Anthony Gass

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Anthony “Tony” A. Gass, 94, of Belleville, IL, born July 5, 1928, in Belleville IL, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Tony was surrounded by a large family from the very beginning with 11 siblings. He was a deeply devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening his homestead, camping with family, and teaching his children to water ski. He was passionate about world affairs and advising his grandchildren.

Tony worked as an x-ray technician, plasterer, and builder. He retired from Granite City Steel after 27 years of service. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church as well as the Young at Heart Club and Men’s Club.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine, nee Hopfinger, Gass; six brothers, Norbert, Vincent, Edward, Marcel, Joseph, and Cletus Gass; and three sisters, Marie Braun, Catherine Garey, and Dolores Conklin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Wilma J., nee Martin, Gass, whom he married on July 31, 1954;
five sons, Peter (Laura) Gass, Paul (Barbara) Gass, William (Shari) Gass, Robert (Cheryl) Gass, and Jeff (Toni) Gass;
a daughter, Libby (Matt) Gass Handel;
15 grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Juanita Wallen and Bernice Spresser;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to St. Teresa Catholic Church or to “FIRST” (Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types). Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2022, St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda officiating.

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


11 Comments on Anthony Gass

Joan Schulte Mentzer said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2022 at 12:02 PM

Sending prayers to the Gass Family. Tony was a great person, neighbor from Englewood, and a great water ski teacher (except he forgot to tell me to let go of the rope when you fall…lol).

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Megan said : Guest Report Oct 17, 2022 at 10:10 PM

Tony was such a sweet hearted guy & Wilma is just as amazing! Will be missed in my heart.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Linda Draeger-Kunz said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2022 at 2:54 PM

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you in the days ahead.

  • NY
Diana clark said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2022 at 6:18 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of my time with Toni and Wilma and Libby. You all will be in my prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Mike and Kolette Becker said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2022 at 6:11 PM

Our. deep condolences to the Gass family. So sorry to hear of Toni's passing. I will always remember camping at Crab Orchard lake and we lived in Carbondale and came to visit. Your family was so much fun and Toni was such a nice guy. Rest in Peace

  • Campbell
  • California
Nancy Zahner said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2022 at 8:29 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Tony and Wilma were such fun members of Young at Heart. Rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Stewart and Lee Loesche said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2022 at 7:10 PM

Heartfelt condolences to the Gass family. May God watch over all of you during this difficult time.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Mark and Jill O’Truk Family said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2022 at 6:30 PM

So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lynn Gass said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2022 at 11:29 AM

So sorry to hear of his passing. God bless all of his family and God give you peace❤🙏😇

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Gary& Linda Weber said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2022 at 10:49 AM

To the family sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you

  • Palmetto
  • Fl
Marvin Gass said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2022 at 10:35 AM

My thoughts and prayers are for all of you He is going to be deeply missed. I have been thinking of the times that we shared working together and talking of important matters

  • Illinois

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