Agnes Buechler

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Agnes G. “Nellie” Buechler, nee Billhartz, 88, of Swansea, IL, born July 22, 1935, was taken Home to Our Lord, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in Swansea, IL.

Nellie worked at the Belleville Pants Factory at an early age where she met the love of her life, Clinton, and they were married for 64 years. She was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, and worked noon luncheons, card parties, and was a lunch server for the children’s lunches during and after the time her six children attended St. Augustine. Throughout her service to St. Augustine’s, she served as Eucharistic Minister and was a member and President of the Ladies Sodality for several years. In her most recent years, she would put her love and prayers into crocheting prayer shawls that received blessings for the sick of the church and were given to those in need of prayers. She was always willing to lend a helping hand or prayer to all.

Her favorite things in life were the outdoors, camping, fishing, sewing, baking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nellie loved watching Cardinal baseball and adored beautiful sunsets that “only God could make”. She lived for others, never thinking of herself and always going to church and showing others by her example how to live a good, wholesome life.  Her faith was passed down from generation to generation and because of it, her family is able to accept her passing as a gift to her, that she is in Heaven and happy with the Lord.

Nellie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clinton J. Buechler; a son, William “Billy” Buechler; her parents, Harry and Agnes, nee Griesbaum, Billhartz; a brother, Paul Billhartz; two sisters; Mary Haas and Marget “Tookie” Reinhardt; a daughter-in-law, Debra “Debbie” Buechler, granddaughter-in-law, Heather Buechler; several brothers-in-law; and several sisters-in-law.

Surviving are her children, Bob (Dixie) Buechler, Jim (Candy) Buechler, Barb (Jim) Muren, Paul (Candy) Buechler, and Sue A. (Jeff) Yaekel; nine grandchildren, Tony (Katie) Buechler, Dale (Sarah) Buechler, Amanda (Chris) Jordan, Jack (Amanda) Muren, Eric (Jessica) Muren, Kimberly (Brad) Dickerson, David (Katie) Buechler, Josie Yaekel and Jared Yaekel; 18 great-grandchildren, Vivian, Violet, Dylan, Bryce, Hope, Brody, Dalton, Cali, Nash, Jacob, Owen, Sam, Addison, Hannah, Gabriel, Aaron, Colton, and Colin; four sisters, Betty Haas, Catherine “Kitty” Lanter, Veronica “Patsy” Wright, and Mary Ann Krohne; two brothers, Vincent Billhartz and Dennis Billhartz; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2024, at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2024, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

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


20 Comments on Agnes Buechler

Steve and Bev Stenger said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2024 at 2:19 PM

Our daughter Jennifer had the good fortune to sit behind Clint and Nellie at churh, wonderful, wondeful people.

  • Shelbyville
  • IL
Dennis & Kay Tribout said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2024 at 9:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were both very Great people

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Jerry Behrmann said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2024 at 5:50 AM

Paul and Family Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Your folks were always the nicest people to visit with.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Rose Lanter Mabry said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2024 at 5:50 PM

Bob, Jim, Barb, Paul & Sue and families - Your Mom’s hugs were a mixture of love and warmth and sweetness. She was so kind and caring and always interested in me and my family. After George died, Aunt Nellie sent me cards every week - sometimes more than one a week - and that went on for months. She even called one night to make sure I was ok. I know George had a special place in her heart and it was mutual. George loved her deeply and I believe he was one of many waiting at Heaven’s gates for her. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m in Florida and won’t be at the service but I will be thinking of all of you and saying a prayer for an easy transition as you all get used to a world without someone so special. Much love, Rose

  • St. Joseph
  • IL
Dick & Clara Korte & Family said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2024 at 4:59 PM

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Nellie was the kindest, most thoughtful friend and our family has many wonderful memories of camping with your parents.

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Bob and Mary Phelps said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2024 at 1:40 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved Nellie. We first met Nellie and Clint when we accidentally sat in their pew at Saturday afternoon Mass at St. Augustine Church. Clint's friendly teasing and Nellie's gentle friendliness welcomed us to the parish. We continued to see them every week and treasured their friendship. We feel blessed to have known them both. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. Bob and Mary Phelps

  • Swansea
  • IL
Frank Cange said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2024 at 1:18 PM

My condolences to the Buechler Family. I had Sue in one of my science classes at the old BW high school back in the 80's.. I have know the family for many years. She was a very sweet lady and hard worker, I have known here for many years at St, A's Frank Cange

  • Belleville
  • IL
Diane (Reinhardt) Mapes said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2024 at 6:22 PM

Aunt Nellie was always so kind and helpful to everyone she met. I am thankful that I was able to see and hug her at the Billhartz Christmas reunion in December. I am sure she is smiling and dancing (Proud Mary) with my mom and Aunt Mary up in heaven now. And I am sure she is happy to be with Uncle Clinton. Thank you, Aunt Nellie for always being so kind and generous. You will be missed.

  • Thornton
  • CO
Darleen (Billhartz) Nelson said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2024 at 2:28 PM

So very sorry to hear this. She was always so cheerful and she did an enormous amount of work on the Billhartz family tree. May she rest in od's hands for eternity.

  • Aviston
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2024 at 2:11 PM

To Mrs. Buechler’s Family, you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Mother. She always had a smile on her face and and a happy expression she shared with others. God bless you all and may he keep you n his care!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Grace Fehrmann said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2024 at 12:47 PM

My sympathy to her family. I appreciate all the work she did on our family tree. Cousin Grace Fehrmann

  • Breese
  • Il
Wanda Knepper said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2024 at 10:03 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. Nellie was a super sweet lady and an inspiration to me . My prayers are with the family.

  • Branson
  • MO
Darrell Coons said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2024 at 10:57 AM

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed when Nellie visited Hope Church years ago and know that the Buechler family has been very well represented in Swansea and Belleville Fire. Prayers for you all!

  • New Market
  • AL
Debby Billhartz said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2024 at 10:19 AM

So sorry for your loss! Nellie was the most joyful person I've ever met. Always looked forward to going to Billhartz family reunions to reconnect with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Smithton
  • Il
Ruby Schirmer said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2024 at 8:38 AM

My sincere sympathy to your family. Your mom was a great person.

  • Steeleville
  • Illinois
Bernadette Dehn said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2024 at 6:57 PM

Please accept my sympathy for the passing of your dear sweet mom. I knew her from going to St Mary’s church through the week before the pandemic and from St. Augustine’s after the pandemic. She was the kindest and sweetest person I ever met. I will keep you all in my prayers. Will miss not seeing her in church.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Ruby Schirmer said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2024 at 6:44 PM

I am so sorry ro read about Nellie's passing. Her husband and my husband Joe worked together at Swansea Concrete Products. During these years we spent time together with family picnics and had lots of fun. My sympathy to all the family. Nellie was a great person with a loving smile. I hope the kids remember us because it has been a long time since we have seen each other. You are in my prayers.

  • Steeleville
  • Illinois
Cindy Aye said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2024 at 5:37 PM

So sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you all.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Alan & Sandy Wright said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2024 at 4:10 PM

She was an amazing lady. We are so glad that we got to see her at the Christmas party. We love you, Aunt Nellie!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Fred and Susan Peters said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2024 at 2:53 PM

Abut Nellie you were the best Aunt ever! Always a smile and kind words that didn’t go unnoticed! You lived a wonderful life and we were glad to be a part of it!! Love Fred and Susan!

  • Shalimar
  • Florida

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