Barbara Utnage

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Barbara J. Utnage, nee Gaertner, 68, of Belleville, IL, born December 3, 1947, in St. Louis, MO, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Barbara was a registered nurse retired from Willowcreek Nursing Home in Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Utnage; her parents, Michael P. and Jane L., nee Marheineke, Gaertner; and a brother, Joseph Gaertner.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jessica Utnage of Belleville, IL;
two grandchildren, Penelope and Isaac Utnage;
two brothers and three sisters, Dr. Eugene (Barbara) Gaertner of Oregon, IL,
twins, Phillip Gaertner and Catherine Schickedanz, both of Belleville, IL,
Therese (Andy) Georgen of Town & Country, MO,
and Margaret (Mark) Eros of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Arthritis Foundation.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the family home in Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Barbara Utnage

Our sympathies to the Utnage and Gaertner families on the loss of your mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. I did not know Barb personally, but know Cathy and Margaret well. May her memory and acerbic wit be a source of consolation to you all.

Mary Anne Warnecke, Belleville, IL, 62226


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