Elizabeth Fadden

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Elizabeth “Betty” Rose Fadden, nee Shively, 85, of Belleville, IL, born to Louis E. & Mary C. Shively, on November 13, 1937, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine – Dammert Geriatric Center in Belleville, IL.

Betty devoted her life to helping people.  She served as a community health nurse rendering medical care to people in East St. Louis, Belleville, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Betty earned her PhD in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago when she was 62 years old. She served as a Nursing Professor at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Maryville University of St. Louis before joining the faculty of Saint Louis University. She was respected and admired by her students and colleagues and brought peace and comfort to all who knew her. Betty was a life-long devout Roman Catholic, attended the Academy of Notre Dame High School, had been a member of several Catholic Churches in the area, and belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis. She had a special place in her heart for the Shrine and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Betty was loved by many and never met a stranger. Her compassion for others stands out as a hallmark to all who knew her. Betty, and her husband Neale, loved to travel and went to places such as Alaska, Germany, Mexico, Panama, and Russia, among others. She was an affectionate and beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a beautiful person and will be missed by many in the days and years ahead.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa J. Dye; son, Jerry L. Fadden; grandson, Justin L. Fadden; parents, Louise E. & Mary C. Shively; brothers, Joseph Shively, and John Shively; husband, Gerald Storner; niece, Kristen Davis; nephew, Michael Shively; great-niece, Rachael Shively.

Betty is survived by her husband of 57 years, Neale Fadden; daughter, Michelle (Beau) Schaefer; son, Steven (Amy) Fadden; grandchildren, Ashley Fadden, Hannah (Logan) Evans, Grace Gannon, Josh (Cailyn) Dye, Chris Dye, Seth Dye, Doug (Sarah) Schaefer, Charlie Gannon, and Jack Gannon; great-grandchildren, Emma Dye, Ava Fadden, Aspen Auld, Abigail Martinez, Mia Evans, and Hayden Nennen; sister, Mary (Chuck) Smith; brothers, Thomas (Barb) Shively, Jim (Kate) Shively; sisters-in-law, Bev Shively, Kimmie Shively, and Shiela (David) Clardie; brother-in-law, Don (Edna) Fadden; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, monetary memorials may be made payable to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), for a permanent memorial on the Shrine property, and for the retired Oblate priests residing at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows OR made payable to St. Peter Fraternity to support the Order Franciscan Secular (formerly the Third Order of St. Francis) and mailed to the funeral home.

Visitation & Prayers: Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine Chapel, 726 Community Drive, Belleville, IL

The Order of Franciscan Secular will lead the Franciscan Ritual Prayer at 11:00am

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine Chapel, 726 Community Drive, Belleville, IL with Reverend John Beveridge, Reverend Eugene J. Neff, and Reverend Robert Morin, officiating.

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


11 Comments on Elizabeth Fadden

Renee Chapman said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2023 at 9:23 AM

Steve, please accept my sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy. Keeping you and your dear family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Daphne
  • Alabama
Dennis Sparger said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2023 at 10:10 AM

My heart reaches out to Neale and his children for this significant loss in their lives. Betty was so loved by all who knew her, and her friendship enriched our lives. I know too well how long it takes to regain one's footing after a loss like this, and I pray that you will find peace in your faith.

  • Illinois
Dr. Karen Kelly said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2023 at 4:19 PM

Betty was both a dear friend and nursing colleague. We met more than 40 years through our regional nurses' association. She touched the lives of many people as a nurse, serving as both a clinician and an educator.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Tom & Barb Shively said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2023 at 9:31 AM

We loved Betty. She was a great sister and sister-in-law. I miss her more than words can express. She lived a rich, full life. Our family is very close and this loss is difficult but we will celebrate her life with as much joy as we can. We are so proud of her many accomplishments. May she rest in peace with her Lord.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Dr Becky Pew said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 11:11 PM

Betty was a great lady who was always young at heart. Though she sufffered greatly due to personal losses and health issues she had the ability to make you feel better. I hope for peace for her surviving family.

  • St Louis
  • MO 63130
Tina Batha said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 9:03 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Idaho
Dee Shively Nogal said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 7:32 PM

Aunt Betty was warm, big hearted, compassionate, kind and a beautiful person inside and out. She always had a way of making you feel like the most special person in the room. I will hold all our memories close to my heart. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Betty Jo Cox said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 4:27 PM

She was a dear friend. I loved her.

  • Chesterfield
  • Mo
Jean said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 2:05 PM

Betty made me feel welcome in their home for all the years I lived in their neighborhood; & when I saw her a few months ago, she greeted me warmly & I will never forget her kindness! 💜

  • Swansea
  • Il
mikeshively71@gmail.com said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 1:23 PM

I loved my aunt so much she was truly a inspiration to us all

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jim & Kate Shively said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2023 at 12:04 PM

A beautiful person who was kind to everyone and loved the Lord.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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