Barbara Asbury

Barbara Asbury
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Barbara A. Asbury, nee Bringaze, 79, of Belleville, IL, born September 25, 1936, in Springfield, IL, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Asbury had been a 50-year member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and was currently residing at the Shrine Apartment Community.  Her first career as a recent high school graduate was teaching 2nd grade.  As a 79-year-old, she could still remember her students’ names and would entertain others with humourous stories about them.  Her most important career, however, was being a loving wife and devoted mother.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Walter C. “Bud” Asbury Jr., whom she married on December 28, 1957, and who died on December 5, 2011; her parents, Eugene and Lila, nee Lawless, Bringaze; two sisters, Marian (Robert) Heid and Lila (George) Rabbitt; and  a brother, Eugene Bringaze.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons, Agnes (John) Boul
and Anne (John) Ross , both of St. Louis, MO,
Walter (Sharon) Asbury of Trophy, TX,
Gene Asbury of O’Fallon, IL,
Mary (Keith) Hinkebein of Carmel, IN,
and Carolyn “Cary” (Gary) Sheerin of Caseyville, IL;
12 grandchildren, Kristen Wilburn,
Beth (Andrew) Woolery, Sam and Emily Asbury,
Katie (Justin) Svejkosky and Christina Boul,
Joe, Tom, and David Hinkebein,
and Annie, Maggie, and Luke Sheerin;
a great-grandson, Arthur Woolery;
a brother-in-law, John (Marge) Asbury of St. Louis, MO;
two sisters-in-law, Alice Zagorski of Collinsville, IL,
and Lou Bringaze of Belleville, IL;
and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the VITAE Foundation or to Catholic Urban Programs (CUP).  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Shrine Apartment Community Chapel with Father Joseph Ferraioli and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.  Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Barbara Asbury

Barb was a special lady in our lives and a very dear Grandma to Kristen.So glad we got to know her and we will miss her at family gatherings. We know she missed Bud greatly and now they can be together again

Greg and Jan Wilburn, Germantown, Il, 62245

My condolences to the Asbury family on your loss of Barb. As former classmate and member of the old Notre Dame group that lunched together each month, I looked forward to seeing Barb and was always impressed with her gentle and gentile manner. God bless your family as you cope with this loss!

Mary Anne Warnecke, Belleville, Illinois, 62226

I had the pleasure of having Barb and Bud as my neighbors for 16 years. What special people they were as well as their children and extended family. I will miss her greatly, but know she is again with Bud now.
Barb, thank you for all of the happy memories you gave me.
Much love,
Beverly & Francesca

Beverly & Francesca Buckhanan, Belleville, IL, 62226

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Barb and Bud were great friends.

jim & Carol Cange, nashville, il, 62263 5802

Agnes I am so sorry for the loss you and your family are experiencing. Prayers to you. Your mothers obituary says a lot for who you are today. Bless you all.

Joyce Stochl, Fenton, MO, 63026

Gene – my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May your loving memories forever be a comfort and a blessing to you all.

bruce hack

Bruce Hack, Yonkers , NY, 10705

My deepest sympathies to you all. She was such a good friend to me and she only had love in her heart. She will be sorely missed.
God Blessed you with Barb in you life.

Paula Sobol, Belleville, Il, 62226

My prayers for her family:
Lord, Thou hast not done me wrong;
I thank Thee for the precious loan afforded me so long. Love and prayers, Sue Parada

Sue Parada, Saint Louis, MO, 63109

Gene, I’m sorry I am unable to attend services for your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoy the times we had together at the Notre Dame luncheons. She will be truly missed. Barbara Todoroff

barbara riedel todoroff , swansea, il., 62226

I am typing this with tears, and am truly heart broken, and would like to express my sincere condolences and prayers to my life long friends, the Asbury family.

You know, I have so many great memories of growing up in our neighborhood. It seemed like most of the time the epicenter of all the fun was ‘at the the Asburys’. The basketball games, the wiffle ball games, the football games, playing ‘colored-eggs’, hide and seek, and all the great times we had there as kids – we were truly blessed, to say the least, to have the welcome, the patience, the guidance of your mother (and father) while all of these great times were happening!

I am truly sorry for you all, and God Bless You Barb Asbury for being there for us and steering us along!

Jeff Levy, Burbank, CA, 91506

My deepest sympathy to the Asbury Family. May the loving memories of your Mom be with you. She was a kind woman, and will be greatly missed.She is now joined with Bud,her life partner. They were definitely a team.

Karron Rutledge (Bingman), Effingham, IL, 62401

Walt/Sharon, Please accept Lee’s and my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mother. Take comfort in knowing she is with God now. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Don and Lee Noldin, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 53144

My deepest sympathies to Gene and all the family. Gene always spoke highly of his mother, and I know she will be sorely missed. Losing a mother is a very sad occasion, and I know your memories of her will keep her alive in your mind. All the very best.

John Wood, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, V9K 1C9

I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of your Mom as I grew up with Anne and Agnes. She was a great lady. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Kathy Hoffmann, Freeburg, IL, 62243

So sorry to hear of Barb’s death, went to grade school and two years of high school. Had so many good times with her and loved talking other cause she could remember all the things we did. Our parents were good friends, loved all of her family. Wish I had heard sooner so I could attend her services. Thoughts and prayers to all of her family.

Rita Cadagin Norris, Springfield, Il., 62704


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