James A. Kuebel, 79, of Sparta, Ill., born June 14, 1936, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Friday, June 10, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by his family, who sang him into heaven.
Mr. Kuebel retired from Pet Inc., as an automation supervisor. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sparta, Ill., and a member of the choir at the church. He was a former member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill., where he had been a 30 year member of the choir. Jim was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, East St. Louis Council. He was an avid golfer, winning the Sparta International Tournament for two years in a row. One of his greatest passions in life aside from his beloved family was music, particularly jazz, and sports, particularly the Chicago Cubs. "Go, Cubs, Go!"
Jim was preceded in death by his son, James Patrick Kuebel; his parents, James A. Kuebel Sr., D.D.S., and Lucille M., nee Etienne, Kuebel; and a brother-in-law, Jack Eschenfelder.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Barbara, nee Eschenfelder, Kuebel, whom he married on Sept. 12, 1970, at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville, Ill., by Msgr. Bernard Sullivan; three daughters, Kate E. (Derek) Hebert of Columbia, Mo., Mimi (Herb) Runnels of Chesterfield, Mo., and Amy T.(John) Keller of Lindenhurst, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Audrey and James Hebert, Corinne and Everett Runnels, and Peter, Clara and Joseph Maximilian Keller; a sister, Mary Lou (David, D.D.S.) Humbargar of Lakewood, Colo.; cousins, nieces, nephews, and an abundance of cherished friends.
Memorials may be made to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows or in the form of Masses at either St. Teresa Catholic Church or at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sparta, Ill. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Father Anthony Onyango officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 13, 2016