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Kinsall, Kyle - Lebanon  
Kyle Kinsall Kyle Matthew Kinsall, 23, of Lebanon, Ill., born Friday, June 7, 1991, in Tucumcari, N.M., died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his residence. Kyle graduated from O'Fallon Township High School in 2009, and he was attending Southwestern Illinois College majoring in art. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairview Heights, Ill., and served in the Youth Praise Band. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Lee Kinsall. Surviving are his mother, Patti, nee Bailey, Kinsall Davis of Lebanon, Ill.; stepfather, Brice Davis of Lebanon, Ill.; sister, Kari (Damon) Moody of Sullivan, Ill.; brother, Kevin Kinsall of O'Fallon, Ill.; stepsisters, Elizabeth Davis of Belleville, Ill., and Robbie Davis of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and his nephew, Matthew Kyle Moody. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or National Marfan Foundation. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 10401 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Dr. Jim Kerr officiating. Interment will follow at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Ill. KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 2, 2015
Kniepkamp, Dolores - Belleville  
Dolores Kniepkamp Dolores J. Kniepkamp, nee Herbert, 85, of Belleville, Ill., born August 2, 1929, in Belleville, Ill., died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Kniepkamp was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville, Ill., a member of the IL-MO Bantam Club, where she served as secretary for over 50 years, and had worked for Ceres Food Service at Henry Raab Grade School in Belleville, Ill. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Kenneth G. Kniepkamp, whom she married on Oct. 28, 1950, and who died on Oct. 4, 2006; a daughter, Patti Jean Ruth Kniepkamp; her parents, Phillip and Elsie, nee Jaeckel, Herbert; and two sisters, Ruth Thies and Ethel Busch. Surviving are two sons, Rev. Gary (Joyce) Kniepkamp of St. Jacob, Ill., and Wayne (Janet) Kniepkamp of Millstadt, Ill.; four grandchildren, Melissa (Tim) Nehrt of St. Louis, Mo., Kristen (Thomas) Belcher of St. Louis, Mo., Katie (Jeff) Lynn of Swansea, Ill., and Michael Kniepkamp of Belleville, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, Ill. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. Dr. Arthur Tinge officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill. GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 30, 2015
Kniepkamp, Dolores J. - Belleville  
DOLORES KNIEPKAMP Dolores J. Kniepkamp, nee Herbert, 85, of Belleville died Sunday, April 26, 2015. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville. Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights. George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 29, 2015
Kniepkamp, Dolores J. - Belleville  
DOLORES KNIEPKAMP Dolores J. Kniepkamp, nee Herbert, 85, of Belleville died Sunday, April 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 28, 2015
Konopelski, Sandra-Ann - Shiloh  
Sandra-Ann Konopelski Sandra-Ann Konopelski, nee Lawson, 58, of Shiloh, Ill. went to be in the presence of her Savior on Friday, April 24, 2015. Our beloved Sandie was born April 17, 1957, in Manhattan, N.Y. After graduating from Carmel High School in Lake Carmel, N.Y. in 1975, she attended Duchess Community College, SUNY College of Technology in Utica, N.Y., and graduated from Harlem Valley Psychiatric School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse, pouring her heart into helping people both in New York and California. She married her love, Marc A. Konopelski, on May 25, 1984, on George Air Force Base, Calif. Once her daughter was born, Sandie stayed at home to care for and raise her. Through the years, Sandie taught CPR for the American Heart Association, she enjoyed bowling with the ladies in her Friday morning bowling league, was involved in the choir and the PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) group at the Scott Air Force Base Chapel, was a committed member and faithfully served at Faith Family Church, managed nearby temporary living quarters, and was a dedicated military spouse. She had a soft spot for animals since her childhood, and spent the last 15 plus years as a volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitator. She was always available and willing to serve whoever asked of her. She poured her time, heart, and strength into rescuing wildlife that needed a safe place to recover before returning to the wild, and she blessed so many people along the way. She loved and cared for her family deeply, fur-babies included. She leaves a legacy of selfless service and care to all of God's creation, people and animals alike. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl R. and Olga M. "Ollie", nee Bernhoft, Lawson. Surviving, and carrying on her memory, are her husband of 30 years, Marc A. Konopelski of Shiloh, Ill.; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole Ann (Timothy) Wilcox of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Carl (Carol) Lawson Jr. of North Port, Fla.; cousin Stephanie (Pete) Gasparich of Holmes, N.Y.; honorary sister, Diane (Gary) Broughton of Clarksburg, W.Va.; dear friend, Julie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ted (Ann )Konopelski of Ballwin, Mo., and Doug (Anne) Konopelski of Plains, Pa.; and many more cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and furry friends. "All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all" Memorial contributions may be made to Treehouse Wildlife Center, www.treehousewildlifecenter.com/donation, or the Bi-State Wildlife Hotline Inc., www.wildlifehotline.com/donateonline . Condolences may be extended online at www.schildknechtfh.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, Ill., and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Faith Family Church, 704 North Green Mount Rd., Belleville, Ill. Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the church with Pastor Rick Hufton officiating. SCHILDKNECHT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, O'Fallon, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 28, 2015
Krause, Richard - Fairview Heights  
Richard Krause Richard "RJ" John Krause, 64, of Fairview Heights, Ill., formerly of East St. Louis, Ill., born Dec. 26, 1950, in East St. Louis, Ill., joined the great "All-Stars" in heaven on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. RJ was a retired teacher. He was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Philip's Catholic Church in East St. Louis before it closed and then he became a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville. RJ was preceded in death by his loving parents, Raymond and Ruth, nee Fisher, Krause; his paternal grandparents, Peter and Anna, nee Kewi, Krause; his maternal grandparents, Gustave and Ruth, nee Reynolds, Fisher; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. RJ is survived by Russell Krause, his brother/co-founder of the RJ Krause All-Stars Sports Club; an aunt, Pat Fisher; and several cousins; special friends, Victoria Stigar, Helen Anthony, Larry Duncan Allen, Rose Brown family, Rose Weilmuenster, Charlie and Ella Coburn, and Norman and Lynn Miller. RJ attended St. Philip's Catholic School (1956-61 and 1962-64), Harding Elementary School (1961-62), Assumption Catholic High School (1964-65), East St. Louis Senior High School (1965-68), Belleville Area College (1968-70), and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1970-72). RJ graduated from SIUE with a major in education and a minor in social studies. RJ taught second grade for the majority of his career and retired from the East St. Louis School District in 2010. RJ's 38-year teaching career was primarily in District 189 in East St. Louis. He also did some substitute teaching early in his career. Although he never had children of his own, he was blessed with teaching and coaching more children than one can count over his lifetime. He taught at DuBoise Catholic Grade School in St. Charles, Ill., Bluffview Park in Caseyville, Woodrow Wilson in Washington Park, and Nelson Mandela in East St. Louis. RJ was a devoted teacher. His concern for getting the very best out of his students was an important factor in his teaching style. He wanted only the best for his students and their successes made him continue to be a conscientious and caring teacher. RJ took pride in seeing his students excel in life. He taught/coached several who went on to have successful careers and some became professional sports players. RJ was also a devoted coach for 50 years. RJ and his brother Russell established the All-Stars Sports Club in 1979. RJ coached basketball, softball, track, baseball, football, tennis, and cheerleading. He coached his 6,250th game in 2014. RJ never cared if his team won or lost, he just wanted his players to learn good sportsmanship. He also made sure everyone played the game, no matter what their skill level was. RJ officiated over 2,500 games in 30 years. He coached and played men's softball as well. Although an injury sidelined RJ for a while, he didn't let it keep him down. Unable to walk on his own due to both knees being injured, RJ coached games from his wheelchair. RJ's accomplishments also included public service. He served as an East St. Louis Democratic Precinct Committeeman for 26 years, a St. Clair County Board Member for 20 years, and served as the East St. Louis Township Clerk for four years. RJ was proud to serve as the voice of the East St. Louis Flyers basketball and football teams. RJ wrote for the East St. Louis Monitor and he liked contributing letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat. RJ achieved many accomplishments and awards over the years, including: St. Philip's Special Education Award (1971); MVP All Star Softball Game (1989); Gatorade National Coach of the Year Award (1985); St. Louis East West Gateway Award (1989); St. Louis Magazine and KMOX Radio 40 Under 40 Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Major Award (1990); Hardee's Hometown Hero Award (1992); Belleville News-Democrat and SIUE Kimmel Community Service Award (1993); St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteer of the Year Award (1998); St. Louis Sports Commission Award (1999); St. Louis Ram's Quarterback Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Kurt Warner (2001); Belleville Diocese Catholic Social Service Award (2005); Co-Recipient of the East St. Louis NAACP Stellar Life Achievement Award and AAA First Impression Outstanding Citizen (2011); Bob Emig Foundation - Cathy Hill Volunteer Award (2012); Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame - Friend of Basketball Award (2013); and St. Clair County Lawyers Association Liberty Bell Award (2014). RJ was grateful to his sponsors over the years who generously provided assistance to the RJ Krause All-Stars Sports Club. Donations from Ronald McDonald Children's Charity, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues, University of Missouri (Mizzou), University of Illinois (Fighting Illini), McKendree (Wild Cats), Six Flags, St. Clair County Fair vendors, Our Lady of the Snows Missionary Oblates, and all local high schools made it possible for him to take "his kids" to many sporting and recreational events over the years. "His kids" treasured these outings because without this generosity, many of these kids would never have had the chance to enjoy these events. His purpose was to get young people to become better citizens, he stressed the importance of getting a good education, saying no to drugs, gangs, violence, and vandalism. He also taught "his kids" to help senior citizens and people with special needs, to be good sports, and always follow the golden rule - treat others as you would want them to treat you. He strived to be a positive influence in their lives. RJ never knew a stranger. He ran in to people he knew everywhere he went. It didn't matter if he knew you or not, he always asked "where did you go to high school?" RJ's favorite word was "congratulations!" His favorite item was his whistle - he was always blowing it. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Program, St. Vincent DePaul, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com . Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 4, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill. KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat from May 1 to May 2, 2015
Krause, Richard - Fairview Heights  
RICHARD KRAUSE Richard "R.J." Krause, 64, of Fairview Heights died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville. Funeral Mass noon Monday at the church. Burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville. Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 30, 2015
Krause, Richard "RJ" (Featured) - Fairview Heights  
Richard "RJ". Krause, 64, of East St. Louis, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 29, 2015
Kruep, Francis - Carlyle  
FRANCIS KRUEP Francis B. Kruep, 87, of Carlyle died Sunday, May 3, 2015. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Zieren Funeral Home, Carlyle.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 4, 2015
Lange, Cynthia M. - Belleville  
Cynthia Lange Cynthia M. "Cindy" Lange, nee Ferguson, 64, of Belleville, Ill., born July 25, 1950, in Rapid City, S.D., died Friday, April 24, 2015, at her residence. Cindy served in the U.S. Air Force during the VietNam War from 1968 to 1972. After leaving the Air Force, she worked in the civilian personnel offices at Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Del., at Lajes Air Force Base, Lajes, Portugal, and at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. She later worked as an aircraft maintenance analyst at Scott Air Force Base until her retirement in 2003. Cindy was a member of First Baptist Church O'Fallon, O'Fallon, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. and Lorraine, nee Alsager, Ferguson. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Richard K. Lange, whom she married July 18, 1970; a son, Robert K. (Kortni) Lange of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Nikki Ferguson; and three brothers, Robert Ferguson, Philip Ferguson and Ricky Ferguson. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com . Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at First Baptist Church O'Fallon, 1111 East U.S. 50, O'Fallon, Ill., with Pastor Doug Munton officiating. GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 28, 2015
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