James Igel

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James “Jim” L. Igel, 88, of Belleville, IL, born February 3, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, December 22, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.

Jim went to St. Luke Catholic Grade School, Cathedral High School, Saint Louis University, Washington University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he received his master’s degree in history.

Jim loved being a teacher. He began his career at Cathedral High School in 1961 teaching Civics and Latin. He then went on to teach at Althoff Catholic High School in 1964, its inaugural year, working in the History Department until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, Jim enjoyed being a substitute teacher at Althoff for many years, even having his own grandchildren in class.

Jim was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed being there for all his children’s and grandchildren’s special events. Jim enjoyed gardening, barbecuing, telling silly jokes, golfing, and playing cards with his friends in their card club.

“Dad, we will miss your smile, your sense of humor and your unconditional love.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Leora, nee Boul, Igel; his brother, David Igel; and sister, Betty (Robert) Spring.

Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Rita Igel, nee Thouvenot, whom he married on June 17, 1961, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, four children, James (Rosa) Igel of Thousand Oaks, CA, Barbara (John) DelVecchio of Belleville, IL, Karen Igel of Belleville, IL, and Brad Igel of Hazelwood, MO; five grandchildren, Anthony and Aaron Igel, and John, James and Jessica DelVecchio; two step-grandchildren, Arthur Olivares and Randy Olivares; a step-great-grandson, Isaiah Olivares; a sister, Mary (Jim) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. William McGhee officiating.

Jim donated his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.



9 Comments on James Igel

Jack Miotke said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2024 at 11:25 PM

Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a friend since St Lukes in 1948 and As you, I will miss him deeply. Jack Miotke

  • san jose
  • ca
Ron & Lynn Fleming said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2024 at 5:17 PM

So very sorry for your loss. He was a great Father, Grandfather, and all around person. He will be missed by many. God Bless his Family

  • Taylorville, IL
  • IL
Anthony Heap said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2024 at 8:52 PM

So sorry to see that he passed. Although he flunked me in Latin. I felt very fortunate to know him. He Lwzys greated former students with a smile. Jim will be missed

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  • illinois
Frank Cange said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2023 at 5:05 AM

I had Jim for History as many others did at ACHS, wonderful teacher and very friendly person, always had a smile on his face. Also saw him on several occasions at St. Augustine's Church or at Schnuck's in town. Also know his triplet grandchildren from St. A's. He will be missed.

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  • Il
Luann Toennies said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2023 at 10:52 PM

During my years as Althoff librarian, Jim would visit. We were related through my dad's family, and I enjoyed hearing his stories. Prayers for Rita and family.

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Michael Bassler said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2023 at 7:43 PM

Mr. Igel was a wonderful teacher. I had him for History at Althoff. My condolences to all the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
daniel n o'saben said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2023 at 12:07 PM

God bless the Igel family, Jim was one of my teachers at CHS and we also knew his brother Dave .

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daniel n o'saben said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2023 at 12:05 PM

he was a professional all the way he will now join his brother Dave!

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Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 11:52 PM

Dear Igel Family, I was lucky enough to have Mr.Igel as my History Teacher. He always had a smile on his face & told us each day how he really loved teaching folks. He was a wonderful teacher!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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