Erna Tribout

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Erna Tribout, nee Griebel, 97, of Swansea IL, born March 11, 1921, in Mascoutah Township, IL, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at The Colonnade Senior Living, O’Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Tribout, along with her husband Edwin, were the founders of Tribout Distributing in Belleville, established in 1946.  She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Erna was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Edwin W. Tribout, whom she married on August 31, 1940, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, and who died on February 8, 1978; her parents, William and Tillie, nee Schnur, Griebel; three brothers, Roy, Lester, and Walter Griebel; and three sisters, Irene Fink, Hilda Springer, and Edna Gain.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis (Kay) Tribout of Swansea, IL, and Thomas (Joy) Tribout of Caseyville, IL;
a daughter, Sandra (Ronald) Becherer of Swansea, IL;
nine grandchildren, Michelle(Jack) Korves, Sherri (Larry) Glaenzer, Denny (Jessica) Tribout, Tim (Andrea) Becherer, Christina (Tim) Mueth, Keith (April) Becherer, Kendra (Jim) Nowatzki, Tammy (John) Caruso, and Torre (Anna) Tribout;
25 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren;
three sisters, Helen Lehr of Swansea, IL, Ellen (Hank) Bohnemeier of Fairview Heights, IL, and Doris Steiner of O’Fallon, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks are extended to the staff of The Atrium and Memorial Rehab Center, both in Belleville, for their kindness.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. James Blazine concelebrating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Erna Tribout

ruth billhartz said : Guest Report May 14, 2018 at 3:35 AM

our sincere condolences to the Tribout family. very gracious lady and a true Belleville legend. Lou @Ruth Billhartz

  • Belleville
  • IL
Amy Becker said : Guest Report May 11, 2018 at 10:08 PM

So sorry to hear of Erna's passing. My memories of her working at the picnics always come to mind. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jeanine said : Guest Report May 10, 2018 at 9:33 PM

Erna was a “classy” lady and a true matriarch. She had a blessed life which she earned and worked hard for. She was a faithful mom, grandma, sister and friend to all. What a beautiful testament of herself as a role model for all to be. Hugs and condolences to all her family; we share your loss. Wish we were there. Dan and Jeanine

  • Gilbert
  • AZ
Rich and Gail Eschman said : Guest Report May 10, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Tribout family.

  • Sharpsburg
  • GA

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