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Linda Mentzer

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Belleville, IL

Linda enjoyed gardening, especially her irises. She also enjoyed spending time with friends, traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks and Florida, and shopping. She gave her all in everything she did and taught us all the definition of the word "fight. " Linda was well respected, loved, and admired by all that had the privilege to know her. She brought joy and excitement to those around her. She cherished many birthdays and family dinners. Linda enjoyed preparing special meals (fried chicken) for mil...Read More

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Fred L. Ehrstein

Sep 16, 1929 - Feb 24, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Fred L. Ehrstein, 94, of Belleville, IL, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Fred was born September 16, 1929 in Belleville, IL to Frederick M. and Emma (Lebkuecher) Ehrstein. He married Rosemary Knight in 1967 in Haywards Heath, England. Together, they shared 56 years of marriage together. Rosemary survives and resides in Belleville, IL. Also surviving is their one son, Stephen (Deb) Ehrstein of Kirkwood, MO; granddaughters, Miranda Ehrstein of St. Louis, MO and Helene Ehrstein of Kirkwood, MO; and nephews and nieces, Jonathan (Helen) Knight of East Grinstead, UK; Debbie Knight of Crawley, UK; Mary (Edward) Knobeloch; Susan (Mike) Jakovac; Hal Modro; Michele Peters; Tim Modro; Carol (Tim) Thrall; Fred (Oznur) Modro; and Monica Jinks. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas, and sister, Jean. Fred is also survived by his long-time friends, Richard Doyle, Joseph Cunningham, and Kyle Richardson. After working his way through a degree at Washington University and then deciding law school was not for him, Fred served his country in the United States Army as was the requirement at the time. Among other jobs (he investigated sonic boom reports for the Air Force for a while), he worked for both the Bemis Bag Company and General Electric to fund his fishing, travel, and education before embarking on a full career teaching English, French and German in the Mascoutah School District where he made life-long friends. Fred never lost his desire to learn new things, taking up gardening, wine-making, and several more languages while reading voraciously. Above all else, Fred loved his wife, Rosemary and his family dearly. He always strove to live up to the strong values he held and embraced his role as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle to the fullest. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial time of gathering will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 10:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, IL with a memorial service beginning at 11:00 A.M. The family has entrusted Lake View Funeral Home with cremation rites. Any donations can be made to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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Edward Escobedo

Nov 03, 1932 - Feb 26, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Edward Escobedo, 91, of Belleville, IL passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Frances Escobedo; and sisters, Carrie and Mary. Edward is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Joanne (nee Schaefer) Escobedo; children, Anthony (Jeanie) Escobedo, Edward (Denise) Escobedo, Melinda (Don) Schmidt, and Robyn (John) Voellinger; grandchildren, Jessica Shaw, Toni Escobedo, Casey Escobedo, Kelsie (Chris) Reaka, Nathan (Michaela) Williamson, Nicholas Williamson, Claire Marlen, and Cole Marlen; great grandchildren, Kendall Escobedo, Easton Reaka, Mykenna Nance, Kenleigh Nance, Bryce Nance, and Guage Escobedo. Edward was the owner of Esco Electrical Service Co. in Belleville where he worked hard to support his family and his community. He was proud veteran of the US Air Force serving in the Korean War where he earned several medals. In his spare time, he loved to woodwork and showed tremendous talents making tables, cedar chests, and desks for his family and friends. Edward loved being around his family, especially cooking for them. His tamales and beans were the best and he always made enough to feed a full party of people. Ed’s warm spirit, love for family, and great cooking will be missed. Ed’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life is pending in the future. Friends are encouraged to send wishes to the family and share memories at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

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Billy Viviano

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Belleville, IL

Billy enjoyed riding street bikes with friends, dirt bike racing, and watching motorcross and supercross. He loved camping, having a fire going in the fireplace, and spoiling his four-legged kids (dogs) Cosmo and Bandit. Billy was a lifetime member of the Belleville Enduro Team (B.E.T.) and the American Motorcyclist Association (A.M.A). He was preceded in death by his parents, William V. and June L., nee Liske, Viviano; a brother, Garry Viviano; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Patricia and Vernon Kueker. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane, nee Kueker, Viviano; a son, Briley Viviano of Mount Olive, IL; two step-children, Sara (Michael) Straub of High Ridge, MO; and Jason (Kayla) Buch of Ellis Grove, IL; three step-grandchildren, Anna Straub, Blair Buch and Paige Buch; a brother, Glenn (Robin) Viviano of Cary, NC; four sisters, Deborah Bowman of Fairview Heights, IL, Patricia (Scott) Duncan of Lohman, MO, Susan (Bradley) Kifer of Lake Ozark, MO, and Donna (Daniel) Stroot of St. Peters, MO; six sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol (Mike) Wiscombe of Percy, IL, Kevin (Carolyn) Kueker of Red Bud, IL, Mike (Jana) Kueker of Red Bud, IL, Susie (Barry) Mehring of Red Bud, IL, Randy (Stella) Kueker of Waterloo, IL, and Julie (Jay) Imming of Ruma, IL; ten nieces and nephews, Richard (Tammy) Viviano, Heather Erwin (Trenton), Madison Viviano (Wes), Joshua (Shannon) Viviano, Michael Weissert (Erin), Christopher Weissert, Ashley (Nathan) Valdez, Jeremy (Samantha) Stroot, Chelsey Stroot (Jake), and Cameron (Brienna) Kifer; many great-nieces, great-nephews, step nieces, and step nephews; long time racing friend, Paul Young of Belleville, IL; and many other dear cousins and friends. Memorials may be made to the college fund for Briley Viviano. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at . Friends may visit from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL. A celebration of life will follow.

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Sherree Schneider

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Belleville, IL

Sherree worked as an event specialist and office administrator at Roy-El Catering for many years. She was also a member of Concordia United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley A. Sadowski, Jr. Sherree is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Randy Schneider, Sr., whom she married on July 9, 2005; her mother, Shirle D., nee Payton, Sadowski; a sister, Susan (Timothy) Hoogerwerf; a nephew and niece, Khristopher Hoogerwerf and Kari Hoogerwerf; a great-niece, Shay Hoogerwerf; four step-children; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A beautiful life that came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved and will never forget. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the family, in care of Randy Schneider. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at . Friends may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Joan Mier officiating.

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Barbara H. Montero

Nov 18, 1945 - Feb 24, 2024

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Belleville, IL

"Barbara H. Montero, age 78, of Belleville, IL, died Saturday, February 24th, 2024. She was born on November 18th, 1945, in Banes, Cuba. Full obituary is pending. A funeral mass is pending at Assumption Catholic Church."

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Dorothy Weber

Apr 02, 1923 - Feb 24, 2024

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Belleville, IL

, nee Weber, 100, of Belleville, IL, born Monday, April 2, 1923, in Millstadt, IL, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at St. Paul’s Home in Belleville, IL. Dorothy worked as a Secretary for City of Belleville. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Belleville IL and V.F.W. Post 1739. She started at the City of Belleville where she worked directly in the City Treasurer’s office during tax collection, then became Secretary to Mayor Munie and later to Mayor Nichols, where she served for 11 years. She belonged to the Spiritual Growth and Ladies & Mens Fellowship at Trinity and was a Life member of V.F.W.-Aux. 1739 in Millstadt, IL. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 at 11:00 am, at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt, IL.

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Donna L. Renth

Jul 24, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Donna L. Renth, nee Six, 80 of Belleville IL, born July 24, 1943 in Bluffs IL, departed this life on February 19, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 24, 1943 in Bluffs, IL to Leroy Alvin Six and Lorena Ellen Neese. Donna worked at Calvin Johnson Nursing home for 37 years. She enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with her family. Donna was a strong, loving woman and always made sure her family was taken care of. Her beautiful spirit and loving heart will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in her death by her father, Leroy Alvin Six; mother, Lorena Ellen Neese of Bluffs IL; husband, Edwin Renth; sisters, Ruth Shelton, Barbara Lashbrook & Ellen Sweeten of Jacksonville IL; brothers Billy, Donnie & Larry Six of Jacksonville IL; daughter, Janet M Cox; son, Richard L Boring; granddaughter, Niki Boring and grandson, Eddie Renth Jr. Surviving to cherish her memory include her Daughters, Teresa Jacks, Sandra (Michael) Flake of New Athens, IL, Laura Tyson (William Delich) of Fairview Heights, IL, and Kathy (Gary) Bujnak; Son, Eddie Renth; 23 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald (Vicky) Six of Jacksonville, IL; brother-in-law, Charles Lashbrook; daughter-in-law, Paula Boring; along with numerous dear nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family. The family is having a private service April 4, 2024 at Lake View Memorial Gardens, and a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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Shirley Jean Nye

Mar 27, 1936 - Feb 21, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Shirley Jean Nye, 87, of Keokuk, passed away at 8:10 AM, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at her daughter's home in Belleville, Illinois. Shirley was born March 27, 1936, the daughter of James and Bessie (Canada) Stephenson in Keokuk. She was united in marriage to Arvest “Rocky” Nye February 23, 1961, in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her in death November 12, 1997. After attaining her associate degree, she worked as a supervisor at BTR in Keokuk for twenty-six years. Shirley’s favorite hobby was quilting. Shirley is survived by her children, Cheryl Higbee of Keokuk, Tina (Wayne) Warning of Fowler, Illinois, Tony (Denni) Nye of Parsons, Kansas, Susan “Sam” (John) Lawson of Belleville, Illinois, Abby (Lennie) Etter of Keokuk and Doris “Vanessa” (Donnie) Leimer of Rancho Palos Verde, California; forty-four grandchildren; and a multitude of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bessie; husband, Arvest; a son, Steve Nye; a daughter, Audrey Shaffer; and siblings, Charles, Jimmie and Margie. Graveside service will be held at the Keokuk National Cemetery Friday March 1, 2024, at 1:00 pm. An informal gathering of family and friends will be held at Lake Cooper Foundation Hall 810 Main Street Keokuk immediately following the services. To to the family or in memory of Shirley (Stephenson) Nye, please

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Larry Lorenzo Thurman

Jun 25, 1975 - Feb 14, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Mr. Larry Lorenzo Thurman was born June 25, 1975, in Centreville, IL to the union of Larry and Helen Thurman. He attended school in Belleville, IL, graduating from Belleville Township High School June 3, 1994. He attended Sanford Brown College. Larry accepted Christ in his teenage years in Belleville and participated in teen ministry as well. He joined New Life in Christ Church under Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr. in August 2022. He loved his church, and he was proud to be a LifeChanger. He faithfully served on the Projects Team until his passing. He wrote several devotionals in the monthly newsletter, “The LifeChanger” as was his heart to encourage others with the word. Larry worked in customer service for over 20 years. He also enjoyed working on cars. Auto mechanics and car detailing were a passion of his. He also enjoyed graphic design and music production. Gone too soon, he was loved by family and friends. He was compassionate, loving and kind. He was always thoughtful and willing to help where needed. His creativity and humor made him a joy to be around. Larry literally saved two lives using his CPR training. He was recognized for his life saving efforts by the Belleville Police Association. Larry passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at home in Belleville, IL. He was preceded in death by his father Larry Thurman, his grandparents James and Rosa Thurman and Fred, Sr and Ira B. Harris, and his cousin Cheryl A. Warren. Larry leaves behind to cherish his memories: his mother Helen Thurman of Belleville, IL; sisters Carolyn Thurman, Angela Thurman and Teresa Hunter each of Atlanta, GA; his aunts Dorothy Duke and Maxine Smith of St. Louis, MO, and Linda Griffin of Belleville, IL; his uncles, Paul Thurman of Belleville, IL, and Matthew Poe of Augusta, GA; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, LifeChangers, and friends who will miss him dearly.

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Ben Shuppert

Died : Feb 26, 2024

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Belleville, IL

Ben was a United States Air Force Major and Vietnam veteran retiring in 1975 after 20 years of service. He later worked for the State Chemical Manufacturing Company and retired in 1998. He was a lifetime member of the 355 Fighter Group Association and the Belleville Holzschnitzer’s Wood Carvers. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy D., nee Crane, Shuppert, whom he married on December 26, 1959, and who died April 28, 1989; his parents, St. Clair and Dottie Clarice, nee Cover, Shuppert; and his sister, Norma Lee McGovern. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda Suarez-Shuppert, whom he married on July 13, 1994; his son, Larry Bruce (Nancy) Lipscomb; his daughter, Lisa Kay (Dennis) Flach; three grandchildren, Christian D. (Jill) Lipscomb, Stephen Flach and Emily, nee Lipscomb, Turnbull; several great and great-great-grandchildren; other dear family members; and a long list of friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine or online at , or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at . Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, Belleville, IL. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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