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Betty Krupp

Betty S. Grommet Krupp, nee Klingelhoefer, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 30, 1925, in Mascoutah, IL, died Monday, March 27, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Krupp was a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and an elementary school teacher whose career spanned many decades.  She remembered every student she had during her tenure at Mascoutah, Roosevelt, and Freeburg Elementary schools.  She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.  Betty was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Smithton, IL, the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Golden Age Group, and the Smithton Lions Club.  She was an avid card player, gardener, and square dancer.  Betty was also a true fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years, William L. Grommet, whom she married on August 27, 1950, and who died on December 19, 1979; her second husband of 17 years, Paul A. Krupp, whom she married on October 6, 1984, and who died January 11, 2002; her parents, Harvey J. and Helen, nee Glenn, Klingelhoefer; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia, nee Boller, Grommet; and a brother, James Klingelhoefer.   

Surviving are her beloved children, a daughter, Nancy (Robert) Brown of Edmond, OK;a son, Terry Grommet of Belleville, IL; five grandchildren, Colin (Cassie) Brown of Wichita, KS, Allison Brown of Edmond, OK,
Quentin (Stephanie) Grommet of Belleville, IL, Megan (Dwight) Espenschied of Freeburg, IL, and Caitlin Grommet of Mascoutah, IL; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jackson, and Quinn Grommet, and Wyatt and Audrey Espenschied; a sister, Bonnie (Vernon) Eidman of St. Paul, MN; two sisters-in-law, Delores Klingelhoefer of Mascoutah, IL, and Gladys Ruff of Waterloo, IL; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Township Senior Center, or to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dr. C. D. Dollgener officiating.

Private burial will be at High Prairie Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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