Colleen Nesbit

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Colleen Catherine Nesbit, 32, of Swansea, IL, born December 19, 1985, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Colleen had unconditional love for her entire family and inspired many.  Colleen loved music, dancing, singing, and social gatherings. In health, Colleen’s radiant energy could make the sun shine on a rainy day.  In sickness, Colleen’s steadiness and peacefulness could calm a stormy sea. We will never know the number of people she inspired or the number of people she will continue to inspire, undoubtedly, she was God’s perfect gift to those who allowed her in their lives.  Colleen was a living Saint.

Colleen was the youngest of five children, the only girl among four boys.  She was “special” by every sense of the word and spent the majority of her life with no diagnosis nor any major health issues.  As a child, Colleen was slow to crawl and slower still to walk. What she lacked in motor skills, reading, writing, and arithmetic she made up for with unending determination and love.  Colleen was active in gymnastics and horse riding, participated in PTOEC Special Olympics, and even carried the torch around the track at an opening ceremony. She attended Belleville East High School and loved her classmates, teachers and all things Lancer. After her high school years, Colleen enjoyed and thrived participating in the LINC Fun & Learning classes with her most special friends and wonderful teachers. When asked what she was most thankful for she would respond “work”. She was blessed to work at the Ellis Elementary School cafeteria and Smart Start Learning Center.

Colleen was a wonderful friend, cousin, niece, aunt, sister-in-law, sister, granddaughter, and daughter.  Colleen developed epilepsy in her mid-twenties, which ultimately led her back to God.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff members who did all they could to help Colleen in countless ways at Missouri Baptist Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital in St Charles, MO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Helia Healthcare of Greenville, and Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden, IL.

Colleen was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Calvin & Abigail, nee Fenoughty, Nesbit.

Surviving are her parents, Timothy C. and Catherine A., nee Tonies, Nesbit;
four brothers, Sean (Amy) Nesbit of Edwardsville, IL, Joseph (Crystal) Nesbit of Millstadt, IL, Casey (Rebecca) Nesbit of Columbia, IL, and Daniel (Angela) Nesbit of Shiloh, IL;
her maternal grandparents, Gerard and Maxine Tonies;
nine nieces and nephews, Grace, Violet, Eve, Chase, Brendan, Tanner, Noah, Leo, Colin, and baby boy Nesbit on the way.

Memorials may be made to a foundation that will be established in Colleen’s name, c/o Joseph Nesbit. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Please join the family in celebration of Colleen by wearing her favorite color orange.

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

 

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39 Comments on Colleen Nesbit

Diane and Sarah Heizer said : Guest Report Oct 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM

Cathy, Sarah and I are very sorry to hear about Colleen's passing. Colleen was always very sweet to Sarah. We will always keep her in our memories and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sarah Heizer said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Cathy I'm very sorry for ur loss my heart hurts when I first found out that Colleen passed away Colleen was one of my good friends I went to Ptoec with her not only she's my best friend but she's my soulmate when I found out I cried all day. I'm very sorry. RIP Colleen I will always love u.

  • Waterloo
  • Il
The Henschen Family said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 6:45 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. She was such a beautiful young woman with a bright smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult and sad time.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Bill Reichert said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 6:18 PM

to the Nesbit Family, Tim - While we have lost touch thru the years there a few old friends form school that I will always continue to call friends - I didn't know Colleen, but I do know you and God only gives special people such a special gift of a wonderful child like I know Colleen has been - special prayers from me and my family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bev Burklow said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 3:24 PM

John and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tim and the boys. Bev John Burklow and family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 2:08 PM

I was saddened to hear that you have lost your daughter, Colleen. Through the years I have watched her grow up into a lovely young lady who was lovingly cared for by her devoted parents and brothers. You have been an example of what "family" means. I am sure the Good Lord met Colleen with loving open arms and welcomed her into Heaven. May God bless the Nesbit family during this sad time, but know there will always be a Silent Angel watching over you and present at all your future family gatherings. HUGS!

  • N. Richland Hills
  • Texas
Rachel (Burroughs) & Francesco Marconi said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Sending endless love and hugs during this difficult time. Colleen will be forever missed but never forgotten. I'm so sorry that we couldn't be there to celebrate Colleen's life.

  • New York
  • NY
Barb Santel said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2018 at 2:40 AM

Cathy, Tim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. We were so blessed to have Colleen come into our lives at Clinton Manor. She brought with her a family with the biggest hearts. A family who showed love not just to her but to all of her housemates and staff. Her memory will stay with all of us. May God bless all of you and ease your sorrow. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Troy
  • Il
Jerri Parrott said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 7:56 PM

I worked with Collen when she was in grade school. I was one of her P.T.'s She always had a smile on her face and was so sweet! My sympathy goes out to you for your loss! Jerri Parrott

  • Red Bud
  • Il.
Pat Young said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 7:48 PM

Dear Nesbit family, I had the honor of meeting Colleen as an extraordinary minister from St. Lawrence Church in Greenville while she was at Helia. She had a beautiful soul . My sympathy to all of you.

  • Greenville
  • IL
Jaime (Buescher) Dill said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 7:29 PM

We are very sorry for your loss and sorry we are unable to make the services in remembering and celebrating the life of such a beautiful soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nesbit family. May God be your strength and your guide.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Elisa Arnold said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 6:26 PM

To the entire Nesbit Family, Please know how sorry I am for you as you grieve the death of your beloved Colleen. I have such wonderful memories of the Nesbits at St Augustine’s and the entire Arnold family, especially our mother, always admired you all very much. With sympathy, Elisa Arnold

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Harmony-Emge School District 175 said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Harmony-Emge District 175 Board of Education, Administration, Faculty and Staff would like to express our sincere condolences to the Nesbit Family. Colleen's smiling face will be missed in our district.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sandy Morris said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 10:01 PM

Cathy & Tim and Maxine & Jerry, I was so sad to hear of Colleen's passing. I have fond memories of her as a baby and small child. She had huge vivid blue eyes. Always so very sweet. I'm so sorry that God has taken her home so soon, but happy to know she is in His loving embrace for eternity. God Bless your families as you go through these days of sorrow. Hold tight to the memories. Peace & Care Sandy

  • FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS
  • IL
The Dorries said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Colleen you are loved now and forever. We were so blessed to have you as a part of our life, your friendship to Andrew (and us) was treasured. Now an angel! How wonderful!

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Loretta Reid said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 4:04 PM

Dear Cathy, Tim and Family, May your sorrow be lessened by the happy memories of this beautiful little girl.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Loretta Reid said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Dear Cathy, Tim and Family, May your sorrow be lessened by the happy memories of this beautiful little girl.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Noreen Frame said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 2:27 PM

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl! I was lucky enough to have been inspired by Colleen through the PTOEC organization. My condolences to a wonderful family!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 11:27 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. She was such a sweet girl. I will always remember her smile and sparkling eyes. You are such a wonderful caring family. My prayers are with all of you.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Lynn Jarman said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Colleen was such a ray of sunshine. We loved seeing her at LINC with the other young people as they enjoyed coming together for class. Cathy we are praying for you and your family.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
The Kraus Family said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 3:30 AM

Heaven has opened its gates to a beautiful angel who will live in our hearts forever and be watching down on us all. What a gift to have known Colleen. Keeping you in our prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Debbie Kowalski-Laughlin said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 1:44 AM

Cathy and Tim and Family, I’m very sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. May God grant her eternal rest and give you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow.

  • Ft. Myers
  • Florida
Kathy and Rob Anderson said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 1:38 AM

Colleen has always been an “angel on earth” and now she continues to inspire and watch over those who loved her most - Deep sympathy to the entire Nesbit family- All of your strength and unconditional love amazes us all! ❤️

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jamie Foley said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 1:25 AM

Dear Colleen!! My precious Friend and sister!!! There not enough words to express how much you ment to me! Wen I met you in mrs Rita Jenkins Class. I new we wold be friends and sister for the rest of our life’s !! You brought so much joy and laughter in my life’s you are a blessing to my life!! I cherish the moments We had to gether As little girls into adlut hood! There not enough words to expres!! How much I’m going to miss you!!! Colleen you have touch my life!! I love you Colleen!

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Carol Ganey said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 12:35 AM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Justin and Angie Tonies said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 11:33 PM

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person!! Colleen was the sweetest soul to walk this earth and the world is a better place thanks to her!! She’s a true inspiration and touched us and so many others!! She’s a true angel and I can only imagine that big beautiful smile at the celebration they’re having in heaven!! We hope you all take comfort in the joyous memories you’ve made with your dear sweet Colleen and please know you have all of our thoughts and prayers!!! Much Love!! Justin and Angie

  • Appleton
  • WI
Patrick Bellmann and family said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 11:29 PM

God Bless the family in this time of sorrow. Colleen is at peace in heaven she touched many lives.

  • MILLSTADT
  • IL
Mike and Jane White said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 10:05 PM

To Tim, Cathy and family, Please accept our sincerest condolences, Colleen life was a true gift from God, she will never be forgotten

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
April and Carole Rahn said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 9:46 PM

We were so saddened to hear that Colleen has left this world. We will miss her sweet, beautiful smile. May God be with her wonderful family and give them strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Savannah said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Miss You Sweet Girl . You Were Such A Joy To Us All At Clinton Manor . May You Rest In Peace

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Julie wier said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 9:12 PM

We were among the lucky ones who actually knew Colleen. She was a sweetheart. Kind generous caring all of the things you want in a daughter. We will miss her very much.

  • Wildwood
  • Mo
Gail Hite said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 9:09 PM

Brittany and I were so sad to here of Colleen's passing. We will always remember the wonderful times we had together. Your entire family is in our prayers.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Gail & Brittany Hite said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 9:08 PM

Brittany and I were so saddened to hear of Colleen's passing. We will always remember the wonderful times we all had together. Your entire family is in our prayers.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Johanna Johnson said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 8:36 PM

so sorry so glad i got to know her payeres for all during this difficult time

  • Harlingen
  • TX
Tom Campbell said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Colleen was truly a beautiful person and brought joy to so many. Her positive enthusiastic smile would light up any room bringing joy to anyone lucky enough to be near. She was a fighter with so many setbacks over the years, but anyone having the pleasure to know her could never count her out. Colleen is finally at peace but her memory will always be an inspiration for others.

  • Glendale
  • Missouri
Michelle Kallas said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 7:54 PM

Sweet Colleen, You will be missed so much. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you! Your beautiful smile, infectious laughter and beautiful soul always kept me going! Thank you for showing me your love for dancing! I dont think I truly loved it until my girls took the stage! ~ Ms Michelle - To the Nesbit Family- I am so sorry for your loss. Colleen was an amazing person! Sending lots of love and hugs from Texas!

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Richard Crothers said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 7:39 PM

God has gained another ray of sunshine and I know she is sitting at his feet. God has to be smiling because her smiles always put joy in people's hearts that knew her. I will continue to pray for her and the family. She will be missed by all!!!

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Kelli Anderson said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 6:37 PM

We are so saddened by Colleens passing. Colleen was a beautiful sole inside and out. She has a wonderful, incredible family. Bless you all.

  • swansea
  • Illinois
SANDY (LUCIDO) & RICHARD SCHUMACHER said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 6:11 PM

FROM ONE HEART BROKEN FAMILY TO ANOTHER, WE WISH YOU ALL STRENGTH & LOVE. SINCERELY, SANDY (LUCIDO) & RICHARD SCHUMACHER FAMILY

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL

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