Bonnie Kistner

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Bonnie Kathryn Kistner, nee Bassler, 79, of Smithton, IL, born December 9, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, surrounded by her loving family.

Bonnie retired from the banking industry after 30 years of service. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Bonnie was very active with the St. Henry Ladies Club at church, where she had previously served as president and treasurer. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence P. and Marcella A., nee Schilling, Bassler; two sisters, Rosemary (Bob) Ivey and Sharon (Bob) Dietz; and a brother, Gregory Bassler.

Surviving are her loving husband of almost 59 years, John B. Kistner, whom she married November 28, 1963;
four children, John (Linda) Kistner, Jeffrey (Janet) Kistner, Penny (Paul) Marks,
and Cindy (Jeffrey) Beckmann;
ten beloved grandchildren, Matthew (Samantha) Kistner, Jeffrey Kistner,
Jonathan Kistner, Joshua (Lauren) Kistner, Kayla (Andrew) Polacek,
Trey Marks, Lauren Marks, Megan Marks, Blake Beckmann,
and Hunter Beckmann;
four great-grandchildren, Maria and Caleb Kistner, Grady Polacek, and Kennedy Kistner;
five brothers, Kenneth (Eileen) Bassler, David (Janice) Bassler,
Michael (Marianne) Bassler, James Bassler, and John (Terri) Bassler;
two sisters, Patricia (Don) Miller and Pam (Steve) Erwin;
and many dear nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

According to Bonnie’s wishes, cremation will follow the mass. Burial will be held at a later date.


17 Comments on Bonnie Kistner

Jim and Becky Schweiss said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2022 at 9:26 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the Kistner family. Bonnie always had a cheerful smile and loved to share it with everyone! We are so blessed to have known a wonderful lady. Sure will miss her at the fish fry's. Lifting your family up in prayer.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carrie Kistner said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2022 at 8:12 AM

My cousins and uncle have my deepest condolences for the loss of Aunt Bonnie. May she rest in peace. As requested, I've made a donation to St. Jude's in Aunt Bonnie's memory. With love, Carrie

  • South Windsor
  • CT
Jerry Maxwell said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2022 at 1:13 PM

John, Jeff, and family. I am so sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing. She was such a nice lady and lived her life in preparation for today. I know that gives you some peace knowing she is now in the arms of Jesus.

  • Dallas
  • TX
Marcia Altepeter said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 10:00 PM

Our condolences to the entire Kistner family and extended family. Bonnie was a dear kind person and loved her family so much. Prayers to all of the family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Diane Dettwiler/Jim Petterson said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 8:26 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss. I know the Lord has blessed you with many wonderful memories that will be in your heart forever.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Michael Wirzbicki said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 3:30 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Kistner family. Certainly, a life well lived in Fath, Family and Friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Gardner
  • Ma
Betty Rheinecker Shafer said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 3:11 PM

My deepest sympathy to your family. Bonnie & I went to grade school & I went to Notre Dame with her. She was the sweetest person. Very kind & unselfish My prayers are with your family. Betty Shafer

  • Rockford
  • Illinois
John said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 2:28 PM

My sincere sympathy to Bonnie's entire family. Having the privilege to work with John and Jeff, I know that a strong and wonderful person was behind the scenes. May peace be with you in your time of sorrow.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Paul LeBlanc said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 1:33 PM

She sounds like an amazing lady, mother, wife, grandmother. I know John and with his character and faith, she raised a wonderful family. My prayers to the family during this time. With her faith she is in her father's arms.

  • Templeton
  • MA
Paula Sobol said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2022 at 9:58 PM

My deepest sympathy to Mike and David and all of the family. Bonnie had a very welcoming personality and I know she will be missed. God bless you all and may she rest in the arms of Christ. Paula Sobol

  • Belleville
  • IL
Marilyn Ackerman said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2022 at 1:08 PM

Bonnie was a such a good friend! I was so sorry to learn of her passing. I will be praying for all of you. May God bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy McDade Draper said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2022 at 3:52 AM

Deepest sympathy to Patti Bassler Miller & Jim Bassler. Its hard to lose a loved one. Thoughts & Prayers are with yous n the rest of your family as well. May God give you n show you the strength needed at this time. May Bonnie 🙏 RIP

  • Belleville
  • IL
Barb & Tim said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 8:31 PM

Who would've guessed that becoming neighbors on Betty Drive in the early 80's would lead to a lifelong friendship ultimately becoming more like a family? Bonnie was so sweet, thoughtful and generous and had such a huge heart. We're sending our deepest condolences to her beloved husband John, her children and their spouses and her grandchildren and their spouses. We love you all.

  • Orlando
  • Florida
Mary Mareshie said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 6:28 PM

So very sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. I was so fortunate to meet her and John through Tony….. such a nice family! Please know, I am praying for you all, as you endure this terrible loss ! May God bless you all!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Ryan & Boni May said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 5:20 PM

Bonnie was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. Her smile could light up a room she had the greatest happiness and warmth about her. We will miss her and know she is looking down on us daily. We love you Bonnie! Till we meet again.

  • Orlando
  • Fl
Diane Heyde said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 4:51 PM

Bonnie is one of the nicest people that I have ever met. She will be greatly missed.RIP Bonnie.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Sandy & Don Eversman said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 4:17 PM

Sincere Sympathy to the entire family, our prayers are with each of you. It was an honor to have known such a wonderful woman and called her our friend. She will be missed by many but we know she is now resting in the loving arms of the Lord. You have earned your ANGEL WINGS dear friend, may you rest in peace.

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois

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