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Marvin Hayden

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Belleville, IL

Pete enjoyed playing games with family friend, Patty Carr, and loved shooting pool with his children, Timothy and Denise. He was very proud of the planting of his flowers. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Theresa Pearce; his parents, Raymond and Ida, nee Schwoeppe, Hayden; four siblings, Edward Hayden, Bernice Horn, Phyllis Young, and Margaret Harmon; and his former wife, Nettie "Elna", nee Stilwell, Hayden. Pete is survived by two sons and a daughter, Marvin E. (Sandra) Hayden, Jenn...Read More

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Mike Bielke

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Belleville, IL

Mike was a devoted husband and father. In his eyes, raising his daughter, Madison, was his greatest accomplishment. Never was there a father more proud than when she graduated college and began her career as a nurse at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. In May of 2023, he married the love of his life, Linda. They were creating their future homestead, which Mike jokingly referred to as the mount pilot compound. Together they loved to travel and find new adventures. Mike graduated from Saint Louis University High School and then went on to Webster University. There he acquired his bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications with a minor in photography. After a lengthy career at several local Harley Davidson dealerships, he found his true calling customizing and repairing motorcycle seats. Deciding to venture off on his own in 2016, he opened Barstool Gypsy in downtown Belleville. Mike “Squiggy” was a proud member of the Illinois Motörheads Motorcycle Club since 2006. During his association with the club, Squiggy served as Secretary and was currently serving as the club’s Vice President. The bonds he formed with his brothers led to many wild adventures with both the Illinois and Ohio Chapters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis E. and Kathleen M., nee Kopff, Bielke. He is survived by his wife, Linda, nee Ellis, Bielke, whom he married on May 20, 2023; a daughter, Madison Bielke (Eric Kniepkamp); two step-children, Jamie (Chris) Brown and Connor (Ashley) Davis; two siblings, Amy Bielke and Dennis (Tami) Bielke; five grandchildren, Ayda, Brynlee, and Otto Brown, and Olivia and Charlie Davis; four nieces, Hannah and Hayden Bielke, and Alexis Lasley and Aliyah Cahoon; and many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at . Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Justin Roberts officiating. According to Mike’s wishes, cremation will follow the services.

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Bob Heil

Oct 05, 1940 - Feb 28, 2024

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Belleville, IL

, 83, of Belleville, IL, peacefully passed away February 28, 2024 with his loving family at his side at Belleville Memorial Hospital after a very brave battle with cancer. Bob was born October 5, 1940 in St. Louis and preceded in death by his parents Robert (Bob) George and LaVerna (Bills) Heil. He is survived by his wife Sarah (Benton) Heil of Belleville, IL, his sister Barbara (Bob) Schneidewind of Indian Rocks Beach, FL, his daughters from his marriage to Judy Mortensen Heil, Julie (Mark) Staley of Springfield, IL, and Barbara (David) Hartley of St. Louis, MO, a son by marriage Ash (Michelle) Levitt, of Belleville, IL, and seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Cate, Lizzie, Charlie, Alex, Luke, and Julian. Bob grew up in Marissa, IL. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, and was a member of the Marching Illini and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He eventually transferred to St. Louis to study music. A student of the famous Stan Kann, Bob became a proficient theater organ musician at a young age, beginning to perform at various local restaurants at the age of 14. At the age of 15, he became a professional performer on the Wurlitzer theater organ at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. During that time, he learned to tune and voice the thousands of pipes in that great Wurlitzer organ. It was the platform that taught Bob how to listen – mentally dissecting discrete tones which became so important throughout his several careers. In his early twenties Bob began designing and building various theater pipe organ installations. In the evenings Bob played organ at the Holiday Inn restaurant in St. Louis six nights a week. Heil then opened Ye Olde Music Shop, a successful professional music shop in Marissa, Illinois, which ultimately became Heil Sound. Bob became well-known for designing the concept of modern rock and roll systems we see today. Bob designed touring sound systems for rock and roll bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Who, and many others. Bob’s career was jumpstarted when the Grateful Dead arrived in St. Louis to play the Fabulous Fox in February 1970 without a sound system. Bob provided his own sound system for the show which was such a success that the band asked Bob and his sound system to join them on the road. That led to Bob designing sound and touring with the Who on their Who’s Next tour in 1971. Bob invented the Heil Talk Box, which was frequently used by musicians such as Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh and Richie Sambora, and is still in use today by musicians of nearly every genre. The Heil Talk Box was the first high-powered talk box on the market, which could reliably be used on high-level rock stages. The first Heil Talk Box was built for Peter Frampton’s girlfriend to give to Peter as a Christmas present in 1974. It can be heard prominently on his 1975 album, Frampton and 1976’s Comes Alive – one of the best selling live albums of all time. His work made such an impact in the rock and roll industry that Heil Sound was invited to become the only manufacturer featured in a display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2006. Some of Bob’s historically important gear, including the first modular mixing console (the Mavis), his custom quadraphonic mixer (originally used on the Quadrophenia tour), and the very first Heil Talk Box were included in the display. Bob’s work was also featured in the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, MO. An avid engineer, Bob proudly became an amateur radio operator at the age of 13 with the call sign K9EID. He spent much of his teen years designing and building homemade transmitters, amplifiers, and antenna systems, including his elaborate “moon bounce” antenna he used with NASA to transmit a signal to the moon and back. In the early 1980s, Bob left the pro sound industry to focus exclusively on the amateur radio market, first under the Melco brand, later returning to the Heil Sound brand, and currently under the Heil Ham Radio brand. Bob became a global innovator in the field of amateur radio, manufacturing headsets, microphones, equalizers, and accessories. Bob was very active in amateur radio giving countless presentations at hamfests and ham radio clubs, and a proud supporter of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and multiple youth programs for amateur radio. Bob was a fixture in St. Louis through his “High Tech Heil” educational segments on KMOX radio plus KSDK and KTVI television. He frequently lectured at major electronic and satellite conventions, including CES and NAB shows in Las Vegas, Trebas Institute in Toronto and Blackbird Academy in Nashville. Bob recorded four albums as a musician such as Meet Me in St. Louis and Heil Plays Hammond, and also published five books on music and sound technology including Professional Drawbar Tips for the Hammond Organ, Practical Guide for Concert Sound, The 10 meter FM handbook, Heil Ham Radio Handbook, Practical Guide for Concert Sound – Volume 2, and part of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library. In the late 1980s, Heil Sound entered the home theater movement becoming popular in the United States. His company became one of the first to design Custom Home theater systems with over 3,000 systems installed by 2010. Heil installed the very first DSS System, which he placed at the St. Louis office of Bob Costas. He was also on the original test team for the RCA DirecTV dish system and became one of the largest RCA dealers in the world. In the early 2000s, following a request from Bob’s longtime friend Joe Walsh to develop a new vocal microphone, Bob re-entered the pro sound industry and introduced a new line of professional microphones and accessories, which Heil Sound continues to manufacture today. Countless Grammy-winning artists, creators, broadcasters, podcasters, sound engineers, and sound professionals continue to be influenced by Bob’s work and products. Bob won a number of awards and honors. He was the “International Amateur Radio Operator of the Year” in 1982, an award which had been held by Barry Goldwater the year before. He was later awarded the 1989 “USA Satellite Dealer of the Year” by the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association in Las Vegas. In 1995, he received the very first “Live Sound Pioneer Award” at the Audio Engineering Society Convention in San Francisco. In 2007, Bob received the Audio Innovator Parnelli Award. In 2014, Bob was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Music and Technology from the University of Missouri. In his retired years, Bob remained active in the amateur radio community by giving presentations to ham radio clubs all across the world. Bob also continued to play the Wurlitzer Organ at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and enjoyed spending time with Gracie, his malshi. Bob was a member of Belleville Union United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Marissa Lodge #881 AF and AM, and a 50-year member of Ainad Shrine. His final act was one of service to others, donating his body to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. , memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Children’s St. Louis or the ARRL’s (American Radio Relay League) Education & Technology Fund, benefiting the ARRL’s education initiatives in schools.

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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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