As a St. Elizabeth’s Hospital volunteer, Alice enjoyed visiting and bringing cheer to patients as “Sleepy” of the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs troupe. She was a lifetime member and past President of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Auxiliary. Alice was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg and a long-time member of the Freeburg Women’s Club. As an avid globe trotter, she had a great appreciation for the cultures and people of the many countries she visited. She had a lively intellect with a wealth of knowledge on many topics.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Richard A. Koesterer, whom she married August 4, 1946, and who died on April 14, 1991; her parents, Emil J. and Sophia M., nee Sadowa, Milker; a granddaughter, Emily Koesterer; and two brothers, Emil Milker Jr. and Edward Milker.
Surviving are four children, Barbara (Larry) Moore of Dayton, OH,
Richard (Theresa) Koesterer of Sudan and Florence, Italy,
Lea Koesterer (TerryWerner) of St. Louis, MO,
and Amy (Keith) Becker of Belleville, IL;
seven cherished grandchildren, Gregory Moore,
Alexander Moore, Richard Koesterer,
Virginia Werner, Duncan Werner,
Amanda Becker and Hannah Becker;
and four adored great-grandchildren, Vincent Moore,
Maximilian Moore, Teagan Moore, and Quinn Moore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gateway Chapter, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center, St. Louis, MO 63114. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.
Dearest Koesterer Family,
Our deepest sympathies to you all on Alice’s passing. We really enjoyed meeting her and spending time with her (especially having a Manhattan ). Bless you all, she will be missed!
Pam & Frank Howard
Pamela Howard, Dayton, Ohio, 45458
Barb, we were saddened to hear of your mother’s death. She was such a dear lady who influenced my teen years when you and I were together in Girl Scouts. And she was such a good friend to my mom, who died a year ago last month. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Sharon Stormer
Sharon Velas Stormer, Dixon, MO, 65459-5096
Richard, Barb, Lea, and Amy,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of your mother. I so enjoyed my conversations with her. She was kind, caring, and always had an incredible smile.
John Heiligenstein, Indianapolis, IN, 46228
Lea and Family,
With you in spirit. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time as you grieve the loss of your dear mother. What a beautiful obituary you wrote for a beautiful woman who lived such a full and rewarding life! Thank you, Alice, for sharing your pecans with us!
Louise & Bill Bullock, Ballwin, MO, 63011
Dear Koesterer family, please accept my most sincere and deep sympathy in the loss of your mom. She was a sweet and lovely lady and will be truly missed.
Louise SURBER, Freebur, Il, 62243
Amy and all your Family,
We were saddened to hear your mom has passed away. What a wonderful and sweet lady she was.
We always enjoy seeing her at Thanksgiving. She will be missed.
Ed and Kathleen Gaydos
Kathleen Gaydos, Hingham, MA, 02043
Rich and Theresa:
Due to a prior commitment, we will be unable to attend the services for Alice. Please accept our sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
May you have safe journeys as you return to your assignments.
Love and God Bless,
Dick and Janice Olson
Richard and Janice Olson, O’Fallon, IL, 62269
I’m so sorry to here about your mom, I will always remember the kindness she she showed to me at family functions through the years. She was a wonderful lady, may God keep you all in the palm of his hand as you grieve your loss.
Fay Dixon (Heiligenstein)
Fay Dixon, Freeburg, Il, 62243