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Marcus Vasquez

Marcus Leroy “M.L.” Vasquez, 75, of Lenzburg, IL, born April 9, 1934, in St. Louis County, MO, died Friday, October 9, 2009, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, leaving a hole in the hearts of his family and friends.  

Mr. Vasquez was a bricklayer since 1954.  He started his own masonry business in 1967 and was the founding president and former executive director of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois.  He also held various positions on national and local boards for the advancement of the masonry industry and its employees.  

Marcus was an active member of St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Fayetteville, IL, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree.  He was a very passionate father with diverse interests.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, flying his airplane, church activities, genealogy, local history, the outdoors, traveling, playing cards, and mowing grass.  He never missed the opportunity to express to his children and grandchildren how much he loved them and how proud he was of them.  

Marcus was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Dean Vasquez; his parents, Peter Daniel and Rosalie, nee Sills, Vasquez; five brothers, Daniel, James, Richard, Joseph, and Eugene Vasquez; and a sister, Rosalie Litteken.  

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ruth, nee Bertke, Vasquez; seven children, Mark (Lynn) Vasquez, Gary (Dena) Vasquez, JoAnn (Mark) Flannell, Lori (Kenny) Kreher, Rodney (Becky) Vasquez, Judy (Wayne) Buescher, and Jay (Jana) Vasquez; 22 grandchildren, Samantha and Stacie Vasquez, Christi Cox, Eric, Randy, and Bryan Vasquez, Tera, Tyler, and Thomas Pieszchalski, Kelli and Blake Kreher, Ella, Mya, and Ava Vasquez, Aaron and Nicholas Buescher, Julia and Parker Vasquez, Camille and Brooke Flannell, Matt (Patricia) Baker, and Chris Baker; three great-grandchildren, Lexis Vasquez, Carter Cox, and Wyatt Baker; two brothers, Vernon Vasquez and Leonard “Real” (Joan) Vasquez; four sisters, Dorothy Leinicke, Anna Marie Rodgers, Julia “Betty” (Arkell) Vahlkamp, and Norma Bergkoetter; numerous in-laws, including Blanche Vasquez, Joan Vasquez, Mary Ellen Vasquez, Delores Middendorf, Carol (Art) Terveer, Leon Schaefer, and Judy (Ed) Smallwood; and hundreds of nieces and nephews.

While the heavens may be rejoicing and welcoming Marcus, his family and friends are left to mourn and miss him.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2009, and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2009, at St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Fayetteville, IL.  A recitation of the rosary will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2009, at St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Fayetteville, IL, with Father Ed Hauf, OMI, officiating.

Burial will be at St. Agatha Cemetery, New Athens, IL.

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Condolences Left For Marcus Vasquez

    My condolences to the entire Vasquez family. I was saddened to hear of Marc's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

          Ron Daily

    Ron Daily, Granite City, Illinois, 62040

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Annette Litteken, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29579

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Husband,father,grandfather,brother, uncle,cousin and dearest friend. Our condolences go out to the entire Vasquez family. May your hearts start healing with the many memories that you hold dearly.     Sincerely, Lorene, Connie, Patty, Jenice, Calvin and Brenda

    Jenice Taylor Albert, Evansville, Illinois, 62242

    Dear Sam,

    We are sorry to hear about your grandpa. We have only known you a short time but we know you were very close to him.

    With sympathy,

    Elmer and Sue

    Susan and Elmer Rauckman, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243

    I wanted to send our deapest condolences

    Sorry for your loss

    Francis,Lois Vahlkamp and family

    francis, lois vahlkamp and family, belleville, Illinois, 62221

    Dear Aunt Ruth, and Cousins

    I will always remember Uncle Mark as a strict, but Gentle Giant.  His heart was larger than life, and the love he had for his family was noticed by all, through his words and actions.. He will be missed by everyone, but do remember when you least expect it,,, a happening will occur during your daily life and you will know it's a sign from Uncle Mark, letting you know all is well and he is still watching over his loved ones everyday.

    My Prayers are with you all.

    Cousin Cindy, and the Robert Yocks Family

    Cindy Yocks, Mascoutah, Illinois, 62258

    our prayers go out to all your family, we are realy sorry for your loss.

    Joe Green, Aviston, Illinois, 62216

    I am so sorry for your loss.  

    I have fond childhood memories of how welcoming your father and husband was when the masses would descend on your wonderful, entertaining homestead.  

    I hope your many memories bring you all comfort in the time to come.

    With sympathy,

    Becky Aud-Jennison

    Becky Aud-Jennison, , ,

    sorry to hear of your loss you are in our prayers

    Marian & Francis Mueth, Belleville, Illinois, 62223

    Ruth & Clan,

    I admired Mark very much..and there were sooo many funny conversations. He cracked Me up.  High energy..nimble with the wit..He would see how long it took for Me to "get it"..then grin some more and start again...You could say He reveled in Bulls###ing :)My kinda guy..A Man amongst Men..

    Ruth, You & Mark sure left Your mark on S. IL.

    always a friend to the Vasquez clan


    Tony Bergkoetter, Neosho, Missouri, 64850

    My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jane Becherer, Smithton, Illinois, 62285

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Vasquez Family. He was loved by all of you and it shows by the way your family stays together thru times like this. He is in a better place now and you need to keep Faith in the Lord's decision. Please let us know if there is anything we can help with.

    God Bless

    The Koerber's, Freeburg, Illinois,


    JOE & JANET GREGSON, WATERLOO, Illinois, 62298

    Dear Ruth and Family,

    Marc was a very honest, kind and generous man.  Even though no words can ease your loss, know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.  May the fond memories that you hold deep in your hearts give all of you the strength and comfort during your time of sorrow.  A great man will be missed.

    Fred & Mary Thompson, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

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