Stephen S. Hellmann, 80, of Aviston, Ill., born Dec. 26, 1934, in Aviston, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Germantown, Ill.
Steve was a veteran of the United States Army and later retired from CSX Railroad. He was a very active member of St. Francis Catholic Church where he served many Masses, Aviston Knights of Columbus Council 11110, and was the past commander of the Aviston American Legion Post 1239.
Steve enjoyed going to church, gardening, volunteering at the school, and gathering and shelling pecans.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth, nee Ottensmeier, Hellmann; a son-in-law, Tim Gaskill; sisters, Genevieve Heimann and Bernadine Kussatz; brothers, Joseph Hellmann and Cletus B. Hellmann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward Heimann, Richard Kussatz, Patricia Stallings, Robert Johnson, and Jane and Stanley Feldmann.
Surviving is his wife, Alice, nee Johnson, Hellmann of Aviston, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1958, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese; his children, Bonnie Hellmann of Edwardsville, Beckie Gaskill of Edwardsville, Larry Hellmann and wife Jan of Germantown, and Guy Hellmann of New Baden; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jeffrey Gaskill, Nathan Dierkes and wife Sara, Brianne and Abby Hellmann; three great-grandchildren, Rylee, Lacey, and Brynlee Dierkes; sisters, Sr. Mary Magdalene, PHJC of Donaldson, Ind., and Rita Heimann and husband Ralph of Collinsville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth Osborne and husband Ron of Port Washington, Wis., Arthur "Butch" Johnson and wife Margaret of Orlando, Fla., and Audrey Johnson of Breese; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, and again from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese, Ill. The Aviston American Legion will hold services at 6 p.m. and the Aviston Knights of Columbus will hold services at 6:15 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston with Father Daniel Friedman and Father James Buerster officiating. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Aviston, Ill.
MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Breese, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 20, 2015