Ethel “Sam” Foster

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Ethel L. “Sam” Foster, 72, of Belleville, IL, born October 2, 1950, in Chester, IL, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Ethel was proud to have graduated with her welding degree. Later, she received her master’s degree in Health Sciences and enjoyed her years as an elementary school substitute teacher.  Sam loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching their activities. She adored her dog, Portia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Pearl, nee Goetz, Young.

She is survived by a son, Joshua (Annalisa) Foster; two grandchildren, Andersyn and Alexander Foster; three sisters, Jenny Hobeck, Carol Hartmann, and Joyce Ebers; two brothers, Gene Young and Mike Young; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January ­­27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Private family burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, IL.


5 Comments on Ethel “Sam” Foster

Deb Faverty said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2023 at 7:05 AM

Ethel was my best friend from 4th grade through high school-she always had high hopes-which she did achieve-I spent a lot of time with her & her family-we were also neighbors-I remember making shell necklaces with Ethel & Carol-also making trips to get a load of watermelons with her family.So sorry to hear of her passing.

  • Chester
  • Ill
Susan Carr said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 12:35 PM

Dear Linda, Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family on the loss of your sister in law. May her soul rest in peace eternally.

  • Shawnee
  • Kansas
Larry McGuire said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 7:41 PM

Sam was a good person. I first met her when I was a deputy sheriff and she was Sparta police dispatcher. She had a big heart; she will be missed.

  • Chester
  • IL
Bob Sheets said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 6:55 PM

So sorry for your loss,Ethel was my classmate and friend ,very glad I got to see her at our 50 th reunion, prayers for the family

  • Chester
  • Il
jenny said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 3:49 PM

oh, little sister, we are so heartbroken, but will keep u forever in our hearts n u are not alone...❤️🙏

  • sparta
  • il

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