Anita Strahlem

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Anita B. Strahlem, nee Shepler, 95, of Belleville, IL, born September 29, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, died, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at her residence in Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Ret. USAF Lt. Col. George W. Strahlem, whom she married on March 10, 1945 and who died on May 2, 2018; and her parents, Ralph W. and Rosella, nee Rudolph, Shepler.

Surviving are her children, Greg K. Strahlem of Aromas, CA, Janice Lynn (Robert) Hartwig of Clarksville, TN,  Denise Lynn Petri of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Jeff (fiancée Diane Krick) Strahlem of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren;
and a sister-in-law, Kathryn (Ozzie) Meindel of San Diego, CA.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Belleville Community Band.  Condolences may be made to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Graveside services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



2 Comments on Anita Strahlem

Bruce Milnikel said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2018 at 6:16 PM

The Good Lord has found a place in Heaven for Aunt Anita she well once again be united with her Husband ,Sister and Brothers who went before her. While we mourn her loss she well be welcomed with the Loving embrace of the Good Lord and well live for Eternity in the Heavens. God Bless her and May her loved ones always keep her close in their thoughts and Hearts . From all of my family in Omaha we send our sincere condolences and Love too you all.?✝️

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Thomas Birkner said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Jeff: Please extend our thoughts and prayers to your family. For sure, you were a terrific son; always doing your very best in the care for your mother. We have great respect for you and will be thinking of your family, Tom

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