Connie Schaefer

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Connie Lee Schaefer, 65, of Arnold, MO, born October 8, 1954, in Springfield, IL, died Monday, August 10, 2020, at Mercy Hospital South, St. Louis, MO.

Connie was a property manager at St. Clair Village before her retirement.  She loved gardening, cooking, canning, and fishing. She had a kind, giving heart that touched many people. Connie will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary, nee Black, Dove; her father, Homer Hinkle; her step-father, Don Dove; three sisters, Jeanette Ellenberg, Ruth Montgomery, and Terry Dove; and two brothers, Jack Houston and Mike Hinkle.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas G. Schaefer, whom she married on January 23, 2015;
a daughter, Tracy (Al)  Ricotta;
a step-son, Erik (Emily) Schaefer;
four grandchildren, Melanie Schaefer, Jacob Hacker, Joshua Hacker, and Samantha Hacker;
six sisters, Kathy Brandt, Donna Dove, Dawn Osteen, Bobbie Jo Randle, Billie Alexander, and Edie LeMasters;
four brothers, Ron Hinkle, David Dove, Homer Hinkle and Donnie Hinkle;
her step-mother, Norma Hinkle;
three brothers-in-law, Walter Schaefer, Mark Schaefer, and Tony Schaefer;
a sister-in-law, Angie (Chris) Smallwood;
and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 15, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Private family services will be held.

Cremation will follow the services.



8 Comments on Connie Schaefer

Sarah K said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2020 at 7:28 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to Connie’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Connie when she was at St Clair Village. She had such a kind heart and fun personality. She was quite a lady. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Minneapolis
  • Mn
Tom and Donna Butenhoff said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 1:12 PM

Tom, we are so sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in trusting in our Lord Jesus. We never know our journey. We have only finite wisdom; but God has infinite wisdom. Our thoughts are not His thoughts; our ways are not His way. Know we are praying for a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Love and prayers, Tom and Donna

  • Wildwood
  • Mo
Sheila Nicoson said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 7:40 PM

I will miss u aunt Connie ? ? ? RIP luv u!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joyce Umfleet said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 2:07 PM

my sweet cousin Tomorrow 's Will never be the same. Rest in Peace

  • Az
Kathy waide said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 9:07 PM

My heart goes out to all of you,the family. I've been good friends with edie such. She will fly her wings with god. Peace,no pain. A gathering in heaven with ones who have gone and now reunited. Prayers for all

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Steve and Tina James said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Bluffs
  • IL
Marian Hardy said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 4:17 PM

To my family, She will always be in my heart. I have many fond memories of all of us cousins during family get-togethers. Rest in peace Connie may you soar high in the heavens while watching over the family. For you will be missed. Love you forever.

  • Marana
  • Arizona
Frank&Angie Schultz said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 3:39 PM

Our deepest heart felt sympathy to Tom and Connie’s family. May she rest in peace in the hands of the Lord

  • Plano
  • Illinois

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