Alvin Bietsch

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Alvin F. Bietsch, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 7, 1927, in Ruma, IL, died Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Bietsch retired as a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union and served as President of the Union Local #268 Retirees Club. After retirement, Al thoroughly enjoyed working at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home for 20 years. He was an avid euchre player, loved gardening, and was an excellent handyman who could fix anything. Al was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, IL, was an usher at the church, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1028. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary, nee Scherle, Bietsch; and one brother, Russell Bietsch.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Pauline L., nee Schmidt, Bietsch;
two daughters, Janet (Norman) Joellenbeck of Red Bud, IL,
and Donna Bietsch of Belleville, IL;
two sons, Michael (Debbie) Bietsch of Columbia, MO,
and Ronald (Julie) Bietsch of Scottsdale, AZ;
five grandchildren, Matthew (Kati) Bietsch, Kristin (Breanna) Bietsch,
Andrew (Julia) Bietsch, Lori Bietsch,
and Tyler Bietsch;
three great-grandchildren, Abrielle Bietsch, Henry Bietsch,
and Luke Bietsch;
a sister-in-law, Darleen Bietsch;
many nieces and nephews;
and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

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


6 Comments on Alvin Bietsch

Marc and Juanita Boivin said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2019 at 12:38 AM

Dear Bietsh Family. So very sorry for the passing of Alvin. The St Teresa bulletin asked for prayers for the Bietsh family. Alvin is and will continue to be an inspiration. He was creative and industrious. There wasn’t a project that couldn’t tackle and do it with care and diligence. He is a man in which you could rely on. May God bless him and his family enduring his loss.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Howard and Joanie Goldenberg and Family said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2019 at 11:32 PM

Ron and Julie and Donna and your family. We are so sorry at your dad's passing. All of our contacts with him were so memorable and pleasant. Great man who will be surely missed. Please pass our love along to all. Howard and Joanie

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Dennis Meile said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Our condolences on Al's passing. He will be missed. Dennis and Denise Meile

  • Swansea
  • Il
Glenn Ryan said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2019 at 2:49 AM

Sorry that we can not be with you during your time of sorrow. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although the loss of a Loved one is difficult for those left behind, take solace in the knowledge that we shall all be together again in a better place.

  • Jefferson City
  • Mo.
Karen Eaton said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2019 at 6:56 PM

My sympathies to the family of Mr. Bietsch. We are praying for you. Karen and Bart

  • Fenton
  • Missouri
Brad Gain said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2019 at 6:29 PM

Ron, Julie, Pauline and family. Carla and I could not be any sorrier to hear of Al's passing. He was a special man, who has a special family. We loved playing cards with him and will miss him. Love to all! Brad & Carla

  • Troy
  • IL

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