Suzanne DeMarse

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Suzanne “Sue” Marie, nee Gerold, DeMarse, 83, of Belleville, IL, born March 23, 1934, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, September 4, 2017, in Freeburg, IL, surrounded by her family.

Sue graduated from St. Teresa Academy in 1951. She was past president of both the East St. Louis Junior Women’s Club and the St. Clair Women’s Club. Sue was recognized by Catholic Social Services and received both the Catholic Service Award and the Jubilee Distinguished Service Award. Sue, along with Msgr. Jack McEvilly and friends, originated the St. Peregrine Devotions at our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She volunteered at both Queen of Peace and Althoff Catholic High School.  Sue was a realtor for Custom House Reality before her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Donald L. “Demo” DeMarse Sr., whom she married on October 17, 1953 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and who died on October 24, 2007; a grandson, Tim Frazier; her parents, George and Elizabeth “Toots”, nee Beuckman, Gerold, a brother, E. F. Gerold; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” (Everett) Stanley; and two brothers-in-law, Tom DeMarse and Arnold (Ann) DeMarse.

Surviving are three sons, Donald “Demo” DeMarse Jr., Chuck DeMarse, and Gerry (Susan) DeMarse;
two daughters, Elizabeth (Tim) Messbarger, and Cynthia (Mike) Biggs;
11 grandchildren, Christine (Mike), Donyelle, Lauren, Megan, Austin, Eric, Anna “Toots”, Mike, Doug, Jeff (Meaghan), and AJ;
five great-grandchildren, Brady, Austin, Cody, Aubree, and Timmy;
many other dear family members;
and special dear “STAND” friends from high school.

The family would like to say a special thanks to VITAS Healthcare, Dr. David Rawdon, Dr. Hatim Mahmood, Dr. Eduardo Martinez, and their devoted staff.

Memorials may be made to Althoff Catholic High School Igniting the Future Campaign, to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, or to VITAS Healthcare. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

In honor of Sue’s vibrant colorful spirit, join us in wearing bright attire on the day we celebrate her life.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Matthew Elie officiating

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



9 Comments on Suzanne DeMarse

Kim Bland (Faust) said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Cynthia and the whole DeMarse family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mom was always so good to me. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. Hugs and Prayers.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Kim & Lisa Reichert said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Liz, Tim, Anna & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the wonderful memories of your mother sustain you for years to come.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Monica Davis said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2017 at 8:41 PM

My deepest sympathy to the DeMarse family. I pray that God will bless you and keep you during this time.

  • Temple Hills
  • MD
Dennis Anich said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Don, Chuck, Gerry, Liz & Cynthia; so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. For me growing up was just absolutely fun going to your house. Your Mom was always so sweet to us kids. She'd always be laughing and joking with us kids; just genuinely interested in us. She was the best!

  • Fort Worth
  • TX
steve cange said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2017 at 6:15 PM

I have VERY FOND childhood memories of Mrs Demarse - she was always laughing, smiling and calling everybody "honey", while my mom was chasing us around with a belt LOL ! She was a GREAT lady and mother, and will be sadly missed by all that she touched in her life. My sincere condolences to the entire Demarse and Gerald families. Steve

  • seabrook
  • Texas
Joan Cange said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Sue always had a smile and words of encouragement for family and friends alike. Her sparkling personality and great sense of humor will be missed.

  • Lafayette
  • LA
Kim Lemons Brunner said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Liz and family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I know you have many loving memories of your sweet mom/grandma .

  • Rogers
  • AR
Jack Belz said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2017 at 10:42 PM

You'll be missed, your friend Jack

  • Brandon
  • Fl
Diane Heffernan said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2017 at 10:24 PM

My condolences to the DeMarse family. I am so grateful that I had the good fortune to call her my friend. Love to all of you, Diane

  • Milstadt
  • IL

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