Dorothy Funsch

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Dorothy Funsch, nee Nowotny, 94, of Belleville, IL, born September 23, 1924, in Chicago, IL, died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Mercy South Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Funsch was a telephone operator for 41 years before her retirement from Illinois Bell Telephone Company.  She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Dorothy loved taking care of her family and grandchildren and will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, George Joseph Funsch, who died on November 18, 1979; an infant daughter, Carole Jean Funsch; her parents, Edward Joseph and Emma Elizabeth, nee Klaus, Nowotny; a brother, Charles “Sonny” Joseph Nowotny; and a sister, LaVerne Downs.

Surviving are four daughters, Marcia (Robert) Vangenhen, Suzanne (Michael) Schmidt, Patricia (Jim) Mahoney, and Peggy Lanxon;
six grandchildren, Lana (John) Reed, Victoria (Josh) McDermott, Elliot Schmidt, Matthew Mahoney, Nathan Mahoney, and Brett Lanxon;
two great-grandchildren, Griffin Reed and Lyla McDermott;
a sister-in-law, Norma Nowotny;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic School, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

Burial will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on Dorothy Funsch

Michael Downs said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2019 at 10:58 PM

My heart goes out to all of Aunt Dorothy's family. It's a sad day to lose someone very dear to us all. Wish I could be there to celebrate her life!

  • Huntington Beach
  • Calif.
Terry B said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2019 at 5:04 PM

I had the privilege of working with Dorothy in the Belleville office she always made me laugh. The job was very memorable because of her. Loved her dearly!!!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jamie and Crystal Benbrook said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2019 at 2:17 PM

We send our deepest condolences to Lana and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Pinckneyville
  • IL
Kevin , Norma , Kyle & Kate Nowotny said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2019 at 1:25 PM

We are all deeply Sorry for this Loss , but Lots of Great Memories, she will be missed dearly . Love you... RIP Aunt Dorothy

  • st. louis
  • Mo.
John, Shelly, Molly, Macy and Marshall Adams said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2019 at 1:41 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and thoughts from our family to yours. Hoping you find comfort in your time of sorrow.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Chrissy (Nowotny) Amos said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2019 at 6:51 PM

The most loving woman I ever knew. It’s our conversations that I will miss the most my sweet Aunt either in person, our letters, or phone calls that would last for hours. I feel so sad for Marcia, Sizie, Patty and Peggy for losing the best mom in the world. Your sparkling laughter is forever engrained in my mind. You were perfect in every way. I love you so much. “Chrissy”

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Elizabeth Milnarik said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2019 at 4:17 AM

I am so grateful to have known Dorothy, or “Lana’s Grandma.” My sincere condolences, and my prayers will be with you all in coming days.

  • Washington
  • DC
Amy, David, Madison and Kenzie Oh said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2019 at 1:54 AM

We want to send you all the love and support from our family to yours! Through Lana, we were lucky to meet Dorothy and share some fun memories! You are all in our prayers!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Lynn and Randy Pantano said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2019 at 9:46 PM

Suzanne and Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Big hugs! Love, Lynn and Randy Pantano

  • Columbia
  • IL

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