Cordell Riesenberger

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Cordell “Corky” Riesenberger, 93, of Belleville, IL, born May 13, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, February 25, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Riesenberger was a firefighter for the city of Belleville before his retirement. He served as president of the Firefighters Union. Cordell was a United States Navy veteran and served as a deep-sea diver.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lee Riesenberger; one daughter, Sharon Riesenberger; his parents, John and Avarah, nee Lashley, Riesenberger; one grandson, Kristopher Riesenberger; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Riesenberger; and a brother, David Riesenberger.

Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Margaret, nee Stuempler, Riesenberger; whom he married on May 2, 1946;
one daughter-in-law, Karen, nee Pence, Riesenberger;
three grandchildren, Randall (Amy) Riesenberger, Ronald Riesenberger, and Jennifer L. (Zach) Morton;
five great-grandchildren, Rachel (Paul) Durante, Leah, Avarah, Adah and Isaac Riesenberger;
one great-great-granddaughter, Hannah Durante;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu officiating.

Burial with military honors will immediately follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.



2 Comments on Cordell Riesenberger

Geralyn hobbs said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2019 at 10:23 PM

My sincerest sympathy to the entire family. He always had a friendly smile on his face.

  • Troy
  • Il
Roger Karban said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2019 at 2:54 PM

My deepest sympathy. My father, Vic Karban, took the pictures of his and Margaret's wedding reception held at our Grandparents' back yard on Third Street.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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