Ann McClellan

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Ann Louise McClellan, nee Heimberger, 86, of Belleville, IL, born July 19, 1931, in New Baden, IL, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Ann was the valedictorian of her class at New Baden Community High School.  She later graduated from Belleville Area College and SIU-Edwardsville.  She was a teacher at Dewey, Mt. Pleasant, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Schools in Belleville.  Ann had an active life in retirement.  She enjoyed seeing the world and learning about other cultures.  She volunteered with several organizations including the Belleville District 118 Foundation, Cahokia Mounds, the Labor & Industry Museum, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald G. Biedenbach, and her second husband, Robert J. McClellan, who were both Air Force pilots; and her parents, Carl G. and Minnie, nee Bann, Heimberger; and two nieces, Lynn Wohlschlaeger and Brenda Penuel.

Surviving are three children, David (Kerry Wrigley) Biedenbach, Kay (David) Parrott, and Marc (John Hetzler) McClellan;
a brother, Howard Heimberger;
and a nephew, Brad Heimberger.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville District #118 Educational Foundation, Ltd., 105 West A Street, Belleville, IL 62220.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


4 Comments on Ann McClellan

Jeanne Swain said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2018 at 2:06 AM

Ann was my mentor teacher when I started teaching at Jefferson. She was such a kind and classy lady. I wanted to be just like her. My condolences to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carrie said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 4:28 PM

It was an honor and a privilege to get to know Ann. She was a very special lady! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sioux Falls
  • SD
Cindy Evans said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Ann and I taught together at Jefferson for many years. She and I were in special ed and taught second grade also. After Ann retired she even came to my classroom and talked to my students about her trips to Alaska. She was a very kind and loving teacher and friend and will be missed. My condolences to the family .

  • Swansea
  • IL
Eileen Hoffmann said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 5:14 PM

Our sympathy to all of Ann's family. We were friends and worked together at the bank in New Baden. Thought about her at the last NBCHS reunion.

  • New Baden
  • Illinois

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