Ruth A. Klein
Ruth A. Klein, age 66 of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at her residence. Funeral services will be today at 7:30 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Ruth Klein is the daughter of Evelyn Walker of Pocahontas.
She was born December 27, 1947 in Vandalia to Evelyn (Koonce) Walker and the late Edgar Walker Jr., her mother survives in Pocahontas.
She was also preceded in death by brother David Walker, a sister Lois Walker, father-in-law and mother-in-law Vernon and Erma (Grafton) Klein, brother-in-law Aaron Klein.
She married Terry Klein March 10, 1966 at St. John United Church, of Christ in Trenton and he survives in Trenton.
Also surviving her children Stephen (Tracy) Klein of Columbia S.C., Michelle Oechsner of St. Peters, MO, Chad (girl friend Stephanie Maeder) Klein of Trenton
5 grandchildren Kayla (Keith) Rankin, Hanna, Emily, Brady Oechsner, Tayler Klein.
Brother Robert (Christine) Walker of Pocahontas
Sisters June Boggy of Summerfield, Mary Carter of Mulberry Grove, Karen (friend Maynard Davis) Wernle of Greenville.
Sisters-in-law Lisa (Steve) Schroeder of Bartelso, Kathy (Ron) Schultz of Trenton.
Ruth retired from the Federal Records Center in St. Louis, past co-owner of 7 West Bar and Restaurant, and rural Postal carrier in Trenton.
Member of Trenton Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Women’s Golf League, Okawville Women’s Golf League.
Betty Winkeler, age 81 of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at her residence. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Humane Society or to the National Wildlife Federation.
Mrs. Winkeler was born on March 22, 1933, in Carlyle, Illinois, a daughter of Edward and Mabel (Mahlandt) Van Dorn. She married Norbert Winkeler at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle on July 10, 1952, and he preceded her in death on August 1, 1999.
Betty is survived by her children – David Winkeler (Janet) of Highland, Mark Winkeler (Carol) of Carlyle, Craig Winkeler (Sue) of Aurora and Susan Winkeler (Mike) of Beckemeyer; her grandchildren – Julie Kreke (Jason), Amy Racanelli (Vito), Angela Winkeler, Joy Winkeler, Jamie Scott (Matthew), Laura Winkeler and Alex Cox; her great grandchildren – Isabella, Leo, Silas, Elsie, and Samuel Kreke; a sister – Sherry Laux-Mays (Tony) of Troy; and her in-laws – Don Vandeloo of Carlyle, Rosemary Winkeler of Germantown and Ted Sautman of Carlyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents – Edward and Mabel Van Dorn; her husband – Norbert Winkeler; a brother – Doug Van Dorn; and her in-laws – Lucille Vandeloo, Ervin Winkeler, Rosalind Sautman, Greg Winkeler and Helen Winkeler.
Mrs. Winkeler was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Carlyle V.F.W. Auxiliary and Beckemeyer American Legion Auxiliary. She was a homemaker and loved animals, especially her dogs and cat.
Helen Rehkemper, age 87 of St. Rose, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at Countryside Manor in Aviston. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose Church in St. Rose. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Friends may call tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School, St. Joseph Hospital Lights for Scholarship or Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Mary E. Heilig
Mary E. Heilig, age 91 of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at Helia Health Care Center in Greenville. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Meredith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery. Friends may call tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the to Bond County Senior Citizens or Bond County Hospice.
Mary was born October 29, 1922, to Frank and Lola (nee Zoeller) Rea, in Pocahontas, IL. On August 21, 1940, she married Lee Heilig in Cape Girardeau, MO.
She was recently baptized Lutheran. She belonged to the senior citizens of Pocahontas, IL. She loved flowers and liked her cats.
She is survived by four children, Leroy (Joyce) Heilig, Greenville, IL, Joe (Carol) Heilig, Pocahontas, IL, Jack (Karen) Heilig, Pocahontas, IL, Patricia Kircher, Sorento, IL; 1 sister, Opal Potts, Greenville, IL; 16 Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren; 9 Great-Great Grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lola Rea; her husband, Lee Heilig (2006); 1 Son-in-Law, David Kircher; 1 Granddaughter, Terri L. Heilig; 2 Grandsons, Steven Heilig and Douglas Heilig.
Tammy Gentz, age 54, of New Baden, passed away Thursday, March 27. A memorial service will be Sunday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden. Friends may call Friday from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Humane Society.
She was born April 23, 1959 in San Antonio, TX, daughter of Mark R. and Norma Jean (Daffron) Stanton II. She married Eric Gentz in New Baden, IL on August 12, 1977 and he survives in New Baden, IL.
In addition to her husband she is survived by her father, Mark R. Stanton II of New Baden, IL; a daughter, Erin (Cameron) Pettus of Damiansville, IL; a son, Eric (special friend, Kayla Barkau) Gentz II of New Baden, IL; one grandchild, Cambell Pettus; a brother, Mark R. (Lisa) Stanton III of Tamaroa, IL; a sister, Lori Fearing of Centralia, IL; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Pat Gentz of Aviston, IL; a sister-in-law, Vickie Gentz of Centralia, IL; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Jean Stanton; and a sister-in-law, Tina Gentz.
Tammy was a graduate of Wesclin High School, class of 1977. She was the owner of Simple Country Treasures in Lebanon, IL and enjoyed collecting antiques and crafts. She was a member of First Baptist Church in New Baden, IL. Tammy enjoyed going to her children’s activities and was their number one fan. She had a tender heart for all animals, especially cats, and took care of every stray she came across. She had a warm smile and was friendly and congenial with everyone. She was very optimistic in life and in her fight with cancer. Her doctors said she was very inspirational to them and to other patients. She always put everyone before herself.
Be sure to join Ryan Mifflin for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program this Sunday. Ryan will talk with Rachel Hunsdorfer of the Bond County Humane Society. The Humane Society has been making progress in serving the county in spite of some financial hardships. You can hear an update on where things are with the organization, how you can get involved and help, and the benefits of having a Humane Society in the county. Tune in for Public Affairs, right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News, Sunday afternoon on WGEL 101.7 FM.
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