Edward Wottowa

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Edward F. Wottowa, 96, of O’Fallon, IL, born November 4, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, August 14, 2022, at his residence.

Ed was a master painter and decorator by trade. He retired as president and owner of Wottowa Painting Company, Inc. He decorated and painted many churches, theaters, nursing homes, schools, and many government projects. Ed also specialized in fine residential work. He was a true fraternist, who believed in giving everyone a chance of what they could do. He loved working with people and looked for the good in them. Ed was everyone’s friend and he didn’t know a stranger.

Ed was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish. Among the fraternal organizations Mr. Wottowa belonged to, he was a member of the Catholic Holy Family Society, co-founder, president and chairman of the Board of the Catholic Knights & Ladies of Illinois Country Club, a member of the St. Peter’s Cathedral Holy Name Society, Our Lady of the Snows Foundation, and a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1028.

He was an honorary life member of the Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trade and the Painters Local #85, former president and honorary life member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and a former member and chairman of District #58 Joint Trade Board. He was a member of the Serra Club of St. Clair County, the Exchange Club of Belleville, the Downtown Optimist Club, and a former member of the Belleville Senior Citizens Club.

Ed was a federal and state licensed private pilot. He was a member of the Illinois Pilot’s Association, and former member of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association. And finally, a former member of the Illinois Police Association, Deputy Coroner and Special Deputy Sheriff of St. Clair County, and a member of the St. Clair County Reserve Deputy Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil F. and Mayme, nee Stetzner, Wottowa; a son, James E. Wottowa; a daughter, Janice Reinhardt; two brothers, Lee (Ruth) Wottowa and Vernon (Dorothy) Wottowa; three sisters, Marie Wottowa, Laura Dare, and a sister in infancy, Mary Wottowa; and two grandchildren, Darrel and Dwight Tweedy.

Surviving are his beautiful childhood sweetheart, best friend, and wife of 75 years, Rose Marie, nee Karban, Wottowa, whom he married on October 15, 1946, at Cathedral; a brother, John “Jack” (Margaret “Peggy”) Wottowa, of Belleville, IL. a daughter, Jean Sturgill of Shiloh, IL; six grandchildren, Sheila (Chad Bramblett) Nolan, Brian (Jill) Oeltjen, Jamie (Stephanie Elfrink) Wottowa, Nick Wottowa, Ryan (Diane) Tweedy, and Sarah Rose Sturgill; eight great-grandchildren, Logan (Kassie) Mueth and Mitchell Nolan, Hunter and Zane Oeltjen, Vivian and Sam Elfrink, and Olivia and James Tweedy; a daughter-in-law, Diane Wottowa of Belleville, IL; a son-in-law, Tom Reinhardt, Sr. of Belleville, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL. A Serra Club ritual, followed by a Knights Columbus ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler and Fr. Dennis Voss concelebrating.

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



15 Comments on Edward Wottowa

Barb Green said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2022 at 8:09 PM

Jean, My deepest sympathy to you & your family in your Dad's passing. He was such an inspiration to you all. Barb Green

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Sue Frillman said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 9:16 PM

One of the finest people I’ve ever known, always a smile. My sincere condolences to his lovely family and especially Rose, one of my favorite people.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Joan Haas said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 1:49 PM

Rose so sorry to hear of Ed passing. I was out of town. You have my sincere sympathy. He was a great neighbor. Joan

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Derek R McIntyre said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2022 at 4:28 PM

Sarah, So sorry for the loss of your grandfather.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Helen Cook said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 8:56 AM

Very sorry to hear about Ed passing. Rose and Family my sincere condolences. A great friend is gone and he won't be asking me to stand up anymore !!

  • New Athens
Jermecia Cooper and Christine Blake said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 4:46 PM

Jean and family we are sorry to hear about your dad. We are sending our condolences please hold on to the memories he left behind and hope it brings comfort. Ms Christine and I are here if you need anything. God bless you

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve Skelton said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 7:23 PM

So sorry for your loss

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 4:03 PM

Rose, you have my deepest sympathy on your loss. What a nice man.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Jo Bechtoldt said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 10:43 AM

Hank will have his classmate in heaven with him now! So sorry for his loss and express my deepest sympathy to you, Rose!

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Jeanne cordie edgar said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 8:17 AM

Saw Ed at hearing aid place last year. What a friendly nice man Jeanne Cordie Edgar

  • Belleville
  • Il
Margie schwartz said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 6:49 PM

Dear Rose and family, I am very sorry for your sadness at this time. You have many wonderful memories of Ed and will get much consolation from those special times in your lives. May Ed Rest In Peace.🙏 Sincerely, Margie.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patti Menendez said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 6:38 PM

Brian, Jill, Hunter and Zane, So sorry for the loss of you Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Leesburg
  • Florida
Amber and Summer said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 5:09 PM

Jean, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you very much. We are here for you if you need anything. Sending hugs💕

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Carolyn & Ralph Wottowa said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 11:22 AM

So sorry to hear of Uncle Ed’s death. May special memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love and prayers to all of you.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 10:58 AM

We are sorry of Ed's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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