Doris Holdener

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Doris A. Holdener, nee Roth, of Smithton, IL, born April 16, 1928, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in St. Louis, MO.

Doris worked at Belleville Pottery and Fellner’s Dress Shop before getting married.  She then moved to Smithton where she raised six children, while living on a grain and dairy farm with her husband, Tony. She was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, for over 65 years, was a member of the St. Michael’s Sodality, and an avid church quilter.  She was also an election judge for 40 years, a 4-H Leader for 25 years, a charter member of the Floraville Home Extension, a charter member of the Belleville Sister Cities, and belonged to the Millstadt Over-50’s Club and the Millstadt Sister Cities.

Doris was a terrific baker, having won many awards at the St. Clair County Fair, especially for her chiffon cake that was a delicious treat for all.  She also made lots of homemade candy, including chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, and heavenly hash for Easter, plus lots and lots of cookies for Christmas. She cared for her beautiful roses and flowers in her large yard, enjoyed doing crafts (ceramics and candle-making), and also loved to gamble and play cards, being part of the same card club for 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Anthony “Tony” Holdener, Sr., whom she married on April 29, 1948, and who died on February 6, 2014; her parents, William F. and Rosella F., nee Bailey, Roth; stepfather, Walter Anstedt; daughter-in-law, Patricia Holdener; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Betty Roth; her sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Sylvester Hempe; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frederick Sr. and Ottilia Holdener; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frederick Jr. and Lillian Holdener, John and Pauline Brisk, Delmar and Catherine Thouvenot, Robert and Agnes Schmiskie.

Surviving are three sons, Anthony Jr. Holdener of Belleville, IL, William Sr. (JoAnn) Holdener of Millstadt, IL, and David Sr. (Janice) Holdener of Waterloo, IL; three daughters, Ann (Frank) Hart, Nancy (Louis) Dori and Marybeth (Brad Sr.) Smith, all of Smithton, IL; 14 grandchildren, Anthony III (Julie) Holdener, Timothy Holdener, William Jr. (Kalyn) Holdener, Heather (Jay III) Haines, Holly (Colin) Tracy, Jessica (Robert) Wachtel, David Jr. (Ekaterina) Holdener, Kyle (Jillian) Holdener, Lauren (Coty) Stief, Frank Hart, Dr. Amanda Hart (Anthony Teufel), Stephanie Hart, Shannen (Matthew) Helm, and Bradley Smith Jr.; 23 great-grandchildren, Anthony IV, Katherine, Cozette, William III, Nicholas, Maria, Addison, Callie Holdener, Jay IV and Callum Haines, Evelyn and Emma Tracy, Claire, Henry, August and Charles Wachtel, Barrett and Elizabeth Stief, Frank and Madison Hart, Charlotte and Anthony Teufel, and Averi Helm. Doris also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Doris will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  If you asked her how she was, she would say “mean as ever.”  But that just meant she was ready to have fun, enjoy your company, and occasionally have a margarita.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Church cemetery fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2022, and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral procession will leave at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Paderborn, IL.


5 Comments on Doris Holdener

Eileen and Charles Curran said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2022 at 5:06 AM

Janice and David, many hugs and prayers to you and the Holdener families. Keep your Mother's memories forever in your hearts.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Kathy Wilhelm said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2022 at 6:43 PM

Nancy, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please fond comfort knowing you had her for so long. That is such a blessing! Hugs and prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Dale Blaes said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Frank and AnnandAmandapleaseaccept our sincere sympathy on th loss of yourmotherandGrandmother. May she rest in peace

  • Marissa
  • Illinois
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2022 at 11:10 AM

Deepest sympathy to Tony, Willie and the rest of the Holdener family for the loss of your mother. God bless and help you all to get through this most difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2022 at 5:08 PM

We were sorry to here of your mother's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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