Rosemary C. Gausepohl, nee Forayt, 91, of Belleville, IL, born May 5, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died peacefully, Saturday, April 1, 2017, after a lengthy battle with several health issues.
Mrs. Gausepohl was a devoted homemaker who loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed photography, traveling, and was an avid painter. She worked at the Armory in St. Louis during World War II. Later she was employed at the Belleville Shoe Factory, at Princess Peggy Dress Factory for over ten years, and at Robert Hall retail store in East St. Louis, IL. She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Walter W. Gausepohl, whom she married on October 26, 1946, and who died on September 18, 1994; her parents, Jerry and Bessie, nee Hrdlicka, Forayt; a brother, Adolph Forayt; and a sister, Georgia Luechtefeld.
Surviving are her daughter, Shari (Ray) Steege of Wildwood, MO;
two grandchildren, Ryan Steege (Kaleigh Berg) of St. Peters, MO,
and Kristen (Alex) Ivy of Creve Coeur, MO;
a sister, Jean Morgan of Belleville, IL,
a brother-in-law, Ralph Luechtefeld of Belleville, IL;
14 surviving nieces and nephews, Mark (Karen) Luechtefeld and their daughter, Kara,
Richard (June) Gausepohl,
Bill (Kathy) McDade,
Ken (Kathy) McDade,
Kathy McDade Draper,
Mary Lou (Frank) Kennedy,
Ruth (Lynn) Morgan,
Barb (David) Walkup,
Steve (Diane) Gausepohl,
Patty (Russell) Milstead,
Jim (Barbara) Gausepohl,
David (Kristen) Gausepohl,
and Gary (Donna) Forayt;
and her canine “grandpuppies”, Ruby, Hannah, and Reese.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, with Father Allen Maes, OMI officiating, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Entombment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Fairview Heights, IL.