Catherine Schickedanz

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Catherine A. Schickedanz, nee Gaertner, ­­72, of Belleville, IL, born March 2, 1950, in Cairo, IL, died Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Catherine attended St. Mary Grade School, Chester High School, Chester, IL, and Southwestern Illinois College, formerly Belleville Area College. She worked as an office manager and retired from Rice, Sullivan & Co., after 43 years of service. Catherine was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, had been head of the Sunday School classes for several years, served as a Eucharistic Minister at church, and was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She served on St. Mary Pastoral Council, the Liturgy Committee, and helped with Adult Education. Catherine had also taught first grade for 10 years at the Parish School of Religion at St. Mary Grade School. She enjoyed volunteering her time with the Catholic Youth Organization and the Diocesan Ministry to the Sick and Aged.

Music was an important part of her life from grade school through adulthood. She enjoyed attending plays and concerts, especially when her nephew, Stephen, was performing. Catherine sang with St. Mary Catholic Church Choir and Guitar Group, the Diocesan Chorale and Allegro.

Family always came first, and Cathy loved her siblings, daughter and son-in-law, and grandchildren immensely. She also felt blessed to have many friends and was thankful for her friendship with Msgr. William McGhee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael Phillip and Jane Louise, nee Marheineke, Gaertner; a brother, Joseph Gaertner; a sister, Barbara Utnage; her niece and godchild, Jennifer Lynn Utnage; a great-niece, Emma Grace Gaertner; and a great-nephew, Benjamin Michael Gaertner.

Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth M. (Matthew) Hancock; four grandchildren, Abby, Madison, Sophia, and Luke Hancock; two brothers, Dr. Gene (Barbara) Gaertner, and her twin brother, Phillip (Nerline) Gaertner; three sisters, Mary Gaertner, Therese (Andy) Georgen, and Margaret (Mark) Eros; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam, Msgr. William McGhee, and Fr. Allen Maes, OMI concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


19 Comments on Catherine Schickedanz

The Mueller Family said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2022 at 8:30 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and the family. She will always be remembered.

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Kathy Steckler said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 5:50 PM

I knew Cathy from the guitar group at St. Mary's. She was always very nice to be around. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gabe Wilson said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 5:38 AM

We have been blessed with Cathy's presence. She was always there when needed. With deep sorrow, you have my sympathy.

  • Champaign
  • IL
John Gordon said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2022 at 7:29 PM

Very sorry to hear of Cathys passing. All through school she always had a happy attitude and winning smile. Haven't seen her in decades but know she would always be the sweet cheerful person as she was in our childhood!

  • Chester
  • Il
Cynthia Walston Laux said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2022 at 11:43 AM

We are so sorry for your loss and are in shock. She was such a wonderful person. She would light the room up with her presence.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chuck and Mary Smith said : Guest Report May 31, 2022 at 5:16 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy on Cathy’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who had a beautiful soul. May God grant her eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon her. Chuck & Mary Smith

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tamela Pflasterer said : Guest Report May 31, 2022 at 11:26 AM

Liz, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your mother.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Ann (Morgan) Koziacki said : Guest Report May 30, 2022 at 6:43 PM

Elizabeth, my daughter Teresa (Morgan) Nevels & I are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I remember when your Mom & I were your Brownie leaders when you & Teresa were in grade school at St. Mary’s. When I saw your Mom over the years she always greeted me with a smile. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gerald & Carol Maxim said : Guest Report May 30, 2022 at 6:15 PM

Carol & I were so sorry to here of Cathy’s passing. Cathy will always be remembered for her trusted & faithful service, as I worked with her for many years at the firm. Our sympathies & condolences go out to here entire family in this time of sorrow. Jerry & Carol Maxim

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report May 30, 2022 at 12:05 AM

My sympathy goes out to all of Cathy’s family. I certainly enjoyed seeing her at church and tge grocery stores. She always had a smile on her face, always pkeasant. May she rest in prace!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Linda Lampe said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 9:31 PM

Thank you Aunt Cathy for so many wonderful child memories. You will be remembered as kind, as patient, as fun, as devoted to her family, as respected by all. I will never forget when you found out you were with child. I knew then how lucky that little girl was going to be. I love you. Goodnight and good morning♥️

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Mona (Reeb) and Bernard Vahling said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 7:09 PM

Cathy was a dear friend. She never forgot my birthday. I met her when I sang in the St. Mary’s Choir a million years ago. She has such a pretty smile and vivacious personality. I sure will miss her.

  • Teutopolis
  • IL
Julia Gaertner said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 1:47 PM

Send so much love Elizabeth 🥰 Aunt Cathy filled my growing years with love and humor 💗 my prayers are with you and your beautiful family. Love, Julia

  • Grand Junction
  • Colorado
Brenda Burgess said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 8:32 AM

Mis Cathy was one of my BEST FRIENDS in the whole world... Best Neighbor,, Yard working together,, running errands with her, Birthday dinners together.. Cathy would do anything for you if she they way to accomplish...I will MISS YOU so much my friend.... I have comfort knowing that she is walking in the beauty of Our Lord Jesus......Till we meet again..... Prayers for the family thru this time and the future

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark Bernier said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 8:26 AM

I am so sorry to hear the loss of your mom. Cathy was suck a fantastic person. She was at my brothers side during his time of need. She will be missed . May She rest in peace.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Terry Marks said : Guest Report May 28, 2022 at 6:19 PM

Liz my deepest sympathies to you and your beautiful family. I was fortunate enough to meet Cathy and you all through Therese. Cathy was a lovely person with a generous heart and a great laugh. She will be missed. I am so glad that I got to know her just a small bit.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Olivia Payne said : Guest Report May 28, 2022 at 9:54 AM

Thank you for wonderful memories that will live in our hearts forever

  • Eagle Rock
  • Missouri
Bernadette Dehn said : Guest Report May 28, 2022 at 8:38 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. Always enjoyed seeing and talking to her after mass. I will miss her big smile. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Anne Warnecke said : Guest Report May 27, 2022 at 8:55 PM

My deepest sympathy to you, Elizabeth, and all the family. Cathy is free of her suffering and enjoying the happiness promised in her Baptism. She will truly be missed. Cathy was one in a million and will be lovingly remembered by so many Rest in Peace, dear friend.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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