Arlene Schaefer

Arlene Schaefer
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Arlene Catherine Schaefer, nee Bertelsman, 91, of Smithton, IL, born August 2, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, February 13, 2017, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville, IL. She recently resided at Morningside of Shiloh (formerly The Fountains of Shiloh.)

Mrs. Schaefer worked alongside her husband on their family farm.  She was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and the Catholic Fraternal Life Organization.  Arlene was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, was a member of the women’s club and the ladies quilting group at the church.  She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to numerous card clubs.  Arlene enjoyed the neighborhood “Merry Widows” Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Paul J. Schaefer, whom she married on May 3, 1944, and who died on June 6, 2005; her parents, Melchior and Viola, nee Reutherman, Bertelsman; and two sisters, Sylvian (John) Schad and Verla (Bernard) Schanuel.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol Daab of Smithton, IL,
and Donna (Don) Hollenkamp of O’Fallon, IL;
two sons, David (Linda) Schaefer of Smithton, IL,
and Bill (Diane) Schaefer of Smithton, IL;
eleven grandchildren, Scott Daab, Jeff (Julie) Daab,
Lisa (Dale) Becherer,
Jennifer Hollenkamp,
Brian (Jennifer) Hollenkamp,
Kelly (Aaron) Fox,
Allison Schaefer,
Matthew Schaefer
Adam (Nickie) Schaefer,
Nick (Camila) Schaefer,
and Jillian (Kyle) Holdener,
13 great-grandchildren, Amanda (Derek) Martin,
Tanner Daab,
Hannah and Levi Daab,
Sawyer and Lily Becherer,
Will and Max Hollenkamp,
Eli Fox,
Blake, Lucas, and Chloe Schaefer,
and Addison Holdener;
and one great-great-grandchild, Jameson Martin.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2017, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

Condolences Left For Arlene Schaefer

Dear Carol, Donna, David, & Bill;
You and your families are in my prayers. Your mother was a very gracious and loving lady and I will always cherish the memories of our families visiting back and forth when we were children. I’m sure our parents are having a beautiful heavenly reunion.
God be with you!
Love, Mary Therese

Mary Therese (Thouvenot) Poettker, St. Peters, Missouri, 63376

Bill, Diane and family, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Tom and Laura

Tom and Laura Gauch, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243

Please accept my sympathy. Your Mother was so kind. I always enjoyed talking with her. God bless

Virginia Parker, New Athens, IL, 62264

I wish to express my condolences to the family.I will keep you all in my prayers.I always enjoyed the times we visited or played cards.

Mary Ann Krausz, Millstadt, Illinois, 62260

Please accept my condolences on your loss or Arlene. She and her family are in my prayers. Don Holdener, son of Gregory and Pauline (née Schwaegel) Holdener

Donald Holdener, Black Jack, MO, 63033

To Arlene’a family, very sorry, you will miss her, let God give you comfort.
The Becherer, Baechle and Schwaegel families.
Marcella Becherer Stauder.

Marcella, Swansea, Il, 62226


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