Beverley “Joan” Ponsler

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Beverley J. “Joan” Ponsler, nee Smith, 88, of Swansea, IL, born June 12, 1932, in Decatur, IL, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at her residence.

Joan was a travel agent for many years and retired from Belleville Travel, Belleville, IL. She previously worked with the Hoppenjans Travel Agency and formerly worked as a secretary for the St. Clair County Sheriff. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Joan enjoyed reading, knitting, traveling and painting.  She dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and will be missed. She was a proud pet owner and adored her pets.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 66 years, Francis H. “Frank” Ponsler, whom she married on May 24, 1952, in Decatur, IL, and who died on May 14, 2018; her parents, Cecil E. and Lena, nee Shaw, Smith; and a sister, Janet Hayes.

She is survived by her brother, Jerry (Faye) Smith of Mt. Zion, IL;
two daughters, Linda Diane Ponsler of Swansea, IL, and Connie Lee (Barry Beispiel) Northcutt of Dallas, TX,
a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Scott and Celia Ponsler of Waterloo, IL;
five grandchildren, Michelle Northcutt, Sheri (Colin) Burton, Lauren (Townsend) Zeigler, Brett (Jennifer) Ponsler, and Kevin (Darian) Ponsler (USA Armed Forces);
five great-grandchildren, Grayson Fritts, Elliot Burton, Meredith Zeigler, Katharine Zeigler, Rowan Ponsler, and one more on the way;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held.

Burial of cremains will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


6 Comments on Beverley “Joan” Ponsler

Coral Smith Szewczyk said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2020 at 10:21 PM

My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Ponsler family. Linda, I will always have fond memories of your Mom.

  • New Braunfels
  • Texas
M. Ortiz-Allen said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2020 at 6:28 AM

My dear Linda, The news of Joan's passing just reached me, Shocked and broken hearted, but I know her spirit is with our heavenly Father, for the written word of GOD tells us, "to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord" I remember that sweet smile of hers, her warm sincere hugs. You and your family are in my prayers and memories of your mom will remain in my heart until we shall all meet again. Love to all, Maria Ortiz-Allen.. Hope Church

  • Franklin
  • Louisiana
David Peck said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Linda, Connie and Tim, Your mother was like a second mother for me when growing up. I remember her soft touch and that wonderful laugh she had. She definitely lives on in the memory of all who met her. My condolences and love to you all and your families.

  • fairview heights
  • IL
Carron Bean said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2020 at 5:22 PM

My condolences... great neighbors for many years.

  • Ballwin
  • Mo
Donna Bradley-Jaeger said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2020 at 4:10 PM

Linda and family, My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom! I know how close you were - may your memories be a blessing! Donna

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Barb Hohlt said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Dear Family of Joan I was their neighbor across the street on Sandwedge and just loved your parents Frank and Joan! They were the sweetest folks and now they are together in heaven. My sympathy to everyone! and Joans thin cookies were the BEST! Barb Hohlt 30 Sandwedge

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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