Ronnie Lattimore

Ronnie Lee Lattimore of Edwardsville passed away December 13, 2020 at the age of 81 after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19.

Ronnie retired from his career at Amoco in Wood River and was enjoying retirement with his wife of 63 years. He loved making wood carvings, eating breakfast at Denny’s with his friends, and also stayed an active member of Troy/Collinsville Church of Christ.

Tragically for his family, Ronnie’s little brother James passed 8 days later (cause of death not available).

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Ronnie Lattimore obituary at Panynic Funeral Home
 

Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn

Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn of rural Evansville IL died after a three day battle with COVID-19 at St. Louis University Hospital on January 16, 2021. She was 91 years old. She married the (late) love of her life when he got back from serving in France in WWII and they raised six children.

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Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn obituary at PECHACEK FUNERAL HOMES – RED BUD 

Lawrence F. Pranger

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Lawrence “Larry” Pranger, of Jerseyville IL, passed away on December 29, 2020 at Jersey Community Hospital from complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 82.

Larry attended Illinois State University and was drafted to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life while on leave the day after Christmas in 1961. Larry worked for Shell Oil Company in Jerseyville as he and his wife Mary Ann raised their four kids. He was a gifted coach and regularly led youth teams at St. Francis Xavier School to championships in track, baseball, football, and basketball. He and his late wife also took very active roles in raising their grandkids and helping out in their parish, attending mass every Saturday night.

Lawrence Pranger is missed deeply by his kids, grandkids, extended family, friends and all who knew him.

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Lawrence Pranger obituary at Crawford Funeral Homes 

Donna Lynn Schroen Naylor

Donna Schroen Naylor of Bethalto Illinois died of COVID-19 on December 11, 2020 at the age of 70. She caught the novel coronavirus in November and passed soon after.

Donna was a retired teacher, having touched countless young lives for 33 years in Cottage Hills and Bethalto East. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in education from Southern Illinois University, and was continually enriching her mind by reading books and learning. Donna never had her own children, and poured her love into her school kids, fur babies, and volunteer work. She and her late husband shared a passion for therapy dogs, which they’d take to local nursing homes. Long before COVID-19 hit, Donna knew the importance of making sure that families don’t go hungry; you could find her every Thursday at The House of Victory Food Pantry ministering, praying with, and giving groceries to those in need. She continued this volunteer work through the pandemic, until becoming sick herself from COVID. Donna is remembered as being one of the most cheerful people that anyone could possibly meet. “You could count on her to laugh at your feeblest joke and enthusiastically cheer your slightest success.”

Donna Schroen Naylor is missed deeply by her brother, small extended family, church family, huge circle of friends and acquaintances, and the countless people whose lives she touched.

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Donna Lynn Schroen Naylor obituary at Elias Kallal and Schaff Funeral Home 

Sharon Kay Wylder

Sharon Kay Wylder St. Louis Metro East COVID-19 death

Sharon Kay Wylder (nee Lobstein) of Carlyle Illinois died from complications of COVID-19 on December 29, 2020 at the age of 78.

Sharon grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois attended St. Teresa’s Academy and graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. As a nurse, she cared for everyone from nursing home residents to newborns. Sharon raised her five kids with her late husband, and loved it when she was able to retire and spend more time with her grand kids.

Sharon Wylder is missed deeply by her sister and three brothers, five adult kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and circle of friends.

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Sharon Kay Wylder obituary at Zieren Funeral Home 

Patricia Ann Retter

Patricia Ann Retter, of Jerseyville, Illinois, lost her battle with COVID-19 on December 10, 2020 at the age of 86 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.

Patricia was the beloved wife of Reverend Edwin Retter and together they raised two daughters while serving in the Nazarene ministry. She liked collecting snowmen, doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, and helping out friends. Patricia was the family matriarch and always quick with a kind word and listening ear.

Patricia Retter is missed every moment by her husband and soulmate of 67 years. She’s also grieved by her surviving daughter, grandkids, church family, and all those whose lives brightened by her presence.

PS: Her family was trying to collect cards to send to her grieving husband, see the Facebook link below.

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/443200212800330/permalink/1096657230787955

Patricia Ann Retter’s obituary at Wojstrom Funeral Home 

Gregory J. Warnecke

Gregory J. Warnecke of Belleville, Illinois died of COVID-19 on December 31, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital at the age of 90.

Greg would make handtools and decorative pieces out of wood as a child growing up in Clinton County. After he finished serving in the United States Army Security Agency, he went to work as cabinetmaker with the Markus Cabinet Company, before switching to working on residential and commercial projects. Greg’s love of woodworking was possibly only exceeded by his love for his wife, who he recently celebrated 58 years of marriage with in May 2020. In retirement, Greg liked traveling, fishing, spending time with family, but he continued his passion for woodworking through designing and building furniture for his home and for St. Mary’s Church in Belleville. His craftsmanship can be seen on the “refurbished sacristy cabinets, both the Easter candle and Advent wreath stands, credence table, and extensive restoration of our Pieta statue and the figures in our Christmas Creche, to name a few.”

Gregory J. Warnecke is missed deeply by his wife, three children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, friends, and church-family.

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Gregory J. Warnecke obituary at Dignity Memorial 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/409446999120898/permalink/3768973059834925/

Jimmie Allen Palmer

Jimmie Allen Palmer of Collinsville, IL died December 16, 2020 at Mercy Hospital from COVID-19 related complications at the age of 79.

Jimmie was a retired carpenter millwright, enjoying retirement with his wife of 62 years. He loved nothing more than a good bargain, and was a daily visitor to Pawn King in Collinsville. Jimmie was also passionate about classic cars (especially his blue Challenger), playing golf, spending time with his family, and laughing. He coached his four kids’ baseball and sports and had a blast being a father, and even more fun being a granddad and great granddad.

Jimmie Palmer is missed deeply by his wife, kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family, friends, and by his dog Gracie.

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Jimmie A. Palmer obituary at Barry Wilson Funeral Home
 

Mark Wilhold

Mark Wilhold of Fairmont City, IL died of COVID-19 in a hospital on December 3, 2020 at the age of 59.

Mark worked for Kiesel fuel, & Consolidated Ice & Fuel most of his life. He had a son and a daughter with his ex-wife, and a grandson who he loved very much. Mark was close with his family and circle of good friends, and would do anything for a friend.

Mark Wilhold is missed deeply by his adult children, grandson, parents, brother, sister, extended family and friends.

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Mark Wilhold Obituary on Legacy 

Francis Ethel Westfall Crumley

Francis Ethel Westfall Crumley of Jerseyville IL died of COVID-19 on November 27, 2020 at the age of 87. She was ill for a little less than three weeks, and it looked like she would pull through and get off the ventilator for a little while, but ultimately her body could not fight off the virus.

Francis was married twice, widowed twice and lost two children; despite heartaches, her life was full and she found beauty and love in the everyday and small things. She always made time to comfort, listen to, and care for others. In her younger years, Francis worked as a packer for Olin Corporation in Alton IL, canned her garden’s vegetables, cooked mouthwatering dinners, and loved to dance.

Francis is missed deeply by her two daughters, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandkids, and all those who were blessed to know her.

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Francis Ethel Westfall Crumley’s obituary at Crawford Funeral Home 

Michael Madison

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Michael Madison of Freeburg IL died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 68 on November 16, 2020. His wife Connie got to go into his room, hold his hand, and say goodbye to him at Belleville Memorial Hospital, as her mother continues to fight coronavirus (but as of this writing is still alive).

Michael was enjoying retirement with his adoring wife of 8 years, and finally getting to take a break from working so hard his whole life. He served in the US Military and his faith was important to his personal strength and life.

Michael Madison is missed deeply by his wife, his son, grandchildren, extended family and circle of friends.

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Michael Madison obituary at Renner Funeral Homes 

Barbara Ann Molloy

Barbara Ann Molloy died after a brief battle with COVID-19 on November 10, 2020 at OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton IL at the age of 80.

Barbara worked for many years as a nursing home administrator and was known as a cheerful caring person with an infectious laugh who never met a stranger. She loved telling a good story and bringing a smile to peoples’ faces. Together with her late husband, Barbara raised their four children.

Barbara Molloy is missed deeply by two daughters, two granddaughters, extended family, former work friends, and everyone whose life she made a little better.

In Barb’s honor, her family urges continued social distancing and mask compliance.

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Barbara Ann Molloy obituary at Gent Funeral Home
 

Audrey M. Tonies

Audrey Tonies Belleville nursing home COVID-19 death

Audrey M. Tonies died of COVID-19 on November 2, 2020 at Dammert Geriatric Care Center in Belleville Illinois at the age of 91. When she died, she was holding her cross and “was surrounded by family at the time of her death both inside and outside as Covid-19 restrictions allow.”

Audrey married her husband Gerard (previously deceased) in 1949 while attending University of Illinois. She raised five children with him while helping to grow his appraisal business. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, which she loved hosting every year (even continuing family celebrations at the Shrine Apartment Community). She’d hoped that COVID-19 would have gotten under control so that she could celebrate with her large family this year.

Audrey Tonies is remembered as being generous, kind, and cheerful. She’s missed deeply by her five adult children, 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, huge extended family and her many friends. 

Gene Rice

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Gene Rice of Waterloo Illinois died of COVID-19 on April 6, 2020 at the age of 83. He was Monroe County’s first known death from COVID-19.

Gene grew up in the Cahokia area, attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and married his best friend Nancy in 1957. They raised their kids while he worked at the Monsanto Krummrich Plant in Sauget, IL for 30 years before retiring.

He loved taking his family on trips to different lakes, camping, water skiing, playing music, ballroom dancing with his wife, and socializing with friends. Gene was also an ordained deacon at Westview Baptist Church in Belleville, and active in his church community. He loved his family – both immediate and extended, and he loved life. Gene is remembered for always having words of encouragement for anyone he was around.

As one of his friends posted on Facebook: “Another reminder that this is real and affects all of us in a crushing way. I encourage everyone who knew Gene to pay him tribute in death and wear a mask and save lives. 💙

Gene Rice is missed deeply by Nancy his wife of 63 years, his children and extended family, his family friends who were like family to him, his church family, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him in any way.

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Anita LaKay Sprankle

Anita LaKay Sprankle, of French Village in St. Francois County died of COVID-19 on May 5th, 2020 at Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois. She was 89.

She was married to her husband for 53 years until he passed in 2009. She was very social and loved spending time with family and friends. She raised three kids and enjoyed spending summers in Texas once her husband retired from working as an Illinois State Trooper. Both of her sons and grandsons are in law enforcement and Anita was a huge supporter of BackStoppers.

She’s missed by her two sons, daughter, grandchildren, and those who knew her. Her family really hopes that we find a cure for COVID-19 and supports The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University.

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Anita LaKay Sprankle obituary