Connie Mayer

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Connie Lou Mayer, 73, of Smithton, IL, born February 16, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, December 18, 2023, at her residence.

Miss Mayer earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL, and a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL. She spent 50 years working as a medical technologist at Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and various other medical offices in the Belleville area. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, and was active on the church council, served as a financial secretary and memorial fund manager, was a lay reader, and was a member of the women’s fellowship at the church. Connie was extremely patriotic and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Gem Post 937, Smithton, IL. She belonged to the Smithton Historical and Genealogical Society, the Smithton Senior Citizens, and the Friday Morning Breakfast Club.

Connie was outspoken, never subtle, had a hearty laugh, a great sense of humor, and loved her family and friends. She never met a stranger, was a loyal friend, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. She traveled extensively, including areas of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean. She was an antique collector, frequented the slot machines at River City Casino and Smithton, and was a frequent QVC shopper. Connie could be seen driving the streets of Smithton in her white jeep with license plate “L Chief” because her father, “The Chief” caused her to be known as “Little Chief.”

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Mayer; her mother and stepfather, Tillie, nee Bieber (Edward) Stoll; a half-brother, Donald Mayer; an aunt, Marcella Mayer; and her special pets, Joe, Whitey, Whiskey, Tess, and Scotty.

Surviving are a stepbrother, Kevin (Linda) Stoll; a step-nephew, Nathan Stoll; a step-niece, Kaleigh Stoll (Andrew Moore); a step-aunt, Lucille Reece; a step-uncle, Robert (Carol) Stoll; her best friends, Barbara (William) Goshen, and Carol and Sally Platzkoester; special friends, Sheila Sargent, Katrina Fenner, Judy and Melinda Ebel, and Beth (Bruce) Grannemann; and cousins of the Mayer, Bieber, and Stoll families.

Memorials may be made to the Smithton Historical & Genealogical Society, the Smithton American Legion Auxiliary, to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2023, and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL. An American Legion Auxiliary Ritual will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Brian Damrow officiating.

Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


15 Comments on Connie Mayer

Terry webb said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2024 at 9:45 AM

Connie was one of a kind. She had a heart of gold, a contagious smile, and a special way of making ya feel worthy. She believed in Christ I know and she always had empathy for anyone who was trying to better themselves and who put forth the effort to do better. It saddened me to hear of this lovely lady’s passing. She will truly be missed in the town of smithton. She was one of the good ones as the ol sang goes and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to know her.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Charlye French said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2024 at 10:53 AM

My sympathy to Connie’s family. I had worked with Connie at Dr Alvis and Dr Rose’s office. Your description of her outspoken , never subtle, hearty laugh is perfect. I learned a lot about lab tests and hematology thanks to Connie. We loved her “ To the moon notebook” she kept for “ special people”. She was a unique person. RIP, Connie.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Sabine Rousan said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 8:37 AM

As her massage therapist at TheraTouch Massage Therapy in Smithton, I always enjoyed Connie’s stories and news she shared with me. She was always so kind and thoughtful and her sense of humor was refreshing. We became friends over the decades that she had been my client and I looked forward to seeing her on a weekly basis. She loved to decorate her house for any holiday and to spend time with her family and friends. I will miss her and the fresh breeze of energy she always brought along and she can never be replaced. See you on the other side again dear friend.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Beth Haberer-Grannemann said : Guest Report Dec 24, 2023 at 8:00 PM

They say life is an adventure, never more so than when you spent time with Connie. Whether on land or sea, going just down the street or far away……or going nowhere at all, your time with Connie was special. We loved you Connie, we always will and will cherish for a lifetime the memories you helped us make.

  • Festus
  • MO
Judy & Melinda Ebel said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2023 at 1:24 PM

Connie was one of our best friends. We will miss you traveling with us and playing bingo. RIP Connie

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Andie Lang said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2023 at 10:08 AM

I had the honor of leading Connie in chair yoga at the Rooted Lotus. I always loved the knowledge she would with us especially her tips in predicting the weather. Her presence will be missed and I am thankful to have known her.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Carol Platzkoester said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 11:03 PM

She was my best friend for 54 years. Connie was always cheerful and thinking of others. I will never have another friend like her. Rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Barb Goshen said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 8:01 PM

You were like the sister I never had. We met in 1968 and had 55 years of good times. I will miss you so much.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Elizabeth (Liz) Mayer Whitney said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 7:04 PM

Connie WAS the "Little Chief". Connie, as a first cousin, shared all of our birthdays and we shared her birthday with the "Mayer" invasion. Mom and Dad were Connie's godparents and she was always great at a joke or a laugh about someone or something. Yes, Joe the crow was named after our brother and they loved that crow. May you have many more laughs with all our Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, while laughing at those you left behind. Rest in Peace.

  • Palm Coast
  • FL
William Mayer said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 5:13 PM

Sorry to learn of Connie's passing. The news has me recalling days as a kid spent in Smithton avoiding crows and watching miniature steam engines. Rest in peace.

  • Naperville
  • IL
Therese A. Mayer Rushing said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 3:07 PM

Connie, you made such an indelible mark on my children when you visited in Florida. It was nice for them to know more family from Illinois. It also helped confirm some of the strange stories I told them about growing up on the farm and in the Midwest if nothing else they were able to understand some of our strange behaviors. We did have fun when we were all together. Sharing family stories and our history. Love you and miss you cousin. Enjoy your time with your parents and mine..

  • Palm Coast
  • FL 32137
Sheila Sargent said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 2:23 PM

Connie was 1 of my best friends. She was very opinionated but had a heart of gold! I helped her decorate her house & yard for any & every holiday, and never forgot Gerty the goose at the end of her driveway. She will be very deeply missed by everybody . RIP Connie 💔

  • Smithton
  • IL
Rhonda Mayer Kimpel said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 12:30 PM

I will miss you so. I know you and your father(Chief) and mother (Shorty) are all together now. You’ll have to learn how to play a harp now since accordions are strictly forbidden in heaven. Love you sooo much and miss you even more.

  • Alpharetta
  • Ga
Louise Mayer Kramer said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2023 at 9:35 AM

Connie was truly one of a kind. Having any kind of a family gathering without her will not be the same. We played together as children, worked together as adults and laughed together as family. Love you Connie.

  • Palm Coast
  • Fl
Kyle & Emily Helmick said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2023 at 6:55 PM

Connie has been our neighbor for 6 years. She was always so kind to us and our son. She loved decorating for the holidays and we always kept an eye out for her goose's clothing in the wind. It will be strange not having her across the street. Rest in Peace

  • Smithton
  • IL

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