Eugene Hausmann

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Eugene R. Hausmann, 90, of Belleville, IL, born February 3, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

He graduated from St. Luke Grade School and Cathedral High School in Belleville. He then graduated from the University of Notre Dame 1954, with a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. The next two years were spent in the United States Army, 15 months of that time stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in the 505th MP Battalion. He became a licensed architect in the State of Illinois and then held a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and became a licensed architect in the additional states of Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and New York.

Until his retirement in 1996, Gene was a principal in the firm of WHGK INC.- Architects, and its predecessor firms since 1956 and served as project architect for WHGK for the first three phases of construction of Belleville Area College, St. Clair County Jail, St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, and many others. He was project architect for the first major downtown Belleville improvements on the Public Square and East and West Main streets in the 1970’s. Mr. Hausmann served as managing principal for the firm for much of his career.

He was active in civic affairs, serving as Chairman of the Belleville Historical Commission, Downtown Belleville Development and Redevelopment Commission and the City Planning Commission for many years. He had been the president of the Belleville Rotary Club, Serra Club, Philharmonic Society, Metro East Community Chorale, and Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He served for many years as Chairman of the Meredith Memorial Home Committee which directed the operations of this former Belleville retirement facility for the Catholic Diocese of Belleville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann, nee Bedel, Hausmann, whom he married on July 6, 1957, at the University of Notre Dame Chapel; his parents, Edwin L., and Clotilda C., nee Fellner, Hausmann; his brother, Joseph (Jean Poskin) Hausmann; and his sister Dolores (George) Klein.

Eugene is survived by eight nieces and nephews, Peggy (Rosemary Hamlin) Hausmann, William (Marianne “Miki”) Hausmann, Laurie Hausmann, Lynn Marie (Terry) Corley, Karen Klein, Michael (Susanne) Bedell, Gregory (Caron) Bedell, and Stephen (Jennifer) Bedell;
a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald (Kathryn) Bedell;
numerous great-nieces and great-nephews;
and one great-great-niece.

Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery, Belleville, IL, Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, IN, or the Metro East Community Chorale.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Eugene Neff officiating.

Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


17 Comments on Eugene Hausmann

Roger J Mueller said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2023 at 2:15 PM

Just came across this obit. Gene was married to my first cousin Mary Ann Bedel and was a brother-in-law to my cousin Don Bedel. We moved to NJ from Belleville in 1966 but on every occasion that we visited Belleville we kept in contact with Mary Ann. We all will miss a great man in Gene and I will miss his yearly Christmas card and letter describing his yearly activities. Condolences to Don and Kathy Bedell from Roger and Mary Jane in NJ.

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Donna Mauno said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2023 at 4:06 PM

Gene was a true gentleman, great piano and organ player. He gave me guidance while on the Downtown Development Committee. I will remember our conversations fondly. He was a great man.

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Ginger Amann said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2023 at 8:14 AM

I’m very saddened to learn of Gene’s passing. He was a remarkable man. I had the pleasure of knowing him and MaryAnn for 25 plus years. Truly genuine and inspiring people. Rest in peace.

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Marilyn said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2023 at 1:38 PM

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of Gene, he was a true gentleman. He was helpful to anyone who needed help. I will miss him, we spent 4 years together at St. Paul, he was a good friend. My condolences to the family. Marilyn Brauer Ackerman

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Bonnie Decker said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2023 at 9:30 AM

When I was able to catch a conversation with Gene, I was delighted. He was a warm and dignified. I caught that he was more subdued and sad after Mary Ann died. Glad that I knew this gentleman.

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Elissa Feickert Feldmeyer said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2023 at 11:39 AM

Gene and MaryAnn were our neighbors on Pennsylvania Ave for decades. Upon visits home, they greeted us warmly and we enjoyed countless visits. My husband and I saw Gene in June of 2022 and shared a delightful lunch at Eckerts. He was a man of faith, honesty and generosity. Gene was proud son of Belleville, its heritage and devoted contributor to the community through his architectural projects. Gene was a good man who lived a good life. Rest in Peace.

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Robert Maes (Bob) said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2023 at 8:39 AM

My sympathy to the family. I enjoyed Gene's company and humor at our coffee club. I am fortunate indeed to have known him.

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Jan Watson said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 7:59 PM

Gene and I sat at the same table in the Belleville Rotary for years. He was one of my favorites. He was such a nice guy. I’m glad I got to know him.

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Brad J Weisenstein said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 7:40 PM

Gene was a gentleman and persistent promoter of Belleville. He was revered by my grandfather for his talent and counsel. He was always happy to see me and would share stories of his early days at WHGK. He will be missed, but Belleville is richer for his contributions.

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Jim and Rita Igel said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 7:24 PM

Don, Kathy and family: Please accept our condolences on your loss of Gene. Jim and Rita Igel

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Tina Setterlund said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 2:35 PM

My deepest sympathy to Gene’s family. He was a decent, kind, funny, and very talented man whom I was honored to know. The world is somehow just a little sadder without him. He is truly missed.

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Jack LeChien said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 10:54 AM

I first met Gene while covering meetings of the St. Clair County Public Building Commission during construction of the courthouse in 1972. He reported monthly on the progress of the construction. He was a true gentleman. I also interviewed him in 2022 for an article I am writing for the historical society on the history of the courthouse from 1814. His comments on the condition of the 1861 courthouse at the time of its demolition are a valuable addition to the history of that building. Gene was also a supporter of the Gustave Koerner House renovation project.

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Bob Vielweber said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 6:47 PM

Gene will be sadly missed. I enjoyed singing with Gene in the METRO EAST COMMUNITY CHORALE He was a great supporter of the group Rest in peace my friend. Prayers

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Quentin J Leber said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 6:04 PM

Nancy and my sorrow for your loss. Our prayers to the entire family.

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Onnie WRGO said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 5:26 PM

Rest in peace, good and faithful servant of God. We had some good times singing in the Philharmonic and then founding Metro-East Community Chorale.

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Jim Douglas (Dick) said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 12:32 PM

My Mom & Dad, (Bob & Julie Dick) were good friends with Gene from early on. My mom went through school with him at Cathedral HS. Later they were all in the Belleville Chorale together, and finally they were residents at St. Paul's Community. I remember they use to dine together at lunch. I can remember visiting Mom & Dad and hearing Gene's piano music echoing through the building. My Mom and Dad really liked Gene. I believe they are all together now in the choirs of heaven.

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Lynn Keiner Glauber said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 10:41 AM

I remember Gene fondly as a kind & wonderful neighbor on Pennsylvania Ave. Later visiting relatives at St Paul’s, I saw him entertaining playing beautiful music on the piano. I’m sure a chorus of angels is singing joyfully with him these days. Rest in peace, Gene.

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