Delores Fuchs

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Delores “Dee” F. Fuchs, nee Etling, 96, of Belleville, IL, born October 30, 1924, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at The Atrium, Belleville, IL.

Dee worked for Farm Service before her retirement.  She loved her gardens and volunteered at the SWIC greenhouse for 15 years. Delores was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Christian T. “Ted” Fuchs, whom she married on October 9, 1945, and who died April 7, 1984; her parents, Louis L. and Freida, nee Mueller, Etling; a brother, Howard O. Etling; a son-in-law, Steve Auston; a brother-in-law, Duane Ondra; and a nephew, Jay Ondra.

Surviving are her five children, Mary (Rick) Walker of Belleville, IL, Sue Pruehsner of Bellevue, CO, Tom (Karen) Fuchs of O’Fallon, Mo, Betty (Jon) Adamson of Freeburg, IL, and Amy Auston of Freeburg, IL six grandchildren, Chris, Phillip, Amanda, Michelle, Michael, and Tyler; seven great-grandchildren, Cole, Griffin, Whitley, Autumn, Mason, Beau, and Rook; a sister, Shirley Ondra of Memphis, TN; and three special nephews, Steve Ondra, Todd Ondra, and Lenn Fuchs.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, August 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday, August 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.



9 Comments on Delores Fuchs

Sue Guetterman said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2021 at 3:18 PM

So sorry for your loss. Delores was a very sweet woman & always had a smile on her face. ( I think that was true of all of the Etlings.)

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Judy said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2021 at 9:14 PM

So sorry for your loss. We all remember Delores. She was so special to us. She was so sweet and kind. She had beautiful flowers in her backyard and let me use them for 4H when I was little. She and Ted were so happy together. Aunt Freida was just as sweet. They were always smiling. We looked forward to seeing them at the family gatherings in Millstadt. We three girls loved playing with everyone including Dennis. I remember Delores came to a gathering at my house and shared pictures with dad. Just found out about dear Delores. She was an angel on earth and now with Jesus.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
karen kaufhold said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2021 at 9:13 AM

The Kaufhold "kids", Karen, Kevin and Kirby, were so lucky growing up, to have a second family in the Fuchs family. Our Mom, Bernie, loved Delores, and we treasure the few 1950s photos of them together. Mom loved being part of your family, and that you included Larry and us. We have great memories of the farm, and being called by our first and second names ! Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a wonderful lady, mother and aunt.

  • Fairview Height
  • Illinois
Rev. Jerry Bennett said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Dee was a sweet, faithful woman. I spent many happy times in her beautiful gardens and treasure the dried flower gifts she shared with me. Blessings and peace to all who treasure her memory.

  • Highland
  • IL
Nancy sperry said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 8:39 AM

Sorry to learn of your mothers death. I taught several of you at Whiteside School 1960/1962. Tommy would sometimes bring me flowers from his mother’s garden and it still looks very nice when I pass it on my way to Sandys Back Porch

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Nancy Hoffman said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 8:37 AM

Amy and family, I am sorry for your loss. Your Mother will always be with you in your heart.

  • O'Fallon IL
  • IL
Glenn Knobeloch said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 6:04 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I’ll be praying for you. I won’t be able to attend the services in person. Dee was my second Mom. And all of you are my second family.

  • Lynchburg
  • Virginia
Sharon Steinberg Sobieralski said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2021 at 5:29 PM

My sincere condolences to the Fuchs family. So very sorry for your loss. My fond memories of Mrs Fuchs was our years attending Whiteside Grade School with her children, she was an excellent cook and baker. She always had beautiful flower gardens. Such a sweet lady, may she RIP and God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
JoLynn Bien said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2021 at 3:22 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Fuchs family and so sorry for your loss. I have lots of good memories of your mom particularly through grade school. She was a good cook and baker—always enjoyed her rosettes. May she now rest in peace. God bless

  • Belleville
  • IL

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