Ardell Kombrink

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Ardell Henry Kombrink, 91, of Belleville, IL, born August 13, 1930, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by family.

Ardell grew up in O’Fallon, IL, on the family farm. He attended O’Fallon High School and Belleville Area College (SWIC). He served in the Navy for three years on the U.S.S. Boxer. His career included working for Southwestern and Illinois Bell Telephone Company, which spanned 35 years. After his retirement he continued his career as a managing consultant for independent phone companies working throughout the Midwest.

Outside of work Ardell was active in St. Albert’s (Holy Trinity) Parish in Fairview Heights in various capacities.

Family and friends will remember Sunday gatherings with his homemade ice cream.

He was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Monica Lois Kombrink; his parents, Sophie, nee Kassing, and William Kombrink; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Elizabeth, nee Grau, Falbe; a brother, Raymond (Lucille) Kombrink; and sisters, Leona (Bill) Malacarne, Florence Distler, and Lorene (Bob) Lurtz.

Surviving are his loving wife of 68 years, Bernice, nee Falbe, Kombrink, whom he married on October 24, 1953;
two daughters, Marsha (Rich) Kurowski and Michelle (Leroy) Gerstenecker,
a son, Mark (Emma) Kombrink;
six grandchildren, Greg Gerstenecker, Gail (Brendon) Weidner,
Rachel (Antonio) Iglesias, Garret (Michaela) Gerstenecker,
Erica Kurowski, Gina Gerstenecker and boyfriend Zach;
eight great-grandchildren;
and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers from Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Fr. James M. Nall officiating.  Masks are required.

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


4 Comments on Ardell Kombrink

Bob and Barbara Abell said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2022 at 11:30 AM

Bob and I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Ardell. He was such a vibrant, caring and entertaining man. He seemed to enjoy life to the fullest. Love and hugs to you, Bernice. You are a beautiful, caring and loving woman. We offer our sympathy and prayers to you and your family! God bless you all! Bob & Barbara Abell

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Helen (Kapp) Pearson said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2022 at 1:40 PM

So sorry for you loss. Ardell was such a nice man. Sorry I couldn't be there today. I had to be in the office today.

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TARA SHOOK said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2022 at 2:42 PM

We are all so sorry for your loss. Myself, along with all my sisters, Christy VanWyhe, LeAnn Buff and April Wheeler all join me to express our deepest sympathies. Such fond memories of all the family and us kids growing up together. He will definitely leave a huge void for us all.

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Alvin Kimmle said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2022 at 2:40 PM

Our deepest sympathies to all the family and friends for Ardell. We have more happy memories of Ardell than we can count. Our lives have been blessed knowing him and his family all these years. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

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