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Area Obituaries

Robert P. Brendel

Robert P. Brendel, 75, of Mascoutah, IL born Jan. 18, 1947, in Mascoutah, IL died Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. Robert was the co-founder of D.E. Martin Roofing, a United States Army Vietnam veteran, and a Purple Heart recipient. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert “Wherle,” and…

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Joanna Pauline Littrell

Joanna Pauline “Polly (Nuckles) Littrell, was born on August 24th, 1938, the first of the second pair of twins born to joseph A and Lucille (Champion) Nuckles. She is survived by her sister, Mary Casbeer of Lampasas; brothers W.W & (Doris) Nuckles, Reuben Nuckles, and Steve Nuckles of Lampasas TX. And James (Sally) Nuckles of…

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Kevin S. “Mouse” Laux

Kevin S. “Mouse” Laux, 44, of Fayetteville, IL, born Dec. 31, 1977, in Belleville, IL died Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Kevin was a welder at Central Mining Equipment of Earth City, MO for 25 years. He enjoyed playing pool, washers and darts. He is preceded in death by his…

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Wilson R. Cornish

Wilson R. Cornish, 68, of Belleville, IL, departed this life on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at his home. He was born November 3, 1953, to Charles and Ramona (nee Abbitt) Cornish, in Pleasanton, CA; the second born of nine children. He was a proud graduate of Lebanon Community High School and had lived in the…

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Sandra L. Cedarleaf

Sandra Lee Cedarleaf, nee Holstead, 85, of Mascoutah IL passed away peacefully on September 3, 2022. She battled Parkinson’s disease but stayed optimistic. She can best be described as a God-loving care giver. From her days as a nurse and a mother, working with the Red Cross in disaster relief and in Uganda. She was…

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Donna “Jane” Fitzgerald

Donna “Jane” Fitzgerald, nee Robertson, 73, of Lebanon, IL formerly of Mascoutah, IL born May 16, 1949, in Montgomery, AL, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center in Lebanon, IL. Jane previously was a clerk for the New York Stock Exchange and loved to travel and paint. She was preceded in…

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Larry N. Yarber

Larry N. Yarber, 74, of St. Libory, IL, born Nov. 21, 1947, Highland, IL died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. Larry was a retired custodian from Mascoutah Community School District 19, he was a U. S. Army veteran and an avid fisherman. He is preceded in death by his parents,…

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Duane M. Griesbach

Colonel Duane M. Griesbach, USAF (Ret.), age 90, most recently of Roscoe, IL passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022. Known to most as Herm, he was born in Beaver Dam, WI on February 9, 1932, the son of Walter and Bernice (Seering) Griesbach. Herm attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he played…

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Lucille E. Kruse

Lucille E. Kruse, nee Thomas, of Mascoutah, IL, died Thursday, September 1, 2022 at the age of 105. She was born August 5, 1917 in O’Fallon, IL. After graduating from O’Fallon Township High School, she attended Southern Illinois Normal College at Carbondale from 1934 to1936 and obtained a rural school teaching certificate. From 1936 to…

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Donald E. Crabtree

Donald E. “Don” Crabtree, 88, of Lebanon, IL, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, IL. He was born February 27, 1934, to George O. and Pearl I. (nee Carter) Crabtree in Burnt Prairie, IL. On December 26, 1953, he married Georgianna Faust, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lebanon,…

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