Father Dennis Voss

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Father Dennis Frank Voss, 85, of Belleville, IL, born May 30, 1938, in Germantown, IL, died peacefully Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Father Voss attended Germantown Grade School, St. Henry Preparatory Seminary, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Zuroweste at St. Boniface Church, Germantown, IL, on May 16, 1964. Father Dennis served as associate pastor at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, and St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL. He also served as pastor of St. Cyril Church, East St. Louis; St. Mary Church, Centralia; St. Stephen Church, Flora; St. Liborius Church, St. Libory; and St. Anthony Church, Lively Grove.

Father Dennis worked in pastoral care as chaplain of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, for 18 years. He was involved extensively in grief ministry and was certified by the Association of Death Educators and Counselors as a grief counselor. He received training in Medical Ethics from Saint Louis University and was a member and chairman of the St. Elizabeth Ethics Committee and the Gateway Ethics Network of Southern and Central Illinois and Missouri.

Father Voss was Delegate of the Bishop for Health Affairs for the Belleville Diocese for 16 years and Theological Consultant for the Pro-Life Office. Since February 2000, he had served as Diocesan Moderator for the Council of Catholic Women. He was also a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, the Clergymen’s Aid Board, the Personnel Board, the Presbyteral Council, as well as Steering Committee and Liaison for the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal. Father was also involved in ecumenical affairs through the Belleville Area Clergy Association, and Faithful Friar of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 0199. He was very devoted to the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and celebrated mass there weekly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Bernard and Marie Elizabeth, nee Schomaker, Voss; three brothers, Monsignor Bernard L. Voss, Regis Voss, and Linus Voss; and two brothers-in-law, James Jacober and Emerick Yurkovich.

Surviving are two sisters, Betty Ann Jacober of Highland, IL, and Mary Frances Yurkovich of Westchester, IL;
two sisters-in-law, Barbara Voss of Germantown, IL, and Sylvia Voss of Huntington Beach, CA;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Reception of his body will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cathedral.  Public visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2023, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, with Bishop Michael McGovern officiating.

A private committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the family plot in St. Boniface Cemetery, Germantown, IL.


21 Comments on Father Dennis Voss

Duane & Linda Czarnecki said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2023 at 1:53 PM

Our sympathy to the family of Fr. Voss. He officiated at our wedding 54 years ago at St. Peter's Cathedral. Sadly, we lost touch over the years as we moved to a far north suburb of Illinois. Know that heaven has received another angel.

  • Waukegan
  • IL
Dorothy Uebinger said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 6:20 PM

I was deeply saddened to read in the Messenger of the death of Fr. Voss.He had been a great friend over all the years since he was our pastor at St. Stephen in Flora, IL. We always kept in touch and this year when I sent a message to him on his birthday it didn't go through and I wondered why. I wondered where he was. He never complained about his health other than his vision problems. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing his sisters Betty and Mary but I can tell you they could never have had a better brother. May you now rest in peace, Fr Dennis!

  • Flora
  • IL
Joanne Altepeter jung née friederich said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2023 at 2:36 PM

To father Dennis’ family: my sincere sympathy. I knew fr Dennis from st Elizabeth’s hospital when I worked there and he was a chaplain. He concelebrated my son’s wedding at St. Paul’s United church of christ to Kendra, my daughter-in-law

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 11:26 PM

Fr. Voss was our moderator for our clown troupe years ago. He was always patient, kind and generous with all of us! May he rest in peace ☮️

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jennifer Vogt said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 10:13 PM

I didn’t know him well but he was quite wonderful when he visited me in the hospital and I believe I received the sacrament of reconciliation once. My sympathies and prayers go out to all who knew him.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Sharon Cross said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 11:25 AM

Fr. Voss judged no one. He was kind and gentle soul. He loved to garden and give away the bounty.

  • Marissa
  • IL
Carolyn Wottowa said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 10:41 AM

We met Fr Voss 53 years ago with our Pre Cana class. I also remember him as chaplain at St Elizabeth Hospital. Our paths would cross many times over the years. We eventually helped with Pre Cana days at our Parish. Then after the loss of our son in 1983 we became involved in grief support groups. We again saw Fr Voss. He had gentle caring way and touched so many lives. He now enjoys his heavenly home. Thank you Voss family for sharing him with us.😍

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Paula Sobol said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2023 at 4:29 PM

Fr. Voss will be sorely missed by many. I was one of many he helped move into my new life as a widow. God blessed us all with his genuine care.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
William J Brendel said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2023 at 12:50 PM

remember him well from our days spent at SML ad multos annos

  • Centralia
  • Illinois
Maggie Burns said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2023 at 11:15 AM

Father Voss was the Spiritual Moderator of the BDCCW when I became involved. He was a kind, inspiring, and insightful man. I am so grateful he was a part of my spiritual journey, and can't wait to see him again.

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Mary Ellen King said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2023 at 10:57 AM

I will always be grateful to Father Voss for visiting our home when family members had terminal illnesses. His presence brought comfort and support to us at the most difficult of times. He truly was a blessing.

  • Eugene
  • Oregon
Jacqueline (Waller) Laumbattus said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2023 at 8:52 AM

Father Voss is loved and will be missed by so many. We just had our Picnic at St Anthony's a couple weeks ago and he was heavy on my mind that weekend. God has a special place for a man like him.

  • Lively Grove
  • Il
Nellie Huite said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 9:46 PM

We are so sorry to hear of his passing. To his sisters, your father and my mother were cousins (if I remember her explanation correctly), making us second cousins. She was Anna Nordmann, nee Ratermann. He married my husband and I, and also officiated at our vow renewal on our 25th anniversary. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
M Bergkoetter said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM

Fr Voss was our pastor at St Anthony’s in Lively Grove. He was a wonderful priest & a very special person. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Marissa
  • IL
Linda Heuer said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 6:49 PM

Father Dennis married us in 1973. What a wonderful priest, we would see him from time to time, always knew who we were and remembered our wedding. He will be deeply missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Greg Pickerel said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 6:35 PM

Father Dennis Voss was just like his deceased brother Father Bernard Voss- True love for his parishioners / All he served , and God. RIP Dennis. God bless.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Sister Janice Fennrwald SSND said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 1:49 PM

Father Voss was catechist for my first grade class at Cathedral when he was newly ordained. He was so great with the students. Then he would play with them on the playground so they saw such a human side of him. Dennis and I have remained friends over all these years. What an inspiration he was to so many!

  • StLouis
  • MO
Sr. Angela Laquet, ASC said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 12:55 PM

Fr. Dennis was my CYO moderator in the 1980's, and was chaplain at St. Elizabeth's when my mother died. He was a great influence in my life and he preached the homily at my Profession of Final Vows for the ASCs. I have wonderful memories of our times together, he was a great man!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
vbussknepper@gmail.com said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 11:53 AM

Condolences to the family. Fr Voss was a wonderful priest as well as a wonderful person. It was a true blessing to have him as our priest at St. Liborius. He made everyone feel close to the Catholic faith. He will be truly missed.

  • St. Libory
  • Il
Marvin and Susan Borgmeyer said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 7:27 PM

Our sympathies to Betty Ann and Mary Frances, as well as Barbara and Sylvia, on Fr. Dennis' passing. We are so glad we could go by and see him, after the Voss family reunion (although he was sleeping, we were able to leave a note). He was so kind to say the funeral Masses for my parents and other Voss family members. We will miss him.

  • Baton Rouge
  • Louisiana
Joyce Hrabusicky said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 7:05 PM

A wonderful Priest, counselor, mentor and friend. He was my Pastor at St. Cyril, he officiated at my. Wedding, the pastoral chaplain at St Elizabeth hospital and our BDCCW Spiritual Advisor. I will miss him terribly.

  • Ellis Grove
  • Il

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