Dorothy Prindable

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Dorothy J. “Dottie” Prindable, nee Bertelsmann, 84, of Belleville, IL, born May 25, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Bradford Place Assisted Living, Swansea, IL, surrounded by her loving family.

Dottie was a cashier at the local Kroger and Schnucks grocery stores for over 20 years before retiring. During those years, she always greeted customers with a smile and donned festive attire for every holiday. Dottie’s favorite hobbies included sewing and cooking. She was well known for making fleece and baby blankets and homemade BBQ sauce for various family members, friends, and even friends of friends if they were lucky enough. Each blanket or batch of BBQ sauce was made with care and love.

Dottie always looked forward to her monthly get-togethers with her high school girl friends, or “The Club”, as they liked to call themselves. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, singing and visiting her children and grandchildren who live all around the United States. Dottie took part in the Metro East Community Chorale for over ten years as a soprano, where they would put on seasonal singing concerts and perform at fairs. She was an avid churchgoer who rarely missed a Sunday service and a chance to take part in the St. Augustine and St. Henry’s church choirs in Belleville, IL.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Charles D. Prindable, whom she married on July 4, 1960, and who died on March 10, 1994; one daughter, Jennifer L. Prindable; one son, Scott Prindable; her parents, William and Minnie, nee Macha, Bertelsmann; six brothers, Leo, Raymond, Henry, George, Frank and Fred Bertelsmann; and five sisters, Annie and Mary Bertelsmann, Theresa Meyer, Rose Peabody and Julie Pierpoint.

Surviving are four daughters, Tina (Todd) Surber of Larkspur, CO,
Linda (Dan) Davis of Belleville, IL,
Jodie (Dave) Coughlin of West Bend, WI,
and Stephanie (Patrick) Meek of Belleville, IL;
two sons, Kevin (Sandy) Prindable of Muskegon, MI,
and Jay (Andie) Prindable of Robinson, IL;
one daughter-in-law, Jennifer Prindable of Belleville, IL;
17 grandchildren, Amanda Surber, Shannon (Nick) Palacio,
Evan Surber, Jessica and Josh Davis, Ethan, Megan and Abby Coughlin;
Savannah and Ian Meek, Tyler Prindable, Dennis and Nicole Prindable,
Alec and Eli Prindable, and Hannah and William Prindable;
one great-grandson, Thomas Prindable;
two brothers, Steve Bertelsmann of Belleville, IL,
and Ralph (Neva) Bertelsmann of Collinsville, IL;
and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to all the staff members at Bradford Place, Assisted Senior Living for always making Dottie feel at home as she lived with Parkinson’s Disease the last several years of her life and a special thanks to the staff at The Family Hospice.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

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


12 Comments on Dorothy Prindable

Jackie Mawhorr said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2019 at 10:56 PM

Dottie will be missed so much by all of us at Bradford Place...Thank you for sharing your mom with us was our honor to know her!

  • Swansea
  • Il
Mel Lucash said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2019 at 10:30 PM

To, Tina, Stephanie, Linda, Jodie, Kevin and Jay Your Mother is finally with your Father. My sincere condolence for Doty and your many losses. I have known your parents most of my life. Your Father was my best friend. I wish you all the best in life. Your family will always be remembered in thoughts and prayers. Mel Lucash

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Tom Winterbottom said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2019 at 4:18 PM

Linda and Dan Davis and family, so sorry for your loss. Hope everybody is well.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Mark Tina Root said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2019 at 7:33 PM

So sorry for your loss Kevin, Sandy, Eli and Alec. Take care in this time of grief. Peace be With You. Mark/Tina

  • Muskegon
  • MI
Jeff Faralli said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2019 at 1:01 PM

From my extended Celtic family and my nuclear family, Prayers of peace and comfort to your family. Let Heaven celebrate it's newest member, Dorthy with open arms.

  • Milwaukee
  • WI
Patti Wissehr (Pasnokot) said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2019 at 12:57 AM

Dearest Tina, Linda, Jodie, Stephanie, Kevin & Jay, I think of your family so very often. Your Mother and Father were unlike any parents that I had ever known. I have the fondest memories of them both treating me like family. Your Mother was an angel and I feel so very blessed to have been touched by her. I still have a birthday card with a $5 check in it that I never cashed she sent me :) Eight children...what an accomplishment. She will be missed. God Bless you all and your families. Scott and Jenny are remembered too.

  • San Diego
  • CA
Beth Kays said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 6:48 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Even though I never had the privilege of getting to know Dottie, I know you Linda. You always talked about your mother with such love. It is a reflection on how amazing she was by the woman you turned out to be. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Baldwin
  • Il
Joanne Helms Sanders said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 4:55 PM

God bless Dottie- a brave, sweet person. Delighted to see “the club” mentioned in the obituary.

  • West Des Moines
  • IA
Denise Ahrens said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 3:25 PM

So sorry for your loss. Aunt Dottie was a wonderful lady. I have such wonderful childhood memories of weekend slumber parties and playing with all the kids. She will be missed

  • Belleville
  • Il
Terri Hall said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 3:00 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It seems like I have known your family forever. Linda you have always been one of the dearest friends I have had. God bless you all and my prayers are with you.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Schanel Duncan said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 2:16 PM

Expressing my sincere love and condolences to the entire family with special blessings to the Meek Family. Love her in the spirit as God loves her more! No more suffering or pain only the blessing of gain, her place is now with God. May he comfort you, strengthen you, and give you peace during the process of grieving. Be blessed and be a blessing to others. Love for God is Love. Laugh and smile with Joy. Live the best life in the best way everyday. With Sympathy & Love, Schanel Duncan

  • Belleville
  • IL
Larry Betz said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2019 at 11:20 PM

So sorry to hear about your mom, Jodie.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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