Audrey Tinoco

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Audrey May Tinoco, nee Wild, 96, of Freeburg, IL, born May 26, 1926, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at her residence.

“Our mom relished her roles as mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She poured her heart and soul into showing her love for each generation. She and Dad raised four daughters. She tolerated our mischief for so long until the dreaded “wait until your father comes home” was said. She had an incredible sewing talent, from which her daughters benefitted. Later on in life, all the generations called upon her for her sewing skills.

She made sure each grandchild and great-grandchild felt special. She embroidered baby quilts, saved shiny pennies, made everyone (young and old) Easter baskets, and sewed Christmas booties for each grandchild and great-grandchild to hang on a special tree.

There was nothing she wouldn’t tackle. When she was younger, she and Dad reupholstered and refinished our furniture. As recently as a few months ago, she delved into the Internet, participating in several podcasts with her grandson. She loved to play games, especially Rummy and Scrabble with all the generations. Her cooking skills included making sure foods from both her and Dad’s cultures were served at the table, and those recipes have been passed down to the succeeding generations.

Just like Dad, family was important to her. She surrounded herself in her home with all the things her family had made for her. She was the best—she was our mom, and we were blessed.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jesse Salvador Tinoco, whom she married on November 30, 1946, and who died on April 30, 2014; her parents, Samuel J. and Catherine, nee Bonn, Wild; two brothers, Arnold (Ginny)Wild and Kenny Wild; and three sisters, Leova (Leroy) Schoenebeck, Thelma (Al) White, Virginia(Mickey) Cragin; and three sisters-in-law, Esther Tinoco, Ana Tinoco, Lucy (Ernest) Marroquin and Consuelo Cabrera and brother-in-law Fortunato (Ofelia) Tinoco; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law Fortunato (Refugio Roussell) Tinoco.

Surviving are her four daughters, Patricia Tinoco (Howard Boller), Jean (Rich) Schaefer, Mary (John) Peter, and Janet Tinoco (Robert Pollard);
seven grandchildren, Lauren (Joe Christ) Schaefer-Christ, Daniel (Erin) Schaefer, Michael Schaefer, Robert (Sarah) Peter, Samuel (Christiana Haynes) Peter, Monica Pollard, and Jesse Pollard;
seven great-grandchildren, Luke, Samara, and Gracyn Christ, Addilyn, Colton, and Beckett Schaefer, and Bodhi Peter.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Building Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, or in the form of mass offerings. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Von Deeke and Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

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


6 Comments on Audrey Tinoco

Rosanne Hettenhausen said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2022 at 9:09 PM

Sending my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May all of your memories bring you comfort.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Sue Beelman said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 7:39 PM

Pat and family, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing! I remember what a sweet lady she was when I visited as a child! Prayers for all!!

  • Alamo
  • TX
Pat Burns said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 10:01 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. I firmly believe that she will be at peace with the Lord. Never met her but Patty and I talked about her a lot. I will remember her in my prayers.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Ellen Parker said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 9:03 AM

Jean & family, please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mother. She sounds like a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
David Schanuel said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 2:47 AM

Janet, sorry to hear your mother passed away! May you and your family experience the presence and the peace of God as you grieve. II Corinthians 1:3-4 John 11:24-25

  • Kansas City
  • MO
Sue (Schoenebeck) and Chris Jesch said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2022 at 7:10 PM

So very sorry to the entire family for your loss. It was so great to see Aunt Audrey at Aunt Thelma’s funeral a few years back. I know my parents m, Rich and Sandy, were also so glad to be able to spend a little time with her then as well. I hope her love and memories live in your hearts forever. Much love and prayers for you all during this difficult time.

  • Arvada
  • Colorado

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