Doris Kempfer

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Doris J. Kempfer, 93, of Belleville, IL, born September 30, 1925, in Freeburg, IL, died Sunday, January 20, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Kempfer was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, and served on the executive board.  She belonged to the Union United Methodist Women, the Ruth Quilting Club, the Dorcas Circle, and worked for the food pantry at the church, where she was also a money counter for many years.  She was a volunteer at Beacon of Belleville and was a Pink Lady at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.  Doris was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael W. Kempfer; a daughter-in-law, Dianna Kempfer; her parents, George W. and Nancy V., nee Strawbridge, Ketten; five brothers, Maurice, Victor (Duayne), and Donald Ketten, and Richard and Willard in infancy; and two sisters, Viola (Floyd) Carr, and Ruby Ketten.

Surviving are a daughter, Judy K. (Tom) Kelley;
a grandson, Sean Kelley;
a daughter-in-law, Linda Kempfer, and her son, Danny Hamilton;
a sister-in-law, Vrene Ketten;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Roger Knox officiating.

Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL, at a later date.


5 Comments on Doris Kempfer

Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2019 at 3:58 AM

I'm truly sorry for your families loss I used to work with Doris she was a wonderful woman she will for sure be missed .

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carrol & Jack Woods said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2019 at 7:35 PM

Dear Judy and Family:We are surprised and saddened to learn of Doris' passing. Our association over the years with the church, UMW circle. Cardinal baseball and friendship will be long remembered. Sorry we cannot be with you as we are in FL for the winter but please accept our heartfelt sympathy and we pray for your comfort and healing.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Arleen England said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2019 at 3:57 AM

So sorry to hear about Doris. She worked with me at BEACON. What a precious lady she was. She loved God and her family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joyce Ketten said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2019 at 3:18 AM

Judy - so sorry to hear about Aunt Doris. She was a special lady. Prayers for you and your family. Joyce

  • Greenville
  • IL
Joe Hummert said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2019 at 11:05 PM

Judy, so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.


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