Antoinette Klingler

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Antoinette “Toni” V. Klingler, nee Blaes, 96, of Belleville, IL, born June 30, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, January 5, 2024, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Toni graduated from St. Luke’s Grade School and The Academy of Notre Dame High School. She worked nearly half of her life, 47 years, at the Belleville News Democrat. She also loved homemaking; keeping a spotless home. Toni was very much loved by her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her tremendous joy. She also loved visits from other family and friends. She was quite sociable and quickly made many friends at each community where she resided. Toni will be deeply missed. She enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, playing bingo and was keenly competitive while playing cards. Toni had been a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She was a former member of the Perpetual Help Society, Catholic Knights & Ladies of Illinois, and the Mothers Club at Cathedral.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Joseph Klingler, whom she married on August 26, 1948, and who died on March 11, 2011; her parents, William N. and Bertha, nee Kuehn, Blaes; a brother, Paul (Mary) Blaes; two sisters, Katherine (Robert) Klinkhamer and Marcella (Albert) Loesch; and a sister-in-law, Joan Blaes.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Steven (Marijo) Klingler;
two grandchildren, Jonathan Klingler and Lisa (Adam) Guebert;
three great-grandchildren, Lily, Evie, and Augie;
her brother, Eugene Blaes;
and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter Cathedral Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The family would like to thank Grand Manor, Colonnade, and Freeburg Care Center for their loving care for Toni over the years.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

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


3 Comments on Antoinette Klingler

Dave Arnold said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2024 at 10:07 AM

So sorry to hear of her passing. I grew up in the house next door to Don and Toni on Schobert Dr. and she was always a super nice lady to me - a pestering kid. She will be missed by many.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Greg and Sherry Determan said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2024 at 1:32 PM

Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on-like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May that love surround you now and bring you peace. Mother's hold their children's hands for a while, but their hearts forever.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Sara Sue Tedesco said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2024 at 12:04 PM

To the Klinger Family, I worked with Tony and Paul for many years. They were so helpful in helping others everyday in doing the best they could in being productive and contributing producing a quality product. I will always remember their smiles when the job was done right.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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