Diane Beggs

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Diane Loretta Beggs, nee Skaer, 76, of Smithton, IL, born August 27, 1946, in Belleville, IL, died January 28, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Diane worked for her brother’s bakery for over 20 years. She took care of other children babysitting for many years. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan, she loved tending to her flowers, and going to church. Her grandchildren were her life and meant the world to her. She was well known for her sweet tea, grilled cheese sandwiches, and her endless supply of candy and popsicles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orlando and Laurena, nee Mehrmann, Skaer.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Howard Beggs;
a daughter, Dawn (Charlie) Parke;
two sons, Scott (Kelly) Beggs and Craig (Cheryl) Beggs;
11 grandchildren, Rusty Parke, Holly (Jon) Mueth, Stephanie (Rob) Gill, Hannah (Jake) Zink,
Savannah Parke, Gabby Parke, Heidi Parke, Miley Parke, Clayton (Savaunna)Williams, Amanda (Nathan) Kehoe, and Nathaniel Beggs;
nine great-grandchildren, Lainey, Hailey, Isaiah, Sadie, Jeremiah, Trysten, Kaylee, Evelyn, and Ara;
four brothers, Willard (Jeanette) Skaer, Herbie (Maxine) Skaer, Marvin (Irene) Skaer and Roger Skaer;
three sisters, Rosie (Al) Helfrich, Dottie Rickard, and Shirley Schmidt (Gene);
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or to Big League Impact (Adam Wainwright’s Foundation). Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Smithton, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: Funeral service will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Smithton, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Robert Endsley officiating.

Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton IL.


10 Comments on Diane Beggs

David & Jan Dudley said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 1:03 PM

We add our thoughts and prayers on Diane’s passing. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Barb and Kevin Bettis said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 7:56 AM

We were so heart broken to hear the news of Diane passing! She will always have a special place in our hearts! To know our kids were in such great hands and the love she had for all the children she to care of! Chrissy and Kevin loved her so much and bragged so much about her Grilled Cheese sandwich’s for lunch! She had such a great heart and she was filled with so much love and you saw it in your children’s eyes! We will be at the service today to share again the love and memories ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

  • Smithton
  • IL
Scott and Susie Fritz said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 10:50 PM

Susie and I were heartbroken when we learned Diane had passed. We owe her a great deal as I’m sure many other parents in town for all those years she took care of our kids before and after school. She’ll forever live in our hearts. Gene, Dawn, Scott and Craig - you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I only wish we could attend the service, but our work schedules won’t allow.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Ray & Jill Podraza said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 6:13 PM

Ray & I are saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a kind, patient & beautiful soul that will be deeply missed by friends, family & extended family. I feel blessed that I had the honor to have met her. May God render peace upon Gene & the Beggs Family❤️

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Scotti & Loretta Hoffmeister said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 3:49 PM

We're so sorry for your loss. Our son in-law on many occasions has talked about how sweet his Grandmother was and how she always made him (and everyone) feel so special and loved.

  • Dittmer
  • MO
Tanya (Brandenburger) Brown said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2023 at 7:32 PM

I remember going to Diane's house before, or after, school in grade school. Always a kind soul, she will be missed. So sorry for your family's loss. Thinking of you all.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Stephanie Berry said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2023 at 8:09 PM

Diane Beggs is such a kind and beautiful soul. I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I know she is at peace in God and Jesus' arms in Heaven. GOD BLESS. With sympathy, Stephanie Berry

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Tim Schmidt & Family said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2023 at 7:55 PM

So very sad to hear of Diane’s passing. Prayers for the family 🙏🏼💗

  • Valmeyer
  • Il
Dave and Pam O’Neal said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2023 at 6:09 PM

We are saddened to learn of your loss and thought very highly of her and your whole family. I have to work at the time of the visitation and funeral, but wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Gary and Jean Beggs said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2023 at 4:40 PM

We want to share the sadness we have losing our dear Sister-in-law. She was a special person that touched many from church, sitting, social functions and while working at the bakery. She was a special Mother and Grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

  • Swansea
  • IL

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