Marguerite Pauley

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Marguerite Ann Pauley, nee Kuehn, 98, of Belleville, IL, born March 14, 1919 in St. Louis, MO, died Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Shiloh, IL.

Margaret had a passion for music and fine arts.  She became a member of Musicians Local 25 in 1934 at the age of 14, and she played professionally for over 80 years.  Margaret played at a number of local clubs, at schools of dance, and had an extensive background of entertaining military troops and assisting as a nurse’s aid during World War II.  Until recently, Margaret was a member of the RSVP Orchestra at Programs and Services for Older Persons in Belleville, IL, performing weekly at various locations. She gave piano lessons through local music stores as well as from her home for decades.  Music truly made her world go around.  For 80 plus years she was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, winning various awards and obtaining Life Master status.  She was a past member of the St. Teresa First Noel Group, the Young at Heart as well as the Perpetual Help Society at St. Teresa Catholic Church.  She was known for her beautiful roses that she tended at her home.  Margaret had a passion for the well-being of animals, especially black labs.  She will be remembered for her impeccable appearance, her warm smile and giving heart, and her willingness to entertain others through her musical talents whenever called upon, and her love of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Margaret would be the first to tell you that “God has taken good care of me.”  Her legacy continues in her children and grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Eugene E. Pauley, whom she married on June 15, 1946, and who died on December 13, 2004; and her parents, Edwin A. and Maude A., nee Corpstein, Kuehn.

Surviving are her children, James J. (Jane) Pauley of Mascoutah, IL, Mary I. (John) Falcetta of Belleville, IL, Nancy A. (Keith) Reichel of Belleville, IL, and Daniel R. Pauley (Glenda J. Riley) of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Kimberly (A.J.) Briding, Lisa Pauley, Jennifer (Brian) O’Conner, Patty Reichel, Holly (Justin) Closen, and Margaret Mary Pauley;
11 great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Connor, Garret, Tessa, Jackson, Hailey, Hannah, Lacey, Aydan, Adilynn and Audrey;
and her aunt, Delores Corpstein Hammel of Lebanon, IL.

Special thanks to the entire staff at Morning Side of Shiloh and special friend Howard King, recently deceased.  The family wishes to acknowledge and express their appreciation to Chris Jones, Patrick Prindable, and especially Mildred Loehr, for her many years of dedicated service to the family.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Grade School for their music program, or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Donald Blaes officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on Marguerite Pauley

KAREN OESTERLE BRAND said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2018 at 4:27 PM


  • IL
Darlene Schaperkoetter said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Melanie and I want to express our sincere condolences to the Pauley family on the death of Marguerite Pauley. We will remember them in our prayers.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL.
Gary McCoy said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 7:07 PM

Mary and Dan, on behalf of our Mom, myself, and all the McCoy family, we want to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful Mom. I've heard many great things about her. She obviously was a very active and accomplished woman, and did a great job, along with your Dad, of raising really good kids. You all our in my prayers.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Jack LeChien said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 4:32 AM

My sympathies to my grade school classmate Jim and his family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jack LeChien said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 4:31 AM

My sympathies to my grade school classmate Jim and family for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
CASABLANCA HAIR SALON said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 11:39 PM

We are truly sorry for the loss of your mother. Such a lovely lady, she will be missed by many. Please accept our sympathies here at Casablanca your extended family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Terry Campo said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 3:33 PM

I am truly sorry for the loss of you mother, grandmother and friend. There are so many expression and words to say at this time but there is really not one word but a hundred to say how sorry. When you lose a loved one, you gain an Angel who’s name you know now ‘Marguerite’. Prays to you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Gehri said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Jimmy, my most heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. We have been friends since small children and my family and yours spent many years enjoying company. Your mom will be missed. Wish I could be there. Marguerite, Gene and my parents are probably playing bridge together as we celebrate her life. God Bless!

  • Saint Johns
  • Florida
Christy and Dave Buesch said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 1:02 AM

To Mary and John and all the family please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Morher was an amazing lady and an inspiration to the many lives she touched. I have so many wonderful memories of being at your home while we were growing up. Your Mom was always a great conversationalist. Halloween was always fun because your Mom always made sure every child that came to her door got a treat. We are currently visiting our son Luke in FL, and can not be there with you. We love you all. God bless.

  • Fults
  • IL

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