Grace Eileen Mehallow, nee Stewart, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in her O'Fallon, Ill., home of 50 years.
She was born to the late James and Barbara, nee Scheuren, Stewart on March 29, 1931 in the house that her daddy built in Lavelle, Pa.
She was preceded in death by several other loved ones, her husband, Joseph Mehallow; sisters, Rose Bogikes, Ethel Leibig, and Elizabeth Remaley; brothers, Frances Stewart, and an infant; and a dear niece and nephew.
Surviving are many loved ones, Grace's brother, William Stewart of Springfield, Ill.; and sister, Theresa "Ann" Gregonis of Jessup, Md., ho will continue to keep the wonderful memories of their childhood.
Grace started her career as a telephone operator and continued as an administrative assistant for the U.S. Air Force, but found her calling in motherhood. Grace was the supportive and loving mother of two daughters, Ann (James) Lamkins of Ladue, Mo., and Mary (Steven) Schmidt of O'Fallon, Ill., and the devoted and loving fan of her son, Joseph (Sheila) Mehallow of Maryville, Ill.
Much joy was added to her life with the addition of grandchildren, Adam (Danielle Ranzini), Julie, Alex (Stephanie), and John Stroh, and Ryan and Jacob Mehallow. Grace welcomed a great-grandson, Devin Stroh, with much love. Several nieces and nephews also mourn her passing.
In her final months, great care was provided by her grandson, Adam Stroh with support from Hospice of Southern Illinois. Donations may be made to either.
Internet guests may register online at www.KalmerMemorialServices.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill. Burial of her cremated remains will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
KALMER MEMORIAL SERVICES, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 25, 2016