Carol Eichholz

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Carol Sue Eichholz, nee Hensley, 75, of Shiloh, IL, born August 31, 1942, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at her residence.

Carol, along with her husband Jim, owned and operated O’Fallon Electric Company for over 30 years.  She was a 1960 graduate of Belleville Township High School.  She enjoyed traveling and tennis, shopping with friends, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.  Carol had a passion for cooking, decorating and gardening. Her home was included in the 2015 Gardens in Bloom Tour.  Nothing was more important to Carol than her family, especially her grandsons. Nothing got in the way of her Tuesday’s with her grandsons as they were growing up. They baked cookies, went shopping and had lunch together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Sr. and Mildred, nee Poston, Hensley; her father-in-law, James Eichholz; her mother-in-law, Lillian, nee Eisenhauer, Eichholz; a sister, Virginia (Cecil) Barfield; and a brother-in-law, Herb Glenn.

Surviving are the love of her life of 55 years, James E. Eichholz, whom she married on June 9, 1962;
three children, Lisa (Mike) Brown, Mark (Renae) Eichholz, and Matthew (Tracy) Eichholz, all of O’Fallon, IL;
three grandsons, Brett, Christopher, and Alex Eichholz;
two brothers, Virgil Sr. (Judy) Hensley, and James Hensley;
a sister-in-law, Jane Glenn;
and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to BJC Hospice, #1 Professional Drive, Suite 180, Alton, IL 62002, or to Four Hearts Foundation, P.O. Box 361, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday November 19, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, November 20, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Jason Pierce officiating.

Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


8 Comments on Carol Eichholz

Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Dear Lisa and family. Your mother was such a great lady, I remember her from your dancing years. You will miss her but she is surely in heaven and doing fine. So sorry, Love Becky

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Duane Muskopf said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2017 at 5:31 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Eichholz family.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Linette Warnecke said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2017 at 4:36 AM

Carol was simply a gem. I'll always remember her beautiful smile and the early years that I first new her. She would come in the bank to transact business and often had in tow Brett and later also Chris. Oh, how she cherished her time with her grandsons. I especially loved it when they would bring me some of the cookies they had baked. And, every now and then, Carol would show me a new piece of jewelry Jim had bought for her...or she'd bought for herself. It was clear that Carol felt blessed in her life and loved each and every family member dearly. My heart goes out to you all for your loss. The more memories we have of our loved ones, the harder it is to say good-bye to their physical presence. It is true though, that those memories sustain us in the days and years ahead. She'll remind you every day in some way that she is still with you in spirit. Hugs and condolences to you all!

  • Troy
  • IL
joanne (altepeter) jung said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2017 at 8:56 PM

jim and family: so sorry to read of carol's passing. I have fond memories of carol when I volunteered with her for Belleville jaycee-ettes. she was a joy and delightful young woman to be with!!! hope your grief will lessen with time. hugs and prayers to you all!!! joanne altepeter jung

  • mascoutah
  • il
Bud Allen said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2017 at 12:25 PM

The great memories at all the Neca function s she will be missed Carolyn and i will keep the family in our prayers

  • Champaign
  • Illinois
Kevin Lee said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2017 at 6:46 PM

What a wonderful & warm person was Carol! When I heard of her passing, I had to take a long walk, though it was midnight. While walking, I found myself humming the Carpenter's song "We've Only Just Begun". Carol and Jim had gifted me that album, when I was just a boy, 45 years ago. Now Carol has "just begun" a new journey, hopefully a happy and peaceful one. We miss her... My deep condolences to Jim, Lisa, Mark, Matt and the rest of the family... Kevin

  • Fullerton
  • CA
Andrew & Emily Twigg said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2017 at 2:25 AM

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Eichholz family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father. We love you.

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Nichole Anna said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2017 at 12:18 AM

My deepest respect and sympathy to your family God has a new Angel in heaven and a beautiful soul..

  • IL

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