Corinne F. Price

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Corinne “Coco” Florence Price, nee Martin, 70, of Freeburg, IL, born June 13, 1950, in Elizabeth, NJ, died Saturday, February 6, 2021, at her residence.

Coco married Jim on December 28, 1974. In those 46 years, they were rarely seen apart. They loved traveling to Florida together, especially Sanibel Island. They were true soulmates and an example of what true love looks like.

Coco was a devoted mother to Shannon and Matt. She was always in the stands to watch Matt play every sport and was his biggest fan. As a dance/cheer mom, she was proficient in high ponies and full face makeup. She never said no to a pool party and always had a full spread of snacks. Coco was often a second mother to many of Shannon and Matt’s friends during grade school, high school, college, and beyond.

Quinn, Coco’s granddaughter, was the light of her life. She spent the last 10 ½ years spoiling and doting on her. There was no such thing as the word “no” if it pertained to Quinn.

Coco took the role of big sister seriously and she did it with pride. She loved her younger twin sister and brother, Sandy and Pat, with all her heart. And oh, the stories these three could tell when they got together. They would roar with laughter until they were in tears.

Coco, or Coke as many of her friends called her, cherished her friendships. Coco was known to spend hours on the phone chatting and laughing with her friends. And of course, she was always up for playing games and trivia.

Coco’s true passion and calling was her role as Mrs. Price. Teaching was her life’s purpose and for 39 years she excelled in the classroom. During her time as a teacher, she developed many strong bonds with her coworkers, mentored numerous student teachers, and won awards and accolades for her excellence in teaching. Mrs. Price loved her students inside and outside of the classroom. Once they became her students, they were always hers. Mrs. Prices’ big heart left a lasting impact on so many in her community. Her family takes comfort in knowing her memory and kindness will live on in the hearts of everyone she touched.

Mrs. Price was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde French and Bessie Elanor, nee Walling, Martin.

Surviving are her dear husband, Jimmie L. Price;
a daughter, Shannon (Dane) Brueggemann;
a son, Matthew Price (Rita Fountain);
her granddaughter, Quinn Brueggemann;
a sister, Sandra Martin Goetting;
and a brother, Patrick Martin.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Elementary Education Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2021, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing and a limited number of visitors at any one time, will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating.


25 Comments on Corinne F. Price

Kathy Hobbs said : Guest Report Mar 16, 2021 at 11:48 AM

I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Coco. She was a very special person and a wonderful teacher!! I enjoyed the time that I got to spend with her in her classroom!! She is in a truly beautiful place and her loved ones and friends were waiting for her as she stood at the gates of heaven!! You will see her again someday!! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
JANET GROH said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 1:47 AM

My sympathy to Shannon, Jim and family. God will be with you during this time. She was such a lovely lady and will be missed. From the Groh family

  • FL
Darin Key said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 11:09 AM

She was a wonderful person who always met us with warmth and love. I know anyone she came in contact with will miss her. Our hearts and love are with her family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Greg, Linda and Danny Zipfel said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 10:50 AM

Dear Jim, Shannon, Matt and the entire Price family, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Coco. It has been many years since we were backyard neighbors a couple of doors down but we remember her and all of you well. She was a very giving, loving, sweet lady. I never saw her without a smile on her face. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Ellen said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 9:42 AM

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Coco. The Parker family has many fond memories from the years when our children grew up together. Blessings to the Price family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Peggy Fortner said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Jim and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of your precious Coco. I am in Florida right now. I spent the night with Aunt Gerene last night and we talked about what a beautiful and loving person she was. Always, always smiling. Thinking of you all and praying that God will give you comfort and strength, not only today, but in the days to come. ?

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Glenda Skidis said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 1:55 AM

May her memory be eternal.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ethel Young Foster said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 11:53 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to the family. Coco was my friend from 1st grade to 12th when we parted ways for our adult adventures. Later, I ran into her in the hallway at the Freeberg Grade School one day when I was there as a sub. She ALWAYS made me feel loved, for no reason except that she was a loving person. I can't imagine her without a smile on her face---that was just HER! We have lost a wonderful soul but Heaven has gained an angel.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joyce Range said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2021 at 12:38 PM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. She will be forever missed. I love you Mrs. Price.

  • Moscow Mills
  • Missouri
Jim Beers said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 10:44 PM

Coco and I grew up on State Street in Chester two doors apart. She was like a sister. Coco was a year older. Always a year ahead in school. Coco, Pat and Sandy and I were always together, hanging out, playing games, watching TV, To this date I still see Pat frequently and Sandy occasionally. Coco was always our mentor and stable force. Once she married and moved away from Chester we didn’t see each other very often, but she was always in my heart! I am very proud to have known her and been such good “buddies” throughout grade school, high school and college! She was apparently very loved by everyone in her adult life and well thought of both personally and professionally. She will be deeply missed! I was blessed to have had Coco in my life ♥️

  • Chester
  • Illinois
Linda Moore said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 1:36 PM

Sweet Cousin Jim, Shannon, Matt and precious little Quinn. My arms are around you in the loss of Coco. I always enjoyed talking with her and I can see from the outpouring of heartfelt comments that the entire community is in mourning; how proud you all must be. Love Linda

  • Manchester
  • Missouri
Jackie Knowles Achuff said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 11:20 AM

I will miss her smile and laughter. We had so much fun together. I’m sure she is in Heaven with Clyde and Bess and watching all her family and friends. We will see you again Coco. I smile every time I think of you. Prayers to your loved ones. God will get all of them thru this time. Love you Dear friend.

  • Chester
  • Illinois
Phyllis L key said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 10:52 AM

We will miss seeing her happy smiling face at all our family reunions in September when we have a pool party . She was friendly loving sweet funny, she's up in heaven now with her dad , and with her mom. Prayers for the whole family, Love Phyl and cliff

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Renee Foster said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 10:24 AM

My deepest condolences to the family! She was such a wonderful person to everyone she met! She will be forever missed!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jeff Warhausen said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 9:33 AM

Jim, Sandy & Pat, Sorry to hear of Coco"s passing, I am thankful we were able to visit at our 50th class reunion. She was a good friend and classmate. She was always a lot of fun to be around.

  • Freeland
  • MI
Gabrielle Schwemmer said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 9:13 AM

I am truly sorry for your loss. Mrs. Price was always a smiling face and such a kind soul. You were so blessed to have someone like her in your family. You will all be in my prayers.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Debbie Schofield Nitzsche said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 9:05 AM

Dear Jim, Shannon, Matt, and Quinn, I was Coco’s roommate at SIU. She was an amazing and talented lady. Remember this is temporary. You will hug her again. She will be an angel looking after each of you and the twins. Her spirit will live on in all the hearts that knew and loved her. Blessings, Glenn and Debbie Nitzsche

  • Elgin
  • IL
Mavis Gross (Weber) said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2021 at 7:41 AM

What a great tribute to Coco! We caught up with each other on FB recently and reminisced about the friendship of our fathers. She was a lovely lady who will be missed! RIP Coco! My sincere sympathy to all her family and many friends! Mave

  • Foley
  • Al
Donna Fortner said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 9:21 PM

Dear Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of your one true love, Shannon and Matthew, I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet mom. I'm sure Quinn is missing her grandmother. I am so happy that I got to know Coco at our family reunions. I loved her. I pray that God will be with you during these difficult times and in your days to come.

  • Hannibal
  • Missouri
Robin Harryman said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 7:52 PM

My love to the Price family... Mrs. Price was an wonderful person, teacher, friend and had a heart of gold. She will always be remembered, love you Mrs. Price ???

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Virgil and Loretta Eggemeyer said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 6:09 PM

You and your family have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.?

  • Joliet
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 5:31 PM

Such sad news, my heart is broken for all...prayers, hugs, and always love~~~Diana????

  • Belleville
  • IL.
Mary Ann Fortner said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 5:27 PM

My deepest sympathy is with Jim, Shannon, Matt, and Quinn. Coco was a special woman and amazing teacher. I will miss her smiling eyes and sweet nature.

  • Hannibal
  • MO
Amy faith said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 5:17 PM

Mrs. Price was and always will be an angel in my eyes! She was was brother’s teacher for three years and a great friend of me and my family. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

  • Richmond heights
  • Missouri
Chris and Kelly Marler said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 5:08 PM

Thoughts and prayers for this sweet family. We truly loved Mrs Price ❤️

  • Fayetteville
  • Illinois

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