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Edward Ward

Mar 12, 1933 - Nov 20, 2023

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East St. Louis, IL

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Renita R. Hall

Jan 03, 1962 - Feb 22, 2024

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East St. Louis, IL

Life Reflections Renita Hall was born on January 3, 1962, to Inez and Howard Hall, in Cleveland,Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents.Renita attended Blaine Elementary School in Blaine MS, Ruleville JR High School, andgraduated in 1980 from Ruleville Central High School in Ruleville, MS. She attended Alcorn StateUniversity in Larman, MS to pursue a degree in the Health Care Area.One of her most joyous and cherished time was when her son, Jamaal Howard RashardJohnson was born.Renita and her son, Jamaal, relocated to East St. Louis in 1988. She became a member ofthe Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 5000 Bond Ave, under the leadership of Rev. John L.Armstead. Renita enjoyed and faithfully attended the Sunday School Class taught bySuperintendent Thelma Starks.Renita worked as an LPN for a variety of doctors and different nursing care facilities,most notably Four Fountains. She was known to go above and beyond for all her patients. Shealways said she was called by God to help people and that she would be the “voice for thevoiceless”.Renita leaves to cherish her memories, a devoted and loving son, Jamaal HowardRashard Johnson (Melanie), a precious and so loved grandson, Gabriel Oliver Amos Johnson,and her pet that she loved dearly, her “boy with a tail”, Houston Johnson of Belleville, IL; twosisters: Ann McFarland of East St Louis and Gwendolyn Summers of St. Louis; two brothers:Robert Hall (Mary Helen) of Vicksburg, MS, Jasper Hall of East St. Louis, IL; and a host of nieces,nephews, cousins, and friends.The family of Renita Hall would like to thank each of you for your expressions ofsympathy during this time of bereavement. Your prayers, words of consolation, and acts ofkidness will always be appreciated.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Mrs. Renita R. Hall, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Edith Richey

Dec 27, 1946 - Dec 03, 2023

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East St. Louis, IL

It is with deep sympathy that we announce the transition of Edith Richey, age 76, of Vacaville, CA, born in East St. Louis, Illinois, who entered into rest on Sunday, December 3, 2023. Edith was born on December 27, 1946 to Algia Lee Robinson and Joseph George Robinson. Edith is survived by: her children Michele Richey, Angela Richey-Jackson, Yvette Richey, Christopher Richey; grandchildren Alexus Bennett, Sydney Thweatt, Brandon Thweatt, Journee Richey, Christine Richey, and Christopher Richey Jr. ; siblings Joseph Robinson Jr. , Douglas Robinson, Russell Robinson, Beverly Meriweather, Kim Robinson and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Edith was preceded in death by: son Robert Lee Richey Jr. ; parents Algia Lee Robinson and Joseph George Robinson; siblings Alberta Davis, Eugene Robinson, Linda Robinson and nephew Damien O'Dell Robinson. Edith will be dearly missed by family and friends. Edith will rest in the St. Gabriel mausoleum at Glen Eden Memorial West, 35667 Eight Mile Rd, Livonia, Mi.

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Michelle Thomas-Young

Jan 07, 1950 - Oct 03, 2023

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East St. Louis, IL

Life ReflectionsMs. Michelle "Mikki" Thomas Young was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, January 7, 1950. Herparents were Argie H. Thomas and Olyphia "Lymp" Smith, her birth mother. She was raised by Argie H. Thomas (father), great aunt Scotia Calhoun, great uncle George Calhoun andMary Lou "Mama Thomas" - her great grandmother. The Thomas Family were dedicated members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where Michelle participatedin numerous church inspired activities. She was baptized at a very early age and continued herinvolvement in the church for many years. Preceding Michelle in death were: Mary Lou "Mama Thomas", Argie H. Thomas, Scotia and GeorgeCalhoun, Olymphia Smith, Andrea Smith and Brenda Perry (sisters), Carrie Mae and Henry Thomas(grandparents). While growing up in the East St. Louis area, Michelle, worked in the family business, Scotia's Fine Food. Michelle Thomas graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1968. She attended SIU-E andobtained some excellent secretarial skills. These skills enabled her to obtain a position at the East St. LouisSchool Board #189 as a secretary for over 20 years. Michelle, "Mikki', had one daughter, Andrea Nicole Jarrett Buckner. Michelle, had a wide variety of interests. She loved reading and writing poetry. Music was special to her -she appreciated jazz and many other genres of music. Her favorite color was lavender which representssilence, devotion, serenity, grace, and calmness. It is also the color representing royalty. When you see thosebeautiful lavender flowers in the spring - think of Mikki. If you knew Mikki, you knew she was a smooth talker as well as a spit fire. She could make you laugh withher wry sense of humor but also sting you with her wit. Her passing has certainly left a void in our lives. We will miss her dearly. Michelle had a very special closeness with her grandchildren: Cameron, Rasheed, Lesly, and PatriciaJohnson. Michelle Denise Thomas Young leaves to cherish her memory: Andrea Nicole Jarrett Buckner (Hank),Katrina C. Thomas (step-mother), grandchildren - Cameron Jarrett, Rasheed Jones, and Lesly Baker andPatricia Johnson, Great-grandchildren - Audri, Jeremih, Elijah, Amila, London, Ava and Jaycion Smith. She also leaves to mourn her memory, Goddaughter Denise Michelle Miles, special Aunt Virginia Thomasand many other uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, and friends. Her special friends: JoAnn Drungo, AleshaJordan, and Rhonda Strom. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of MRS. MICHELLE DENISE "MIKKI" THOMAS-YOUNG, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Photo Album #recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary PhotosMrs. Michelle "Mikki" Thomas-Young Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image$(function () {$('#ugallery'). unitegallery();});

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Carylen Knox-Jones

Jan 23, 1950 - Sep 08, 2023

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East St. Louis, IL

Mrs. Carylen Joyce Knox-Jones was born on January 23, 1950 to the union of John H. Brown Sr and Augustine (Towers) Brown of East St. Louis, Illinois. Carylen is preceded in death by parents John and Augustine Brown, along with her four brothers, Jessie James Brown of East St. Louis, John H Brown Jr. (Shirley Knox) of St. Louis Mo, Don Juan Brown (Rosalind Brown) of East St. and Freddie James Brown of East St. Louis. On July 29, 1992 she was united in holy matrimony to Carlos A. Jones of Belleville, IL. She had five children before marrying Carlos. Carylen and Carlos were married for 31 long years and had two beautiful kids. Carylen confessed her life to Christ under the leadership of Dr. Pastor O. V. Carter of New Macedonia Baptist Church Carylen obtained her education at O'fallon Tech High School of St. Louis and her college education at Harris Stowe Teacher College of St. Louis, Mo Carylen was employed at Parent and Friends where she retired but she was employed with the Support System for over 20 years where shewas loved so much. Carylen lived a peaceful, joyful, loving life. Everyone who knew her fell in love with her for one thing or another but she was known for her delicious cooking. When Carylen cooked the whole city came out, especially that Caramel cake oh my God. Her favorite pastime was going shopping with her daughters and her sister. Carylen loved life and lived it to the fullest with her family and friends. On Friday September 8, 2023 she departed this life at Memorial Hospital of Belleville, Illinois with grace and mercy to be at eternal rest with the rest of her family who has preceded her in death. Mrs. Carylen Joyce Knox-Jones leaves to cherish her memories with her husband Carlos A Jones Sr. , of East St. Louis,. Carylen also leaves to cherish her memories seven beautiful children, four daughters Keishia Knox of Belleville, Il Keilla Knox of East St. Louis, Kimmershae Knox of Belleville and Chareatha Jones of Madison, Il and three sons Robert Lee Knox Jr (Lisa) of Belleville, Il Vernelle Knox (Latasha) of Belleville and Carlos A Jones Jr of East St. Louis. One sister Bernetta Joyce Brown of Belleville, one brother Kevin Lockett of East St. Louis and two sisters in law Shirley Knox of (St. Louis, Mo), Rosalind Brown (Belleville, Il ) and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and her favorite cousin Sylvia Ware and her long time best friend Cousin Beverly Campbell.

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Velma Thompson

Nov 20, 1932 - Feb 23, 2023

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East St. Louis, IL

LIFE REFLECTIONSVelma G. Thompson "Mickey" was born November 20, 1932 in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Willie and Mary Thompson. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother. Velma received her formal education in School District #189 in East St. Louis, Illinois. She went on to attend Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned her degree to be a Certified Social Worker. After more than 30 years of service, she retired from the state of Illinois. Velma confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and became a baptized believer. She later united with Prospect Park United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Velma loved Sunday School and being actively involved in the church. She also served as a certified Lay Speaker in the Methodist Church. She loved children, cooking and working in her flower garden. As an activist, Velma attended the march on Washington, D. C. with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And as a Christian, she was blessed to visit Haiti along with other Christians, to help in establishing a church there in Haiti. Velma "Mickey" departed this life on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois. Velma G. Thompson leaves to cherish her memory: two sisters, Gertrude Huston and Norma Jean Dickerson; a host of nieces, nephews; great-and great-great nieces and nephews; special sisters, Doris King and Melva L. Lewis; adopted daughter, Sue Beach; a special son, Jonathan R. Lewis; and a host of other relatives and dear friends. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of MS. VELMA G. "Mickey" THOMPSON, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Barbara Gaskins

Jul 13, 1942 - Nov 03, 2022

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East St. Louis, IL

Barbara Kay Gaskins, 80 of Godfrey, Illinois, passed away on November 3, 2022, at her home. Barbara was born July 14, 1942, to Wesley and Zettie (Oliver) Rash in East St. Louis, Illinois. She worked for Continental Can Company for many years before retiring. She loved her animals, especially her cats. Barbara enjoyed collecting Disney paraphernalia, shopping and spending money. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was a huge Elvis fan. Survivors include her son, Gary (Joni) Gaskins of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Renee Bowlin of Godfrey, Illinois; friend and caregiver, Kene Turcotte of Godfrey, Illinois; brother, Bob (Kathy) Rash of Crozet, Virginia; granddaughter, Ariana; granddaughter-in-law Jenna; great grandchildren, Saint and Stone; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; half brother, George Rash; and sister, Janet Rash. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 10:00 a. m until 12:00 p. m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. A celebration of life will take place at 12:00 p. m. with Chaplain Gail Mueller and Almeda Lahr-Well officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to BJC Hospice.

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Makenze Coulter

Dec 09, 1998 - Sep 20, 2022

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East St. Louis, IL

Makenze L. Coulter, age 23 of Table Grove, Illinois passed away as a result of an auto accident at 4:55 a. m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in East St. Louis, Illinois. She was born on December 9, 1998 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Bob and April (DeWeese) Coulter. She is survived by her parents, her sister Madisen Coulter of Table Grove, Grandparents Rod and Mary Frederick of Table Grove, Dean Coulter of Fiatt, Illinois, Steve DeWeese of Satsuma, Florida and her "adopted" grandparents who helped raise her, Steve and Kay Weaver of Ipava, Illinois. Makenze was preceded in death by her grandmother Kay Coulter. Services will be held on Sunday, September 25th at 6:00 pm at the Berean Christian Church in Ipava, Illinois. Pastor Doug Krukewitt will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4-6 pm on Sunday at the church. Memorials may be made to the South Fulton Lady Rebels Basketball Program. Memorials can be sent to the funeral home, 207 East Broadway, Astoria, IL 61501. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Lori Murphy Sorry for your loss, will continue to pray for your family. Donna Horwedel We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. We can only imagine the pain you are feeling. Such a beautiful girl, gone to soon. Praying for your comfort and strength in the days ahead [?] Tim and Kimberly Bengtson The Lady Rebels basketball family is giving you our thoughts and prayers. She will always be a part of our family and we will miss her. We are so sorry for your loss and can't begin to understand what you are feeling. Lifting your family in our prayers. Jo, Steve and Audry Branson We are so sorry for your loss and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Brian and Jennifer Lehman We are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. Brad and Bambi Beekman This breaks my heart. Prayers being said to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. The Kolves Family So sorry for your loss prayers to all. Brenda Little We are so very sorry for your loss and can't imagine the pain you must be feeling. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Liza and Joe Dutton Our hearts are breaking for you all. So very sorry. So very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family Sending love and prayers for comfort and strenght. Rodney and Theresa Keefauver Sending love, prayers, and hugs. Eric, Brittini, Brice & Bree Chapman Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this difficult time. Love Matt and Cindy Stribley We are very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs for you and your family. Randy and Brenda Vaughn Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this difficult time. Love Matt and Cindy Stribley Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. In our prayers. Jerry and Roxie Vawter So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and love are with you all during this difficult times. Love, Travis, Rheani, Taylor, and Rylee Snowden So sorry for your loss. . Alan and Georgiana Clemens Thinking of you and your family during such a difficult time! We are so sorry for your loss! The Essex Family! We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our hearts break for you and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences, Mike and Linda Blemler My heart breaks for the family. She was such a happy go lucky person who was full of fire and energy! I got to know her from doing the Queen pageant a couple years ago. She will be missed by so many! Rest Easy sweet girl! So very sad and sorry to all family and friends. Bev and Bill Eddington Bob and family. Listen for the Whispers of God. Find comfort in your memories and embrace the love and support of your family, friends and community. Bob & April No words. So very sorry for your loss. Bob,April & Madisen I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Please know I'm thinking of you. Kenze has been such a good friend to me. I am so sorry for your loss & am praying for healing. Kenze is loved by many! My heart breaks for you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sharon Stracker We're so very sorry. Prayers of comfort for you. Scott and Jennifer Wherley and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Debbie Carithers We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all. Mike and Cathy Ulmer So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and understanding during this difficult time. Bryant & Pam Bilderback We are holding your family in our hearts and lifting you in prayer. May you find moments of peace and comfort. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Bob and Melba Baker Sorry for your loss I'm so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Cara Yocum So sorry for your loss. Kenze was a light & loved by many, and will continue to be. So sorry for your loss. Praying for family and friends. This is heartbreaking. Lori Rodriguez So sorry for your loss Sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for your family. Teresa Welch We are so sorry for your loss. Giving you hugs and prayers. Doug and Marie McCombs

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Marietta Schultz

Jul 27, 1936 - Aug 20, 2022

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East St. Louis, IL

Marietta "Mary" A. Schultz, nee Beshears, 86, of Gillespie, Illinois, formerly of Cahokia, Illinois, born July 27, 1936 in East St. Louis, Illinois, died Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Heritage Manor in Gillespie, Illinois. Mary enjoyed cleaning houses and being outdoors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Schultz; a son, Thomas M. Schultz, Sr. ; her parents, John and Nora, nee Louvier, Beshears; and five brothers, David, Robert, Edward, Ronald, and Jack Beshears. Surviving is her son, Donald Schultz of Gillespie, IL and a brother, Dennis Beshears. She was also a dear grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friendCondolences may be expressed online at braunfh. com. Friends may visit from 10:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Braun Family Funeral Home, Columbia, Illinois. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p. m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Marietta "Mary" A. Schultz, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Lucas Pitts

Aug 25, 1986 - May 25, 2022

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East St. Louis, IL

LUCAS VAUGHN PITTS, 35, of Chester, Illinois, passed away at 12:33 pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in East St. Louis, Illinois. He was born to Ron Pitts and Stephanee Ward on August 25, 1986 in Chester, Illinois. Lucas was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester, Illinois. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and loved spending time with his family, especially his daughters. Survivors: Parents: Stephanee Ward Vienna, IL Ron (Sarah) Pitts Vienna, IL Step Father: Chris Naeger Chester, IL Fiancee: Chelsey Seymour Chester, IL 2 Children: Layla Pitts and Lenney Pitts Grandparents: Bill & Linda Smith Chester, IL Barb & Fred Pitts Lick Creek, IL 3 Siblings: Marcus (Tara) Pitts Simpson, IL Emma Naeger Normal, IL Ben Naeger Vienna, IL Nieces & Nephews: Emerie Pitts and Mason Morrison Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends It was Lucas' wish to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Lucas Vaughn Pitts, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Jean Hall

May 12, 1929 - May 06, 2022

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East St. Louis, IL

Jean Hall, 92, of Madison passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 she was born May 12, 1929 in East St. Louis to Vern and Rose (nee; Calvert) McIntire. She married Charles Franklin Hall Sr. , January 23, 1953 in Madison. She was retired from Brown Shoe Company. She is survived by two daughters, Roberta "Bobbi" Bellovich of Granite City and Rebeca (Ray) Dailey of Granite City; son, Charles Hall Jr of Madison; eighteen grandchildren; forty four great grandchildren; thirty six great great grandchildren; son in law, Mark Liszewski of Troy and sister in law Edith McIntire of Madison. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Elizabeth Liszewski; sister, Verna Louise McIntire and two brothers, Melbourn and Clifton McIntire. Visitation will be on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 11 a. m. until the time of services at 1 p. m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Online guestbook available at www. wojstrom. com

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