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Esther Sewell

Esther A. Sewell, nee Conzelman, 78, of Belleville, IL, born May 18, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Esther was a devoted mother and grandmother. As an active member of the Villa Hills Gospel Chapel, she taught Sunday school and was a Bible Club leader.  She was also a Bible Camp volunteer at Turkey Hill Ranch, and she was a Cub Scout leader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G. “Jerry” Sewell, whom she married on March 6, 1959, and who died on April 10, 2012; her parents, Edward J. and Virginia, nee Emmons, Conzelman; and a sister, Ruth Scalf.

Surviving are three sons, Edward (Nancy) Sewell of Waterloo, IL,
    Walter “Rick” (Cathy) Sewell of Highland, IN,
    Gerald Sewell of Freeburg, MO;
one daughter, Cynthia Olson of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Jessica, Elaine and Rebecca Sewell,
Blaise (Katie) Sewell, Sarah (Shannon) Hoolihan,
     Duncan (Audrey Gammon) Sewell, Brendan and Caylie Olson;
three great-grandchildren, Emery and Sienna Sewell, and Roland Sewell;
a sister, Rachel (Arlis) Williams;
a brother, David (Jeandra) Conzelman;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp, 13489 Maries Road 301, Vienna, MO 65582.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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