Miscellaneous Madison County, Illinois Obituaries
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Ufert 07/14/00
Helen L. Ufert, 77, of Alton, died July 14, 2000, in Christian Hospital in St. Louis. Her husband, Orin, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Mary Johnson of Rosewood Heights, Bonnie Ufert of East Alton, Sandra Schelm, Ruth Weber, and Tammy Ufert, all of Alton; a brother, Harold Sinclair of East Alton; and sisters, Marcella Wilson of Godfrey, Margaret Pankratz of California, and Delores Pitt of Hartford. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation.

Ulrich 01/01/98
Helen Marie Ulrich, 79, of Godfrey, died Jan. 1, 1998. Her husband, John, survives. Also surviving are sons, Roger of Godfrey, John of Brighton, and Daniel of Gillespie; daughters, Jo Ann Holden and Jean Ulrich, both of Godfrey, and Bertha Ruyle of Bourbonnais; a brother, Robert Wendle of Peoria; and 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Godfrey.

Ulrich 03/16/98
John Henry Ulrich, 82, of Godfrey, died Mar. 16, 1998, in his home. His wife, Helen, preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, John of Brighton, Roger of Godfrey, and Daniel of Gillespie; daughters, Jean Ulrich and Joann Holder, both of Godfrey, and Bertha Ruyle of Bourbonnias; and 12 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the Godfrey Fire Department.

Unterbrink 12/22/97
Gerald J. Unterbrink, 67, of Moro, died Dec. 22, 1997, in Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He married Patsy Burch, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, DeAnna Danow of Cabool, Mo., Yvonne Thomas of Troy, Elizabeth Unterbrink of Moro, and Gayle Pohlman of Bunker Hill; a brother, Elmer of Madison, Mo.; a sister, Irma Friedline of Moro; and six grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Emmaus Lutheran Church in Dorsey, and the American Cancer Society.

Unterbrink 03/20/99
Evelyn Unterbrink, 92, of Alton, died Mar. 20, 1999, in Greenwood Manor in Jerseyville. She was preceded in death by husbands Alfred Clayton and Otis Unterbrink. Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Stafford of Alton; a step-daughter, Mary Deem of Rochester; and a step-son, Jake Deem of Scottsdale, Az. Services were through Fine and Quinn-Burke Funeral Homes in Alton. Memorials may be given for the music ministry of Cherry Street Baptist Church in Alton.

Unthank 02/18/97
Myrtle Unthank, 82, died Feb. 18, 1997. Her husband, George, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Leroy of Godfrey; a daughter, Gertie Smith of Alton; brothers, Jimmie Lasseter of Palmdale, Ca., and the Rev. Raymond Lasseter of Blue Eye, Mo.; and four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were through Gent's. Memorials may be given to the Abundant Life Christian Center in Alton.

Ursch 02/21/98
Dorothy J. Ursch, 69, of Alton, died Feb. 21, 1998, in Eldercare Nursing Home in Alton. She is survived by her husband, Gene. Also surviving are sons, Matthew of Alton, and Jeffrey of St. Louis; a daughter, Debra Sorbie of Millville, N.J.; her mother, Hadley Davidson; and three grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.

Valerio 06/17/99
Lillian B. Valerio, 84, of Alton, died June 17, 1999, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Her husband, Louis, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Thomas Hawkins of Alton, and Clarence Shaw of Elsah. Services were in Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Vallery 04/18/97
Thelma M. Vallery, 68, died Apr. 18, 1997. Her husband, Elgee, survives. Also surviving are sons, Michael of Alton, Terry of Cottage Hills, and Ronald of Plainview; daughters, Paulette Fuller and Kathy Ruyle, both of Alton, Barbara Hawkins of Pittsfield, Glenda Gilliland of Ada, Ok., Annette Kovak of Merough, La., and Donna Vallery of Texas; brothers, Welman Null and Larry Null, both of Bethalto; a sister, Vivian Eaker of Bethalto; and 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Vallery 02/10/01
Elgee C. Vallery, 69 of Alton, died Feb. 10, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Thelma Null, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Ronald of Plainview, Terry of Cottage Hills, and M. W. of Alton; daughters, Kathy Parrent of Godfrey, and Annette Kovac of LaRouge, La.; and a sister, Marita Myola of Brownsville Tx. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

VanAusdoll 06/15/99
Mae L. VanAusdoll, 84, died June 15, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Surviving are daughters, Norma Gandall of Winter Park, Fl., and Rebecca Kuchnicki of Alton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Messiah Lutheran Church in Alton.

VanHook 07/23/98
John T. VanHook, Sr., 77, of Alton, died July 23, 1998, in St. Louis University Hospital. He married Agnes Simpson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, John of Elsegundo, Ca.; a daughter, Jane Singer of Mill Valley, Ca.; and a sister, Mary Manning of Allen, Tx. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to College Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Vanausdoll 05/15/00
Allen L. Vanausdoll, 88, of Shipman, died May 15, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Velma Hinman, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Marvin of Wood River; and a daughter, Vivian Helmantoler of Concord, Ca. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman.

Vander 02/24/98
Helen Miller Vander, 82, of Moro, died Feb. 24, 1998, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis County. She was preceded in death by husbands, Eugene Miller and Louis Vander. Surviving are a son, Donald Miller of Fairfield; a daughter, Brenda Albers of Bethalto; and four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto. 

Vandygriff 09/28/98
Chastity Marie Vandygriff, 18, of Brighton, died Sept. 28, 1998, in St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Her husband, Robert, survives. Also surviving are a son, Steven; her parents, Thomas and Tammy Pollard of Brighton; and a sister, Sara Pollard of Brighton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Vanfossen 07/19/99
Marion W. Vanfossen, 84, of Godfrey, died July 19, 1999, in Buckley Nursing Home in Greenfield, Ma. He married Vida Moore, who preceded him in death. Formerly, he was a lieutenant in the Alton Police Department, prior to retirement. Surviving are a son, Dr. Marion of Williamsburg, Va.; and a daughter, Roma Hansis of Greenfield, Ma. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Varble 12/25/97
Terry Leo Varble, 51, of Wood River, died Dec. 25, 1997, in V.I.P. Manor Nursing Home. He is survived by his grandfather, Ellis McPherson of Mena, Ar.; brothers, Rickey Zalsman and Harry Spann, both of Bethalto; and a sister, Debbie Stoehner of St. Charles, Mo. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the building fund of New Testament Fellowship Church in Alton.

Varble 07/22/98
Ida C. Varble, 67, of Alton, died July 22, 1998, in Eldercare of Alton. Her husband, Leo, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Jerry of Brighton, and Steven of Alton; daughters, Paula of Alton, and Linda Stump of Durango, Co.; brothers, Ed and Jim Rushing, both of Godfrey, Ray Rushing of Fosterburg, and Bobby Rushing of Alton; and sisters, Jean Morris of Fosterburg, and Laverne Rushing of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith in Godfrey.

Vatole 09/13/98
Josephine Ann Vatole, 93, of Alton, died Sept. 13, 1998, in Eldercare of Alton. Her husband, Leo, preceded her in death. Surviving are a step-son, Antonio of Chesterfield, Mo.; and a step-daughter, Mona Travis of Rosewood Heights. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Vaughn 07/23/97
Charles A. Vaughn, 62, died July 23, 1997. He is survived by his mother, Vivian of Alton; a son, Timothy of Meadowbrook; daughters, Terri Broggin of Tacoma, Wa., Tina Miller of West Liberty, Il., Tamara Darr of Bethalto, Tona Short of Alton, and Traci Pelhank of Powder Springs, Ga.; and 14 grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Velikis 05/20/97
Joseph Velikis, 86, of Alton, died May 20, 1997, in Saint Anthony's. He married Myra D. Williams, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Joseph of Godfrey, James of Glen Carbon, and Robert of Alton; and six grandchildren. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation.

Venhaus 03/02/01
Donelle Venhaus, 78, of Jerseyville, died Mar. 2, 2001, in Jersey Community Hospital. Her husband, Andrew, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Tom of Iowa Park, Tx.; daughters, Judy Whalen of Wood River, and Teri Schenk of Brighton; and a brother, Rod Herman of Arlington, Tx. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the building fund of St. Mary's Church in Alton.

Ventimiglia 02/19/00
Mary Ventimiglia, 91, died Feb. 19, 2000, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Anthony, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Anthony of Alton; and daughters, Josephine Ventimiglia and Mary Mottes, both of Alton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Matthew's Catholic Church, and Marquette Catholic High School, both in Alton.

Vetter 11/06/00
Betty L. Vetter, 72, formerly of Alton, died Nov. 6, 2000, in Chanute, Ks. Her husband, Glenn, survives. Also surviving are sons, Glen, Jr., and Michael, both of Bethalto, Dewayne and Joseph, both of East Alton, and Dennis of St. Charles, Mo.; daughters, Deborah Cauley of Chanute, and Dorothy Hackett of Mountain Home, Ar.; step-daughters, Zita Sawyers of Godfrey, and Nelinda Vetter of Cottage Hills; and a brother, J. D. Cashdollar, Jr., of Morton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Christian Wings for the World, and Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Vezzoli 02/25/97
L. Juanita Vezzoli, 74, of East Alton, died Feb. 25, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Henry, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Debbie Spurgeon of Dorsey, and Brenda Mushill of Norfolk, Va.; brothers, Glen Stuby of Godfrey, and Guy Stuby of Indianapolis, In.; sisters, Fern Young of Godfrey, and Mary Weber of Alton; and five grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Heart Association.

Vicari 11/20/99
Josephine Marie Vicari, 87, of Alton, died Nov. 20, 1999, in Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. Her husband, Dominic, preceded her in death. They owned Vicari's Grocery Store in Alton, and Vicari's Restaurant in Godfrey, prior to retirement. Surviving are daughters, Rosalind Noll and Fran Chappel, both of Alton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Greenwood Manor, and St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Alton.

Vieth 05/09/97
Florence M. Vieth, 78, died May 9, 1997. Her husband, Kenneth, survives. Also surviving are sons, Kenneth of Columbus, In., and Gary of Bellevue, Wa.; daughters, Julie Harris of Godfrey, and Sandra Davis of Clovis, Ca.; a brother, Leslie Clauson of Scenic Acres, Ia.; and seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Vinyard 09/23/98
Charlotte Lucile Vinyard, 90, died Sept. 23, 1998, in her home. Her husband, Carter, preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Carla Scott of Alton. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton.

Vogelsang 05/13/01
Ervin J. Vogelsang, Jr., 72, of Godfrey, died May 13, 2001, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Rosalie Perica, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Gregory of Godfrey; daughter, Janice Dorsey of Greenville; brother, John of Godfrey; and step-mother, Dorothy Vogelsang of Godfrey. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Volkman 10/05/99
Katharina Volkman, 74, of Godfrey, died Oct. 5, 1999, in Wood River. Her husband, Edward, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Ray of Wood River, and Frank of Southern Illinois. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Vollmer 08/13/98
John G. Vollmer, 37, of Alton, died Aug. 13, 1998. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Jeanne of Alton; a son, Jashua of Alton; a brother, Jerome of Alton; and sisters, Jo Ann Spoor of Chatham, and Jill Moore of Fidelity. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Vollmer 03/23/01
Grace Emma Lydia Vollmer, 88, of Alton, died Mar. 23, 2001, in Flagstaff, Az. Her husband, August, preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, Roger of Flagstaff. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Volma 05/30/98
Frank Volma, 83, of Godfrey, died May 30, 1998, in Rosewood in Alton. He married Mary Phillips, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Carol Ealey of Godfrey; and a sister, Mary O'Connell of California. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton.

Vondracek 02/23/01
Daniel L. Vondracek, 56, of Alton, died Feb. 23, 2001, in John Cochran Hospital in St. Louis. He married Louise Shall, who survives. Also surviving are step-sons, Anthony and Robert Bodi, both of Granite City, George Bodi of Glen Carbon, and John Bodi of St. Louis; step-daughters, Eileen Valencia of Granite City, and Diane Allen of O'Fallon, Mo.; a brother, Frank Pope of Alton; and sisters, Oleta Wieneke of East Alton, and Ilene Honaker of Godfrey. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Cottage Hills First Assembly of God Church and the American Cancer Society.

Vonnahmen 06/07/00
Marie Anna Vonnahmen, 82, of Bethalto, died June 7, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Surviving are a sister, Irene Vonnahmen of Bethalto; and nieces and nephews. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to he capital improvement fund for the Rev. James A. Suddes Memorial Hall at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, and for masses.

Voorhees 03/04/97
Maxine Voorhees, 77, of Godfrey, died Mar. 4, 1997, in Saint Anthony's Hospital. Her husband, Herschel, survives. Also surviving are a son, Joseph Harper of Brighton; a daughter, Joan Greding of Jerseyville; a brother, Luther Steele of Ventura, Ca.; and six grandchildren. Memorial services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. The body was donated to medical science. Memorials may be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Brighton.

Voorhees 05/03/99
Thelma J. Voorhees, 92, formerly of Alton, died May 3, 1999, in Hospice House of Ft. Meyers, Fl. Her husband, J.D., preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, Philip of Willowbrook. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton, or a hospice of choice.

Voss 11/21/99
Elma R. Voss, 73, died Nov. 21, 1999. She is survived by sons James Embry of Alton, and David Voss of Savannah, Ga.; daughters, Norma Caris of Hawaii, Lou Neibel of East Alton, Susan Matejcic of St. Charles, Mo., and Kay Maltimore of Kane; brothers, Charles Agee of Alton, and Richard Agee of Portage Des Sioux, Mo.; and a sister Jane Heitzman of Newbern. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.

Voumard 08/26/97
Edward D. Voumard, Sr., 71, died Aug. 26, 1997, in Saint Anthony's. He was a former Alton police sergeant, Alton alderman, Madison County board member, and chairman of the Alton Township Democratic Committee. He married Joann L. Altefogt, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Marian Voumard of Alton, and Michelle Daniels of Brentwood, Mo.; sons, Edward of Alton, Matthew of Hawaii, and William of Clayton, Mo.; sisters, Bea Jozak of Moro, Margaret Raphael and Lucille Gorman, both of Chesterfield, Mo., Dorothey Held of Manchester, Mo., Marie Seitz of Naperville, Il., Romona Neier of Ladue, Mo., and Donna Pellegrini of Affton, Mo.; and six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Alton Salvation Army and charities of choice.

Voumard 02/14/99
Edward D. Voumard, Jr., 50, of Alton, died Feb. 14, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Peggy Gillaham, who survives. He formerly was the mayor of Alton. Also surviving are his mother, Jeanne Schwartz of Alton; step-mother, Joann Voumard of Alton; a son, E. J. of Edwardsville; step-sons, Kevin and Carl Riffey, both of Alton; daughters, Sara Voumard of Alton, Ann Yenne of Godfrey, and Stephanie Voumard of Edwardsville; brothers, matthew and William, both of Alton; and sisters, Marian Voumard of Alton, and Michelle Daniels of Brentwood, Mo. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Vroman 06/12/98
Truman Vroman, 88, of East Alton, died June 12, 1998, in St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He married Rhea Grant, who survives. He was manager of the former Kroger Store in East Alton for many years. Also surviving are daughters, Sharon Waters of Rosewood Heights, and Justine Seifert of Manchester, Mo.; a brother, George; and four grandchildren. Services were through Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church in East Alton.


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