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Ralph Weilbacher Sr.

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Ralph Weilbacher Sr. Obituary
Ralph Weilbacher Sr.

Ralph J. Weilbacher Sr., 86, of Freeburg, Ill., born Sept. 16, 1929, in Millstadt, Ill., died Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, Ill.

Mr. Weilbacher was farmer and rancher on the same farm he was born on with his wife and children. In 1977 they moved to Camdenton, Missouri-Lake of the Ozarks and had a ranch raising cattle. Ralph and his late wife, Mary, had a beautiful house on the lake and were members at St. Anthony Catholic Church. In 2004 they moved in to their home in Wildwood Lake Estates.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary J., nee Schilling, Weilbacher, whom he married on Nov. 15, 1949, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill., and who died on Jan. 17, 2016; his parents, Otto and Louise, nee Mueller, Weilbacher; and a grandchild, Trisha Weilbacher.

Surviving are his children, Violet (Alan) Sternau of Belleville, Ill., Dale (Pam) Weilbacher of Hollywood, Fla., Ralph J. (Marcia) Weibacher Jr. of Millstadt, Ill., and Cindy Lou (Keith) Anderson of Smithton, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Brett (Carli) Anderson, Jenna (Chris) Hughes, Brad (Vicki) Weilbacher, Amy (Dirk) Schaumleffel, Jason (Kristin) Sternau, Heather (Jeremy) Bulen, Andrew Weilbacher, Brooks (Jamie) Ensminger, and Monica (Jamie) Mize; four great-grandchildren, Oliva Hughes, Addison and Drake Schaumleffel, and Ellianna; as well as other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memories and expressions of condolences may be made at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill. Inurnment will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 9, 2016
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