Dorothy Slack

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Dorothy E. Slack, nee Christenson, 92, of Freeburg, IL, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Dorothy was born May 25, 1928, to Walter and Mary Christenson of Rosemont, IL.  She met the love of her life, Albert Slack, at a roller-skating rink. They were married August 17, 1946, during the great flood of East St. Louis. She was a homemaker and a very good one. She enjoyed playing cards, yard sales, trips to White Castle, and making delicious Sunday dinners for all her family. She also grew strawberries and sold them to the local grocers.

Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Freeburg Homemakers Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E. Slack Sr.; an infant son; her parents, Walter and Mary, nee Grass, Christenson; a brother, Richard Christenson; and a brother-in-law, Ray Hendricks.

Surviving are two sons, Albert Jr. (Patricia) Slack of Belleville, IL, and Gary (Pamela) Slack of Freeburg, IL;
three grandchildren, Jason (Megan) Slack of O’Fallon, IL,

Mark Slack and significant other, Anna Newman of Pueblo, CO, and Shelley Barney and significant other, Steve King, of Belleville, IL;
eight great-grandchildren, Benjamin Perrine of Mascoutah, IL, Owen Perrine and significant other, Aubrey Ketchie of Shiloh, IL, Nathan Slack, Haylee Slack, both of Fountain, CO, Emmalaine Barney and Lydia Barney, both of Belleville, IL, Anya Slack and Brayden Vogt, both of O’Fallon, IL;
a sister, Patsy Hendricks of Collinsville, IL;
and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the New Athens Home for the Aged. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private graveside services will be held Friday, June 12, 2020, at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

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


2 Comments on Dorothy Slack

Chris Skaer said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2020 at 11:23 AM

With deepest sympathy to the entire family of Dorothy and Al Slack. I grew up next door to Dorothy and Al. They were great neighbors to have as a kid and were always friendly and helpful. Mr Slack was great enough to help me fix my broken hockey stick when I was in grade school. I think we ended up making a brand new goalie stick out of some scrap wood he had in his wood shop. Mrs Slack gracefully sat through a "talent show" that we put on at her house (in the yard) one summer. I would also like to apologize to them both for keeping them up late one night while I was home from college. My friends and I were outside a bit too late and a bit too loud. It has been a very long time since I have seen them, but I will always remember them as being such wonderful and kind people. I think my Dad, Oscar, will be glad to once again see his neighbors up in heaven. Chris Skaer

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Linda Lanham said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 4:49 PM

My condolences to your family. Dorothy was part my family for as long as I remember! I’m sure your Dad and I know my Mom was excited to see her again! Hugs snd prayers!!

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