Betty Krupp

Betty Krupp
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Betty S. Grommet Krupp, nee Klingelhoefer, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 30, 1925, in Mascoutah, IL, died Monday, March 27, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Krupp was a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and an elementary school teacher whose career spanned many decades.  She remembered every student she had during her tenure at Mascoutah, Roosevelt, and Freeburg Elementary schools.  She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.  Betty was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Smithton, IL, the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Golden Age Group, and the Smithton Lions Club.  She was an avid card player, gardener, and square dancer.  Betty was also a true fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years, William L. Grommet, whom she married on August 27, 1950, and who died on December 19, 1979; her second husband of 17 years, Paul A. Krupp, whom she married on October 6, 1984, and who died January 11, 2002; her parents, Harvey J. and Helen, nee Glenn, Klingelhoefer; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia, nee Boller, Grommet; and a brother, James Klingelhoefer.

Surviving are her beloved children, a daughter, Nancy (Robert) Brown of Edmond, OK;a son, Terry Grommet of Belleville, IL; five grandchildren, Colin (Cassie) Brown of Wichita, KS, Allison Brown of Edmond, OK,
Quentin (Stephanie) Grommet of Belleville, IL, Megan (Dwight) Espenschied of Freeburg, IL, and Caitlin Grommet of Mascoutah, IL; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jackson, and Quinn Grommet, and Wyatt and Audrey Espenschied; a sister, Bonnie (Vernon) Eidman of St. Paul, MN; two sisters-in-law, Delores Klingelhoefer of Mascoutah, IL, and Gladys Ruff of Waterloo, IL; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Township Senior Center, or to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dr. C. D. Dollgener officiating.

Private burial will be at High Prairie Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Betty Krupp

Terry and family: God’s love to you and peace in Christ on the passing of your mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister, etc. After being so active through the years, it will be hard to say good bye. But the Lord walks with all of you. Love, in Christ, Pr. Hugh

Pastor Hugh Fitz, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

May all of you find comfort in knowing Betty is celebrating life with Christ. My prayers and condolences are with all of your family. Cherish your memories, through our few conversations it sounds like you have many wonderful ones!
I met some of you in the ICU waiting room at St. Elizabeth Hospital. I did not have the privilege to meet Betty but she had to have been a wonderful person to have such a wonderful family. I truly think God sent you to me as an angel, especially Nancy and Robert. Robert, the words you spoke to me late Monday evening to put my trust in God and know what happens is in his hands, got me through the night. I truly believe God granted us a miracle that night. Our son made it, and on Tuesday he made a lot of progress! Matt told me that next morning he didn’t think he was going to make. Somehow, I think Betty had something to do with it. Words cannot express how fortunate I am that we crossed paths if only for a short time. My prayers continue for your entire family during this difficult time and the days ahead. But be reassured you have an angle above.

Melissa Netemeyer, Germantown, IL, 62245

Praying for the family. Betty was a special mentor and friend.

Genie White, New Memphis , il, 62266

So sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know that we will be keeping you and your family in our prayers. Take care.

Kay and John Oeltjen, St. Louis, MO, 63131

So sorry for your loss. I met Betty about 4 years ago when I began playing pinochle with her and another couple — she loved to play cards! She was always very gracious to me; wish I could have known her in her younger years. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Linda Adams, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243


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