Charles Mertens

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Charles S. Mertens, 89, of Smithton, IL, born July 20, 1934, in St. Louis, MO, died Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Red Bud Regional Hospital, Red Bud, IL.

Mr. Mertens was a mechanic who retired from Hoeffken Brothers Construction Company and was a Union member of the Operating Engineers Local 520. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. Charles was a United States Navy veteran and very proud to serve as a Construction Battalion Seabee.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlotte Kaffer; his parents, Stephen and Leona, nee Hennrich, Mertens; a brother, Robert Mertens; and a sister, Sr. Stephanie Mertens, ASC.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose, nee Ederer, Mertens, whom he married on September 13, 1958; two daughters, Julie (Richard) Weber, and Michelle (Tom) Schlarman; two sons, Ronald Mertens and Stephen (Mary) Mertens; 8 grandchildren, Amy, Dan, Amanda, Emily, Richard, Nick, Hannah, and Joe; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (John) Turbek, and Bonnie Jung; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Mertens; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

 

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8 Comments on Charles Mertens

Bob Underwood said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2024 at 2:42 PM

Ron and family, so very sorry for your loss.

  • O'Fallon
  • Missouri
Jerry Montroy said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2024 at 1:21 PM

My condolence at your loss, Rose, of Charles. He was a kind and gentle man who loved his God and his family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Kenneth Kaffer said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2024 at 10:02 AM

Charles was one of the finest men that I had the pleasure to know. He not only proudly serve this country, and showed great love to his wife, Rose, but raised agreat family.. He was a wonderful father-in-law to me and a true friend. It was a pleasure to know him as well as an honor, Charles and Rose, were true examples of Christian love and family values. We will all miss him very much.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
WILLIAM WEBER said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2024 at 10:14 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. Charlie's passing will leave a void in the lives of all who knew him. His kind demeanor and gentle spirit made every interaction with him a special time. The sound and cadence of his voice still echo in my mind. May God grant you all the grace to keep alive within yourselves the good He brought into your lives through Charlie.

  • SMITHTON
  • IL
Dorothy A Steingrubey said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2024 at 12:27 PM

My sympathy to the family from friends of Bob and Kathleen.

  • Red Bud
  • IL
Carol Popp said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2024 at 4:06 PM

Dear Julie and Family - We are so very sorry for your great loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ted and Carol Popp

  • Smithton
  • IL
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2024 at 11:47 AM

Michelle, I'm so sorry about your fathers passing! Please accept our sympathy! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Janet Jacquot said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2024 at 12:17 AM

Prayers for the family of Charles Mertens.

  • St. Louis
  • St. Louis County

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