Bernard Lengerman

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Bernard J. Lengerman, 95, of Belleville, IL, born February 19, 1923, in Trenton, IL, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Garden Place, Millstadt, IL.

Mr. Lengerman was the president and chairman of the board of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois before his retirement.  An active member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, he served as a parish trustee, was a member of the church choir, and was a 60-year member of the St. Teresa’s St. Vincent DePaul Society.  Bernard was a member of the St. Clair County Serra Club, the Althoff Family and Friends Club, and a member of the Interfaith Food Pantry.  He was the recipient of the Belleville Citizen of the Year award.  Mr. Lengerman was a U.S. Army-Air Corps veteran of World War II and belonged to the Catholic War Veterans Post 370.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Rosemary, nee Zahn, Lengerman, whom he married on November 27, 1947 in Trenton, IL, and who died on November 17, 2005; his parents, Henry J. and Clara, nee Rohr; Lengerman; a brother, Paul (Dorothea) Lengerman; and a sister, Helen (John) Glanzner.

Surviving are a son, John (Carol) Lengerman of Smithton, IL;
a daughter, Ann (Bo) Carter of Cadiz, KY;
four grandchildren, Megan Lengerman (Brent Stephens), Louis (Ashley) Lengerman, Lori (Aaron) Jefford, and Colleen Coyle (Roger Conklin);
seven great-grandchildren, Brayden, Marshall, and Hadley Jefford, Harper and Everett Stephens, and Ella and Jolee Lengerman;
three step-grandchildren, Joe, Chris, and Stephen Carter;
and seven step-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Teresa’s St. Vincent DePaul Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Entombment will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Bernard Lengerman

Joyce Day said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 5:18 PM

My mother, Dolores(Schoendienst)Hoff and I send our condolences to the Lengerman family. My mom and Bernie were classmates at Aviston High School. I knew him through SVDP. He would always enquire about my mom. A real gentleman

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Joe ; Joan Timmermann said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 4:21 PM

We wish to offer our deepest sympathy to the family of Bernard Lengerman, J0E & Joan

  • Carlyle
  • Illinois
Carol Haffner Meyer said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 12:56 PM

An icon at the Community Interfaith Food Pantry. One of the most loyal and loved volunteers ever. Rest in peace Bernie with the Lord you served. We will miss you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Louis Peterson said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 5:24 AM

Bernard was the first person to call and welcome me when I was named pastor of St. Teresa's back in 1991. As a faithful parishioner and trustee, he was always there to help in any way he was needed. Now he will continue to help us by interceding on our behalf before God's throne in heaven.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Dan and Gina Schwemmer said : Guest Report May 08, 2018 at 1:29 PM

We are so saddened to hear of Bernard's passing. Wishing your family our love and sympathy. Dan, Gina and The Schwemmer Family

  • Dumfries
  • VA

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