Arthur Nirscher

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Arthur Nirscher, 77, of Belleville, IL, born July 19, 1943, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Art was a very devoted and loving husband to Janice for 47 years.  He loved Jesus with all his heart.  The angels have ushered him into the arms of a loving savior.  In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  The second commandment is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Art was a super bass fiddle man.  He and Janice played old time gospel and bluegrass music and made many lifelong friends along their music journey.  Art enjoyed watching football, especially the Chicago Bears.  He was also an avid model train collector.  Art graduated, with honors, from Lewis and Clark Community College with a degree in radio broadcasting.  Art was a member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Arthur worked for at E-Lite, Tool and MFG. Co for 21 years.  He retired as a legal courier from Gundlach, Lee, Eggmann, Boyle and Roessler.  In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Art was the voice of Bluegrass music at radio station WLCA FM in Godrey, IL and radio station KXEN AM in Granite City, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Nirscher; and his mother, Zenaida, nee Bond, Nirscher.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Janice Fay, nee Meinders, Nirscher, whom he married on September 8, 1973; a sister-in-law, Donna Griggs; a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert L. (Pam) Meinders; two nieces, Kimberly Sharp, Rebecca Griggs; a nephew, Attorney Blake (Carly) Meinders; an aunt, Phyllis of Phoenix, AZ; a cousin, Mary Ann Dorantes of Chicago, IL; and two great nieces, Brianna Sharp and Megan Sharp.

Art will always have a special place in all our hearts.

Memorials in Art’s memory may be made to St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, or to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on Arthur Nirscher

Lisa Bruno said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2021 at 7:57 AM

Janice, I am so sorry to hear of Arthurs passing. I always looked forward to seeing you both at your appointments at the Sleep Center. May he rest in peace and find comfort in your loving memories. Lisa Bruno

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary and Janice Nester and Family said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2021 at 10:35 AM

Praying for you all! We always enjoyed our wonderful conversations with Art. He shared happiness and kindness and was such a pleasure to know. May God Bless him and you!

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Jeanette miles said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2021 at 7:43 PM

Dear Janice, deepest sympathy to you and your family. Art was such a sweet guy. We had lots of fun conversations when he was at Gundlach Lee. Hope his last days were peaceful. My prayers go out to you .

  • Swansea
  • IL
Gregg and Deborah Gregory said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2021 at 6:03 PM

Janice, we are so sorry to hear of Art’s passing.Our memory of him is of a very kind man who loved his family and friends very much. May the many happy times you shared warm and sustain you through this difficult time. We are thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Chuck & Cindy Fugate said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2021 at 5:56 PM

Janice, we send all our love, thoughts and prayers you. Know that we thought a lot of Art and always enjoyed his laughter and honesty. He touched quite a few hearts. Doc & Cindy

  • Tucson
  • Arizona
Bob and Bettie Lercher said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Janice and family, So sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was such a kind-hearted man. You will be in our prayers.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Wayne Jennings said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2021 at 8:43 AM

Janice, Donna & Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Art's passing. I remember him from Westview "back in the day", as a very "peaceful", quiet kind of guy. May you find strength in Christ during this difficult time.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Diane Koenig and Christopher Koenig said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2021 at 3:06 PM

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Art. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We can hear the bass playing now as him and Dad join together to make beautiful music. Christopher and Diane Koenig

  • Bolingbrook
  • IL

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