Barbara Deckard

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Barbara Ann Deckard, 81, of Fairview Heights, IL, born September 4, 1942, in East St. Louis, IL, died Saturday, December 16, 2023, in Chester, IL.

Ms. Deckard worked as a secretary for the regional office of the University of Illinois for ten years. She enjoyed crafts, bowling, bingo and fishing. Barbara was a dedicated, selfless, and loving mother to her four children. She loved to organize parties and gather her friends and family together to enjoy them. Barbara was always helping others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H. Glenn and Elizabeth M., nee Franke, Deckard; two sisters, Phyllis Cassium and Judy Cooley; and a stepbrother, Dennis Deckard.

Surviving are four children, Sherri-Anne (Eric) Stephens, Kristine “Tina” Nagel (Sid Hepp), Tim (Beth) Goeddel, and Susan Marie (Tom) Esker; seven grandchildren, Danielle (Matt) Leedle, Heather (Josh) Brunkhorst, Rebeka (Tyler) Hern, Colten Stephens (Mollie Thompson), Lauren (Eric) Nagel, Joseph Goeddel (Kailyn Moeller), and Abbigale Esker; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Steve Jarrett; a brother-in-law, Jim Cooley; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, or to a humane society of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

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


2 Comments on Barbara Deckard

Mark Clark said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2023 at 11:22 AM

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
David and Susan Piel said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2023 at 12:30 PM

Tim, Beth and Joe. Sending our sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother.

  • Baldwin
  • Il

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