Adele Schaefer

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Adele A. Schaefer, nee Kreke, 95, of Belleville, IL, born February 6, 1924, in Germantown, IL, died Friday, August 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Schaefer worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, as a radiologist, for 40 years before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Adele loved working in her garden, crocheting, bowling, and playing cards with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Richard A. Schaefer, whom she married on January 5, 1943, and who died on February 25, 2004; one son, Delmar Schaefer who died in 1986; one daughter, Patricia Huff who died in 2008; her parents, Henry and Justina, nee Bruns, Kreke; two brothers, Paul Kreke and Henry Kreke; and two sisters, Agnes Lugge and Vivian (Herman) Jansen.

Surviving are one son, Robert (Donna) Schaefer of Indianapolis, IN;
three daughters, Jeanette (Richard) Dorrough of Belleville, IL, Betty (Michael) Luhning of Belleville, IL, Elaine “Elli” Schaefer and husband Michael Opel of Columbia, IL;
one son-in-law, Bill Huff of Mascoutah, IL;
one daughter-in-law, Suzanne Victoria of Freeburg, IL;
14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren;
one brother, Vernon Kreke of New Baden, IL;
three sisters-in-law, Judy Kreke of New Baden, IL, Alice Holtgrewe of Mascoutah, IL, and Joan Schaefer SSND,
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, to St. Paul’s Senior Community, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cathedral, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be held Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


4 Comments on Adele Schaefer

Cathy Bauer Rakowski said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2019 at 7:25 PM

Jeanette, Betty, Elaine and Bob, So sorry to hear of Aunt Adele's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I still remember her in her trim white uniform in the halls of St. Elizabeth's. May she rest in peace.

  • Bremen
  • IN
Raymond and Jannith Tribout, Sr. said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2019 at 5:20 PM

Our thoughts are with your family. Remembering especially our old neighbors Jeanette and Rich. You have our sympathy during this time. Sincerely, Ray and Jann

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Gregory Wells said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2019 at 10:38 PM

So sorry for your family during this time. We are praying for the entire family.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Rickey Lugge said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2019 at 10:38 PM

I'm so sorry for your lost ? she is in heaven with your dad all her family it's one Great family ?

  • Belleville
  • Il

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