Doris Obernagel

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Doris F. Obernagel, nee Schlueter, 91, of Smithton, born Sept. 30, 1932, in Freeburg, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, at BJC Memorial Hospital, Shiloh.

Doris was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg. She was a very religious person known for hugs and prayers for anyone who needed them. She had a keen interest in agriculture and her huge, beautiful vegetable gardens looked like a photo out of a magazine. Doris was known for her cooking and award-winning baking. She was a generous soul sharing her bounty.

She was preceded by her husband, George W. Obernagel Jr., whom she married on Sept. 9, 1952, and who died on Sept. 17, 1985. She was also preceded by her parents, Walter and Alma Schlueter; twin sisters, Nora and Cora Klingelhoefer; and sister, Opal (Walter) Linss.

Surviving relatives include a son, George W. Obernagel III of Waterloo; a daughter Helen Obernagel of New Athens; along with many cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC-Freeburg, the FFA chapter of their choice, or to donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private visitation and funeral services will be held, with arrangements handled by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


10 Comments on Doris Obernagel

Steve Launius said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2024 at 4:00 PM

George and Helen My sympathy on the loss of your mother. The Lords blessing to each of you Sincerely Steve Launius Nashville

  • Nashville
  • Illinois
Synthia Kalinowski said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 2:25 PM

Terry and I send our deepest sympathies. May happy memories of your mom remain with you and sustain you through this difficult time. Praying for comfort for you and George.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Judy Thompson said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 11:07 AM

Helen and George, Amy and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always so welcoming.

  • Trenton
  • Il
Martha and David Dahm said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 7:33 AM

Dear George and Helen: So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She often shared her garden harvest with my Mom. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • St. Louis
Connie S. Stiehl said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 6:48 PM

Helen, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. She is in a better place now, & has no more pain. Blessings to you, and your brother.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Janet Koseck said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Deepest Sympathy George & Helen on the loss of your Mother🙏

  • New Haven
  • MO
Judy Saeger said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 3:39 PM

Please.accept my sympathy. I always enjoyed talking with your Mom at the YMCA pool in Belleville . May you be comforted by fond memories.

  • Belleville
  • Illlinois
Carolyn Volpert said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2024 at 6:52 PM

Helen, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Adrienne and I just talked about her recently. Thoughts and prayers to you. Carolyn Dotson Volpert

  • Jefferson City
  • Missouri
Chris Eschmann said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2024 at 6:10 PM

Sorry for your loss

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Larry Wachtel said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2024 at 5:36 PM

My sincere sympathy to Helen and George. May God comfort you at this time.

  • Effingham
  • IL

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