Barbara Poettker

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Barbara Ann Poettker, nee Metze, 82, of Belleville, IL, born August 9, 1940, in Detroit, MI, died Saturday, March 11, 2023, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Barbara was a dedicated homemaker and loved taking care of her family. Barbara was a devoted member of St. Teresa’s Parish, past choir member for 17 years, a member of the St. Teresa Perpetual Help Society, and a member and a past president of the Legion of Mary at the Church. Barbara was also a member of The Women of the Moose.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Linus Poettker, whom she married on November 24, 1960, and who died on July 4, 2015; her son, Paul Poettker; her parents, Theodore H. and Irene A., nee Spinnenweber, Metze; and her two brothers, Kenneth (Carolyn) Metze, and Jerome “Jerry” Metze.

Surviving are her five sons and a daughter,
Alan (Danielle) Poettker of Belleville, IL,
Ann Poettker of Belleville, IL,
John (Cheryl) Poettker of Wichita, KS,
Daniel (Tina) Poettker of Waterloo, IL,
Christopher (Angie) Poettker of Millstadt, IL,
and Leo (Christina) Poettker of Belleville, IL;
12 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Teresa Church in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A recitation of the rosary will be held at 3:30 p.m., visitation also from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2023, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2023, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



12 Comments on Barbara Poettker

Angela said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2023 at 7:38 PM

Ms. Barbara was one of my favorite residents when I, was one her aides at St Paul's. She kept me on best when it was the worst, we've talked about any and everything up under. The sun, she always asked me about Nebraska and she always spoke highly of her family, there was never a, time I've gotten the wrong advice from Ms. Barbara. I will truly miss Mother Barbara FLY HIGH MY ANGEL FLY HIGH. YOUR FAMILY HAS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Charles Strube Jr said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2023 at 1:10 PM

To all my wonderful cousins, we are so sorry about the loss of your dear mother and our wonderful aunt Barb. Such a dear and kind person who will always be missed. We so enjoyed her and Linus' trips to see us here in the Northwest. Her grace, kindness, and ability to remember dates of our birthdays will always stay with us.

  • Ridgefield
  • WA
Ann & Len Mehmert said : Guest Report Mar 16, 2023 at 8:57 PM

Dan and family. Am sending our deepest sympathy to you . Barb was such a kind caring person, a heart of gold. Ann Mehmert

  • Belleville
  • Il
Joni Mehmert-Jones said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2023 at 12:51 PM

Dear Dan and family, I’m so sorry to have read about your mom’s passing. I would talk to her at Cathedral pre Covid. She was such a lovely lady and was always kind to me and my family. She exuded peacefulness and warmth. What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind for her family and the world. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers Joni

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rose Heinemann said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2023 at 9:05 AM

So very sorry to learn of Barbara passing. We know she is now in Heaven with her beloved Linus again.. Love to all of the family.

  • O'Fallon
  • Mo.
Debbie Korte Slattery said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2023 at 6:23 PM

Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. Our family has so many wonderful memories camping with your parents and Annie. Your mom was such a sweet and kind friend. Dick, Clara and family

  • Collinsvikke
  • IL
Jeanette Bessen said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2023 at 2:00 PM

My deepest sympathy to her family. She was my dearest friend for over70 years.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
DONALD Poettker said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 6:14 PM

What a wonderful aunt rest in peace

  • Chippewa FAlls
  • Wisconsin
Deborah said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 5:23 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time

  • Fl
Mary Riedel said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 12:05 PM

My love & prayers are with you & all of your beautiful family at this most difficult time.

  • Wichita
  • KS
Jeff Koehler said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 10:34 AM

Thought's and Prayer's the Koehler Family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Norbert&Mickie Rolves said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2023 at 5:39 PM

rest peacefully with your family in heaven great lady

  • Colorado Springs
  • Co

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