Emily Drovetta

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Emily Elizabeth “Cis” Drovetta, nee Matthews, 99, of Belleville, IL, born July 26, 1919, in Newhall, Derbyshire, England, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at her residence surrounded by family and supported by services from Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Cis served in the Royal Air Force (W.A.A.F.) as a Motor Transport Driver during WWII for four and a half years.  It was during that time that she met her future husband, Bill who was a MSgt in the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after their meeting he was transferred to North Africa and their relationship grew through written communication.  It was two and a half years before he was able to return to England in July, 1945 for three days when he was able to visit her family and to confirm their plans to marry.  After clearing all the bureaucratic hurdles, Cis came to the United States and was married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, on August 6, 1946.  Cis and Bill were one of the founding families of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Belleville.  She was one of the original members of the International Club which offered the opportunity for women from all over the world to successfully transition to life in the post war U.S.A.  She was actively involved in initiating the programs at Mamie Stookey School in the absence of publicly funded special education services needed by her son, Paul.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear friend.  She spent her life caring for family, friends and neighbors throughout the years, maintaining her independence through most of her life.  She loved gathering family and friends together usually including a “cuppa” tea, and was sought out for her baking skills, being affectionately known as “The Queen of Tarts”.

Cis was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Drovetta in 1989; a son, Paul Drovetta; her parents, William and Mary Selina, nee Brundell, Matthews; three brothers, Bill, Arthur, and Joe Matthews; two sisters, Win Locker, and Florrie Bowley; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joseph and Anna, nee Nebgen, Drovetta; a brother-in-law, Joseph Drovetta; and three sisters-in-law, Sr. M. Fabiola, S.S.N.D., Charlotte Darr, and Muriel Baum.

Surviving are her children, Diane Drovetta Kreeb of Belleville, IL, and David (Margaret) Drovetta of Gardner, KS;
five grandchildren, Matthew (Jamie) Kreeb of Fairview Heights, Megan Drovetta, Laura (Geoff) Talboy, Adam Drovetta, and Teresa (Sam Vossen) all from the Kansas City area;
three great-grandsons; Oliver, Benjamin, and Tommy Talboy;
a sister-in-law, Vi Matthews of Stapenhill, England;
and several nieces and nephews in the U.S.A. and U.K.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

At Cis’s request there will be no visitation or formal services.  A private family prayer service with Msgr. William McGhee officiating will be held a later date.


14 Comments on Emily Drovetta

Lisa Wissehr Williams said : Guest Report Apr 16, 2019 at 3:23 PM

I was saddened to hear of "Sis" passing. She was a dear friend to my mother Ina Wissehr she was very special to myself as well. and Sis and I conversed through Christmas cards each year. I will miss her greatly.

  • Braselton
  • GA
Diane (Deanna) Doherty said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Sending my sincere condolances to your family. Although I did not know her, she was known to me here in the UK as once a very special friend to my own mother Diane (who died 1965) during WW2 when they were both young women working together as land transport drivers and who struck up a special friendship. Her name has never been forgotten. This is a beautiful photograph. God Bless.

  • Darlington
  • County Durham, UK
Donna Tomb said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 8:11 PM

I am so sorry to have only just learned of the passing of dear Cis. I met her when I lived in O’Fallon at one of our British get togethers. I realized something was wrong when I didnt receive my newsy Christmas card and letter from her. I will always remember her fondly.

  • Chesapeake
  • VA
Casey Biancur said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Diane- Sending all my love during this difficult time. I was so fond of the stories you shared of your mother. My condolences.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jon A. Henke said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Dave and Diane, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a real class lady and I know she will be missed by her family. You guys had some wonderful parents. God bless you and your families.

  • Tucson
  • AZ
Angela Miller said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2018 at 2:01 AM

Remembering a wonderful and funny auntie. Such a vibrant character, Auntie Cis, we all loved you in England. Love to Diane and David. Angie. (Triplet)

  • Perth
  • West Australia
Betty Hilpert Hasenstab said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Diane- So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your mom from St. Augustine’s. She had a good long life. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Bonnie Decker said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 5:22 PM

I worked at Harold Smith Pharmacy and had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs Drovetta from time to time. She was a very kind and personable person. I loved her accent and now I read that she served as a WAAF in WWII. What a wonderful legacy she gives her children and grandchildren. A lovely lady. My condolences to her family especially Diane Kreeb.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Brian and LESLEY bowley said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 4:36 PM

So sad at the passing of my lovely auntie cis . It really is the end of an era, she was a special woman and great fun to go out with we only got together when she came over to the Uk but it was always an occasion to look forward to . Our deepest condolences go to all of our friends and family in USA . She may be gone but all the happy memories are still alive . Rest in peace aunt cis . Love you all .

  • Burton on trent
  • Uk
Peter Degenhardt said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 3:57 PM

Dave, Mom mentioned your mother quite often as a member of the International Club. Our hearts go out to your entire family. May God grant you peace in your memories.

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Jean Weier said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 2:49 PM

Diane, David and Margaret, sorry to hear about Cis passing. No Social Service gathering was complete without her famous tarts. Just yesterday I had found an old picture of your dad and emailed Diane a copy, I guess she must have helped me locate it after all these years of me promising you a copy. She was legendary and I know it will be hard going on without her. Our thoughts and prayers as you remember all she has been to you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joyce OConnor said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 1:43 AM

Dave & Margaret & family, This lady, although I didn't know her, sounds like a wonderful person. Her success with family, career, and the legacy she leaves sounds like something we could all use as an example. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Gardner
  • Kansas
Patricia Beaird said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 1:31 AM

Deepest condolences to Dave, Diane and their dear families. Eternal rest, grant unto her, O LORD. And let perpetual light shine upon her.

  • Phoenix
  • AZ
John McIntire said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2018 at 12:46 AM

I only had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Drovetta once, but her spirit, focus, and work ethic are reflected in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are sorry for your loss.

  • Gardner
  • Kansas

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