Frances Hager

Frances Hager
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Frances A. Hager, nee Blum, 78, of Belleville, IL, born November 25, 1936, in Slater, MO, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Hager was employed by Southwestern Illinois College for 20 years before her retirement.  She belonged to the Turkey Hill Grange Society #1370, where she held the office of treasurer and was the 2012 Illinois State Granger of the Year.  She also belonged to the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter CT of Belleville, an organization helping women pursue higher educations.

Frances was an active member of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, where she belonged to the Elizabeth Circle of the United Methodist Women.  In 2010, Frances was one of the Belleville Citizens of Character award winners. Frances was known for her dedication and hard work to all her activities, and for her devotion to her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 19 years, Richard Lewis Hager, whom she married on September 1, 1956, at First Baptist Church, Slater, MO, and who died on June 15, 1976; and parents, Charles O. and Ila I., nee Sands, Blum.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth I. (Karl) Walz of Belleville, IL,
and Annette L. (Michael) Hager-Leon of Davenport, IA;
one granddaughter, Jordyn Rebecca Walz;
two step-grandchildren, Anthony Michael Leon,
and Samantha Ann Leon;
and two sisters, Bettye Gail (Kenneth) Pittman of Slater, MO,
and Crystal Ruth (David) Duncan of Slater, MO.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church or to the Turkey Hill Grange.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL. A Turkey Hill Grange ritual will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Union United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Weston officiating.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Slater City Cemetery, Slater, MO, with Rev. David Duncan officiating.

Condolences Left For Frances Hager

The Elder family offers Elizabeth and Annette our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. May you find peace and strength.

Dee & Gevin Elder, St. Peters, MO, 63376

Beth & Ann – all the family,

My condolences to everyone at this sad time.


John Halton , Belleville, IL, 62223

Fran was such a wonderful person to work with she was a joy to have in the office. To her family and friends, I’m so sorry for your loss. Dear friend you will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend, Fran.

Rosa Reyes, Port Saint Lucie, Florida, 34952

Beth, Ann and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Mother was such a good neighbor, and what a marvelous baker–can’t forget the stacks of containers in the garage during the holidays! She shared so much of herself with others! May your wonderful memories give you comfort. Sincerely, Claudia and Marvin Brinkley

Claudia and Marvin Brinkley, O’Fallon, ILLINOIS, 62269


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