Mary Jean Weilbacher, nee Schilling, 84, born June 1, 1931, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, Ill.
Mrs. Weilbacher was a loving, kind and caring person. She was the sweetest lady that anyone met. She loved to bake, bringing fresh baked cookies to doctor appointments and for family and friends. She was an excellent cook, talented quilter and enjoyed her beautiful gardens full of flowers. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mary helped her husband and sons on their farm until 1977, when they moved to the Lake of the Ozarks, and there became members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Mary was also a member of the Crafty Ladies at St. Anthony's Quilting Club. In 2004 they moved to Smithton, Ill.
Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, Ill., and was also a member of the St. Joseph's Ladies Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tricia Weilbacher; parents, Alfred H. and Mary, nee Schaefer, Schilling; brother, Edwin Schilling; and her sister, Angela Wiskamp.
Surviving are her loving and devoted husband, Ralph J. Weilbacher Sr., whom she married on Nov. 15, 1949, in St. Peter's Cathedral; children, Violet (Alan) Sternau, Dale (Pam) Weilbacher, Ralph (Marcia) Weilbacher Jr., and Cindy Lou (Keith) Anderson of Smithton, Ill.; grandchildren, Brad (Vicki) Weilbacher, Brett (Carli) Anderson, Jenna (Chris) Hughes, Amy (Dirk) Schaumleffel, Jason (Kristin) Sternau, Heather (Jeremy) Bulen, Andrew Weilbacher, Brooks (Joe) Ensminger and Monica (Jamie) Mize.; great-grandchildren, Olivia Hughes, Addison Schaumleffel, Drake Schaumleffel and Ellianna Mize; brothers, Raymond Schilling and Alfred Schilling; sister, Alvina Pruett. Also, survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives family and friends.
In lieu of flowers masses are preferred. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Funeral: A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11 North Alton Street, Freeburg, Ill. A private inurnment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 22, 2016