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Area Obituaries

Howard Dayton Gardner

Howard Dayton Gardner, 80, of Mascoutah, IL born Mar. 16, 1943, in East St. Louis, IL died Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. Dayton was a retired railroader for Alton and Southern.  He was a member of American Legion Post 292, Mascoutah, past member of the Ainad Shriners, and the Shriner…

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Helen M. Bechtoldt

Helen M. Bechtoldt, 96, of Mascoutah, IL, born Nov. 10, 1927, in Mascoutah, IL, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. Helen was a retired civil service employee from Scott AFB, a member of Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah and the HCCCW. She was preceded in death by her…

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Clarence P. Richards

Clarence P. Richards, 95, of Germantown, IL, born March 26, 1928, in Chicago, IL died February 26, 2024, at Belleville Memorial Hospital. Clarence was a retired pressman for Marlo Graphics. He was a member of Holy Childhood Catholic Church, Mascoutah; K of C Council 4380, Mascoutah; lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 7682, Mascoutah; American Legion…

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Fr. Jim Dougherty

Fr. Jim Dougherty of Belleville, IL peacefully entered eternal rest on February 12, 2024. Fr. Jim was born in Cairo, IL on October 8, 1942, the son of John and Stephanie (nee Flamm) Dougherty. Fr. Jim was ordained to serve the people of Southern Illinois on June 1, 1968. His assignments in the Diocese of…

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Delores Eytchison

July 30, 1932 – February 17, 2024 Delores Eytchison, age 91, formerly of Dieterich, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 AM – Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Concordia Village in Springfield, Illinois. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois.  The obituary can be viewed, and condolences left www.meyerfh.com.

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Clarence Lorraine “Butzer” Vogel

Clarence Lorraine “Butzer” Vogel, 71, of Mascoutah, IL born Feb. 25, 1952, in Belleville, IL died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Lebanon, IL. Clarence was a 1971 graduate from Belleville West High School and worked various jobs.  He enjoyed watching Blues hockey and Cardinals baseball.  Clarence was a member of…

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Sylvia L. Steele

Sylvia (Silvia) Louise Steele was born on February 14, 1939, in Mobile, AL to the late Robbie Edward Thomas and Joseph Thomas. She was (1) of three daughters, her sisters Betty Lemons (who preceded her in death) and Josephine Hansel. She was United in Holy Matrimony on February 14th, 1960, to the love of her life James…

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Virginia Mary Funk

Virginia Mary Funk, nee Koeller, 92, of Freeburg, IL, born April 24, 1931, in Fayetteville Twp., IL, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. Virginia and her husband, Verlan “Buddy” Funk, were married on April 11, 1950. In May of the same year, they began a successful trucking and farming business (Verlan…

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Ruth M. Klingelhoefer

Ruth M. Klingelhoefer, nee Leonard, 90, of Mascoutah, IL, born March 25, 1933, in Germantown, IL, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, at Brightly Senior Living, Mascoutah. Ruth was a retired utility billing clerk for the city of Mascoutah after 20 years of service. She was a member of Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah and…

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Alexander A. Spencer

Alexander A. Spencer, 36, of Mascoutah, IL born Sept. 22, 1987, in Belleville, IL died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at his home. Alex was an automobile mechanic. He was preceded in death by his father, Brian A. Spencer; a maternal grandmother, Patricia Bodewes. Alex is survived by his mother, Bernadine (Greg) Bodewes-Wagganer; three daughters, Amilea…

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