ernest Kohlenberger Ernest W. Kohlenberger, 81, of Festus, Mo., born Jan. 1, 1934, in East Carondelet, Ill., passed away Feb. 27, 2015, at Mercy Jefferson Regional Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. Mr. Kohlenberger retired from Ameren. He was a United States Navy veteran. Mr. Kohlenberger was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Lawrence and Elrod, nee Kunkel, Kohlenberger; his son, Ernest Kohlenberger Jr.; and his daughter, Angel Milliken. Surviving are his wife, Hannelore Kohlenberger, nee Buss; his children, Mike Kohlenberger, Marty (Sherry) Kohlenberger and Dave (Debbie) Kohlenberger; and his sister, Delores (Bob) Ladyman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. www.leesmanfuneralhome.com Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Ill., with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Interment will be in Palmier Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Ill. DASHNER-LEESMAN FUNERAL HOME, Dupo, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Locandro, Pauline - Collinsville  
Pauline Locandro Pauline Locandro, nee Romeo, 89, of Collinsville, Ill., born on July 17, 1925, in Collinsville, Ill., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Ill. Pauline was a member of St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, Collinsville, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Locandro, whom she married on June 18, 1947, in Little Rock, Ark., and who died July 11, 2014; her parents, Tony and Tillie, nee Body, Romeo; and two sisters, Ollie Romeo and Amelia "Minnie" Bendicks. Surviving are her daughter, Diane (Jeff Fort) Locandro of Wilmette, Ill.; two grandchildren, Christopher (Catherine Johnson) Fort of Cambridge, Mass., and Elizabeth Fort of Chicago, Ill.; and nieces, nephews and friends. Memorials may be made to St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, Collinsville, Ill., or to The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy c/o The University of Chicago 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 2030 Chicago, IL 60637. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.hakassly.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill. Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill., with Rev. Tony Minear officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery, Collinsville, Ill. HERBERT A. KASSLY FUNERAL HOME, LTD., Collinsville, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Martinez, Mary - Granite City  
Mary Martinez Mary E. Martinez, 65, of Granite City, Ill., born Dec. 11, 1949, in Lincoln, Ill., passed away at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at her home with her family at her side. Mary retired from Maryville School after over 30 years of dedicated and loving service as a special education teacher with the Granite City School District. Her family, friends and dogs were the most important loves of her life and she forever cherished every moment with them. Her life was full, always helping others and was very artistic with crafts, sewing, painting and many other ways. She will be remembered for the love and special times she has shared with her family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Simon and Catherine, nee Knochel, Dehner; a son, Brandon Martinez; a sister, Katherine Killion; and her father-in-law, Larry Martinez. Surviving are her son, Joe Martinez and fiancee, Ruth Schumacher of St. Louis; daughter, Meagan Nichole "Nikki" Martinez of Granite City; two grandchildren, Malina Gres and Gabriel Brandon Martinez; her former husband, Robert Martinez of Granite City; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Linda Dehner of Indianapolis, Ind.; mother-in-law, Matilda Martinez of Granite City; her cherished dogs, Charles, Binky and Mugzee; and other extended family and friends. In Mary's honor, memorials donations may be given to Granite City APA or Special Olympics Illinois. Irwin Chapel of Granite City is entrusted with the arrangements. www.irwinchapel.com In celebration of her life, a memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Mexican Honorary Commission, 1801 Spruce St. Granite City, Ill. IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Mathews, Rodney - Alton  
RODNEY MATHEWS Rodney L. Mathews, 61, of Alton died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Visitation 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home, Alton.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
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