Dora Kostelac

Dora Kostelac
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Dora C. “Babe” Kostelac, 96, of Belleville, IL, born April 7, 1919, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, May 14, 2015, with her family at her side.

Throughout her lifetime, Dora was a member of various church and social organizations.  She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, IL.  Dora was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a very kind, thoughtful, and giving person.  There was not a day that passed that she did not give someone a nice compliment.

Dora was a major influence in the lives of her children and grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John Kostelac Jr.; her parents, James and Dora, nee Geehan, O’Brien; her brother, James O’Brien; and her sister, Mary M. O’Brien.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Catherine (Mark) Bauer of Belleville, IL;
two sons, John (Marlene) Kostelac III,
and Jim (Nancy) Kostelac, both of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Kelly (Damon) Bauer Joslin,
Shon (JoAnn) Bauer,
John Kostelac IV,
Jaclyn Kostelac,
James “Jamie” Kostelac II,
and Kendra “KK” Kostelac;
eight great-grandchildren;
and numerous cousins.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dora’s caregivers, Alicia, Barbie, Betty, Burnetta, Deanna, JoAnn, Lucy, and Sandy for their loving care through her final months of life.  Thanks are also extended to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic School, 401 W. Washing St., Millstadt, IL 62260, to the Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson St., Millstadt, IL 62260, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  There will be no visitation, as it was Mrs. Kostelac’s wish to donate her body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Funeral:  A Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, IL, with Msgr. Volk officiating.

Condolences Left For Dora Kostelac

To KK and all the Kostelac family, my deepest sympathy at the passing of Dora. My thoughts are with you.

rose rowan, belleville, il, 62223

I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I am sure she is in a better place. You have our sympathy. We will keep you in our prayers.

Sharon Miley, Edwardsville , IL, 62025

May God be with all of you. You are all in our prayers. God will continue to bless all of you.

Joe & Kathleen Davis, Linwood, Kansas, 66052

We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Babe as a sweet, kind and gentle lady. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. Love, Tom and Jennifer Buchholz

Tom and Jennifer Buchholz , Florissant , Missouri, 63033

Please accept my deepest sympathy and my thoughts and prayers, I bet when your mom joined your Dad, Charlie & Mary Jane Smith, my Mom and Dad in heaven that my Mom had some peanut squares awaiting her heavenly arrival.
May God Bless You and Yours-MarkA Eros

Mark A Eros, Belleville, IL, 62226-6326


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