Dorothy Parke

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Dorothy A. Parke, nee Schaefer, 87, of Smithton, IL, born June 6, 1933, in Smithton, IL, died Friday, January 8, 2021, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Dorothy graduated from Freeburg High School and enjoyed being on the committee of many of her class reunions.  She married John Ira Parke on June 1, 1953, and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2019.  She was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton.  She was a past member of the Alter Sodality and past President of the PTA.  She was an amazing quilter, helping to make hundreds of quilts for the Church picnics and hosting many “quilt clatches” in her home.  She loved playing games and Bingo was her game of choice.  She could be found every Sunday at the Turner Hall in her special seat with her 24 cards and her good luck charms in their rightful places, lined up above the cards, waiting for the bingo caller (her husband John) to call her numbers. For more than 30 years and at every Homecoming picnic or church picnic, all the grandchildren knew where to find grandma, always in her favorite spot, from the first game to the last.  She loved and believed in the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary and had a collection of over 300 rosaries that she would gladly get out and show to anyone who wanted to see them.

To her family, her greatest accomplishment was being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was an amazing homemaker.  For every special occasion, you could count on her to make her famous “chocolate stuff” dessert.  She doted on her children and grandchildren, always making sure they had full bellies and money in their pockets, while she stood at the front door waving as they left.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her four angels in infancy, Ann Marie, Mary Ann, Anthony Joseph, and Mathew Paul; her parents, Carl and Lillian, nee Quirin, Schaefer; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edward and Kathryn, nee Heutel, Ittner; her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Paul Fournie; her sisters-in-law, Janice Schaefer, Audrey Snyder, and Sandy Ittner; and brothers-in-law, Ed “Bud” Ittner, Gary Ittner, and Lanson Cox.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cathy (Alan) Schilling;
her sons, John C. (Ruth) Parke and Charles E. (Dawn) Parke;
11 grandchildren, John (Brittney) Lanham, Joe (Casey) Russell, Meghan Parke, Russell Parke, Holly (Jon) Mueth, Stephanie (Rob) Gill, Hannah Parke, Savannah Parke, Gabrielle Parke, Heidi Parke, and Miley Parke;
ten great-grandchildren, John Brantley, Aubry, Gunnar, and Gauge Lanham, Sadie, Isaiah and Lainey Gill, Hailey Parke, Claire Brennan, and Tria Russell;
step grandchildren, Krista Schilling, Amanda (Andrey) Rudomiotov, and Jesse Schilling;
step great-grandchildren, Mila, Sonya, and Dimitri Rudomiotov;
a brother, Fred Schaefer;
a brother-in-law, Warren Ittner;
sisters-in-law, Margaret (Bob) Bradford, Janet Ittner;
and special neighbors, Tim Coon and Marlene Powers.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Private visitation will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


16 Comments on Dorothy Parke

Jeff & Julie Stehl & Family said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Our deepest sympathy to your family. You are remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Laura Gauch said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2021 at 4:12 PM

I met Dorothy when I worked at the Gilded Lily. I got a big kick out of her, always enjoyed seeing her. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Rosemary Becherer said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2021 at 10:02 PM

Kathy So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Marion and Lois Ann DeMond said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2021 at 3:30 PM

I wish to wish my deep sympathy to all the family..

  • Smithton
  • IL.
David Mitchell said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2021 at 11:11 AM

Cathy and Alan, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Tough times, but hope you are doing well.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carol Popp said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2021 at 9:08 AM

Dear Cathy, John & Charlie - We are so sorry for your great loss. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Ted & Carol Popp

  • IL
Larry Battas said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 10:57 PM


  • Phoenix
  • Az
Lynn & Vance said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 5:15 PM

Very sorry for your loss and if you need to talk, please call. If you need anything, please let me know. Love you cousin Lynn

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Mark forcade said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 12:01 PM

To the families of Dorothy. I was very sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with you. Please except my sympathy.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Janice Fennewald said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 11:56 AM

Know that my thoughts and prayers and love are with you at this time. I pray for eternal peace for your mom and for peace for each of you

  • St.Louis
  • MO
Mary Anne Downen said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 11:24 AM

Thinking of you at this time, Kathy. So sorry for the loss of your Mother

  • IL
Eve M Holzemer said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 10:32 AM

John and I are so sorry for your loss! We will miss Aunt Dorothy!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Chris Fournie said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 7:26 AM

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Aunt Dorothy’s laughter and joy when she was surrounded by her family. You are in my prayers.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Tim Yoch said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 5:27 AM

Your loss cuts deep, another neighbor hood icon taken away. God bless you, John an Charlie.

  • Waynesboro
  • Georgia
Mike Parke said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 12:00 AM

So sorry, it has been such a hard year for you all, your family is in our prayers.

  • Richmond
  • Kentucky
Curt and Betty Benedick said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2021 at 10:10 PM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mom. Curt and I always considered them some of our best friends. We will always miss them both for a long time. We always loved coffee in their kitchen on Monday after fire meeting with Robert and Yvonne Phillips. We had so many fun times with them.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois

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