Emma Shanks

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Emma M. Shanks, nee Schutzenhofer, 93, of Belleville, IL, born December 15, 1924, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, February 1, 2018, at her niece’s home in Freeburg, IL.

Mrs. Shanks worked as a sales associate at Dillard’s Department Store in Fairview Heights, IL, before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL. She was an avid bowler and was also a member of the Belleville Senior Citizens Club.

Emma was preceded in death by her husband Clyde S. Shanks; her parents, Joseph and Frances, nee Feichtinger, Schutzenhofer; three brothers, Albert, John, and Herman Schutzenhofer; a sister, Frances Travis; and a niece, Carol Russell.

Surviving are two nieces and a nephew, Sharon (Harlon) Swearengin of Freeburg, IL, and Norma Mcaleenan of Millstadt, IL;
great-nieces and great-nephews;
and two dear friends and neighbors, Phil and Craig.

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

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Stanley Konieczny officiating.

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



4 Comments on Emma Shanks

Catherine Kreher said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2018 at 8:28 PM

I met Emma when she attended Queen of Peace parish, and found her to be a delightful lady. She always had a positive attitude.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bette and Tim said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Emma sat in front of us every Sunday at St. Clare's Church. She had a great sense of humor and was very kind. We wish her the best on her journey home and becomes our angel in heaven!

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
KAREN BRAND said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2018 at 4:04 PM


  • IL
Kathy Steckler said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 6:51 PM

My mother, Rusty Steckler, was a friend of Emma's through the Belleville Senior Citizens Club. Emma would often call our home to see how mom was doing. Mom and I went out to eat at Eckert's with Emma a couple of times and visited with her at her home. Emma, God bless you as you journey home. Thank you for being such a good friend to my mother. To Emma's family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I will keep you close in prayer.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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