Doris Riley

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Doris J. Riley, nee Wooley, 80, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1942, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by her loved ones.

Doris was a beloved wife of 62 years and an outstanding mother of six girls. She worked as a labor and delivery aid at Belleville Memorial Hospital for 32 years.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Riley; a grandson, Brandan Kracht; her parents, Joe and Gladys, nee Humphrey, Hollis; two sisters, Jeanette, and Charlotte; three sons-in-law, Donald McCracken, George Kiefer, and Doug Kalagian; and a step-brother, Joe Hollis, Jr.

Surviving are her husband Jack L. Riley, whom she married on February 2, 1961; five children, Diana McCracken, Jackie Ferguson, Beverly Kalagian, Lisa Kiefer and Jeanette Riley; 20 grandchildren, Tom Reed, Donnie McCracken, Danielle McCracken, Kaleigha Kiefer, Amari Kiefer, Stephen Kracht, Ayron Kracht, Kyron Kracht, Keisha Kracht, Tiffany Dunn, Ashley Riley, Zechariah Kalagian, Richard Kalagian, Jack Kalagian, Erin Kiefer, Doris Kiefer, Ervin Kalagian, Eric Kalagian, Neola Kalagian, and Winter Racine; many great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Gary Casey, and Michael Kemper; and two step-brothers, Kenneth Hollis and Tony Hollis.

The pain of grief is just as much a part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment. – Dr. Colin Murray Parks

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Jack Riley. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Cari Frus officiating.

Entombment will be at Mount Carmel Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.



5 Comments on Doris Riley said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2022 at 11:08 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss I will never forgot when Aunt Doris came to Louisiana to meet me I love all of you guys and praying for the family Tina Mcvay

  • Monroe
  • La
Cheryl Fancher said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2022 at 10:14 AM

Doris was a terrific coworker in labor and delivery. I can’t count the number of ways she took initiative and helped us nurses do our jobs better. As a person she inspired us with her work ethic and love of family.

  • Okawville
  • Il
Mary Lou Schmulbach said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2022 at 8:52 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Doris at Memorial. She kept us all in line and it was a pleasure to work with her all those years. I wish I could attend the service but will not be able to. Know all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Tina Winter said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2022 at 8:04 AM

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Doris at Memorial. She was a great lady!

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mona LeGrand said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2022 at 7:36 AM

Jack and family I am so sorry. I think of Doris on her birthday every year. You will be in my prayers. I am unable to make it on Monday I am teaching now and have to give a final at that time but Know I will be thinking and praying for you.

  • O'Fallom
  • IL

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