Anne Woodrome

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Anne M. Woodrome, nee Reis, 69, of Belleville, IL, born March 7, 1954, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Anne was a paralegal and retired from the US Army Corp of Engineers. In the early 1990’s, she and her husband, Gary, had served as Cathedral CYO moderators and were involved with Belleville Teens Encounter Christ (TEC). More recently, Anne was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She loved camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Dolores, nee Wittenauer, Reis; two brothers, Richard Reis and Greg Reis; twin sisters at birth, Dolores and Theresa Reis; a brother-in-law, Gary Miller; and two nieces, Christine Buss and Toni Buss.

Surviving are her loving husband of 50 years, Gary G. Woodrome, whom she married on June 9, 1973; four children, Brandon (Lisa) Woodrome, Elizabeth Mooney, Amy (Michael) Smothers, and Joseph Woodrome; eight grandchildren, Michael Smothers, Austin Mooney, Abraham Woodrome, Elijah Woodrome, Owen Smothers, Noah Woodrome, Gianna Woodrome, and Leo Woodrome; two sisters, Rose Miller and Mary (Glenn) Kage; a sister-in-law; Tama (Paul) Allard; a brother-in-law, John Woodrome; and many nieces, nephews, and friends, whom she held close to her heart.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa’s Parish, the American Heart Association, or the Illinois Patriot Guard. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.



21 Comments on Anne Woodrome

mike becker said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2024 at 10:49 PM

Gary, Mary and Rose, My sincere condolences. Crazy thing is I played an Alice Cooper song tonight and thought about the time the Reis family took me to Alice Cooper in St Louis. You had a lovely family and I miss you all. Anne was such a great person and I am sure you all miss her tremendously.

  • CA
Janet Ulivi said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2024 at 9:21 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. I just saw Anne at a doctor’s office in Belleville a couple months ago. Anne and I worked together at The Corps. Everyone at the office always said she was the nicest person in the District. What a beautiful person. My sympathies.

  • Columbia
  • IL
David Wittenauer said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 9:49 AM

To the Family,Though my memories of Ann and Gary go back to when Greg and I used to hang around a little. Nothing really changed, all of Joe and Delores's kids had a hearts of gold. I remember Anne as very bright, sweet, kind and giving and that her and Gary were meant for eachother.

  • Red Bud
  • Il
Dan Franklin said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2024 at 9:03 PM

Annie always lit up the room at family reunions. The light may be extinguished, but its glow will remain in our hearts forever.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pam Smothers said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2024 at 11:04 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Words can not make the pain go away. I just want to say that I have a deep respect and love for Anne. She always had a smile and hug for everyone. Her caring, kindness, love, friendship, and beauty will be missed by so many. My son is truly blessed to have such a wonderful mother in law. My heart hurts for all of you. God Bless you all and your family is in my prayers, Love Pam

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Paolo Dulcamara said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2024 at 8:50 AM

My deepest condolences. May God bless the family and send His grace during this time of loss.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Lisbet and Jorge said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 10:23 PM

Gary and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you traverse these trying times. We're blessed to have shared time with Anne and she will be sorely missed. Your St. Theresa's family

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Maria Scheibel said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 6:16 PM

My deepest condolences at this time. May you find comfort in knowing she touched many lives.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Crystal Black said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 11:07 AM

Brandon Woodrome and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers during the heavenly transition of your love one. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May your mother's spirit live on in each of you. God Bless, Mrs. Crystal Black

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Robbie Sue Correa said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 8:58 AM

Gary, our hearts and prayers are with you and all your and Anne's family. Even though we never met Anne, we know she was a wonderful wife, mom, grandmom, sister and friend. We know that because of all the love she received from you and all the family and friends in her life. We also know your loss and pain will never cease, but we pray with God's help it will lessen over time. Love always, Robbie and Ron.

  • King George
  • VA
Sandy Edwards said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 7:19 AM

Brandon, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Mother. Sympathy, hugs and prayers go out to you and your whole family in this time of sorrow.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pat Shaw said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 10:27 PM

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with her and she was such a kind and genuine person and will be greatly missed by many

  • St peters
  • MO
Gary Woodrome said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 9:50 PM

My dearest wife. She filled my heart with so much love and joy. I don’t know how I can go on life without the love of my life. Anne please watch over me and the kids. Love you always.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Beanie Keck said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 3:41 PM

I only knew Anne through the Woodrome family. I knew Margaret and Woody from Glad Tidings church until both passed away. Tama, Angie and Tiffany all attend the same church and have for years. I also knew Crissy and Toni when they were little girls attending school with my niece Abby. Anne always had a smile on her face and was very friendly to everyone. Praying for this family. 🙏🏻💕❤️

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Janine Darnell said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 2:45 PM

Dear Gary, I'm heartbroken for you and your family. Anne was such a loving person. We are praying for comfort.

  • Kansas City
  • Missouri
Carol Platzkoester said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 1:08 PM

We have such fond memories of Annie and her family. She was truly a kind person.

  • belleville
  • Illinois
Kelly said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 12:07 PM

Gary and familly, I am so sorry to hear of you loss. Anne and I worked together at the Corps and she was so pleasant to work with. I really appreciated her help in everything we worked on. She was always a solid foundation.

  • Athens
  • AL
Teri Notorangelo said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 11:54 AM

I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. There wasn’t a sweeter, kinder woman. She loved her family and was there for everyone. She will be immensely missed and a void will be in our lives forever. 💜💜💜

  • St Charles
  • Mo
Steve and Jacquie Junker said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 10:51 AM

Anne was a very special friend we began our friendship when our sons started school at Cathedral together. We have known Gary and Anne for 42 years. Her son, Brandon spent the night at our house, many many times he and our son, Cory were very good friends. Gary and Anne , Steve and I were always at each other’s homes, having a good time. As I said before, Anne was a very very special person so good to everyone, quiet spoken, A loving wife to Gary, A loving mother, and loving grandmother. We will miss you very much Anne.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patty (Hanley) Williams said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 10:24 AM

From the time I was in grade school, I have fond memories of Anne. She had the softest way about her and was a really good hearted person. You will be missed Anna Bell.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Stacey Price said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 10:18 AM

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Her love will live in your heart forever.

  • Waterloo
  • IL

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